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The Talks of Thomas S. Monson, 2006-2015

The Talks of Thomas S. Monson, 2006-2015

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The full text of all talks given by Thomas S. Monson, the president of the LDS Church, in General Conference since 2006. Created for the research project behind my papers on Monson's testimonies.
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The Talks of Thomas S.

Monson, 2006-
2015
Last Updated: October 18, 2015
General Conference Talks
April 2006 General Conference
True to te !ait
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
Let us resol"e ere and no# to follo# tat strai$t pat #ic leads o%e to
te !ater of us all&
'an( (ears a$o, on an assi$n%ent to te beautiful islands of Ton$a, ) #as pri"ile$ed to
"isit our Curc scool, te Liaona *i$ +cool, #ere our (out are tau$t b( teacers
#it a co%%on bond of fait,pro"idin$ trainin$ for te %ind and preparation for life& On
tat occasion, enterin$ one classroo%, ) noticed te rapt attention te cildren $a"e
teir nati"e instructor& *is te-tboo. and teirs la( closed upon te des.s& )n is and e
eld a stran$e/appearin$ 0sin$ lure fasioned fro% a round stone and lar$e seasells&
Tis, ) learned, #as a maka-feke, an octopus lure& )n Ton$a, octopus %eat is a delicac(&
Te teacer e-plained tat Ton$an 0ser%en $lide o"er a reef, paddlin$ teir outri$$er
canoes #it one and and dan$lin$ te %a.a/fe.e o"er te side #it te oter& An
octopus dases out fro% its roc.( lair and sei1es te lure, %ista.in$ it for a %uc/desired
%eal& +o tenacious is te $rasp of te octopus and so 0r% is its instinct not to relin2uis
te precious pri1e tat 0ser%en can 3ip it ri$t into te canoe&
)t #as an eas( transition for te teacer to point out to te ea$er and #ide/e(ed (out
tat te e"il one,e"en +atan,as fasioned so/called %a.a/fe.es #it #ic to
ensnare unsuspectin$ persons and ta.e possession of teir destinies&
Toda( #e are surrounded b( te %a.a/fe.es #ic te e"il one dan$les before us and
#it #ic e atte%pts to entice us and ten to ensnare us& Once $rasped, suc %a.a/
fe.es are e"er so di4cult,and so%eti%es nearl( i%possible,to relin2uis& To be safe,
#e %ust reco$ni1e te% for #at te( are and ten be un#a"erin$ in our deter%ination
to a"oid te%&
Constantl( before us is te %a.a/fe.e of i%%oralit(& Al%ost e"er(#ere #e turn, tere
are tose #o #ould a"e us belie"e tat #at #as once considered i%%oral is no#
acceptable& ) tin. of te scripture, 56o unto te% tat call e"il $ood, and $ood e"il, tat
put dar.ness for li$t, and li$t for dar.ness&7
1
+uc is te %a.a/fe.e of i%%oralit(& 6e
are re%inded in te 8oo. of 'or%on tat castit( and "irtue are precious abo"e all
tin$s&
6en te%ptation co%es, re%e%ber te #ise counsel of te Apostle 9aul, #o declared,
5Tere at no te%ptation ta.en (ou but suc as is co%%on to %an: but God is faitful,
#o #ill not su:er (ou to be te%pted abo"e tat (e are able; but #ill #it te te%ptation
also %a.e a #a( to escape, tat (e %a( be able to bear it&7
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<e-t, te e"il one also dan$les before us te %a.a/fe.e of porno$rap(& *e #ould a"e
us belie"e tat te "ie#in$ of porno$rap( reall( urts no one& *o# applicable is
Ale-ander 9ope=s classic, An Essay on Man:
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We rst endure, then !ity, then embrace"
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+o%e publisers and printers prostitute teir presses b( printin$ %illions of pieces of
porno$rap( eac da(& <o e-pense is spared to produce a product certain to be "ie#ed,
ten "ie#ed a$ain& One of te %ost accessible sources of porno$rap( toda( is te
)nternet, #ere one can turn on a co%puter and instantl( a"e at is 0n$ertips countless
sites featurin$ porno$rap(& 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le( as said: 5) fear tis %a( be
$oin$ on in so%e of (our o%es& )t is "icious& )t is le#d and 0lt(& )t is enticin$ and abit/
for%in$& )t #ill ta.e ?(ou@ do#n to destruction as surel( as an(tin$ in tis #orld& )t is foul
slea1e tat %a.es its e-ploiters #ealt(, its "icti%s i%po"erised&7
A
Tainted as #ell is te %o"ie producer, te tele"ision pro$ra%%er, or te entertainer #o
pro%otes porno$rap(& Lon$ $one are te restraints of (ester(ear& +o/called realis% is
te 2uest, #it te result tat toda( #e are surrounded b( tis 0lt&
A"oid an( se%blance of porno$rap(& )t #ill desensiti1e te spirit and erode te
conscience& 6e are told in te Boctrine and Co"enants, 5Tat #ic dot not edif( is not
of God, and is dar.ness&7
5
+uc is porno$rap(&
) %ention ne-t te %a.a/fe.e of dru$s, includin$ alcool& Once $rasped, tis %a.a/fe.e
is particularl( di4cult to abandon& Bru$s and alcool cloud tin.in$, re%o"e inibitions,
fracture fa%ilies, satter drea%s, and sorten life& Te( are e"er(#ere to be found and
are placed purposel( in te pat#a( of "ulnerable (out&
Cac one of us as a bod( tat as been entrusted to us b( a lo"in$ *ea"enl( !ater& 6e
a"e been co%%anded to care for it& Can #e deliberatel( abuse or inDure our bodies
#itout bein$ eld accountableE 6e cannotF Te Apostle 9aul declared: 5Gno# (e not
tat (e are te te%ple of God, and tat te +pirit of God d#ellet in (ouE H
5Te te%ple of God is ol(, #ic te%ple (e are&7
6
'a( #e .eep our bodies,our te%ples
,0t and clean, free fro% ar%ful substances #ic destro( our p(sical, %ental, and
spiritual #ell/bein$&
Te 0nal %a.a/fe.e ) #is to %ention toda( is one #ic can crus our self/estee%, ruin
relationsips, and lea"e us in desperate circu%stances& )t is te %a.a/fe.e of e-cessi"e
debt& )t is a u%an tendenc( to #ant te tin$s #ic #ill $i"e us pro%inence and
presti$e& 6e li"e in a ti%e #en borro#in$ is eas(& 6e can purcase al%ost an(tin$ #e
could e"er #ant Dust b( usin$ a credit card or obtainin$ a loan& C-tre%el( popular are
o%e e2uit( loans, #ere one can borro# an a%ount of %one( e2ual to te e2uit( e
as in is o%e& 6at #e %a( not reali1e is tat a o%e e2uit( loan is e2ui"alent to a
second %ort$a$e& Te da( of rec.onin$ will co%e if #e a"e continuall( li"ed be(ond our
%eans&
'( broters and sisters, a"oid te pilosop( tat (esterda(=s lu-uries a"e beco%e
toda(=s necessities& Te( aren=t necessities unless #e %a.e te% so& 'an( enter into
lon$/ter% debt onl( to 0nd tat can$es occur: people beco%e ill or incapacitated,
co%panies fail or do#nsi1e, Dobs are lost, natural disasters befall us& !or %an( reasons,
pa(%ents on lar$e a%ounts of debt can no lon$er be %ade& Our debt beco%es as a
Ba%ocles s#ord an$in$ o"er our eads and treatenin$ to destro( us&
) ur$e (ou to li"e #itin (our %eans& One cannot spend %ore tan one earns and re%ain
sol"ent& ) pro%ise (ou tat (ou #ill ten be appier tan (ou #ould be if (ou #ere
constantl( #orr(in$ about o# to %a.e te ne-t pa(%ent on nonessential debt& )n te
Boctrine and Co"enants #e read: 59a( te debt tou ast contracted& H Ielease t(self
fro% bonda$e&7
J
Tere are, of course, countless oter %a.a/fe.es #ic te e"il one dan$les before us to
lead us fro% te pat of ri$teousness& *o#e"er, our *ea"enl( !ater as $i"en us life
and #it it te capacit( to tin., to reason, and to lo"e& 6e a"e te po#er to resist an(
te%ptation and te abilit( to deter%ine te pat #e #ill ta.e, te direction #e #ill tra"el&
Our $oal is te celestial .in$do% of God& Our purpose is to steer an unde"iatin$ course in
tat direction&
To all #o #al. te pat#a( of life, our *ea"enl( !ater cautions: be#are te detours,
te pitfalls, te traps& Cunnin$l( positioned are tose cle"erl( dis$uised %a.a/fe.es
bec.onin$ us to $rasp te% and to lose tat #ic #e %ost desire& Bo not be decei"ed&
9ause to pra(& Listen to tat still, s%all "oice #ic spea.s to te depts of our souls te
'aster=s $entle in"itation, 5Co%e, follo# %e&7
8
8( doin$ so, #e turn fro% destruction,
fro% deat, and 0nd appiness and life e"erlastin$&
Ket tere are tose #o do not ear, #o #ill not obe(, #o listen to te enticin$s of te
e"il one, #o $rasp tose %a.a/fe.es until te( cannot let $o, until all is lost& ) tin. of
tat person of po#er, tat cardinal of te clot, e"en Cardinal 6olse(& Te proli0c pen of
6illia% +a.espeare described te %aDestic ei$ts, te pinnacle of po#er to #ic
Cardinal 6olse( ascended& Tat sa%e pen told o# principle #as eroded b( "ain
a%bition, b( e-pedienc(, b( a cla%or for pro%inence and presti$e& Ten ca%e te tra$ic
descent, te painful la%ent of one #o ad $ained e"er(tin$, ten lost it all&
To Cro%#ell, is faitful ser"ant, Cardinal 6olse( spea.s:
# $romwell, $romwell%
&ad ' but ser()d my *od with half the +eal
' ser()d my king, &e would not in mine age
&a(e left me naked to mine enemies"
L
Tat inspired %andate #ic #ould a"e led Cardinal 6olse( to safet( #as ruined b( te
pursuit of po#er and pro%inence, te 2uest for #ealt and position& Li.e oters before
i% and %an( %ore (et to follo#, Cardinal 6olse( fell&
)n an earlier ti%e and b( a #ic.ed .in$, a ser"ant of God #as tested& Aided b( te
inspiration of ea"en, Baniel interpreted to Gin$ 8elsa11ar te #ritin$ on te #all&
Concernin$ te pro:ered re#ards,e"en a ro(al robe and a nec.lace of $old,Baniel
said: 5Let t( $ifts be to t(self, and $i"e t( re#ards to anoter&7
10
Barius, a later .in$, also onored Baniel, ele"atin$ i% to te i$est position of
pro%inence& Tere follo#ed te en"( of te cro#d, te Dealous( of princes, and te
sce%in$ of a%bitious %en&
Trou$ tric.er( and 3atter(, Gin$ Barius si$ned a procla%ation pro"idin$ tat an(one
#o %ade a re2uest of an( $od or %an, e-cept te .in$, sould be tro#n into te lions=
den& 9ra(er #as forbidden& )n suc %atters, Baniel too. direction not fro% an eartl(
.in$ but fro% te Gin$ of ea"en and eart, is God& O"erta.en in is dail( pra(ers,
Baniel #as brou$t before te .in$& Ieluctantl(, te penalt( #as pronounced& Baniel #as
to be tro#n into te lions= den&
) lo"e te biblical account #ic follo#s:
5Te .in$ arose "er( earl( in te %ornin$, and #ent in aste unto te den of lions&
5And #en e ca%e to te den, e cried #it a la%entable "oice H O Baniel, H is t(
God, #o% tou ser"est continuall(, able to deli"er tee fro% te lionsE
5Ten said Baniel unto te .in$ H
5'( God at sent is an$el, and at sut te lions= %outs, tat te( a"e not urt
%e& H
5Ten #as te .in$ e-ceedin$ $lad& H Baniel #as ta.en up out of te den, and no
%anner of urt #as found upon i%, because e belie"ed in is God&7
11
)n a ti%e of critical need, Baniel=s deter%ination to re%ain true and faitful pro"ided
di"ine protection and a sanctuar( of safet(&
Te cloc. of istor(, li.e te sands of te our$lass, %ar.s te passa$e of ti%e& A ne#
cast occupies te sta$e of life& Te proble%s of our da( loo% o%inousl( before us&
+urrounded b( te callen$es of %odern li"in$, #e loo. ea"en#ard for tat unfailin$
sense of direction tat #e %i$t cart and follo# a #ise and proper course& Our
*ea"enl( !ater #ill not den( our petition&
6en ) tin. of ri$teous indi"iduals, te na%es of Gusta" and 'ar$arete 6ac.er co%e
readil( to %ind& Let %e describe te%& ) 0rst %et te 6ac.ers #en ) #as called to
preside o"er te Canadian 'ission in 1L5L& Te( ad i%%i$rated to Gin$ston, Ontario,
Canada, fro% teir nati"e Ger%an(&
8roter 6ac.er earned is li"in$ as a barber& *is %eans #ere li%ited, but e and +ister
6ac.er al#a(s paid %ore tan a tent as titin$& As branc president, 8roter 6ac.er
started a %issionar( fund, and for %onts at a ti%e e #as te onl( contributor& 6en
tere #ere %issionaries in te cit(, te 6ac.ers fed and cared for te%, and te
%issionaries ne"er left te 6ac.er o%e #itout so%e tan$ible donation to teir #or.
and #elfare&
Gusta" and 'ar$arete 6ac.er=s o%e #as a ea"en& Te( #ere not blessed #it
cildren, but te( %otered and fatered teir %an( Curc "isitors& 'en and #o%en of
learnin$ and sopistication sou$t out tese u%ble, unlettered ser"ants of God and
counted te%sel"es fortunate if te( could spend an our in teir presence& Te
6ac.ers= appearance #as ordinar(, teir Cn$lis altin$ and so%e#at di4cult to
understand, teir o%e unpretentious& Te( didn=t o#n a car or a tele"ision, nor did te(
do an( of te tin$s to #ic te #orld usuall( pa(s attention& Ket te faitful beat a
pat to teir door in order to parta.e of te spirit tat #as tere&
)n 'arc of 1L82, 8roter and +ister 6ac.er #ere called to ser"e as full/ti%e ordinance
#or.ers in te 6asin$ton B&C& Te%ple& On Mune 2L, 1L8>, #ile 8roter and +ister
6ac.er #ere still ser"in$ in tis te%ple assi$n%ent, 8roter 6ac.er, #it is belo"ed
#ife at is side, peacefull( passed fro% %ortalit( to is eternal re#ard& !ittin$ are te
#ords, 56o onors God, God onors&7
12
'( broters and sisters, let us resol"e ere and no# to follo# tat strai$t pat #ic
leads o%e to te !ater of us all so tat te $ift of eternal life,life in te presence of
our *ea"enl( !ater,%a( be ours& +ould tere be tose tin$s #ic need to be
can$ed or corrected in order to do so, ) encoura$e (ou to ta.e care of te% no#&
)n te #ords of a fa%iliar (%n, %a( #e e"er be
,rue to the faith that our !arents ha(e cherished,
,rue to the truth for which martyrs ha(e !erished,
,o *od)s command, -oul, heart and hand,
.aithful and true we will e(er stand"
1>
Tat eac of us %a( do so is %( u%ble pra(er, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2006 General Conference
Our +acred 9riestood Trust
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
Te priestood is not reall( so %uc a $ift as it is a co%%ission to ser"e, a
pri"ile$e to lift, and an opportunit( to bless te li"es of oters&
+o%e (ears a$o as our (oun$est son, Clar., #as approacin$ is 12t birtda(, e and )
#ere lea"in$ te Curc Ad%inistration 8uildin$ #en 9resident *arold 8& Lee
approaced and $reeted us& ) %entioned to 9resident Lee tat Clar. #ould soon be 12,
#ereupon 9resident Lee turned to i% and as.ed, 56at appens to (ou #en (ou turn
12E7
Tis #as one of tose ti%es #en a fater pra(s tat a son #ill be inspired to $i"e a
proper response& Clar., #itout esitation, said to 9resident Lee, 5) #ill be ordained a
deaconF7
Te ans#er #as te one for #ic ) ad pra(ed and #ic 9resident Lee ad sou$t& *e
ten counseled our son, 5Ie%e%ber, it is a $reat blessin$ to old te priestood&7
) ope #it all %( eart and soul tat e"er( (oun$ %an #o recei"es te priestood #ill
onor tat priestood and be true to te trust #ic is con"e(ed #en it is conferred&
'a( eac of us #o olds te priestood of God .no# #at e belie"es& As te Apostle
9eter ad%onised, %a( #e e"er be read( 5to $i"e an ans#er to e"er( %an tat as.et
(ou a reason of te ope tat is in (ou&7
1
Tere #ill be occasions in eac of our li"es
#en #e #ill be called upon to e-plain or to defend our beliefs& 6en te ti%e for
perfor%ance arri"es, te ti%e for preparation is past&
'ost of (ou (oun$ %en #ill a"e te opportunit( to sare (our testi%onies #en (ou
ser"e as %issionaries trou$out te #orld& 9repare no# for tat #onderful pri"ile$e&
) a"e e-perienced %an( opportunities& One occurred 21 (ears a$o, prior to te ti%e
#en te Ger%an Be%ocratic Iepublic,or Cast Ger%an(, as it #as %ore co%%onl(
.no#n,#as freed fro% Co%%unist rule& ) #as "isitin$ #it te Cast Ger%an state
secretar(, 'inister G(si& At tat ti%e our te%ple at !reiber$, in Cast Ger%an(, #as under
construction, alon$ #it t#o or tree %eetin$ouses& 'inister G(si and ) "isited on a
nu%ber of subDects, includin$ our #orld#ide buildin$ pro$ra%& *e ten as.ed, 56( is
(our curc so #ealt( tat (ou can a:ord to build buildin$s in our countr( and
trou$out te #orldE *o# do (ou $et (our %one(E7
) ans#ered tat te Curc is not #ealt( but tat #e follo# te ancient biblical principle
of titin$, #ic principle is ree%pasi1ed in our %odern scripture& ) e-plained also tat
our Curc as no paid %inistr( and indicated tat tese #ere t#o reasons #( #e #ere
able to build te buildin$s ten under #a(, includin$ te beautiful te%ple at !reiber$&
'inister G(si #as %ost i%pressed #it te infor%ation ) presented, and ) #as "er(
$rateful ) #as able to ans#er is 2uestions&
Te opportunit( to declare a trut %a( co%e #en #e least e-pect it& Let us be
prepared&
On one occasion, 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa( #as as.ed b( a #o%an not a %e%ber of te
Curc #at speci0c belief set apart te teacin$s of te Curc fro% tose of an( oter
fait& )n spea.in$ of tis later, 9resident 'cGa( indicated tat e ad felt i%pressed to
ans#er, 5Tat #ic di:erentiates te beliefs of %( curc fro% tose of oters is di"ine
autorit( b( direct re"elation&7
2
6ere could #e 0nd a %ore si$ni0cant e-a%ple of di"ine autorit( b( direct re"elation
tan in te e"ents #ic occurred tat 5beautiful, clear da(, earl( in te sprin$ of
ei$teen undred and t#ent(,7 #en te lad Mosep +%it retired to te #oods to pra(&
*is #ords describin$ tat %o%ent in istor( are o"erpo#erin$: 5) sa# t#o 9ersona$es,
#ose bri$tness and $lor( def( all description, standin$ abo"e %e in te air& One of
te% spa.e unto %e, callin$ %e b( na%e and said, pointin$ to te oter,,his is My
/elo(ed -on" &ear &im%7
>
Our tou$ts turn to te "isit of tat ea"enl( %essen$er, Mon te 8aptist, on 'a( 15,
182L& Tere on te ban. of te +us2ueanna Ii"er, near *ar%on(, 9enns(l"ania, Mon
laid is ands upon Mosep +%it and Oli"er Co#der( and ordained te%, sa(in$, 5Upon
(ou %( fello# ser"ants, in te na%e of 'essia ) confer te 9riestood of Aaron, #ic
olds te .e(s of te %inisterin$ of an$els, and of te $ospel of repentance, and of
baptis% b( i%%ersion for te re%ission of sins&7
A
Te %essen$er announced tat e
acted under te direction of 9eter, Ma%es, and Mon, #o eld te .e(s of te
'elci1ede. 9riestood& Ordination and baptis% follo#ed& Tis is (et anoter e-a%ple of
di"ine autorit( b( direct re"elation&
)n due ti%e, 9eter, Ma%es, and Mon #ere sent to besto# te blessin$s of te 'elci1ede.
9riestood& Tese Apostles sent b( te Lord ordained and con0r%ed Mosep and Oli"er to
be Apostles and special #itnesses of *is na%e& Bi"ine autorit( b( direct re"elation
caracteri1ed tis sacred "isitation&
As a result of tese e-periences, all of us carr( te re2uire%ent,e"en te blessed
opportunit( and sole%n dut(,to be true to te trust #e a"e recei"ed&
9resident 8ri$a% Koun$ declared, 5Te 9riestood of te +on of God is H te la# b(
#ic te #orlds are, #ere, and #ill continue for e"er and e"er&7
5
9resident Mosep !&
+%it, e-pandin$ on tis te%e, ad"ised, 5)t is notin$ %ore nor less tan te po#er of
God dele$ated to %an b( #ic %an can act in te eart for te sal"ation of te u%an
fa%il(, in te na%e of te !ater and te +on and te *ol( Gost, and act le$iti%atel(;
not assu%in$ tat autorit(, nor borro#in$ it fro% $enerations tat are dead and $one,
but autorit( tat as been $i"en in tis da( in #ic #e li"e b( %inisterin$ an$els and
spirits fro% abo"e, direct fro% te presence of Al%i$t( God&7
6
As ) approaced %( 18t birtda( and prepared to enter %ilitar( ser"ice in 6orld 6ar )), )
#as reco%%ended to recei"e te 'elci1ede. 9riestood& 'ine #as te tas. to
telepone 9resident 9aul C& Cild, %( sta.e president, for an inter"ie#& *e #as one #o
lo"ed and understood te ol( scriptures, and it #as is intent tat all oters sould
si%ilarl( lo"e and understand te%& As ) .ne# fro% oters of is rater detailed and
searcin$ inter"ie#s, our telepone con"ersation #ent so%etin$ li.e tis:
5*ello, 9resident Cild& Tis is 8roter 'onson& ) a"e been as.ed b( te bisop to "isit
#it (ou relati"e to bein$ ordained an elder&7
5!ine, 8roter 'onson& 6en can (ou see %eE7
Gno#in$ tat is sacra%ent %eetin$ ti%e #as A:00 and desirin$ %ini%u% e-posure of
%( scriptural .no#led$e to is re"ie#, ) su$$ested, 5*o# #ould >:00 beE7
*is response: 5O, 8roter 'onson, tat #ould not pro"ide us su4cient ti%e to peruse
te scriptures& Could (ou please co%e at 2:00 and brin$ #it (ou (our personall( %ar.ed
set of scripturesE7
+unda( 0nall( arri"ed, and ) "isited 9resident Cild=s o%e& ) #as $reeted #ar%l(, and
ten te inter"ie# be$an& *e said, 58roter 'onson, (ou old te Aaronic 9riestood&7 Of
course, ) .ne# tat& *e continued, 5*a"e (ou e"er ad an an$el %inister to (ouE7
'( repl(, 5)=% not sure&7
5Bo (ou .no#,7 said e, 5tat (ou are entitled to sucE7
Ca%e %( response: 5<o&7
Ten e instructed, 58roter 'onson, repeat fro% %e%or( te 1>t section of te
Boctrine and Co"enants&7
) be$an, 5Upon (ou %( fello# ser"ants, in te na%e of 'essia ) confer te 9riestood of
Aaron, #ic olds te .e(s of te %inisterin$ of an$els H7
5+top,7 9resident Cild directed& Ten in a cal%, .indl( tone, e counseled, 58roter
'onson, ne"er for$et tat as a older of te Aaronic 9riestood (ou are entitled to te
%inisterin$ of an$els& <o# continue te passa$e&7
) recited fro% %e%or( te re%ainder of te section& 9resident Cild said, 5+plendid&7 *e
ten discussed #it %e se"eral oter sections of te Boctrine and Co"enants pertainin$
to te priestood& )t #as a lon$ inter"ie#, but ) a"e ne"er for$otten it& At te conclusion,
9resident Cild put is ar% around %( soulder and said, 5Kou are no# read( to recei"e
te 'elci1ede. 9riestood& Ie%e%ber tat te Lord blesses te person #o ser"es
*i%&7
'an( (ears later, 9aul C& Cild, ten of te 9riestood 6elfare Co%%ittee, and )
attended a sta.e conference to$eter& At te priestood leadersip session, #en it #as
is turn to spea., e too. is scriptures in and and #al.ed fro% te stand into te
con$re$ation& Gno#in$ 9resident Cild as ) did, ) .ne# #at e #as $oin$ to do& *e
2uoted fro% te Boctrine and Co"enants, includin$ section 18 concernin$ te #ort of a
soul, indicatin$ tat #e sould labor all our da(s to brin$ souls unto te Lord& *e ten
turned to one elders 2uoru% president and as.ed, 56at is te #ort of a soulE7
Te stunned 2uoru% president esitated as e for%ulated is repl(& ) ad a pra(er in %(
eart tat e #ould be able to ans#er te 2uestion& *e 0nall( responded, 5Te #ort of
a soul is its capacit( to beco%e as God&7
8roter Cild closed is scriptures, #al.ed sole%nl( and 2uietl( up te aisle and bac. to
te stand& As e passed b( %e, e said, 5A %ost profound repl(&7
6e need to .no# te oat and co"enant of te priestood because it pertains to all of
us& To tose #o old te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, it is a declaration of our re2uire%ent
to be faitful and obedient to te la#s of God and to %a$nif( te callin$s #ic co%e to
us& To tose #o old te Aaronic 9riestood, it is a pronounce%ent concernin$ future
dut( and responsibilit(, tat te( %a( prepare te%sel"es ere and no#&
Tis oat and co"enant is set fort b( te Lord in tese #ords:
5!or #oso is faitful unto te obtainin$ tese t#o priestoods of #ic ) a"e spo.en,
and te %a$nif(in$ teir callin$, are sancti0ed b( te +pirit unto te rene#in$ of teir
bodies&
5Te( beco%e te sons of 'oses and of Aaron and te seed of Abraa%, and te curc
and .in$do%, and te elect of God&
5And also all te( #o recei"e tis priestood recei"e %e, sait te Lord;
5!or e tat recei"et %( ser"ants recei"et %e;
5And e tat recei"et %e recei"et %( !ater;
5And e tat recei"et %( !ater recei"et %( !ater=s .in$do%; terefore all tat %(
!ater at sall be $i"en unto i%&7
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Te late Clder Belbert L& +taple( of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e once obser"ed: 5Tere are
t#o %ain re2uire%ents of tis oat and co"enant& !irst is faitfulness, #ic denotes
obedience to te la#s of God and connotes true obser"ance of all $ospel standards& H
5Te second re2uire%ent H is to %a$nif( one=s callin$& To %a$nif( is to onor, to e-alt
and $lorif(, and cause to be eld in $reater estee% or respect& )t also %eans to increase
te i%portance of, to enlar$e and %a.e $reater&7
8
Te 9ropet Mosep +%it #as once as.ed, 58roter Mosep, (ou fre2uentl( ur$e tat #e
%a$nif( our callin$s& 6at does tis %eanE7 *e is said to a"e replied, 5To %a$nif( a
callin$ is to old it up in di$nit( and i%portance, tat te li$t of ea"en %a( sine
trou$ one=s perfor%ance to te $a1e of oter %en& An elder %a$ni0es is callin$ #en
e learns #at is duties as an elder are and ten perfor%s te%&7
Tose #o bear te Aaronic 9riestood sould be $i"en opportunit( to %a$nif( teir
callin$s in tat priestood&
One +unda( t#o (ears a$o ) #as attendin$ sacra%ent %eetin$ in %( #ard& Tat=s a
rarit(& Tere #ere tree priests at te sacra%ent table, #it te (oun$ %an in te center
bein$ so%e#at andicapped in %o"e%ent but particularl( so in speec& *e tried t#ice
to bless te bread but stu%bled badl( eac ti%e, no doubt e%barrassed b( is inabilit(
to $i"e te pra(er perfectl(& One of te oter priests ten too. o"er and $a"e te
blessin$ on te bread&
Burin$ te passin$ of te bread, ) tou$t to %(self, 5) Dust can=t let tat (oun$ %an
e-perience failure at te sacra%ent table&7 ) ad a stron$ feelin$ tat if ) didn=t doubt, e
#ould be able to bless te #ater e:ecti"el(& )nas%uc as ) #as on te stand near te
sacra%ent table, ) leaned o"er and said to te priest closest to %e, pointin$ to te (oun$
%an #o ad e-perienced te di4cult(, 5Let i% bless te #ater; it=s a sorter pra(er&7
And ten ) pra(ed& ) didn=t #ant a double failure& ) lo"e tat passa$e of scripture #ic
tells us tat #e sould not doubt but belie"e&
L
6en it #as ti%e to bless te #ater, tat (oun$ %an .nelt a$ain and $a"e te pra(er,
peraps so%e#at altin$l( but #itout %issin$ a #ord& ) reDoiced silentl(& 6ile te
deacons #ere passin$ te tra(s, ) loo.ed o"er at te bo( and $a"e i% a tu%bs/up& *e
$a"e %e a broad s%ile& 6en te (oun$ %en #ere e-cused to sit #it teir fa%ilies, e
sat on te ro# bet#een is %oter and fater& 6at a Do( it #as to see is %oter $i"e
i% a bi$ s%ile and a #ar% u$, #ile is fater con$ratulated i% and put is ar%
around is soulder& All tree of te% loo.ed in %( direction, and ) $a"e te% all a
tu%bs/up& ) could see te %oter and fater #ipin$ tears fro% teir e(es& ) felt
i%pressed tat tis (oun$ %an #ould do Dust 0ne in te future&
Te priestood is not reall( so %uc a $ift as it is a co%%ission to ser"e, a pri"ile$e to
lift, and an opportunit( to bless te li"es of oters&
<ot lon$ a$o ) recei"ed a letter concernin$ a coice (oun$ deacon, )saac Ieiter, and te
deacons, teacers, and priests #o ser"ed, lifted, and blessed is life and teir o#n
li"es&
)saac fou$t cancer fro% te ti%e e #as se"en %onts old until is deat at a$e 1>&
6en e and is fa%il( %o"ed to a o%e near a ospital so tat )saac could recei"e
proper %edical attention, te Aaronic 9riestood %e%bers in te nearb( #ard #ere
as.ed to pro"ide te sacra%ent to te% eac +unda(& Tis #ee.l( ordinance beca%e a
fa"orite of te Aaronic 9riestood olders #o participated& Alon$ #it teir leaders and
)saac=s fa%il(, te( #ould $ater around )saac=s ospital bed, sin$ (%ns, and sare
testi%onies& Ten te sacra%ent #ould be blessed& )saac al#a(s insisted tat, as a
deacon, e pass te sacra%ent to is fa%il( and to tose #o ad brou$t it& As e la(
in is bed, e $atered te stren$t to old a plate of eiter te blessed bread or #ater&
All present #ould co%e to )saac and parta.e of te sacra%ent fro% te plate& <urses and
oter %edical sta: soon be$an to participate in te %eetin$ as te( reali1ed tat )saac
#as close to is *ea"enl( !ater and al#a(s onored *i%& Tou$ #ea. and in pain,
)saac al#a(s eld i%self #it te onor of so%eone oldin$ a ro(al priestood&
)saac #as a $reat e-a%ple to te (oun$ %en in te #ard& Te( sa# is desire to ful0ll is
duties, e"en on is deatbed, and te( reali1ed tat tose duties #ere reall( pri"ile$es&
Te( be$an so#in$ up earlier in order to prepare te sacra%ent and to be in teir seats
on ti%e& Tere #as %ore re"erence&
)saac Ieiter beca%e a li"in$ ser%on concernin$ onorin$ te priestood& At is funeral,
it #as said tat trou$out is life e ad one foot in ea"en& <o doubt e continues to
%a$nif( is duties and assist in te #or. be(ond te "eil&
!or tose of us #o old te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, our pri"ile$e to %a$nif( our
callin$s is e"er present& 6e are seperds #atcin$ o"er )srael& Te un$r( seep do
loo. up, read( to be fed te bread of life& Are #e prepared, bretren, to feed te 3oc. of
GodE )t is i%perati"e tat #e reco$ni1e te #ort of a u%an soul, tat #e ne"er $i"e up
on one of *is precious sons&
+ould tere be an(one #o feels e is too #ea. to do better because of tat $reatest of
fears, te fear of failure, tere is no %ore co%fortin$ assurance to be ad tan te #ords
of te Lord: 5'( $race is su4cient for all %en tat u%ble te%sel"es before %e; for if
te( u%ble te%sel"es before %e, and a"e fait in %e, ten #ill ) %a.e #ea. tin$s
beco%e stron$ unto te%&7
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'iracles are e"er(#ere to be found #en priestood callin$s are %a$ni0ed& 6en fait
replaces doubt, #en sel3ess ser"ice eli%inates sel0s stri"in$, te po#er of God brin$s
to pass *is purposes& 6o% God calls, God 2uali0es&
'a( our *ea"enl( !ater e"er bless, e"er inspire, and e"er lead all #o old *is precious
priestood is %( sincere pra(er, and ) o:er it in te na%e of te Lord Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2006 General Conference
True to Our 9riestood Trust
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
)t is in doin$,not Dust drea%in$,tat li"es are blessed, oters are $uided,
and souls are sa"ed&
A fe# #ee.s a$o at a fast and testi%on( %eetin$ at our #ard, ) #atced a little bo( on
te bac. ro# %usterin$ up coura$e to bear is testi%on(& *e %ade tree or four false
starts and ten sat do#n& !inall( it #as is turn& *e s2uared is little soulders, #al.ed
bra"el( up te aisle to te stand, too. te t#o steps up to te le"el of te pulpit, stepped
o"er and put is ands on te pulpit, $a1ed into te con$re$ation, s%iled,and ten
turned around, #ent bac. o: tose t#o steps and do#n te sa%e aisle to is %oter and
fater& ) loo.ed at (ou toni$t in tis "ast Conference Center and tou$t of tose
listenin$ in and could appreciate %ore full( te actions of tat little bo(&
'( bretren, ) a% onored b( te pri"ile$e to spea. to (ou tis e"enin$& ) a"e
conte%plated #at ) %i$t sa( to (ou& Tere as co%e to %( %ind a fa"orite scripture
fro% Ccclesiastes: 5!ear God, and .eep is co%%and%ents: for tis is te #ole dut( of
%an7 OCcclesiastes 12:1>P& ) lo"e, ) ceris te noble #ord duty"
Te le$endar( General Iobert C& Lee of A%erican Ci"il 6ar fa%e declared: 5But( is te
subli%est #ord in our lan$ua$e& H Kou cannot do %ore& Kou sould ne"er #is to do
less7 Oin Mon 8artlett, .amiliar 0uotations ?1L68@, 620P&
Cac of us as duties associated #it te sacred priestood #ic #e bear& 6eter #e
bear te Aaronic or te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, %uc is e-pected of eac of us& Te Lord
*i%self su%%ed up our responsibilit( #en *e, in te re"elation on te priestood,
ur$ed, 56erefore, no# let e"er( %an learn is dut(, and to act in te o4ce in #ic e
is appointed, in all dili$ence7 OBQC 10J:LLP&
) ope #it all %( eart and soul tat e"er( (oun$ %an #o recei"es te priestood #ill
onor tat priestood and be true to te trust #ic is con"e(ed #en it is conferred&
!ift(/one (ears a$o ) eard 6illia% M& Critclo# Mr&, ten president of te +out O$den
+ta.e #o #ould later beco%e an Assistant to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e, spea. to te
bretren of te $eneral priestood session of conference and retell a stor( concernin$
trust, onor, and dut(& 'a( ) sare te stor( #it (ou& )ts si%ple lesson applies to us
toda(, as it did ten&
5?Koun$@ Iupert stood b( te side of te road #atcin$ an unusual nu%ber of people
urr( past& At len$t e reco$ni1ed a friend& R6ere are all of (ou $oin$ in suc a urr(E=
e as.ed&
5Te friend paused& R*a"en=t (ou eardE= e said&
5R)="e eard notin$,= Iupert ans#ered&
5R6ell,= continued ?te@ friend, Rte Gin$ as lost is ro(al e%eraldF Kesterda( e
attended a #eddin$ of te nobilit( and #ore te e%erald on te slender $olden cain
around is nec.& )n so%e #a( te e%erald beca%e loosened fro% te cain& C"er(one is
searcin$, for te Gin$ as o:ered a re#ard H to te one #o 0nds it& Co%e, #e %ust
urr(&=
5R8ut ) cannot $o #itout as.in$ Grand%oter,= faltered Iupert&
5RTen ) cannot #ait& ) #ant to 0nd te e%erald,= replied is friend&
5Iupert urried bac. to te cabin at te ed$e of te #oods to see. is $rand%oter=s
per%ission& R)f ) could 0nd it #e could lea"e tis ut #it its da%pness and bu( a piece of
land up on te illside,= e pleaded #it Grand%oter&
58ut is $rand%oter soo. er ead& R6at #ould te seep doE= se as.ed& RAlread(
te( are restless in te pen, #aitin$ to be ta.en to te pasture, and please do not for$et
to ta.e te% to #ater #en te sun sines i$ in te ea"ens&=
5+orro#full(, Iupert too. te seep to te pasture, and at noon e led te% to te broo.
in te #oods& Tere e sat on a lar$e stone b( te strea%& R)f ) could onl( a"e ad a
cance to loo. for te Gin$=s e%eraldF= e tou$t& Turnin$ is ead to $a1e do#n at te
sand( botto% of te broo., suddenl( e stared into te #ater& 6at #as itE )t could not
beF *e leaped into te #ater, and is $rippin$ 0n$ers eld so%etin$ tat #as $reen
#it a slender bit of $old cain ?tat ad been bro.en@& RTe Gin$=s e%eraldF= e souted&
R)t %ust a"e been 3un$ fro% te cain #en te Gin$ ?astride is orse $alloped across
te brid$e spannin$ te strea% and te current carried@ it ere&=
56it sinin$ e(es Iupert ran to is $rand%oter=s ut to tell er of is $reat 0nd& R8less
(ou, %( bo(,= se said, Rbut (ou ne"er #ould a"e found it if (ou ad not been doin$
(our dut(, erdin$ te seep&= And Iupert .ne# tat tis #as te trut&7 O)n Conference
Ieport, Oct& 1L55, 86; para$rapin$, capitali1ation, and punctuation altered&P
Te lesson to be learned fro% tis stor( is found in te fa%iliar couplet: 5Bo ?(our@ dut(;
tat is best; Lea"e unto ?te@ Lord te restF7 O*enr( 6ads#ort Lon$fello#, 5Te Le$end
8eautiful,7 in ,he $om!lete 1oetical Works of 2ongfellow ?18L>@, 258P&
To (ou #o are or a"e been presidents of (our 2uoru%s, %a( ) su$$est tat (our dut(
does not end #en (our ter% of o4ce concludes& Tat relationsip #it (our 2uoru%
%e%bers, (our dut( to te%, continues trou$out (our life&
Burin$ te ti%e ) #as a teacer in te Aaronic 9riestood, ) #as called to be president of
te 2uoru%& 6it te ur$in$ and assistance of a dedicated and inspired 2uoru% ad"iser,
) #or.ed dili$entl( to ensure tat eac of te (oun$ %en attended our %eetin$s
re$ularl(& T#o of te% #ere a particular callen$e, but #it our perse"erance and lo"e
and a little persuasion, te( be$an to attend %eetin$s and participate in 2uoru%
acti"ities& *o#e"er, as ti%e passed and te( left te #ard to pursue education and
e%plo(%ent, eac of te% drifted bac. into inacti"it(&
O"er te (ears ) a"e seen eac of tese t#o dear friends at "arious functions&
6ene"er ) do, ) place a and on teir soulder and re%ind te%, 5)=% still (our 2uoru%
president, and ) #on=t let $o& Kou %ean so %uc to %e, and ) #ant (ou to enDo( te
blessin$s #ic co%e #it acti"it( in te Curc&7 Te( .no# ) lo"e te% and tat )=ll
ne"er e"er $i"e up on te%&
!or tose of us #o old te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, our pri"ile$e to %a$nif( our
callin$s is e"er present& 6e are seperds #atcin$ o"er )srael& Te un$r( seep loo.
