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April 2017

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Saturday Morning Session

President Henry B. EyringGathering the Family of God

President Henry B. Eyring
First Counselor in the First Presidency

 

General conference has always been a time of gathering for the Latter-day Saints. …

I have felt impressed to speak to you today about another kind of gathering. … I refer to the gathering of the family of God. …

… Our Heavenly Father is anxious to gather and bless all of His family. While He knows that not all of them will choose to be gathered, His plan gives each of His children the opportunity to accept or reject His invitation. And families are at the heart of this plan.

Centuries ago, the prophet Malachi said that in a coming day, God would send Elijah to “turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6). …

… The hearts of the children—of you and me—have turned to our fathers, our ancestors. …

The youth have caught the vision admirably; now their parents need to catch up. There are now many people who have accepted baptism in the spirit world because of the work done by the youth, and they are waiting for other ordinances that only adults can perform in the temple. The work of gathering Heavenly Father’s family is not just for young people, and it is not just for their grandparents. It is for everyone. We are all gatherers. …

I testify that God the Father wants His children home again, in families and in glory. The Savior lives. He directs and blesses this work, and He watches over and guides us. He thanks you for your faithful service in gathering His Father’s family, and I promise you the inspired help that you seek and need.

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M. Joseph BroughHis Daily Guiding Hand

M. Joseph Brough
Second Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency


Heavenly Father knows what you and I need better than anyone else. As a result, He has developed a personal care package suited to each one of us. It has many components. It includes His Son and the Atonement, the Holy Ghost, commandments, scriptures, prophets, apostles, parents, grandparents, local Church leaders, and many others—all to help us return to live with Him someday. …

Heavenly Father’s commandments are key components of the care package. …

Through His prophets, Heavenly Father constantly reminds us that righteousness is happiness. …

In addition to having the care package components I’ve mentioned, we are each blessed with a priesthood leader to lead and guide us. …

Perhaps Heavenly Father’s greatest care package component is described in these words: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” [John 3:16]. …

… Three principles that will help us become part of Heavenly Father’s care package for others are:

First, be with the youth. …

Second, to truly guide youth, we must connect them with heaven. …

Third, we must let youth lead. …

I testify that Heavenly Father does lead us, guide us, and walk beside us. As we follow His Son and give heed to His servants, the apostles and prophets, we will find the way to eternal life.

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Weatherford T. ClaytonOur Father’s Glorious Plan

Elder Weatherford T. Clayton
Of the Seventy


The world sees birth and death as the beginning and the end. But because of God’s holy plan, we know that birth and death are actually just milestones on our journey to eternal life with our Heavenly Father [see 2 Nephi 31:18]. They are essential parts of our Father’s plan—sacred moments where mortality and heaven intersect. Today, reflecting on what I have learned from observing birth and death through my years of medical practice and Church service, I want to testify of our Father’s glorious plan. …

I invite all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to, each day, “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness, … [that] through the shedding of the blood of Christ, … ye [may] become holy, without spot” [Moroni 10:32–33].

I invite those who are not yet members of this Church to come and read the Book of Mormon and listen to the missionaries. Come and have faith and repent of your sins. Come and be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. Come and live a happy, Christ-filled life. …

For those who have experienced these truths and for whatever reason have wandered away, I invite you to come back. Come back today. Our Father and the Savior love you. I testify that Christ has the power to answer your questions, heal your pains and sorrows, and forgive your sins.

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Dale G. RenlundOur Good Shepherd

Elder Dale G. Renlund
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


We get a glimpse into our Heavenly Father’s character as we recognize the immense compassion He has for sinners and appreciate the distinction He makes between sin and those who sin. This glimpse helps us have a more “correct [understanding of] his character, perfections, and attributes” [Lectures on Faith (1985), 38] and is foundational to exercising faith in Him and in His Son, Jesus Christ. The Savior’s compassion in the face of our imperfections draws us toward Him and motivates us in our repeated struggles to repent and emulate Him. As we become more like Him, we learn to treat others as He does, regardless of any outward characteristic or behavior. …

Since God uses disease as a metaphor for sin throughout the scriptures, it is reasonable to ask, “How does Jesus Christ react when faced with our metaphorical diseases—our sins?” After all, the Savior said that He “cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance” [D&C 1:31]; so how can He look at us, imperfect as we are, without recoiling in horror and disgust?

