13 October 2013

General Conference Gems

That magical time of year came and went last weekend, and it was absolutely glorious in word and spirit. There is no point in me going on and on about how great it was. Instead, I shall entice and encourage you to read/watch/listen to conference yourself by including some of my favorite tidbits.

Here! Listen to a Prophet's Voice!

*President Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet of God upon the earth. He is not only the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but also the Prophet for the entire world.*

"Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"The joyful news for anyone who desires to be rid of the consequences of poor choices is that the Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion. Whereas the Lord warns that unrepented rebellion will bring punishment, when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy." -Elder Richard G. Scott

"...man’s laws cannot make moral what God has declared immoral. Commitment to our highest priority—to love and serve God—requires that we look to His law for our standard of behavior.... We remain under covenant to love God and keep His commandments and to refrain from serving other gods and priorities—even those becoming popular in our particular time and place." -Elder Dallin H. Oaks

"We can change our behavior. Our very desires can change. How? There is only one way. True change—permanent change—can come only through the healing, cleansing, and enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He loves you—each of you! He allows you to access His power as you keep His commandments, eagerly, earnestly, and exactly. It is that simple and certain. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of change!" -Elder Russell M. Nelson

"There is joy guaranteed for the faithful." -President Henry B. Eyring

"Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals. And when we plead for relief from physical, mental, and spiritual difficulties, He may increase our resolve and resilience." -Elder David A. Bednar

"We do not diminish the value of what women or men achieve in any worthy endeavor or career—we all benefit from those achievements—but we still recognize there is not a higher good than motherhood and fatherhood in marriage. There is no superior career, and no amount of money, authority, or public acclaim can exceed the ultimate rewards of family. Whatever else a woman may accomplish, her moral influence is no more optimally employed than here." -Elder D. Todd Christofferson

"No matter how many times you have slipped or fallen, rise up! Your destiny is a glorious one! Stand tall and walk in the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! You are stronger than you realize. You are more capable than you can imagine. You can do it now!" -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: we gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them." -Elder Robert D. Hales

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