up, read( to be fed te bread of life&
'an( (ears a$o, on a *allo#een ni$t, it #as %( pri"ile$e to be of assistance to one #o
ad te%poraril( lost is #a( and needed a elpin$ and to return& ) #as dri"in$ o%e
fro% te o4ce rater late& ) ad been stallin$ on *allo#een, lettin$ %( #ife andle te
tric./or/treat "isitors& As ) passed +t& 'ar.=s *ospital in +alt La.e Cit(, ) re%e%bered tat
a dear friend, 'a-, la( ill in tat "er( ospital& As e and ) ad beco%e ac2uainted (ears
before, #e disco"ered tat #e ad $ro#n up in te sa%e #ard, altou$ at di:erent
ti%es& 8( te ti%e ) #as born, 'a- and is parents ad %o"ed fro% te #ard&
Tat *allo#een ni$t, ) dro"e into te par.in$ lot and entered te ospital& As ) stopped
at te des. to in2uire as to is roo% nu%ber, ) #as infor%ed tat #en 'a- ad
re$istered at te ospital, e ad listed as is reli$ious preference not LB+ but rater
anoter curc&
) entered 'a-=s roo% and $reeted i%& ) told i% o# proud ) #as to be is friend and
o# %uc ) cared about i%& ) tal.ed about is career in ban.in$ and as an orcestra
leader on te side& ) disco"ered tat e ad been o:ended b( a co%%ent or t#o fro%
oters and so ad decided to attend anoter curc& ) said to i%, 5'a-, (ou old te
'elci1ede. 9riestood& ) #ould li.e to $i"e (ou a blessin$ toni$t&7 *e a$reed, and te
blessin$ #as pro"ided& *e ten infor%ed %e tat is #ife, 8ernice, #as also "er( ill and
#as, in fact, in an adDoinin$ roo%& At %( in"itation, 'a- Doined %e in $i"in$ a blessin$ to
er& *e as.ed %e to elp i%& ) coaced i%& *e anointed is #ife& Tere #ere tears and
e%braces all around as ) sealed te anointin$ #it 'a-, is ands on is #ife=s ead #it
%ine, %a.in$ tat *allo#een e"enin$ one e"er to be re%e%bered&
As ) left te ospital tat ni$t, ) stopped at te des. and told te receptionist tat #it
te per%ission of 'a- and is #ife te record sould be can$ed to re3ect teir
%e%bersip in Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints& ) #aited and ) #atced
until it #as can$ed&
'( friends 'a- and 8ernice are no# bot on te oter side of te "eil, but te( spent te
last period of teir li"es acti"e and app( and recei"in$ te blessin$s #ic co%e #it
testi%onies of te $ospel and attendance at curc&
8retren, our tas. is to reac out to tose #o, for #ate"er reason, are in need of our
elp& Our callen$e is not insur%ountable& 6e are on te Lord=s errand, and terefore #e
are entitled to te Lord=s elp& 8ut #e %ust tr(& !ro% te pla( -henandoah co%es te
spo.en line #ic inspires: 5)f #e don=t tr(, ten #e don=t do; and if #e don=t do, ten
#( are #e ereE7
Ours is te responsibilit( to so conduct our li"es tat #en te call co%es to pro"ide a
priestood blessin$ or to assist in an( #a(, #e are #ort( to do so& 6e a"e been told
tat trul( #e cannot escape te e:ect of our personal in3uence& 6e %ust be certain tat
our in3uence is positi"e and upliftin$&
Are our ands cleanE Are our earts pureE Loo.in$ bac.#ard in ti%e trou$ te pa$es
of istor(, #e 0nd a lesson on #ortiness $leaned fro% te #ords of te d(in$ Gin$
Barius& Trou$ te proper rites, Barius ad been reco$ni1ed as le$iti%ate .in$ of C$(pt&
*is ri"al, Ale-ander te Great, ad been declared le$iti%ate son of A%on& *e too #as
9arao& Ale-ander, 0ndin$ te defeated Barius on te point of deat, laid is ands
upon is ead to eal i%, co%%andin$ i% to arise and resu%e is .in$l( po#er,
concludin$, 5) s#ear unto tee, Barius, b( all te $ods, tat ) do tese tin$s trul( and
#itout fa.er(&7
Barius replied #it a $entle rebu.e: 5Ale-ander, %( bo(, H do (ou tin. (ou can touc
ea"en #it tose ands of (oursE7 OAdapted fro% *u$ <ible(, Abraham in Egy!t
?1L81@, 1L2&P
Te call of dut( can co%e 2uietl( as #e #o old te priestood respond to te
assi$n%ents #e recei"e& 9resident Geor$e Albert +%it, tat %odest (et e:ecti"e leader
and ei$t 9resident of te Curc, declared, 5)t is (our dut( 0rst of all to learn #at te
Lord #ants and ten b( te po#er and stren$t of *is ol( 9riestood to %a$nif( (our
callin$ in te presence of (our fello#s in suc a #a( tat te people #ill be $lad to follo#
(ou7 Oin Conference Ieport, Apr& 1LA2, 1AP&
And o# does one %a$nif( a callin$E +i%pl( b( perfor%in$ te ser"ice tat pertains to it&
8retren, it is in doing,not Dust dreaming,tat li"es are blessed, oters are $uided, and
souls are sa"ed& 58e (e doers of te #ord, and not earers onl(, decei"in$ (our o#n
sel"es,7 declared Ma%es OMa%es 1:22P&
'a( all of us asse%bled toni$t in tis priestood %eetin$ %a.e a rene#ed e:ort to
2ualif( for te Lord=s $uidance in our li"es& Tere are so %an( out tere #o plead and
pra( for elp& Tere are tose #o are discoura$ed, tose #o lon$ to return but #o
don=t .no# o# to be$in&
)="e al#a(s belie"ed in te trut of te #ords 5God=s s#eetest blessin$s al#a(s $o b(
ands tat ser"e i% ere belo#7 O6itne( 'ont$o%er(, 5Ie"elation,7 in /est-2o(ed
1oems of the 23- 1eo!le, ed& Mac. '& L(on and oters ?1LL6@, 28>P& Let us a"e read(
ands, clean ands, and #illin$ earts, tat #e %a( participate in pro"idin$ #at our
*ea"enl( !ater #ould a"e oters recei"e fro% *i%&
) conclude #it an e-a%ple fro% %( o#n life& ) once ad a treasured friend #o see%ed
to e-perience %ore of life=s troubles and frustrations tan e could bear& !inall( e la( in
te ospital ter%inall( ill& ) .ne# not tat e #as tere&
+ister 'onson and ) ad $one to tat sa%e ospital to "isit anoter person #o #as "er(
ill& As #e e-ited te ospital and proceeded to #ere our car #as par.ed, ) felt te
distinct i%pression to return and %a.e in2uir( concernin$ #eter %( friend *(ru%
%i$t still be a patient tere& A cec. #it te cler. at te des. con0r%ed tat *(ru%
#as indeed a patient tere after %an( #ee.s&
6e proceeded to is roo%, .noc.ed on te door, and opened it& 6e #ere not prepared
for te si$t tat a#aited us& 8alloon bou2uets #ere e"er(#ere& 9ro%inentl( displa(ed
on te #all #as a poster #it te #ords 5*app( 8irtda(, Badd(7 #ritten on it& *(ru%
#as sittin$ up in is ospital bed, is fa%il( %e%bers b( is side& 6en e sa# us, e
said, 58roter 'onson, o# in te #orld did (ou .no# tat toda( is %( birtda(E7 )
s%iled, but ) left te 2uestion unans#ered&
Tose in te roo% #o eld te 'elci1ede. 9riestood surrounded tis, teir fater and
$randfater and %( friend, and a priestood blessin$ #as $i"en&
After tears #ere sed, s%iles of $ratitude e-can$ed, and tender u$s recei"ed and
$i"en, ) leaned o"er to *(ru% and spo.e softl( to i%: 5Ie%e%ber te #ords of te Lord,
for te( #ill sustain (ou& *e pro%ised (ou, R) #ill not lea"e (ou co%fortless: ) #ill co%e to
(ou= OMon 1A:18P&7
Ti%e %arces on& But( .eeps cadence #it tat %arc& But( does not di% nor di%inis&
Catastropic con3icts co%e and $o, but te #ar #a$ed for te souls of %en continues
#itout abate%ent& Li.e a clarion call co%es te #ord of te Lord to (ou and to %e, and
to priestood olders e"er(#ere& ) reiterate tat #ord: 56erefore, no# let e"er( %an
learn is dut(, and to act in te o4ce in #ic e is appointed, in all dili$ence7 OBQC
10J:LLP&
8retren, let us learn our duties& Let us e"er be #ort( to perfor% tose duties and, in so
doin$, follo# in te footsteps of te 'aster& 6en to *i% ca%e te call of dut(, *e
ans#ered, 5!ater, t( #ill be done, and te $lor( be tine fore"er7 O'oses A:2P& 'a( #e
do li.e#ise, ) pra( u%bl(, in te na%e of Mesus Crist te Lord, a%en&
October 2006 General Conference
*o# !ir% a !oundation
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
6e can fortif( our foundations of fait, our testi%onies of trut, so tat #e
#ill not falter, #e #ill not fail&
'( dear broters and sisters, bot #itin %( "ie# and asse%bled trou$out te #orld, )
see. an interest in (our fait and pra(ers as ) respond to te assi$n%ent and pri"ile$e to
address (ou&
)n 1L5L, not lon$ after ) be$an %( ser"ice as president of te Canadian 'ission,
ead2uartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ) %et <& Cldon Tanner, a pro%inent Canadian
#o Dust %onts later #ould be called as an Assistant to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e
Apostles, ten to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e, and ten as a counselor to four 9residents of
te Curc&
At te ti%e ) %et i%, 9resident Tanner #as president of te "ast Trans/Canada 9ipelines,
Ltd&, and president of te Canada Cal$ar( +ta.e& *e #as .no#n as 5'r& )nte$rit(7 in
Canada& Burin$ tat 0rst %eetin$, #e discussed, a%on$ oter subDects, te cold
Canadian #inters, #ere stor%s ra$e, te%peratures can lin$er #ell belo# free1in$ for
#ee.s at a ti%e, and #ere ic( #inds lo#er tose te%peratures e"en furter& ) as.ed
9resident Tanner #( te roads and i$#a(s in #estern Canada basicall( re%ained
intact durin$ suc #inters, so#in$ little or no si$ns of crac.in$ or brea.in$, #ile te
road surfaces in %an( areas #ere #inters are less cold and less se"ere de"eloped
crac.s and brea.s and potoles&
+aid e, 5Te ans#er is in te dept of te base of te pa"in$ %aterials& )n order for
te% to re%ain stron$ and unbro.en, it is necessar( to $o "er( deep #it te foundation
la(ers& 6en te foundations are not deep enou$, te surfaces cannot #itstand te
e-tre%es of #eater&7
O"er te (ears ) a"e tou$t often of tis con"ersation and of 9resident Tanner=s
e-planation, for ) reco$ni1e in is #ords a profound application for our li"es& +tated
si%pl(, if #e do not a"e a deep foundation of fait and a solid testi%on( of trut, #e
%a( a"e di4cult( #itstandin$ te ars stor%s and ic( #inds of ad"ersit( #ic
ine"itabl( co%e to eac of us&
'ortalit( is a period of testin$, a ti%e to pro"e oursel"es #ort( to return to te
presence of our *ea"enl( !ater& )n order for us to be tested, #e %ust face callen$es
and di4culties& Tese can brea. us, and te surface of our souls %a( crac. and cru%ble
,tat is, if our foundations of fait, our testi%onies of trut are not deepl( e%bedded
#itin us&
6e can rel( on te fait and testi%on( of oters onl( so lon$& C"entuall( #e %ust a"e
our o#n stron$ and deepl( placed foundation, or #e #ill be unable to #itstand te
stor%s of life, #ic will co%e& +uc stor%s co%e in a "ariet( of for%s& 6e %a( be faced
#it te sorro# and eartbrea. of a #a(#ard cild #o cooses to turn fro% te
pat#a( leadin$ to eternal trut and rater tra"el te slipper( slopes of error and
disillusion%ent& +ic.ness %a( stri.e us or a lo"ed one, brin$in$ su:erin$ and so%eti%es
deat& Accidents %a( lea"e teir cruel %ar.s of re%e%brance or %a( snu: out life&
Beat co%es to te a$ed as te( #al. on falterin$ feet& )ts su%%ons is eard b( tose
#o a"e scarcel( reaced %id#a( in life=s Dourne(, and often it uses te lau$ter of
little cildren&
At ti%es tere appears to be no li$t at te tunnel=s end, no da#n to brea. te ni$t=s
dar.ness& 6e feel surrounded b( te pain of bro.en earts, te disappoint%ent of
sattered drea%s, and te despair of "anised opes& 6e Doin in utterin$ te biblical
plea, 5)s tere no bal% in GileadE7 OMere%ia 8:22P& 6e are inclined to "ie# our o#n
personal %isfortunes trou$ te distorted pris% of pessi%is%& 6e feel abandoned,
eartbro.en, alone&
*o# can #e build a foundation stron$ enou$ to #itstand suc "icissitudes of lifeE *o#
can #e %aintain te fait and testi%on( #ic #ill be re2uired, tat #e %i$t
e-perience te Do( pro%ised to te faitfulE Constant, stead( e:ort is necessar(& 'ost of
us a"e e-perienced inspiration so stron$ tat it brin$s tears to our e(es and a
deter%ination to e"er re%ain faitful& ) a"e eard te state%ent, 5)f ) could Dust .eep
tese feelin$s #it %e al#a(s, ) #ould ne"er a"e trouble doin$ #at ) sould&7 +uc
feelin$s, o#e"er, can be 3eetin$& Te inspiration #e feel durin$ tese conference
sessions %a( di%inis and fade as 'onda( co%es and #e face te routines of #or., of
scool, of %ana$in$ our o%es and fa%ilies& +uc can easil( ta.e our %inds fro% te
ol( to te %undane, fro% tat #ic uplifts to tat #ic, if #e allo# it, #ill cip a#a(
at our testi%onies, our stron$ foundations&
Of course #e do not li"e in a #orld #ere #e e-perience notin$ but te spiritual, but #e
can fortif( our foundations of fait, our testi%onies of trut, so tat #e #ill not falter, #e
#ill not fail& *o#, (ou %a( as., can #e %ost e:ecti"el( $ain and %aintain te foundation
needed to sur"i"e spirituall( in te #orld in #ic #e li"eE
'a( ) o:er tree $uidelines to elp us in our 2uest&
!irst, fortif( (our foundation trou$ pra(er& 59ra(er is te soul=s sincere desire, uttered
or une-pressed7 O59ra(er )s te +oul=s +incere Besire,7 &ymns, no& 1A5P&
As #e pra(, let us reall( co%%unicate #it our !ater in *ea"en& )t is eas( to let our
pra(ers beco%e repetitious, e-pressin$ #ords #it little or no tou$t beind te%&
6en #e re%e%ber tat eac of us is literall( a spirit son or dau$ter of God, #e #ill not
0nd it di4cult to approac *i% in pra(er& *e .no#s us; *e lo"es us; *e #ants #at is
best for us& Let us pra( #it sincerit( and %eanin$, o:erin$ our tan.s and as.in$ for
tose tin$s #e feel #e need& Let us listen for *is ans#ers, tat #e %a( reco$ni1e te%
#en te( co%e& As #e do, #e #ill be stren$tened and blessed& 6e #ill co%e to .no#
*i% and *is desires for our li"es& 8( .no#in$ *i%, b( trustin$ *is #ill, our foundations of
fait #ill be stren$tened& )f an( one of us as been slo# to ear.en to te counsel to
pra( al#a(s, tere is no 0ner our to be$in tan no#& 6illia% Co#per declared, 5+atan
tre%bles #en e sees te #ea.est saint upon is .nees7 Oin 6illia% <eil, co%p&,
$oncise 3ictionary of 4eligious 0uotations ?1LJA@, 1AAP&
Let us not ne$lect our fa%il( pra(ers& +uc is an e:ecti"e deterrent to sin, and tence a
%ost bene0cent pro"ider of Do( and appiness& Tat old sa(in$ is (et true: 5Te fa%il(
tat pra(s to$eter sta(s to$eter&7 8( pro"idin$ an e-a%ple of pra(er to our cildren,
#e #ill also be elpin$ te% to be$in teir o#n deep foundations of fait and
testi%onies #ic te( #ill need trou$out teir li"es&
'( second $uideline: Let us stud( te scriptures and 5%editate terein da( and ni$t,7
as counseled b( te Lord in te boo. of Mosua O1:8P&
)n 2005, undreds of tousands of Latter/da( +aints accepted 9resident Gordon 8&
*inc.le(=s callen$e to read te 8oo. of 'or%on b( te end of te (ear& ) do belie"e
Bece%ber of 2005 #ould set an all/ti%e record for ours de"oted to %eetin$ te
callen$e on ti%e& 6e #ere blessed #en #e co%pleted te tas.; our testi%onies #ere
stren$tened, our .no#led$e increased& ) #ould encoura$e all of us to continue to read
and stud( te scriptures, tat #e %i$t understand te% and appl( in our li"es te
lessons #e 0nd tere& ) paraprase te poet Ma%es 9inne( 8a-ter:
Who learns and learns but ne(er knows
's like the one who !lows and !lows but ne(er sows"
+pendin$ ti%e eac da( in scripture stud( #ill, #itout doubt, stren$ten our
foundations of fait and our testi%onies of trut&
Iecall #it %e te Do( Al%a e-perienced as e #as Dourne(in$ fro% te land of Gideon
sout#ard to te land of 'anti and %et te sons of 'osia& Al%a ad not seen te% for
so%e ti%e, and e #as o"erDo(ed to disco"er tat te( #ere 5still is bretren in te
Lord; (ea, and te( ad #a-ed stron$ in te .no#led$e of te trut; for te( #ere %en
of a sound understandin$ and te( ad searced te scriptures dili$entl(, tat te(
%i$t .no# te #ord of God7 Osee Al%a 1J:1S2P&
'a( #e also .no# te #ord of God and conduct our li"es accordin$l(&
'( tird $uideline for buildin$ a stron$ foundation of fait and testi%on( in"ol"es
ser"ice&
6ile dri"in$ to te o4ce one %ornin$, ) passed a dr(/cleanin$ establis%ent #ic ad
a si$n in te #indo#& )t read, 5)t=s te +er"ice Tat Counts&7 Te si$n=s %essa$e si%pl(
#ould not lea"e %( %ind& +uddenl( ) reali1ed #(& )n actual fact it is te ser"ice tat
counts,te Lord=s ser"ice&
)n te 8oo. of 'or%on #e read of noble Gin$ 8enDa%in& )n te true u%ilit( of an
inspired leader, e recounted is desire to ser"e is people and lead te% in pats of
ri$teousness& *e ten declared to te%:
58ecause ) said unto (ou tat ) ad spent %( da(s in (our ser"ice, ) do not desire to
boast, for ) a"e onl( been in te ser"ice of God&
5And beold, ) tell (ou tese tin$s tat (e %a( learn #isdo%; tat (e %a( learn tat
#en (e are in te ser"ice of (our fello# bein$s (e are onl( in te ser"ice of (our God7
O'osia 2:16S1JP&
Tis is te ser"ice tat counts, te ser"ice to #ic all of us a"e been called: te
ser"ice of te Lord Mesus Crist&
Alon$ (our pat#a( of life (ou #ill obser"e tat (ou are not te onl( tra"eler& Tere are
oters #o need (our elp& Tere are feet to stead(, ands to $rasp, %inds to
encoura$e, earts to inspire, and souls to sa"e&
Tirteen (ears a$o it #as %( pri"ile$e to pro"ide a blessin$ to a beautiful 12/(ear/old
(oun$ lad(, Ma%i 9al%er& +e ad Dust been dia$nosed #it cancer and #as fri$tened
and be#ildered& +e subse2uentl( under#ent sur$er( and painful ce%oterap(& Toda(
se is cancer/free and is a bri$t, beautiful 26/(ear/old #o as acco%plised %uc in
er life& +o%e ti%e a$o, ) learned tat in er dar.est our, #en an( future appeared
so%e#at $ri%, se learned tat er le$ #ere te cancer #as situated #ould re2uire
%ultiple sur$eries& A lon$/planned i.e #it er Koun$ 6o%en class up a ru$$ed trail to
Ti%pano$os Ca"e,located in te 6asatc 'ountains about A0 %iles sout of +alt La.e
Cit(, Uta,#as out of te 2uestion, se tou$t& Ma%i told er friends te( #ould a"e
to underta.e te i.e #itout er& )=% con0dent tere #as a catc in er "oice and
disappoint%ent in er eart& 8ut ten te oter (oun$ #o%en responded e%paticall(,
5<o, Ma%i, (ou are $oin$ #it usF7
58ut ) can=t #al.,7 ca%e te an$uised repl(&
5Ten, Ma%i, #e=ll carr( (ou to te topF7 And te( did&
Toda(, te i.e is a %e%or(, but in realit( it is %uc %ore& Ma%es 8arrie, te +cottis
poet, declared, 5God $a"e us %e%ories, tat #e %i$t a"e Mune roses in te Bece%ber
of our li"es7 Oparaprasin$ Ma%es 8arrie, in Laurence M& 9eter, co%p&, 1eter)s 0uotations:
'deas for #ur ,ime ?1LJJ@, >>5P& <one of tose precious (oun$ #o%en #ill e"er for$et
tat %e%orable da( #en a lo"in$ *ea"enl( !ater loo.ed do#n #it a s%ile of appro"al
and #as #ell pleased&
As *e enlists us to *is cause, *e in"ites us to dra# close to *i%, and #e feel *is spirit in
our li"es&
As #e establis a 0r% foundation for our li"es, let us eac one re%e%ber *is precious
pro%ise:
.ear not, ' am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
.or ' am thy *od and will still gi(e thee aid"
')ll strengthen thee, hel! thee, and cause thee to stand,
5!held by my righteous, omni!otent hand"
'a( eac of us 2ualif( for tis blessin$, ) u%bl( pra(, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our
+a"ior, a%en&
April 200J General Conference
) Gno# Tat '( Iedee%er Li"esF
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
8ecause our +a"ior died at Cal"ar(, deat as no old upon an( one of us&
Iecentl( ) #as loo.in$ trou$ so%e fa%il( poto albu%s& Cerised %e%ories 3ooded
%( %ind as ) ca%e across i%a$e after i%a$e of lo"ed ones $atered at fa%il( outin$s,
birtda(s, reunions, anni"ersaries& +ince tese poto$raps #ere ta.en, so%e of tose
belo"ed fa%il( %e%bers a"e departed tis life& ) tou$t of te #ords of te Lord,
5Tou salt li"e to$eter in lo"e, inso%uc tat tou salt #eep for te loss of te% tat
die&7
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) %iss eac one #o as left our fa%il( circle&
Tou$ di4cult and painful, deat is an essential part of our %ortal e-perience& 6e
be$an our soDourn ere b( lea"in$ our pre%ortal e-istence and co%in$ to tis eart& Te
poet 6ords#ort captured tat Dourne( in is inspired ode to i%%ortalit(& *e #rote:
#ur birth is but a slee! and a forgetting:
,he -oul that rises with us, our life)s -tar,
&ath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
6ot in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
/ut trailing clouds of glory do we come
.rom *od, who is our home:
&ea(en lies about us in our infancy%
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Life %o"es on& Kout follo#s cildood, and %aturit( co%es e"er so i%perceptibl(& As #e
searc and ponder te purpose and te proble%s of life, all of us sooner or later face te
2uestion of te len$t of life and of a personal, e"erlastin$ life& Tese 2uestions %ost
insistentl( assert te%sel"es #en lo"ed ones lea"e us or #en #e face lea"in$ tose
#e lo"e&
At suc ti%es, #e ponder te uni"ersal 2uestion, best prased b( Mob of old, #o
centuries a$o as.ed, 5)f a %an die, sall e li"e a$ainE7
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Toda(, as al#a(s, te s.eptic=s "oice callen$es te #ord of God, and eac %ust coose
to #o% e #ill listen& Clarence Barro#, te fa%ous la#(er and a$nostic, declared, 5<o
life is of %uc "alue, and H e"er( deat is ?but a@ little loss&7
A
+copenauer, te
Ger%an pilosoper and pessi%ist, #rote, 5To desire i%%ortalit( is to desire te eternal
perpetuation of a $reat %ista.e&7
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And to teir #ords are added tose of ne#
$enerations, as foolis %en crucif( te Crist ane#,for te( %odif( *is %iracles, doubt
*is di"init(, and reDect *is Iesurrection&
Iobert 8latcford, in is boo. *od and My 6eighbor, attac.ed #it "i$or accepted
Cristian beliefs, suc as God, Crist, pra(er, and i%%ortalit(& *e boldl( asserted, 5)
clai% to a"e pro"ed e"er(tin$ ) set out to pro"e so full( and decisi"el( tat no
Cristian, o#e"er $reat or able e %a( be, can ans#er %( ar$u%ents or sa.e %(
case&7
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*e surrounded i%self #it a #all of s.epticis%& Ten a surprisin$ tin$
appened& *is #all suddenl( cru%bled to dust& *e #as left e-posed and undefended&
+lo#l( e be$an to feel is #a( bac. to te fait e ad scorned and ridiculed& 6at ad
caused tis profound can$e in is outloo.E &is wife died" 6it a bro.en eart, e #ent
into te roo% #ere la( all tat #as %ortal of er& *e loo.ed a$ain at te face e lo"ed
so #ell& Co%in$ out, e said to a friend: 5)t is se, and (et it is not se& C"er(tin$ is
can$ed& +o%etin$ tat #as tere before is ta.en a#a(& +e is not te sa%e& 6at can
be $one if it be not te soulE7
Later e #rote: 5Beat is not #at so%e people i%a$ine& )t is onl( li.e $oin$ into anoter
roo%& )n tat oter roo% #e sall 0nd H te dear #o%en and %en and te s#eet
cildren #e a"e lo"ed and lost&7
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A$ainst te doubtin$ in toda(=s #orld concernin$ Crist=s di"init(, #e see. a point of
reference, an uni%peacable source, e"en a testi%on( of e(e#itnesses& +tepen, fro%
biblical ti%es, doo%ed to te cruel deat of a %art(r, loo.ed up to ea"en and cried, 5)
see te ea"ens opened, and te +on of %an standin$ on te ri$t and of God&7
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6o can elp but be con"inced b( te stirrin$ testi%on( of 9aul to te CorintiansE *e
declared 5tat Crist died for our sins accordin$ to te scriptures; and tat e #as
buried, and tat e rose a$ain te tird da( accordin$ to te scriptures: and H #as seen
of Cepas, ten of te t#el"e: H And,7 said 9aul, 5last of all e #as seen of %e&7
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)n our dispensation, tis sa%e testi%on( #as spo.en boldl( b( te 9ropet Mosep +%it,
as e and +idne( Ii$don testi0ed, 5And no#, after te %an( testi%onies #ic a"e
been $i"en of i%, tis is te testi%on(, last of all, #ic #e $i"e of i%: Tat e li"esF7

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Tis is te .no#led$e tat sustains& Tis is te trut tat co%forts& Tis is te assurance
tat $uides tose #o are bo#ed do#n #it $rief,out of te sado#s and into te li$t&
On Crist%as C"e, 1LLJ, ) %et a re%ar.able fa%il(& Cac %e%ber of te fa%il( ad an
unsa.able testi%on( of te trut and of te realit( of te Iesurrection& Te fa%il(
consisted of a %oter and fater and four cildren& Cac of te cildren,tree sons and
a dau$ter,ad been born #it a rare for% of %uscular d(strop(, and eac #as
andicapped& 'ar., #o #as ten 16 (ears old, ad under$one spinal sur$er( in an
e:ort to elp i% %o"e about %ore freel(& Te oter t#o bo(s, Cristoper, a$e 1>, and
Mason, a$e 10, #ere to lea"e for California in a fe# da(s to under$o si%ilar sur$er(& Te
onl( dau$ter, +anna, #as ten 0"e (ears old,a beautiful cild& All of te cildren #ere
intelli$ent and fait/0lled, and it #as ob"ious tat teir parents, 8ill and +err(, #ere
proud of eac one& 6e "isited for a #ile, and te special spirit of tat fa%il( 0lled %(
o4ce and %( eart& Te fater and ) $a"e blessin$s to te t#o bo(s #o #ere facin$
sur$er(, and ten te parents as.ed if little +anna could sin$ for %e& *er fater
%entioned tat se ad di%inised lun$ capacit( and tat it %i$t be di4cult for er,
but tat se #anted to tr(& To te acco%pani%ent of a recorded cassette, and in a
beautiful, clear "oice,ne"er %issin$ a note,se san$ of a bri$ter future:
#n a beautiful day that ' dream about
'n a world ' would lo(e to see,
's a beautiful !lace where the sun comes out
And it shines in the sky for me"
#n this beautiful winter)s morning,
'f my wish could come true somehow,
,hen the beautiful day that ' dream about
Would be here and now"
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Te e%otions of all of us #ere "er( near te surface as se 0nised& Te spiritualit( of
tis "isit set te tone for %( Crist%as tat (ear&
) .ept in touc #it te fa%il(, and #en te oldest son, 'ar., turned 1L, arran$e%ents
#ere %ade for i% to ser"e a special %ission at Curc ead2uarters& C"entuall(, te
oter t#o broters also ad an opportunit( to ser"e suc %issions&
<earl( a (ear a$o, Cristoper, #o #as ten 22 (ears old, succu%bed to te disease
#it #ic eac of te cildren as been aTicted& And ten, last +epte%ber, ) recei"ed
#ord tat little +anna, no# 1A (ears old, ad passed a#a(& At te funeral ser"ices,
+anna #as onored b( beautiful tributes& Leanin$ on te pulpit for support, eac of er
sur"i"in$ broters, 'ar. and Mason, sared poi$nant fa%il( e-periences& +anna=s
%oter san$ a lo"el( %usical nu%ber as part of a duet& *er fater and $randfater $a"e
toucin$ ser%ons& Tou$ teir earts #ere bro.en, eac bore po#erful and deep/felt
testi%on( of te realit( of te Iesurrection and of te actualit( tat +anna li"es still, as
does er broter Cristoper, eac a#aitin$ a $lorious reunion #it teir belo"ed fa%il(&
6en it #as %( ti%e to spea., ) recounted tat "isit te fa%il( %ade to %( o4ce nearl(
nine (ears earlier and spo.e of te lo"el( son$ +anna san$ on tat occasion& )
concluded #it te tou$t: 58ecause our +a"ior died at Cal"ar(, deat as no old
upon an( one of us& +anna li"es, #ole and #ell, and for er tat beautiful da( se san$
about on a special Crist%as C"e in 1LLJ, te da( se drea%ed about, is ere and no#&7
'( broters and sisters, #e lau$, #e cr(, #e #or., #e pla(, #e lo"e, #e li"e& And ten
#e die& Beat is our uni"ersal erita$e& All %ust pass its portals& Beat clai%s te a$ed,
te #ear( and #orn& )t "isits te (out in te bloo% of ope and te $lor( of e-pectation&
<or are little cildren .ept be(ond its $rasp& )n te #ords of te Apostle 9aul, 5)t is
appointed unto %en once to die&7
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And dead #e #ould re%ain but for one 'an and *is %ission, e"en Mesus of <a1aret&
8orn in a stable, cradled in a %an$er, *is birt ful0lled te inspired pronounce%ents of
%an( propets& *e #as tau$t fro% on i$& *e pro"ided te life, te li$t, and te #a(&
'ultitudes follo#ed *i%& Cildren adored *i%& Te au$t( reDected *i%& *e spo.e in
parables& *e tau$t b( e-a%ple& *e li"ed a perfect life&
Tou$ te Gin$ of .in$s and Lord of lords ad co%e, *e #as accorded b( so%e te
$reetin$ $i"en to an ene%(, a traitor& Tere follo#ed a %oc.er( #ic so%e called a
trial& Cries of 5crucif( i%, crucif( i%7
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0lled te air& Ten co%%enced te cli%b to
Cal"ar(=s ill&
*e #as ridiculed, re"iled, %oc.ed, Deered, and nailed to a cross a%idst souts of 5Let
Crist te Gin$ of )srael descend no# fro% te cross, tat #e %a( see and belie"e&7
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5*e sa"ed oters; i%self e cannot sa"e&7
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*is response: 5!ater, for$i"e te%; for
te( .no# not #at te( do&7
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5)nto t( ands ) co%%end %( spirit: and a"in$ said
tus, e $a"e up te $ost&7
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*is bod( #as placed b( lo"in$ ands in a sepulcre e#n
of stone&
On te 0rst da( of te #ee., "er( earl( in te %ornin$, 'ar( 'a$dalene and 'ar( te
%oter of Ma%es, alon$ #it oters, ca%e to te sepulcre& To teir astonis%ent, te
bod( of teir Lord #as $one& Lu.e records tat t#o %en in sinin$ $ar%ents stood b(
te% and said: 56( see. (e te li"in$ a%on$ te deadE *e is not ere, but is risen&7
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<e-t #ee. te Cristian #orld #ill celebrate te %ost si$ni0cant e"ent in recorded
istor(& Te si%ple pronounce%ent, 5*e is not ere, but is risen,7 #as te 0rst
con0r%ation of te literal Iesurrection of our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist& Te e%pt(
to%b tat 0rst Caster %ornin$ brou$t co%fortin$ assurance, an a4r%ati"e ans#er to
Mob=s 2uestion, 5)f a %an die, sall e li"e a$ainE7
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To all #o a"e lost lo"ed ones, #e #ould turn Mob=s 2uestion to an ans#er: )f a %an die,
e shall li"e a$ain& 6e .no#, for #e a"e te li$t of re"ealed trut& 5) a% te
resurrection, and te life,7 spo.e te 'aster& 5*e tat belie"et in %e, tou$ e #ere
dead, (et sall e li"e: And #osoe"er li"et and belie"et in %e sall ne"er die&7
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Trou$ tears and trials, trou$ fears and sorro#s, trou$ te eartace and
loneliness of losin$ lo"ed ones, tere is assurance tat life is e"erlastin$& Our Lord and
+a"ior is te li"in$ #itness tat suc is so&
6it all %( eart and te fer"enc( of %( soul, ) lift up %( "oice in testi%on( as a special
#itness and declare tat God does li"e& Mesus is *is +on, te Onl( 8e$otten of te !ater
in te 3es& *e is our Iedee%er; *e is our 'ediator #it te !ater& *e it #as #o died
on te cross to atone for our sins& *e beca%e te 0rstfruits of te Iesurrection& 8ecause
*e died, all sall li"e a$ain& 5O, s#eet te Do( tis sentence $i"es: R) .no# tat %(
Iedee%er li"esF=7
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'a( te #ole #orld .no# it and li"e b( tat .no#led$e, ) u%bl(
pra(, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, te Lord and +a"ior, a%en&
April 200J General Conference
Tabernacle 'e%ories
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
As tis buildin$ is rededicated toda(, %a( #e pled$e to rededicate our li"es
to te #or. of our Lord and +a"ior Mesus Crist&
'( broters and sisters, bot ere in te Tabernacle and listenin$ b( "arious %eans
trou$out te #orld, it is a Do( for %e to stand before (ou once a$ain in tis %a$ni0cent
buildin$& )n tis settin$ one cannot elp but feel te spirit of te earl( +aints #o
constructed tis beautiful ouse of #orsip, as #ell as all tose #o o"er te (ears a"e
labored to preser"e and beautif( it&
) a"e been tin.in$ recentl( of te %an( si$ni0cant e"ents in %( life #ic are
associated #it te +alt La.e Tabernacle& Altou$ tere are far too %an( for %e to
%ention toda(, ) #ould li.e to sare Dust a fe#&
) recall te ti%e ) approaced baptis%, #en ) #as ei$t (ears of a$e& '( %oter tal.ed
#it %e about repentance and about te %eanin$ of baptis%; and ten, on a +aturda( in
+epte%ber of 1L>5, se too. %e on a streetcar to te Tabernacle baptistr( #ic, until
recentl(, #as ere in tis buildin$& At te ti%e it #as not as custo%ar( as it is no# for
faters to bapti1e teir cildren, since te ordinance #as $enerall( perfor%ed on a
+aturda( %ornin$ or afternoon, and %an( faters #ere #or.in$ at teir dail( professions
or trades& ) dressed in #ite and #as bapti1ed& ) re%e%ber tat da( as tou$ it #ere
(esterda( and te appiness ) felt at a"in$ ad tis ordinance perfor%ed&
O"er te (ears and particularl( durin$ te ti%e ) ser"ed as a bisop, ) #itnessed %an(
oter baptis%s in te Tabernacle font& Cac #as a special and inspirin$ occasion, and
eac ser"ed to re%ind %e of %( o#n baptis%&
)n April of 1L50, %( #ife, !rances, and ) #ere in attendance at te +unda( afternoon
session of $eneral conference, eld in tis buildin$& 9resident Geor$e Albert +%it #as
te 9resident of te Curc, and in closin$ te conference, e deli"ered an inspirin$ and
po#erful %essa$e concernin$ te Iesurrection of our Lord and +a"ior Mesus Crist&
8efore e concluded is re%ar.s, o#e"er, e sounded a propetic #arnin$& +aid e: 5)t
#ill not be lon$ until cala%ities #ill o"erta.e te u%an fa%il( unless tere is speed(
repentance& )t #ill not be lon$ before tose #o are scattered o"er te face of te eart
b( %illions #ill die H because of #at #ill co%e7 Oin Conference Ieport, Apr& 1L50, 16LP&
Tese #ere alar%in$ #ords, for te( ca%e fro% a propet of God&
T#o and a alf %onts after tat $eneral conference, on Mune 25, 1L50, #ar bro.e out in
Gorea,a #ar #ic #ould e"entuall( clai% an esti%ated 2&5 %illion li"es& Tis e"ent
pro%pted %e to re3ect on te state%ent 9resident +%it %ade as #e sat in tis buildin$
tat sprin$ da(&
) attended %an( $eneral conference sessions in te Tabernacle, al#a(s bein$ edi0ed and
inspired b( te #ords of te 8retren& Ten, in October of 1L6>, 9resident Ba"id O&
'cGa( in"ited %e to is o4ce and e-tended to %e a call to ser"e as a %e%ber of te
Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles& *e as.ed tat ) .eep tis sacred call con0dential,
re"ealin$ it to no one e-cept %( #ife, and tat ) be present for $eneral conference in te
Tabernacle te ne-t da(, #en %( na%e #ould be read aloud&
Te follo#in$ %ornin$ ) ca%e into te Tabernacle not .no#in$ e-actl( #ere to sit& 8ein$
a %e%ber of te 9riestood *o%e Teacin$ Co%%ittee, ) deter%ined tat ) #ould be
seated a%on$ te %e%bers of tat co%%ittee& ) noticed a friend of %ine b( te na%e of
*u$ +%it, #o #as also a %e%ber of te 9riestood *o%e Teacin$ Co%%ittee& *e
%otioned for %e to sit b( i%& ) couldn=t sa( a tin$ to i% about %( call, but ) sat do#n&
Burin$ te session, te %e%bers of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles #ere sustained
and, of course, %( na%e #as read& ) belie"e te #al. fro% te audience to te stand #as
te lon$est #al. of %( life&
)t as been nearl( AA (ears since tat conference& Until te (ear 2000, #en te
Conference Center #as dedicated, it #as %( pri"ile$e to deli"er 101 $eneral conference
%essa$es fro% te pulpit in tis buildin$, not includin$ tose $i"en at $eneral au-iliar(
conferences and oter %eetin$s eld ere& '( re%ar.s toda( brin$ te total to 102& )
a"e ad %an( spiritual e-periences o"er te (ears as ) a"e stood ere&
Burin$ te %essa$e ) deli"ered at $eneral conference in October 1LJ5, ) felt pro%pted to
direct %( re%ar.s to a little $irl #it lon$, blonde air, #o #as seated in te balcon( of
tis buildin$& ) called te attention of te audience to er and felt a freedo% of
e-pression #ic testi0ed to %e tat tis s%all $irl needed te %essa$e ) ad in %ind
concernin$ te fait of anoter (oun$ lad(&
At te conclusion of te session, ) returned to %( o4ce and found #aitin$ for %e a
(oun$ cild b( te na%e of 'isti 6ite, to$eter #it er $randparents and an aunt& As )
$reeted te%, ) reco$ni1ed 'isti as te one in te balcon( to #o% ) ad directed %(
re%ar.s& ) learned tat as er ei$t birtda( approaced, se #as in a 2uandar(
concernin$ #eter or not to be bapti1ed& +e felt se #ould li.e to be bapti1ed, and er
$randparents, #it #o% se li"ed, #anted er to be bapti1ed, but er less/acti"e
%oter su$$ested se #ait until se #as 18 (ears of a$e to %a.e te decision& 'isti ad
told er $randparents, 5)f #e $o to conference in +alt La.e Cit(, %a(be *ea"enl( !ater
#ill let %e .no# #at ) sould do&7
'isti and er $randparents and er aunt ad tra"eled fro% California to +alt La.e Cit( for
conference and #ere able to obtain seats in te Tabernacle for te +aturda( afternoon
session& Tis #as #ere te( #ere seated #en %( attention #as dra#n to 'isti and %(
decision %ade to spea. to er&
As #e continued our "isit after te session, 'isti=s $rand%oter said to %e, 5) tin. 'isti
as so%etin$ se #ould li.e to tell (ou&7 Tis s#eet (oun$ $irl said, 58roter 'onson,
#ile (ou #ere spea.in$ in conference, (ou ans#ered %( 2uestion& ) #ant to be
bapti1edF7
Te fa%il( returned to California, and 'isti #as bapti1ed and con0r%ed a %e%ber of Te
Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints& Trou$ all te (ears since, 'isti as
re%ained true and faitful to te $ospel of Mesus Crist& !ourteen (ears a$o, it #as %(
pri"ile$e to perfor% er te%ple %arria$e to a 0ne (oun$ %an, and to$eter te( are
rearin$ 0"e beautiful cildren, #it anoter one on te #a(&
'( broters and sisters, ) feel pri"ile$ed to be standin$ once a$ain at te Tabernacle
pulpit in tis buildin$ #ic olds for %e suc #onderful %e%ories& Te Tabernacle is a
part of %( life,a part #ic ) ceris&
) a"e been onored and pleased durin$ %( lifeti%e to raise %( ar% to te s2uare in
sustainin$ nine Curc 9residents as teir na%es a"e been read& Tis %ornin$ ) Doined
(ou in sustainin$ once a$ain our belo"ed propet, 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(& )t is a
Do( and a pri"ile$e to ser"e b( is side, alon$ #it 9resident !aust&
As tis buildin$ is rededicated toda(, %a( #e pled$e to rededicate our li"es to te #or.
of our Lord and +a"ior Mesus Crist, #o so #illin$l( died tat #e %i$t li"e& 'a( #e
follo# in *is footsteps eac da(, ) pra( u%bl( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 200J General Conference
Te 9riestood,a +acred Gift
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
)t is our responsibilit( to conduct our li"es so tat #e are e"er #ort( of te
priestood #e bear&
8retren, #e are asse%bled tis e"enin$ as a %i$t( bod( of te priestood, bot ere
in te Conference Center and in locations trou$out te #orld& ) a% onored b( te
pri"ile$e to spea. to (ou& ) pra( tat te inspiration of te Lord #ill $uide %( tou$ts
and inspire %( #ords&
Burin$ te past se"eral #ee.s, as ) a"e conte%plated #at ) %i$t sa( to (ou toni$t, )
a"e tou$t repeatedl( of te blessin$ #ic is ours to be bearers of te sacred
priestood of God& 6en #e loo. at te #orld as a #ole, #it a population of o"er 6 1U2
billion people, #e reali1e tat #e co%prise a "er( s%all, select $roup& 6e #o old te
priestood are, in te #ords of te Apostle 9eter, 5a cosen $eneration, a ro(al
priestood&7
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9resident Mosep !& +%it de0ned te priestood as 5te po#er of God dele$ated to %an
b( #ic %an can act in te eart for te sal"ation of te u%an fa%il(, H b( #ic
?%en@ %a( spea. te #ill of God as if te an$els #ere ere to spea. it te%sel"es; b(
#ic %en are e%po#ered to bind on eart and it sall be bound in ea"en, and to loose
on eart and it sall be loosed in ea"en&7 9resident +%it added, 5?Te priestood@ is
sacred, and it %ust be eld sacred b( te people&7
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'( bretren, te priestood is a $ift #ic brin$s #it it not onl( special blessin$s but
also sole%n responsibilities& )t is our responsibilit( to conduct our li"es so tat #e are
e"er #ort( of te priestood #e bear& 6e li"e in a ti%e #en #e are surrounded b(
%uc tat is intended to entice us into pats #ic %a( lead to our destruction& To a"oid
suc pats re2uires deter%ination and coura$e&
Coura$e counts& Tis trut ca%e to %e in a %ost "i"id and dra%atic %anner %an( (ears
a$o& ) #as ser"in$ as a bisop at te ti%e& Te $eneral session of our sta.e conference
#as bein$ eld in te Asse%bl( *all on Te%ple +2uare in +alt La.e Cit(& Our sta.e
presidenc( #as to be reor$ani1ed& Te Aaronic 9riestood, includin$ %e%bers of
bisoprics, #ere pro"idin$ te %usic for te conference& As #e concluded sin$in$ our
0rst selection, 9resident Mosep !ieldin$ +%it, our conference "isitor, stepped to te
pulpit and read for sustainin$ appro"al te na%es of te ne# sta.e presidenc(& *e ten
%entioned tat 9erc( !et1er, #o beca%e our ne# sta.e president, and Mon 8urt, #o
beca%e te 0rst counselor,eac of #o% ad been counselors in te pre"ious
presidenc(,ad been %ade a#are of teir ne# callin$s before te conference be$an&
*o#e"er, e indicated tat ), #o ad been called to be second counselor in te ne#
presidenc(, ad no pre"ious .no#led$e of te callin$ and #as earin$ of it for te 0rst
ti%e as %( na%e #as read for sustainin$ "ote& *e ten announced, 5)f 8roter 'onson is
#illin$ to respond to tis call, #e #ill be pleased to ear fro% i% no#&7
As ) stood at te pulpit and $a1ed out on tat sea of faces, ) re%e%bered te son$ #e
ad Dust sun$& )t pertained to te 6ord of 6isdo% and #as titled 5*a"e Coura$e, '( 8o(,
to +a( <o&7 Tat da( ) selected as %( acceptance te%e 5*a"e Coura$e, '( 8o(, to +a(
Kes&7 Te call for coura$e co%es constantl( to eac of us,te coura$e to stand 0r% for
our con"ictions, te coura$e to ful0ll our responsibilities, te coura$e to onor our
priestood&
6ere"er #e $o, our priestood $oes #it us& Are #e standin$ in 5ol( places7E
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+aid
9resident M& Ieuben Clar. Mr&, #o ser"ed for %an( (ears as a counselor in te !irst
9residenc(: 5Te 9riestood is not li.e a suit of clotes tat (ou can la( o: and ta.e bac.
on& H Bependin$ upon oursel"es ?it is@ an e"erlastin$ endo#%ent&7 *e continued: 5)f #e
reall( ad tat H con"iction H tat #e could not la( ?te priestood@ aside, and tat God
#ould old us responsible if #e ?de%eaned@ it, it #ould sa"e us fro% doin$ a $ood %an(
tin$s, sa"e us fro% $oin$ a $ood %an( places& )f, e"er( ti%e #e started a little detour
a#a( fro% te strai$t and narro#, #e #ould re%e%ber, R) a% carr(in$ %( 9riestood
ere& +ould )E= it #ould not ta.e us lon$ to #or. bac. into te strai$t and narro#&7
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9resident +pencer 6& Gi%ball said: 5Tere is no li%it to te po#er of te priestood
#ic (ou old& Te li%it co%es in (ou if (ou do not li"e in ar%on( #it te +pirit of te
Lord and (ou li%it (oursel"es in te po#er (ou e-ert&7
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'( bretren of te priestood,fro% te (oun$est to te oldest,are (ou li"in$ (our life
in accordance #it tat #ic te Lord re2uiresE Are (ou #ort( to bear te priestood
of GodE )f (ou are not, %a.e te decision ere and no#, %uster te coura$e it #ill ta.e,
and institute #ate"er can$es are necessar( so tat (our life is #at it sould be& To
sail safel( te seas of %ortalit(, #e need te $uidance of tat eternal %ariner,e"en te
$reat Meo"a& )f #e are on te Lord=s errand, #e are entitled to te Lord=s elp&
*is elp as co%e to %e on countless occasions trou$out %( life& Burin$ te 0nal
pases of 6orld 6ar )), ) turned 18 and #as ordained an elder,one #ee. before )
departed for acti"e dut( #it te na"(& A %e%ber of %( #ard bisopric #as at te train
station to bid %e fare#ell& Must before train ti%e, e placed in %( and a boo. #ic )
old before (ou toni$t& )ts title: ,he Missionary)s &and /ook" ) lau$ed and co%%ented,
5)=ll be in te na"(,not on a %ission&7 *e ans#ered, 5Ta.e it an(#a(& )t %a( co%e in
and(&7
)t did& Burin$ basic trainin$ our co%pan( co%%ander instructed us concernin$ o# #e
%i$t best pac. our clotin$ in a lar$e seaba$& *e ten ad"ised, 5)f (ou a"e a ard,
rectan$ular obDect (ou can place in te botto% of te ba$, (our clotes #ill sta( %ore
0r%&7 ) tou$t, 56ere a% ) $oin$ to 0nd a ard, rectan$ular obDectE7 +uddenl( )
re%e%bered Dust te ri$t rectan$ular obDect,,he Missionary)s &and /ook" And tus it
ser"ed for 12 #ee.s at te botto% of tat seaba$&
Te ni$t precedin$ our Crist%as lea"e, our tou$ts #ere, as al#a(s, on o%e& Te
barrac.s #ere 2uiet& +uddenl( ) beca%e a#are tat %( budd( in te adDoinin$ bun.,a
%e%ber of te Curc, Leland 'errill,#as %oanin$ in pain& ) as.ed, 56at=s te %atter,
'errillE7
*e replied, 5)=% sic.& )=% reall( sic.&7
) ad"ised i% to $o to te base dispensar(, but e ans#ered .no#in$l( tat suc a
course #ould pre"ent i% fro% bein$ o%e for Crist%as& ) ten su$$ested e be 2uiet
so tat #e didn=t a#a.en te entire barrac.s&
Te ours len$tened; is $roans $re# louder& Ten, in desperation, e #ispered,
5'onson, aren=t (ou an elderE7 ) ac.no#led$ed tis to be so, #ereupon e pleaded,
5Gi"e %e a blessin$&7
) beca%e "er( %uc a#are tat ) ad ne"er $i"en a blessin$& ) ad ne"er recei"ed suc a
blessin$; ) ad ne"er #itnessed a blessin$ bein$ $i"en& '( pra(er to God #as a plea for
elp& Te ans#er ca%e: 5Loo. in te botto% of te seaba$&7 Tus, at 2:00 a&%& ) e%ptied
on te dec. te contents of te ba$& ) ten too. to te ni$t/li$t tat ard, rectan$ular
obDect, ,he Missionary)s &and /ook, and read o# one blesses te sic.& 6it about 120
curious sailors loo.in$ on, ) proceeded #it te blessin$& 8efore ) could sto# %( $ear,
Leland 'errill #as sleepin$ li.e a cild&
Te ne-t %ornin$, 'errill s%ilin$l( turned to %e and said, 5'onson, )=% $lad (ou old
te priestoodF7 *is $ladness #as onl( surpassed b( %( $ratitude,$ratitude not onl(
for te priestood but for bein$ #ort( to recei"e te elp ) re2uired in a ti%e of
desperate need and to e-ercise te po#er of te priestood&
8retren, our Lord and +a"ior said, 5Co%e, follo# %e&7
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6en #e accept *is in"itation
and #al. in *is footsteps, *e #ill direct our pats&
)n April of 2000, ) felt suc direction& ) ad recei"ed a pone call fro% Iosa +alas Gi:ord,
#o% ) did not .no#& +e e-plained tat er parents ad been "isitin$ fro% Costa Iica
for a fe# %onts and tat Dust a #ee. prior to er call, er fater, 8ernardo A$usto
+alas, ad been dia$nosed #it li"er cancer& +e indicated tat te doctors ad infor%ed
te fa%il( tat er fater #ould li"e Dust a fe# %ore da(s& *er fater=s $reat desire, se
e-plained, #as to %eet %e before e died& +e left er address and as.ed if ) could co%e
to er o%e in +alt La.e Cit( to "isit #it er fater&
8ecause of %eetin$s and obli$ations, it #as rater late #en ) left %( o4ce& )nstead of
$oin$ strai$t o%e, o#e"er, ) felt i%pressed tat ) sould dri"e furter sout and "isit
8roter +alas tat "er( e"enin$& 6it te address in and, ) atte%pted to locate te
residence& )n rater ea"( tra4c and #it di%%in$ li$t, ) dro"e past te location #ere
te road to te ouse sould a"e been& ) could see notin$& *o#e"er, ) don=t $i"e up
easil(& ) dro"e around te bloc. and ca%e bac.& +till notin$& One %ore ti%e ) tried and
still no si$n of te road& ) be$an to feel tat ) #ould be Dusti0ed in turnin$ to#ard o%e& )
ad %ade a $allant e:ort but ad been unsuccessful in 0ndin$ te address& )nstead, )
o:ered a silent pra(er for elp& Te inspiration ca%e tat ) sould approac te area
fro% te opposite direction& ) dro"e a distance and turned te car around so tat ) #as
no# on te oter side of te road& Goin$ in tis direction, te tra4c #as %uc li$ter& As
) neared te location once a$ain, ) could see, trou$ te faint li$t, a street si$n tat
ad been .noc.ed do#n,it #as l(in$ on its side at te ed$e of te road,and a nearl(
in"isible, #eed/co"ered trac. leadin$ to a s%all apart%ent buildin$ and a sin$le, tin(
residence so%e distance fro% te %ain road& As ) dro"e to#ard te buildin$s, a s%all $irl
in a #ite dress #a"ed to %e, and ) .ne# tat ) ad found te fa%il(&
) #as usered into te o%e and ten to te roo% #ere 8roter +alas la(& +urroundin$
te bed #ere tree dau$ters and a son/in/la#, as #ell as +ister +alas& All but te son/in/
la# #ere fro% Costa Iica& 8roter +alas=s appearance re3ected te $ra"it( of is
condition& A da%p ra$ #it fra(ed ed$es,not a to#el or a #asclot but a da%p ra$
#it fra(ed ed$es,rested upon is foreead, e%pasi1in$ te u%ble econo%ic
circu%stances of te fa%il(&
6it so%e pro%ptin$, 8roter +alas opened is e(es, and a #an s%ile $raced is lips as
) too. i% b( te and& ) spo.e te #ords, 5) a"e co%e to %eet (ou&7 Tears #elled up in
is e(es and in %ine&
) as.ed if a blessin$ #ould be desired, and te unani%ous ans#er fro% te fa%il(
%e%bers #as a4r%ati"e& +ince te son/in/la# did not old te priestood, ) proceeded
b( %(self to pro"ide a priestood blessin$& Te #ords see%ed to 3o# freel( under te
direction of te +pirit of te Lord& ) included te +a"ior=s #ords found in te Boctrine and
Co"enants, section 8A, "erse 88: 5) #ill $o before (our face& ) #ill be on (our ri$t and
and on (our left, and %( +pirit sall be in (our earts, and %ine an$els round about (ou,
to bear (ou up&7 !ollo#in$ te blessin$, ) o:ered a fe# #ords of co%fort to te $rie"in$
fa%il( %e%bers& ) spo.e carefull( so te( could understand %( Cn$lis& And ten, #it
%( li%ited +panis lan$ua$e abilit(, ) let te% .no# tat ) lo"ed te% and tat our
*ea"enl( !ater #ould bless te%&
) as.ed for te fa%il( 8ible and directed teir attention to > Mon, "erse A: 5) a"e no
$reater Do( tan to ear tat %( cildren #al. in trut&7 ) said to te%, 5Tis is #at (our
usband and fater #ould a"e (ou re%e%ber as e prepares to depart tis eartl(
e-istence&7
6it tears strea%in$ do#n er face, 8roter +alas=s s#eet #ife ten as.ed if ) #ould
#rite do#n te references for te t#o scriptures ) ad sared #it te% so tat te
fa%il( %i$t read te% a$ain& <ot a"in$ an(tin$ and( on #ic ) could #rite, +ister
+alas reaced into er purse and dre# fro% it a slip of paper& As ) too. it fro% er, )
noticed it #as a titin$ receipt& '( eart #as touced as ) reali1ed tat, despite te
e-tre%el( u%ble circu%stances in #ic te fa%il( li"ed, te( #ere faitful in pa(in$
teir tites&
After a tender fare#ell, ) #as escorted to %( car& As ) dro"e o%e#ard, ) re3ected on te
special spirit #e ad felt& ) e-perienced, as #ell, as ) a"e %an( ti%es before, a sense of
$ratitude tat %( *ea"enl( !ater ad ans#ered anoter person=s pra(er trou$ %e&
'( bretren, let us e"er re%e%ber tat te priestood of God #ic #e bear is a sacred
$ift #ic brin$s to us and to tose #e ser"e te blessin$s of ea"en& 'a( #e, in
#ate"er place #e %a( be, onor and protect tat priestood& 'a( #e e"er be on te
Lord=s errand, tat #e %i$t e"er be entitled to te Lord=s elp&
Tere is a #ar bein$ #a$ed for %en=s souls,(ours and %ine& )t continues #itout
abate%ent& Li.e a clarion call co%es te #ord of te Lord to (ou and to %e and to
priestood olders e"er(#ere: 56erefore, no# let e"er( %an learn is dut(, and to act
in te o4ce in #ic e is appointed, in all dili$ence&7
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'a( #e eac a"e te coura$e to do so, ) pra( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 200J General Conference
Three Goals to Guie "ou
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
Kour in3uence ran$es far be(ond (ourself and (our o%e and touces
oters all around te $lobe&
Tis e"enin$ our souls a"e reaced to#ard ea"en& 6e a"e been blessed #it
beautiful %usic and inspired %essa$es& Te +pirit of te Lord is ere&
+isters Mulie 8ec., +il"ia Allred, 8arbara To%pson,tan. ea"en for (our dear %oters
and faters, (our teacers, (our (out leaders, and oters #o reco$ni1ed in (ou (our
potential&
To paraprase a tou$t:
You ne(er know what a girl is worth,
You)ll ha(e to wait and see;
/ut e(ery woman in a noble !lace,
A girl once used to be"
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)t is a $reat pri"ile$e for %e to be #it (ou& ) reco$ni1e tat be(ond (ou #o are
$atered in te Conference Center, tere are %an( tousands #atcin$ and listenin$ to
te proceedin$s b( #a( of satellite trans%ission&
As ) spea. to (ou, ) reali1e tat as a %an ) a% in te %inorit( and %ust be cautious in %(
co%%ents& )=% re%inded of te %an #o #al.ed into a boo.store and as.ed te cler.,a
#o%an,for elp: 5*a"e (ou $ot a boo. titled Man, the Master of Women77 Te cler.
