Did you get the chance to watch the October 2017 sessions of General Conference? As always, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave great counsel, told inspiring stories, and issued edifying challenges. Whether you watched or not, you can check out this review!
Most common topics
- Jesus Christ. Since Christ is the center of the LDS faith, it makes sense that He comes up in virtually every General Conference address. Some of this month’s talks about Christ were entitled “The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven” by Elder Christofferson, “The Priesthood and the Savior’s Atoning Power” by Elder Renlund, “That Your Joy Might Be Full” by Sister Bingham, and “Turn to the Lord” by Elder Waddell.
- Sustaining and Following the Prophets. Many of the speakers at this General Conference reminded us that the prophets, apostles, and other leaders of the Church are imperfect but still called of God. Speakers such as Elder Koch, President Eyring, and President Nelson counseled us to stand by Church leaders and follow their teachings, even those that may go against the world’s philosophies.
- The Book of Mormon. Talks such as “The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like Without It?” by President Nelson, “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon” by Elder Callister, and “Seek Ye Out of the Best Books” by Elder Ardern spoke in depth about the Book of Mormon, but even more speakers reiterated President Monson’s challenge from April’s General Conference to study the Book of Mormon daily.
- Families. Church leaders often mention families in General Conference. This year, we learned more about God’s plan for families from Elder Oaks (“The Plan and the Proclamation”), building strong relationships from Elder Maynes (“Earning the Trust of the Lord and Your Family”), and gaining the blessings of eternal families from Elder Bednar (“Exceeding Great and Precious Promises”).
- Our Personal Ministries. Another recurring theme in the October sessions was the value of a single person and ways that we can each contribute to God’s work. Sister Eubank’s “Turn On Your Light”, Elder Pingree’s “‘I Have a Work for Thee’”, and Elder Rasband’s “By Divine Design” all include great sermons about how to be our best selves.
- As mentioned earlier, several speakers asked that we remember President Monson’s request to “prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day”. President Nelson suggested that in our studies, we make lists “of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals”.
- Sister Bingham also reiterated that “Last April, President Russell M. Nelson and Elder M. Russell Ballard encouraged us to study “The Living Christ” as part of learning about the Savior.” She told the story of her six-year-old granddaughter memorizing the document!
- Knowing that there are always people going through hard times, Sister Oscarson challenged, “Instead of attending church with the question of ‘What am I going to get out of this meeting?’ ask, ‘Who needs me today? What do I have to contribute?’”
- “[L]et’s strive for steady improvement without obsessing over what behavioral scientists call ‘toxic perfectionism.’”
Elder Holland, “Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually”
- “Simple love, honestly expressed, gives hope and value to others.”
Sister Jones, “Value Beyond Measure”
- “A gospel perspective expands our sight to an eternal view.”
Elder Stevenson, “Spiritual Eclipse”
- “God’s fingerprints are all over the Book of Mormon[.]”
Elder Callister, “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon”
- “[H]ard is good!”
Elder Ellis, “Do We Trust Him? Hard Is Good”
- “Being a Child of God is a miracle.”
Elder Hallstrom, “Has the Day of Miracles Ceased?”
- “Being happy doesn’t mean to slap a plastic smile on your face no matter what is going on. But it does mean keeping the laws of God and building and lifting others.”
Sister Eubank, “Turn On Your Light”
- “To look beyond what we see, we must look at others through the eyes of our Savior.”
Elder Zwick, “Lord, Wilt Thou Cause That My Eyes May Be Opened”
- “The gospel is a transcendent message of hope, happiness, and joy. It is the pathway that leads us home.”
President Uchtdorf, “A Yearning for Home”
- “I testify that the Lord goes before your face whenever you are on His errand.”
President Eyring, “Fear Not to Do Good”
Did we miss one of your favorite quotes from October’s General Conference sessions? Let us know in the comments!