Posts Tagged ‘April 2021 “’

TheChurchNews.com Conference Talk Summaries PDF “Being even more effective in priesthood service comes by understanding why individuals are given the priesthood. The purpose for receiving the priesthood is to allow them to bless people for the Lord, doing so in His name. Priesthood service is given out of love, and the Lord blesses service given in His name.

The key to serving and blessing others in His name is praying that the people feel the Lord’s love through one’s loving service. When giving a priesthood blessing, pray to know what blessing the Lord has in store. Ask to know how He wants to bless that person, not what others want.

“My experience is that even when the blessing is not what the others desire for themselves or their loved one, the Spirit touches hearts to experience acceptance and comfort rather than disappointment.” Magnifying priesthood service depends on one’s diligence in seeking the Lord’s will and voice. That magnification may come slowly, but it will come.” — Henry Eyring (more…)

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TheChurchNews.com Conference Talk Summaries PDF “For those who “feel small” in the Lord’s work, “I invite you to ask prayerfully how the Lord sees you. He knows you personally, He conferred the priesthood upon you.” He loves and trusts His priesthood holders to bless people He loves in His name.” — Henry B. Eyring


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General Conference, ‘Hearts Knit Together’, April 2021 “The Lord expects us to teach that inclusion is a positive means toward unity and that exclusion leads to division.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are dismayed when we hear of how children of God are mistreated based on their race. We have been heartbroken to hear of recent attacks on people who are Black, Asian, Latino, or of any other group. Prejudice, racial tension, or violence should never have any place in our neighborhoods, communities, or within the Church. Let each of us, no matter our age, strive to be our best.” — Gary E. Stevenson (more…)

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James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

Today we’re looking at a few things from a talk given by one of the Church’s General Authorities, Michael John U Teh. The reason his talk caught our attention was because of the subject matter. Mr. Teh laid a heavy emphasis on knowing Jesus vs. knowing about Him, alas, his talk created more confusion than direction.

You can read his talk in full at General Conference, ‘Our Personal Savior’, April 2021.

We’ve listed his comment/s followed by our observations.

First, recognize “knowing the Savior is the most important pursuit of our lives. It should take priority over anything else.”


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Exodus 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill.” — Sixth Commandment

Today we’re looking at another part of a talk given by Neil Andersen at the latest General Conference. One of the important things of his speech is actually what he left out…

General Conference, ‘The Personal Journey of a Child of God’, April 2021 “We Know about Life before Birth

Our eternal perspective not only enlarges our understanding of those who are continuing their journey beyond mortality but also opens our understanding of those who are earlier in their journey and just now entering mortality.

Each person who comes to earth is a unique son or daughter of God.

Our personal journey did not begin at birth. Before we were born, we were together in a world of preparation where we “received [our] first lessons in the world of spirits.” …

As covenant children of God, we love, honor, nurture, safeguard, and welcome those spirits who are coming from the premortal world. …

The Sacred Responsibility of Safeguarding Life

Years ago…Gordon B. Hinckley…said: “…Abortion is an evil, stark and real and repugnant, which is sweeping over the earth. I plead with the women of this Church to shun it, to stand above it, to stay away from those compromising situations which make it appear desirable. There may be some few circumstances under which it can occur, but they are extremely limited.10…” — Neil L. Andersen (more…)

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General Conference, ‘The Personal Journey of a Child of God’, April 2021 “Each person who comes to earth is a unique son or daughter of God. Our personal journey did not begin at birth. …  As covenant children of God, we love, honor, nurture, safeguard, and welcome those spirits who are coming from the premortal world. …

The Sacred Decision to Have a Child

It is concerning that even in some of the most prosperous countries of the world, fewer children are being born. “God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.”

…remember that each spirit child of God is coming to earth on his or her own personal journey…As you receive these precious children in the Savior’s name… I promise you that the Lord will bless you and shower His love and approval upon you.” — Neil L. Andersen (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Jesus Christ: The Caregiver of Our Soul’, April 2021 “Through Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice, we can experience a mighty change of mind and heart, bringing a fresh attitude, both toward God and toward life in general. When we sincerely repent of our sins and turn our hearts and will to God and His commandments, we can receive His forgiveness and feel the influence of His Holy Spirit in greater abundance. Mercifully, we avoid having to experience the depth of suffering the Savior endured. …

My dear friends, I testify to you that as we genuinely repent of our sins, we allow the atoning sacrifice of Christ to become wholly effective in our life. We will become free from the bondage of sin, find joy in our earthly journey, and become eligible to receive eternal salvation, which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all who believe in Jesus Christ and come unto Him.” — Ulisses Soares [emp. added] (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Defending Our Divinely Inspired Constitution’, April 2021 “Because of the many threats that undermine the principles of the Constitution, Latter-day Saints have a unique responsibility to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution by praying for the Lord to guide and bless all nations and their leaders.

Learn and advocate the principles of the Constitution by seeking out wise and good persons and be knowledgeable citizens.