loo.ed i% strai$t in te e(e and said sarcasticall(, 5Tr( te 0ction sectionF7
) assure (ou toni$t tat ) onor (ou, te #o%en of te Curc, and a% #ell a#are, to
2uote 6illia% I& 6allace, tat 5te and tat roc.s te cradle is te and tat rules te
#orld&7
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)n 1L01 9resident Loren1o +no# said: 5Te %e%bers of te Ielief +ociet( a"e H
%inistered to tose in aTiction, te( a"e tro#n teir ar%s of lo"e around te
faterless and te #ido#s, and te( a"e .ept te%sel"es unspotted fro% te #orld& )
can testif( tat tere are no purer and %ore God/fearin$ #o%en in te #orld tan are to
be found #itin te ran.s of te Ielief +ociet(&7
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As in 9resident +no#=s ti%e, tere are, ere and no#, "isits to be %ade, $reetin$s to be
sared, and un$r( souls to be fed& As ) conte%plate te Ielief +ociet( of toda(,
u%bled b( %( pri"ile$e to spea. to (ou, ) turn to our *ea"enl( !ater for *is di"ine
$uidance&
)n tis spirit, ) a"e felt to pro"ide eac %e%ber of te Ielief +ociet( trou$out te
#orld tree $oals to %eet:
1& +tud( dili$entl(&
2& 9ra( earnestl(&
>& +er"e #illin$l(&
Let us consider eac of tese $oals& !irst, stud( dili$entl(& Te +a"ior of te #orld
instructed: 5+ee. (e out of te best boo.s #ords of #isdo%; see. learnin$, e"en b(
stud( and also b( fait&7
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*e added: 5+earc te scriptures; for in te% (e tin. (e a"e
eternal life: and te( are te( #ic testif( of %e&7
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A stud( of te scriptures #ill elp our testi%onies and te testi%onies of our fa%il(
%e%bers& Our cildren toda( are $ro#in$ up surrounded b( "oices ur$in$ te% to
abandon tat #ic is ri$t and to pursue, instead, te pleasures of te #orld& Unless
te( a"e a 0r% foundation in te $ospel of Mesus Crist, a testi%on( of te trut, and a
deter%ination to li"e ri$teousl(, te( are susceptible to tese in3uences& )t is our
responsibilit( to fortif( and protect te%&
To an alar%in$ e-tent, our cildren toda( are bein$ educated b( te %edia, includin$ te
)nternet& )n te United +tates, it is reported tat te a"era$e cild #atces
appro-i%atel( four ours of tele"ision dail(, %uc of te pro$ra%%in$ bein$ 0lled #it
"iolence, alcool and dru$ use, and se-ual content& 6atcin$ %o"ies and pla(in$ "ideo
$a%es is in addition to te four ours&
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And te statistics are %uc te sa%e for oter
de"eloped countries& Te %essa$es portra(ed on tele"ision, in %o"ies, and in oter
%edia are "er( often in direct opposition to tat #ic #e #ant our cildren to e%brace
and old dear& )t is our responsibilit( not onl( to teac te% to be sound in spirit and
doctrine but also to elp te% sta( tat #a(, re$ardless of te outside forces te( %a(
encounter& Tis #ill re2uire %uc ti%e and e:ort on our part,and in order to elp
oters, #e oursel"es need te spiritual and %oral coura$e to #itstand te e"il #e see
on e"er( side&
6e li"e in te ti%e spo.en of in 2 <epi, capter L:
5O te "ainness, and te frailties, and te foolisness of %enF 6en te( are learned
te( tin. te( are #ise, and te( ear.en not unto te counsel of God, for te( set it
aside, supposin$ te( .no# of te%sel"es, #erefore, teir #isdo% is foolisness and it
pro0tet te% not& And te( sall peris&
58ut to be learned is $ood if te( ear.en unto te counsels of God&7
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Ie2uired is te coura$e to old fast to our standards despite te derision of te #orld&
+aid 9resident M& Ieuben Clar. Mr&, for %an( (ears a %e%ber of te !irst 9residenc(: 5<ot
un.no#n are cases #ere ?tose@ of presu%ed fait H a"e felt tat, since b( a4r%in$
teir full fait te( %i$t call do#n upon te%sel"es te ridicule of teir unbelie"in$
collea$ues, te( %ust eiter %odif( or e-plain a#a( teir fait or destructi"el( dilute it,
or e"en pretend to cast it a#a(& +uc are (pocrites&7
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Tere co%es to %ind te po#erful "erses found in 2 Ti%ot(, in te <e# Testa%ent,
capter 1, "erses J and 8:
5!or God at not $i"en us te spirit of fear; but of po#er, and of lo"e, and of a sound
%ind&
58e not tou terefore asa%ed of te testi%on( of our Lord&7
8e(ond our stud( of spiritual %atters, secular learnin$ is also essential& Often te future
is un.no#n; terefore, it beoo"es us to prepare for uncertainties& +tatistics re"eal tat
at so%e ti%e, because of te illness or deat of a usband or because of econo%ic
necessit(, (ou %a( 0nd (ourself in te role of 0nancial pro"ider& +o%e of (ou alread(
occup( tat role& ) ur$e (ou to pursue (our education,if (ou are not alread( doin$ so or
a"e not done so,tat (ou %i$t be prepared to pro"ide if circu%stances necessitate
suc&
Kour talents #ill e-pand as (ou stud( and learn& Kou #ill be able to better assist (our
fa%ilies in teir learnin$, and (ou #ill a"e peace of %ind in .no#in$ tat (ou a"e
prepared (ourself for te e"entualities tat (ou %a( encounter in life&
) reiterate: +tud( dili$entl(&
Te second $oal ) #is to %ention: 9ra( earnestl(& Te Lord directed, 59ra( al#a(s, and )
#ill pour out %( +pirit upon (ou, and $reat sall be (our blessin$&7
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9eraps tere as ne"er been a ti%e #en #e ad $reater need to pra( and to teac our
fa%il( %e%bers to pra(& 9ra(er is a defense a$ainst te%ptation& )t is trou$ earnest and
eartfelt pra(er tat #e can recei"e te needed blessin$s and te support re2uired to
%a.e our #a( in tis so%eti%es di4cult and callen$in$ Dourne( #e call %ortalit(&
6e can teac te i%portance of pra(er to our cildren and $randcildren bot b( #ord
and b( e-a%ple& ) sare #it (ou a lesson in teacin$ b( e-a%ple as described in a
%oter=s letter to %e relatin$ to pra(er& 5Bear 9resident 'onson: +o%eti%es ) #onder if )
%a.e a di:erence in %( cildren=s li"es& Cspeciall( as a sin$le %oter #or.in$ t#o Dobs
to %a.e ends %eet, ) so%eti%es co%e o%e to confusion, but ) ne"er $i"e up ope&7
*er letter continues as se describes o# se and er cildren #ere #atcin$ $eneral
conference, #ere ) #as spea.in$ about pra(er& *er son %ade te co%%ent, 5'oter,
(ou="e alread( tau$t us tat&7 +e as.ed, 56at do (ou %eanE7 *er son replied, 56ell,
(ou="e tau$t us to pra( and so#ed us o#, but te oter ni$t ) ca%e to (our roo% to
as. so%etin$ and found (ou on (our .nees pra(in$ to *ea"enl( !ater& )f *e=s
i%portant to (ou, *e=ll be i%portant to %e&7 Te letter concluded, 5) $uess (ou ne"er
.no# #at .ind of in3uence (ou=ll be until a cild obser"es (ou doin$ (ourself #at (ou
a"e tried to teac i% to do&7
+o%e (ears a$o, Dust before lea"in$ +alt La.e to attend te annual %eetin$s of 8o(
+couts of A%erica in Atlanta, Geor$ia, ) decided to ta.e #it %e enou$ copies of te
6ew Era so tat ) %i$t sare #it +coutin$ o4cials tis e-cellent publication& 6en )
arri"ed at te otel in Atlanta, ) opened te pac.a$e of %a$a1ines& ) found tat %(
secretar(, for no accountable reason, ad put in te pac.a$e t#o e-tra copies of te Mune
issue, an issue tat featured te%ple %arria$e& ) left te t#o copies in te otel roo% and,
as planned, distributed te oter copies&
On te 0nal da( of %eetin$s, ) ad no desire to attend te sceduled lunceon but felt
co%pelled to return to %( roo%& Te telepone #as rin$in$ as ) entered& Te caller #as a
%e%ber of te Curc #o ad eard ) #as in Atlanta& +e introduced erself and as.ed
if ) could pro"ide a blessin$ for er 10/(ear/old dau$ter& ) a$reed readil(, and se
indicated tat se and er usband, teir dau$ter, and teir son #ould co%e
i%%ediatel( to %( otel roo%& As ) #aited, ) pra(ed for elp& Te applause of te
con"ention #as replaced b( te feelin$s of peace #ic acco%panied pra(er&
Ten ca%e te .noc. at te door and te pri"ile$e #ic #as %ine to %eet a coice
fa%il(& Te 10/(ear/old dau$ter #al.ed #it te aid of crutces& Cancer ad re2uired
te a%putation of er left le$; o#e"er, er countenance #as radiant, er trust in God
un#a"erin$& A blessin$ #as pro"ided& 'oter and son .nelt b( te side of te bed #ile
te fater and ) placed our ands on te tin( dau$ter& 6e #ere directed b( te +pirit of
God& 6e #ere u%bled b( its po#er&
) felt te tears course do#n %( cee.s and tu%ble upon %( ands as te( rested on te
ead of tat beautiful cild of God& ) spo.e of eternal ordinances and fa%il( e-altation&
Te Lord pro%pted %e to ur$e tis fa%il( to enter te ol( te%ple of God& At te
conclusion of te blessin$, ) learned tat suc a te%ple "isit #as planned& Nuestions
pertainin$ to te te%ple #ere as.ed& ) eard no ea"enl( "oice, nor did ) see a "ision& Ket
tere ca%e clearl( into %( %ind te #ords, 5Iefer to te 6ew Era"7 ) loo.ed to#ard te
dresser, and tere #ere te t#o e-tra copies of te te%ple issue of te 6ew Era" One
cop( #as $i"en to te dau$ter and te oter to er parents& 6e re"ie#ed te%
to$eter&
Te fa%il( said fare#ell, and once a$ain te roo% #as still& A pra(er of $ratitude ca%e
easil( and, once %ore, te resol"e to e"er pro"ide a place for pra(er&
'( dear sisters, do not pra( for tas.s e2ual to (our abilities, but pra( for abilities e2ual
to (our tas.s& Ten te perfor%ance of (our tas.s #ill be no %iracle, but (ou #ill be te
%iracle&
9ra( earnestl(&
!inall(, ser"e #illin$l(& Kou are a %i$t( force for $ood, one of te %ost po#erful in te
entire #orld& Kour in3uence ran$es far be(ond (ourself and (our o%e and touces
oters all around te $lobe& Kou a"e reaced out to (our broters and sisters across
streets, across cities, across nations, across continents, across oceans& Kou personif( te
Ielief +ociet( %otto: 5Carit( ne"er failet&7
Kou are, of course, surrounded b( opportunities for ser"ice& <o doubt at ti%es (ou
reco$ni1e so %an( suc opportunities tat (ou %a( feel so%e#at o"er#el%ed& 6ere
do (ou be$inE *o# can (ou do it allE *o# do (ou coose, fro% all te needs (ou
obser"e, #ere and o# to ser"eE
Often s%all acts of ser"ice are all tat is re2uired to lift and bless anoter: a 2uestion
concernin$ a person=s fa%il(, 2uic. #ords of encoura$e%ent, a sincere co%pli%ent, a
s%all note of tan.s, a brief telepone call& )f #e are obser"ant and a#are, and if #e act
on te pro%ptin$s #ic co%e to us, #e can acco%plis %uc $ood& +o%eti%es, of
course, %ore is needed&
) learned recentl( of lo"in$ ser"ice $i"en to a %oter #en er cildren #ere "er( (oun$&
!re2uentl( se #ould be up in te %iddle of te ni$t tendin$ to te needs of er little
ones, as %oters do& Often er friend and nei$bor across te street #ould co%e o"er
te ne-t da( and sa(, 5) sa# (our li$ts on in te %iddle of te ni$t and .no# (ou #ere
up #it te cildren& )=% $oin$ to ta.e te% to %( ouse for a couple of ours #ile (ou
ta.e a nap&7 +aid tis $rateful %oter: 5) #as so tan.ful for er #elco%e o:er, it #asn=t
until tis ad appened %an( ti%es tat ) reali1ed if se ad seen %( li$ts on in te
%iddle of te ni$t, se #as up #it one of er cildren as #ell and needed a nap Dust as
%uc as ) did& +e tau$t %e a $reat lesson, and )="e since tried to be as obser"ant as
se #as in loo.in$ for opportunities to ser"e oters&7
Countless are te acts of ser"ice pro"ided b( te "ast ar%( of Ielief +ociet( "isitin$
teacers& A fe# (ears a$o ) eard of t#o of te% #o aided a $rie"in$ #ido#, An$ela,
te $randdau$ter of a cousin of %ine& An$ela=s usband and a friend of is ad $one
sno#%obilin$ and ad beco%e "icti%s of su:ocation trou$ a sno#slide& Cac of te%
left a pre$nant #ife,in An$ela=s case, teir 0rst cild, and in te oter case, a #ife not
onl( e-pectin$ a cild but also te %oter of a toddler& )n te funeral eld for An$ela=s
usband, te bisop reported tat upon earin$ of te tra$ic accident, e ad $one
i%%ediatel( to An$ela=s o%e& Al%ost as soon as e arri"ed, te doorbell sounded& Te
door #as opened, and tere stood An$ela=s t#o "isitin$ teacers& Te bisop said e
#atced as te( so sincerel( e-pressed to An$ela teir lo"e and co%passion& Te tree
#o%en cried to$eter, and it #as apparent tat tese t#o 0ne "isitin$ teacers cared
deepl( about An$ela& As peraps onl( #o%en can, te( $entl( indicated,#itout bein$
as.ed,e-actl( #at elp te( #ould be pro"idin$& Tat te( #ould be close b( as lon$
as An$ela needed te% #as ob"ious& Te bisop e-pressed is deep $ratitude in
.no#in$ te( #ould be a real source of co%fort to er in te da(s aead&
+uc acts of lo"e and co%passion are repeated a$ain and a$ain b( te #onderful "isitin$
teacers of tis Curc,not al#a(s in suc dra%atic situations but Dust as $enuinel(,
ne"erteless&
) e-tol (ou #o, #it lo"in$ care and co%passionate concern, feed te un$r(, clote te
na.ed, and ouse te o%eless& *e #o notes te sparro#=s fall #ill not be un%indful of
suc ser"ice& Te desire to lift, te #illin$ness to elp, and te $raciousness to $i"e
co%e fro% a eart 0lled #it lo"e& +er"e #illin$l(&
Our belo"ed propet, e"en 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(, said of (ou, 5God planted
#itin #o%en so%etin$ di"ine tat e-presses itself in 2uiet stren$t, in re0ne%ent, in
peace, in $oodness, in "irtue, in trut, in lo"e&7
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'( dear sisters, %a( our *ea"enl( !ater bless eac of (ou, %arried or sin$le, in (our
o%es, in (our fa%ilies, in (our "er( li"es,tat (ou %a( %erit te $lorious salutation of
te +a"ior of te 6orld: 56ell done, tou $ood and faitful ser"ant7
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) pra(, as ) bless
(ou and also te dear #ife of Ma%es C& !aust, is belo"ed Iut, #o is ere toni$t on te
front ro#, and teir fa%il(, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 200J General Conference
'rs& 9atton,te +tor( Continues
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
) a% certain our *ea"enl( !ater #as %indful of er needs and #anted er
to ear te co%fortin$ truts of te $ospel&
) %iss %( collea$ue Ma%es C& !aust toda( and e-press %( lo"e to is dear #ife and fa%il(
and a% assured e is ser"in$ te Lord else#ere& ) #elco%e te ne#l( sustained General
Autorities, 9resident C(rin$, Clder Coo., and Clder Gon1Vle1, and assure te% te( a"e
%( full support&
Tirt(/ei$t (ears a$o, at a $eneral conference eld in te Tabernacle on Te%ple +2uare,
) spo.e of one of %( cildood friends, Artur 9atton, #o died at a (oun$ a$e& Te tal.
#as titled 5'rs& 9atton, Artur Li"es&7
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) addressed %( re%ar.s to Artur=s %oter, 'rs&
9atton, #o #as not a %e%ber of te Curc& Altou$ ) ad little ope tat 'rs& 9atton
#ould actuall( ear %( tal., ) #anted to sare #it all #o #ere #itin te sound of %(
"oice te $lorious $ospel %essa$e of ope and lo"e& Iecentl( ) a"e felt i%pressed to
refer once a$ain to Artur and to relate to (ou #at transpired follo#in$ %( ori$inal
%essa$e&
!irst, %a( ) tell (ou about Artur& *e ad blond, curl( air and a s%ile as bi$ as all
outdoors& *e stood taller tan an( bo( in te class& ) suppose tis is o#, in 1LA0, as te
$reat con3ict #ic beca%e 6orld 6ar )) #as o"erta.in$ %uc of Curope, Artur #as
able to fool te recruitin$ o4cers and enlist in te na"( at te tender a$e of 15& To
Artur and %ost of te bo(s, te #ar #as a $reat ad"enture& ) re%e%ber o# stri.in$ e
appeared in is na"( unifor%& *o# #e #ised #e #ere older or at least taller so #e too
could enlist&
Kout is a "er( special ti%e of life& As Lon$fello# #rote:
&ow beautiful is youth% how bright it gleams
With its illusions, as!irations, dreams%
/ook of /eginnings, -tory without End,
Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend%
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Artur=s %oter #as so proud of te blue star #ic $raced er li"in$ roo% #indo#& )t
represented to e"er( passerb( tat er son #ore te unifor% of is countr( and #as
acti"el( ser"in$& 6en ) #ould pass te ouse, se often opened te door and in"ited
%e in to read te latest letter fro% Artur& *er e(es #ould 0ll #it tears; ) #ould ten be
as.ed to read aloud& Artur %eant e"er(tin$ to is #ido#ed %oter&
) can still picture 'rs& 9atton=s coarse ands as se #ould carefull( replace te letter in
its en"elope& Tese #ere ard#or.in$ ands; 'rs& 9atton #as a cleanin$ #o%an for a
do#nto#n o4ce buildin$& Cac da( of er life e-cept +unda(s se could be seen #al.in$
alon$ te side#al., pail and brus in and, er $ra( air pulled bac. into a ti$t bob, er
soulders #ear( fro% #or. and stooped #it a$e&
)n 'arc 1LAA, #it te #ar no# ra$in$, Artur #as transferred fro% te U++ 3orsey, a
destro(er, to te U++ White 1lains, an aircraft carrier& 6ile at +aipan in te +out
9aci0c, te sip #as attac.ed& Artur #as one of tose on board #o #as lost at sea&
Te blue star #as ta.en fro% its allo#ed spot in te front #indo# of te 9atton o%e& )t
#as replaced b( one of $old, indicatin$ tat e #o% te blue star represented ad
been .illed in battle& A li$t #ent out in te life of 'rs& 9atton& +e $roped in utter
dar.ness and deep despair&
6it a pra(er in %( eart, ) approaced te fa%iliar #al.#a( to te 9atton o%e,
#onderin$ #at #ords of co%fort could co%e fro% te lips of a %ere bo(&
Te door opened, and 'rs& 9atton e%braced %e as se #ould er o#n son& *o%e
beca%e a capel as a $rief/stric.en %oter and a less/tan/ade2uate bo( .nelt in pra(er&
Arisin$ fro% our .nees, 'rs& 9atton $a1ed into %( e(es and spo.e: 5To%%(, ) belon$ to
no curc, but (ou do& Tell %e, #ill Artur li"e a$ainE7 To te best of %( abilit(, ) testi0ed
to er tat Artur #ould indeed li"e a$ain&
)n $eneral conference tose lon$ (ears a$o, as ) related tis account, ) %entioned tat )
ad lost trac. of 'rs& 9atton but tat ) #anted to once %ore ans#er er 2uestion 56ill
Artur li"e a$ainE7
) referred to te +a"ior of te #orld, #o #al.ed te dust( pats of "illa$es #e no#
re"erentl( call te *ol( Land; #o caused te blind to see, te deaf to ear, te la%e to
#al., and te dead to li"e; to *i% #o tenderl( and lo"in$l( assured us, 5) a% te #a(,
te trut, and te life&7
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) e-plained tat te plan of life and an e-planation of its eternal course co%e to us fro%
te 'aster of ea"en and eart, e"en Mesus Crist te Lord& To understand te %eanin$
of deat, #e %ust appreciate te purpose of life&
) indicated tat in tis dispensation, te Lord declared: 5And no#, "eril( ) sa( unto (ou, )
#as in te be$innin$ #it te !ater, and a% te !irstborn&7
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5'an #as also in te
be$innin$ #it God&7
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Mere%ia te propet recorded:
5Te #ord of te Lord ca%e unto %e, sa(in$,
58efore ) for%ed tee H ) .ne# tee; and before tou ca%est fort H ) sancti0ed tee,
and ) ordained tee a propet unto te nations&7
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!ro% tat %aDestic #orld of spirits #e enter te $rand sta$e of life to pro"e oursel"es
obedient to all tin$s co%%anded of God& Burin$ %ortalit( #e $ro# fro% elpless
infanc( to in2uirin$ cildood and ten to re3ecti"e %aturit(& 6e e-perience Do( and
sorro#, ful0ll%ent and disappoint%ent, success and failure& 6e taste te s#eet, (et
sa%ple te bitter& Tis is %ortalit(&
Ten to eac life co%es te e-perience .no#n as deat& <one is e-e%pt& All %ust pass
its portals&
To %ost, tere is so%etin$ sinister and %(sterious about tis un#elco%e "isitor called
deat& 9eraps it is a fear of te un.no#n #ic causes %an( to dread its co%in$&
Artur 9atton died 2uic.l(& Oters lin$er& 6e .no#, trou$ te re"ealed #ord of God,
tat 5te spirits of all %en, as soon as te( are departed fro% tis %ortal bod(, H are
ta.en o%e to tat God #o $a"e te% life&7
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) assured 'rs& 9atton and all oters #o #ere listenin$ tat God #ould ne"er forsa.e
te%,tat *e sent *is Onl( 8e$otten +on into te #orld to teac us b( e-a%ple te life
#e sould li"e& *is +on died upon te cross to redee% all %an.ind& *is #ords to te
$rie"in$ 'arta and to *is disciples toda( brin$ co%fort to us:
5) a% te resurrection, and te life: e tat belie"et in %e, tou$ e #ere dead, (et
sall e li"e:
5And #osoe"er li"et and belie"et in %e sall ne"er die&7
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5)n %( !ater=s ouse are %an( %ansions: if it #ere not so, ) #ould a"e told (ou& ) $o to
prepare a place for (ou&
5H ) #ill co%e a$ain, and recei"e (ou unto %(self; tat #ere ) a%, tere (e %a( be
also&7
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) reiterated te testi%onies of Mon te Ie"elator and 9aul te Apostle& Mon recorded:
5) sa# te dead, s%all and $reat, stand before God; H
5And te sea $a"e up te dead #ic #ere in it&7
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9aul declared: 5As in Ada% all die, e"en so in Crist sall all be %ade ali"e&7
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) e-plained tat until te $lorious Iesurrection %ornin$, #e #al. b( fait& 5!or no# #e
see trou$ a $lass, dar.l(; but ten face to face&7
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) reassured 'rs& 9atton tat Mesus in"ited er and all oters:
5Co%e unto %e, all (e tat labour and are ea"( laden, and ) #ill $i"e (ou rest&
5Ta.e %( (o.e upon (ou, and learn of %e; for ) a% %ee. and lo#l( in eart: and (e sall
0nd rest unto (our souls&7
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As part of %( %essa$e, ) e-plained to 'rs& 9atton tat suc .no#led$e #ould sustain er
in er eartace,tat se #ould ne"er be in te tra$ic situation of te disbelie"er #o,
a"in$ lost a son, #as eard to sa( as se #atced te cas.et lo#ered into %oter
eart: 5Good/b(e, %( bo(& Good/b(e fore"er&7 Iater, #it ead erect, coura$e
undaunted, and fait un#a"erin$, se could lift er e(es as se loo.ed be(ond te $entl(
brea.in$ #a"es of te blue 9aci0c and #isper, 5Good/b(e, Artur, %( precious son&
Good/b(e,until #e %eet a$ain&7
) 2uoted te #ords of Tenn(son, as tou$ spo.en to er b( Artur:
-unset and e(ening star,
And one clear call for me%
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When ' !ut out to sea, 8
,wilight and e(ening bell,
And after that the dark%
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When ' embark;
.or tho) from out our bourne of ,ime and 1lace
,he 9ood may bear me far,
' ho!e to see my 1ilot face to face
When ' ha(e crossed the bar"
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As ) concluded %( %essa$e tose lon$ (ears a$o, ) e-pressed to 'rs& 9atton %( personal
testi%on( as a special #itness, tellin$ er tat God our !ater #as %indful of er,tat
trou$ sincere pra(er se could co%%unicate #it *i%; tat *e too ad a +on #o
died, e"en Mesus Crist te Lord; tat *e is our ad"ocate #it te !ater, te 9rince of
9eace, our +a"ior and di"ine Iedee%er, and one da( #e #ould see *i% face/to/face&
) oped tat %( %essa$e to 'rs& 9atton #ould reac and touc oters #o ad lost a
lo"ed one&
And no#, %( broters and sisters, ) sare #it (ou te rest of tis account& ) deli"ered
%( %essa$e on April 6, 1L6L& A$ain, ) ad little or no ope tat 'rs& 9atton #ould
actuall( ear te tal.& ) ad no reason to tin. se #ould listen to $eneral conference& As
) a"e %entioned, se #as not a %e%ber of te Curc& And ten ) learned tat
so%etin$ a.in to a %iracle ad ta.en place& *a"in$ no idea #atsoe"er #o #ould be
spea.in$ at conference or #at subDects te( %i$t spea. about, Latter/da( +aint
nei$bors of 'rs& Terese 9atton in California, #ere se ad %o"ed, in"ited er to teir
o%e to listen to a session of conference #it te%& +e accepted teir in"itation and
tus #as listenin$ to te "er( session #ere ) directed %( re%ar.s to er personall(&
Burin$ te 0rst #ee. of 'a( 1L6L, to %( astonis%ent and Do(, ) recei"ed a letter
post%ar.ed 9o%ona, California, and dated April 2L, 1L6L& )t #as fro% 'rs& Terese 9atton&
) sare #it (ou a part of tat letter:
5Bear To%%(,
5) ope (ou don=t %ind %( callin$ (ou To%%(, as ) al#a(s tin. of (ou tat #a(& ) don=t
.no# o# to tan. (ou for te co%fortin$ tal. (ou $a"e&
5Artur #as 15 (ears old #en e enlisted in te na"(& *e #as .illed one %ont before
is 1Lt birtda( on Mul( 5, 1LAA&
5)t #as #onderful of (ou to tin. of us& ) don=t .no# o# to tan. (ou for (our co%fortin$
#ords, bot #en Artur died and a$ain in (our tal.& ) a"e ad %an( 2uestions o"er te
(ears, and (ou a"e ans#ered te%& ) a% no# at peace concernin$ Artur& H God bless
and .eep (ou al#a(s&
5Lo"e,
5Terese 9atton7
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'( broters and sisters, ) do not belie"e it #as a coincidence tat ) #as i%pressed to
$i"e tat particular %essa$e at te April 1L6L $eneral conference& <or do ) belie"e it #as
a coincidence tat 'rs& Terese 9atton #as in"ited b( nei$bors to Doin te% in teir o%e
for tat particular session of conference& ) a% certain our *ea"enl( !ater #as %indful of
er needs and #anted er to ear te co%fortin$ truts of te $ospel&
Altou$ 'rs& 9atton as lon$ since left %ortalit(, ) a"e felt a stron$ i%pression to
sare #it (ou te %anner in #ic our *ea"enl( !ater blessed and pro"ided for er, a
#ido#, in er need& 6it all te stren$t of %( soul ) testif( tat our *ea"enl( !ater
lo"es eac one of us& *e ears te pra(ers of u%ble earts; *e ears our cries for elp,
as *e eard 'rs& 9atton& *is +on, our +a"ior and Iedee%er, spea.s to eac of us toda(:
58eold, ) stand at te door, and .noc.: if an( %an ear %( "oice, and open te door, )
#ill co%e in to i%&7
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6ill #e listen for tat .noc.E 6ill #e ear tat "oiceE 6ill #e open tat door to te Lord,
tat #e %a( recei"e te elp *e is so read( to pro"ideE ) pra( tat #e #ill, in te sacred
na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 200J General Conference
A Io(al 9riestood
Thomas S. Monson
First Counselor in the First Presienc!
Ti%es %a( can$e, circu%stances %a( alter, but te %ar.s of a true older
of te priestood of God re%ain constant&
8retren, as ) $a1e fro% one end to te oter of tis %aDestic buildin$, ) can onl( sa(,
(ou are an inspirin$ si$t to beold& )t is a%a1in$ to reali1e tat in tousands of capels
trou$out te #orld, oters of (ou,olders of te priestood of God,are recei"in$ tis
broadcast b( #a( of satellite trans%ission& <ationalities "ar( and lan$ua$es are %an(,
but a co%%on tread binds us to$eter& 6e a"e been entrusted to bear te priestood
and to act in te na%e of God& 6e are te recipients of a sacred trust& 'uc is e-pected
of us&
6e #o old te priestood of God and onor it are a%on$ tose #o a"e been
reser"ed for tis special period in istor(& Te Apostle 9eter described us in te second
capter of 1 9eter, te nint "erse: 5Ke are a cosen $eneration, a ro(al priestood, an
ol( nation, a peculiar people; tat (e sould se# fort te praises of i% #o at
called (ou out of dar.ness into is %ar"ellous li$t&7
*o# %i$t (ou and ) 2ualif( oursel"es to be #ort( of tat desi$nation, 5a ro(al
priestood7E 6at are te caracteristics of a true son of te li"in$ GodE Toni$t ) #ould
li.e us to consider Dust so%e of tose "er( caracteristics&
Ti%es %a( can$e, circu%stances %a( alter, but te %ar.s of a true older of te
priestood of God re%ain constant&
'a( ) su$$est tat 0rst of all e"er( one of us de"elop te %ar. of "ision& One #riter said
tat te door of istor( turns on s%all in$es, and so do people=s li"es& )f #e #ere to
appl( tat %a-i% to our li"es, #e could sa( tat #e are te result of %an( s%all
decisions& )n e:ect, #e are te product of our coices& 6e %ust de"elop te capacit( to
recall te past, to e"aluate te present, and to loo. into te future in order to acco%plis
in our li"es #at te Lord #ould a"e us do&
Kou (oun$ %en oldin$ te Aaronic 9riestood sould a"e te abilit( to en"ision te
da( #en (ou #ill old te 'elci1ede. 9riestood and ten prepare (oursel"es as
deacons, as teacers, as priests to recei"e te ol( 'elci1ede. 9riestood of God& Kou
a"e te responsibilit( to be read(, #en (ou recei"e te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, to
respond to a call to ser"e as a %issionar( b( acceptin$ it and ten ful0llin$ it& *o# ) pra(
tat e"er( bo( and e"er( %an #ill a"e te %ar. of "ision&
Te second principle ) sould li.e to e%pasi1e as a caracteristic of a true priestood
older of God is te %ar. of e:ort& )t is not enou$ to #ant to %a.e te e:ort and to say
#e=ll %a.e te e:ort& 6e %ust actuall( make te e:ort& )t=s in te doing, not Dust te
thinking, tat #e acco%plis our $oals& )f #e constantl( put our $oals o:, #e #ill ne"er
see te% ful0lled& +o%eone put it tis #a(: Li"e onl( for to%orro#, and (ou #ill a"e a
lot of e%pt( (esterda(s toda(&
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)n Mul( of 1LJ6, runner Garr( 8Dor.lund #as deter%ined to 2ualif( for te U&+& Ol(%pic
tea%=s 10,000/%eter race #ic #ould be run at te 'ontreal Ol(%pics& *alf#a(
trou$ te $rindin$ 2ualif(in$ race, o#e"er, e lost is left soe& 6at #ould (ou and )
do if tat #ere our e-perienceE ) suppose e could a"e $i"en up and stopped& *e could
a"e bla%ed is bad luc. and lost te opportunit( of participatin$ in te $reatest race of
is life, but tis ca%pion atlete did not do tat& *e ran on #itout is soe& *e .ne#
tat e #ould a"e to run faster tan e ad e"er run in is life& *e .ne# tat is
co%petitors no# ad an ad"anta$e tat te( did not a"e at te be$innin$ of te race&
O"er tat cinder trac. e ran, #it one soe on and one soe o:, 0nisin$ tird and
2ualif(in$ for te opportunit( to participate in te race for te $old %edal& *is o#n
runnin$ ti%e #as te best e ad e"er recorded& *e put fort te e:ort necessar( to
acie"e is $oal&
As priestood olders, #e %a( 0nd tat tere are ti%es in our li"es #en #e falter, #en
#e beco%e #ear( or fati$ued, or #en #e su:er a disappoint%ent or a eartace& 6en
tat appens, ) #ould ope tat #e #ill perse"ere #it e"en $reater e:ort to#ard our
$oal&
At one ti%e or anoter eac of us #ill be called to 0ll a position in te Curc, #eter as
a deacons 2uoru% president, a teacers 2uoru% secretar(, a priestood ad"iser, a class
teacer, a bisop& ) could na%e %ore, but (ou $et te picture& ) #as Dust 22 (ears of a$e
#en ) #as called to be te bisop of te +i-t/+e"ent 6ard in +alt La.e Cit(& 6it
1,080 %e%bers in te #ard, a $reat deal of e:ort #as re2uired to %a.e certain tat
e"er( %atter #ic needed to be andled #as ta.en care of and e"er( %e%ber of te
#ard felt included and #atced o"er& Altou$ te assi$n%ent #as %onu%ental in
scope, ) did not let it o"er#el% %e& ) #ent to #or., as did oters, and did all ) could to
ser"e& Cac of us can do te sa%e, re$ardless of te callin$ or assi$n%ent&
Must last (ear ) decided to see o# %an( residential d#ellin$s #ere still standin$ fro% te
period bet#een 1L50 and 1L55 #en ) ser"ed as bisop of tat sa%e area& ) dro"e slo#l(
around eac of te bloc.s tat once co%prised te #ard& ) #as surprised to obser"e in
%( searc tat of all te ouses and apart%ent buildin$s #ere our 1,080 %e%bers ad
li"ed, onl( tree d#ellin$s #ere still standin$& At one of tose ouses, te $rass #as
o"er$ro#n, te trees unpruned, and ) found no one #as li"in$ tere& Of te oter t#o
ouses re%ainin$, one #as boarded up and unoccupied, and te oter oused so%e sort
of a %odest business o4ce&
) par.ed %( car, turned o: te i$nition, and Dust sat tere for a lon$ #ile& ) could picture
in %( %ind eac ouse, eac apart%ent buildin$, eac %e%ber #o li"ed tere& 6ile
te o%es and te buildin$s #ere $one, te %e%ories #ere still "er( "i"id concernin$
te fa%ilies #o resided in eac d#ellin$& ) tou$t of te #ords of te autor Ma%es
8arrie, #o #rote tat God $a"e us %e%ories tat #e %i$t a"e Mune roses in te
Bece%ber of our li"es&
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*o# $rateful ) #as for te opportunit( to ser"e in tat
assi$n%ent& +uc can be te blessin$ of eac of us if #e put fort in our assi$n%ents our
"er( best e:orts&
Te %ar. of e:ort is re2uired of e"er( priestood older&
Te tird principle ) #ould li.e to e%pasi1e is te %ar. of fait& 6e %ust a"e fait in
oursel"es, fait in te abilit( of our *ea"enl( !ater to bless us and to $uide us in our
endea"ors& 'an( (ears a$o te #riter of a psal% #rote a beautiful trut: 5)t is better to
trust in te Lord tan to put con0dence in %an& )t is better to trust in te Lord tan to put
con0dence in princes&7
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)n oter #ords, let us put our con0dence in te abilit( of te Lord
to $uide us& !riendsips, #e .no#, %a( alter and can$e, but te Lord is constant&
+a.espeare, in is pla( :ing &enry the Eighth, tau$t tis trut trou$ Cardinal 6olse(
,a %an #o enDo(ed $reat presti$e and pride because of is friendsip #it te .in$&
6en te friendsip ended, Cardinal 6olse( #as stripped of is autorit(, resultin$ in a
loss of pro%inence and presti$e& *e #as one #o ad $ained e"er(tin$ and ten lost
all& )n te sorro# of is eart, e spo.e a real trut to is ser"ant, Cro%#ell& *e said:
# $romwell, $romwell%
&ad ' but ser(ed my *od with half the +eal
' ser(ed my king, &e would not in mine age
&a(e left me naked to mine enemies"
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) trust #e sall a"e te %ar. of fait in e"er( eart represented ere toni$t&
) add to %( list te %ar. of "irtue& Te Lord indicated tat #e sould let "irtue $arnis
our tou$ts unceasin$l(&
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) recall a priestood %eetin$ eld in te Tabernacle in +alt La.e Cit( #en ) #as a older
of te Aaronic 9riestood& Te 9resident of te Curc #as spea.in$ to te priestood,
and e %ade a state%ent ) a"e ne"er for$otten& *e said, in essence, tat %en #o
co%%it se-ual sin or oter sins do not do so in te t#in.lin$ of an e(e& *e e%pasi1ed
tat our actions are preceded b( our tou$ts, and #en #e co%%it sin, it is because #e
a"e 0rst tou$t of co%%ittin$ tat particular sin& Ten te 9resident declared tat te
#a( to a"oid sin is to .eep our tin.in$ pure& Te scripture tells us tat as #e tin. in our
earts, so are #e&
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6e %ust a"e te %ar. of "irtue&
)f #e are to be %issionaries in te .in$do% of our *ea"enl( !ater, #e %ust be entitled
to te co%panionsip of *is *ol( +pirit, and #e a"e been told precisel( tat *is +pirit
#ill not d#ell in i%pure or unol( tabernacles&
!inall(, %a( ) add te %ar. of pra(er& Te desire to co%%unicate #it one=s *ea"enl(
!ater is a %ar. of a true priestood older of God&
As #e o:er unto te Lord our fa%il( and our personal pra(ers, let us do so #it fait and
trust in *i%& Let us re%e%ber te inDunction of te Apostle 9aul to te *ebre#s: 5!or e
tat co%et to God %ust belie"e tat e is, and tat e is a re#arder of te% tat
dili$entl( see. i%&7
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)f an( of us as been slo# to ear.en to te counsel to pra(
al#a(s, tere is no 0ner our to be$in tan no#& 6illia% Co#per declared, 5+atan
tre%bles #en e sees te #ea.est saint upon is .nees&7
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Tose #o feel tat pra(er
%i$t denote a p(sical #ea.ness sould consider tat a %an ne"er stands taller tan
#en e is upon is .nees&
'a( #e e"er re%e%ber:
1rayer is the soul)s sincere desire,
5ttered or une;!ressed,
,he motion of a hidden re
,hat trembles in the breast" 8
# thou by whom we come to *od,
,he 2ife, the ,ruth, the Way%
,he !ath of !rayer thyself hast trod;
2ord, teach us how to !ray"
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As #e culti"ate te %ar. of pra(er, #e #ill recei"e te blessin$s our *ea"enl( !ater as
for us&
)n conclusion, %a( #e a"e (ision" 'a( #e put fort e<ort" 'a( #e e-e%plif( faith and
(irtue and e"er %a.e !rayer a part of our li"es& Ten #e sall indeed be a ro(al
priestood& Tis #ould be %( pra(er, %( personal pra(er tis e"enin$, and ) o:er it fro%
%( eart in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2008 General Conference
#$am%les of &i'hteousness
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
)t is our dut( to li"e our li"es in suc a #a( tat #e %a( be e-a%ples of
ri$teousness&
Toni$t ) a% a#are tat (ou, %( bretren, bot ere in te Conference Center and in
tousands of oter locations, represent te lar$est $aterin$ of te priestood e"er to
asse%ble& 6e are a part of te $reatest broterood in all te #orld& *o# fortunate and
blessed #e are to be olders of te priestood of God&
6e a"e been instructed and uplifted as #e a"e listened to inspired %essa$es& ) pra(
tat ) %i$t a"e an interest in (our fait and pra(ers as ) sare #it (ou tose tou$ts
and feelin$s tat a"e been in %( %ind latel( as ) a"e prepared to address (ou&
As bearers of te priestood, #e a"e been placed on eart in troubled ti%es& 6e li"e in
a co%ple- #orld #it currents of con3ict e"er(#ere to be found& 9olitical %acinations
ruin te stabilit( of nations, despots $rasp for po#er, and se$%ents of societ( see%
fore"er do#ntrodden, depri"ed of opportunit(, and left #it a feelin$ of failure&
6e #o a"e been ordained to te priestood of God can %a.e a di:erence& 6en #e
2ualif( for te elp of te Lord, #e can build bo(s, #e can %end %en, #e can acco%plis
%iracles in *is ol( ser"ice& Our opportunities are #itout li%it&
Ours is te tas. to be 0ttin$ e-a%ples& 6e are stren$tened b( te trut tat te
$reatest force in te #orld toda( is te po#er of God as it #or.s trou$ %an& )f #e are
on te Lord=s errand, bretren, #e are entitled to te Lord=s elp& <e"er for$et tat trut&
Tat di"ine elp, of course, is predicated upon our #ortiness& Cac %ust as.: Are %(
ands cleanE )s %( eart pureE A% ) a #ort( ser"ant of te LordE
6e are surrounded b( so %uc tat is desi$ned to di"ert our attention fro% tose tin$s
#ic are "irtuous and $ood and to te%pt us #it tat #ic #ould cause us to be
un#ort( to e-ercise te priestood #e bear& ) spea. not Dust to te (oun$ %en of te
Aaronic 9riestood but to tose of all a$es& Te%ptations co%e in "arious for%s
trou$out our li"es&
8retren, are #e 2uali0ed at all ti%es to perfor% te sacred duties associated #it te
priestood #e bearE Koun$ %en,(ou #o are priests,are (ou clean in bod( and spirit
as (ou sit at te sacra%ent table on +unda( and bless te e%ble%s of te sacra%entE
Koun$ %en #o are teacers, are (ou #ort( to prepare te sacra%entE Beacons, as (ou
pass te sacra%ent to te %e%bers of te Curc, do (ou do so .no#in$ tat (ou are
spirituall( 2uali0ed to do soE Boes eac of (ou full( understand te i%portance of all te
sacred duties (ou perfor%E
'( (oun$ friends, be stron$& Te pilosopies of %en surround us& Te face of sin toda(
often #ears te %as. of tolerance& Bo not be decei"ed; beind tat facade is eartace,
unappiness, and pain& Kou .no# #at is ri$t and #at is #ron$, and no dis$uise,
o#e"er appealin$, can can$e tat& Te caracter of trans$ression re%ains te sa%e& )f
(our so/called friends ur$e (ou to do an(tin$ (ou .no# to be #ron$, you be te one to
%a.e a stand for ri$t, e"en if (ou stand alone& *a"e te %oral coura$e to be a li$t for
oters to follo#& Tere is no friendsip %ore "aluable tan (our o#n clear conscience,
(our o#n %oral cleanliness,and #at a $lorious feelin$ it is to .no# tat (ou stand in
(our appointed place clean and #it te con0dence tat (ou are #ort( to do so&
8retren of te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, do (ou stri"e dili$entl( eac da( to li"e as (ou
souldE Are (ou .ind and lo"in$ to (our #ife and (our cildrenE Are (ou onest in (our
dealin$s #it tose around (ou,at all ti%es and in all circu%stancesE
)f an( of (ou as slipped alon$ te #a(, tere are tose #o #ill elp (ou to once a$ain
beco%e clean and #ort(& Kour bisop or branc president is an-ious and #illin$ to elp
and #ill, #it understandin$ and co%passion, do all #itin is po#er to assist (ou in te
repentance process, tat (ou %a( once a$ain stand in ri$teousness before te Lord&
'an( of (ou #ill re%e%ber 9resident <& Cldon Tanner, #o ser"ed as a counselor to four
9residents of te Curc& *e pro"ided an unde"iatin$ e-a%ple of ri$teousness
trou$out a career in industr(, durin$ ser"ice in te $o"ern%ent in Canada, and
consistentl( in is pri"ate life& *e $a"e us tis inspired counsel:
5<otin$ #ill brin$ $reater Do( and success tan to li"e accordin$ to te teacin$s of te
$ospel& 8e an e-a%ple; be an in3uence for $ood& H
5C"er( one of us as been foreordained for so%e #or. as ?God=s@ cosen ser"ant on
#o% e as seen 0t to confer te priestood and po#er to act in is na%e& Al#a(s
re%e%ber tat people are loo.in$ to (ou for leadersip and (ou are in3uencin$ te li"es
of indi"iduals eiter for $ood or for bad, #ic in3uence #ill be felt for $enerations to
co%e&7
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'( bretren, ) reiterate tat, as olders of te priestood of God, it is our dut( to li"e our
li"es in suc a #a( tat #e %a( be e-a%ples of ri$teousness for oters to follo#& As )
a"e pondered o# #e %i$t best pro"ide suc e-a%ples, ) a"e tou$t of an
e-perience ) ad so%e (ears a$o #ile attendin$ a sta.e conference& Burin$ te $eneral
session, ) obser"ed a (oun$ bo( sittin$ #it is fa%il( on te front ro# of te sta.e
center& ) #as seated on te stand& As te %eetin$ pro$ressed, ) be$an to notice tat if )
crossed one le$ o"er te oter, te (oun$ bo( #ould do te sa%e tin$& )f ) re"ersed te
%otion and crossed te oter le$, e #ould follo# suit& ) #ould put %( ands in %( lap,
and e #ould do te sa%e& ) rested %( cin in %( and, and e also did so& 6ate"er )
did, e #ould i%itate %( actions& Tis continued until te ti%e approaced for %e to
address te con$re$ation& ) decided to put i% to te test& ) loo.ed s2uarel( at i%,
certain ) ad is attention, and ten ) #i$$led %( ears& *e %ade a "ain atte%pt to do te
sa%e, but ) ad i%F *e Dust couldn=t 2uite $et is ears to #i$$le& *e turned to is fater,
#o #as sittin$ ne-t to i%, and #ispered so%etin$ to i%& *e pointed to is ears and
ten to %e& As is fater loo.ed in %( direction, ob"iousl( to see %( ears #i$$le, ) sat
sole%nl( #it %( ar%s folded, not %o"in$ a %uscle& Te fater $lanced bac. s.epticall(
at is son, #o loo.ed sli$tl( defeated& *e 0nall( $a"e %e a seepis $rin and
sru$$ed is soulders&
) a"e tou$t about tat e-perience o"er te (ears as )="e conte%plated o#,
particularl( #en #e=re (oun$, #e tend to i%itate te e-a%ple of our parents, our
leaders, our peers& Te propet 8ri$a% Koun$ said: 56e sould ne"er per%it oursel"es
to do an(tin$ tat #e are not #illin$ to see our cildren do& 6e sould set te% an
e-a%ple tat #e #is te% to i%itate&7
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To (ou #o are faters of bo(s or #o are leaders of bo(s, ) sa(, stri"e to be te .ind of
e-a%ple te bo(s need& Te fater, of course, sould be te pri%e e-a%ple, and te bo(
#o is blessed #it a #ort( fater is fortunate indeed& C"en an e-e%plar( fa%il(,
o#e"er, #it dili$ent and faitful fater and %oter, can use all te supporti"e elp
te( can $et fro% $ood %en #o $enuinel( care& Tere is also te bo( #o as no fater
or #ose fater is not currentl( pro"idin$ te t(pe of e-a%ple needed& !or tat bo(, te
Lord as pro"ided a net#or. of elpers #itin te Curc,bisops, ad"isers, teacers,
+cout%asters, o%e teacers& 6en te Lord=s pro$ra% is in e:ect and properl(
#or.in$, no (oun$ %an in te Curc sould be #itout te in3uence of $ood %en in is
life&
Te e:ecti"eness of an inspired bisop, ad"iser, or teacer as "er( little to do #it te
out#ard trappin$s of po#er or an abundance of tis #orld=s $oods& Te leaders #o a"e
te %ost in3uence are usuall( tose #o set earts a0re #it de"otion to te trut, #o
%a.e obedience to dut( see% te essence of %anood, #o transfor% so%e ordinar(
routine occurrence so tat it beco%es a "ista #ere #e see te person #e aspire to be&
<ot to be o"erloo.ed,and in fact our pri%ar( e-a%ple,is our +a"ior, Mesus Crist& *is
birt #as foretold b( propets; an$els eralded te announce%ent of *is eartl(
%inistr(& *e 5$re#, and #a-ed stron$ in spirit, 0lled #it #isdo%: and te $race of God
#as upon i%&7
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8apti1ed of Mon in te ri"er .no#n as Mordan, *e co%%enced *is o4cial %inistr( to
%en& To te sopistr( of +atan, Mesus turned *is bac.& To te dut( desi$nated b( *is
!ater, *e turned *is face, pled$ed *is eart, and $a"e *is life& And #at a sinless,
sel3ess, noble, and di"ine life it #as& Mesus labored& Mesus lo"ed& Mesus ser"ed& Mesus
testi0ed& 6at 0ner e-a%ple could #e stri"e to e%ulateE Let us be$in no#, tis "er(
ni$t, to do so& Cast o: fore"er #ill be te old self and #it it defeat, despair, doubt, and
disbelief& To a ne#ness of life #e co%e,a life of fait, ope, coura$e, and Do(& <o tas.
