Religious goodness and wisdom are needed in today’s cluttered, noisy, polluted world.”, “As we discover God, sometimes unexpected answers to prayers take us from the street, bring us to community, chase darkness from our souls, and guide us to find spiritual refuge and belonging in the goodness of His covenants and abiding love.”, “May we joyfully accept God’s invitation to receive and help fulfill His promised and prophesied blessings in all nations, kindreds, and tongues….”, “From the beginning of time, the Lord has provided direction to help His people prepare spiritually and temporally against the calamities and trials that He knows will come as part of this mortal experience. However, that does not mean that we should permanently ignore principles of preparation—only that these principles should be applied ‘in wisdom and order’ so that in the future we might say, as did Joseph in Egypt, ‘There was bread.’ The Lord does not expect us to do more than we can do, but He does expect us to do what we can do, when we can do it. Pray for the leaders of nations.”, “Sincerely praying for those who may be considered our enemies demonstrates our belief that God can change our hearts and the hearts of others.”, “After we kneel in prayer, we need to get up from our knees and do what we can to help—to help both ourselves and others.”, “Prayer will lift us and draw us together as individuals, as families, as a Church, and as a world…Redouble your commitment to prayer.”, “It is in these rough stretches of our journey that our faith can be not only tried but fortified.”, “Regardless of our circumstances, we can intentionally make efforts to build and increase our faith in Jesus Christ.”, “Our faith increases as we choose to believe rather than doubt, forgive rather than judge, repent rather than rebel.”, “Our faith is refined as we patiently rely on the merits and mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah.”, “Waves of fear can distract us, causing us to forget God’s goodness, thus leaving our perspective short-sighted and out of focus.”, “Our current challenging circumstances are not our final eternal destination.”, “Seeking Christ in every thought and following Him with all our heart requires that we align our mind and desires with His.”, “As we exercise our moral agency in righteousness, choosing to have wholesome thoughts and pure desires, we can become more aligned with Jesus Christ.”, “Fighting against temptation takes a lifetime of diligence and faithfulness.”, “Please know that the Lord is ready to assist us in our personal efforts and promises remarkable blessings if we endure to the end.”, “Our mortal inclinations will not disappear on their own.”, “As we rely upon the rock of Salvation, the Savior of our souls, and follow Moroni’s counsel, our ability to control our thoughts will increase.”, “When we resist the little temptations, which often come unexpectedly in our life, we are better equipped to avoid serious transgressions.”, “Please, please, do not give up on your efforts to be part of this big family.”, “It is always worth the effort to keep trying.”, “I promise, He will send angels to help you.”, “The angels that walk among us in our everyday lives are powerful reminders of God’s love for us.”, “I hope and pray that we will recognize the importance of angels in our lives.”, “Would you be willing to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands? I have full spiritual confidence that, as we seek union of feeling, we will call down the power of God to make our efforts whole.”, “When the Church commemorated the 1978 revelation on priesthood, President Russell M. Nelson extended a powerful prophetic blessing: ‘It is my prayer, “As we show our gratitude to Him by diligently living His commandments, He immediately blesses us, leaving us always in His debt.”, “He gives us much, much more than the value of what we can ever return to Him. Such teaching is not based on any one sect’s doctrines but comes directly from the Master Himself. Zoë Holyoak is currently a BYU student, photographer, and writer. Please do not let anyone dislike me or betray me, and above all, do not ever let me feel forsaken by Thee or those I love. We’ve searched through every single talk from the October 2020 general conference and have compiled a comprehensive list of counsel … Further, you have a divine endowment that enables you to build faith in others in compelling ways. '”, “As we come unto Him, ‘we can be filled with joy, peace, and consolation. October 2020 general conference General Conference Talks. After ten hours of general conference it can be difficult to keep track of all of the counsel our leaders give us. The Church has published a page of “Ideas for Learning and Teaching from General Conference.” It includes the following: Ideas for personal study Ideas for family study (virtually or in person) Ideas for teaching church classes (virtually or in person) Find it in online and in the Gospel Library app in the General Conference collection […] '”, “Let me emphasize, whether you have access to a temple or not, you need a current temple recommend to stay firmly on the covenant path.”, “Being worthy to hold a current temple recommend is both a protection from the adversary, because you have made a firm commitment to the Lord about your life, and a promise that the Spirit will be with you.”, “We do temple work when we search for our ancestors and submit