“No party, platform or individual candidate can satisfy all personal preferences. Each citizen must therefore decide which issues are most important to him or her at any particular time.

Then, members should seek inspiration on how to exercise their influence according to their individual priorities. This process will not be easy.” — Dallin H. Oaks (more…)

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General Conference, ‘The Gospel Light of Truth and Love’, April 2021 “Thanks to the commencing of the ongoing Restoration just over 200 years ago, “the gospel light of truth and love” now shines brightly throughout the earth. … Highlighting the rapid growth of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson recently said: “Today, the Lord’s work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving forward at an accelerated pace. The Church will have an unprecedented, unparalleled future.”

As we gather on both sides of the veil, as we make sacrifices to serve and make the temple pivotal in our lives, the Lord is truly building us — He is building His covenant people.” — Alan R. Walker (more…)

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‘Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.’ Isaiah 12:2

General Conference, ‘They Cannot Prevail; We Cannot Fail’, April 2021 “Just going to church once a week is not enough to build upon the rock. Our entire lives should be filled with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not part of our life, but our life is actually part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Think about it. Is that not true? Our mortal life is only part of the whole plan of salvation and exaltation.” — Chi Hong (Sam) Wong (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Essential Conversations’, April 2021 “…The Holy Ghost is essential to our children’s testimony of and conversion to Jesus Christ…  Consider the value of family conversations about the gospel of Jesus Christ, essential conversations, that can invite the Spirit. … To do so, we can assist children in recognizing when they are feeling the Spirit and in discerning what actions cause the Spirit to leave…” — Joy D. Jones (more…)

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“Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.” Charles Spurgeon

General Conference, ‘Essential Conversations’, April 2021 “There is a uniquely special time in children’s lives when they are protected from Satan’s influence. It is a time when they are innocent and sin free. It is a sacred time for parent and child. Children are to be taught, by word and example, before and after they have “arrived unto the years of accountability before God.” …  As we nurture and prepare our children, we allow for their agency…and we never, ever, give up on them. After all, isn’t this the Lord’s way with each of us?” — Joy D. Jones (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Why the Covenant Path’, April 2021 “…there are many who, while not on the covenant path themselves, act in a way that mirrors the choices and contributions of those who are on the path. You might say they reap the blessings of walking a “covenant-consistent” path. What, then, is the difference of the covenant path?

Actually, the difference is uniquely and eternally significant. It includes the nature of our obedience, the character of God’s commitment to us, the divine help we receive, the blessings tied to gathering as a covenant people, and most importantly, our eternal inheritance.” — D. Todd Christofferson [emp. added] (more…)

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“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11

  General Conference, ‘Why the Covenant Path’, April 2021 “On the covenant path we also find the essential blessings of forgiveness and cleansing from sin. This is help that can come only through divine grace, administered by the Holy Ghost. … There is also a weekly gathering of the covenant people to the house of prayer on the Lord’s day, that we may “more fully keep [ourselves] unspotted from the world.” — D. Todd Christofferson (more…)

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General Conference, ‘What has Our Savior done for Us?’, April 2021 “The Savior has done everything essential for one’s successful journey through mortality toward the joyful destiny outlined in God’s plan of salvation.” — Dallin H. Oaks (more…)

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Today we’ve pulled a few interesting things from a talk given by LDS apostle, Quentin Cook. To read their article in full see General Conference, ‘Bishops—Shepherds over the Lord’s Flock’, April 2021.

As a summary, Mr. Cook spoke at the priesthood session on the duties of LDS bishops and the role they should have in the lives of those under their care. Below is a list of the quotes followed by what the Lord has said in His word.

First and foremost, however, we mustn’t forget to pray for the salvation of the kids involved, and those bishops as well!

  1. ‘the bishop coordinates the work of salvation and exaltation in the ward’


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Church News, ‘Hope in Christ’, April 2021 “The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have counseled together in a spirit of prayer and with a yearning to understand how to help all who feel alone or feel they don’t belong. We long to help all who feel this way. Let me mention, in particular, those who are currently single.

Brothers and sisters, more than half of adults in the Church today are widowed, divorced, or not yet married. Some wonder about their opportunities and place in God’s plan and in the Church. We should understand that eternal life is not simply a question of current marital status but of discipleship and being “valiant in the testimony of Jesus.”8 …

For many years, we have talked about “young single adults,” “single adults,” and “adults.” Those designations can be administratively helpful at times but can inadvertently change how we perceive others.

Is there a way to avoid this human tendency that can separate us from one another? … Let us call upon our members who are single to serve, lift, and teach. Disregard old notions and ideas that have sometimes unintentionally contributed to their feelings of loneliness and that they do not belong or cannot serve.” — M. Russell Ballard (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Welcome Message’, April 2021 “The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of repentance. “Because of the Savior’s Atonement, His gospel provides an invitation to keep changing, growing and becoming more pure. It is a gospel of hope, of healing and of progress.” — Russell Nelson (more…)

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