loo%s too lar$e; no responsibilit( #ei$s too ea"il(; no dut( is a burden& All tin$s
beco%e possible&
'an( (ears a$o ) spo.e of one #o too. is e-a%ple fro% te +a"ior, one #o stood 0r%
and true, stron$ and #ort( trou$ te stor%s of life& *e coura$eousl( %a$ni0ed is
priestood callin$s& *e pro"ides an e-a%ple to eac of us& *is na%e #as To%as
'icael 6ilson, te son of 6illie and Mulia 6ilson of Lafa(ette, Alaba%a&
6en e #as but a teena$er and e and is fa%il( #ere not (et %e%bers of te Curc,
e #as stric.en #it cancer, follo#ed b( painful radiation terap(, and ten blessed
re%ission& Tis illness caused is fa%il( to reali1e tat not onl( is life precious but tat it
can also be sort& Te( be$an to loo. to reli$ion to elp te% trou$ tis ti%e of
tribulation& +ubse2uentl(, te( #ere introduced to te Curc, and e"entuall( all but te
fater #ere bapti1ed& After acceptin$ te $ospel, (oun$ 8roter 6ilson (earned for te
opportunit( of bein$ a %issionar(, e"en tou$ e #as older tan %ost (oun$ %en #en
te( be$in teir %issionar( ser"ice& At te a$e of 2>, e recei"ed a %ission call to ser"e
in te Uta +alt La.e Cit( 'ission&
Clder 6ilson=s %issionar( co%panions described is fait as un2uestionin$, unde"iatin$,
and un(ieldin$& *e #as an e-a%ple to all& *o#e"er, after 11 %onts of %issionar(
ser"ice, illness returned& 8one cancer no# re2uired te a%putation of is ar% and
soulder& Ket e persisted in is %issionar( labors&
Clder 6ilson=s coura$e and consu%in$ desire to re%ain on is %ission so touced is
non%e%ber fater tat e in"esti$ated te teacin$s of te Curc and also beca%e a
%e%ber&
) learned tat an in"esti$ator #o% Clder 6ilson ad tau$t #as bapti1ed but ten
#anted to be con0r%ed b( Clder 6ilson, #o% se respected so %uc& +e, #it a fe#
oters, Dourne(ed to Clder 6ilson=s bedside in te ospital& Tere, #it is re%ainin$
and restin$ upon er ead, Clder 6ilson con0r%ed er a %e%ber of Te Curc of
Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints&
Clder 6ilson continued %ont after %ont is precious but painful ser"ice as a
%issionar(& 8lessin$s #ere $i"en; pra(ers #ere o:ered& 8ecause of is e-a%ple of
dedication, is fello# %issionaries li"ed closer to God&
Clder 6ilson=s p(sical condition deteriorated& Te end dre# near, and e #as to return
o%e& *e as.ed to ser"e but one additional %ont, and is re2uest #as $ranted& *e put
is fait in God, and *e #o% To%as 'icael 6ilson silentl( trusted opened te
#indo#s of ea"en and abundantl( blessed i%& *is parents, 6illie and Mulia 6ilson, and
is broter Ton( ca%e to +alt La.e Cit( to elp teir son and broter o%e to Alaba%a&
*o#e"er, tere #as (et a pra(ed/for, a (earned/for blessin$ to be besto#ed& Te fa%il(
in"ited %e to co%e #it te% to te Mordan Ii"er te%ple, #ere tose sacred ordinances
#ic bind fa%ilies for eternit(, as #ell as for ti%e, #ere perfor%ed&
) said $ood/b(e to te 6ilson fa%il(& ) can see Clder 6ilson (et as e tan.ed %e for
bein$ #it i% and is lo"ed ones& *e said, 5)t doesn=t %atter #at appens to us in tis
life as lon$ as #e a"e te $ospel of Mesus Crist and li"e it& )t doesn=t %atter #eter )
teac te $ospel on tis or te oter side of te "eil, so lon$ as ) can teac it&7 6at
coura$e& 6at con0dence& 6at lo"e& Te 6ilson fa%il( %ade te lon$ tre. o%e to
Lafa(ette, #ere Clder To%as 'icael 6ilson slipped fro% ere to eternit(& *e #as
buried tere #it is %issionar( ta$ in place&
'( bretren, as #e no# lea"e tis $eneral priestood %eetin$, let us all deter%ine to
prepare for our ti%e of opportunit( and to onor te priestood #e bear trou$ te
ser"ice #e render, te li"es #e bless, and te souls #e are pri"ile$ed to elp sa"e& Kou
5are a cosen $eneration, a ro(al priestood, an ol( nation,7
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and (ou can %a.e a
di:erence& To tese truts ) testif( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior, a%en&
April 2008 General Conference
(ookin' )ack an Mo*in' For+ar
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
To$eter #e sall %o"e for#ard doin$ *is #or.&
) tin. tis as been a re%ar.able session& Te %essa$es a"e been inspirin$; te %usic
as been beautiful, te testi%onies sincere& ) tin. an(one #o as attended tis session
#ill ne"er for$et it,for te +pirit #e="e felt&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, o"er AA (ears a$o, in October of 1L6>, ) stood at te
pulpit in te Tabernacle, a"in$ Dust been sustained as a %e%ber of te Nuoru% of te
T#el"e Apostles& On tat occasion ) %entioned a s%all si$n ) ad seen on anoter pulpit&
Te #ords on te si$n #ere tese: 56o stands at tis pulpit, let i% be u%ble&7 )
assure (ou tat ) #as u%bled b( %( call to te T#el"e at tat ti%e& *o#e"er, as ) stand
at this pulpit toda(, ) address (ou fro% te absolute depts of u%ilit(& ) feel "er( .eenl(
%( dependence upon te Lord& ) u%bl( see. te $uidance of te +pirit as ) sare #it
(ou te feelin$s of %( eart&
Must t#o %onts a$o #e said fare#ell to our dear friend and leader Gordon 8& *inc.le(,
te 15t 9resident of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints, an outstandin$
a%bassador of trut to te entire #orld and belo"ed of all& 6e %iss i%& 'ore tan
5>,000 %en, #o%en, and cildren Dourne(ed to te beautiful *all of te 9ropets in tis
"er( buildin$ to pa( teir last respects to tis $iant of te Lord, #o no# belon$s to te
a$es&
6it te passin$ of 9resident *inc.le(, te !irst 9residenc( #as dissol"ed& 9resident
C(rin$ and ), #o ser"ed as counselors to 9resident *inc.le(, returned to our places in
te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles, and tat 2uoru% beca%e te presidin$ autorit( of
te Curc&
On +aturda(, !ebruar( 2, 2008, funeral ser"ices for 9resident *inc.le( #ere eld in tis
%a$ni0cent Conference Center,a buildin$ #ic #ill e"er stand as a %onu%ent to is
foresi$t and "ision& Burin$ te funeral, beautiful and lo"in$ tributes #ere paid to tis
%an of God&
Te follo#in$ da(, all 1A ordained Apostles li"in$ on te eart asse%bled in an upper
roo% of te +alt La.e Te%ple& 6e %et in a spirit of fastin$ and pra(er& Burin$ tat
sole%n and sacred $aterin$, te 9residenc( of te Curc #as reor$ani1ed in
accordance #it #ell/establised precedent, after te pattern #ic te Lord *i%self put
in place&
'e%bers of te Curc around te #orld con"ened (esterda( in a sole%n asse%bl(& Kou
raised (our ands in a sustainin$ "ote to appro"e te action #ic #as ta.en in tat
%eetin$ in te te%ple to #ic ) a"e Dust referred& As (our ands #ere raised to#ard
ea"en, %( eart #as touced& ) felt (our lo"e and support, as #ell as (our co%%it%ent
to te Lord&
) .no# #itout 2uestion, %( broters and sisters, tat God li"es& ) testif( to (ou tat tis
is *is #or.& ) testif( as #ell tat our +a"ior Mesus Crist is at te ead of tis Curc,
#ic bears *is na%e& ) .no# tat te s#eetest e-perience in all tis life is to feel *is
pro%ptin$s as *e directs us in te furterance of *is #or.& ) felt tose pro%ptin$s as a
(oun$ bisop, $uided to te o%es #ere tere #as spiritual,or peraps te%poral,
#ant& ) felt te% a$ain as a %ission president in Toronto, Canada, #or.in$ #it #onderful
%issionaries #o #ere a li"in$ #itness and testi%on( to te #orld tat tis #or. is
di"ine and tat #e are led b( a propet& ) a"e felt te% trou$out %( ser"ice in te
T#el"e and in te !irst 9residenc( and no# as 9resident of te Curc& ) testif( tat eac
one of us can feel te Lord=s inspiration as #e li"e #ortil( and stri"e to ser"e *i%&
) a% .eenl( a#are of te 15 %en #o preceded %e as 9resident of te Curc& 'an( of
te% ) a"e .no#n personall(& ) a"e ad te blessin$ and pri"ile$e of ser"in$ as a
counselor to tree of te%& ) a% $rateful for te abidin$ le$ac( left b( eac one of tose
15 %en& ) a"e te sure .no#led$e, as ) a% con0dent te( ad, tat God directs *is
propet& '( earnest pra(er is tat ) %i$t continue to be a #ort( instru%ent in *is
ands to carr( on tis $reat #or. and to ful0ll te tre%endous responsibilities #ic
co%e #it te o4ce of 9resident&
) tan. te Lord for #onderful counselors& 9resident *enr( 8& C(rin$ and 9resident Bieter
!& Uctdorf are %en of $reat abilit( and sound understandin$& Te( are counselors in te
true sense of te #ord& ) "alue teir Dud$%ent& ) belie"e te( a"e been prepared b( te
Lord for te positions te( no# occup(& ) lo"e te %e%bers of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e
Apostles and treasure %( association #it te%& Te(, too, are dedicated to te #or. of
te Lord and are spendin$ teir li"es in *is ser"ice& ) loo. for#ard to ser"in$ #it Clder
Cristo:erson, #o as no# been called to tat 2uoru% and #o as recei"ed (our
sustainin$ "ote& *e, too, as been prepared for te position to #ic e as been called&
)t as also been a Do( to ser"e #it te %e%bers of te 2uoru%s of te +e"ent( and #it
te 9residin$ 8isopric& <e# %e%bers of te +e"ent( a"e been called and #ere
sustained (esterda(, and ) loo. for#ard to associatin$ #it te% in te #or. of te
'aster&
A s#eet spirit of unit( e-ists a%on$ te General Autorities& Te Lord as declared, 5)f (e
are not one (e are not %ine&7
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6e #ill continue to be united in one purpose,na%el(, te
furterance of te #or. of te Lord&
) feel to e-press tan.s to %( *ea"enl( !ater for *is countless blessin$s to %e& ) can
sa(, as did <epi of old, tat ) #as born of $oodl( parents, #ose o#n parents and
$randparents #ere $atered out of te lands of +#eden and +cotland and Cn$land b(
dedicated %issionaries& As tose %issionaries bore u%ble testi%onies, te( touced
te earts and te spirits of %( forebears& After Doinin$ te Curc, tese noble %en,
#o%en, and cildren %ade teir #a( to te "alle( of te Great +alt La.e& 'an( #ere te
trials and eartaces te( encountered alon$ te #a(&
)n te sprin$ of 18A8, %( $reat/$reat/$randparents, Carles +te#art 'iller and 'ar(
'cGo#an 'iller, #o ad Doined te Curc in teir nati"e +cotland, left teir o%e in
Iuter$len, +cotland, and Dourne(ed to +t& Louis, 'issouri, #it a $roup of +aints, arri"in$
tere in 18AL& One of teir 11 cildren, 'ar$aret, #ould beco%e %( $reat/$rand%oter&
6ile te fa%il( #as in +t& Louis #or.in$ to earn enou$ %one( to co%plete teir
Dourne( to te +alt La.e Walle(, a pla$ue of colera s#ept trou$ te area, lea"in$
deat and eartace in its #a.e& Te 'iller fa%il( #as ard it& )n te space of t#o
#ee.s, four of te fa%il( %e%bers succu%bed& Te 0rst, on Mune 22, 18AL, #as 18/(ear/
old 6illia%& !i"e da(s later 'ar( 'cGo#an 'iller, %( $reat/$reat/$rand%oter and te
%oter of te fa%il(, died& T#o da(s after#ard, 15/(ear/old Arcibald passed a#a(, and
0"e da(s after is deat, %( $reat/$reat/$randfater, Carles +te#art 'iller, fater of
te fa%il(, succu%bed& Te cildren #o sur"i"ed #ere left orpans, includin$ %( $reat/
$rand%oter 'ar$aret, #o #as 1> (ears old at te ti%e&
8ecause of so %an( deats in te area, tere #ere no cas.ets a"ailable, at an( price, in
#ic to bur( te deceased fa%il( %e%bers& Te older sur"i"in$ bo(s dis%antled te
fa%il(=s o-en pens in order to %a.e cas.ets for te fa%il( %e%bers #o ad passed
a#a(&
Little is recorded of te eartace and stru$$les of te nine re%ainin$ 'iller cildren as
te( continued to #or. and sa"e for tat Dourne( teir parents and broters #ould ne"er
%a.e& 6e .no# tat te( left +t& Louis in te sprin$ of 1850 #it four o-en and one
#a$on, arri"in$ 0nall( in te +alt La.e Walle( tat sa%e (ear&
Oters of %( ancestors faced si%ilar ardsips& Trou$ it all, o#e"er, teir testi%onies
re%ained steadfast and 0r%& !ro% all of te% ) recei"ed a le$ac( of total dedication to
te $ospel of Mesus Crist& 8ecause of tese faitful souls, ) stand before (ou toda(&
) tan. %( !ater in *ea"en for %( s#eet co%panion, !rances& Tis October se and )
#ill celebrate 60 #onderful (ears of %arria$e& Altou$ %( Curc ser"ice be$an at an
earl( a$e, se as ne"er once co%plained #en )="e left o%e to attend %eetin$s or to
ful0ll an assi$n%ent& !or %an( (ears %( assi$n%ents as a %e%ber of te T#el"e too.
%e a#a( fro% +alt La.e Cit( often,so%eti%es for 0"e #ee.s at a ti%e,lea"in$ er
alone to care for our s%all cildren and our o%e& 8e$innin$ #en ) #as called as a
bisop at te a$e of 22, #e a"e seldo% ad te lu-ur( of sittin$ to$eter durin$ a
Curc ser"ice& ) could not a"e as.ed for a %ore lo(al, lo"in$, and understandin$
co%panion&
) e-press $ratitude to %( *ea"enl( !ater for our tree cildren and teir co%panions,
for ei$t #onderful $randcildren, and for four beautiful $reat/$randcildren&
)t=s di4cult for %e to 0nd te #ords to con"e( to (ou, %( broters and sisters, %(
eartfelt appreciation for te li"es (ou li"e, for te $ood (ou do, for te testi%onies (ou
bear& Kou ser"e one anoter #illin$l(& Kou are dedicated to te $ospel of Mesus Crist&
Burin$ %ore tan AA (ears as a General Autorit(, ) a"e ad te opportunit( to tra"el
te #orld o"er& One of %( $reatest Do(s as been to %eet #it (ou, te %e%bers,
#ere"er (ou %a( be,to feel of (our spirit and (our lo"e& ) loo. for#ard to %an( %ore
suc opportunities&
Trou$out te Dourne( alon$ te pat#a( of life, tere are casualties& +o%e depart fro%
te road %ar.ers #ic point to#ard life eternal, onl( to disco"er te detour cosen
ulti%atel( leads to a dead end& )ndi:erence, carelessness, sel0sness, and sin all ta.e
teir costl( toll in u%an li"es&
Can$e for te better can co%e to all& O"er te (ears #e a"e issued appeals to te less
acti"e, te o:ended, te critical, te trans$ressor,to co%e bac.& 5Co%e bac. and feast
at te table of te Lord, and taste a$ain te s#eet and satisf(in$ fruits of fello#sip #it
te +aints&7
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)n te pri"ate sanctuar( of one=s o#n conscience lies tat spirit, tat deter%ination to
cast o: te old person and to %easure up to te stature of true potential& )n tis spirit,
#e a$ain issue tat eartfelt in"itation: Co%e bac.& 6e reac out to (ou in te pure lo"e
of Crist and e-press our desire to assist (ou and to #elco%e (ou into full fello#sip& To
tose #o are #ounded in spirit or #o are stru$$lin$ and fearful, #e sa(, Let us lift (ou
and ceer (ou and cal% (our fears& Ta.e literall( te Lord=s in"itation, 5Co%e unto %e,
all (e tat labour and are ea"( laden, and ) #ill $i"e (ou rest& Ta.e %( (o.e upon (ou,
and learn of %e; for ) a% %ee. and lo#l( in eart: and (e sall 0nd rest unto (our souls&
!or %( (o.e is eas(, and %( burden is li$t&7
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)t #as said of te +a"ior tat *e 5#ent about doin$ $ood H for God #as #it i%&7
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'a(
#e follo# tat perfect e-a%ple& )n tis so%eti%es precarious Dourne( trou$ %ortalit(,
%a( #e also follo# tat ad"ice fro% te Apostle 9aul #ic #ill elp to .eep us safe and
on course: 56atsoe"er tin$s are true, #atsoe"er tin$s are onest, #atsoe"er
tin$s are Dust, #atsoe"er tin$s are pure, #atsoe"er tin$s are lo"el(, #atsoe"er
tin$s are of $ood report; if tere be an( "irtue, and if tere be an( praise, tin. on
tese tin$s&7
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) #ould encoura$e %e%bers of te Curc #ere"er te( %a( be to so# .indness and
respect for all people e"er(#ere& Te #orld in #ic #e li"e is 0lled #it di"ersit(& 6e
can and sould de%onstrate respect to#ard tose #ose beliefs di:er fro% ours&
'a( #e also de%onstrate .indness and lo"e #itin our o#n fa%ilies& Our o%es are to
be %ore tan sanctuaries; te( sould also be places #ere God=s +pirit can d#ell,
#ere te stor% stops at te door, #ere lo"e rei$ns and peace d#ells&
Te #orld can at ti%es be a fri$tenin$ place in #ic to li"e& Te %oral fabric of societ(
see%s to be unra"elin$ at an alar%in$ speed& <one,#eter (oun$ or old or in/bet#een
,is e-e%pt fro% e-posure to tose tin$s #ic a"e te potential to dra$ us do#n and
destro( us& Our (out, our precious (out, in particular, face te%ptations #e can
scarcel( co%preend& Te ad"ersar( and is osts see% to be #or.in$ nonstop to cause
our do#nfall&
6e are #a$in$ a #ar #it sin, %( broters and sisters, but #e need not despair& )t is a
#ar #e can and #ill #in& Our !ater in *ea"en as $i"en us te tools #e need in order to
do so& *e is at te el%& 6e a"e notin$ to fear& *e is te God of li$t& *e is te God of
ope& ) testif( tat *e lo"es us,eac one&
'ortalit( is a period of testin$, a ti%e to pro"e oursel"es #ort( to return to te
presence of our *ea"enl( !ater& )n order to be tested, #e %ust so%eti%es face
callen$es and di4culties& At ti%es tere appears to be no li$t at te tunnel=s end,no
da#n to brea. te ni$t=s dar.ness& 6e feel surrounded b( te pain of bro.en earts, te
disappoint%ent of sattered drea%s, and te despair of "anised opes& 6e Doin in
utterin$ te biblical plea 5)s tere no bal% in GileadE7
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6e are inclined to "ie# our o#n
personal %isfortunes trou$ te distorted pris% of pessi%is%& 6e feel abandoned,
eartbro.en, alone& )f (ou 0nd (ourself in suc a situation, ) plead #it (ou to turn to our
*ea"enl( !ater in fait& *e #ill lift (ou and $uide (ou& *e #ill not al#a(s ta.e (our
aTictions fro% (ou, but *e #ill co%fort and lead (ou #it lo"e trou$ #ate"er stor%
(ou face&
6it all %( eart and te fer"enc( of %( soul, ) lift %( "oice in testi%on( toda( as a
special #itness and declare tat God does li"e& Mesus is *is +on, te Onl( 8e$otten of te
!ater in te 3es& *e is our Iedee%er; *e is our 'ediator #it te !ater& *e lo"es us
#it a lo"e #e cannot full( co%preend, and because *e lo"es us, *e $a"e *is life for
us& '( $ratitude to *i% is be(ond e-pression&
) in"o.e *is blessin$s upon (ou, %( belo"ed broters and sisters, in (our o%es, in (our
#or., in (our ser"ice to one anoter and to te Lord *i%self& To$eter #e sall %o"e
for#ard doin$ *is #or.&
) pled$e %( life, %( stren$t,all tat ) a"e to o:er,in ser"in$ *i% and in directin$ te
a:airs of *is Curc in accordance #it *is #ill and b( *is inspiration, and ) do so in *is
ol( na%e,e"en te Lord Mesus Crist,a%en&
April 2008 General Conference
,-unantl! )lesse
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Our testi%onies a"e been stren$tened& ) belie"e #e are all te %ore
deter%ined to li"e te principles of te $ospel of Mesus Crist&
)="e been attendin$ conference for a lon$ ti%e& 8ut ) tin. )="e ne"er felt 2uite as ricl(
blessed as durin$ tis session& 6e="e ad rapid/0re %essa$es fro% a lot of spea.ers, but
e"er( one touced on a "er( i%portant subDect& 6e="e ad a s%or$asbord toda( of fait,
of lo"e, and of counsel& Let=s incorporate tese tin$s in our li"es&
8roter 8allard, se"eral (ears a$o %( dear #ife #ent to te ospital& +e left a note
beind for te cildren: 5Bear cildren, do not let Badd( touc te %icro#a"e7,follo#ed
b( a co%%a, 5or te sto"e, or te dis#aser, or te dr(er&7 )=% e%barrassed to add an(
%ore to tat list&
) tin. it #as 8roter Uctdorf #o said, 5Kou told te audience toda( about (our
erita$e on (our %oter=s side& 6at about (our fater=s sideE7 +o ) conclude #it Dust a
#ord or t#o about %( fater=s side&
'( fater=s fater ca%e fro% +#eden, and is #ife fro% Cn$land& Te( %et on te sip
co%in$ o"er& *e #aited for er to $ro# up, and ten e proposed %arria$e& Te( #ere
%arried in te +alt La.e Te%ple, and e #rote in is Dournal, 5Toda( is te appiest da(
of %( life& '( s#eeteart and ) #ere %arried for ti%e and eternit( in te ol( te%ple&7
Tree da(s later, on April 2>, 18L8, e #rote, 5Too. te train at te Iio Grande 6estern
Bepot enroute e"entuall( to +candina"ia, #ere ) a"e been called as a %issionar(&7 O:
e #ent to +#eden, lea"in$ is bride of tree da(s&
*is Dournal, #ritten in pencil, ca%e to %e fro% an uncle #o so%eo# cose %e to
recei"e is fater=s Dournal& Te %ost fre2uent entr( in te Dournal #as, 5'( feet are
#et&7 8ut te %ost beautiful entr( said: 5Toda( #e #ent to te Mansson o%e& 6e %et
+ister Mansson& +e ad a lo"el( dinner for us& +e is a $ood coo.&7 And ten e said,
5Te cildren all san$ or pla(ed a ar%onica or did a little dance, and ten se paid er
titin$& !i"e .rona for te Lord and one for %( co%panion, Clder )pson, and one for %e&7
And ten tere #ere listed te na%es of te cildren&
6en ) read tat in te Dournal, tere #as %( #ife=s fater=s na%e as one #o #as in
tat ouseold, one #o probabl( san$ a son$, one #o beca%e te fater of onl( one
dau$ter, te $irl #o% ) %arried&
Te 0rst da( ) sa# !rances, ) .ne# )=d found te ri$t one& Te Lord brou$t us to$eter
later, and ) as.ed er to $o out #it %e& ) #ent to er o%e to call on er& +e
introduced %e, and er fater said, 5 R'onson=,tat=s a +#edis na%e, isn=t itE7
) said, 5Kes&7
*e said, 5Good&7
Ten e #ent into anoter roo% and brou$t out a picture of t#o %issionaries #it teir
top ats and teir copies of te 8oo. of 'or%on&
5Are (ou related to tis 'onson,7 e said, 5Clias 'onsonE7
) said, 5Kes, e=s %( $randfater=s broter& *e too #as a %issionar( in +#eden&7
*er fater #ept& *e #ept easil(& *e said, 5*e and is co%panion #ere te %issionaries
#o tau$t te $ospel to %( %oter and %( fater and all of %( broters and sisters
and to %e&7 *e .issed %e on te cee.& And ten er %oter cried, and se .issed %e
on te oter cee.& And ten ) loo.ed around for !rances& +e said, 5)=ll $o $et %( coat&7
'( s#eet !rances ad a terrible fall a fe# (ears a$o& +e #ent to te ospital& +e la( in
a co%a for about 18 da(s& ) sat b( er side& +e ne"er %o"ed a %uscle& Te cildren
cried, te $randcildren cried, and ) #ept& <ot a %o"e%ent&
And ten one da(, se opened er e(es& ) set a speed record in $ettin$ to er side& )
$a"e er a .iss and a u$, and ) said, 5Kou=re bac.& ) lo"e (ou&7 And se said, 5) lo"e (ou,
too, To%, but #e=re in serious trouble&7 ) tou$t, 6at do (ou .no# about trouble,
!rancesE +e said, 5) for$ot to %ail in our fourt/2uarter inco%e ta- pa(%ent&7
) said to er, 5!rances, if (ou ad said tat before (ou e-tended a .iss to %e and told %e
(ou lo"e %e, ) %i$t a"e left (ou ere&7
8retren, let=s treat our #i"es #it di$nit( and #it respect& Te(=re our eternal
co%panions& +isters, onor (our usbands& Te( need to ear a $ood #ord& Te( need a
friendl( s%ile& Te( need a #ar% e-pression of true lo"e&
Lea"in$ %( o#n fa%il( for a %o%ent, %( broters and sisters, tis as been a #onderful
conference& 6e a"e been edi0ed b( #ise and inspired %essa$es& Our testi%onies a"e
been stren$tened& ) belie"e #e are all te %ore deter%ined to li"e te principles of te
$ospel of Mesus Crist&
<ot onl( a"e #e been blessed b( te 0ne tal.s #ic a"e been $i"en; #e a"e also
been uplifted b( te beautiful %usic #ic as been pro"ided& 6e are abundantl(
blessed in te Curc b( tose #o sare teir %usical talents #it us& C"er( coir and
corus as perfor%ed so #ell durin$ te past t#o da(s&
) e-press %( $reat lo"e for all tose #o a"e participated and to all of (ou #o a"e
listened& ) a"e felt (our pra(ers in %( bealf and a"e been sustained and blessed
durin$ te t#o %onts since our belo"ed 9resident *inc.le( left us& Once a$ain, )
appreciate (our sustainin$ "ote&
) cannot ade2uatel( e-press %( $ratitude for te Iestoration of te $ospel in tese latter
da(s and for #at tat as %eant in %( life& Cac of us as been in3uenced and saped
as #e a"e follo#ed te +a"ior and a"e adered to te principles of *is $ospel&
To (ou #o are parents, ) sa(, so# lo"e to (our cildren& Kou .no# (ou lo"e te%, but
%a.e certain te( .no# it as #ell& Te( are so precious& Let te% .no#& Call upon our
*ea"enl( !ater for elp as (ou care for teir needs eac da( and as (ou deal #it te
callen$es #ic ine"itabl( co%e #it parentood& Kou need %ore tan (our o#n
#isdo% in rearin$ te%&
6e co%%end our #onderful (oun$ people #o stand up to te ini2uit( in te #orld and
#o li"e te co%%and%ents to te best of teir abilit(&
To (ou #o are able to attend te te%ple, ) #ould counsel (ou to $o often& Boin$ so #ill
elp to stren$ten %arria$es and fa%ilies&
Let us be .ind to one anoter, be a#are of eac oter=s needs, and tr( to elp in tat
re$ard&
'( dear broters and sisters, ) lo"e (ou, and ) pra( for (ou& 9lease pra( for %e& And
to$eter #e #ill reap te blessin$s our *ea"enl( !ater as in store for eac one of us&
Tis is %( pra(er, %( plea as ) add %( testi%on(& Tis #or. is true& )n te na%e of Mesus
Crist, a%en&
October 2008 General Conference
.elcome to Conference
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of eac one of us and our needs& 'a( #e be
0lled #it *is +pirit as #e parta.e of te proceedin$s of tis H conference&
'( dear broters and sisters, te past si- %onts since last #e %et see% to a"e 3o#n
b(& 'uc as transpired as te #or. of te Lord as %o"ed for#ard uninterrupted&
)t as been %( pri"ile$e, acco%panied b( %( counselors and b( oter General
Autorities, to dedicate tree ne# te%ples: in Curitiba, 8ra1il; in 9ana%a Cit(, 9ana%a;
and in T#in !alls, )dao,brin$in$ to 128 te nu%ber of te%ples in operation trou$out
te #orld&
Te e"enin$ before eac of te te%ple dedications too. place, %a$ni0cent cultural
e"ents #ere eld& )n Curitiba, 8ra1il, A,>>0 %e%bers fro% te te%ple district, supported
b( a coir of 1,J00 "oices, presented a %ost inspirational pro$ra% trou$ son$, dance,
and "ideo& Te enor%ous soccer stadiu% #ere te e"ent too. place #as 0lled #it
spectators& Te #ind ad been blo#in$, and rain treatened& ) o:ered a silent pra(er
as.in$ *ea"enl( !ater to loo. #it %erc( upon tose #o ad prepared so dili$entl( for
our entertain%ent and #ose costu%es and presentations #ould be da%a$ed if a ea"(
rain or #ind en"eloped te%& *e onored tat pra(er, and it #asn=t until te end of te
so# and later on tat e"enin$ tat rain fell in abundance&
A istor( of te Curc in 8ra1il #as portra(ed in son$ and dance& A particularl( %o"in$
scene #as te portra(al of Clders Ma%es C& !aust and 6illia% Grant 8an$erter, #o
ser"ed as %issionaries in Curitiba in 1LA0& As teir potos #ere displa(ed on lar$e
screens, a tre%endous ceer #ent up fro% te audience& All in all, it #as a $lorious
e"ent&
)n 9ana%a Cit(, 9ana%a, te e"enin$ before te dedication of te te%ple tere, #e
#atced so%e L00 of our (out, $atered fro% across 9ana%a& Te( #ere dressed in
colorful fol.loric costu%es as te( danced and presented %essa$es of fa%il(, fello#sip,
and fait& 6e learned tat te( ad been practicin$ for a (ear& Te( ca%e fro% points as
distant as te +an 8las )slands and te Can$uinola re$ion in norteast 9ana%a& Te trip
to te capital cit( for te +an 8las (out e-acted tree da(s of tra"el o"er land and sea&
Te e"ent #as %a$ni0cent and inspirin$&
)n preparation for our %ost recent te%ple dedication, in T#in !alls, )dao, local Curc
%e%bers constructed a u$e sta$e at te !iler, )dao, fair$rounds and 0lled te dirt
arena #it sod and oter decorations, includin$ a lar$e #aterfall to represent +osone
!alls, a popular land%ar. located t#o %iles O> .%P fro% te ne# te%ple& Te e"enin$ of
te perfor%ance, >,200 (oun$ %en and (oun$ #o%en entered te arena #a"in$ blue
and #ite ribbons, turnin$ te arena into a representation of a $reat ri"er of 3o#in$
#ater& Titled 5Li"in$ 6ater,7 fro% Mon A:10, 1A, te celebration brou$t to$eter (out
fro% 1A sta.es in te ne# te%ple district& Te( depicted, trou$ son$ and dance, bot
teir dependence for teir spiritual li"es on te li"in$ #ater fro% te +a"ior and teir
dependence for teir p(sical li"es on te %ountain strea%s and ri"ers in teir area&
Tose of us pri"ile$ed to #itness tis e"ent #ere uplifted and edi0ed&
) a% an ad"ocate for suc e"ents& Te( enable our (out to participate in so%etin$
te( trul( 0nd unfor$ettable& Te friendsips te( for% and te %e%ories te( %a.e #ill
be teirs fore"er&
<e-t %ont te 'e-ico Cit( 'e-ico Te%ple #ill be rededicated follo#in$ e-tensi"e
reno"ations& )n te co%in$ %onts te construction of oter te%ples #ill be co%pleted,
and open ouses and dedications #ill ta.e place&
Tis %ornin$ ) a% pleased to announce 0"e ne# te%ples for #ic sites a"e been
ac2uired and #ic, in co%in$ %onts and (ears, #ill be built in te follo#in$ locations:
Cal$ar(, Alberta, Canada; CXrdoba, Ar$entina; te $reater Gansas Cit( area; 9iladelpia,
9enns(l"ania; and Io%e, )tal(&
8roters and sisters, our %issionar( force, ser"in$ trou$out te #orld, continues to
see. out tose #o are searcin$ for te truts #ic are found in te $ospel of Mesus
Crist& Te Curc is steadil( $ro#in$; it as since its or$ani1ation o"er 1J8 (ears a$o&
)t as been %( pri"ile$e durin$ te past si- %onts to %eet #it leaders of countries
and #it representati"es of $o"ern%ents& Tose #it #o% )="e %et feel .indl( to#ard
te Curc and our %e%bers, and te( a"e been cooperati"e and acco%%odatin$&
Tere re%ain, o#e"er, areas of te #orld #ere our in3uence is li%ited and #ere #e
are not allo#ed to sare te $ospel freel(& As did 9resident +pencer 6& Gi%ball o"er >2
(ears a$o, ) ur$e (ou to pra( for te openin$ of tose areas, tat #e %i$t sare #it
te% te Do( of te $ospel& As #e pra(ed ten in response to 9resident Gi%ball=s
pleadin$s, #e sa# %iracles unfold as countr( after countr(, for%erl( closed to te
Curc, #as opened& +uc #ill transpire a$ain as #e pra( #it fait&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, #e a"e co%e ere to be instructed and inspired& +o%e of
(ou are ne# in te Curc& 6e #elco%e (ou& +o%e of (ou are stru$$lin$ #it proble%s,
#it callen$es, #it disappoint%ents, #it losses& 6e lo"e (ou and pra( for (ou& 'an(
%essa$es #ill be sared durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s& ) can assure (ou tat tose %en and
#o%en #o #ill spea. to (ou a"e pra(ed about #at te( sould sa(& Te( a"e been
inspired and i%pressed as te( a"e sou$t ea"en=s elp and direction&
Our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of eac one of us and our needs& 'a( #e be 0lled #it
*is +pirit as #e parta.e of te proceedin$s of tis, te 1J8t +e%iannual General
Conference of te Curc& Tis is %( sincere pra(er, and ) o:er it in te na%e of Mesus
Crist, a%en&
October 2008 General Conference
To (earn, to /o, to )e
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( #e learn #at #e sould learn, do #at #e sould do, and be #at #e
sould be&
Kou="e seen a #itness toni$t of te stren$t of te t#o counselors in tis !irst
9residenc(& ) stand before (ou and declare tis !irst 9residenc( is united as one under te
direction of te Lord Mesus Crist&
) #ant to especiall( tan. tis %issionar( coir& ) ad an e-perience ) tin. te( %a( be
interested in, and (ou %a( 0nd it interestin$ also& 'an( (ears a$o ) ad a desperate call
fro% te ead of te %issionar( trainin$ center& *e said, 59resident 'onson, ) a"e a
%issionar( #o is $oin$ o%e& <otin$ can pre"ent i% fro% 2uittin$&7
) replied, 56ell, tat=s not sin$ular& )t=s appened before& 6at=s is proble%E7
*e said, 5*e=s been called to a +panis/spea.in$ %ission, and e=s absolutel( certain e
cannot learn +panis&7
) said, 5) a"e a su$$estion for (ou& To%orro# %ornin$ a"e i% attend a class learnin$
Mapanese& And ten a"e i% report to (ou at 12:00 noon&7
Te ne-t %ornin$ e poned at 10:00F *e said, 5Te (oun$ %an is ere #it %e no#,
and e #ants %e to .no# e=s absolutel( certain e can learn +panis&7
6en tere=s a #ill, tere=s a #a(&
<o#, as ) spea. to (ou toni$t, trul( (ou are a ro(al priestood, asse%bled in %an(
places but in unit(& )n all li.eliood tis is te lar$est asse%bla$e of priestood olders
e"er to co%e to$eter& Kour de"otion to (our sacred callin$s is inspirin$& Kour desire to
learn (our dut( is e"ident& Te purit( of (our souls brin$s ea"en closer to (ou and (our
fa%ilies&
'an( areas of te #orld a"e e-perienced di4cult econo%ic ti%es& 8usinesses a"e
failed, Dobs a"e been lost, and in"est%ents a"e been Deopardi1ed& 6e %ust %a.e
certain tat tose for #o% #e sare responsibilit( do not $o un$r( or uncloted or
unseltered& 6en te priestood of tis Curc #or.s to$eter as one in %eetin$ tese
"e-in$ conditions, near %iracles ta.e place&
6e ur$e all Latter/da( +aints to be prudent in teir plannin$, to be conser"ati"e in teir
li"in$, and to a"oid e-cessi"e or unnecessar( debt& Te 0nancial a:airs of te Curc are
bein$ %ana$ed in tis %anner, for #e are a#are tat (our titin$ and oter
contributions a"e not co%e #itout sacri0ce and are sacred funds&
Let us %a.e our o%es sanctuaries of ri$teousness, places of pra(er, and abodes of
lo"e tat #e %i$t %erit te blessin$s tat can co%e onl( fro% our *ea"enl( !ater& 6e
need *is $uidance in our dail( li"es&
)n tis "ast tron$ are priestood po#er and te capacit( to reac out and sare te
$lorious $ospel #it oters& As as been %entioned, #e a"e te ands to lift oters
fro% co%placenc( and inacti"it(& 6e a"e te earts to ser"e faitfull( in our priestood
callin$s and tereb( inspire oters to #al. on i$er $round and to a"oid te s#a%ps of
sin #ic treaten to en$ulf so %an(& Te #ort of souls is indeed $reat in te si$t of
God& Ours is te precious pri"ile$e, ar%ed #it tis .no#led$e, to %a.e a di:erence in
te li"es of oters& Te #ords found in C1e.iel could #ell pertain to all of us #o follo#
te +a"ior in tis sacred #or.:
5A ne# eart H #ill ) $i"e (ou, and a ne# spirit #ill ) put #itin (ou& H
5And ) #ill put %( spirit #itin (ou, and cause (ou to #al. in %( statutes, and (e sall
.eep %( Dud$%ents, and do te%&
5And (e sall d#ell in te land tat ) $a"e to (our faters; and (e sall be %( people, and
) #ill be (our God&7
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*o# %i$t #e %erit tis pro%iseE 6at #ill 2ualif( us to recei"e tis blessin$E )s tere a
$uide to follo#E
'a( ) su$$est tree i%perati"es for our consideration& Te( appl( to te deacon as #ell
as to te i$ priest& Te( are #itin our reac& A .ind *ea"enl( !ater #ill elp us in our
2uest&
!irst, learn +hat +e shoul learn.
+econd, o +hat +e shoul o.
And tird, -e +hat +e shoul -e.
Let us discuss tese obDecti"es, tat #e %i$t be pro0table ser"ants in te si$t of our
Lord&
!irst, learn what we should learn" Te Apostle 9aul placed an ur$enc( on our e:orts to
learn& *e said to te 9ilippians, 5One tin$ ) do, for$ettin$ tose tin$s #ic are
beind, and reacin$ fort unto tose tin$s #ic are before, ) press to#ard te %ar.
for te pri1e of te i$ callin$ of God in Crist Mesus&7
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And to te *ebre#s e ur$ed,
5La( aside H sin?;@ H let us run #it patience te race H set before us, loo.in$ ?for an
e-a%ple@ unto Mesus te autor and 0niser of our fait&7
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9resident +tepen L Iicards, #o ser"ed for %an( (ears in te Nuoru% of te T#el"e
Apostles and ten in te !irst 9residenc(, spo.e often to olders of te priestood and
e%pasi1ed is pilosop( pertainin$ to it& *e declared: 5Te 9riestood is usuall(
si%pl( de0ned as Rte po#er of God dele$ated to %an&= Tis de0nition, ) tin., is
accurate&7
*e continued: 58ut for practical purposes ) li.e to de0ne te 9riestood in ter%s of
ser"ice and ) fre2uentl( call it Rte perfect plan of ser"ice&= ) do so because it see%s to
%e tat it is onl( trou$ te utili1ation of te di"ine po#er conferred on %en tat te(
%a( e"er ope to reali1e te full i%port and "italit( of tis endo#%ent& )t is an
instru%ent of ser"ice H and te %an #o fails to use it is apt to lose it, for #e are plainl(
told b( re"elation tat e #o ne$lects it Rsall not be counted #ort( to stand&=7
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9resident *arold 8& Lee, 11t 9resident of te Curc and one of te $reat teacers in
te Curc, put is counsel in eas(/to/understand ter%s& +aid e: 56en one beco%es a
older of te priestood, e beco%es an a$ent of te Lord& *e sould tin. of is callin$
as tou$ e #ere on te Lord=s errand&7
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<o#, so%e of (ou %a( be s( b( nature or consider (oursel"es inade2uate to respond
a4r%ati"el( to a callin$& Ie%e%ber tat tis #or. is not (ours and %ine alone& )t is te
Lord=s #or., and #en #e are on te Lord=s errand, #e are entitled to te Lord=s elp&
Ie%e%ber tat te Lord #ill sape te bac. to bear te burden placed upon it&
6ile te for%al classroo% %a( be inti%idatin$ at ti%es, so%e of te %ost e:ecti"e
teacin$ ta.es place oter tan in te capel or te classroo%& 6ell do ) re%e%ber tat
so%e (ears a$o, %e%bers oldin$ te Aaronic 9riestood #ould ea$erl( loo. for#ard to
an annual outin$ co%%e%oratin$ te restoration of te Aaronic 9riestood& 8( te
busload te (oun$ %en of our sta.e Dourne(ed L0 %iles O1A5 .%P nort to te Clar.ston
Ce%eter(, #ere #e "ie#ed te $ra"e of 'artin *arris, one of te Tree 6itnesses of
te 8oo. of 'or%on& 6ile surroundin$ te beautiful $ranite saft #ic %ar.s te
$ra"e, a i$ councilor #ould present bac.$round concernin$ te life of 'artin *arris,
read fro% te 8oo. of 'or%on is testi%on(, and ten bear is o#n #itness to te trut&
Te (oun$ %en listened #it rapt attention, touced te $ranite %ar.er, and pondered
te #ords te( ad eard and te feelin$s te( ad felt&
At a par. in Lo$an, lunc #as enDo(ed& Te $roup of (oun$ %en #ould ten lie do#n on
te la#n at te Lo$an te%ple and $a1e up#ard at its loft( spires& Often beautiful #ite
clouds #ould urr( past te spires, %o"ed alon$ b( a $entle bree1e& Te purpose of
te%ples #as tau$t& Co"enants and pro%ises beca%e %uc %ore tan #ords& Te
desire to be #ort( to enter tose te%ple doors entered tose (outful earts& *ea"en
#as "er( close& Learnin$ #at #e sould learn #as assured&
<u%ber t#o, do what we should do" )n a re"elation on priestood, $i"en trou$ Mosep
+%it te 9ropet, recorded as te 10Jt section of te Boctrine and Co"enants,
5learnin$7 %o"es to 5doin$7 as #e read, 56erefore, no# let e"er( %an learn is dut(,
and to act in te o4ce in #ic e is appointed, in all dili$ence&7
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Cac priestood older attendin$ tis session toni$t as a callin$ to ser"e, to put fort
is best e:orts in te #or. assi$ned to i%& <o assi$n%ent is %enial in te #or. of te
Lord, for eac as eternal conse2uences& 9resident Mon Ta(lor #arned us, 5)f (ou do not
%a$nif( (our callin$s, God #ill old (ou responsible for tose #o% (ou %i$t a"e
sa"ed ad (ou done (our dut(&7
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And #o of us can a:ord to be responsible for te dela(
of eternal life of a u%an soulE )f $reat Do( is te re#ard of sa"in$ one soul, ten o#
terrible %ust be te re%orse of tose #ose ti%id e:orts a"e allo#ed a cild of God to
$o un#arned or unaided so tat e as to #ait till a dependable ser"ant of God co%es
alon$&
Te old ada$e is e"er true: 5Bo (our dut(, tat is best; lea"e unto te Lord te rest&7
'ost ser"ice $i"en b( priestood olders is acco%plised 2uietl(, #itout fanfare& A
friendl( s%ile, a #ar% andclasp, a sincere testi%on( of trut can literall( lift li"es,
can$e u%an nature, and sa"e precious souls&
An e-a%ple of suc ser"ice #as te %issionar( e-perience of Mulius1 and Borot( !usse.,
#o #ere called to 0ll a t#o/(ear %ission in 9oland& 8roter !usse. #as born in 9oland&
*e spo.e te lan$ua$e& *e lo"ed te people& +ister !usse. #as Cn$lis and .ne# little of
9oland and its people&
Trustin$ in te Lord, te( e%bar.ed on teir assi$n%ent& Te li"in$ conditions #ere
pri%iti"e, te #or. lonel(, teir tas. i%%ense& A %ission ad not at tat ti%e been
establised in 9oland& Te assi$n%ent $i"en te !usse.s #as to prepare te #a(, tat a
%ission could be establised so tat oter %issionaries could be called to ser"e, people
could be tau$t, con"erts could be bapti1ed, brances could be establised, and capels
could be erected&
Bid Clder and +ister !usse. despair because of te enor%it( of teir assi$n%entE <ot for
a %o%ent& Te( .ne# teir callin$ #as fro% God& Te( pra(ed for *is di"ine elp, and
te( de"oted te%sel"es #oleeartedl( to teir #or.& Te( re%ained in 9oland not t#o
(ears but 0"e (ears& All of te fore$oin$ obDecti"es #ere reali1ed&
Clders Iussell '& <elson, *ans 8& Iin$$er, and ), acco%panied b( Clder !usse., %et #it
'inister Ada% 6opat.a of te 9olis $o"ern%ent, and #e eard i% sa(, 5Kour curc is
#elco%e ere& Kou %a( build (our buildin$s; (ou %a( send (our %issionaries& Kou are
#elco%e in 9oland& Tis %an,7 pointin$ to Mulius1 !usse., 5as ser"ed (our curc #ell&
Kou can be $rateful for is e-a%ple and is #or.&7
Li.e te !usse.s, let us do #at #e sould do in te #or. of te Lord& Ten #e can, #it
Mulius1 and Borot( !usse., eco te 9sal%: 5'( elp co%et fro% te Lord, #ic %ade
ea"en and eart H : e tat .eepet tee #ill not slu%ber& 8eold, e tat .eepet
)srael sall neiter slu%ber nor sleep&7
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Tird, be what we should be" 9aul counseled is belo"ed friend and associate Ti%ot(,
58e tou an e-a%ple of te belie"ers, in #ord, in con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in
fait, in purit(&7
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) #ould ur$e all of us to pra( concernin$ our assi$n%ents and to see. di"ine elp, tat
#e %i$t be successful in acco%plisin$ tat #ic #e are called to do& +o%eone as
said tat 5te reco$nition of po#er i$er tan %an i%self does not in an( sense
debase i%&7
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*e %ust see., belie"e in, pra(, and ope tat e #ill 0nd& <o suc sincere,
pra(erful e:ort #ill $o unans#ered: tat is te "er( constitution of te pilosop( of
fait& Bi"ine fa"or #ill attend tose #o u%bl( see. it&
!ro% te 8oo. of 'or%on co%es counsel tat sa(s it all& Te Lord spea.s: 5Terefore,
#at %anner of %en ou$t (e to beE Weril( ) sa( unto (ou, e"en as ) a%&7
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And #at %anner of %an #as *eE 6at e-a%ple did *e set in *is ser"iceE !ro% Mon
capter 10 #e learn:
5) a% te $ood seperd: te $ood seperd $i"et is life for te seep&
58ut e tat is an irelin$, and not te seperd, #ose o#n te seep are not, seet
te #olf co%in$, and lea"et te seep, and 3eet: and te #olf catcet te%, and
scatteret te seep&
5Te irelin$ 3eet, because e is an irelin$, and caret not for te seep&7
+aid te Lord: 5) a% te $ood seperd, and .no# %( seep, and a% .no#n of %ine&
5As te !ater .no#et %e, e"en so .no# ) te !ater: and ) la( do#n %( life for te
seep&7
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8retren, %a( #e learn what we should learn, do what we should do, and be what we
should be" 8( so doin$, te blessin$s of ea"en #ill attend& 6e #ill .no# tat #e are not
alone& *e #o notes te sparro#=s fall #ill, in *is o#n #a(, ac.no#led$e us&
+e"eral (ears a$o ) recei"ed a letter fro% a lon$ti%e friend& *e bore is testi%on( in tat
letter& ) #ould li.e to sare part of it #it (ou toni$t, since it illustrates te stren$t of
te priestood in one #o learned #at e sould learn, #o did #at e sould do, and
#o al#a(s tried to be #at e sould be& ) sall read e-cerpts of tat letter fro% %(
friend Teron 6& 8orup, #o passed a#a( tree (ears a$o at te a$e of L0:
5At te a$e of ei$t, #en ) #as bapti1ed and recei"ed te *ol( Gost, ) #as %uc
i%pressed about bein$ $ood and able to a"e te *ol( Gost to be a elp trou$out %(
life& ) #as told tat te *ol( Gost associated onl( in $ood co%pan( and tat #en e"il
entered our li"es, e #ould lea"e& <ot .no#in$ #en ) #ould need is pro%ptin$s and
$uidance, ) tried to so li"e tat ) #ould not lose tis $ift& On one occasion it sa"ed %( life&
5Burin$ 6orld 6ar )), ) #as an en$ineer/$unner in a 8/2A bo%ber 0$tin$ in te +out
9aci0c& H One da( tere #as an announce%ent tat te lon$est bo%bin$ 3i$t e"er
%ade #ould be atte%pted to .noc. out an oil re0ner(& Te pro%ptin$s of te +pirit told
%e ) #ould be assi$ned on tis 3i$t but tat ) #ould not lose %( life& At te ti%e ) #as
te president of te LB+ $roup&
5Te co%bat #as ferocious as #e 3e# o"er 8orneo& Our plane #as it b( attac.in$
planes and soon burst into 3a%es, and te pilot told us to prepare to Du%p& ) #ent out
last& 6e #ere sot at b( ene%( pilots as #e 3oated do#n& ) ad trouble in3atin$ %( life
raft& 8obbin$ up and do#n in te #ater, ) be$an to dro#n and passed out& ) ca%e to
%o%entaril( and cried, RGod sa"e %eF= H A$ain ) tried in3atin$ te life raft and tis ti%e
#as successful& 6it Dust enou$ air in it to .eep %e a3oat, ) rolled o"er on top of it, too
e-austed to %o"e&
5!or tree da(s #e 3oated about in ene%( territor( #it sips all about us and planes
o"eread& 6( te( couldn=t see a (ello# $roup of rafts on blue #ater is a %(ster(,7 e
#rote& 5A stor% ca%e up, and #a"es tirt( feet i$ al%ost tore our rafts apart& Tree
da(s #ent b( #it no food or #ater& Te oters as.ed %e if ) pra(ed& ) ans#ered tat )
did pra( and #e #ould indeed be rescued& Tat e"enin$ #e sa# our sub%arine tat #as
tere to rescue us, but it passed b(& Te ne-t %ornin$ it did ?te sa%e& 6e .ne#@ tis
#as te last da( ?it #ould@ be in te area& Ten ca%e te pro%ptin$s of te *ol( Gost&
RKou a"e te priestood& Co%%and te sub to pic. (ou up&= +ilentl( ) pra(ed, R)n te
na%e of Mesus Crist, and b( te po#er of te priestood, turn about and pic. us up&= )n a
fe# %inutes, te( #ere alon$side of us& 6en on dec., te captain H said, R) don=t .no#
o# #e e"er found (ou, for #e #ere not e"en loo.in$ for (ou&= ' .ne#&7
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) lea"e #it (ou %( testi%on( tat tis #or. in #ic #e are en$a$ed is true& Te Lord is
at te el%& Tat #e %a( e"er follo# *i% is %( sincere pra(er, and ) as. it in te na%e
of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2008 General Conference
Finin' 0o! in the 0ourne!