their names for ordinances. While our temples have been closed, we have still been able to research our families. We can give Him, “In return for His priceless payment for each of us, the Lord asks us for a change of heart. '”, “Two basic principles can guide and strengthen us as we face proving and trying circumstances in our lives, whatever they may be: (1) the principle of preparation and (2) the principle of pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ.”, “As disciples of the Savior, we are commanded to ‘, “Our efforts to prepare for the proving experiences of mortality should follow the example of the Savior, who incrementally ‘increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man’—a blended balance of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social readiness.”, “Some Church members opine that emergency plans and supplies, food storage, and 72-hour kits must not be important anymore because the Brethren have not spoken recently and extensively about these and related topics in general conference. We are all aware that we can do better, and that is our challenge in this day. The current pandemic has reinforced the wisdom of that counsel. We move toward loving our adversaries when we avoid anger and hostility toward those with whom we disagree. Skip to Main Content. All are to keep the Lord’s commandments, and all are invited to partake of the Lord’s goodness; ‘and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile. He was speaking of the unending miracle that He would provide as future deacons, teachers, and priests would present His emblems and invite His children to accept His atoning gift.”, “Elder David A. Bednar has taught that to grow and become as missionaries, “The Savior’s mission has always and forever been to serve His Father by saving His children. Not making a choice is a choice. '”, “If enough of us and enough of our neighbors strive to make our decisions and guide our lives by the truth of God, the moral virtues needed in every society will abound.”, “‘Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Small but steady, deliberate changes will help us improve. '”, [Quoting Joseph Smith] “‘… The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing souls—[we feel that we want] to take them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back. So true are the words of the Primary song: ‘My body is a temple [that] needs the greatest care.’ When the Lord appeared to the Nephites, He commanded, ‘Be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me.’ ‘What manner of men ought ye to be?’ asked the Lord and then answered, ‘Even as I am.’ To be ‘recommended to the Lord,’ we strive to be like Him.”, “I remember hearing President Howard W. Hunter in his first general conference address as the 14th President of the Church. …Meanwhile, those in sustainable societies are seeking, as King Benjamin said, to ‘grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created [them], or in the knowledge of that which is just and true. Conferences. General Conference Talk Summaries April 2020 04/07/2020 by lifeafterministry 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Our daily choices will either help or hinder our progress. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be’ (, “‘We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law’ (, “…the United States Constitution guarantees the ‘right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ That is the authorized way to raise public awareness and to focus on injustices in the content or administration of the laws.”, “As citizens and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we must do better to help root out racism.”, “…the protests protected by the Constitution are, “All of us—police, protesters, supporters, and spectators—should understand the limits of our rights and the importance of our duties to stay within the boundaries of existing law.”, “Redress of grievances by mobs is redress by illegal means. '”, “Church leaders have often encouraged Latter-day Saints ‘to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.’ At the same time, we are encouraged to ‘be wise’ and ‘not go to extremes’ in our efforts to establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”, “It was not enough to know that challenging times would come. During the Saturday afternoon session of the October 2020 general conference, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency announced the calls of a new General Authority Seventy, a new member of the Presiding Bishopric and four new Area Seventies. And then, when the rough sledding by everyone else is over, please let me come and dwell with Thee, where I can boast about how similar our strengths and our characters are as I float along on my cloud of comfortable Christianity.”12, My beloved brothers and sisters, Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable. But they are always answered at the time and in the way an omniscient and eternally compassionate parent should answer them. He suffered what you suffer so that He would know how to lift you up.”, “When we lift another’s burden, even a little, that our backs are strengthened and we sense a light in the darkness.”, “Our Heavenly Father may be allowing us time to reflect and consider our understanding of patience and our conscious decision to choose joy.”, “Of all the zealous social, religious, and political endeavors of our day, let