April 2013 Conference Notebook
As you review the April 2013 general conference, you can use these pages (and Conference Notebooks in future issues) to help you study and apply the recent teachings of the living prophets and apostles and other Church leaders.
“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken; … whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (
Prophetic Words on Moral Absolutes
“God reveals to His prophets that there are moral absolutes. Sin will always be sin. Disobedience to the Lord’s commandments will always deprive us of His blessings. The world changes constantly and dramatically, but God, His commandments, and promised blessings do not change. … We must not pick and choose which commandments we think are important to keep but acknowledge all of God’s commandments. We must stand firm and steadfast, having perfect confidence in the Lord’s consistency and perfect trust in His promises.”
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Obedience to Law Is Liberty,”
Ensign, May 2013, 88.
Helping the Poor and the Needy
“Using funds donated by generous members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends food, clothing, and other essentials to relieve the suffering of adults and children all over the world. These humanitarian donations, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in the last decade, are made without any consideration of religion, race, or nationality. … During the last quarter century we have assisted nearly 30 million people in 179 countries.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Followers of Christ,”
Ensign, May 2013, 98.
Missionary Invitation: Catch the Wave
“You teenagers, embrace your new curriculum and teach one another the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Now is your time to prepare to teach others about the goodness of God.
“Young men and women, your education is ever important. … We encourage you to apply to your institution of choice
before beginning your mission.
“You parents, teachers, and others, catch the wave as you prepare our rising generation to be worthy of missionary service. Meanwhile, your exemplary lives will attract the interest of your friends and neighbors.
“You adults, catch the wave with help for the spiritual, physical, and financial preparation of future missionaries.
“You senior couples, you plan for the day when you can go on your mission.
“Stake presidents and bishops … hold keys of responsibility for missionary work in their units.
“You ward mission leaders … are the connecting link between members and missionaries in this sacred work of rescuing God’s children.”
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Catch the Wave,”
Ensign, May 2013, 45, 46.
Be Wise in How You Embrace Technology
“To share the gospel, young members in Boston started several blogs. Those who joined the Church began their learning online, followed by discussions with the missionaries. … One of [the bloggers] said, ‘This isn’t missionary work. This is missionary fun.’”
“Why not choose a time each day to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other? Simply turn everything off.”
“Mark important scriptures on your device and refer back to them frequently. … You could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need.”
Neil L. Andersen, “It’s a Miracle,”
Ensign, May 2013, 79.
Rosemary M. Wixom, “The Words We Speak,”
Ensign, May 2013, 82.
Richard G. Scott, “For Peace at Home,”
Ensign, May 2013, 30.
From left: photo illustration by Ashlee Larsen; photo illustration by Hyun-Gyu Lee
Photo illustration by Denise Renee Bird