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Let us relis life as #e li"e it, 0nd Do( in te Dourne(, and sare our lo"e #it
friends and fa%il(&
'( dear broters and sisters, ) a% u%bled as ) stand before (ou tis %ornin$& ) as. for
(our fait and pra(ers in %( bealf as ) spea. about tose tin$s #ic a"e been on
%( %ind and #ic ) a"e felt i%pressed to sare #it (ou&
) be$in b( %entionin$ one of te %ost ine"itable aspects of our li"es ere upon te
eart, and tat is change" At one ti%e or anoter #e="e all eard so%e for% of te
fa%iliar ada$e: 5<otin$ is as constant as can$e&7
Trou$out our li"es, #e %ust deal #it can$e& +o%e can$es are #elco%e; so%e are
not& Tere are can$es in our li"es #ic are sudden, suc as te une-pected passin$ of
a lo"ed one, an unforeseen illness, te loss of a possession #e treasure& 8ut %ost of te
can$es ta.e place subtl( and slo#l(&
Tis conference %ar.s A5 (ears since ) #as called to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles&
As te Dunior %e%ber of te T#el"e ten, ) loo.ed up to 1A e-ceptional %en, #o #ere
senior to %e in te T#el"e and te !irst 9residenc(& One b( one, eac of tese %en as
returned o%e& 6en 9resident *inc.le( passed a#a( ei$t %onts a$o, ) reali1ed tat )
ad beco%e te senior Apostle& Te can$es o"er a period of A5 (ears tat #ere
incre%ental no# see% %onu%ental&
Tis co%in$ #ee. +ister 'onson and ) #ill celebrate our 60t #eddin$ anni"ersar(& As )
loo. bac. to our be$innin$s, ) reali1e Dust o# %uc our li"es a"e can$ed since ten&
Our belo"ed parents, #o stood beside us as #e co%%enced our Dourne( to$eter, a"e
passed on& Our tree cildren, #o 0lled our li"es so co%pletel( for %an( (ears, are
$ro#n and a"e fa%ilies of teir o#n& 'ost of our $randcildren are $ro#n, and #e no#
a"e four $reat/$randcildren&
Ba( b( da(, %inute b( %inute, second b( second #e #ent fro% #ere #e #ere to #ere
#e are no#& Te li"es of all of us, of course, $o trou$ si%ilar alterations and can$es&
Te di:erence bet#een te can$es in %( life and te can$es in (ours is onl( in te
details& Ti%e ne"er stands still; it %ust steadil( %arc on, and #it te %arcin$ co%e
te can$es&
Tis is our one and onl( cance at %ortal life,ere and no#& Te lon$er #e li"e, te
$reater is our reali1ation tat it is brief& Opportunities co%e, and ten te( are $one& )
belie"e tat a%on$ te $reatest lessons #e are to learn in tis sort soDourn upon te
eart are lessons tat elp us distin$uis bet#een #at is i%portant and #at is not& )
plead #it (ou not to let tose %ost i%portant tin$s pass (ou b( as (ou plan for tat
illusi"e and none-istent future #en (ou #ill a"e ti%e to do all tat (ou #ant to do&
)nstead, 0nd Do( in te Dourne(,no#&
) a% #at %( #ife, !rances, calls a 5so#/a/olic&7 ) torou$l( enDo( %an( %usicals,
and one of %( fa"orites #as #ritten b( te A%erican co%poser 'eredit 6illson and is
entitled ,he Music Man" 9rofessor *arold *ill, one of te principal caracters in te so#,
"oices a caution tat ) sare #it (ou& +a(s e, 5Kou pile up enou$ to%orro#s, and
(ou=ll 0nd (ou="e collected a lot of e%pt( (esterda(s&7
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'( broters and sisters, tere is no to%orro# to re%e%ber if #e don=t do so%etin$
toda(&
)="e sared #it (ou pre"iousl( an e-a%ple of tis pilosop(& ) belie"e it bears
repeatin$& 'an( (ears a$o, Artur Gordon #rote in a national %a$a1ine, and ) 2uote:
56en ) #as around tirteen and %( broter ten, !ater ad pro%ised to ta.e us to te
circus& 8ut at luncti%e tere #as a pone call; so%e ur$ent business re2uired is
attention do#nto#n& 6e braced oursel"es for disappoint%ent& Ten #e eard i% sa(
?into te pone@, R<o, ) #on=t be do#n& )t=ll a"e to #ait&=
56en e ca%e bac. to te table, 'oter s%iled& RTe circus .eeps co%in$ bac., (ou
.no#,= ?se said&@
5R) .no#,= said !ater& R8ut cildood doesn=t&=7
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)f (ou a"e cildren #o are $ro#n and $one, in all li.eliood (ou a"e occasionall( felt
pan$s of loss and te reco$nition tat (ou didn=t appreciate tat ti%e of life as %uc as
(ou sould a"e& Of course, tere is no $oin$ bac., but onl( for#ard& Iater tan
d#ellin$ on te past, #e sould %a.e te %ost of toda(, of te ere and no#, doin$ all
#e can to pro"ide pleasant %e%ories for te future&
)f (ou are still in te process of raisin$ cildren, be a#are tat te tin( 0n$erprints tat
so# up on al%ost e"er( ne#l( cleaned surface, te to(s scattered about te ouse, te
piles and piles of laundr( to be tac.led #ill disappear all too soon and tat (ou #ill,to
(our surprise,%iss te% profoundl(&
+tresses in our li"es co%e re$ardless of our circu%stances& 6e %ust deal #it te% te
best #e can& 8ut #e sould not let te% $et in te #a( of #at is %ost i%portant,and
#at is %ost i%portant al%ost al#a(s in"ol"es te people around us& Often #e assu%e
tat te( must .no# o# %uc #e lo"e te%& 8ut #e sould ne"er assu%e; #e sould
let te% .no#& 6rote 6illia% +a.espeare, 5Te( do not lo"e tat do not so# teir
lo"e&7
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6e #ill ne"er re$ret te .ind #ords spo.en or te a:ection so#n& Iater, our
re$rets #ill co%e if suc tin$s are o%itted fro% our relationsips #it tose #o %ean
te %ost to us&
+end tat note to te friend (ou="e been ne$lectin$; $i"e (our cild a u$; $i"e (our
!arents a u$; sa( 5) lo"e (ou7 %ore; al#a(s e-press (our tan.s& <e"er let a proble% to
be sol"ed beco%e %ore i%portant tan a person to be lo"ed& !riends %o"e a#a(,
cildren $ro# up, lo"ed ones pass on& )t=s so eas( to ta.e oters for $ranted, until tat
da( #en te(=re $one fro% our li"es and #e are left #it feelin$s of 5#at if7 and 5if
onl(&7 +aid autor *arriet 8eecer +to#e, 5Te bitterest tears sed o"er $ra"es are for
#ords left unsaid and deeds left undone&7
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)n te 1L60s, durin$ te Wietna% 6ar, Curc %e%ber Ma( *ess, an air%an, #as sot
do#n o"er <ort Wietna%& !or t#o (ears is fa%il( ad no idea #eter e #as dead or
ali"e& *is captors in *anoi e"entuall( allo#ed i% to #rite o%e but li%ited is %essa$e
to less tan 25 #ords& 6at #ould (ou and ) sa( to our fa%ilies if #e #ere in te sa%e
situation,not a"in$ seen te% for o"er t#o (ears and not .no#in$ if #e #ould e"er
see te% a$ainE 6antin$ to pro"ide so%etin$ is fa%il( could reco$ni1e as a"in$
co%e fro% i% and also #antin$ to $i"e te% "aluable counsel, 8roter *ess #rote,
and ) 2uote: 5Tese tin$s are i%portant: te%ple %arria$e, %ission, colle$e& 9ress on,
set $oals, #rite istor(, ta.e pictures t#ice a (ear&7
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Let us relis life as #e li"e it, 0nd Do( in te Dourne(, and sare our lo"e #it friends and
fa%il(& One da( eac of us #ill run out of to%orro#s&
)n te boo. of Mon in te <e# Testa%ent, capter 1>, "erse >A, te +a"ior ad%onises
us, 5As ) a"e lo"ed (ou, H lo"e one anoter&7
+o%e of (ou %a( be fa%iliar #it Tornton 6ilder=s classic dra%a #ur ,own" )f (ou are,
(ou #ill re%e%ber te to#n of Gro"er=s Corners, #ere te stor( ta.es place& )n te pla(
C%il( 6ebb dies in cildbirt, and #e read of te lonel( $rief of er (oun$ usband,
Geor$e, left #it teir four/(ear/old son& C%il( does not #is to rest in peace; se #ants
to e-perience a$ain te Do(s of er life& +e is $ranted te pri"ile$e of returnin$ to eart
and reli"in$ er 12t birtda(& At 0rst it is e-citin$ to be (oun$ a$ain, but te e-cite%ent
#ears o: 2uic.l(& Te da( olds no Do( no# tat C%il( .no#s #at is in store for te
future& )t is unbearabl( painful to reali1e o# una#are se ad been of te %eanin$ and
#onder of life #ile se #as ali"e& 8efore returnin$ to er restin$ place, C%il( la%ents,
5Bo H u%an bein$s e"er reali1e life #ile te( li"e it,e"er(, e"er( %inuteE7
Our reali1ation of #at is %ost i%portant in life $oes and in and #it $ratitude for our
blessin$s&
+aid one #ell/.no#n autor: 58ot abundance and lac. ?of abundance@ e-ist
si%ultaneousl( in our li"es, as parallel realities& )t is al#a(s our conscious coice #ic
secret $arden #e #ill tend H #en #e coose not to focus on #at is %issin$ fro% our
li"es but are $rateful for te abundance tat=s present,lo"e, ealt, fa%il(, friends,
#or., te Do(s of nature, and personal pursuits tat brin$ us ?appiness@,te #asteland
of illusion falls a#a( and #e e-perience ea"en on eart&7
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)n te Boctrine and Co"enants, section 88, "erse >>, #e are told: 5!or #at dot it pro0t
a %an if a $ift is besto#ed upon i%, and e recei"e not te $iftE 8eold, e reDoices not
in tat #ic is $i"en unto i%, neiter reDoices in i% #o is te $i"er of te $ift&7
Te ancient Io%an pilosoper *orace ad%onised, 56ate"er our God as blessed
(ou #it, ta.e it #it $rateful and, nor postpone (our Do(s fro% (ear to (ear, so tat in
#ate"er place (ou a"e been, (ou %a( sa( tat (ou a"e li"ed appil(&7
'an( (ears a$o ) #as touced b( te stor( of 8or$ild Bal& +e #as born in 'innesota
in 18L0 of <or#e$ian parents and fro% er earl( (ears su:ered se"erel( i%paired "ision&
+e ad a tre%endous desire to participate in e"er(da( life despite er andicap and,
trou$ seer deter%ination, succeeded in nearl( e"er(tin$ se undertoo.& A$ainst te
ad"ice of educators, #o felt er andicap #as too $reat, se attended colle$e, recei"in$
er bacelor of arts de$ree fro% te Uni"ersit( of 'innesota& +e later studied at
Colu%bia Uni"ersit( and te Uni"ersit( of Oslo& +e e"entuall( beca%e te principal of
ei$t scools in #estern 'innesota and <ort Ba.ota&
+e #rote te follo#in$ in one of te 1J boo.s se autored: 5) ad onl( one e(e, and it
#as so co"ered #it dense scars tat ) ad to do all %( seein$ trou$ one s%all
openin$ in te left of te e(e& ) could see a boo. onl( b( oldin$ it up close to %( face
and b( strainin$ %( one e(e as ard as ) could to te left&7
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'iraculousl(, in 1LA>,#en se #as o"er 50 (ears old,a re"olutionar( procedure #as
de"eloped #ic 0nall( restored to er %uc of te si$t se ad been #itout for so
lon$& A ne# and e-citin$ #orld opened up before er& +e too. $reat pleasure in te
s%all tin$s %ost of us ta.e for $ranted, suc as #atcin$ a bird in 3i$t, noticin$ te
li$t re3ected in te bubbles of er dis#ater, or obser"in$ te pases of te %oon eac
ni$t& +e closed one of er boo.s #it tese #ords: 5Bear H !ater in ea"en, ) tan.
Tee& ) tan. Tee&7
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8or$ild Bal, bot before and after er si$t #as restored, #as 0lled #it $ratitude for
er blessin$s&
)n 1L82, t#o (ears before se died, at te a$e of L2 er last boo. #as publised& )ts title:
&a!!y All My 2ife" *er attitude of tan.fulness enabled er to appreciate er blessin$s
and to li"e a full and ric life despite er callen$es&
)n 1 Tessalonians in te <e# Testa%ent, capter 5, "erse 18, #e are told b( te Apostle
9aul, 5)n e"er( tin$ $i"e tan.s: for tis is te #ill of God&7
Iecall #it %e te account of te 10 lepers:
5And as ?Mesus@ entered into a certain "illa$e, tere %et i% ten %en tat #ere lepers,
#ic stood afar o::
5And te( lifted up teir "oices, and said, Mesus, 'aster, a"e %erc( on us&
5And #en e sa# te%, e said unto te%, Go se# (oursel"es unto te priests& And it
ca%e to pass, tat, as te( #ent, te( #ere cleansed&
5And one of te%, #en e sa# tat e #as ealed, turned bac., and #it a loud "oice
$lori0ed God,
5And fell do#n on is face at is feet, $i"in$ i% tan.s: and e #as a +a%aritan&
5And Mesus ans#erin$ said, 6ere tere not ten cleansedE but #ere are te nineE
5Tere are not found tat returned to $i"e $lor( to God, sa"e tis stran$er&7
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+aid te Lord in a re"elation $i"en trou$ te 9ropet Mosep +%it, 5)n notin$ dot
%an o:end God, or a$ainst none is is #rat .indled, sa"e tose #o confess not is
and in all tin$s&7
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'a( #e be found a%on$ tose #o $i"e our tan.s to our *ea"enl(
!ater& )f in$ratitude be nu%bered a%on$ te serious sins, ten $ratitude ta.es its place
a%on$ te noblest of "irtues&
Bespite te can$es #ic co%e into our li"es and #it $ratitude in our earts, %a( #e
0ll our da(s,as %uc as #e can,#it tose tin$s #ic %atter %ost& 'a( #e ceris
tose #e old dear and e-press our lo"e to te% in #ord and in deed&
)n closin$, ) pra( tat all of us #ill re3ect $ratitude for our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist&
*is $lorious $ospel pro"ides ans#ers to life=s $reatest 2uestions: 6ere did #e co%e
fro%E 6( are #e ereE 6ere does %( spirit $o #en ) dieE
*e tau$t us o# to pra(& *e tau$t us o# to ser"e& *e tau$t us o# to li"e& *is life is
a le$ac( of lo"e& Te sic. *e ealed; te do#ntrodden *e lifted; te sinner *e sa"ed&
Te ti%e ca%e #en *e stood alone& +o%e Apostles doubted; one betra(ed *i%& Te
Io%an soldiers pierced *is side& Te an$r( %ob too. *is life& Tere (et rin$s fro%
Gol$ota=s ill *is co%passionate #ords, 5!ater, for$i"e te%; for te( .no# not #at
te( do&7
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Carlier, peraps percei"in$ te cul%ination of *is eartl( %ission, *e spo.e te la%ent,
5!o-es a"e oles, and te birds of te air a"e nests; but te +on of %an at not
#ere to la( is ead&7
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5<o roo% in te inn7
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#as not a sin$ular e-pression of reDection
,Dust te 0rst& Ket *e in"ites (ou and %e to recei"e *i%& 58eold, ) stand at te door,
and .noc.: if an( %an ear %( "oice, and open te door, ) #ill co%e in to i%, and #ill
sup #it i%, and e #it %e&7
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6o #as tis 'an of sorro#s, ac2uainted #it $riefE 6o is te Gin$ of $lor(, tis Lord of
ostsE *e is our 'aster& *e is our +a"ior& *e is te +on of God& *e is te Autor of our
+al"ation& *e bec.ons, 5!ollo# %e&7
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*e instructs, 5Go, and do tou li.e#ise&7
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*e
pleads, 5Geep %( co%%and%ents&7
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Let us follo# *i%& Let us e%ulate *is e-a%ple& Let us obe( *is #ord& 8( so doin$, #e
$i"e to *i% te di"ine $ift of $ratitude&
8roters and sisters, %( sincere pra(er is tat #e %a( adapt to te can$es in our li"es,
tat #e %a( reali1e #at is %ost i%portant, tat #e %a( e-press our $ratitude al#a(s
and tus 0nd Do( in te Dourne(& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2008 General Conference
1ntil .e Meet ,'ain
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( #e be $ood citi1ens of te nations in #ic #e li"e and $ood nei$bors
in our co%%unities, reacin$ out to tose of oter faits, as #ell as to our
o#n&
8roters and sisters, ) .no# (ou #ill a$ree #it %e tat tis as been a %ost inspirin$
conference& 6e a"e felt te +pirit of te Lord in ric abundance tese past t#o da(s as
our earts a"e been touced and our testi%onies of tis di"ine #or. a"e been
stren$tened& ) a% certain ) represent te %e%bersip of te Curc e"er(#ere in
e-pressin$ appreciation to te bretren and sisters #o a"e addressed us& ) a%
re%inded of te #ords of 'oroni found in te 8oo. of 'or%on: 5And teir %eetin$s #ere
conducted b( te curc after te %anner of te #or.in$s of te +pirit, and b( te po#er
of te *ol( Gost; for as te po#er of te *ol( Gost led te% #eter to preac, or to
e-ort, or to pra(, or to supplicate, or to sin$, e"en so it #as done&7
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'a( #e lon$ re%e%ber #at #e a"e eard durin$ tis $eneral conference& Te
%essa$es #ic a"e been $i"en #ill be printed in ne-t %ont=s Ensign and 2iahona
%a$a1ines& ) ur$e (ou to stud( te% and to ponder teir teacin$s&
To (ou 8retren #o a"e been released at tis conference, #e e-press our deep
appreciation for (our %an( (ears of dedicated ser"ice& Te entire %e%bersip of te
Curc as bene0ted fro% (our countless contributions&
) assure (ou tat our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of te callen$es #e face in te #orld
toda(& *e lo"es eac of us and #ill bless us as #e stri"e to .eep *is co%%and%ents and
see. *i% trou$ pra(er&
6e are a $lobal curc, broters and sisters& Our %e%bersip is found trou$out te
#orld& 'a( #e be $ood citi1ens of te nations in #ic #e li"e and $ood nei$bors in our
co%%unities, reacin$ out to tose of oter faits, as #ell as to our o#n& 'a( #e be %en
and #o%en of onest( and inte$rit( in e"er(tin$ #e do&
Tere are tose trou$out te #orld #o are un$r(; tere are tose #o are destitute&
6or.in$ to$eter, #e can alle"iate su:erin$ and pro"ide for tose in need& )n addition to
te ser"ice (ou $i"e as (ou care for one anoter, (our contributions to te funds of te
Curc enable us to respond al%ost i%%ediatel( #en disasters occur an(#ere in te
#orld& 6e are nearl( al#a(s a%on$ te 0rst on te scene to pro"ide #ate"er assistance
#e can& 6e tan. (ou for (our $enerosit(&
Tere are oter di4culties in te li"es of so%e& 9articularl( a%on$ te (oun$, tere are
tose #o are tra$icall( in"ol"ed in suc tin$s as dru$s, i%%oralit(, $an$s, and all te
serious proble%s tat $o #it te%& )n addition, tere are tose #o are lonel(, includin$
#ido#s and #ido#ers, #o lon$ for te co%pan( and te concern of oters& 'a( #e e"er
be %indful of te needs of tose around us and be read( to e-tend a elpin$ and and a
lo"in$ eart&
8roters and sisters, o# blessed #e are tat te ea"ens are indeed open, tat te
restored Curc of Mesus Crist is upon te eart toda(, and tat te Curc is founded
upon te roc. of re"elation& 6e .no# tat continuous re"elation is te "er( lifeblood of
te $ospel of Mesus Crist&
'a( eac of us $o safel( to our o%es& 'a( #e li"e to$eter in peace and ar%on( and
lo"e& 'a( #e stri"e eac da( to follo# te +a"ior=s e-a%ple&
God bless (ou, %( broters and sisters& ) tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %( bealf and in
bealf of all te General Autorities& 6e are deepl( $rateful for (ou&
)n one of Cristoper 'arlo#e=s pla(s, ,he ,ragical &istory of 3r" .austus, tere is
portra(ed an indi"idual, Br& !austus, #o cose to i$nore God and follo# te pat#a( of
+atan& At te end of is #ic.ed life, and facin$ te frustration of opportunities lost and
punis%ent certain to co%e, e la%ented, 5?Tere is@ %ore searin$ an$uis tan
?3a%in$@ 0re,eternal e-ile fro% God&7
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'( broters and sisters, Dust as eternal e-ile fro% God %a( be te %ost searin$ an$uis,
so eternal life in te presence of God is our %ost precious $oal&
6it all %( eart and soul ) pra( tat #e %i$t continue to perse"ere in te pursuit of
tis %ost precious pri1e&
) bear #itness to (ou tat tis #or. is true, tat our +a"ior li"es, and tat *e $uides and
directs *is Curc ere upon te eart& ) bid (ou fare#ell, %( dear broters and sisters,
until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts& )n te na%e of Mesus of <a1aret, our +a"ior, our
Iedee%er #o% #e ser"e, a%en&
April 200L General Conference
Ma! "ou 2a*e Coura'e
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'( earnest pra(er is tat (ou #ill a"e te coura$e re2uired to refrain fro%
Dud$in$ oters, te coura$e to be caste and "irtuous, and te coura$e to
stand 0r% for trut and ri$teousness&
'( dear (oun$ sisters, #at a $lorious si$t (ou are& ) reali1e tat be(ond tis
%a$ni0cent Conference Center %an( tousands are asse%bled in capels and in oter
settin$s trou$out %uc of te #orld& ) pra( for ea"enl( elp as ) respond to te
opportunit( to address (ou&
6e a"e eard ti%el(, inspirin$ %essa$es fro% (our $eneral Koun$ 6o%en leaders&
Tese are coice #o%en, called and set apart to $uide and teac (ou& Te( lo"e (ou, as
do )&
Kou a"e co%e to tis eart at a $lorious ti%e& Te opportunities before (ou are nearl(
li%itless& Al%ost all of (ou li"e in co%fortable o%es, #it lo"in$ fa%ilies, ade2uate
food, and su4cient clotin$& )n addition, %ost of (ou a"e access to a%a1in$
tecnolo$ical ad"ances& Kou co%%unicate trou$ cell pones, te-t %essa$in$, instant
%essa$in$, e/%ailin$, blo$$in$, !aceboo., and oter suc %eans& Kou listen to %usic on
(our i9ods and '9> pla(ers& Tis list, of course, represents but a fe# of te tecnolo$ies
#ic are a"ailable to (ou&
All of tis is a little dauntin$ to so%eone suc as ), #o $re# up #en radios #ere
$enerall( lar$e 3oor %odels and #en tere #ere no tele"isions to spea. of, let alone
co%puters or cell pones& )n fact, #en ) #as (our a$e, telepone lines #ere %ostl(
sared& )n our fa%il(, if #e #anted to %a.e a telepone call, #e #ould a"e to pic. up
te pone and listen 0rst to %a.e certain no oter fa%il( #as usin$ te line, for se"eral
fa%ilies sared one line&
) could $o on all ni$t tal.in$ about te di:erences bet#een %( $eneration and (ours&
+u4ce it to sa( tat %uc as can$ed bet#een te ti%e ) #as (our a$e and te
present&
Altou$ tis is a re%ar.able period #en opportunities abound, (ou also face
callen$es #ic are uni2ue to tis ti%e& !or instance, te "er( tecnolo$ical tools )
a"e %entioned pro"ide opportunities for te ad"ersar( to te%pt (ou and to ensnare (ou
in is #eb of deceit, tereb( opin$ to ta.e possession of (our destin(&
As ) conte%plate all tat (ou face in te #orld toda(, one #ord co%es to %( %ind& )t
describes an attribute needed b( all of us but one #ic (ou,at tis ti%e of (our life
and in tis #orld,#ill need particularl(& Tat attribute is coura$e&
Toni$t )=d li.e to tal. #it (ou about te coura$e (ou #ill need in tree aspects of (our
li"es:
• !irst, te coura$e to refrain fro% Dud$in$ oters;
• +econd, te coura$e to be caste and "irtuous; and
• Tird, te coura$e to stand 0r% for trut and ri$teousness&
'a( ) spea. 0rst about te coura$e to refrain fro% Dud$in$ oters& O, (ou %a( as.,
5Boes tis reall( ta.e coura$eE7 And ) #ould repl( tat ) belie"e tere are %an( ti%es
#en refrainin$ fro% Dud$%ent,or $ossip or criticis%, #ic are certainl( a.in to
Dud$%ent,ta.es an act of coura$e&
Unfortunatel(, tere are tose #o feel it necessar( to critici1e and to belittle oters& Kou
a"e, no doubt, been #it suc people, as (ou #ill be in te future& '( dear (oun$
friends, #e are not left to #onder #at our bea"ior sould be in suc situations& )n te
+er%on on te 'ount, te +a"ior declared, 5Mud$e not&7
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At a later ti%e *e ad%onised,
5Cease to 0nd fault one #it anoter&7
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)t #ill ta.e real coura$e #en (ou are surrounded
b( (our peers and feelin$ te pressure to participate in suc criticis%s and Dud$%ents to
refrain fro% Doinin$ in&
) #ould "enture to sa( tat tere are (oun$ #o%en around (ou #o, because of (our
un.ind co%%ents and criticis%, are often left out& )t see%s to be te pattern, particularl(
at tis ti%e in (our li"es, to a"oid or to be un.ind to tose #o %i$t be Dud$ed di:erent,
tose #o don=t 0t te %old of #at #e or oters tin. te( sould be&
Te +a"ior said:
5A ne# co%%and%ent ) $i"e unto (ou, Tat (e lo"e one anoter& H
58( tis sall all %en .no# tat (e are %( disciples, if (e a"e lo"e one to anoter&7
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'oter Teresa, a Catolic nun #o #or.ed a%on$ te poor in )ndia %ost of er life,
spo.e tis trut: 5)f (ou Dud$e people, (ou a"e no ti%e to lo"e te%&7
A friend told %e of an e-perience se ad %an( (ears a$o #en se #as a teena$er& )n
er #ard #as a (oun$ #o%an na%ed +andra #o ad su:ered an inDur( at birt,
resultin$ in er bein$ so%e#at %entall( andicapped& +andra lon$ed to be included
#it te oter $irls, but se loo.ed andicapped& +e acted andicapped& *er clotin$
#as al#a(s ill 0ttin$& +e so%eti%es %ade inappropriate co%%ents& Altou$ +andra
attended teir 'utual acti"ities, it #as al#a(s te responsibilit( of te teacer to .eep
er co%pan( and to tr( to %a.e er feel #elco%e and "alued, since te $irls did not&
Ten so%etin$ appened: a ne# $irl of te sa%e a$e %o"ed into te #ard& <anc( #as
a cute, redeaded, self/con0dent, popular $irl #o 0t in easil(& All te $irls #anted to be
er friend, but <anc( didn=t li%it er friendsips& )n fact, se #ent out of er #a( to
befriend +andra and to %a.e certain se al#a(s felt included in e"er(tin$& <anc(
see%ed to $enuinel( like +andra&
Of course te oter $irls too. note and be$an #onderin$ #( they adn=t e"er
befriended +andra& )t no# see%ed not onl( acceptable but desirable& C"entuall( te(
be$an to reali1e #at <anc(, b( er e-a%ple, #as teacin$ te%: tat +andra #as a
"aluable dau$ter of our *ea"enl( !ater, tat se ad a contribution to %a.e, and tat
se deser"ed to be treated #it lo"e and .indness and positi"e attention&
8( te ti%e <anc( and er fa%il( %o"ed fro% te nei$borood a (ear or so later,
+andra #as a per%anent part of te $roup of (oun$ #o%en& '( friend said tat fro%
ten on se and te oter $irls %ade certain no one #as e"er left out, re$ardless of #at
%i$t %a.e er di:erent& A "aluable, eternal lesson ad been learned&
True lo"e can alter u%an li"es and can$e u%an nature&
'( precious (oun$ sisters, ) plead #it (ou to a"e te coura$e to refrain fro% Dud$in$
and critici1in$ tose around (ou, as #ell as te coura$e to %a.e certain e"er(one is
included and feels lo"ed and "alued&
) turn ne-t to te coura$e (ou #ill need to be caste and "irtuous& Kou li"e in a #orld
#ere %oral "alues a"e, in $reat %easure, been tossed aside, #ere sin is 3a$rantl( on
displa(, and #ere te%ptations to stra( fro% te strait and narro# pat surround (ou&
'an( are te "oices tellin$ (ou tat (ou are far too pro"incial or tat tere is so%etin$
#ron$ #it you if (ou still belie"e tere is suc a tin$ as i%%oral bea"ior&
)saia declared, 56oe unto te% tat call e"il $ood, and $ood e"il; tat put dar.ness for
li$t, and li$t for dar.ness&7
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Great coura$e #ill be re2uired as (ou re%ain caste and "irtuous a%id te accepted
tin.in$ of te ti%es&
)n te #orld=s "ie# toda( tere is little tou$t tat (oun$ %en and (oun$ #o%en #ill
re%ain %orall( clean and pure before %arria$e& Boes tis %a.e i%%oral bea"ior
acceptableE Absolutel( notF
Te co%%and%ents of our *ea"enl( !ater are not ne$otiableF
9o#erful is tis 2uote fro% ne#s co%%entator Ted Goppel, ost of A8C=s 6ightline
pro$ra% for %an( (ears& +aid e:
56e a"e actuall( con"inced oursel"es tat slo$ans #ill sa"e us& R+oot up if (ou %ust;
but use a clean needle&= RCnDo( se- #ene"er #it #o%e"er (ou #is; but ?protect
(ourself@&=
5<o& Te ans#er is no& <ot no because it isn=t cool or s%art or because (ou %i$t end up
in Dail or d(in$ in an A)B+ #ard,but no, because it=s #ron$& H
56at 'oses brou$t do#n fro% 't& +inai #ere not te Ten +u$$estions, te( are
Co%%and%ents& Are, not #ere&7
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'( s#eet (oun$ sisters, %aintain an eternal perspecti"e& 8e alert to anything tat #ould
rob (ou of te blessin$s of eternit(&
*elp in %aintainin$ te proper perspecti"e in tese per%issi"e ti%es can co%e to (ou
fro% %an( sources& One "aluable resource is (our patriarcal blessin$& Iead it
fre2uentl(& +tud( it carefull(& 8e $uided b( its cautions& Li"e to %erit its pro%ises& )f (ou
a"e not (et recei"ed (our patriarcal blessin$, plan for te ti%e #en (ou #ill recei"e
it, and ten ceris it&
)f an( as stu%bled in er Dourne(, tere is a #a( bac.& Te process is called repentance&
Our +a"ior died to pro"ide (ou and %e tat blessed $ift& Te pat %a( be di4cult, but
te pro%ise is real: 5Tou$ (our sins be as scarlet, te( sall be as #ite as sno#&7
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5And ) #ill re%e%ber ?te%@ no %ore&7
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+o%e (ears a$o anoter !irst 9residenc( %ade tis state%ent, and (our !irst 9residenc(
toda( ecoes te appeal& ) 2uote: 5To te (out H , #e plead #it (ou to li"e clean
?li"es@, for te unclean life leads onl( to su:erin$, %iser(, and #oe p(sicall(,,and
spirituall( it is te pat to destruction& *o# $lorious and near to te an$els is (out tat
is clean; tis (out as Do( unspea.able ere and eternal appiness ereafter& +e-ual
purit( is (out=s %ost precious possession; it is te foundation of all ri$teousness&7
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'a( (ou a"e te coura$e to be caste and "irtuous&
'( 0nal plea toni$t is tat (ou a"e te coura$e to stand 0r% for trut and
ri$teousness& 8ecause te trend in societ( toda( is a#a( fro% te "alues and principles
te Lord as $i"en us, (ou #ill al%ost certainl( be called upon to defend tat #ic (ou
belie"e& Unless te roots of (our testi%on( are 0r%l( planted, it #ill be di4cult for (ou to
#itstand te ridicule of tose #o callen$e (our fait& 6en 0r%l( planted, (our
testi%on( of te $ospel, of te +a"ior, and of our *ea"enl( !ater #ill in3uence all tat
(ou do trou$out (our life& Te ad"ersar( #ould li.e notin$ better tan for (ou to
allo# derisi"e co%%ents and criticis% of te Curc to cause (ou to 2uestion and doubt&
Kour testi%on(, #en constantl( nourised, #ill .eep (ou safe&
Iecall #it %e Lei=s "ision of te tree of life& *e sa# tat %an( #o ad eld to te iron
rod and ad %ade teir #a( trou$ te %ists of dar.ness, arri"in$ at last at te tree of
life and parta.in$ of te fruit of te tree, did ten 5cast teir e(es about as if te( #ere
asa%ed&7
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Lei #ondered as to te cause of teir e%barrass%ent& As e loo.ed about,
e 5beeld, on te oter side of te ri"er of #ater, a $reat and spacious buildin$& H
5And it #as 0lled #it people, bot old and (oun$, bot %ale and fe%ale; and teir
%anner of dress #as e-ceedin$l( 0ne; and te( #ere in te attitude of %oc.in$ and
pointin$ teir 0n$ers to#ards tose #o H #ere parta.in$ of te fruit&7
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Te $reat and spacious buildin$ in Lei=s "ision represents tose in te #orld #o %oc.
God=s #ord and #o ridicule tose #o e%brace it and #o lo"e te +a"ior and li"e te
co%%and%ents& 6at appens to tose #o are asa%ed #en te %oc.in$ occursE
Lei tells us, 5And after te( ad tasted of te fruit te( #ere asa%ed, because of tose
tat #ere sco4n$ at te%; and te( fell a#a( into forbidden pats and #ere lost&7
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'( belo"ed (oun$ sisters, #it te coura$e of (our con"ictions, %a( (ou declare #it
te Apostle 9aul, 5) a% not asa%ed of te $ospel of Crist: for it is te po#er of God
unto sal"ation&7
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Lest (ou feel inade2uate for te tas.s #ic lie aead, ) re%ind (ou of anoter of te
Apostle 9aul=s stirrin$ state%ents fro% #ic #e %i$t dra# coura$e: 5!or God at not
$i"en us te spirit of fear; but of po#er, and of lo"e, and of a sound %ind&7
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)n closin$ %a( ) sare #it (ou te account of a bra"e (oun$ #o%an #ose e-perience
as stood trou$ te a$es as an e-a%ple of te coura$e to stand for trut and
ri$teousness&
'ost of (ou are fa%iliar #it te Old Testa%ent account of Cster& )t is a "er( interestin$
and inspirin$ record of a beautiful (oun$ Me#is $irl #ose parents ad died, lea"in$ er
to be raised b( an older cousin, 'ordecai, and is #ife&
'ordecai #or.ed for te .in$ of 9ersia, and #en te .in$ #as loo.in$ for a 2ueen,
'ordecai too. Cster to te palace and presented er as a candidate, ad"isin$ er not to
re"eal tat se #as Me#is& Te .in$ #as pleased #it Cster abo"e all te oters and
%ade Cster is 2ueen&
*a%an, te cief prince in te .in$=s court, beca%e increasin$l( an$r( #it 'ordecai
because 'ordecai #ould not bo# do#n and pa( o%a$e to i%& )n retribution, *a%an
con"inced te .in$,in a rater de"ious %anner,tat tere #ere 5certain people7 in all
12J pro"inces of te .in$do% #ose la#s #ere di:erent fro% oters= and tat te(
#ould not obe( te .in$=s la#s and sould be destro(ed&
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6itout na%in$ tese people
to te .in$, *a%an #as, of course, referrin$ to te Me#s, includin$ 'ordecai&
6it te .in$=s per%ission to andle te %atter, *a%an sent letters to te $o"ernors of
all of te pro"inces, instructin$ te% 5to destro(, to .ill, and to cause to peris, all Me#s,
bot (oun$ and old, little cildren and #o%en, H ?on@ te tirteent da( of te t#elft
%ont&7
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Trou$ a ser"ant, 'ordecai sent #ord to Cster concernin$ te decree a$ainst te Me#s,
re2uestin$ tat se $o in to te .in$ to plead for er people& Cster #as at 0rst reluctant,
re%indin$ 'ordecai tat it #as a$ainst te la# for an(one to $o unbidden into te inner
court of te .in$& 9unis%ent b( deat #ould be te result,unless te .in$ #ere to old
out is $olden scepter, allo#in$ te person to li"e&
'ordecai=s response to Cster=s esitation #as to te point& *e replied to er tus:
5Tin. not H tat tou salt escape in te .in$=s ouse, %ore tan all te Me#s&
5!or if tou alto$eter oldest t( peace at tis ti%e, H tou and t( fater=s ouse sall
be destro(ed&7
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And ten e added tis searcin$ 2uestion: 56o .no#et #eter tou art co%e to te
.in$do% for suc a ti%e as tisE7
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)n response, Cster as.ed 'ordecai to $ater all te Me#s e could and to as. te% to
fast tree da(s for er and said tat se and er and%aids #ould do te sa%e& +e
declared, 5) ?#ill@ $o in unto te .in$, #ic is not accordin$ to te la#: and if ) peris, )
peris&7
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Cster ad $atered er coura$e and #ould stand 0r% and i%%o"able for tat
#ic #as ri$t&
9(sicall(, e%otionall(, and spirituall( prepared, Cster stood in te inner court of te
.in$=s ouse& 6en te .in$ sa# er, e eld out is $olden scepter, tellin$ er tat e
#ould $rant #ate"er re2uest se ad& +e in"ited te .in$ to a feast se ad arran$ed,
and durin$ te feast se re"ealed tat se #as a Me#& +e also e-posed *a%an=s
underanded plot to e-ter%inate all of te Me#s in te .in$do%& Cster=s plea to sa"e
erself and er people #as $ranted&
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Cster, trou$ fastin$, fait, and coura$e, ad sa"ed a nation&
Kou #ill probabl( not be called upon to put (our life on te line, as did Cster, for tat
#ic (ou belie"e& Kou #ill, o#e"er, %ost li.el( 0nd (ourself in situations #ere $reat
coura$e #ill be re2uired as (ou stand 0r% for trut and ri$teousness&
A$ain, %( dear (oun$ sisters, altou$ tere a"e al#a(s been callen$es in te #orld,
%an( of tose #ic (ou face are uni2ue to tis ti%e& 8ut (ou are so%e of our *ea"enl(
!ater=s stron$est cildren, and *e as sa"ed (ou to co%e to te eart 5for suc a ti%e
as tis&7
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6it *is elp, (ou #ill a"e te coura$e to face #ate"er co%es& Tou$ te
#orld %a( at ti%es appear dar., (ou a"e te li$t of te $ospel, #ic #ill be as a
beacon to $uide (our #a(&
'( earnest pra(er is tat (ou #ill a"e te coura$e re2uired to refrain fro% Dud$in$
oters, te coura$e to be caste and "irtuous, and te coura$e to stand 0r% for trut
and ri$teousness& As (ou do so, (ou #ill be 5an e-a%ple of te belie"ers,7
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and (our life
#ill be 0lled #it lo"e and peace and Do(& 'a( tis be so, %( belo"ed (oun$ sisters, ) as.
in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior, a%en&
April 200L General Conference
.elcome to Conference
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'( broters and sisters, ) a% pleased to report tat te Curc is doin$ "er(
#ell& Te #or. of te Lord continues to %o"e for#ard uninterrupted&
'( dear broters and sisters, as #e open tis, te 1JLt Annual General Conference, #e
note #it sadness te absence of Clder Mosep 8& 6irtlin of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e
Apostles& 6e %ourn is passin$& 6e %iss i%& 6e e-tend our lo"e to is fa%il(& ) a"e no
doubt tat e is carr(in$ on tis $reat #or. on te oter side of te "eil&
8ecause of te passin$ of Clder 6irtlin, tere e-ists a "acanc( in te Nuoru% of te
T#el"e Apostles& After %uc fastin$ and pra(er, #e a"e called Clder <eil Linden
Andersen to 0ll tis "acanc(& 6e present is na%e to (ou tis %ornin$ for (our
sustainin$ "ote& All tose of (ou #o feel (ou can sustain i% in tis sacred callin$ #ill
please si$nif( b( te uplifted and& An( #o %a( be opposed %a( si$nif( b( te sa%e
si$n&
6e tan. (ou for (our sustainin$ "ote& Clder Andersen=s na%e #ill be included #en te
o4cers of te Curc are read tis afternoon&
Clder Andersen, #e in"ite (ou no# to ta.e (our place on te stand #it te %e%bers of
te T#el"e& 6e loo. for#ard to earin$ fro% (ou in te +unda( %ornin$ session of
conference&
+ince #e %et si- %onts a$o, %( broters and sisters, ) a"e tra"eled to 'e-ico Cit(,
'e-ico, #it 9resident and +ister *enr( 8& C(rin$, to rededicate te te%ple tere& !or
%an( %onts it ad been under$oin$ e-tensi"e reno"ations&
Te e"enin$ before te rededication, a %a$ni0cent cultural e"ent #as eld in te A1tec
+tadiu%& Appro-i%atel( 8J,000 spectators s2uee1ed into te open/air stadiu%, and a
cast of %ore tan 8,000 (oun$ people participated in te pro$ra%, #ic featured an 80/
%inute displa( of %usic, dance, and 'e-ican istor(&
9resident C(rin$ and ) #ere eac presented a serape and a so%brero& Out0tted in tis
nati"e costu%e, ) couldn=t resist serenadin$ te $roup #it an i%pro%ptu "ersion of 5Cl
Ianco Grande,7 #ic ) ad ori$inall( learned in %( nint/$rade +panis class& ) sall
not do tat toda(&
Cac of te t#o dedicator( sessions te follo#in$ da( #ere 0lled #it te +pirit of te
Lord&
Must t#o #ee.s a$o, in 12 sessions #e dedicated te Braper Uta Te%ple, a %a$ni0cent
structure nestled in te footills of te %ountains in te sout portion of te +alt La.e
Walle(& Tere #ere appro-i%atel( 685,000 people,%e%bers and non%e%bers ali.e,
#o attended te open ouse& O"er >65,000 %e%bers #ere present at te dedicator(
sessions, includin$ te sessions broadcast b( satellite to "arious sta.e centers& Te +pirit
of te Lord #as present in ric abundance as te te%ple #as dedicated&
)n te near future, #e #ill be dedicatin$ te O2uirr 'ountain Uta Te%ple, and ten in
te co%in$ %onts and (ears tere #ill be %an( %ore dedications& 6e loo. for#ard to
tese occasions& Tere is so%etin$ about a te%ple dedication #ic pro%pts a
ree"aluation of one=s o#n perfor%ance and a sincere desire to do e"en better&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, ) a% pleased to report tat te Curc is doin$ "er( #ell&
Te #or. of te Lord continues to %o"e for#ard uninterrupted&
6e no# a"e appro-i%atel( 5>,000 %issionaries ser"in$ in >A8 %issions trou$out te
#orld& 6e ta.e %ost seriousl( te +a"ior=s %andate #en *e said, 5Go (e terefore, and
teac all nations, bapti1in$ te% in te na%e of te !ater, and of te +on, and of te
*ol( Gost&7
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6e are deepl( $rateful for te labors of our %issionaries and for te
sacri0ces #ic te( and teir fa%ilies %a.e in order for te% to ser"e&
6e also a"e countless "olunteers and %issionaries in nonprosel(tin$ acti"ities& Tese
are $enerall( %ature indi"iduals #o donate teir ti%e and talents in order to furter te
#or. of te Lord and to bless our *ea"enl( !ater=s cildren& *o# tan.ful #e are for te
"aluable ser"ices tese indi"iduals are pro"idin$&
Te 9erpetual Cducation !und, establised in 2001, continues to %o"e for#ard& +ince its
inception, >5,600 (oun$ %en and (oun$ #o%en a"e been enrolled in te pro$ra% and
a"e trained to i%pro"e teir s.ills and teir e%plo(%ent opportunities& Tus far, 18,L00
a"e 0nised tat trainin$& On a"era$e, #it te 2&J (ears of education te( are no#
recei"in$, te( are increasin$ teir inco%e b( tree to four ti%es& 6at a blessin$ tis is
in teir li"esF Tis is indeed an inspired pro$ra%&
'( broters and sisters, ) tan. (ou for (our fait and de"otion to te $ospel& ) tan. (ou
for te lo"e and care (ou so# to one anoter& ) tan. (ou for te ser"ice (ou pro"ide in
(our #ards and brances and in (our sta.es and districts& )t is suc ser"ice tat enables
te Lord to acco%plis *is purposes ere upon te eart&
) e-press %( tan.s to (ou for (our .indnesses to %e #ere"er ) $o& ) tan. (ou for (our
pra(ers in %( bealf& ) a"e felt tose pra(ers and a% %ost $rateful for te%&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, #e are an-ious to listen to te %essa$es #ic #ill be
presented to us durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s, tat #e %i$t be tau$t and inspired and
a"e a rene#ed deter%ination to li"e te $ospel and to ser"e te Lord& Tose #o #ill
address us a"e sou$t ea"en=s elp and direction as te( a"e prepared teir
%essa$es& Te( a"e been i%pressed concernin$ tat #ic te( #ill sare #it us&
To tose of (ou #o are ne# in te Curc, #e #elco%e (ou& To tose of (ou #o are
stru$$lin$ #it callen$es or #it disappoint%ents or #it losses, #e pra( for (ou& Our
*ea"enl( !ater lo"es eac of us and is %indful of our needs& 'a( #e be 0lled #it *is
+pirit as #e listen to tat #ic #ill be presented& +uc is %( pra(er tis %ornin$ as #e
open tis $reat conference& ) also add a fond re%e%brance of 9resident Gordon 8&
*inc.le(, #o preceded %e as 9resident of te Curc& )=% sure e=s ser"in$ #ell on te
oter side& )n te na%e of our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 200L General Conference
)e "our )est Self
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Cac %ust stri"e to learn is dut( and ten to do it to te best of is abilit(&
'( belo"ed bretren of te priestood asse%bled ere in tis full Conference Center and
in locations trou$out te #orld, ) a% u%bled b( te responsibilit( #ic is %ine to
address (ou& ) endorse tose %essa$es #ic a"e alread( been presented and e-press
to eac of (ou %( sincere lo"e, as #ell as %( appreciation for (our fait and (our
de"otion&
8retren, our responsibilities as bearers of te priestood are %ost si$ni0cant, as
outlined in te Boctrine and Co"enants: 5Te po#er and autorit( of te i$er, or
'elci1ede. 9riestood, is to old te .e(s of all te spiritual blessin$s of te curc&7
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And furter, 5Te po#er and autorit( of te lesser, or Aaronic 9riestood, is to old te
.e(s of te %inisterin$ of an$els, and to ad%inister in out#ard ordinances, te letter of
te $ospel, te baptis% of repentance for te re%ission of sins, a$reeable to te
co"enants and co%%and%ents&7
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)n 1L58 Clder *arold 8& Lee, #o later ser"ed as te 11t 9resident of te Curc,
described te priestood as 5te Lord=s H troops a$ainst te forces of e"il&7
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9resident Mon Ta(lor stated tat 5te po#er %anifested b( te priestood is si%pl( te
po#er of God&7
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Tese stirrin$ declarations fro% propets of God elp us to understand tat eac %an
and eac bo( #o olds te priestood of God %ust be #ort( of tat $reat pri"ile$e
and responsibilit(& Cac %ust stri"e to learn is dut( and ten to do it to te best of is
abilit(& As #e do so, #e pro"ide te %eans b( #ic our *ea"enl( !ater and *is +on,
Mesus Crist, can acco%plis Teir #or. ere upon te eart& )t is #e #o are Teir
representati"es ere&
)n te #orld toda( #e face di4culties and callen$es, so%e of #ic can see% trul(
dauntin$& *o#e"er, #it God on our side #e cannot fail& As #e bear *is ol( priestood
#ortil(, #e #ill be "ictorious&
<o# to (ou #o old te Aaronic 9riestood, %a( ) sa( tat ) sincerel( ope eac of (ou
is a#are of te si$ni0cance of (our priestood ordination& Kours is a "ital role in te life of
e"er( %e%ber of (our #ard as (ou participate in te ad%inistration and passin$ of te
sacra%ent eac +unda(&
) ad te pri"ile$e to ser"e as te secretar( of %( deacons 2uoru%& ) recall te %an(
assi$n%ents #e %e%bers of tat 2uoru% ad te opportunit( to 0ll& 9assin$ te sacred
sacra%ent, collectin$ te %ontl( fast o:erin$s, and loo.in$ after one anoter co%e
readil( to %ind& Te %ost fri$tenin$ one, o#e"er, appened at te leadersip session
of our #ard conference& Te %e%ber of our sta.e presidenc( #o #as presidin$ called
on a nu%ber of te #ard o4cers to spea.& Te( did so& Ten, #itout te sli$test
#arnin$, e stood and said, 56e #ill no# call on one of our (oun$er #ard o4cers,
To%as +& 'onson, secretar( of te deacons 2uoru%, to $i"e us an accountin$ of is
ser"ice and to bear is testi%on(&7 ) don=t re%e%ber a sin$le tin$ ) said, but ) a"e
ne"er for$otten te e-perience or te lesson tat it tau$t %e& )t #as te Apostle 9eter
#o said, 58e read( al#a(s to $i"e an ans#er to e"er( %an tat as.et (ou a reason of
te ope tat is in (ou&7
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)n an earlier $eneration, te Lord $a"e tis pro%ise to olders of te priestood: 5) #ill
$o before (our face& ) #ill be on (our ri$t and and on (our left, and %( +pirit sall be in
(our earts, and %ine an$els round about (ou, to bear (ou up&7
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Tis is not a ti%e for fear, bretren, but rater a ti%e for fait,a ti%e for eac of us #o
olds te priestood to be is best self&
Altou$ our Dourne( trou$ %ortalit( #ill at ti%es place us in ar%=s #a(, %a( ) o:er
(ou toni$t tree su$$estions #ic, #en obser"ed and follo#ed, #ill lead us to safet(&
Te( are:
1. Stu! ili'entl!.
2. Pra! fer*entl!.
3. (i*e ri'hteousl!.
