What Did the Prophet Say at Conference?
Almost 53 years. That’s how long President Thomas S. Monson has been preparing general conference addresses as part of his lifelong service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a new Apostle in 1963 to President of the Church in 2008, President Monson has always seemed to have a gift to integrate personal stories with gospel principles in a way that speaks right to your heart and motivates you to try a little harder to follow Jesus Christ. Even in his advancing age, President Monson still carries with him that gift to inspire and uplift.
So what did the prophet say at this general conference that is so important for our day? On Sunday morning he announced four new temples and expressed his gratitude for the blessings we receive because of the 150 operating temples on the earth today.
In his talks, I identified these key messages that our dear prophet felt impressed to share with the world—important invitations, I believe, the Lord sent through him just for you and for me.
Remember Who You Are
President Monson extended this invitation to the brethren during the general priesthood session, but I believe it’s a principle every woman can live by too: “Remember who you are and what God expects you to become. You are a child of promise. You are a man of might. You are a son of God.”
We are children of promise, and as such we need to follow the prophet’s counsel to stand in holy places and live worthy of the divine title “a chosen generation.”
Always Be Worthy
President Monson pleaded with men holding the priesthood to “guard and protect that priesthood” and to “always be worthy to call upon its power, for we never know when our need and our opportunity to do so may come.”
With the great power of the priesthood and its special blessings come solemn responsibilities.
“May we determine, here and now, ever to be prepared for our time of need, our time of service, our time of blessing.”
During a time when people are dealing with doubts and questions about God, faith, and religion, the prophet gave the perfect answer. How you navigate it is up to you.
“May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary—a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right.”
Have Courage to Choose Christ
President Monson taught this principle by sharing a snippet of the story of Alice in Wonderland. He talked about how when Alice was at a crossroads and asked which path she should take, the Cheshire Cat answered, “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”
President Monson reminded us that we know which path to take. We have a goal to return to live with our Heavenly Father, so we must “maintain the courage to defy the consensus,” even if that means choosing “the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”
“As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.”
Remember who you are. Live worthy of the titles “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.” Choose to strengthen your faith. And always choose Christ.
Words to live by from a prophet of God. Words especially spoken for you and for me.
Irinna Danielson is a Florida native and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in print journalism. She is a wife and mother to four beautiful children and embraces all of the craziness that comes with that.