April 2014 Conference Notebook


“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” (D&C 1:38).

As you review the April 2014 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.

Prophetic Promise

Hope

President Henry B. Eyring

“I suggest that you take both the short and the long view as you try to give the inheritance of hope to your family. … There are things you can do early, when those you love are young. Remember that daily family prayer, family scripture study, and sharing our testimony in sacrament meeting are easier and more effective when children are young. … After all we can do in faith, the Lord will justify our hopes for greater blessings for our families than we can imagine.”

President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, “A Priceless Heritage of Hope,” Liahona, May 2014, 25.

Find ways to leave a legacy for your family at lds.org/go/legacy814.

Doctrinal Highlights

Put God’s Laws First

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“The word religion literally means … ‘to tie back’ to God. The question we might ask ourselves is, are we securely tied to God so that our faith shows, or are we actually tied to something else? … Many put other priorities ahead of God. … God’s laws must ever be our standard. In dealing with controversial issues, we should first search for God’s guidance. …

“The temptation to be popular may prioritize public opinion above the word of God. … Even if ‘everyone is doing it,’ wrong is never right. … I pray that you will be securely tied back to God, that His eternal truths will be etched on your heart forever.”

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Let Your Faith Show,” Liahona, May 2014, 29, 30, 31.

Get ideas for evaluating your priorities at lds.org/go/priorities814.

Drawing Parallels

Love

Some of the most important topics are addressed by more than one general conference speaker. Here is what three speakers said about love:

  • Some of the most important topics are addressed by more than one general conference speaker. Here is what three speakers said about love:

  • To youth: “Take heart. Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness can change the world.” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Cost—and Blessings—of Discipleship,” 8.

  • To women: “As we look beyond our differences in age, culture, and circumstance … , we will be filled with the pure love of Christ.” —Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” 121.

  • To men: “We … have committed to be a people who love God and our neighbor and who are willing to demonstrate that love through word and deed. That is the essence of who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ.” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Are You Sleeping through the Restoration?” 61.

Learn about what President Monson and others had to say about expressing love to all at lds.org/go/love814.

Doctrinal Study Guide

The Priesthood

“Priesthood power blesses all of us,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in his talk, “The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood.” “Priesthood keys direct women as well as men, and priesthood ordinances and priesthood authority pertain to women as well as men.” Because we all need to understand the priesthood better, Elder Oaks clarified key principles in his conference talk regarding the power, keys, and authority of the priesthood. The following questions can help you study his message.

Questions to consider:

    Questions to consider:

  • What are priesthood keys, and why are they necessary?

  • What is the relationship between priesthood keys and priesthood authority?

  • Are the blessings of the priesthood restricted by gender?

What this means for me:

    What this means for me:

  • What authority is delegated to me when I receive assignments or callings from one who holds priesthood keys?

  • What responsibilities do I have in my current assignment or calling that I need to fulfill?

  • What can I learn about God’s love for me from this talk, and how would I share it with someone who has questions?

You can study this talk at lds.org/go/oaks814.

Answers for You

Each conference, prophets and apostles give inspired answers to questions Church members may have. Use your May 2014 issue or visit conference.lds.org to find answers to these questions:

    Answers for You

  • Each conference, prophets and apostles give inspired answers to questions Church members may have. Use your May 2014 issue or visit conference.lds.org to find answers to these questions:

  • How does the Resurrection resolve the questions about the true identify of Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Find out at lds.org/go/dtc814 or see D. Todd Christofferson, “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” 111.

  • What is the relationship between obedience and agency? Find out at lds.org/go/hales814 or see Robert D. Hales, “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” 35.

  • What blessings do we receive as we make and keep sacred covenants? Find out at lds.org/go/wixom814 or see Rosemary M. Wixom, “Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us,” 116.

Fill in the Blank

  1. 1.

    “Coupled with prayer, _________ carries the power to protect families.” See lds.org/go/reeves814 or Linda S. Reeves, “Protection from Pornography—a Christ-Focused Home,” 17.

  2. 2.

    “Knowledge … comes only through personal _________ and _________.” See lds.org/go/packer814 or President Boyd K. Packer, “The Witness,” 94.

  3. 3.

    “The gospel ‘is not weight; it is _________.’ It carries us.” See lds.org/go/stevens814 or Jean A. Stevens, “Fear Not; I Am With Thee,” 83.

  4. 4.

    “Obedience … is a choice between _________ and God’s unlimited wisdom and omnipotence.” Find out at lds.org/go/perry814 or see Elder L. Tom Perry, “Obedience through Our Faithfulness,” 103.

Answers: 1. the Book of Mormon; 2. prayer, pondering; 3. wings; 4. our own limited knowledge and power

Go and Do

President Thomas S. Monson

President Thomas S. Monson asked us to “take the time to read the conference messages when they … are printed in coming issues of the Ensign and Liahona magazines, for they are deserving of our careful review and study.”

From “Until We Meet Again,” Liahona, May 2014, 115.