Tese su$$estions are not ne#; te( a"e been tau$t and repeated a$ain and a$ain& )f
#e incorporate te% into our li"es, o#e"er, #e #ill a"e te stren$t to #itstand te
ad"ersar(& +ould #e i$nore te%, #e #ill be openin$ te door for +atan to a"e
in3uence and po#er o"er us&
!irst, stu! ili'entl!. C"er( older of te priestood sould participate in dail(
scripture stud(& Cras courses are not nearl( so e:ecti"e as te da(/to/da( readin$ and
application of te scriptures in our li"es& 8eco%e ac2uainted #it te lessons te
scriptures teac& Learn te bac.$round and settin$ of te 'aster=s parables and te
propets= ad%onitions& +tud( te% as tou$ te( #ere spea.in$ to (ou, for suc is te
trut&
Te propet Lei and is son <epi #ere eac so#n in "ision te i%portance of
obtainin$ and ten oldin$ fast to te #ord of God& Concernin$ te rod of iron so#n
i%, <epi said tis to is disbelie"in$ broters, La%an and Le%uel:
5And ) said unto te% tat ?te rod@ #as te #ord of God; and #oso #ould ear.en unto
te #ord of God, and #ould old fast unto it, te( #ould ne"er peris; neiter could te
te%ptations and te 0er( darts of te ad"ersar( o"erpo#er te% unto blindness, to lead
te% a#a( to destruction&
56erefore, ), <epi, did e-ort te% to $i"e eed unto te #ord of te Lord; (ea, ) did
e-ort te% #it all te ener$ies of %( soul, and #it all te facult( #ic ) possessed,
tat te( #ould $i"e eed to te #ord of God and re%e%ber to .eep is co%%and%ents
al#a(s in all tin$s&7
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) pro%ise (ou, #eter (ou old te Aaronic or te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, tat if (ou
#ill stud( te scriptures dili$entl(, (our po#er to a"oid te%ptation and to recei"e
direction of te *ol( Gost in all (ou do #ill be increased&
+econd, %ra! fer*entl!. 6it God, all tin$s are possible& 'en of te Aaronic
9riestood, %en of te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, re%e%ber te pra(er of te 9ropet
Mosep, o:ered in tat $ro"e called sacred& Loo. around (ou and see te result of tat
ans#ered pra(er&
Ada% pra(ed; Mesus pra(ed& 6e .no# te outco%e of teir pra(ers& *e #o notes te fall
of a sparro# surel( ears te pleadin$s of our earts& Ie%e%ber te pro%ise: 5)f an( of
(ou lac. #isdo%, let i% as. of God, tat $i"et to all %en liberall(, and upbraidet not;
and it sall be $i"en i%&7
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To tose #itin te sound of %( "oice #o are stru$$lin$ #it callen$es and di4culties
lar$e and s%all, pra(er is te pro"ider of spiritual stren$t; it is te passport to peace&
9ra(er is te %eans b( #ic #e approac our !ater in *ea"en, #o lo"es us& +pea. to
*i% in pra(er and ten listen for te ans#er& 'iracles are #rou$t trou$ pra(er&
+ister Bais( O$ando li"es in <e# Kor. Cit(, o%e to %ore tan ei$t %illion people&
+o%e (ears a$o +ister O$ando %et #it te %issionaries and #as tau$t te $ospel&
Graduall(, se and te %issionaries lost contact& Ti%e passed& Ten, in 200J, te
principles of te $ospel se ad been tau$t b( te %issionaries stirred #itin er eart&
One da( #ile $ettin$ into a ta-i, Bais( sa# te %issionaries at a distance, but se #as
unable to %a.e contact #it te% before te( disappeared fro% "ie#& +e pra(ed
fer"entl( to our *ea"enl( !ater and pro%ised *i% tat if *e #ould so%eo# direct te
%issionaries to er once a$ain, se #ould open er door to te%& +e returned o%e
tat da( #it fait in er eart tat God #ould ear and ans#er er pra(er&
)n te %eanti%e, t#o (oun$ %issionaries #o ad been sincerel( pra(in$ and #or.in$ to
0nd people to teac #ere one da( e-a%inin$ te tractin$ records of %issionaries #o
ad pre"iousl( ser"ed in teir area& As te( did so, te( ca%e across te na%e of Bais(
O$ando& 6en te( approaced er apart%ent te "er( afternoon tat +ister O$ando
o:ered tat si%ple but fer"ent pra(er, se opened te door and said tose #ords tat
are %usic to e"er( %issionar( #o as e"er eard te%: 5Clders, co%e in& )="e been
#aitin$ for (ouF7
T#o fer"ent pra(ers #ere ans#ered, contact #as reestablised, %issionar( lessons #ere
tau$t, and arran$e%ents #ere %ade for Bais( and er son Cdd( to be bapti1ed&
Ie%e%ber to %ra! fer*entl!.
'( 0nal su$$estion, %( bretren: li*e ri'hteousl!. )saia, tat $reat propet of te Old
Testa%ent, $a"e tis stirrin$ car$e to olders of te priestood: 5Touc no unclean
tin$& H 8e (e clean, tat bear te "essels of te Lord&7
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Tat=s about as strai$t as it
could be $i"en&
*olders of te priestood %a( not necessaril( be elo2uent in teir speec& Te( %a( not
old ad"anced de$rees in di4cult 0elds of stud(& Te( %a( "er( #ell be %en of u%ble
%eans& 8ut God is no respecter of persons, and *e #ill sustain *is ser"ants in
ri$teousness as te( a"oid te e"ils of our da( and li"e li"es of "irtue and purit(& 'a( )
illustrate&
+o%e L00 %iles O1,A00 .%P nort of +alt La.e Cit( is te beautiful cit( of Cal$ar(,
Alberta, Canada, o%e of te fa%ous Cal$ar( +ta%pede, one of Canada=s lar$est annual
e"ents and te #orld=s lar$est outdoor rodeo& Te 10/da( e"ent features a rodeo
co%petition, e-ibits, a$ricultural co%petitions, and cuc. #a$on races& Te +ta%pede
9arade, #ic occurs on openin$ da(, is one of te festi"al=s oldest and lar$est
traditions& Te parade follo#s a nearl( tree/%ile O5/.%P route in do#nto#n Cal$ar(, #it
attendance reacin$ >50,000 spectators, %an( dressed in #estern attire&
+e"eral (ears a$o, a %arcin$ band fro% a lar$e i$ scool in Uta ad auditioned for
and ad recei"ed one of te co"eted entries to %arc in te Cal$ar( +ta%pede 9arade&
'onts of fund/raisin$, earl(/%ornin$ practices up and do#n te streets, and oter
preparations #ere underta.en in order for te band to tra"el to Cal$ar( and participate
in te parade, #ere one band #ould be selected to recei"e te 0rst/place onor&
!inall( te da( for departure arri"ed, #it te ea$er students and teir leaders boardin$
te buses and eadin$ nort for te lon$ Dourne( to Cal$ar(&
6ile en route, te cara"an stopped in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, #ere te $roup
re%ained for an o"erni$t sta(& Te local Ielief +ociet( sisters tere prepared sac.
lunces for te band %e%bers to enDo( before departin$ a$ain& 8rad, one of te band
%e%bers, #o #as a priest in te Aaronic 9riestood, #as not un$r( and decided to
.eep is lunc until later&
8rad li.ed to sit in te bac. of te bus& As e too. is usual seat tere in preparation for
te re%ainder of te Dourne( to Cal$ar(, e tossed is sac. lunc on te self beind te
last ro# of seats& Tere te lunc sat b( te rear #indo# as te Mul( afternoon sun sone
trou$& Unfortunatel(, te sac. lunc contained an e$$ salad sand#ic& !or tose of
(ou #o don=t understand te si$ni0cance of tis, %a( ) Dust sa( tat e$$ salad %ust be
refri$erated& )f it is not, and if it is subDected to i$ eat suc as tat #ic #ould be
produced b( te sun beatin$ trou$ a bus #indo# on a sunn( da(, it beco%es a rater
e4cient incubator for "arious strains of bacteria tat can result in #at %a( co%%onl(
be referred to as food poisonin$&
+o%eti%e before arri"in$ in Cal$ar(, 8rad $re# un$r(& Ie%e%berin$ te sac. lunc, e
$ulped do#n te e$$ salad sand#ic& As te buses arri"ed in Cal$ar( and dro"e around
te cit(, te %e%bers of te band $re# e-cited,all e-cept for 8rad& Unfortunatel(, all
tat $re# #itin i% #ere se"ere sto%ac pains and oter disco%forts associated #it
food poisonin$& Kou .no# #at te( are&
Upon arri"in$ at teir destination, te band %e%bers e-ited te bus& 8rad, o#e"er, did
not& Altou$ e .ne# is fello# band %e%bers #ere countin$ on i% to pla( is dru%
in te parade te follo#in$ %ornin$, 8rad #as doubled o"er in pain and #as too sic. to
lea"e te bus& 9ro"identiall( for i%, t#o of is friends, +te"e and 'i.e, #o ad recentl(
$raduated fro% i$ scool and #o ad also recentl( been ordained to te o4ce of
elder in te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, found tat 8rad #as %issin$ and decided to loo. for
i%&
!indin$ 8rad in te rear of te bus and learnin$ #at te proble% #as, +te"e and 'i.e
felt elpless& !inall( it occurred to te% tat te( #ere elders and eld te po#er of te
'elci1ede. 9riestood to bless te sic.& Bespite teir total lac. of e-perience in $i"in$ a
priestood blessin$, tese t#o ne# elders ad fait in te po#er te( eld& Te( laid
teir ands on 8rad=s ead and, in"o.in$ te autorit( of te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, in
te na%e of Mesus Crist uttered te si%ple #ords to bless 8rad to be %ade #ell&
!ro% tat %o%ent, 8rad=s s(%pto%s #ere co%pletel( $one& Te ne-t %ornin$ e too.
is place #it te rest of te band %e%bers and proudl( %arced do#n te streets of
Cal$ar(& Te band recei"ed 0rst/place onors and te co"eted blue ribbon& !ar %ore
i%portant, o#e"er, #as tat t#o (oun$, ine-perienced but #ort( priestood olders
ad ans#ered te call to represent te Lord in ser"in$ teir fello# %an& 6en it #as
necessar( for te% to e-ercise teir priestood in bealf of one #o #as desperatel( in
need of teir elp, te( #ere able to respond because te( li"ed teir li"es ri$teousl(&
8retren, are #e prepared for our Dourne( trou$ lifeE Te pat#a( can at ti%es be
di4cult& Cart (our course, be cautious, and deter%ine to stu! ili'entl!, %ra!
fer*entl!, and li*e ri'hteousl!.
Let us ne"er despair, for te #or. in #ic #e are en$a$ed is te #or. of te Lord& )t as
been said, 5Te Lord sapes te bac. to bear te burden placed upon it&7
Te stren$t #ic #e earnestl( see. in order to %eet te callen$es of a co%ple- and
can$in$ #orld can be ours #en, #it fortitude and resolute coura$e, #e stand and
declare #it Mosua, 5As for %e and %( ouse, #e #ill ser"e te Lord&7
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To tis di"ine
trut ) testif( and do so in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our Lord, a%en&
April
200L General Conference
)e of Goo Cheer
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
8e of $ood ceer& Te future is as bri$t as (our fait&
'( dear broters and sisters, ) e-press %( lo"e to (ou& ) a% u%bled b( te
responsibilit( to address (ou, and (et ) a% $rateful for te opportunit( to do so&
+ince last #e %et to$eter in a $eneral conference si- %onts a$o, tere a"e been
continuin$ si$ns tat circu%stances in te #orld aren=t necessaril( as #e #ould #is&
Te $lobal econo%(, #ic si- %onts a$o appeared to be sa$$in$, see%s to a"e ta.en
a nosedi"e, and for %an( #ee.s no# te 0nancial outloo. as been so%e#at $ri%& )n
addition, te %oral footin$s of societ( continue to slip, #ile tose #o atte%pt to
safe$uard tose footin$s are often ridiculed and, at ti%es, pic.eted and persecuted&
6ars, natural disasters, and personal %isfortunes continue to occur&
)t #ould be eas( to beco%e discoura$ed and c(nical about te future,or e"en fearful of
#at %i$t co%e,if #e allo#ed oursel"es to d#ell onl( on tat #ic is #ron$ in te
#orld and in our li"es& Toda(, o#e"er, )=d li.e us to turn our tou$ts and our attitudes
a#a( fro% te troubles around us and to focus instead on our blessin$s as %e%bers of
te Curc& Te Apostle 9aul declared, 5God at not $i"en us te spirit of fear; but of
po#er, and of lo"e, and of a sound %ind&7
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<one of us %a.es it trou$ tis life #itout proble%s and callen$es,and so%eti%es
tra$edies and %isfortunes& After all, in lar$e part #e are ere to learn and $ro# fro%
suc e"ents in our li"es& 6e .no# tat tere are ti%es #en #e #ill su:er, #en #e #ill
$rie"e, and #en #e #ill be saddened& *o#e"er, #e are told, 5Ada% fell tat %en %i$t
be; and %en are, tat te( %i$t a"e Do(&7
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*o# %i$t #e a"e Do( in our li"es, despite all tat #e %a( faceE A$ain fro% te
scriptures: 56erefore, be of $ood ceer, and do not fear, for ) te Lord a% #it (ou, and
#ill stand b( (ou&7
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Te istor( of te Curc in tis, te dispensation of te fulness of ti%es, is replete #it
te e-periences of tose #o a"e stru$$led and (et #o a"e re%ained steadfast and
of $ood ceer as te( a"e %ade te $ospel of Mesus Crist te center of teir li"es& Tis
attitude is #at #ill pull us trou$ #ate"er co%es our #a(& )t #ill not re%o"e our
troubles fro% us but rater #ill enable us to face our callen$es, to %eet te% ead on,
and to e%er$e "ictorious&
Too nu%erous to %ention are te e-a%ples of all te indi"iduals #o a"e faced di4cult
circu%stances and (et #o a"e perse"ered and pre"ailed because teir fait in te
$ospel and in te +a"ior as $i"en te% te stren$t te( a"e needed& Tis %ornin$,
o#e"er, )=d li.e to sare #it (ou tree suc e-a%ples&
!irst, fro% %( o#n fa%il(, ) %ention a toucin$ e-perience tat as al#a(s been an
inspiration to %e&
'( %aternal $reat/$randparents Gibson and Cecelia +arp Condie li"ed in Clac.%annan,
+cotland& Teir fa%ilies #ere en$a$ed in coal %inin$& Te( #ere at peace #it te #orld,
surrounded b( relati"es and friends, and #ere oused in fairl( co%fortable 2uarters in a
land te( lo"ed& Ten te( listened to te %essa$e of te %issionaries fro% Te Curc
of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints and, to te depts of teir "er( souls, #ere con"erted&
Te( eard te call to $ater to Yion and .ne# te( %ust ans#er tat call&
+o%eti%e around 18A8, te( sold teir possessions and prepared for te a1ardous
"o(a$e across te %i$t( Atlantic Ocean& 6it 0"e s%all cildren, te( boarded a sailin$
"essel, all teir #orldl( possessions in one tin( trun.& Te( tra"eled >,000 %iles OA,800
.%P across te #aters,ei$t lon$, #ear( #ee.s on a treacerous sea, #atcin$ and
#aitin$, #it poor food, poor #ater, and no elp be(ond te len$t and breadt of tat
s%all sip&
)n te %idst of tis soul/tr(in$ situation, one of teir (oun$ sons beca%e ill& Tere #ere
no doctors, no stores at #ic te( %i$t purcase %edicine to ease is su:erin$& Te(
#atced, te( pra(ed, te( #aited, and te( #ept as da( b( da( is condition
deteriorated& 6en is e(es #ere at last closed in deat, teir earts #ere torn asunder&
To add to teir $rief, te la#s of te sea %ust be obe(ed& 6rapped in a can"as #ei$ed
do#n #it iron, te little bod( #as consi$ned to a #ater( $ra"e& As te( sailed a#a(,
onl( tose parents .ne# te crusin$ blo# dealt to #ounded earts&
A
*o#e"er, #it a
fait born of teir deep con"iction of te trut and teir lo"e of te Lord, Gibson and
Cecelia eld on& Te( #ere co%forted b( te #ords of te Lord: 5)n te #orld (e sall
a"e tribulation: but be of $ood ceer; ) a"e o"erco%e te #orld&7
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*o# $rateful ) a% for ancestors #o ad te fait to lea"e eart and o%e and to
Dourne( to Yion, #o %ade sacri0ces ) can scarcel( i%a$ine& ) tan. %( *ea"enl( !ater
for te e-a%ple of fait, of coura$e, and of deter%ination Gibson and Cecelia +arp
Condie pro"ide for %e and for all teir posterit(&
) introduce ne-t a $entle, fait/0lled %an #o epito%i1ed te peace and Do( #ic te
$ospel of Mesus Crist can brin$ into one=s life&
Late one e"enin$ on a 9aci0c isle, a s%all boat slipped silentl( to its bert at te crude
pier& T#o 9ol(nesian #o%en elped 'eli 'ulipola fro% te boat and $uided i% to te
#ell/#orn pat#a( leadin$ to te "illa$e road& Te #o%en %ar"eled at te bri$t stars,
#ic t#in.led in te %idni$t s.(& Te %oonli$t $uided te% alon$ teir #a(&
*o#e"er, 'eli 'ulipola could not appreciate tese deli$ts of nature,te %oon, te
stars, te s.(,for e #as blind&
8roter 'ulipola=s "ision ad been nor%al until a fateful da( #en, #ile #or.in$ on a
pineapple plantation, li$t turned suddenl( to dar.ness and da( beca%e perpetual ni$t&
*e #as depressed and despondent until e learned te $ood ne#s of te $ospel of Mesus
Crist& *is life #as brou$t into co%pliance #it te teacin$s of te Curc, and e
once a$ain felt ope and Do(&
8roter 'ulipola and is lo"ed ones ad %ade a lon$ "o(a$e, a"in$ learned tat one
#o eld te priestood of God #as "isitin$ a%on$ te islands of te 9aci0c& *e sou$t a
blessin$, and it #as %( pri"ile$e, alon$ #it anoter #o eld te 'elci1ede.
9riestood, to pro"ide tat blessin$ to i%& As #e 0nised, ) noted tat tears #ere
strea%in$ fro% is si$tless e(es, coursin$ do#n is bro#n cee.s and tu%blin$ 0nall(
upon is nati"e dress& *e dropped to is .nees and pra(ed: 5O God, Tou .no#est ) a%
blind& T( ser"ants a"e blessed %e tat %( si$t %i$t return& 6eter in T( #isdo%
) see li$t or #eter ) see dar.ness all te da(s of %( life, ) #ill be eternall( $rateful for
te trut of T( $ospel, #ic ) no# see and #ic pro"ides te li$t of %( life&7
*e rose to is feet and, s%ilin$, tan.ed us for pro"idin$ te blessin$& *e ten
disappeared into te still of te ni$t& +ilentl( e ca%e; silentl( e departed& 8ut is
presence ) sall ne"er for$et& ) re3ected upon te %essa$e of te 'aster: 5) a% te li$t
of te #orld: e tat follo#et %e sall not #al. in dar.ness, but sall a"e te li$t of
life&7
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'( broters and sisters, eac of us as tat li$t in is or er life& 6e are not left to #al.
alone, no %atter o# dar. our pat#a(&
) lo"e te #ords penned b( '& Louise *as.ins:
And ' said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
=*i(e me a light, that ' may tread safely into the unknown%>
And he re!lied:
=*o out into the darkness and !ut your hand into the &and of *od"
,hat shall be to you better than ?a@ light and safer than a known way">
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Te settin$ for %( 0nal e-a%ple of one #o perse"ered and ulti%atel( pre"ailed, despite
o"er#el%in$l( di4cult circu%stances, be$ins in Cast 9russia follo#in$ 6orld 6ar ))&
)n about 'arc 1LA6, less tan a (ear after te end of te #ar, C1ra Taft 8enson, ten a
%e%ber of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e, acco%panied b( !rederic. 6& 8abbel, #as
assi$ned a special post#ar tour of Curope for te e-press purpose of %eetin$ #it te
+aints, assessin$ teir needs, and pro"idin$ assistance to te%& Clder 8enson and
8roter 8abbel later recounted, fro% a testi%on( te( eard, te e-perience of a Curc
%e%ber #o found erself in an area no lon$er controlled b( te $o"ern%ent under
#ic se ad resided&
+e and er usband ad li"ed an id(llic life in Cast 9russia& Ten ad co%e te second
$reat #orld #ar #itin teir lifeti%es& *er belo"ed (oun$ usband #as .illed durin$ te
0nal da(s of te fri$tful battles in teir o%eland, lea"in$ er alone to care for teir
four cildren&
Te occup(in$ forces deter%ined tat te Ger%ans in Cast 9russia %ust $o to 6estern
Ger%an( to see. a ne# o%e& Te #o%an #as Ger%an, and so it #as necessar( for er
to $o& Te Dourne( #as o"er a tousand %iles O1,600 .%P, and se ad no #a( to
acco%plis it but on foot& +e #as allo#ed to ta.e onl( suc bare necessities as se
could load into er s%all #ooden/#eeled #a$on& 8esides er cildren and tese
%ea$er possessions, se too. #it er a stron$ fait in God and in te $ospel as
re"ealed to te latter/da( propet Mosep +%it&
+e and te cildren be$an te Dourne( in late su%%er& *a"in$ neiter food nor %one(
a%on$ er fe# possessions, se #as forced to $ater a dail( subsistence fro% te 0elds
and forests alon$ te #a(& +e #as constantl( faced #it dan$ers fro% panic/stric.en
refu$ees and plunderin$ troops&
As te da(s turned into #ee.s and te #ee.s to %onts, te te%peratures dropped
belo# free1in$& Cac da(, se stu%bled o"er te fro1en $round, er s%allest cild,a
bab(,in er ar%s& *er tree oter cildren stru$$led alon$ beind er, #it te oldest,
se"en (ears old,pullin$ te tin( #ooden #a$on containin$ teir belon$in$s& Ia$$ed and
torn burlap #as #rapped around teir feet, pro"idin$ te onl( protection for te%, since
teir soes ad lon$ since disinte$rated& Teir tin, tattered Dac.ets co"ered teir tin,
tattered clotin$, pro"idin$ teir onl( protection a$ainst te cold&
+oon te sno#s ca%e, and te da(s and ni$ts beca%e a ni$t%are& )n te e"enin$s se
and te cildren #ould tr( to 0nd so%e .ind of selter,a barn or a sed,and #ould
uddle to$eter for #ar%t, #it a fe# tin blan.ets fro% te #a$on on top of te%&
+e constantl( stru$$led to force fro% er %ind o"er#el%in$ fears tat te( #ould
peris before reacin$ teir destination&
And ten one %ornin$ te untin.able appened& As se a#a.ened, se felt a cill in er
eart& Te tin( for% of er tree/(ear/old dau$ter #as cold and still, and se reali1ed
tat deat ad clai%ed te cild& Tou$ o"er#el%ed #it $rief, se .ne# tat se
%ust ta.e te oter cildren and tra"el on& !irst, o#e"er, se used te onl( i%ple%ent
se ad,a tablespoon,to di$ a $ra"e in te fro1en $round for er tin(, precious cild&
Beat, o#e"er, #as to be er co%panion a$ain and a$ain on te Dourne(& *er se"en/
(ear/old son died, eiter fro% star"ation or fro% free1in$ or bot& A$ain er onl( so"el
#as te tablespoon, and a$ain se du$ our after our to la( is %ortal re%ains $entl(
into te eart& <e-t, er 0"e/(ear/old son died, and a$ain se used er tablespoon as a
so"el&
*er despair #as all consu%in$& +e ad onl( er tin( bab( dau$ter left, and te poor
tin$ #as failin$& !inall(, as se #as reacin$ te end of er Dourne(, te bab( died in
er ar%s& Te spoon #as $one no#, so our after our se du$ a $ra"e in te fro1en
eart #it er bare 0n$ers& *er $rief beca%e unbearable& *o# could se possibl( be
.neelin$ in te sno# at te $ra"eside of er last cildE +e ad lost er usband and all
er cildren& +e ad $i"en up er eartl( $oods, er o%e, and e"en er o%eland&
)n tis %o%ent of o"er#el%in$ sorro# and co%plete be#ilder%ent, se felt er eart
#ould literall( brea.& )n despair se conte%plated o# se %i$t end er o#n life, as so
%an( of er fello# countr(%en #ere doin$& *o# eas( it #ould be to Du%p o: a nearb(
brid$e, se tou$t, or to tro# erself in front of an onco%in$ train&
And ten, as tese tou$ts assailed er, so%etin$ #itin er said, 5Get do#n on (our
.nees and pra(&7 +e i$nored te pro%ptin$ until se could resist it no lon$er& +e .nelt
and pra(ed %ore fer"entl( tan se ad in er entire life:
5Bear *ea"enl( !ater, ) do not .no# o# ) can $o on& ) a"e notin$ left,e-cept %(
fait in Tee& ) feel, !ater, a%idst te desolation of %( soul, an o"er#el%in$ $ratitude
for te atonin$ sacri0ce of T( +on, Mesus Crist& ) cannot e-press ade2uatel( %( lo"e for
*i%& ) .no# tat because *e su:ered and died, ) sall li"e a$ain #it %( fa%il(; tat
because *e bro.e te cains of deat, ) sall see %( cildren a$ain and #ill a"e te Do(
of raisin$ te%& Tou$ ) do not at tis %o%ent #is to li"e, ) #ill do so, tat #e %a( be
reunited as a fa%il( and return,to$eter,to Tee&7
6en se 0nall( reaced er destination of Garlsrue, Ger%an(, se #as e%aciated&
8roter 8abbel said tat er face #as a purple/$ra(, er e(es red and s#ollen, er Doints
protrudin$& +e #as literall( in te ad"anced sta$es of star"ation& )n a Curc %eetin$
sortl( tereafter, se bore a $lorious testi%on(, statin$ tat of all te ailin$ people in
er saddened land, se #as one of te appiest because se .ne# tat God li"ed, tat
Mesus is te Crist, and tat *e died and #as resurrected so tat #e %i$t li"e a$ain& +e
testi0ed tat se .ne# if se continued faitful and true to te end, se #ould be
reunited #it tose se ad lost and #ould be sa"ed in te celestial .in$do% of God&
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!ro% te ol( scriptures #e read, 58eold, te ri$teous, te saints of te *ol( One of
)srael, te( #o a"e belie"ed in ?*i%@, te( #o a"e endured te crosses of te #orld,
H te( sall inerit te .in$do% of God, H and teir Do( sall be full fore"er&7
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) testif( to (ou tat our pro%ised blessin$s are be(ond %easure& Tou$ te stor%
clouds %a( $ater, tou$ te rains %a( pour do#n upon us, our .no#led$e of te
$ospel and our lo"e of our *ea"enl( !ater and of our +a"ior #ill co%fort and sustain us
and brin$ Do( to our earts as #e #al. upri$tl( and .eep te co%%and%ents& Tere #ill
be notin$ in tis #orld tat can defeat us&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, fear not& 8e of $ood ceer& Te future is as bri$t as
(our fait&
) declare tat God li"es and tat *e ears and ans#ers our pra(ers& *is +on, Mesus Crist,
is our +a"ior and our Iedee%er& *ea"en=s blessin$s a#ait us& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist,
a%en&
April 200L General Conference
1ntil .e Meet ,'ain
Presient Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( #e lon$ re%e%ber tat #ic #e a"e eard durin$ tis conference& H
) ur$e (ou to stud( te %essa$es and to ponder teir teacin$s and ten to
appl( te% in (our life&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, %( eart is full and %( feelin$s tender as #e conclude
tis $reat $eneral conference&
6e a"e been ricl( blessed as #e a"e listened to te counsel and testi%onies of tose
#o a"e spo.en to us& ) belie"e #e are all %ore deter%ined to li"e te principles of te
$ospel of Mesus Crist&
) e-press %( sincere tan.s to eac one #o participated in te conference, includin$
tose 8retren #o o:ered pra(ers&
Te %usic as been %a$ni0cent& *o# $rateful ) a% for tose blessed #it %usical
talents #o are #illin$ to sare teir talents #it oters& ) a% re%inded of te scripture
found in te Boctrine and Co"enants: 5!or %( soul deli$tet in te son$ of te eart;
(ea, te son$ of te ri$teous is a pra(er unto %e, and it sall be ans#ered #it a
blessin$ upon teir eads&7
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'a( #e lon$ re%e%ber tat #ic #e a"e eard durin$ tis conference& ) re%ind (ou
tat te %essa$es #ill be printed in ne-t %ont=s Ensign and 2iahona %a$a1ines& ) ur$e
(ou to stud( te %essa$es and to ponder teir teacin$s and ten to appl( te% in (our
life&
) #ant (ou to .no# o# %uc ) lo"e and appreciate %( de"oted counselors, 9resident
*enr( 8& C(rin$ and 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf& Te( are %en of #isdo% and
understandin$& Teir ser"ice is in"aluable& ) lo"e and support %( 8retren of te Nuoru%
of te T#el"e Apostles& Burin$ tis conference #e sustained a ne# %e%ber of tat
Nuoru%& *e is co%pletel( dedicated to te #or. of te Lord, and ) testif( tat e is te
%an our *ea"enl( !ater #ants to 0ll tis position at tis ti%e&
) e-press %( lo"e to te %e%bers of te +e"ent( and te 9residin$ 8isopric& Te( ser"e
sel3essl( and so e:ecti"el(& +i%ilarl(, ) pa( tribute to te $eneral au-iliar( o4cers& )n
accordance #it our polic( of rotation, #e a"e sustained ne# $eneral presidencies of
te Koun$ 'en and of te +unda( +cool& 6e loo. for#ard to #or.in$ #it te%& 6e
tan. tose #o #ere released fro% tese positions at tis conference and #o ser"ed
so faitfull( in tese capacities&
'( broters and sisters, %a( #e stri"e to li"e closer to te Lord& 'a( #e re%e%ber to
5pra( al#a(s lest ?#e@ enter into te%ptation&7
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To (ou parents, e-press (our lo"e to (our cildren& 9ra( for te% tat te( %a( be able
to #itstand te e"ils of te #orld& 9ra( tat te( %a( $ro# in fait and testi%on(& 9ra(
tat te( %a( pursue li"es of $oodness and of ser"ice to oters&
Cildren, let (our parents .no# (ou lo"e te%& Let te% .no# o# %uc (ou appreciate
all te( a"e done and continue to do for (ou&
<o#, a #ord of caution to all,bot (oun$ and old, bot %ale and fe%ale& 6e li"e at a
ti%e #en te ad"ersar( is usin$ e"er( %eans possible to ensnare us in is #eb of
deceit, tr(in$ desperatel( to ta.e us do#n #it i%& Tere are %an( pat#a(s alon$
#ic e entices us to $o,pat#a(s tat can lead to our destruction& Ad"ances in %an(
areas tat can be used for $ood can also be used to speed us alon$ tose einous
pat#a(s&
) feel to %ention one in particular, and tat is te )nternet& On one and, it pro"ides
nearl( li%itless opportunities for ac2uirin$ useful and i%portant infor%ation& Trou$ it
#e can co%%unicate #it oters around te #orld& Te Curc itself as a #onderful
6eb site, 0lled #it "aluable and upliftin$ infor%ation and priceless resources&
On te oter and, o#e"er,and e-tre%el( alar%in$,are te reports of te nu%ber of
indi"iduals #o are utili1in$ te )nternet for e"il and de$radin$ purposes, te "ie#in$ of
porno$rap( bein$ te %ost pre"alent of tese purposes& '( broters and sisters,
in"ol"e%ent in suc #ill literall( destro( te spirit& 8e stron$& 8e clean& A"oid suc
de$radin$ and destructi"e t(pes of content at all costs,#ere"er te( %a( beF ) sound
tis #arnin$ to e"er(one, e"er(#ere& ) add,particularl( to te (oun$ people,tat tis
includes porno$rapic i%a$es trans%itted "ia cell pones&
'( belo"ed friends, under no circu%stances allo# (oursel"es to beco%e trapped in te
"ie#in$ of porno$rap(, one of te %ost e:ecti"e of +atan=s entice%ents& And if (ou
a"e allo#ed (ourself to beco%e in"ol"ed in tis bea"ior, cease no#& +ee. te elp (ou
need to o"erco%e and to can$e te direction of (our life& Ta.e te steps necessar( to
$et bac. on te strait and narro#, and ten sta( tere&
'a( #e sa(, #it Mosua of old, 5Coose (ou tis da( #o% (e #ill ser"e; H but as for
%e and %( ouse, #e #ill ser"e te Lord&7
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<o#, %( broters and sisters, #e a"e built te%ples trou$out te #orld and #ill
continue to do so& To (ou #o are #ort( and able to attend te te%ple, ) #ould
ad%onis (ou to $o often& Te te%ple is a place #ere #e can 0nd peace& Tere #e
recei"e a rene#ed dedication to te $ospel and a stren$tened resol"e to .eep te
co%%and%ents&
6at a pri"ile$e it is to be able to $o to te te%ple, #ere #e %a( e-perience te
sanctif(in$ in3uence of te +pirit of te Lord& Great ser"ice is $i"en #en #e perfor%
"icarious ordinances for tose #o a"e $one be(ond te "eil& )n %an( cases #e do not
.no# tose for #o% #e perfor% te #or.& 6e e-pect no tan.s, nor do #e a"e te
assurance tat te( #ill accept tat #ic #e o:er& *o#e"er, #e ser"e, and in tat
process #e attain tat #ic co%es of no oter e:ort: #e literall( beco%e sa"iors on
'ount Yion& As our +a"ior $a"e *is life as a "icarious sacri0ce for us, so #e, in so%e
s%all %easure, do te sa%e #en #e perfor% pro-( #or. in te te%ple for tose #o
a"e no %eans of %o"in$ for#ard unless so%etin$ is done for te% b( tose of us ere
on te eart&
) a% deepl( $rateful tat as a curc #e continue to e-tend u%anitarian aid #ere
tere is $reat need& 6e a"e done %uc in tis re$ard and a"e blessed te li"es of
tousands upon tousands of our !ater=s cildren #o are not of our fait as #ell as
tose #o are& 6e intend to continue to elp #ere"er suc is needed& 6e e-press
$ratitude to (ou for (our contributions in tis re$ard&
*o# $rateful ) a%, %( broters and sisters, for te Iestoration of te $ospel in tis
dispensation and for all te blessin$s tat a"e co%e into %( life and into (our li"es as a
result& 6e are a blessed people, for #e a"e te sure .no#led$e tat God li"es and tat
Mesus is te Crist&
'a( ea"en=s blessin$s be #it (ou& 'a( (our o%es be 0lled #it ar%on( and lo"e&
'a( (ou constantl( nouris (our testi%onies tat te( %i$t be a protection to (ou
a$ainst te ad"ersar(&
As (our u%ble ser"ant, ) desire #it all %( eart to do God=s #ill and to ser"e *i% and
to ser"e (ou&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, conference is o"er& As #e return to our o%es, %a( #e do
so safel(&
) lo"e (ou& ) pra( for (ou& ) #ould as. tat (ou #ould re%e%ber %e and all te General
Autorities in (our pra(ers& Until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e, ) as. te Lord=s
blessin$s to be upon all of us, and ) do it in te na%e of Mesus Crist te Lord, our +a"ior,
a%en&
October 200L General Conference
.elcome to Conference
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
6e desire tat as %an( %e%bers as possible a"e an opportunit( to attend
te te%ple #itout a"in$ to tra"el inordinate distances&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, ) e-tend %( $reetin$s to all of (ou as #e co%%ence
tis, te 1JLt +e%iannual General Conference of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/
da( +aints&
*o# $rateful ) a% for te a$e in #ic #e li"e,an a$e of suc ad"anced tecnolo$( tat
#e are able to address (ou across te #orld& As te General Autorities and au-iliar(
leaders stand ere in te Conference Center in +alt La.e Cit(, our "oices #ill be reacin$
(ou b( "arious %eans, includin$ radio, tele"ision, satellite trans%ission, and te )nternet&
Altou$ #e #ill be spea.in$ to (ou in Cn$lis, (ou #ill be earin$ us in so%e L2
lan$ua$es&
+ince last #e %et in April of tis (ear, #e a"e dedicated te beautiful O2uirr 'ountain
Uta Te%ple in +out Mordan, Uta& +and#iced bet#een te Braper Uta Te%ple
dedication in 'arc and tis %ost recent dedication of te O2uirr 'ountain Uta Te%ple
in Au$ust, a spectacular t#o/ni$t cultural e"ent #as eld, featurin$ (out fro% bot
te%ple districts& Te productions retraced te ric le$ac( of Uta trou$ son$ and
dance& All told, appro-i%atel( 1A,000 (out participated o"er te t#o ni$ts&
6e continue to build te%ples& 6e desire tat as %an( %e%bers as possible a"e an
opportunit( to attend te te%ple #itout a"in$ to tra"el inordinate distances&
6orld#ide, 8> percent of our %e%bers li"e #itin 200 %iles O>20 .%P of a te%ple& Tat
percenta$e #ill continue to increase as #e construct ne# te%ples around te #orld&
Currentl( tere are 1>0 te%ples in operation, #it 16 announced or under construction&
Tis %ornin$ ) a% pleased to announce 5 additional te%ples for #ic sites are bein$
ac2uired and #ic, in co%in$ %onts and (ears, #ill be built in te follo#in$ locations:
8ri$a% Cit(, Uta; ConcepciXn, Cile; !ortale1a, 8ra1il; !ort Lauderdale, !lorida; and
+apporo, Mapan&
'illions of ordinances are perfor%ed in te te%ples eac (ear in bealf of our deceased
lo"ed ones& 'a( #e continue to be faitful in perfor%in$ suc ordinances for tose #o
are unable to do so for te%sel"es& ) lo"e te #ords of 9resident Mosep !& +%it as e
spo.e of te%ple ser"ice and of te spirit #orld be(ond %ortalit(& +aid e, 5Trou$ our
e:orts in teir bealf teir cains of bonda$e #ill fall fro% te%, and te dar.ness
surroundin$ te% #ill clear a#a(, tat li$t %a( sine upon te% and te( sall ear in
te spirit #orld of te #or. tat as been done for te% b( teir ?people@ ere, and #ill
reDoice #it (ou in (our perfor%ance of tese duties&7
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8roters and sisters, te Curc continues to $ro#, as it as since bein$ or$ani1ed o"er
1JL (ears a$o& )t is can$in$ te li"es of %ore and %ore people e"er( (ear and is
spreadin$ far and #ide o"er te eart as our %issionar( force see.s out tose #o are
loo.in$ for te truts #ic are found in te $ospel of Mesus Crist& 6e call upon all
%e%bers of te Curc to befriend te ne# con"erts, to reac out to te%, to surround
te% #it lo"e, and to elp te% feel at o%e&
) #ould as. tat (our fait and pra(ers continue to be o:ered in bealf of tose areas
#ere our in3uence is li%ited and #ere #e are not allo#ed to sare te $ospel freel( at
tis ti%e& 'iracles can occur as #e do so&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, #e are an-ious to listen to te %essa$es #ic #ill be
presented to us durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s& Tose #o #ill address us a"e sou$t
ea"en=s elp and direction as te( a"e prepared teir %essa$es& Te( a"e been
i%pressed concernin$ tat #ic te( #ill sare #it us& Tat #e %a( be 0lled #it te
+pirit of te Lord as #e listen and learn is %( pra(er in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 200L General Conference
School Th! Feelin's, 4 M! )rother
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
)f #e desire to a"e a proper spirit #it us at all ti%es, #e %ust coose to
refrain fro% beco%in$ an$r(&
8retren, #e are asse%bled as a %i$t( bod( of te priestood, bot ere in te
Conference Center and in locations trou$out te #orld& 6e a"e eard inspired
%essa$es tis e"enin$, and ) e-press %( appreciation to tose 8retren #o a"e
addressed us& ) a% onored, (et u%bled, b( te pri"ile$e to spea. to (ou, and ) pra(
tat te inspiration of te Lord %a( attend %e&
Iecentl( as ) #atced te ne#s on tele"ision, ) reali1ed tat %an( of te lead stories
#ere si%ilar in nature in tat te tra$edies reported all basicall( traced bac. to one
e%otion: anger" Te fater of an infant ad been arrested for p(sical abuse of te bab(&
)t #as alle$ed tat te bab(=s cr(in$ ad so infuriated i% tat e ad bro.en one of te
cild=s li%bs and se"eral ribs& Alar%in$ #as te report of $ro#in$ $an$ "iolence, #it te
nu%ber of $an$/related .illin$s a"in$ risen sarpl(& Anoter stor( tat ni$t in"ol"ed
te sootin$ of a #o%an b( er estran$ed usband, #o #as reportedl( in a Dealous
ra$e after 0ndin$ er #it anoter %an& Ten, of course, tere #as te usual co"era$e
of #ars and con3icts trou$out te #orld&
) tou$t of te #ords of te 9sal%ist: 5Cease fro% an$er, and forsa.e #rat&7
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'an( (ears a$o, a (oun$ couple called %( o4ce and as.ed if te( could co%e in for
counselin$& Te( indicated te( ad su:ered a tra$ed( in teir li"es and tat teir
%arria$e #as in serious Deopard(& An appoint%ent #as arran$ed&
Te tension bet#een tis usband and #ife #as apparent as te( entered %( o4ce&
Teir stor( unfolded slo#l( at 0rst as te usband spo.e altin$l( and te #ife cried
2uietl( and participated "er( little in te con"ersation&
Te (oun$ %an ad returned fro% ser"in$ a %ission and #as accepted to a presti$ious
uni"ersit( in te eastern part of te United +tates& )t #as tere, in a uni"ersit( #ard, tat
e ad %et is future #ife& +e #as also a student at te uni"ersit(& After a (ear of
datin$, te( Dourne(ed to Uta and #ere %arried in te +alt La.e Te%ple, returnin$ east
sortl( after#ard to 0nis teir scoolin$&
8( te ti%e te( $raduated and returned to teir o%e state, te( #ere e-pectin$ teir
0rst cild and te usband ad e%plo(%ent in is cosen 0eld& Te #ife $a"e birt to a
bab( bo(& Life #as $ood&
6en teir son #as about 18 %onts old, te( decided to ta.e a sort "acation to "isit
fa%il( %e%bers #o li"ed a fe# undred %iles a#a(& Tis #as at a ti%e #en car seats
for cildren and seat belts for adults #ere scarcel( eard of, let alone used& Te tree
%e%bers of te fa%il( all rode in te front seat #it te toddler in te %iddle&
+o%eti%e durin$ te trip, te usband and #ife ad a disa$ree%ent& After all tese
(ears, ) cannot recall #at caused it& 8ut ) do re%e%ber tat teir ar$u%ent escalated
and beca%e so eated tat te( #ere e"entuall( (ellin$ at one anoter& Understandabl(,
tis caused teir (oun$ son to be$in cr(in$, #ic te usband said onl( added to is
an$er& Losin$ total control of is te%per, e pic.ed up a to( te cild ad dropped on te
seat and 3un$ it in te direction of is #ife&
*e %issed ittin$ is #ife& )nstead, te to( struc. teir son, #it te result tat e #as
brain da%a$ed and #ould be andicapped for te rest of is life&
Tis #as one of te %ost tra$ic situations ) ad e"er encountered& ) counseled and
encoura$ed te%& 6e tal.ed of co%%it%ent and responsibilit(, of acceptance and
for$i"eness& 6e spo.e of te a:ection and respect #ic needed to return to teir fa%il(&
6e read #ords of co%fort fro% te scriptures& 6e pra(ed to$eter& Tou$ ) a"e not
eard fro% te% since tat da( so lon$ a$o, te( #ere s%ilin$ trou$ teir tears as
te( left %( o4ce& All tese (ears )="e oped te( %ade te decision to re%ain to$eter,
co%forted and blessed b( te $ospel of Mesus Crist&
) tin. of te% #ene"er ) read te #ords: 5An$er doesn=t sol"e an(tin$& )t builds
notin$, but it can destro( e"er(tin$&7
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6e="e all felt an$er& )t can co%e #en tin$s don=t turn out te #a( #e #ant& )t %i$t be
a reaction to so%etin$ #ic is said of us or to us& 6e %a( e-perience it #en people
don=t bea"e te #a( #e #ant te% to bea"e& 9eraps it co%es #en #e a"e to #ait
for so%etin$ lon$er tan #e e-pected& 6e %i$t feel an$r( #en oters can=t see
tin$s fro% our perspecti"e& Tere see% to be countless possible reasons for an$er&
Tere are ti%es #en #e can beco%e upset at i%a$ined urts or percei"ed inDustices&
9resident *eber M& Grant, se"ent 9resident of te Curc, told of a ti%e as a (oun$ adult
#en e did so%e #or. for a %an #o ten sent i% a cec. for Z500 #it a letter
apolo$i1in$ for not bein$ able to pa( i% %ore& Ten 9resident Grant did so%e #or. for
anoter %an,#or. #ic e said #as 10 ti%es %ore di4cult, in"ol"in$ 10 ti%es %ore
labor and a $reat deal %ore ti%e& Tis second %an sent i% a cec. for Z150& Koun$
*eber felt e ad been treated %ost unfairl(& *e #as at 0rst insulted and ten incensed&
*e recounted te e-perience to an older friend, #o as.ed, 5Bid tat %an intend to
insult (ouE7
9resident Grant replied, 5<o& *e told %( friends e ad re#arded %e andso%el(&7
To tis te older friend replied, 5A %an=s a fool #o ta.es an insult tat isn=t intended&7
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Te Apostle 9aul as.s in Cpesians, capter A, "erse 26 of te Mosep +%it Translation:
5Can (e be an$r(, and not sinE let not te sun $o do#n upon (our #rat&7 ) as., is it
possible to feel te +pirit of our *ea"enl( !ater #en #e are an$r(E ) .no# of no
instance #ere suc #ould be te case&
!ro% > <epi in te 8oo. of 'or%on, #e read:
5Tere sall be no disputations a%on$ (ou& H
5!or "eril(, "eril( ) sa( unto (ou, e tat at te spirit of contention is not of %e, but is
of te de"il, #o is te fater of contention, and e stirret up te earts of %en to
contend #it an$er, one #it anoter&
58eold, tis is not %( doctrine, to stir up te earts of %en #it an$er, one a$ainst
anoter; but tis is %( doctrine, tat suc tin$s sould be done a#a(&7
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To be an$r( is to (ield to te in3uence of +atan& <o one can make us an$r(& )t is our
coice& )f #e desire to a"e a proper spirit #it us at all ti%es, #e %ust coose to refrain
fro% beco%in$ an$r(& ) testif( tat suc is possible&
An$er, +atan=s tool, is destructi"e in so %an( #a(s&
) belie"e %ost of us are fa%iliar #it te sad account of To%as 8& 'ars and is #ife,
Cli1abet& 8roter 'ars #as one of te 0rst %odern/da( Apostles called after te
Curc #as restored to te eart& *e e"entuall( beca%e 9resident of te Nuoru% of te
T#el"e Apostles&
6ile te +aints #ere in !ar 6est, 'issouri, Cli1abet 'ars, To%as=s #ife, and er
friend +ister *arris decided te( #ould e-can$e %il. in order to %a.e %ore ceese
tan te( oter#ise could& To be certain all #as done fairl(, te( a$reed tat te( sould
not sa"e #at #ere called te strippin$s, but tat te %il. and strippin$s sould all $o
to$eter& +trippin$s ca%e at te end of te %il.in$ and #ere ricer in crea%&
+ister *arris #as faitful to te a$ree%ent, but +ister 'ars, desirin$ to %a.e so%e
especiall( delicious ceese, sa"ed a pint of strippin$s fro% eac co# and sent +ister
*arris te %il. #itout te strippin$s& Tis caused te t#o #o%en to 2uarrel& 6en te(
could not settle teir di:erences, te %atter #as referred to te o%e teacers to settle&
Te( found Cli1abet 'ars $uilt( of failure to .eep er a$ree%ent& +e and er usband
#ere upset #it te decision, and te %atter #as ten referred to te bisop for a
Curc trial& Te bisop=s court decided tat te strippin$s #ere #ron$full( sa"ed and
tat +ister 'ars ad "iolated er co"enant #it +ister *arris&
To%as 'ars appealed to te i$ council, and te %en co%prisin$ tis council
con0r%ed te bisop=s decision& *e ten appealed to te !irst 9residenc( of te Curc&
Mosep +%it and is counselors considered te case and upeld te decision of te i$
council&
Clder To%as 8& 'ars, #o sided #it is #ife trou$ all of tis, beca%e an$rier #it
eac successi"e decision,so an$r(, in fact, tat e #ent before a %a$istrate and s#ore
tat te 'or%ons #ere ostile to#ard te state of 'issouri& *is a4da"it led to,or at
least #as a factor in,Go"ernor Lilburn 8o$$s=s cruel e-ter%ination order, #ic resulted
in o"er 15,000 +aints bein$ dri"en fro% teir o%es, #it all te terrible su:erin$ and
conse2uent deat tat follo#ed& All of tis occurred because of a disa$ree%ent o"er te
e-can$e of %il. and crea%&
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After 1L (ears of rancor and loss, To%as 8& 'ars %ade is #a( to te +alt La.e Walle(
and as.ed 9resident 8ri$a% Koun$ for for$i"eness& 8roter 'ars also #rote to *eber C&
Gi%ball, !irst Counselor in te !irst 9residenc(, of te lesson e ad learned& +aid 8roter
'ars: 5Te Lord could $et alon$ "er( #ell #itout %e and *e H lost notin$ b( %(
fallin$ out of te ran.s; 8ut O #at a"e ) lostEF Iices, $reater rices tan all tis #orld
or %an( planets li.e tis could a:ord&7
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Apropos are te #ords of te poet Mon Greenleaf 6ittier: 5Of all sad #ords of ton$ue or
pen, te saddest are tese: R)t %i$t a"e beenF=7
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'( bretren, #e are all susceptible to tose feelin$s #ic, if left uncec.ed, can lead to
an$er& 6e e-perience displeasure or irritation or anta$onis%, and if #e so coose, #e
lose our te%per and beco%e an$r( #it oters& )ronicall(, tose oters are often
%e%bers of our o#n fa%ilies,te people #e reall( lo"e te %ost&
'an( (ears a$o ) read te follo#in$ Associated 9ress dispatc #ic appeared in te
ne#spaper: An elderl( %an disclosed at te funeral of is broter, #it #o% e ad
sared, fro% earl( %anood, a s%all, one/roo% cabin near Canisteo, <e# Kor., tat
follo#in$ a 2uarrel, te( ad di"ided te roo% in alf #it a cal. line, and neiter ad
crossed te line or spo.en a #ord to te oter since tat da(,62 (ears before& Must tin.
