General Conference Review

If you missed the latest sessions of General Conference, you’re really going to want to catch up! The changes announced were stunning, but the content of the talks was also worth watching or reading many times. We’ve put together a list of some themes that popped up in the April sessions, challenges extended to members of the Church, and some of the most uplifting, memorable, and thought-provoking lines from the talks. Take a look!

Most Common Topics

  • Christ’s Atonement. Since the Sunday sessions were held on Easter, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone to hear a lot of references to Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. But several talks also taught us about how Christ’s Atonement helps us in our lives today. Several examples include “Behold the Man” by Elder Uchtdorf, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” by Elder Gong, and “Meek and Lowly of Heart” by Elder Bednar.
  • The Gift of a Prophet. Many attendees of General Conference were inspired by the solemn assembly in which Church members sustained President Nelson as the 17th president of the Church. Apparently a lot of the speakers were inspired by this as well. Some of the talks about how we are blessed by prophets were “Prophets Speak by the Power of the Holy Ghost” by Elder Soares, “The Heart of a Prophet” by Elder Stevenson, and “The Prophet of God” by Elder Andersen.
  • Continuing Revelation. The many changes announced this General Conference were proof that God is still giving His leaders new and relevant instructions for our day. Inspiration from the Holy Ghost, whether for millions or just for ourselves, was discussed in talks such as “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives” by President Nelson, “Take the Holy Spirit as Your Guide” by Elder Wilson, and “His Spirit to Be With You” by President Eyring.
  • Unity. Church members everywhere were surprised to hear about the combining of Elders Quorums and High Priest Groups at the ward level. That wasn’t the only time we were reminded that we are all in our Gospel journeys together. Some talks with the theme of unity include “Behold! A Royal Army” by Elder Rasband, “With One Accord” by Sister Aburto, and “Prepare to Meet God” by Elder Cook.
  • Ministering with Love. With the introduction of the Ministering program in the Church, several speakers were inspired or even assigned to help us understand how to reach out effectively and show charity to those around us. Three examples are “‘Be With and Strengthen Them’” by Elder Holland, “Ministering as the Savior Does” by Sister Bingham, and “Inspired Ministering” by President Eyring.

Challenges

  • President Nelson’s talk from the Sunday afternoon session included this call to action: “I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation. . . . Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.”
  • Elder Ballard mentioned his concern that many of us spend too much time on our phones or other electronic devices. He encouraged us to be wise and offered this counsel: “If we do not find time to unplug, we may miss opportunities to hear the voice of Him who said, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’”
  • In his talk about family history work, Elder Renlund reminded us of a challenge formerly given by President Nelson: “I invite you to prayerfully consider what kind of sacrifice—preferably a sacrifice of time—you can make [to] do more temple and family history work.”

Favorite Quotes

  • “Those who find a way to truly behold the Man find the doorway to life’s greatest joys and the balm to life’s most demanding despairs.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Behold the Man”
  • “When you feel hurt, lost, scared, upset, sad, hungry, or hopelessly abandoned in life’s extremities—open the Book of Mormon[.]” –Brian K. Taylor, “Am I a Child of God?”
  • “[W]hen we are casual shepherds of our own soul and others’ souls, casualties are likely. Casualness leads to casualties.” –Taniela B. Wakolo, “Saving Ordinances Will Bring Us Marvelous Light”
  • “Our success, then, isn’t going from failure to failure, but growing from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm.” –Lynn G. Robbins, “Until Seventy Times Seven”
  • “Every one of our paths is different, yet we walk them together. Our path is not about what we have done or where we have been; it is about where we are going and what we are becoming, in unity.” –Reyna I. Aburto, “With One Accord”
  • “My dear brothers and sisters, are we active in the gospel, or are we merely busy in the Church?” –Bishop Gérald Caussé, “It Is All about People”
  • “After all is said and done, true ministering is accomplished one by one with love as the motivation.” –Jean B. Bingham, “Ministering as the Savior Does”
  • “Having prophets is a sign of God’s love for His children.” –Ulisses Soares, “Prophets Speak by the Power of the Holy Ghost”
  • “One of the best ways to increase feelings of self-worth is to show, through our concern and service to others, that we have much of worth to contribute.” –Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Young Women in the Work”
  • “Together, our covenants and our Savior’s Atonement enable and ennoble. Together, they help us hold on and let go. Together, they sweeten, preserve, sanctify, redeem.” –Gerrit W. Gong, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”

Did we forget a point or quote? Share your favorite thoughts from General Conference in the comments!

 

All photos and talks were found on lds.org.

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3 thoughts on “General Conference Review”

  1. Thank you for this very special article that summarizes important messages from our General Authorities—tools that open our eyes to truths, purpose and motivation to hold to the rod.

  2. There is always a beautiful message given to each of us in every song sung by the many choirs who sing at General conference. I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but this conference I was really touched, moved and motivated by the truly inspired songs the Institute Choir sang on Saturday afternoon session. The new arrangements of the hymns they sang were of pure revelation and perfect execution. As I sat spellbound at the light coming from all of the youth who sang in that choir, knowing what it took for each individual to be accepted into that combined choir, my eyes overflowed with love for our Heavenly Father, our Savior and how perfectly the Holy Ghost instructed Bro McDonald and each member to sing with pure joy, and every song being completely memorized was no small task!!! May heavens blessings continue to be poured upon all of them daily.

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