“The Lord is my light” by Quentin L. Cook

During the afternoon session of the 185th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Quentin L. Cook Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on the light of the Lord.

Elder Cook began his talk by mentioning the sacred nature of the Easter season and to rejoice in the redemption brought upon by the Savior Jesus Christ.

“With modern communication the impact of iniquity, inequality and injustice leave many feeling that life is inherently unfair,” Elder Cook said. “As significant as these trials can be, they must not distract us from rejoicing in and celebrating Christ’s supernal intercession in our behalf.”

Elder Cook said the Savior took upon Himself the iniquity and transgressions of all mankind with mercy and compassion and has redeemed and satisfied the demand of justice for those who would repent and believe in the Him.

“The role of the family in God’s plan is, ‘to bring us happiness, to help us learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere and to prepare us for eternal life,” Elder Cook said. “The beautiful traditions of religious observance in the home need to be imbedded in the hearts of our children.”

Elder Cook said in addition to family, the role of the Church is also important. In a world where there is rampant contention, iniquity, and an emphasis on divergency cultures and inequality, there should be no division or ranks in our church services.

“We rejoice in the fact that all races and cultures are mixed together in a righteous congregation,” Elder Cook said. “Our ward family is important to our progress, happiness and personal effort to be more Christ-like.”

Elder Cook said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is stronger than ever but we should be careful to not be critical of those who have questions and concerns.

“Patiently and humbly studying, pondering, praying, living gospel principles and counseling with approbate leaders are the best ways to resolve questions or concerns,” Elder Cook said.

Elder Cook said protection is this life and for eternity is an individual and family righteousness as well as in Church ordinances and following the Savior.

“This is our refuge from the storm,” Elder Cook said. “For those who feel they re alone, you can stand resolutely in righteousness knowing that the atonement will protect and bless you belong your ability to full understand.”

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