The answer is simple and clear. As the Good Shepherd [see John 10:11, 14; Alma 5:38; D&C 50:44], Jesus Christ views disease in His sheep as a condition that needs treatment, care, and compassion. This shepherd, our Good Shepherd, finds joy in seeing His diseased sheep progress toward healing. …

… In our lifelong quest to follow Jesus Christ, His example of kindness to those who sin is particularly instructive. We, who are sinners, must, like the Savior, reach out to others with compassion and love. Our role is also to help and bless, lift and edify, and replace fear and despair with hope and joy.

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Ulisses SoaresConfide in God Unwaveringly

Elder Ulisses Soares
Of the Presidency of the Seventy


Limhi invited his people to look at the present and to the future through the eyes of faith; to replace their fears with the optimism of hope born of faith; and to not waver in placing their trust in God regardless of circumstance. …

… Through His life, suffering, death, and Resurrection, [Jesus Christ] removed every impediment to our rejoicing and finding peace on this earth. The benefits of His atoning sacrifice are extended to all those who accept Him and deny themselves and to those who take up His cross and follow Him as His true disciples [see Luke 9:23]. Therefore, as we exercise faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, we will be strengthened, our burdens will be eased, and through Him we will overcome the world.

Brothers and sisters, as we contemplate the strength and hope that we can receive from the Savior, we have reason to lift up our heads, rejoice, and press forward in faith without wavering. …

If we are steadfast and do not waver in our faith, the Lord will increase our capacity to raise ourselves above the challenges of life. We will be enabled to subdue negative impulses, and we will develop the capacity to overcome even what appears to be overwhelming obstacles. This was what enabled King Limhi’s people to make a spectacular escape from their Lamanite captivity.

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Mark A. BraggBrighter and Brighter until the Perfect Day

Elder Mark A. Bragg
Of the Seventy


Even in the most difficult and darkest of times, there is light and goodness all around us. …

We are children of God. Receiving light, continuing in God, and receiving more light is what we are created to do. From the very beginning, we followed the light; we followed our Heavenly Father and His plan. Seeking the light is in our spiritual DNA. …

… May I suggest three areas where we will always find light:

1. The Light of the Church

The Church is a beacon of light to a darkening world. …

… We cannot allow … criticism to dull our sensitivity to the light that is available to us. Recognizing the light and seeking after it will qualify us for even more light. …

2. The Light of the Gospel

The light of the gospel is the path that “shineth more and more unto the perfect day” [Proverbs 4:18], and it shines brightest in our families and in temples throughout the world. …

3. The Light of Christ

You cannot speak of the light in the world without speaking of the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. …

… The Light of Christ will help us see others through the Savior’s eyes. … It will help us understand the great plan of happiness more fully and see how we all fit into that great loving plan. …

… May we be strengthened by the light that is available to us through greater participation at church and greater application of gospel principles in our families. May we see the Light of Christ in others constantly and help them see it in themselves.

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President Russell M. NelsonDrawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives

President Russell M. Nelson
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


Today I would like to speak about how we can draw into our lives the power of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

We begin by learning about Him. … The more we know about the Savior’s ministry and mission—the more we understand His doctrine and what He did for us—the more we know that He can provide the power we need for our lives. …

As we invest time in learning about the Savior and His atoning sacrifice, we are drawn to participate in another key element to accessing His power: we choose to have faith in Him and follow Him. …

… Faith that motivates us to action gives us more access to His power.

We also increase the Savior’s power in our lives when we make sacred covenants and keep those covenants with precision. …

Another element in drawing the Savior’s power into our lives is to reach up to Him in faith. Such reaching requires diligent, focused effort. …

When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. …

The gospel of Jesus Christ is filled with His power, which is available to every earnestly seeking daughter or son of God. It is my testimony that when we draw His power into our lives, both He and we will rejoice.

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