Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Seventy shared his address in his native language of Portuguese.
“What a privilege to be a part of this historic moment when general conference speakers have the option of speaking in their native language,” Elder Godoy said. “The last time I spoke at this pulpit, I was worried about my accent in English. Now, I am worried about the speed of my Portuguese. I do not want to speak more quickly than the subtitles.”
Elder Godoy began his talk by sharing a personal experience.
He said at the end of the 1980s, he and his family were living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His life had seemed to reach a point where everything was going well, until a friend came to visit and asked him a question.
“If you continue to live as you are living, will the blessings promised in your patriarchal blessing be fulfilled?” he asked Elder Godoy.
He said after pondering this question, he turned to his patriarchal blessing and decided that some changes needed to be made in his life.
He quoted Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “As we consider various choices, we should remember that it is not enough that something is good. Other choices are better, and still others are best.”
Elder Godoy listed three principles that can help us make the best decisions.
The first principle was, “we need to consider our options with the end in mind.”
“Understanding who we are, why we are here, and what the Lord expects from us in this life, will help give us the broader vision we need,” Elder Godoy said.
The second principle was, “we need to be prepared for the challenges that will come.”
He used the examples of Moses, Lehi and Joseph Smith when speaking of how the best paths in life are rarely the easiest paths to take.
“Are we willing to pay the price for our decisions? Are we prepared to leave our comfort zones to reach a better place?” he asked.
The third and final principle was, “we need to share this vision with the people we love.”
“It is very likely that when we decide to take a certain path, the people we love will be affected,” he said. “Some will even share with us the results of this choice. Ideally, they will be able to see what we see and share our same convictions. This is not always possible, but when it occurs, the journey is much easier.”
Elder Godoy concluded his talk by sharing his testimony that the Lord has a plan for everyone.
“Just because things are going well does not mean that we should not from time to time consider whether there might be something better,” he said.