disciple of Jesus Christ be our most pronounced and affirming affiliation.”, “Even in the most trying circumstance, we knew that our Heavenly Father was mindful of us and helping us find joy.”, “I witness that when we pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, He will answer us.”, “Even as the world begins to normalize and we return to chapels, we will want to retain our home-centered patterns of gospel study and learning developed during the pandemic.”, “I believe that in this life, and in the life to come, your afflictions, your Ammonihah, your Liberty Jail, will be consecrated for your gain.”, “I pray that, along with Nephi, we can acknowledge the afflictions in the course of our days while at the same time recognizing that we are highly favored of the Lord.”, “An important part of Heavenly Father’s plan is the opportunity to communicate with Him anytime we want.”, “But as we open our hearts in prayer, we will feel the comfort that comes from our Father in Heaven and the assurance that He loves and values us.”, “It takes time and patience to learn to understand the voice of the Lord.”, “We seek because we trust the Lord’s promises.”, “When we seek, we are humbly acknowledging that we still have much to learn, and the Lord will expand our understanding, preparing us to receive more.”, “We learn that prayer requires spiritual labor, and it does not always lead to the outcome we hope for.”, “When we actively follow Him, the Lord opens the way before us.”, “When we feel discouraged or weighed down with sorrow, the Lord gives us comfort and strength in different ways.”, “If we then speedily align our plan with His plan, He will open the way for us, as He did for Alma.”, “We have direct access to our own revelation so the Lord can comfort and guide us personally.”, “As followers of Jesus Christ, and as Latter-day Saints, we strive—and are encouraged to strive—to do better and to be better.”, “Without the blessings that come from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we can never do enough or be enough by ourselves.”, “Loving mercy means that we do not just love the mercy God extends to us, we delight that God extends the same mercy to others.”, “He taught the joy of keeping God’s commandments and sought to lift rather than condemn those who struggled.”, “To be Christlike, a person does justly, behaving honorably with both God and other people.”, “A just person is civil in words and action and recognizes that differences in outlook or belief do not preclude genuine kindness and friendship.”, “To be Christlike, a person chooses God, walks humbly with Him, seeks to please Him, and keeps covenants with Him.”, “Individuals who walk humbly with God remember what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done for them.”, “We assimilate the attributes of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ into our character and we love one another.”, “Your souls will be infused with the glory of God and with the light of everlasting life.”, “Understanding what we must do to access God’s power in our lives is not easy, but I have found it is doable by studying it out in our minds and praying for the Holy Ghost to enlighten us.”, “Filling our heart and even our soul with the word of God and the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is crucial to drawing upon the power of God to help us in these challenging times.”, “Only faith and the word of God that fill our inner soul are sufficient to sustain us—and to allow us to access His power.”, “Likewise, those who have faith and the word of God deep in their hearts will be able to absorb and overcome the fiery darts, which the adversary will surely send to destroy us.”, “As we follow the Savior’s example and prepare through studying the word of God and deepening our faith, we also can draw upon the power of God to resist temptations.”, “I invite you to seek the power God wants to give you.”, “We are not the first nor will we be the last to ask such questions when sorrows bear down on us or an ache in our heart goes on and on.”, “There will be times in our lives when even our best spiritual effort and earnest, pleading prayers do not yield the victories for which we have yearned.”, “So while we work and wait together for the answers to some of our prayers, I offer you my apostolic promise that they are heard and they are answered.”, “My beloved brothers and sisters, Christianity is comforting but often it is not comfortable.”, “The point? Selfishly pursuing a gift from God will end in disappointment and frustration.”, “By focusing deeply on one needed attribute, as you progress in obtaining that attribute, other attributes begin to accrue to you. That issue was settled in a very private garden and on a very public hill in Jerusalem long ago. We can also find help and encouragement through priesthood blessings, prayer, fasting, and attending the temple. And the surest way to find joy in this life is to join Christ in helping others.”, “And so the urgent call from God’s battalions in fateful training is for ‘all hands on deck!’ Moms and dads, your sons need you to support them now as passionately as ever you have in the past when they have been about lesser things like badges and pins.”, “Mothers and fathers, priesthood and Young Women leaders, if your youth are struggling, Children and Youth will help bring them to the Savior, and the Savior will bring them peace.”, “Quorum and class presidencies, step up and take your rightful place in the Lord’s work.”, “Bishops, link your keys with those of quorum presidents, and your quorums—and your wards—will forever change.”, “As you rise to the majesty of your stations, with all of your hearts, might, mind, and strength, you will come to love God and keep your covenants and trust in His priesthood as you work to bless others, beginning in your own homes.”, “I pray that you will strive, with redoubled energy worthy of this time, to serve, exercise faith, repent, and improve each day, to qualify to receive temple blessings and the enduring joy that comes only through the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this message I will give some examples from the United States, but the principles I teach are applicable everywhere.”, “In a democratic government we will always have differences over proposed candidates and policies. Check out the table of contents (organized by session, in order of appearance) and click on whose counsel you’d like to jump to. Much like climbing a mountain requires preparation before and endurance and perseverance during ascent, so too will this journey require real effort and sacrifice. “My own Relief Society president recently said: ‘The thing I … promise … you is that I will keep your name safe. This has been a marvelous conference, but it is the second time that COVID-19 has altered our traditional proceedings. In countless circumstances, strangers’ suspicion or even hostility give way to friendship or even love when personal contacts produce understanding and mutual respect.”, “An even greater help in learning to love our adversaries and our enemies is to seek to understand the power of love. … [There is a] core … trait that we all have to get … better at[, and that] is the trait of seeing each other deeply and being deeply seen. Great for Relief Society and Elders Quorum lesson planning or study at home! They can also be unforgettable experiences where very different women all get into the same boat and row until we find our, “I offer this invitation: be part of a collective force that changes the world for good. We endure to the end by continuing to apply these principles throughout our lives and inviting the Lord to change us. '”, “Our work in the temple is tied to our eternal reward. Key home storage principles include the storage of food, the storage of water, and the storage of other necessities based on individual and family needs, all because ‘the best storehouse’ is the home, which becomes the ‘most accessible reserve in times of need. It is my prayer that we will be righteous and united and completely focused on serving and worshipping our Savior, Jesus Christ, of whom I testify.”, “Whether for youth or adults, your temple recommend interview is not about do’s and don’ts. Would you be willing to be one of these angels?”, “I promise, that if we are willing to serve, the Lord will give us opportunities to be ministering angels.”, “While we endure a season of physically distancing ourselves from others, we need never endure a season of spiritually distancing ourselves from Him who continually, with outstretched arms, entreats us, ‘Come unto me.’”, “With those around us, let us be more open, more willing to talk of Christ.”, “Let us kindly witness our faith in Christ.”, “Be more open on social media in talking about your trust in Christ.”, “We care more about being His followers than being ‘liked’ by our own followers.”, “I promise you that as we prepare ourselves as President Nelson did, we also will be different, thinking more about the Savior, speaking of Him more frequently and with less hesitation.”, “As we come to know and love Him more deeply, our words will flow more comfortably, as they do when we speak of one of our children or of a dear friend.”, “If the world is going to speak less of Him, who is going to speak more of Him? Why the delay when burdens seem more than we can bear? If you are treading water in the current of a river, you will go somewhere. … It encourages diverse people to live together in Christian love regardless of religious belief, race, nationality, financial standing, education, or culture. We can choose to be of Israel, or not.”, “We can choose to let God prevail in our lives, or not. A List of EVERYTHING Our Leaders Counseled Us to Do at General... By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power with God, Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work, and Count It All Joy, Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God, The 7 Best General Conference Stories of All Time, General Conference: Sunday Afternoon Session Recap, General Conference: Sunday Morning Session Recap, 7 Things Mormons Need to Seriously Chill Out About, 3 Mormon Moms Create Multi-Million Dollar Company, Home Dedication: Set Your Home Apart from the World, 27 More of the Funniest #ThugMormon Tweets, #MormonHarryPotter: What Hogwarts Looks Like Under a Mormon Spell, “I pray that we as a people are using this unique time to grow spiritually. This process, which invites the Savior’s healing power into our lives, does not just restore us to what we were before but makes us better than we ever were.”, “President Russell M. Nelson taught: ‘When sore trials come upon us, it’s time to deepen our faith in God, to work hard, and to serve others. Truly, there is no other way to heal the wounds of broken relationships or of