of te conse2uence of tat an$er& 6at a tra$ed(F
'a( #e %a.e a conscious decision, eac ti%e suc a decision %ust be %ade, to refrain
fro% an$er and to lea"e unsaid te ars and urtful tin$s #e %a( be te%pted to sa(&
) lo"e te #ords of te (%n #ritten b( Clder Carles 6& 9enrose, #o ser"ed in te
Nuoru% of te T#el"e and in te !irst 9residenc( durin$ te earl( (ears of te 20t
centur(:
-chool thy feelings, # my brother;
,rain thy warm, im!ulsi(e soul"
3o not its emotions smother,
/ut let wisdom)s (oice control"
-chool thy feelings; there is !ower
'n the cool, collected mind"
1assion shatters reason)s tower,
Makes the clearest (ision blind"
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Cac of us is a older of te priestood of God& Te oat and co"enant of te priestood
pertains to all of us& To tose #o old te 'elci1ede. 9riestood, it is a declaration of
our re2uire%ent to be faitful and obedient to te la#s of God and to %a$nif( te
callin$s #ic co%e to us& To tose #o old te Aaronic 9riestood, it is a
pronounce%ent concernin$ future dut( and responsibilit(, tat (ou %a( prepare
(oursel"es ere and no#&
Tis oat and co"enant is set fort b( te Lord in tese #ords:
5!or #oso is faitful unto te obtainin$ tese t#o priestoods of #ic ) a"e spo.en,
and te %a$nif(in$ teir callin$, are sancti0ed b( te +pirit unto te rene#in$ of teir
bodies&
5Te( beco%e te sons of 'oses and of Aaron and te seed of Abraa%, and te curc
and .in$do%, and te elect of God&
5And also all te( #o recei"e tis priestood recei"e %e, sait te Lord;
5!or e tat recei"et %( ser"ants recei"et %e;
5And e tat recei"et %e recei"et %( !ater;
5And e tat recei"et %( !ater recei"et %( !ater=s .in$do%; terefore all tat %(
!ater at sall be $i"en unto i%&7
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8retren, $reat pro%ises a#ait us if #e are true and faitful to te oat and co"enant of
tis precious priestood #ic #e old& 'a( #e be #ort( sons of our *ea"enl( !ater&
'a( #e e"er be e-e%plar( in our o%es and faitful in .eepin$ all of te
co%%and%ents, tat #e %a( arbor no ani%osit( to#ard an( %an but rater be
peace%a.ers, e"er re%e%berin$ te +a"ior=s ad%onition, 58( tis sall all %en .no#
tat (e are %( disciples, if (e a"e lo"e one to anoter&7
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Tis is %( plea toni$t at te
conclusion of tis $reat priestood %eetin$, and it=s also %( u%ble and sincere pra(er,
for ) lo"e (ou, bretren, #it all %( eart and soul& And ) pra( our *ea"enl( !ater=s
blessin$ to attend eac of (ou in (our life, in (our o%e, in (our eart, in (our soul, in
te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 200L General Conference
.hat 2a*e 5 /one for Someone Toa!6
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Te needs of oters are e"er present, and eac of us can do so%etin$ to
elp so%eone&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, ) $reet (ou tis %ornin$ #it lo"e in %( eart for te
$ospel of Mesus Crist and for eac of (ou& ) a% $rateful for te pri"ile$e to stand before
(ou, and ) pra( tat ) %i$t e:ecti"el( co%%unicate to (ou tat #ic ) a"e felt
pro%pted to sa(&
A fe# (ears a$o ) read an article #ritten b( Mac. 'cConnell, 'B& *e $re# up in te ills of
sout#est Wir$inia in te United +tates as one of se"en cildren of a 'etodist %inister
and a sta(/at/o%e %oter& Teir circu%stances #ere "er( u%ble& *e recounted tat
durin$ is cildood, e"er( da( as te fa%il( sat around te dinner table, is fater
#ould as. eac one in turn, 5And #at did (ou do for so%eone toda(E7
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Te cildren
#ere deter%ined to do a $ood turn e"er( da( so te( could report to teir fater tat
te( ad elped so%eone& Br& 'cConnell calls tis e-ercise is fater=s %ost "aluable
le$ac(, for that e-pectation and those #ords inspired i% and is siblin$s to elp oters
trou$out teir li"es& As te( $re# and %atured, teir %oti"ation for pro"idin$ ser"ice
can$ed to an inner desire to elp oters&
8esides Br& 'cConnell=s distin$uised %edical career,#ere e directed te
de"elop%ent of te tuberculosis tine test, participated in te earl( de"elop%ent of te
polio "accine, super"ised te de"elop%ent of T(lenol, and #as instru%ental in
de"elopin$ te %a$netic resonance i%a$in$ procedure, or 'I),e created an
or$ani1ation e calls Wolunteers in 'edicine, #ic $i"es retired %edical personnel a
cance to "olunteer at free clinics ser"in$ te #or.in$ uninsured& Br& 'cConnell said is
leisure ti%e since e retired as 5e"aporated into 60/our #ee.s of unpaid #or., but
?is@ ener$( le"el as increased and tere is a satisfaction in ?is@ life tat #asn=t tere
before&7 *e %ade tis state%ent: 5)n one of tose parado-es of life, ) a"e bene0ted
%ore fro% Wolunteers in 'edicine tan %( patients a"e&7
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Tere are no# o"er J0 suc
clinics across te United +tates&
Of course, #e can=t all be Br& 'cConnells, establisin$ %edical clinics to elp te poor;
o#e"er, te needs of oters are e"er present, and eac of us can do so%etin$ to elp
so%eone&
Te Apostle 9aul ad%onised, 58( lo"e ser"e one anoter&7
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Iecall #it %e te fa%iliar
#ords of Gin$ 8enDa%in in te 8oo. of 'or%on: 56en (e are in te ser"ice of (our
fello# bein$s (e are onl( in te ser"ice of (our God&7
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Te +a"ior tau$t *is disciples, 5!or #osoe"er #ill sa"e is life sall lose it: but
#osoe"er #ill lose is life for %( sa.e, te sa%e sall sa"e it&7
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) belie"e te +a"ior is tellin$ us tat unless #e lose oursel"es in ser"ice to oters, tere
is little purpose to our o#n li"es& Tose #o li"e onl( for te%sel"es e"entuall( sri"el
up and 0$urati"el( lose teir li"es, #ile tose #o lose te%sel"es in ser"ice to oters
$ro# and 3ouris,and in e:ect sa"e teir li"es&
)n te October 1L6> $eneral conference,te conference at #ic ) #as sustained as a
%e%ber of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles,9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa( %ade tis
state%ent: 5'an=s $reatest appiness co%es fro% losin$ i%self for te $ood of oters&7
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Often #e li"e side b( side but do not co%%unicate eart to eart& Tere are tose #itin
te spere of our o#n in3uence #o, #it outstretced ands, cr( out, 5)s tere no bal%
in GileadE7
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) a% con0dent it is te intention of eac %e%ber of te Curc to ser"e and to elp
tose in need& At baptis% #e co"enanted to 5bear one anoter=s burdens, tat te( %a(
be li$t&7
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*o# %an( ti%es as (our eart been touced as (ou a"e #itnessed te need
of anoterE *o# often a"e (ou intended to be te one to elpE And (et o# often as
da(/to/da( li"in$ interfered and (ou="e left it for oters to elp, feelin$ tat 5o, surel(
so%eone #ill ta.e care of tat need&7
6e beco%e so cau$t up in te bus(ness of our li"es& 6ere #e to step bac., o#e"er,
and ta.e a $ood loo. at #at #e=re doin$, #e %a( 0nd tat #e a"e i%%ersed oursel"es
in te 5tic. of tin tin$s&7 )n oter #ords, too often #e spend %ost of our ti%e ta.in$
care of te tin$s #ic do not reall( %atter %uc at all in te $rand sce%e of tin$s,
ne$lectin$ tose %ore i%portant causes&
'an( (ears a$o ) eard a poe% #ic as sta(ed #it %e, b( #ic ) a"e tried to $uide
%( life& )t=s one of %( fa"orites:
' ha(e we!t in the night
.or the shortness of sight
,hat to somebody)s need made me blind;
/ut ' ne(er ha(e yet
.elt a tinge of regret
.or being a little too kind"
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'( broters and sisters, #e are surrounded b( tose in need of our attention, our
encoura$e%ent, our support, our co%fort, our .indness,be te( fa%il( %e%bers,
friends, ac2uaintances, or stran$ers& 6e are te Lord=s ands ere upon te eart, #it
te %andate to ser"e and to lift *is cildren& *e is dependent upon eac of us&
Kou %a( la%ent: ) can barel( %a.e it trou$ eac da(, doin$ all tat ) need to do& *o#
can ) pro"ide ser"ice for otersE 6at can ) possibl( doE
Must o"er a (ear a$o, ) #as inter"ie#ed b( te $hurch 6ews prior to %( birtda(& At te
conclusion of te inter"ie#, te reporter as.ed #at ) #ould consider te ideal $ift tat
%e%bers #orld#ide could $i"e to %e& ) replied, 5!ind so%eone #o is a"in$ a ard ti%e
or is ill or lonel(, and do so%etin$ for i% or er&7
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) #as o"er#el%ed #en tis (ear for %( birtda( ) recei"ed undreds of cards and
letters fro% %e%bers of te Curc around te #orld tellin$ %e o# te( ad ful0lled
tat birtda( #is& Te acts of ser"ice ran$ed fro% asse%blin$ u%anitarian .its to
doin$ (ard #or.&
Bo1ens and do1ens of 9ri%aries callen$ed te cildren to pro"ide ser"ice, and ten
tose acts of ser"ice #ere recorded and sent to %e& ) %ust sa( tat te %etods for
recordin$ te% #ere creati"e& 'an( ca%e in te for% of pa$es put to$eter into "arious
sapes and si1es of boo.s& +o%e contained cards or pictures dra#n or colored b( te
cildren& One "er( creati"e 9ri%ar( sent a lar$e Dar containin$ undreds of #at te(
called 5#ar% fu11ies,7 eac one representin$ an act of ser"ice perfor%ed durin$ te (ear
b( one of te cildren in te 9ri%ar(& ) can onl( i%a$ine te appiness tese cildren
e-perienced as te( told of teir ser"ice and ten placed a 5#ar% fu11(7 in te Dar&
) sare #it (ou Dust a fe# of te countless notes contained in te %an( $ifts ) recei"ed&
One s%all cild #rote, 5'( $randpa ad a stro.e, and ) eld is and&7 !ro% an 8/(ear/
old $irl: 5'( sister and ) ser"ed %( %o% and fa%il( b( or$ani1in$ and cleanin$ te to(
closet& )t too. us a fe# ours and #e ad fun& Te best part #as tat #e surprised %(
%o% and %ade er app( because se didn=t e"en as. us to do it&7 An 11/(ear/old $irl
#rote: 5Tere #as a fa%il( in %( #ard tat did not a"e a lot of %one(& Te( a"e tree
little $irls& Te %o% and dad ad to $o so%e#ere, so ) o:ered to #atc te tree $irls&
Te dad #as Dust about to and %e a Z5 bill& ) said, R) can=t ta.e ?it@&= '( ser"ice #as tat
) #atced te $irls for free&7 A 9ri%ar( cild in 'on$olia #rote tat e ad brou$t in
#ater fro% te #ell so is %oter #ould not a"e to do so& !ro% a A/(ear/old bo(, no
doubt #ritten b( a 9ri%ar( teacer: 5'( dad is $one for ar%( trainin$ for a fe# #ee.s&
'( special Dob is to $i"e %( %o% u$s and .isses&7 6rote a L/(ear/old $irl: 5) pic.ed
stra#berries for %( $reat/$rand%a& ) felt $ood insideF7 And anoter: 5) pla(ed #it a
lonel( .id&7
!ro% an 11/(ear/old bo(: 5) #ent to a lad(=s ouse and as.ed er 2uestions and san$ er
a son$& )t felt $ood to "isit er& +e #as app( because se ne"er $ets "isitors&7 Ieadin$
tis particular note re%inded %e of #ords penned lon$ a$o b( Clder Iicard L& C"ans of
te Nuoru% of te T#el"e& +aid e: 5)t is di4cult for tose #o are (oun$ to understand
te loneliness tat co%es #en life can$es fro% a ti%e of preparation and perfor%ance
to a ti%e of puttin$ tin$s a#a(& H To be so lon$ te center of a o%e, so %uc sou$t
after, and ten, al%ost suddenl( to be on te sidelines #atcin$ te procession pass b(
,tis is li"in$ into loneliness& H 6e a"e to li"e a lon$ ti%e to learn o# e%pt( a roo%
can be tat is 0lled onl( #it furniture& )t ta.es so%eone H be(ond %ere ired ser"ice,
be(ond institutional care or professional dut(, to ta# out te %e%ories of te past and
.eep te% #ar%l( li"in$ in te present& H 6e cannot brin$ te% bac. te %ornin$
ours of (out& 8ut #e can elp te% li"e in te #ar% $lo# of a sunset %ade %ore
beautiful b( our tou$tfulness H and unfei$ned lo"e&7
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'( birtda( cards and notes ca%e also fro% teena$ers in Koun$ 'en and Koun$ 6o%en
classes #o %ade blan.ets for ospitals, ser"ed in food pantries, #ere bapti1ed for te
dead, and perfor%ed nu%erous oter acts of ser"ice&
Ielief +ocieties, #ere elp can al#a(s be found, pro"ided ser"ice abo"e and be(ond
tat #ic te( #ould nor%all( a"e $i"en& 9riestood $roups did te sa%e&
'( broters and sisters, %( eart as seldo% been as touced and $rateful as it #as
#en +ister 'onson and ) literall( spent ours readin$ of tese $ifts& '( eart is full no#
as ) spea. of te e-perience and conte%plate te li"es #ic a"e been blessed as a
result, for bot te $i"er and te recei"er&
Te #ords fro% te 25t capter of 'atte# co%e to %ind:
5Co%e, (e blessed of %( !ater, inerit te .in$do% prepared for (ou fro% te
foundation of te #orld:
5!or ) #as an un$red, and (e $a"e %e %eat: ) #as tirst(, and (e $a"e %e drin.: ) #as
a stran$er, and (e too. %e in:
5<a.ed, and (e cloted %e: ) #as sic., and (e "isited %e: ) #as in prison, and (e ca%e
unto %e&
5Ten sall te ri$teous ans#er i%, sa(in$, Lord, #en sa# #e tee an un$red, and
fed teeE or tirst(, and $a"e tee drin.E
56en sa# #e tee a stran$er, and too. tee inE or na.ed, and cloted teeE
5Or #en sa# #e tee sic., or in prison, and ca%e unto teeE
5And te Gin$ sall ans#er and sa( unto te%, Weril( ) sa( unto (ou, )nas%uc as (e
a"e done it unto one of te least of tese %( bretren, (e a"e done it unto %e&7
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'( broters and sisters, %a( #e as. oursel"es te 2uestion #ic $reeted Br& Mac.
'cConnell and is broters and sisters eac e"enin$ at dinnerti%e: 56at a"e ) done
for so%eone toda(E7 'a( te #ords of a fa%iliar (%n penetrate our "er( souls and 0nd
lod$%ent in our earts:
&a(e ' done any good in the world today7
&a(e ' hel!ed anyone in need7
&a(e ' cheered u! the sad and made someone feel glad7
'f not, ' ha(e failed indeed"
&as anyone)s burden been lighter today
/ecause ' was willing to share7
&a(e the sick and the weary been hel!ed on their way7
When they needed my hel! was ' there7
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Tat ser"ice to #ic all of us a"e been called is te ser"ice of te Lord Mesus Crist&
As *e enlists us to *is cause, *e in"ites us to dra# close to *i%& *e spea.s to (ou and to
%e:
5Co%e unto %e, all (e tat labour and are ea"( laden, and ) #ill $i"e (ou rest&
5Ta.e %( (o.e upon (ou, and learn of %e; for ) a% %ee. and lo#l( in eart: and (e sall
0nd rest unto (our souls&
5!or %( (o.e is eas(, and %( burden is li$t&7
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)f #e trul( listen, #e %a( ear tat "oice fro% far a#a( sa( to us, as it spo.e to anoter,
56ell done, tou $ood and faitful ser"ant&7
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Tat eac %a( 2ualif( for tis blessin$ fro%
our Lord is %( pra(er, and ) o:er it in *is na%e, e"en Mesus Crist, our +a"ior, a%en&
October 200L General Conference
Closin' &emarks
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
)f #e eed *is #ords and li"e te co%%and%ents, #e #ill sur"i"e tis ti%e
of per%issi"eness and #ic.edness&
'( eart is full as #e co%e to te close of tis conference& 6e a"e been ricl( tau$t
and spirituall( edi0ed as #e a"e listened to te %essa$es #ic a"e been presented
and te testi%onies #ic a"e been borne& 6e e-press tan.s to eac one #o as
participated, includin$ tose 8retren o:erin$ pra(ers&
Once a$ain te %usic as been #onderful& ) e-press %( personal $ratitude for tose
#illin$ to sare #it us teir talents, toucin$ and inspirin$ us in te process& Te
beautiful %usic te( produce enances and enrices eac session of conference&
6e re%ind (ou tat te %essa$es #e a"e eard durin$ tis conference #ill be printed
in te <o"e%ber issues of te Ensign and 2iahona %a$a1ines& As #e read and stud(
te%, #e #ill be additionall( tau$t and inspired& 'a( #e incorporate into our dail( li"es
te truts found terein&
6e e-press to tose 8retren #o a"e been released durin$ tis conference our deep
appreciation& Te( a"e ser"ed #ell and a"e %ade si$ni0cant contributions to te #or.
of te Lord& Teir dedication as been co%plete& 6e tan. te% fro% te botto% of our
earts&
6e li"e at a ti%e #en %an( in te #orld a"e slipped fro% te %oorin$s of safet(
found in co%pliance #it te co%%and%ents& )t is a ti%e of per%issi"eness, #it societ(
in $eneral routinel( disre$ardin$ and brea.in$ te la#s of God& 6e often 0nd oursel"es
s#i%%in$ a$ainst te current, and so%eti%es it see%s as tou$ te current could carr(
us a#a(&
) a% re%inded of te #ords of te Lord found in te boo. of Cter in te 8oo. of 'or%on&
+aid te Lord, 5Ke cannot cross tis $reat deep sa"e ) prepare (ou a$ainst te #a"es of
te sea, and te #inds #ic a"e $one fort, and te 3oods #ic sall co%e&7
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broters and sisters, *e as prepared us& )f #e eed *is #ords and li"e te
co%%and%ents, #e #ill sur"i"e tis ti%e of per%issi"eness and #ic.edness,a ti%e
#ic can be co%pared #it te #a"es and te #inds and te 3oods tat can destro(&
*e is e"er %indful of us& *e lo"es us and #ill bless us as #e do #at is ri$t&
*o# $rateful #e are tat te ea"ens are indeed open, tat te $ospel of Mesus Crist
as been restored, and tat te Curc is founded on te roc. of re"elation& 6e are a
blessed people, #it apostles and propets upon te eart toda(&
<o#, as #e lea"e tis conference, ) in"o.e te blessin$s of ea"en upon eac of (ou&
'a( all of (ou return safel( to (our o%es& As (ou ponder te tin$s (ou a"e eard
durin$ tis conference, %a( (ou sa(, #it te people of Gin$ 8enDa%in #o all cried #it
one "oice, 56e belie"e all te #ords #ic tou ast spo.en unto us; and also, #e .no#
of teir suret( and trut, because of te +pirit of te Lord O%nipotent, #ic as
#rou$t a %i$t( can$e in us H tat #e a"e no %ore disposition to do e"il, but to do
$ood continuall(&7
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'a( e"er( %an and #o%an, bo( and $irl lea"e tis conference a
better person tan e or se #as #en it be$an t#o da(s a$o&
) lo"e (ou, %( broters and sisters& ) pra( for (ou& ) #ould as. once a$ain tat (ou #ould
re%e%ber %e and all te General Autorities in (our pra(ers& 6e are one #it (ou in
%o"in$ for#ard tis %ar"elous #or.& ) testif( to (ou tat #e are all in tis to$eter and
tat e"er( %an, #o%an, and cild as a part to pla(& 'a( God $i"e us te stren$t and
te abilit( and te deter%ination to pla( our part #ell&
) bear %( testi%on( to (ou tat tis #or. is true, tat our +a"ior li"es, and tat *e
$uides and directs *is Curc ere upon te eart& ) lea"e #it (ou %( #itness and %(
testi%on( tat God our Cternal !ater li"es and lo"es us& *e is indeed our !ater, and *e
is personal and real&
'a( God bless (ou& 'a( *is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no# and al#a(s&
) bid (ou fare#ell until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e, and do so in te na%e of Mesus
Crist, our +a"ior and Iedee%er and our Ad"ocate #it te !ater, a%en&
April 2010 General Conference
.elcome to Conference
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Tan. (ou, %( broters and sisters, for (our fait and de"otion to te
$ospel of Mesus Crist&
*o# $ood it is, %( belo"ed broters and sisters, to %eet to$eter once a$ain& Tis
conference %ar.s 180 (ears since te Curc #as or$ani1ed& *o# $rateful #e are for te
9ropet Mosep +%it, #o sou$t for te trut, #o found it, and #o, under te
direction of te Lord, restored te $ospel and or$ani1ed te Curc&
Te Curc as $ro#n steadil( since tat da( in 18>0& )t continues to can$e te li"es of
%ore and %ore people e"er( (ear and to spread across te eart as our %issionar( force
see.s out tose #o are searcin$ for te trut& Once a$ain #e call upon te %e%bers
of te Curc to reac out to te ne# con"erts or to tose %a.in$ teir #a( bac. into
te Curc, to surround te% #it lo"e and to elp te% feel at o%e&
Tan. (ou, %( broters and sisters, for (our fait and de"otion to te $ospel of Mesus
Crist& Tan. (ou for all tat (ou do in (our #ards and brances, in (our sta.es and
districts& Kou ser"e #illin$l( and #ell and acco%plis $reat $ood& 'a( te Lord bless (ou
as (ou stri"e to follo# *i% and to obe( *is co%%and%ents&
+ince last #e %et, te Curc as continued to pro"ide %uc/needed u%anitarian
assistance in "arious locations around te #orld& )n te past tree %onts alone,
u%anitarian assistance as been pro"ided in !renc 9ol(nesia, 'on$olia, 8oli"ia, 9eru,
Ari1ona, 'e-ico, 9ortu$al, and U$anda, a%on$ oter areas& 'ost recentl( #e a"e
assisted in *aiti and Cile follo#in$ de"astatin$ eart2ua.es and tsuna%is in tose
areas& 6e e-press our lo"e to our Curc %e%bers #o a"e su:ered in tese disasters&
Kou are in our pra(ers& 6e e-press profound $ratitude to all of (ou for (our #illin$ness to
assist #it our u%anitarian e:orts b( sarin$ (our resources and, in %an( cases, (our
ti%e, (our talents, and (our e-pertise&
Tis (ear %ar.s 25 (ears since our u%anitarian pro$ra% beca%e part of our #elfare
e:ort& Te nu%ber of indi"iduals assisted b( tis pro$ra% could ne"er ade2uatel( be
%easured& 6e #ill al#a(s stri"e to be a%on$ te 0rst on te scene of disasters,
#ere"er te( %a( occur&
Te Curc continues to $ro# and to %o"e for#ard& Te buildin$ of te%ples is an
indication of suc $ro#t& Iecentl( #e announced a ne# te%ple #ic #ill be built in
9a(son, Uta& 6e also announced %aDor reno"ations #ic #ill be %ade to te O$den
Uta Te%ple& 6itin te ne-t tree %onts #e #ill dedicate ne# te%ples in Wancou"er,
8ritis Colu%bia; in te Gila Walle(, Ari1ona; and in Cebu Cit( in te 9ilippines& Later in
te (ear oter te%ples #ill be dedicated or rededicated& 6e #ill continue to build
te%ples trou$out te #orld as our %e%bersip $ro#s& Cac (ear %illions of
ordinances are perfor%ed in te te%ples for our deceased lo"ed ones& 'a( #e continue
to be faitful in perfor%in$ suc ordinances for tose #o are unable to do so for
te%sel"es&
'an( of (ou are a#are tat a sort ti%e after October conference, %( dear #ife,
!rances, su:ered a fall, #ic left er #it a bro.en ip and a bro.en soulder& After t#o
successful sur$eries and se"eral #ee.s of ospitali1ation, se #as able to return o%e&
+e is doin$ #ell and continues to %a.e pro$ress to#ard a full reco"er(& +e #as able to
attend te $eneral Koun$ 6o%en %eetin$ last +aturda( and plans to attend a session or
t#o tis #ee.end& )n fact, at te last %inute se said, 5)=% $oin$ toda(F7 And se=s ereF
+e Doins %e in e-pressin$ our deep $ratitude to our *ea"enl( !ater and to all of (ou
for (our pra(ers and (our #ell #ises in er bealf&
<o#, broters and sisters, #e a"e co%e ere to be instructed and inspired& 6e
#elco%e tose of (ou #o are ne# in te Curc& Oters of (ou are stru$$lin$ #it
proble%s, #it callen$es, #it disappoint%ents, #it losses& 6e lo"e (ou and #e pra(
for (ou& 'an( %essa$es, co"erin$ a "ariet( of $ospel topics, #ill be $i"en durin$ te
ne-t t#o da(s& Tose %en and #o%en #o #ill spea. to (ou a"e sou$t ea"en=s elp
concernin$ te %essa$es te( #ill $i"e&
)t is %( pra(er tat #e %a( be 0lled #it *is +pirit as #e listen and learn& Tat tis %a(
be so, ) pra( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our Lord and +a"ior, a%en&
April 2010 General Conference
Pre%aration )rin's )lessin's
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Let us consider our callin$s, let us re3ect on our responsibilities, and let us
follo# Mesus Crist&
8retren, (ou #o are ere in te Conference Center in +alt La.e Cit( are an inspirin$
si$t to beold& )t is a%a1in$ to reali1e tat in tousands of capels trou$out te
#orld, oters of (ou,fello# olders of te priestood of God,are recei"in$ tis
broadcast b( #a( of satellite trans%ission& Kour nationalities "ar(, and (our lan$ua$es
are %an(, but a co%%on tread binds us to$eter& 6e a"e been entrusted to bear te
priestood and to act in te na%e of God& 6e are te recipients of a sacred trust& 'uc is
e-pected of us&
One of %( %ost "i"id %e%ories is attendin$ priestood %eetin$ as a ne#l( ordained
deacon and sin$in$ te openin$ (%n 5Co%e, All Ke +ons of God&7 Toni$t ) eco te
spirit of tat special (%n and sa( to (ou, 5Co%e, all (e sons of God #o a"e recei"ed
te priestood&7
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Let us consider our callin$s, let us re3ect on our responsibilities, and let
us follo# Mesus Crist, our Lord&
T#ent( (ears a$o ) attended a sacra%ent %eetin$ #ere te cildren responded to te
te%e 5) 8elon$ to Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints&7 Tese bo(s and $irls
de%onstrated te( #ere in trainin$ for ser"ice to te Lord and to oters& Te %usic #as
beautiful, te recitations s.illfull( rendered, and te spirit ea"en/sent& One of %(
$randsons, #o #as 11 (ears old at tat ti%e, ad spo.en of te !irst Wision as e
presented is part on te pro$ra%& After#ard, as e ca%e to is parents and
$randparents, ) said to i%, 5To%%(, ) tin. (ou are al%ost read( to be a %issionar(&7
*e replied, 5<ot (et& ) still a"e a lot to learn&7
Trou$ te (ears tat follo#ed, To%%( did learn, tan.s to is parents and to teacers
and ad"isers at curc, #o #ere dedicated and conscientious& 6en e #as old
enou$, e #as called to ser"e a %ission& *e did so in a %ost onorable fasion&
Koun$ %en, ) ad%onis (ou to prepare for ser"ice as a %issionar(& Tere are %an( tools
to elp (ou learn te lessons #ic #ill be bene0cial to (ou as #ell as elpin$ (ou to li"e
te life (ou #ill need to a"e li"ed to be #ort(& One suc tool is te boo.let entitled !or
te +tren$t of Kout, publised under te direction of te !irst 9residenc( and Nuoru%
of te T#el"e Apostles& )t features standards fro% te #ritin$s and teacin$s of Curc
leaders and fro% scripture, aderence to #ic #ill brin$ te blessin$s of our *ea"enl(
!ater and te $uidance of *is +on to eac of us& )n addition, tere are lesson %anuals,
carefull( prepared after pra(erful consideration& !a%ilies a"e fa%il( o%e e"enin$s,
#ere $ospel principles are tau$t& Al%ost all of (ou a"e te opportunit( to attend
se%inar( classes tau$t b( dedicated teacers #o a"e %uc to sare&
8e$in to prepare for a te%ple %arria$e as #ell as for a %ission& 9roper datin$ is a part of
tat preparation& )n cultures #ere datin$ is appropriate, do not date until (ou are 16
(ears old& 5<ot all teena$ers need to date or e"en #ant to& H 6en (ou be$in datin$, $o
in $roups or on double dates& H 'a.e sure (our parents %eet ?and beco%e ac2uainted
#it@ tose (ou date&7 8ecause datin$ is a preparation for %arria$e, 5date onl( tose
#o a"e i$ standards&7
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8e careful to $o to places #ere tere is a $ood en"iron%ent, #ere (ou #on=t be faced
#it te%ptation&
A #ise fater said to is son, 5)f (ou e"er 0nd (ourself in a place #ere (ou souldn=t
ou$t to be, $et outF7 Good ad"ice for all of us&
+er"ants of te Lord a"e al#a(s counseled us to dress appropriatel( to so# respect for
our *ea"enl( !ater and for oursel"es& Te #a( (ou dress sends %essa$es about
(ourself to oters and often in3uences te #a( (ou and oters act& Bress in suc a #a(
as to brin$ out te best in (ourself and tose around (ou& A"oid e-tre%es in clotin$ and
appearance, includin$ tattoos and piercin$s&
C"er(one needs $ood friends& Kour circle of friends #ill $reatl( in3uence (our tin.in$
and bea"ior, Dust as (ou #ill teirs& 6en (ou sare co%%on "alues #it (our friends,
(ou can stren$ten and encoura$e eac oter& Treat e"er(one #it .indness and di$nit(&
'an( non%e%bers a"e co%e into te Curc trou$ friends #o a"e in"ol"ed te%
in Curc acti"ities&
Te oft/repeated ada$e is e"er true: 5*onest( ?is@ te best polic(&7
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A Latter/da( +aint
(oun$ %an li"es as e teaces and as e belie"es& *e is onest #it oters& *e is onest
#it i%self& *e is onest #it God& *e is onest b( abit and as a %atter of course&
6en a di4cult decision %ust be %ade, e ne"er as.s i%self, 56at #ill oters tin.E7
but rater, 56at #ill ) tin. of %(selfE7
!or so%e, tere #ill co%e te te%ptation to disonor a personal standard of onest(& )n a
business la# class at te uni"ersit( ) attended, ) re%e%ber tat one particular class%ate
ne"er prepared for te class discussions& ) tou$t to %(self, 5*o# is e $oin$ to pass
te 0nal e-a%inationE7
) disco"ered te ans#er #en e ca%e to te classroo% for te 0nal e-a% on a #inter=s
da( #earin$ on is bare feet onl( a pair of sandals& ) #as surprised and #atced i% as
te class be$an& All of our boo.s ad been placed upon te 3oor, as per te instruction&
*e slipped te sandals fro% is feet; and ten, #it toes tat e ad trained and ad
prepared #it $l(cerin, e s.illfull( turned te pa$es of one of te boo.s #ic e ad
placed on te 3oor, tereb( "ie#in$ te ans#ers to te e-a%ination 2uestions&
*e recei"ed one of te i$est $rades in tat course on business la#& 8ut te da( of
rec.onin$ ca%e& Later, as e prepared to ta.e is co%preensi"e e-a%, for te 0rst ti%e
te dean of is particular discipline said, 5Tis (ear ) #ill depart fro% tradition and #ill
conduct an oral, rater tan a #ritten, test&7 Our fa"orite trained/toe e-pert found tat
e ad is foot in is %out on tat occasion and failed te e-a%&
*o# (ou spea. and te #ords (ou use tell %uc about te i%a$e (ou coose to portra(&
Use lan$ua$e to build and uplift tose around (ou& 9rofane, "ul$ar, or crude lan$ua$e
and inappropriate or o:/color Do.es are o:ensi"e to te Lord& <e"er %isuse te na%e of
God or Mesus Crist& Te Lord said, 5Tou salt not ta.e te na%e of te Lord t( God in
"ain&7
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Our *ea"enl( !ater as counseled us to see. after 5an(tin$ "irtuous, lo"el(, or of $ood
report or praise#ort(&7
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6ate"er (ou read, listen to, or #atc %a.es an i%pression on
(ou&
9orno$rap( is especiall( dan$erous and addicti"e& Curious e-ploration of porno$rap(
can beco%e a controllin$ abit, leadin$ to coarser %aterial and to se-ual trans$ression&
A"oid porno$rap( at all costs&
Bon=t be afraid to #al. out of a %o"ie, turn o: a tele"ision set, or can$e a radio station
if #at=s bein$ presented does not %eet (our *ea"enl( !ater=s standards& )n sort, if
(ou a"e an( 2uestion about #eter a particular %o"ie, boo., or oter for% of
entertain%ent is appropriate, don=t see it, don=t read it, don=t participate&
Te Apostle 9aul declared: 5Gno# (e not tat (e are te te%ple of God, and tat te
+pirit of God d#ellet in (ouE H Te te%ple of God is ol(, #ic te%ple (e are&7
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8retren, it is our responsibilit( to .eep our te%ples clean and pure&
*ard dru$s, #ron$ful use of prescription dru$s, alcool, co:ee, tea, and tobacco products
destro( (our p(sical, %ental, and spiritual #ell/bein$& An( for% of alcool is ar%ful to
(our spirit and (our bod(& Tobacco can ensla"e (ou, #ea.en (our lun$s, and sorten (our
life&
'usic can elp (ou dra# closer to (our *ea"enl( !ater& )t can be used to educate, edif(,
inspire, and unite& *o#e"er, %usic can, b( its te%po, beat, intensit(, and l(rics, dull (our
spiritual sensiti"it(& Kou cannot a:ord to 0ll (our %inds #it un#ort( %usic&
8ecause se-ual inti%ac( is so sacred, te Lord re2uires self/control and purit( before
%arria$e as #ell as full 0delit( after %arria$e& )n datin$, treat (our date #it respect and
e-pect (our date to so# tat sa%e respect for (ou& Tears ine"itabl( follo#
trans$ression&
9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(, nint 9resident of te Curc, ad"ised, 5) i%plore (ou to tin.
