My notes for LDS General Conference, April 2016, Saturday AM Session
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor, First Presidency
The Lord promised that He would be close to us as we gather. The Lord is in our midst. He is not physically everywhere the Saints gather, but we can feel His spirit. All of us have had our faith tested. This is the Lord’s conference. Only the Holy Ghost can bring the blessings of His closeness. Pray and add your faith as each speaker approaches the podium. You can pray as the choir begins to sing. Hearts will be softened. “A song of the righteous is as a prayer unto me.” Listen carefully to the testimonies borne in the conference. God knows each one of us. The prophets and apostles speak for the Lord.
Mary R. Durham, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Life can be so heavy. If we are not careful, the things of this world can drown out the things of the Spirit. How can we lay aside every weight? The guiding gift of the Holy Ghost can help. The words receive the Holy Ghost are not passive. Help our children recognize the still small voice of the Holy Ghost. The best immersion setting for learning the language of the Spirit is in the home. We can help our children understand how to understand the Spirit. The Holy Ghost teaches children in the way they learn best.
Donald L. Hallstrom, Presidency of the Seventy
All human beings are created in the image of God. We are all sons and daughters of God. This is among the most extraordinary knowledge we can obtain. It is fundamental knowledge to living our covenants. Do we really know it? Do we know it in our mind, heart, and soul? Is our first response to adversity to remember who we are? Hardships have eternal purpose, even if we don’t understand it at the time. You can have what you want, or you can have something better (quoting Elder Holland). We live in a world that can make us forget who we really are. We can forget our connection with God. No matter what our circumstances are, our identity is a child of God. That will motivate us and help us to remain steadfast and immovable.
Gary E. Stevenson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
We don’t ever have to question, “Where are the keys?” The priesthood has been restored. Priesthood keys control the exercise of priesthood authority. All keys of the priesthood are held by Jesus Christ. Young people can “find the keys.” Prepare for missionary service. It is never too early to prepare for missionary service. Attend the temple. Can you see the relationship between priesthood keys and priesthood blessings? Go forward with faith. You will find true joy as you come to know the Savior. The Lord will not leave us stranded to find our way back to Him. The keys are safely in the keeping of prophets, seers, and revelators.
Kevin R. Duncan, Of the Seventy
There is no soul alive that will not be hurt by someone else. God has provided an escape to all who fall victim to the actions of others. We can forgive, and we can be free. An unforgiving heart harbors so much needless pain. Most of us want to forgive, but we find it very hard to do. We mistakenly think that if we forgive, justice will not be served. God assures that judgment is His. God will console you in your afflictions. God will compensate us for every injustice we experience. We are all growing spiritually, but we are all at different levels. Try to see others as God sees them. God’s love for His children is perfect; he knows the potential of all. We all have people in our lives with Saul-like personalities with Paul-like potential. We do not know the pains that others carry. To forgive is not to condone. See with a broader perspective. None of us should be defined by the worst thing we have ever done. If we win, let us lose with grace. If we lose, let us lose with grace. We all fall short and are in need of the forgiveness of others. The Savior’s atonement is also for those who need to forgive. We do not need to be a victim twice; we can forgive.
Steven E. Snow, Of the Seventy
If we humble ourselves, our prayers will be answered. If we continue to be faithful, we will return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. We need to help our children remain humble. We don’t do this by breaking their Spirit. We need to teach them selfless, kindness, and to take joy in the success of others. Our genuine concern should be for the success of others. Humility is not something reserved to be taught to children. Humility makes it possible for us to repent. It makes it possible for us to become better people. Remember humility when contention rises in the home. Trials are humbling. If we remain humble and teachable, our prayers become more earnest. We must persevere the valley of humility.
Dale G. Renlund, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The more we distance ourselves from our Heavenly Father, the more entitled we feel. When we are distant from God, we feel that God has an obligation to fix things, and fix them right now. Murmuring is childish whining. Do I feel obligated to get answers to questions I have not asked? The closer we are to Jesus Christ, the more we appreciate His suffering, and the more we want to repent and become like Him. God is pleased with repentant sinners. Drawing near to the Savior causes us to change. We can choose to turn closer to our Heavenly Father and our Savior. No one is immune from life’s challenges. Everyone is in need of the sacrament. The sacrament helps us know our Savior. All that is unfair about life can be made fair. God will wipe away all our tears. Draw nearer to our Savior Jesus Christ. Feel God’s nearness as he is made known to you through the sacrament. Disgruntled entitlement will dissipate as we draw nearer to the Savior. We will find that the Savior has been nearby all along.#LDSConf