“Elder Robert D. Hales: The Holy Ghost”
Elder Robert D. Hales, from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke on the Holy Ghost.
“The Holy Ghost honors the principle of agency,” he said. “He speaks out to our minds and our hearts gently about the many matters of consequence.”
He said that everyone will and can feel the Holy Ghost in different ways. He encouraged parents to teach their children about the Holy Ghost and how to follow it.
Elder Hales concluded his talk with his testimony about the Holy Ghost.
“I express my love and gratitude to Heavenly Father for the gift of the Holy Ghost, through which he reveals his will and sustains us in our lives,” he said.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong: “Always Remember Him”
Elder Gerrit W. Gong, from the presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy, spoke on always remembering Jesus Christ.
He listed six ways to remember Christ:
- “Having confidence in his covenants, promises and assurances.”
- “Gratefully acknowledging his hand throughout our lives.”
- “Trusting when the Lord assures us we are forgiven of our sins.”
- “Remember that he always welcomes us home.”
- “Remember him on the Sabbath through the sacrament.”
- “Always remember him as he always remembers us.”
He concluded his talk asking everyone to remember Christ.
Elder Patrick Kearon: “Refuge From the Storm”
Elder Patrick Kearon, from the Seventy, spoke on helping refugees.
He said there are roughly 60 million refugees today, and 1.25 million of them arrived to Europe where he currently serves from the Middle East and Africa. He said the Church works in 17 European countries with 75 organizations to help the refugees.
He said that members of the Church can look in the past to remember when the Saints were persecuted and forced out of their homes, similar to the refugees.
“The Savior knows how it feel to be a refugee — he was one,” he said.
He encouraged everyone to help the refugees however they can, and reiterated Relief Society General President Sister Linda K. Burton’s invitation to find service ideas on IWasAStranger.lds.org.
“This moment does not define them, but our response will help define us,” he said.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “Opposition in All Things”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke on the Plan of Salvation and necessity of opposition in life.
“To be tested, we must have the agency to choose between alternatives,” he said.
He said having agency and opposition was necessary in the Garden of Eden because if they had not partaken of the fruit, then mortality would not be introduced to earth.
“None of us is exempt (from sin),” he said. “Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us become.”
He concluded by saying we can understand our mortal lives and God’s commandments within the context of the Plan of Salvation.
Elder Kent F. Richards: “The Power of Godliness”
Elder Kent F. Richards, from the Seventy, spoke on the importance of temples.
“Surely, today, in these trying times, each of us and our families need the temple more than anything else,” he said.
He said that Joseph F. Smith learned about doing temple work for the dead and he learned that those who have died need the temple ordinances to help them.
“Serving in the temple is a rich and powerful experience for people of all ages,” he said.
He concluded his talk by asking the Saints to “Come to the Temple.”
Elder Paul V. Johnson: “And There Shall be No More Death”
Elder Paul V. Johnson, from the Seventy, spoke on the resurrection of Christ and how it is part of the Plan of Salvation.
He spoke about how his daughter died after an eight-year battle with cancer about a year ago.
“Each of us has physical, mental and emotional limitations and weaknesses,” he said. “These challenges, some of which seem so intractable now, will eventually be resolved.”
He said that the resurrection is a miracle and an ultimate cure.
“The Resurrection of the Savior proves that he is the son of God and that what he taught is real,” he said.
He concluded by bearing his testimony of the resurrection and how he will see his perfected daughter again.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke on how the Lord will help us live tomorrow.
“It is inevitable that after heavenly moments in our lives, we, of necessity, return to earth so to speak, where less than ideal circumstances again face us,” he said.
He said that general conference is meant to give hope and inspiration to everyone, while Satan tries to persuade us that the principles and teachings in conference are unrealistic.
“Don’t fall for that,” he said. “With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed.”
He concluded by asking Heavenly Father to bless us to remember how we felt today and work toward the teachings taught this weekend.