Written by Andrea Meiners and Cinthya Rubio
On Saturday, April 2, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held their 186th annual afternoon session of general conference.
The choir was comprised of several different BYU-Idaho students.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Standing With the Leaders of the Church
Following the sustaining of new General Seventies, Area Seventies, and a new Primary general presidency, Elder Ronald A. Rasband started the session by speaking of the importance of supporting and sustaining the leaders of the church.
“I treasure your willingness to stand with me and with all of these great leaders,” he said.
Elder Rasband emphasized how inspired the leaders of the church are to our issues, concerns, and challenges.
“Are you standing with the leaders of the Church in the darkening world so that you might spread the Light of Christ?” he said.
Elder Neil A. Andersen: Whoso Recieveth Them, Recieveth Me
Elder Anderson spoke to the children and youth of the Church who do not have supportive families in the Church.
“Children today find themselves in many different and complex family configurations,” he said.
He spoke of several stories of different children around the world, and for the difficulties they face as they may feel alone in their family.
“While a child’s earthly situation may not be ideal, a child’s spiritual DNA is perfect,” he said.
He then encouraged youth around the world to be supportive and understanding of all youth, regardless of their family situations.
“The greatest influence on helping our youth feel included, is other righteous youth,” he said.
Elder Mervyn B. Arnold: To the Rescue: We Can Do It
Elder Arnold talked about the importance of rescuing Heavenly Father’s children.
“As we go to the rescue, God gives us power, encouragement, and blessings,” Elder Arnold said.
He gave four principles that will help us as we work on rescuing others.
- “Principle 1: We must not delay going to the rescue.”
- “Principle 2: We must never give up.”
- “Principle 3: How great shall be your joy if you bring save it be one soul unto Christ.”
- “Principle 4: No matter our age, we are all called to go to the rescue.”
The Lord has provided all the resources that we need to help those who are in need of rescue.
“The Lord has provided all of the tools necessary for us to go to the rescue of our less active and non-member friends,” he said. “We can all do it!”
Elder Jairo Mazzagardi: The Sacred Place of Restoration
Elder Mazzagardi spoke of how the historical church grounds answered his questions and strengthened his testimony.
“I realized that the Lord knew and cared about me as to answer my prayers,” he said.
Elder Mazzagardi spoke of how like Joseph Smith who gained his testimony in the Sacred Grove, we too can gain a testimony.
“If you who hear me have any questions in your heart, do not give up!” he said.
Elder David A. Bednar: Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins
Elder David A. Bednar spoke on how earnest repentance is an essential in having a spiritual rebirth and change of heart.
“Ordinances received and honored with integrity are essential to obtaining the power of godliness,” he said.
Elder Bednar stressed how the opportunity of repentance is so vital to us, and important as it is an opportunity to be baptized again.
“This joyous blessing is vital because ‘no unclean thing can dwell with God,’” he said.
Elder Bednar gave a promise of how striving to be more Christ-like will bless us.
“Although none of us can achieve perfection in this life, we can become increasingly worthy and spotless,” he said.
Elder M. Russell Ballard: Family Councils
Elder M. Russell Ballard spoke on the importance of meeting together as a family on a regular basis to spot family problems, and to help every family member feel their importance.
“Children desperately need parents willing to listen to them,” he said.
Elder Ballard talked about how there are four different types of family councils, and that the type of family council your family chooses to hold is based on your family’s needs at that time.
“Everyone can adapt a family council to take advantage of this divine pattern by our loving Heavenly Father,” he said.
Elder Ballard promised blessings of the result of faithful family councils.
“Combined with prayer, a family council will invite the presence of the Savior,” he said.