a fractured society than for each of us to more fully emulate the Prince of Peace.”, “The first step on this path to becoming like Jesus Christ is to have the desire to do so. “The sacrament was reemphasized as center of our Sabbath worship. When will these burdens be lifted? With the Spirit of God in our hearts, we are, by proxy, standing in for them to be ‘recommended to the Lord. We feel real concern for the needs of our fellowman, temporal and spiritual, and act on those feelings … It is a culture of learning and study … It is a culture of faith and obedience … It is a culture of prayer … It is a culture of missionary work.”, “In the culture of Christ, women are elevated to their proper and eternal status. Atonement; Jesus Christ; plan of salvation; Sabbath; All topics (175) October 2020 general conference. But, of course, the reward for doing so is monumental. The gathering of Israel moves forward.”, “The challenge for you and me is to make certain that each of us will achieve his or her divine potential.”, “If you really want to embrace “a new normal,” I invite you to turn your heart, mind, and soul increasingly to our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ.”, “Now, my dear brothers and sisters, I bless you to be filled with the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He has experienced all our pains, afflictions, and infirmities, He knows how to help us rise above our daily difficulties. Elder D. Todd Christofferson. The answer is “by and by.”17 And whether that be a short period or a long one is not always ours to say, but by the grace of God, the blessings will come to those who hold fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we humbly turn to Him, He will increase our capacity to change.”, “In addition to the transforming power of our Savior’s Atonement, the Holy Ghost will support and guide us as we put forth our effort. Do not become discouraged. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) Speakers. This blog summarizes the key points from each session. Elder Gerrit W. … On Wednesday, the text of the October 2020 general conference talks became available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. It takes time and tenacity to walk it. We can achieve greater unity as we foster an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for diversity.”, “Early in the Book of Mormon, approximately 550 years before the birth of Christ, we are taught the fundamental commandment regarding the relationship between Father in Heaven’s children. There is not recognition of caste or class … There is no prejudice or ‘us versus them’ mentality in the greatest of all cultures … Charity, true Christlike caring, is the bedrock of our culture. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Sarah Jane Weaver. “Jesus put it bluntly: ‘Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.’ But if we are one—if we can spare a piece of our pie or fit our individual talents so the boat can swing in perfect unison—then we are His. This servant of the Lord was encouraging the young people to choose, prepare, and become devoted disciples of the Savior. An empty Conference Center is pictured during the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. The answer is ‘by and by.’”, “By the grace of God, the blessings will come to those who hold fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”, “Sooner or later we learn that the times and seasons of our mortal journey are His and His alone to direct.”. “That small sentence struck me like lightning. April 2020 General Conference General Conference Talks. He invites us to find His ways of doing it, and they may differ from our past experiences.”, “As an Apostle of the Lord, I invite and bless you to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in [your] power; and then may [you] stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.’ And I promise that the Lord will cause unimaginable things to come from your righteous labors.”, “On June 9, the Prophet ‘said he was going to preach mercy[.] President Steven J. Lund. In a year when President Russell M. Nelson has encouraged us to “hear Him,” it truly was a conference focused on Him. So, what can we give to Him, who paid the incalculable price for our sins? “And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place? I ask you to do the same for me because I am terrified, frankly, of letting you down. We’ve searched through every single talk from the October 2020 general conference and have compiled a comprehensive list of counsel from each speaker. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, FamilyShare.com and plenty more. General Conference. '”, “Jesus said: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. But with unfathomable generosity He also clarifies that ‘I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent’….”, “But know this: there is One who understands perfectly what you are experiencing, who is ‘mightier than all the earth,’ and who is ‘able to do exceeding abundantly above all that [you] ask or think.’ The process will unfold in His way and on His schedule, but Christ stands ready, “…guard against the satanic whispering that if you were a better person, you would avoid [difficult] trials.”, “You must also resist the related lie that your sufferings somehow suggest you stand outside the circle of God’s chosen ones, who seem to glide from one blessed state to another.