Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy spoke at the Priesthood Session of the 185th Semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gave encouragement to the brethren of the Church to fight the daily battles the adversary presents.
“None – whether old, young or in between – is exempt from exposure to those things which have the potential to drag us down and destroy us. … but we need not despair,”Elder Soares said. “We are waging a war with sin. It is a war we can and will win. Our Father in Heaven has given us the tools we need in order to do so.”
Elder Soares gave scriptural examples of those who have won wars – both spiritual and physically.
“The prophet Alma declared that if all men had been like Moroni, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; and the devil would never have power over the hearts of men. All of Moroni’s attributes stemmed from his great faith in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ and his firm determination to follow the voice of God and His prophets.”
Elder Soares said the war against good and evil will continue throughout our lives.
“We need to be alert to this danger,” he said. “We cannot allow ourselves to be confused by the popular messages that are easily accepted by the world and that contradict the doctrine and true principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
He said our testimonies must be our shields against the fiery darts of the adversary.
“I invite all to trust in the merits and in the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” he said. “Through His atoning sacrifice, we can gain the courage to win all the wars of our time, even in the midst of our difficulties, challenges and temptations. Let us trust in His love and power to save us.”