#LDSconf: Top 12

General Conference

So conference is just around the corner. You know what that means. Answers to the questions of your soul! The heavens are no longer sealed. God speaks to his children. And He wants to speak to you! So study up. Pray and prepare. And then tune in Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5.

These are my favorites from April’s conference.

1. Grateful in any Circumstance: Dieter f. Uchtdorf
“There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings. . . . Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny.”

2. Love-the Essence of the Gospel: Thomas S. Monson
“Actually, love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved.”

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”
Dale Carnegie

3. Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease: David A. Bednar
“There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He has felt and borne our individual burdens. And because of His infinite and eternal sacrifice (see Alma 34:14), He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy. He can reach out, touch, succor, heal, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do relying only upon our own power. Indeed, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.”

4. “I Have Given You an Example”: Richard G. Scott
“Both Grandmother Whittle and Jeanene loved me enough to share their conviction that the ordinances of the gospel and serving Father in Heaven would bless my life. Neither of them coerced me or made me feel bad about the person I was. They simply loved me and loved Father in Heaven. Both knew He could do more with my life than I could on my own. Each courageously helped me in loving ways to find the path of greatest happiness.”

5. The Cost—and Blessings—of Discipleship: Jeffrey R. Holland
“Christlike love is the greatest need we have on this planet in part because righteousness was always supposed to accompany it. So if love is to be our watchword, as it must be, then by the word of Him who is love personified, we must forsake transgression and any hint of advocacy for it in others. Jesus clearly understood what many in our modern culture seem to forget: that there is a crucial difference between the commandment to forgive sin (which He had an infinite capacity to do) and the warning against condoning it (which He never ever did even once).”

6.The Prophet Joseph Smith: Lawrence E. Corbridge
“Look for the biggest dust cloud billowing above the most dirt that is kicked at One who was most opposed, challenged, and rejected, beaten, abandoned, and crucified, One who descended below all things, and there you will find the truth, the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind.”

7. The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood: Dallin H. Oaks
“Whoever exercises priesthood authority should forget about their rights and concentrate on their responsibilities. “

“It is time … to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

8. What Are You Thinking?: W. Craig Zwick
“The willingness to see through each other’s eyes will transform “corrupt communication” into “minister[ing] grace.” The Apostle Paul understood this, and on some level each of us can experience it too. It may not change or solve the problem, but the more important possibility may be whether ministering grace could change us.”

9. What Manner of Men?: Donald all. Hallstrom
“Who we are is not who we can become.”

10. The Choice Generation: Randall L. Ridd
“My young brothers, if you are not proactive in educating your desires, the world will do it for you.”

“Agency is your power to become. Each choice takes you closer to or further from what you are meant to become; … Always ask yourself, “Where will this choice lead?” Develop the ability to see beyond the moment.”

“What we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity … Only by educating and training our desires can they become our allies instead of our enemies!” Neal A. Maxwell

11. “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments”: Robert D. Hales
“To rationalize disobedience does not change spiritual law or its consequences.”

“Spiritually mature obedience is “the Savior’s obedience.” It is motivated by true love for Heavenly Father and His Son.”

12. Following Up: M. Russell Ballard
“No matter how good your message is, you may not get a chance to deliver it without consistent, persistent follow-up.”

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