clean tou$ts&7 *e ten %ade tis si$ni0cant declaration of trut: 5C"er( action is
preceded b( a tou$t& )f #e #ant to control our actions, #e %ust control our tin.in$&7
8retren, 0ll (our %inds #it $ood tou$ts, and (our actions #ill be proper& 'a( eac of
(ou be able to eco in trut te line fro% Tenn(son spo.en b( +ir Galaad: 5'( stren$t
is as te stren$t of ten, because %( eart is pure&7
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<ot lon$ a$o te autor of a paper on teena$e se-ualit( su%%ed up is researc b(
sa(in$ tat societ( sends teens a %i-ed %essa$e: ad"ertise%ents and te %ass %edia
con"e( 5"er( ea"( %essa$es tat se-ual acti"it( is acceptable and e-pected,7
induce%ents tat so%eti%es dro#n out te #arnin$s of e-perts and te pleas of
parents& Te Lord cuts trou$ all te %edia %essa$es #it clear and precise lan$ua$e
#en *e declares to us, 58e (e clean&7
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6ene"er te%ptation co%es, re%e%ber te #ise counsel of te Apostle 9aul, #o
declared, 5Tere at no te%ptation ta.en (ou but suc as is co%%on to %an: but God
is faitful, #o #ill not su:er (ou to be te%pted abo"e tat (e are able; but #ill #it te
te%ptation also %a.e a #a( to escape, tat (e %a( be able to bear it&7
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6en (ou #ere con0r%ed a %e%ber of te Curc, (ou recei"ed te ri$t to te
co%panionsip of te *ol( Gost& *e can elp (ou %a.e $ood coices& 6en callen$ed
or te%pted, (ou do not need to feel alone& Ie%e%ber tat pra(er is te passport to
spiritual po#er&
)f an( as stu%bled in is Dourne(, tere is a #a( bac.& Te process is called repentance&
Our +a"ior died to pro"ide (ou and %e tat blessed $ift& Tou$ te pat is di4cult, te
pro%ise is real: 5Tou$ (our sins be as scarlet, te( sall be as #ite as sno#&7
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Bon=t put (our eternal life at ris.& Geep te co%%and%ents of God& )f (ou a"e sinned,
te sooner (ou be$in to %a.e (our #a( bac., te sooner (ou #ill 0nd te s#eet peace
and Do( tat co%e #it te %iracle of for$i"eness& *appiness co%es fro% li"in$ te #a(
te Lord #ants (ou to li"e and fro% ser"ice to God and oters&
+piritual stren$t fre2uentl( co%es trou$ sel3ess ser"ice& +o%e (ears a$o ) "isited
#at #as ten called te California 'ission, #ere ) inter"ie#ed a (oun$ %issionar( fro%
Geor$ia& ) recall sa(in$ to i%, 5Bo (ou send a letter o%e to (our parents e"er( #ee.E7
*e replied, 5Kes, 8roter 'onson&7
Ten ) as.ed, 5Bo (ou enDo( recei"in$ letters fro% o%eE7
*e didn=t ans#er& At len$t ) in2uired, 56en #as te last ti%e (ou ad a letter fro%
o%eE7
6it a 2ua"erin$ "oice, e responded, 5)="e ne"er ad a letter fro% o%e& !ater=s Dust a
deacon, and 'oter=s not a %e%ber of te Curc& Te( pleaded #it %e not to co%e&
Te( said tat if ) left on a %ission, te( #ould not be #ritin$ to %e& 6at sall ) do,
8roter 'onsonE7
) o:ered a silent pra(er to %( *ea"enl( !ater: 56at sould ) tell tis (oun$ ser"ant of
Tine, #o as sacri0ced e"er(tin$ to ser"e TeeE7 And te inspiration ca%e& ) said,
5Clder, (ou send a letter o%e to (our %oter and fater e"er( #ee. of (our %ission&
Tell te% #at (ou are doin$& Tell te% o# %uc (ou lo"e te% and ten bear (our
testi%on( to te%&7
*e as.ed, 56ill te( ten #rite to %eE7
) responded, 5Ten te( #ill #rite to (ou&7
6e parted and ) #ent on %( #a(& 'onts later ) #as attendin$ a sta.e conference in
+outern California #en a (oun$ %issionar( ca%e up to %e and said, 58roter 'onson,
do (ou re%e%ber %eE )=% te %issionar( #o ad not recei"ed a letter fro% %( %oter
or %( fater durin$ %( 0rst nine %onts in te %ission 0eld& Kou told %e, R+end a letter
o%e e"er( #ee., Clder, and (our parents #ill #rite to (ou&=7 Ten e as.ed, 5Bo (ou
re%e%ber tat pro%ise, Clder 'onsonE7
) re%e%bered& ) in2uired, 5*a"e (ou eard fro% (our parentsE7
*e reaced into is poc.et and too. out a seaf of letters #it an elastic band around
te%, too. a letter fro% te top of te stac., and said, 5*a"e ) eard fro% %( parentsF
Listen to tis letter fro% %( %oter: R+on, #e so %uc enDo( (our letters& 6e=re proud of
(ou, our %issionar(& Guess #atE Bad as been ordained a priest& *e=s preparin$ to
bapti1e %e& )=% %eetin$ #it te %issionaries; and one (ear fro% no# #e #ant to co%e
to California as (ou co%plete (our %ission, for #e, #it (ou, #ould li.e to beco%e a
fore"er fa%il( b( enterin$ te te%ple of te Lord&=7 Tis (oun$ %issionar( as.ed,
58roter 'onson, does *ea"enl( !ater al#a(s ans#er pra(ers and ful0ll Apostles=
pro%isesE7
) replied, 56en one as fait as (ou a"e de%onstrated, our *ea"enl( !ater ears
suc pra(ers and ans#ers in *is o#n #a(&7
Clean ands, a pure eart, and a #illin$ %ind ad touced ea"en& A blessin$, ea"en/
sent, ad ans#ered te fer"ent pra(er of a %issionar(=s u%ble eart&
8retren, it is %( pra(er tat #e %a( so li"e tat #e too %a( touc ea"en and be
si%ilarl( blessed, eac and e"er( one, in te na%e of te Gi"er of all blessin$s, e"en
Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2010 General Conference
2e 5s &isen7
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Te e%pt( to%b tat 0rst Caster %ornin$ #as te ans#er to Mob=s 2uestion,
5)f a %an die, sall e li"e a$ainE7
Tis as been a re%ar.able session& )n bealf of all #o participated tus far in #ord or
%usic, as te 9resident of te Curc, ) a"e cosen si%pl( to sa( to (ou at tis %o%ent
Dust t#o #ords, .no#n as te t#o %ost i%portant #ords in te Cn$lis lan$ua$e& To
+ister Cer(l Lant and er counselors, te coir, te %usicians, te spea.ers, tose
#ords are 5Tan. (ou&7
'an( (ears a$o, #ile in London, Cn$land, ) "isited te fa%ed Tate art $aller(& 6or.s b(
Gainsborou$, Ie%brandt, Constable, and oter reno#ned artists #ere displa(ed in
roo% after roo%& ) ad%ired teir beaut( and reco$ni1ed te s.ill #ic ad been re2uired
to create tese %asterpieces& Tuc.ed a#a( in a 2uiet corner of te tird 3oor, o#e"er,
#as a paintin$ #ic not onl( cau$t %( attention but also captured %( eart& Te
artist, !ran. 8ra%le(, ad painted a u%ble cotta$e facin$ a #inds#ept sea& T#o
#o%en, te %oter and te #ife of an absent 0ser%an, ad #atced and #aited te
ni$t trou$ for is return& <o# te ni$t ad passed, and te reali1ation ad set in
tat e ad been lost at sea and #ould not return& Gneelin$ at te side of er %oter/in/
la#, er ead buried in te lap of te older #o%an, te (oun$ #ife #ept in despair& Te
spent candle on te #indo# led$e told of te fruitless "i$il&
) sensed te (oun$ #o%an=s eartace; ) felt er $rief& Te auntin$l( "i"id inscription
#ic te artist $a"e to is #or. told te tra$ic stor(& )t read, A &o!eless 3awn"
O, o# te (oun$ #o%an lon$ed for te co%fort, e"en te realit(, of Iobert Louis
+te"enson=s 5Ie2uie%7:
&ome is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill"
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A%on$ all te facts of %ortalit(, none is so certain as its end& Beat co%es to all; it is
our 5uni"ersal erita$e; it %a( clai% its "icti%?s@ in infanc( or (out, ?it %a( "isit@ in te
period of life=s pri%e, or its su%%ons %a( be deferred until te sno#s of a$e a"e
$atered upon te H ead; it %a( befall as te result of accident or disease, H or H
trou$ natural causes; but co%e it %ust&7
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)t ine"itabl( represents a painful loss of
association and, particularl( in te (oun$, a crusin$ blo# to drea%s unreali1ed,
a%bitions unful0lled, and opes "an2uised&
6at %ortal bein$, faced #it te loss of a lo"ed one or, indeed, standin$ i%self or
erself on te tresold of in0nit(, as not pondered #at lies be(ond te "eil #ic
separates te seen fro% te unseenE
Centuries a$o te %an Mob,so lon$ blessed #it e"er( %aterial $ift, onl( to 0nd i%self
sorel( aTicted b( all tat can befall a u%an bein$,sat #it is co%panions and
uttered te ti%eless, a$eless 2uestion, 5)f a %an die, sall e li"e a$ainE7
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Mob spo.e
#at e"er( oter li"in$ %an or #o%an as pondered&
Tis $lorious Caster %ornin$ )=d li.e to consider Mob=s 2uestion,5)f a %an die, sall e
li"e a$ainE7,and pro"ide te ans#er #ic co%es not onl( fro% tou$tful
consideration but also fro% te re"ealed #ord of God& ) be$in #it te essentials&
)f tere is a desi$n in tis #orld in #ic #e li"e, tere %ust be a Besi$ner& 6o can
beold te %an( #onders of te uni"erse #itout belie"in$ tat tere is a desi$n for all
%an.indE 6o can doubt tat tere is a Besi$nerE
)n te boo. of Genesis #e learn tat te Grand Besi$ner created te ea"en and te
eart: 5And te eart #as #itout for%, and "oid; and dar.ness #as upon te face of te
deep&7
5Let tere be li$t,7 said te Grand Besi$ner, 5and tere #as li$t&7 *e created a
0r%a%ent& *e separated te land fro% te #aters and said, 5Let te eart brin$ fort
$rass, H te fruit tree (ieldin$ fruit after is .ind, #ose seed is in itself&7
T#o li$ts *e created,te sun and te %oon& Ca%e te stars b( *is desi$n& *e called
for li"in$ creatures in te #ater and fo#ls to 3( abo"e te eart& And it #as so& *e %ade
cattle, beasts, and creepin$ tin$s& Te desi$n #as nearl( co%plete&
Last of all, *e created %an in *is o#n i%a$e,%ale and fe%ale,#it do%inion o"er all
oter li"in$ tin$s&
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'an alone recei"ed intelli$ence,a brain, a %ind, and a soul& 'an alone, #it tese
attributes, ad te capacit( for fait and ope, for inspiration and a%bition&
6o could persuasi"el( ar$ue tat %an,te noblest #or. of te Great Besi$ner, #it
do%inion o"er all li"in$ tin$s, #it a brain and a #ill, #it a %ind and a soul, #it
intelli$ence and di"init(,sould co%e to an end #en te spirit forsa.es its eartl(
te%pleE
To understand te %eanin$ of deat, #e %ust appreciate te purpose of life& Te di%
li$t of belief %ust (ield to te noonda( sun of re"elation, b( #ic #e .no# tat #e
li"ed before our birt into %ortalit(& )n our pre%ortal state, #e #ere doubtless a%on$ te
sons and dau$ters of God #o souted for Do( because of te opportunit( to co%e to
tis callen$in$ (et necessar( %ortal e-istence&
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6e .ne# tat our purpose #as to $ain
a p(sical bod(, to o"erco%e trials, and to pro"e tat #e #ould .eep te
co%%and%ents of God& Our !ater .ne# tat because of te nature of %ortalit(, #e
#ould be te%pted, #ould sin, and #ould fall sort& +o tat #e %i$t a"e e"er( cance
of success, *e pro"ided a +a"ior, #o #ould su:er and die for us& <ot onl( #ould *e
atone for our sins, but as a part of tat Atone%ent, *e #ould also o"erco%e te p(sical
deat to #ic #e #ould be subDect because of te !all of Ada%&
Tus, %ore tan 2,000 (ears a$o, Crist, our +a"ior, #as born to %ortal life in a stable in
8etlee%& Te lon$/foretold 'essia ad co%e&
Tere #as "er( little #ritten of te bo(ood of Mesus& ) lo"e te passa$e fro% Lu.e: 5And
Mesus increased in #isdo% and stature, and in fa"our #it God and %an&7
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And fro% te
boo. of Acts, tere is a sort prase concernin$ te +a"ior #ic as a #orld of
%eanin$: 5?*e@ #ent about doin$ $ood&7
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*e #as bapti1ed b( Mon in te ri"er Mordan& *e called te T#el"e Apostles& *e blessed
te sic.& *e caused te la%e to #al., te blind to see, te deaf to ear& *e e"en raised
te dead to life& *e tau$t, *e testi0ed, and *e pro"ided a perfect e-a%ple for us to
follo#&
And ten te %ortal %ission of te +a"ior of te #orld dre# to its close& A last supper
#it *is Apostles too. place in an upper roo%& Aead la( Getse%ane and Cal"ar(=s
cross&
<o %ere %ortal can concei"e te full i%port of #at Crist did for us in Getse%ane& *e
*i%self later described te e-perience: 5?Te@ su:erin$ caused %(self, e"en God, te
$reatest of all, to tre%ble because of pain, and to bleed at e"er( pore, and to su:er bot
bod( and spirit&7
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!ollo#in$ te a$on( of Getse%ane, no# drained of stren$t, *e #as sei1ed b( rou$,
crude ands and ta.en before Annas, Caiapas, 9ilate, and *erod& *e #as accused and
cursed& Wicious blo#s furter #ea.ened *is pain/rac.ed bod(& 8lood ran do#n *is face as
a cruel cro#n fasioned of sarp torns #as forced onto *is ead, piercin$ *is bro#& And
ten once a$ain *e #as ta.en to 9ilate, #o $a"e in to te cries of te an$r( %ob:
5Crucif( i%, crucif( i%&7
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*e #as scour$ed #it a #ip into #ose %ultiple leater strands sarp %etals and
bones #ere #o"en& Iisin$ fro% te cruelt( of te scour$e, #it stu%blin$ steps *e
carried *is o#n cross until *e could $o no farter and anoter souldered te burden for
*i%&
!inall(, on a ill called Cal"ar(, #ile elpless follo#ers loo.ed on, *is #ounded bod( #as
nailed to a cross& 'ercilessl( *e #as %oc.ed and cursed and derided& And (et *e cried
out, 5!ater, for$i"e te%; for te( .no# not #at te( do&7
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Te a$oni1in$ ours passed as *is life ebbed& !ro% *is parced lips ca%e te #ords,
5!ater, into t( ands ) co%%end %( spirit: and a"in$ said tus, e $a"e up te
$ost&7
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As te serenit( and solace of a %erciful deat freed *i% fro% te sorro#s of %ortalit(,
*e returned to te presence of *is !ater&
At te last %o%ent, te 'aster could a"e turned bac.& 8ut *e did not& *e passed
beneat all tin$s tat *e %i$t sa"e all tin$s& *is lifeless bod( #as urriedl( but
$entl( placed in a borro#ed to%b&
<o #ords in Cristendo% %ean %ore to %e tan tose spo.en b( te an$el to te
#eepin$ 'ar( 'a$dalene and te oter 'ar( #en, on te 0rst da( of te #ee., te(
approaced te to%b to care for te bod( of teir Lord& +po.e te an$el:
56( see. (e te li"in$ a%on$ te deadE
5*e is not ere, but is risen&7
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Our +a"ior li"ed a$ain& Te %ost $lorious, co%fortin$, and reassurin$ of all e"ents of
u%an istor( ad ta.en place,te "ictor( o"er deat& Te pain and a$on( of
Getse%ane and Cal"ar( ad been #iped a#a(& Te sal"ation of %an.ind ad been
secured& Te !all of Ada% ad been reclai%ed&
Te e%pt( to%b tat 0rst Caster %ornin$ #as te ans#er to Mob=s 2uestion, 5)f a %an
die, sall e li"e a$ainE7 To all #itin te sound of %( "oice, ) declare, )f a %an die, e
sall li"e a$ain& 6e .no#, for #e a"e te li$t of re"ealed trut&
5!or since b( %an ca%e deat, b( %an ca%e also te resurrection of te dead&
5!or as in Ada% all die, e"en so in Crist sall all be %ade ali"e&7
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) a"e read,and ) belie"e,te testi%onies of tose #o e-perienced te $rief of
Crist=s Cruci0-ion and te Do( of *is Iesurrection& ) a"e read,and ) belie"e,te
testi%onies of tose in te <e# 6orld #o #ere "isited b( te sa%e risen Lord&
) belie"e te testi%on( of one #o, in tis dispensation, spo.e #it te !ater and te
+on in a $ro"e no# called sacred and #o $a"e is life, sealin$ tat testi%on( #it is
blood& Beclared e:
5And no#, after te %an( testi%onies #ic a"e been $i"en of i%, tis is te
testi%on(, last of all, #ic #e $i"e of i%: Tat e li"esF
5!or #e sa# i%, e"en on te ri$t and of God; and #e eard te "oice bearin$ record
tat e is te Onl( 8e$otten of te !ater&7
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Te dar.ness of deat can al#a(s be dispelled b( te li$t of re"ealed trut& 5) a% te
resurrection, and te life,7 spo.e te 'aster&
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59eace ) lea"e #it (ou, %( peace ) $i"e
unto (ou&7
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O"er te (ears ) a"e eard and read testi%onies too nu%erous to count, sared #it
%e b( indi"iduals #o testif( of te realit( of te Iesurrection and #o a"e recei"ed, in
teir ours of $reatest need, te peace and co%fort pro%ised b( te +a"ior&
) #ill %ention Dust part of one suc account& T#o #ee.s a$o ) recei"ed a toucin$ letter
fro% a fater of se"en #o #rote about is fa%il( and, in particular, is son Mason, #o
ad beco%e ill #en 11 (ears of a$e& O"er te ne-t fe# (ears, Mason=s illness recurred
se"eral ti%es& Tis fater told of Mason=s positi"e attitude and sunn( disposition, despite
is ealt callen$es& Mason recei"ed te Aaronic 9riestood at a$e 12 and 5al#a(s
#illin$l( %a$ni0ed is responsibilities #it e-cellence, #eter e felt #ell or not&7 *e
recei"ed is Ca$le +cout A#ard #en e #as 1A (ears old&
Last su%%er, not lon$ after Mason=s 15t birtda(, e #as once a$ain ad%itted to te
ospital& On one of is "isits to see Mason, is fater found i% #it is e(es closed& <ot
.no#in$ #eter Mason #as asleep or a#a.e, e be$an tal.in$ softl( to i%& 5Mason,7 e
said, 5) .no# (ou a"e been trou$ a lot in (our sort life and tat (our current
condition is di4cult& C"en tou$ (ou a"e a $iant battle aead, ) don=t e"er #ant (ou to
lose (our fait in Mesus Crist&7 *e said e #as startled as Mason i%%ediatel( opened is
e(es and said, 5<e"erF7 in a clear, resolute "oice& Mason ten closed is e(es and said no
%ore&
*is fater #rote: 5)n tis si%ple declaration, Mason e-pressed one of te %ost po#erful,
pure testi%onies of Mesus Crist tat ) a"e e"er eard& H As is declaration of R<e"erF=
beca%e i%printed on %( soul tat da(, %( eart 0lled #it Do( tat %( *ea"enl( !ater
ad blessed %e to be te fater of suc a tre%endous and noble bo(& H ?)t@ #as te last
ti%e ) eard i% declare is testi%on( of Crist&7
Altou$ is fa%il( #as e-pectin$ tis to be Dust anoter routine ospitali1ation, Mason
passed a#a( less tan t#o #ee.s later& An older broter and sister #ere ser"in$ %issions
at te ti%e& Anoter broter, G(le, ad Dust recei"ed is %ission call& )n fact, te call ad
co%e earlier tan e-pected, and on Au$ust 5, Dust a #ee. before Mason=s passin$, te
fa%il( $atered in is ospital roo% so tat G(le=s %ission call could be opened tere
and sared #it te entire fa%il(&
)n is letter to %e, tis fater included a poto$rap of Mason in is ospital bed, #it is
bi$ broter G(le standin$ beside te bed, oldin$ is %ission call& Tis caption #as
#ritten beneat te poto$rap: 5Called to ser"e teir %issions to$eter,on bot sides
of te "eil&7
Mason=s broter and sister alread( ser"in$ %issions sent beautiful, co%fortin$ letters
o%e to be sared at Mason=s funeral& *is sister, ser"in$ in te Ar$entina 8uenos Aires
6est 'ission, as part of er letter, #rote: 5) .no# tat Mesus Crist li"es, and because *e
li"es, all of us, includin$ our belo"ed Mason, #ill li"e a$ain too& H 6e can ta.e co%fort in
te sure .no#led$e #e a"e tat #e a"e been sealed to$eter as an eternal fa%il(& H
)f #e do our "er( best to obe( and do better in tis life, #e #ill see ?i% a$ain@&7 +e
continued: 5?A@ scripture tat ) a"e lon$ lo"ed no# ta.es on ne# si$ni0cance and
i%portance at tis ti%e& H ?!ro%@ Ie"elation capter 21, "erse A: RAnd God sall #ipe
a#a( all tears fro% teir e(es; and tere sall be no %ore deat, neiter sorro#, nor
cr(in$, neiter sall tere be an( %ore pain: for te for%er tin$s are passed a#a(&=7
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, in our our of deepest sorro#, #e can recei"e profound
peace fro% te #ords of te an$el tat 0rst Caster %ornin$: 5*e is not ere: for e is
risen&7
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&e is risen% &e is risen%
,ell it out with Aoyful (oice"
&e has burst his three days) !rison;
2et the whole wide earth reAoice"
3eath is conBuered; man is free"
$hrist has won the (ictory%
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As one of *is special #itnesses on eart toda(, tis $lorious Caster +unda(, ) declare tat
tis is true, in *is sacred na%e,e"en te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior,a%en&
April 2010 General Conference
, .or at Closin'
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Te li$touse of te Lord sends fort si$nals readil( reco$ni1ed and ne"er
failin$&
Tis as been a #onderful closin$ session& )="e seldo% eard suc 0ne ser%ons tau$t in
so fe# #ords as #e="e e-perienced toda(& 6e=re all ere because #e lo"e te Lord& 6e
#ant to ser"e *i%& Our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of us& Of tat ) testif(& ) ac.no#led$e
*is and in all tin$s&
One brief scripture:
5Trust in te Lord #it all tine eart; and lean not unto tine o#n understandin$&
5)n all t( #a(s ac.no#led$e i%, and e sall direct t( pats&7
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Tat as been te stor( of %( life&
'( dear broters and sisters, #e co%e no# to te conclusion of a %ost upliftin$ and
inspirin$ conference& After listenin$ to te counsel and testi%onies of tose #o a"e
spo.en to us, ) belie"e #e a"e been ricl( blessed and are all %ore deter%ined to li"e
te principles of te $ospel of Mesus Crist& )t as been $ood for us to be ere& 6e
e-press our $ratitude to eac one #o as spo.en to us, as #ell as to tose #o a"e
o:ered pra(ers&
Te %usic as been %a$ni0cent& ) a% re%inded of te scripture found in te Boctrine
and Co"enants: 5!or %( soul deli$tet in te son$ of te eart; (ea, te son$ of te
ri$teous is a pra(er unto %e, and it sall be ans#ered #it a blessin$ upon teir
eads&7
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Ie%e%ber tat te %essa$es #e a"e eard durin$ tis conference #ill be printed in
te 'a( issues of te Ensign and 2iahona %a$a1ines& ) ur$e (ou to stud( te %essa$es,
to ponder teir teacin$s, and ten to appl( te% in (our life&
) .no# (ou Doin #it %e in e-pressin$ $ratitude to tose bretren and sisters #o a"e
been released durin$ tis conference& Te( a"e ser"ed #ell and a"e %ade si$ni0cant
contributions to te #or. of te Lord& Teir dedication as been co%plete& 6e tan.
te% fro% te botto% of our earts&
<o#, #e a"e also sustained, b( uplifted ands, bretren and sisters #o a"e been
called to ne# positions durin$ tis conference& 6e #ant te% to .no# tat #e loo.
for#ard to #or.in$ #it te% in te cause of te 'aster&
'( broters and sisters, toda(, as #e loo. at te #orld around us, #e are faced #it
proble%s #ic are serious and of $reat concern to us& Te #orld see%s to a"e slipped
fro% te %oorin$s of safet( and drifted fro% te arbor of peace&
9er%issi"eness, i%%oralit(, porno$rap(, disonest(, and a ost of oter ills cause
%an( to be tossed about on a sea of sin and crused on te Da$$ed reefs of lost
opportunities, forfeited blessin$s, and sattered drea%s&
'( counsel for all of us is to loo. to te li$touse of te Lord& Tere is no fo$ so dense,
no ni$t so dar., no $ale so stron$, no %ariner so lost but #at its beacon li$t can
rescue& )t bec.ons trou$ te stor%s of life& Te li$touse of te Lord sends fort
si$nals readil( reco$ni1ed and ne"er failin$&
) lo"e te #ords found in 9sal%s: 5Te Lord is %( roc., and %( fortress, and %(
deli"erer; %( God, %( stren$t, in #o% ) #ill trust; H ) #ill call upon te Lord H so ?)
sall@ be sa"ed fro% %ine ene%ies&7
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Te Lord lo"es us, %( broters and sisters, and #ill bless us as #e call upon *i%&
*o# $rateful #e are for te restored $ospel of Mesus Crist and for all te $ood it brin$s
into our li"es& Te Lord as poured out *is blessin$s upon us as a people& ) bear %(
testi%on( to (ou tat tis #or. is true, tat our +a"ior li"es, and tat *e $uides and
directs *is Curc ere upon te eart&
<o#, as #e co%e to te 0nal %o%ents of tis conference, %( eart is full and %(
feelin$s tender& ) e-press %( lo"e and $ratitude to (ou& Tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %(
bealf and in bealf of all of te General Autorities of te Curc& Te Lord ears (our
pra(ers and blesses us and directs us in te a:airs of *is .in$do% ere upon te eart&
!or tis #e are deepl( $rateful&
As #e lea"e tis conference, ) in"o.e te blessin$s of ea"en upon eac of (ou& As (ou
return to (our o%es around te #orld, ) pra( our *ea"enl( !ater #ill bless (ou and
(our fa%ilies& 'a( te %essa$es and spirit of tis conference 0nd e-pression in all tat
(ou do,in (our o%es, in (our #or., in (our %eetin$s, and in all (our co%in$s and
$oin$s&
) lo"e (ou& ) pra( for (ou& 'a( God bless (ou& 'a( *is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no#
and al#a(s, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2010 General Conference
Charit! 8e*er Faileth
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Iater tan bein$ Dud$%ental and critical of eac oter, %a( #e a"e te
pure lo"e of Crist for our fello# tra"elers in tis Dourne( trou$ life&
Our souls a"e reDoiced toni$t and reaced to#ard ea"en& 6e a"e been blessed #it
beautiful %usic and inspired %essa$es& Te +pirit of te Lord is ere& ) pra( for *is
inspiration to be #it %e no# as ) sare #it (ou so%e of %( tou$ts and feelin$s&
) be$in #it a sort anecdote #ic illustrates a point ) sould li.e to %a.e&
A (oun$ couple, Lisa and Mon, %o"ed into a ne# nei$borood& One %ornin$ #ile te(
#ere eatin$ brea.fast, Lisa loo.ed out te #indo# and #atced er ne-t/door nei$bor
an$in$ out er #as&
5Tat laundr(=s not cleanF7 Lisa e-clai%ed& 5Our nei$bor doesn=t .no# o# to $et
clotes cleanF7
Mon loo.ed on but re%ained silent&
C"er( ti%e er nei$bor #ould an$ er #as to dr(, Lisa #ould %a.e te sa%e
co%%ents&
A fe# #ee.s later Lisa #as surprised to $lance out er #indo# and see a nice, clean
#as an$in$ in er nei$bor=s (ard& +e said to er usband, 5Loo., Mon,se=s 0nall(
learned o# to #as correctl(F ) #onder o# se did it&7
Mon replied, 56ell, dear, ) a"e te ans#er for (ou& Kou=ll be interested to .no# tat ) $ot
up earl( tis %ornin$ and #ased our #indo#sF7
Toni$t )=d li.e to sare #it (ou a fe# tou$ts concernin$ o# #e "ie# eac oter& Are
#e loo.in$ trou$ a #indo# #ic needs cleanin$E Are #e %a.in$ Dud$%ents #en #e
don=t a"e all te factsE 6at do #e see #en #e loo. at otersE 6at Dud$%ents do #e
%a.e about te%E
+aid te +a"ior, 5Mud$e not&7
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*e continued, 56( beoldest tou te %ote tat is in t(
broter=s e(e, but considerest not te bea% tat is in tine o#n e(eE7
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Or, to paraprase,
#( beoldest tou #at (ou tin. is dirt( laundr( at (our nei$bor=s ouse but
considerest not te soiled #indo# in (our o#n ouseE
<one of us is perfect& ) .no# of no one #o #ould profess to be so& And (et for so%e
reason, despite our o#n i%perfections, #e a"e a tendenc( to point out tose of oters&
6e %a.e Dud$%ents concernin$ teir actions or inactions&
Tere is reall( no #a( #e can .no# te eart, te intentions, or te circu%stances of
so%eone #o %i$t sa( or do so%etin$ #e 0nd reason to critici1e& Tus te
co%%and%ent: 5Mud$e not&7
!ort(/se"en (ears a$o tis $eneral conference, ) #as called to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e
Apostles& At te ti%e, ) ad been ser"in$ on one of te $eneral priestood co%%ittees of
te Curc, and so before %( na%e #as presented, ) sat #it %( fello# %e%bers of tat
priestood co%%ittee, as #as e-pected of %e& '( #ife, o#e"er, ad no idea #ere to
$o and no one #it #o% se could sit and, in fact, #as unable to 0nd a seat an(#ere
in te Tabernacle& A dear friend of ours, #o #as a %e%ber of one of te $eneral
au-iliar( boards and #o #as sittin$ in te area desi$nated for te board %e%bers,
as.ed +ister 'onson to sit #it er& Tis #o%an .ne# notin$ of %( call,#ic #ould
be announced sortl(,but se spotted +ister 'onson, reco$ni1ed er consternation, and
$raciousl( o:ered er a seat& '( dear #ife #as relie"ed and $rateful for tis .ind
$esture& +ittin$ do#n, o#e"er, se eard loud #isperin$ beind er as one of te
board %e%bers e-pressed er anno(ance to tose around er tat one of er fello#
board %e%bers #ould a"e te audacit( to in"ite an 5outsider7 to sit in tis area
reser"ed onl( for te%& Tere #as no e-cuse for er un.ind bea"ior, re$ardless of who
%i$t a"e been in"ited to sit tere& *o#e"er, ) can onl( i%a$ine o# tat #o%an felt
#en se learned tat te 5intruder7 #as te #ife of te ne#est Apostle&
<ot onl( are #e inclined to Dud$e te actions and #ords of oters, but %an( of us Dud$e
appearances: clotin$, airst(les, si1e& Te list could $o on and on&
A classic account of Dud$in$ b( appearance #as printed in a national %a$a1ine %an(
(ears a$o& )t is a true account,one #ic (ou %a( a"e eard but #ic bears
repeatin$&
A #o%an b( te na%e of 'ar( 8artels ad a o%e directl( across te street fro% te
entrance to a ospital clinic& *er fa%il( li"ed on te %ain 3oor and rented te upstairs
roo%s to outpatients at te clinic&
One e"enin$ a trul( a#ful/loo.in$ old %an ca%e to te door as.in$ if tere #as roo% for
i% to sta( te ni$t& *e #as stooped and sri"eled, and is face #as lopsided fro%
s#ellin$,red and ra#& *e said e=d been untin$ for a roo% since noon but #it no
success& 5) $uess it=s %( face,7 e said& 5) .no# it loo.s terrible, but %( doctor sa(s it
could possibl( i%pro"e after %ore treat%ents&7 *e indicated e=d be app( to sleep in
te roc.in$ cair on te porc& As se tal.ed #it i%, 'ar( reali1ed tis little old %an
ad an o"ersi1ed eart cro#ded into tat tin( bod(& Altou$ er roo%s #ere 0lled, se
told i% to #ait in te cair and se=d 0nd i% a place to sleep&
At bedti%e 'ar(=s usband set up a ca%p cot for te %an& 6en se cec.ed in te
%ornin$, te bed linens #ere neatl( folded and e #as out on te porc& *e refused
brea.fast, but Dust before e left for is bus, e as.ed if e could return te ne-t ti%e e
ad a treat%ent& 5) #on=t put (ou out a bit,7 e pro%ised& 5) can sleep 0ne in a cair&7
'ar( assured i% e #as #elco%e to co%e a$ain&
)n te se"eral (ears e #ent for treat%ents and sta(ed in 'ar(=s o%e, te old %an,
#o #as a 0ser%an b( trade, al#a(s ad $ifts of seafood or "e$etables fro% is
$arden& Oter ti%es e sent pac.a$es in te %ail&
6en 'ar( recei"ed tese tou$tful $ifts, se often tou$t of a co%%ent er ne-t/
door nei$bor %ade after te dis0$ured, stooped old %an ad left 'ar(=s o%e tat 0rst
%ornin$& 5Bid (ou .eep tat a#ful/loo.in$ %an last ni$tE ) turned i% a#a(& Kou can
lose custo%ers b( puttin$ up suc people&7
'ar( .ne# tat %a(be te( had lost custo%ers once or t#ice, but se tou$t, 5O, if
onl( te( could a"e .no#n i%, peraps teir illnesses #ould a"e been easier to
bear&7
After te %an passed a#a(, 'ar( #as "isitin$ #it a friend #o ad a $reenouse& As
se loo.ed at er friend=s 3o#ers, se noticed a beautiful $olden cr(sante%u% but
#as pu11led tat it #as $ro#in$ in a dented, old, rust( buc.et& *er friend e-plained, 5)
ran sort of pots, and .no#in$ o# beautiful tis one #ould be, ) tou$t it #ouldn=t
%ind startin$ in tis old pail& )t=s Dust for a little #ile, until ) can put it out in te $arden&7
'ar( s%iled as se i%a$ined Dust suc a scene in ea"en& 5*ere=s an especiall( beautiful
one,7 God %i$t a"e said #en *e ca%e to te soul of te little old %an& 5*e #on=t
%ind startin$ in tis s%all, %issapen bod(&7 8ut tat #as lon$ a$o, and in God=s $arden
o# tall tis lo"el( soul %ust standF
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Appearances can be so decei"in$, suc a poor %easure of a person& Ad%onised te
+a"ior, 5Mud$e not accordin$ to te appearance&7
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A %e%ber of a #o%en=s or$ani1ation once co%plained #en a certain #o%an #as
selected to represent te or$ani1ation& +e ad ne"er %et te #o%an, but se ad seen
a poto$rap of er and didn=t li.e #at se sa#, considerin$ er to be o"er#ei$t& +e
co%%ented, 5Of te tousands of #o%en in tis or$ani1ation, surel( a better
representati"e could a"e been cosen&7
True, te #o%an #o #as cosen #as not 5%odel sli%&7 8ut tose #o .ne# er and
.ne# er 2ualities sa# in er far %ore tan #as re3ected in te poto$rap& Te
poto$rap did so# tat se ad a friendl( s%ile and a loo. of con0dence& 6at te
poto$rap didn)t so# #as tat se #as a lo(al and co%passionate friend, a #o%an of
intelli$ence #o lo"ed te Lord and #o lo"ed and ser"ed *is cildren& )t didn=t so#
tat se "olunteered in te co%%unit( and #as a considerate and concerned nei$bor&
)n sort, te poto$rap did not re3ect #o se reall( #as&
) as.: if attitudes, deeds, and spiritual inclinations #ere re3ected in !hysical features,
#ould te countenance of te #o%an #o co%plained be as lo"el( as tat of te #o%an
se critici1edE
'( dear sisters, eac of (ou is uni2ue& Kou are di:erent fro% eac oter in %an( #a(s&
Tere are tose of (ou #o are %arried& +o%e of (ou sta( at o%e #it (our cildren,
#ile oters of (ou #or. outside (our o%es& +o%e of (ou are e%pt( nesters& Tere are
tose of (ou #o are %arried but do not a"e cildren& Tere are tose #o are
di"orced, tose #o are #ido#ed& 'an( of (ou are sin$le #o%en& +o%e of (ou a"e
colle$e de$rees; so%e of (ou do not& Tere are tose #o can a:ord te latest fasions
and tose #o are luc.( to a"e one appropriate +unda( out0t& +uc di:erences are
al%ost endless& Bo tese di:erences te%pt us to Dud$e one anoterE
'oter Teresa, a Catolic nun #o #or.ed a%on$ te poor in )ndia %ost of er life,
spo.e tis profound trut: 5)f (ou Dud$e people, (ou a"e no ti%e to lo"e te%&7
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+a"ior as ad%onised, 5Tis is %( co%%and%ent, Tat (e lo"e one anoter, as ) a"e
lo"ed (ou&7
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) as.: can we lo(e one another, as the -a(ior has commanded, if we Audge
each other7 And ) ans#er,#it 'oter Teresa: no, #e cannot&
Te Apostle Ma%es tau$t, 5)f an( H a%on$ (ou see% to be reli$ious, and bridlet not is
ton$ue, but decei"et is o#n eart, tis %an=s ?or #o%an=s@ reli$ion is "ain&7
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) a"e al#a(s lo"ed (our Ielief +ociet( %otto: 5Carit( ne"er failet&7
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6at is carit(E
Te propet 'or%on teaces us tat 5carit( is te pure lo"e of Crist&7
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)n is fare#ell
%essa$e to te La%anites, 'oroni declared, 5C-cept (e a"e carit( (e can in no#ise be
sa"ed in te .in$do% of God&7
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) consider carit(,or 5te pure lo"e of Crist7,to be te opposite of criticis% and
Dud$in$& )n spea.in$ of carit(, ) do not at tis %o%ent a"e in %ind te relief of te
su:erin$ trou$ te $i"in$ of our substance& Tat, of course, is necessar( and proper&
Toni$t, o#e"er, ) a"e in %ind te carit( tat %anifests itself #en #e are tolerant of
oters and lenient to#ard teir actions, te .ind of carit( tat for$i"es, te .ind of
carit( tat is patient&
) a"e in %ind te carit( tat i%pels us to be s(%patetic, co%passionate, and
%erciful, not onl( in ti%es of sic.ness and aTiction and distress but also in ti%es of
#ea.ness or error on te part of oters&
Tere is a serious need for te carit( tat $i"es attention to tose #o are unnoticed,
ope to tose #o are discoura$ed, aid to tose #o are aTicted& True carit( is lo"e in
action& Te need for carit( is e"er(#ere&
<eeded is te carit( #ic refuses to 0nd satisfaction in earin$ or in repeatin$ te
reports of %isfortunes tat co%e to oters, unless b( so doin$, te unfortunate one %a(
be bene0ted& Te A%erican educator and politician *orace 'ann once said, 5To pit(
distress is but u%an; to relie"e it is $odli.e&7
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Carit( is a"in$ patience #it so%eone #o as let us do#n& )t is resistin$ te i%pulse
to beco%e o:ended easil(& )t is acceptin$ #ea.nesses and sortco%in$s& )t is acceptin$
people as te( trul( are& )t is loo.in$ be(ond p(sical appearances to attributes tat #ill
not di% trou$ ti%e& )t is resistin$ te i%pulse to cate$ori1e oters&
Carit(, tat pure lo"e of Crist, is %anifest #en a $roup of (oun$ #o%en fro% a
sin$les #ard tra"els undreds of %iles to attend te funeral ser"ices for te %oter of
one of teir Ielief +ociet( sisters& Carit( is so#n #en de"oted "isitin$ teacers return
%ont after %ont, (ear after (ear to te sa%e uninterested, so%e#at critical sister& )t
is e"ident #en an elderl( #ido# is re%e%bered and ta.en to #ard functions and to
Ielief +ociet( acti"ities& )t is felt #en te sister sittin$ alone in Ielief +ociet( recei"es
te in"itation, 5Co%e,sit b( us&7
)n a undred s%all #a(s, all of (ou #ear te %antle of carit(& Life is perfect for none of
us& Iater tan bein$ Dud$%ental and critical of eac oter, %a( #e a"e te pure lo"e
of Crist for our fello# tra"elers in tis Dourne( trou$ life& 'a( #e reco$ni1e tat eac
one is doin$ er best to deal #it te callen$es #ic co%e er #a(, and %a( #e stri"e
to do our best to elp out&
Carit( as been de0ned as 5te i$est, noblest, stron$est .ind of lo"e,7
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te 5pure
lo"e of Crist H ; and #oso is found possessed of it at te last da(, it sall be #ell #it
?er@&7
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5Carit( ne"er failet&7 'a( tis lon$/endurin$ Ielief +ociet( %otto, tis ti%eless trut,
$uide (ou in e"er(tin$ (ou do& 'a( it per%eate (our "er( souls and 0nd e-pression in
all (our tou$ts and actions&
) e-press %( lo"e to (ou, %( sisters, and pra( tat ea"en=s blessin$s %a( e"er be
(ours& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2010 General Conference
,s .e Meet To'ether ,'ain
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'issionar( ser"ice is a priestood dut(,an obli$ation te Lord e-pects of us
#o a"e been $i"en so "er( %uc&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, #e #elco%e (ou to $eneral conference, #ic is bein$
eard and seen b( "arious %eans trou$out te #orld& 6e e-press tan.s to all #o
a"e to do #it te co%plicated lo$istics of tis $reat underta.in$&
+ince April #en #e last %et, te #or. of te Curc as %o"ed for#ard unindered& )t
as been %( pri"ile$e to dedicate four ne# te%ples& Acco%panied b( %( counselors and
oter General Autorities, ) a"e tra"eled to Gila Walle(, Ari1ona; to Wancou"er, 8ritis
Colu%bia; to Cebu Cit( in te 9ilippines; and to G(i", U.raine& Te te%ple in eac of
tese locations is %a$ni0centl( beautiful& Cac one is blessin$ te li"es of our %e%bers
and is an in3uence for $ood upon tose not of our fait&
Te e"enin$ prior to eac te%ple dedication, #e #ere pri"ile$ed to "ie# a cultural
celebration, participated in b( our (oun$ people and so%e of our not/so/(oun$ people&
Tese e"ents #ere $enerall( eld in lar$e stadiu%s, altou$ in G(i" #e %et in a
beautiful palace& Te dancin$, sin$in$, %usical perfor%ances, and displa(s #ere
e-cellent& ) e-press %( co%%endation and lo"e to all #o #ere in"ol"ed&
Cac te%ple dedication #as a spiritual feast& 6e felt te +pirit of te Lord at all of te%&
<e-t %ont #e #ill rededicate te Laie *a#aii Te%ple, one of our oldest te%ples, #ic
as under$one e-tensi"e reno"ations durin$ %an( %onts& 6e loo. for#ard to tat
sacred occasion&
6e continue to build te%ples& Tis %ornin$ ) a% pleased to announce 0"e additional
te%ples for #ic sites are bein$ ac2uired and #ic, in co%in$ %onts and (ears, #ill
be built in te follo#in$ locations: Lisbon, 9ortu$al; )ndianapolis, )ndiana; Urdaneta,
9ilippines; *artford, Connecticut; and TiDuana, 'e-ico&
Te ordinances perfor%ed in our te%ples are "ital to our sal"ation and to te sal"ation of
our deceased lo"ed ones& 'a( #e continue faitful in attendin$ te te%ples, #ic are
bein$ built closer and closer to our %e%bers&
<o#, before #e ear fro% our spea.ers tis %ornin$, %a( ) %ention a %atter close to
%( eart and #ic deser"es our serious attention& ) spea. of %issionar( #or.&
!irst, to (oun$ %en of te Aaronic 9riestood and to (ou (oun$ %en #o are beco%in$
elders: ) repeat #at propets a"e lon$ tau$t,tat e"er( #ort(, able (oun$ %an
sould prepare to ser"e a %ission& 'issionar( ser"ice is a priestood dut(,an obli$ation
te Lord e-pects of us #o a"e been $i"en so "er( %uc& Koun$ %en, ) ad%onis (ou
to prepare for ser"ice as a %issionar(& Geep (oursel"es clean and pure and #ort( to
represent te Lord& 'aintain (our ealt and stren$t& +tud( te scriptures& 6ere suc
is a"ailable, participate in se%inar( or institute& !a%iliari1e (ourself #it te %issionar(
andboo. 1reach My *os!el"
A #ord to (ou (oun$ sisters: #ile (ou do not a"e te sa%e priestood responsibilit( as
do te (oun$ %en to ser"e as full/ti%e %issionaries, (ou also %a.e a "aluable
contribution as %issionaries, and #e #elco%e (our ser"ice&
And no# to (ou %ature broters and sisters: #e need %an(, %an( %ore senior couples&
To te faitful couples no# ser"in$ or #o a"e ser"ed in te past, #e tan. (ou for (our
fait and de"otion to te $ospel of Mesus Crist& Kou ser"e #illin$l( and #ell and
acco%plis $reat $ood&
To tose of (ou #o are not (et to te season of life #en (ou %i$t ser"e a couples
%ission, ) ur$e (ou to prepare no# for te da( #en (ou and (our spouse %i$t do so&
As (our circu%stances allo#, as (ou are eli$ible for retire%ent, and as (our ealt
per%its, %a.e (oursel"es a"ailable to lea"e o%e and $i"e full/ti%e %issionar( ser"ice&
Tere are fe# ti%es in (our li"es #en (ou #ill enDo( te s#eet spirit and satisfaction
tat co%e fro% $i"in$ full/ti%e ser"ice to$eter in te #or. of te 'aster&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, %a( (ou be attuned to te +pirit of te Lord as #e ear
fro% *is ser"ants durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s& Tat tis %a( be te blessin$ of eac, ) pra(
u%bl( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2010 General Conference
The Three &s of Choice
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Cac of us as co%e to tis eart #it all te tools necessar( to %a.e
correct coices&
'( belo"ed bretren of te priestood, %( earnest pra(er toni$t is tat ) %i$t enDo(
te elp of our *ea"enl( !ater in $i"in$ utterance to tose tin$s #ic ) feel i%pressed
to sare #it (ou&
) a"e been tin.in$ recentl( about coices and teir conse2uences& +carcel( an our of
te da( $oes b( but #at #e are called upon to %a.e coices of one sort or anoter&
+o%e are tri"ial, so%e %ore far/reacin$& +o%e #ill %a.e no di:erence in te eternal
sce%e of tin$s, and oters #ill %a.e all te di:erence&
As )="e conte%plated te "arious aspects of coice, )="e put te% into tree cate$ories:
0rst, te right of coice; second, te res!onsibility of coice; and tird, te results of
coice& ) call tese te tree Is of coice&
) %ention 0rst te right of coice& ) a% so $rateful to a lo"in$ *ea"enl( !ater for *is $ift
of a$enc(, or te ri$t to coose& 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(, nint 9resident of te
Curc, said, 5<e-t to te besto#al of life itself, te ri$t to direct tat life is God=s
$reatest $ift to %an&7
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6e .no# tat #e ad our a$enc( before tis #orld #as and tat Lucifer atte%pted to
ta.e it fro% us& *e ad no con0dence in te principle of a$enc( or in us and ar$ued for
i%posed sal"ation& *e insisted tat #it is plan none #ould be lost, but e see%ed not
to reco$ni1e,or peraps not to care,tat in addition, none #ould be an( #iser, an(
stron$er, an( %ore co%passionate, or an( %ore $rateful if is plan #ere follo#ed&
6e #o cose te +a"ior=s plan .ne# tat #e #ould be e%bar.in$ on a precarious,
di4cult Dourne(, for #e #al. te #a(s of te #orld and sin and stu%ble, cuttin$ us o:
fro% our !ater& 8ut te !irstborn in te +pirit o:ered *i%self as a sacri0ce to atone for
te sins of all& Trou$ unspea.able su:erin$ *e beca%e te $reat Iedee%er, te +a"ior
of all %an.ind, tus %a.in$ possible our successful return to our !ater&
Te propet Lei tells us: 56erefore, %en are free accordin$ to te 3es; and all tin$s
are $i"en te% #ic are e-pedient unto %an& And te( are free to coose libert( and
eternal life, trou$ te $reat 'ediator of all %en, or to coose capti"it( and deat,
accordin$ to te capti"it( and po#er of te de"il; for e see.et tat all %en %i$t be
%iserable li.e unto i%self&7
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8retren, #itin te con0nes of #ate"er circu%stances #e 0nd oursel"es, #e #ill
al#a(s a"e te right to coose&
<e-t, #it te right of coice co%es te res!onsibility to coose& 6e cannot be neutral;
tere is no %iddle $round& Te Lord .no#s tis; Lucifer .no#s tis& As lon$ as #e li"e
upon tis eart, Lucifer and is osts #ill ne"er abandon te ope of clai%in$ our souls&
Our *ea"enl( !ater did not launc us on our eternal Dourne( #itout pro"idin$ te
%eans #ereb( #e could recei"e fro% *i% God/$i"en $uidance to assist in our safe
return at te end of %ortal life& ) spea. of pra(er& ) spea. too of te #isperin$s fro% tat
still, s%all "oice #itin eac of us, and ) do not o"erloo. te ol( scriptures, #ritten b(
%ariners #o successfull( sailed te seas #e too %ust cross&
Cac of us as co%e to tis eart #it all te tools necessar( to %a.e correct coices&
Te propet 'or%on tells us, 5Te +pirit of Crist is $i"en to e"er( %an, tat e %a(
.no# $ood fro% e"il&7
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6e are surrounded,e"en at ti%es bo%barded,b( te %essa$es of te ad"ersar(&
Listen to so%e of te%; te( are no doubt fa%iliar to (ou: 5Must tis once #on=t %atter&7
5Bon=t #orr(; no one #ill .no#&7 5Kou can stop s%o.in$ or drin.in$ or ta.in$ dru$s an(
ti%e (ou #ant&7 5C"er(bod(=s doin$ it, so it can=t be tat bad&7 Te lies are endless&
Altou$ in our Dourne( #e #ill encounter for.s and turnin$s in te road, #e si%pl(
cannot a:ord te lu-ur( of a detour fro% #ic #e %a( ne"er return& Lucifer, tat cle"er
pied piper, pla(s is liltin$ %elod( and attracts te unsuspectin$ a#a( fro% te safet( of
teir cosen pat#a(, a#a( fro% te counsel of lo"in$ parents, a#a( fro% te securit(
of God=s teacin$s& *e see.s not Dust te so/called refuse of u%anit(; e see.s all of us,
includin$ te "er( elect of God& Gin$ Ba"id listened, #a"ered, and ten follo#ed and fell&
+o did Cain in an earlier era and Mudas )scariot in a later one& Lucifer=s %etods are
cunnin$; is "icti%s, nu%erous&
6e read of i% in 2 <epi: 5Oters #ill e pacif(, and lull te% a#a( into carnal
securit(&7
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5Oters e 3atteret a#a(, and tellet te% tere is no ell H until e $rasps
te% #it is a#ful cains&7
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5And tus te de"il ceatet teir souls, and leadet te%
a#a( carefull( do#n to ell&7
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6en faced #it si$ni0cant coices, o# do #e decideE Bo #e succu%b to te pro%ise
of %o%entar( pleasureE To our ur$es and passionsE To te pressure of our peersE
Let us not 0nd oursel"es as indecisi"e as is Alice in Le#is Carroll=s classic Alice)s
Ad(entures in Wonderland" Kou #ill re%e%ber tat se co%es to a crossroads #it t#o
pats before er, eac stretcin$ on#ard but in opposite directions& +e is confronted b(
te Cesire cat, of #o% Alice as.s, 56ic pat sall ) follo#E7
Te cat ans#ers, 5Tat depends #ere (ou #ant to $o& )f (ou do not .no# #ere (ou
#ant to $o, it doesn=t %atter #ic pat (ou ta.e&7
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Unli.e Alice, #e all .no# #ere #e #ant to $o, and it does %atter #ic #a( #e $o, for
b( coosin$ our pat, #e coose our destination&
Becisions are constantl( before us& To %a.e te% #isel(, coura$e is needed,te
coura$e to sa( no, te coura$e to sa( (es& Becisions do deter%ine destin(&
) plead #it (ou to %a.e a deter%ination ri$t ere, ri$t no#, not to de"iate fro% te
pat #ic #ill lead to our $oal: eternal life #it our !ater in *ea"en& Alon$ tat strai$t
and true pat tere are oter $oals: %issionar( ser"ice, te%ple %arria$e, Curc
acti"it(, scripture stud(, pra(er, te%ple #or.& Tere are countless #ort( $oals to reac
as #e tra"el trou$ life& <eeded is our co%%it%ent to reac te%&
!inall(, bretren, ) spea. of te results of coice& All of our coices a"e conse2uences,
so%e of #ic a"e little or notin$ to do #it our eternal sal"ation and oters of #ic
a"e e(erything to do #it it&
6eter (ou #ear a $reen T/sirt or a blue one %a.es no di:erence in te lon$ run&
*o#e"er, #eter (ou decide to pus a .e( on (our co%puter #ic #ill ta.e (ou to
porno$rap( can %a.e all te di:erence in (our life& Kou #ill a"e Dust ta.en a step o:
te strai$t, safe pat& )f a friend pressures (ou to drin. alcool or to tr( dru$s and (ou
succu%b to te pressure, (ou are ta.in$ a detour fro% #ic (ou %a( not return&
8retren, #eter #e are 12/(ear/old deacons or %ature i$ priests, #e are
susceptible& 'a( #e .eep our e(es, our earts, and our deter%ination focused on tat
$oal #ic is eternal and #ort an( price #e #ill a"e to pa(, re$ardless of te sacri0ce
#e %ust %a.e to reac it&
<o te%ptation, no pressure, no enticin$ can o"erco%e us unless #e allo# suc& )f #e
%a.e te #ron$ coice, #e a"e no one to bla%e but oursel"es& 9resident 8ri$a%
Koun$ once e-pressed tis trut b( relatin$ it to i%self& +aid e: 5)f 8roter 8ri$a%
sall ta.e a #ron$ trac., and be sut out of te Gin$do% of ea"en, no person #ill be to
bla%e but 8roter 8ri$a%& ) a% te onl( bein$ in ea"en, eart, or ell, tat can be
bla%ed&7 *e continued: 5Tis #ill e2uall( appl( to e"er( Latter/da( +aint& +al"ation is an
indi"idual operation&7
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Te Apostle 9aul as assured us, 5Tere at no te%ptation ta.en (ou but suc as is
co%%on to %an: but God is faitful, #o #ill not su:er (ou to be te%pted abo"e tat (e
are able; but #ill #it te te%ptation also %a.e a #a( to escape, tat (e %a( be able to
bear it&7
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6e a"e all %ade incorrect coices& )f #e a"e not alread( corrected suc coices, )
assure (ou tat tere is a #a( to do so& Te process is called repentance& ) plead #it
(ou to correct (our %ista.es& Our +a"ior died to pro"ide (ou and %e tat blessed $ift&
Altou$ te pat is not eas(, te pro%ise is real: 5Tou$ (our sins be as scarlet, te(
sall be as #ite as sno#&7
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5And ), te Lord, re%e%ber te% no %ore&7
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Bon=t put (our
eternal life at ris.& )f (ou a"e sinned, te sooner (ou be$in to %a.e (our #a( bac., te
sooner (ou #ill 0nd te s#eet peace and Do( tat co%e #it te %iracle of for$i"eness&
8retren, (ou are of a noble birtri$t& Cternal life in te .in$do% of our !ater is (our
$oal& +uc a $oal is not acie"ed in one $lorious atte%pt but rater is te result of a
lifeti%e of ri$teousness, an accu%ulation of #ise coices, e"en a constanc( of purpose&
As #it an(tin$ reall( #ort#ile, te re#ard of eternal life re2uires e:ort&
Te scriptures are clear:
5Ke sall obser"e to do H as te Lord (our God at co%%anded (ou: (e sall not turn
aside to te ri$t and or to te left&
5Ke sall #al. in all te #a(s #ic te Lord (our God at co%%anded (ou&7
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)n closin$ %a( ) sare #it (ou an e-a%ple of one #o deter%ined earl( in life #at is
$oals #ould be& ) spea. of 8roter Cla(ton '& Cristensen, a %e%ber of te Curc #o
is a professor of business ad%inistration in te business scool at *ar"ard Uni"ersit(&
6en e #as 16 (ears old, 8roter Cristensen decided, a%on$ oter tin$s, tat e
#ould not pla( sports on +unda(& Kears later, #en e attended O-ford Uni"ersit( in
Cn$land, e pla(ed center on te bas.etball tea%& Tat (ear te( ad an undefeated
season and #ent trou$ to te 8ritis e2ui"alent of #at in te United +tates #ould be
te <CAA bas.etball tourna%ent&
Te( #on teir $a%es fairl( easil( in te tourna%ent, %a.in$ it to te 0nal four& )t #as
ten tat 8roter Cristensen loo.ed at te scedule and, to is absolute orror, sa#
tat te 0nal bas.etball $a%e #as sceduled to be pla(ed on a +unda(& *e and te tea%
ad #or.ed so ard to $et #ere te( #ere, and e #as te startin$ center& *e #ent to
is coac #it is dile%%a& *is coac #as uns(%patetic and told 8roter Cristensen
e e-pected i% to pla( in te $a%e&
9rior to te 0nal $a%e, o#e"er, tere #as a se%i0nal $a%e& Unfortunatel(, te bac.up
center dislocated is soulder, #ic increased te pressure on 8roter Cristensen to
pla( in te 0nal $a%e& *e #ent to is otel roo%& *e .nelt do#n& *e as.ed is *ea"enl(
!ater if it #ould be all ri$t, Dust tis once, if e pla(ed tat $a%e on +unda(& *e said
tat before e ad 0nised pra(in$, e recei"ed te ans#er: 5Cla(ton, #at are (ou e"en
as.in$ %e forE Kou .no# te ans#er&7
*e #ent to is coac, tellin$ i% o# sorr( e #as tat e #ouldn=t be pla(in$ in te
0nal $a%e& Ten e #ent to te +unda( %eetin$s in te local #ard #ile is tea%
pla(ed #itout i%& *e pra(ed %i$til( for teir success& Te( did #in&
Tat fateful, di4cult decision #as %ade %ore tan >0 (ears a$o& 8roter Cristensen
as said tat as ti%e as passed, e considers it one of te %ost i%portant decisions e
e"er %ade& )t #ould a"e been "er( eas( to a"e said, 5Kou .no#, in $eneral, .eepin$
te +abbat da( ol( is te ri$t co%%and%ent, but in %( particular e-tenuatin$
circu%stance, it=s o.a(, Dust tis once, if ) don=t do it&7 *o#e"er, e sa(s is entire life
as turned out to be an unendin$ strea% of e-tenuatin$ circu%stances, and ad e
crossed te line Dust tat once, ten te ne-t ti%e so%etin$ ca%e up tat #as so
de%andin$ and critical, it #ould a"e been so %uc easier to cross te line a$ain& Te
lesson e learned is tat it is easier to .eep te co%%and%ents 100 percent of te ti%e
tan it is L8 percent of te ti%e&
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'( belo"ed bretren, %a( #e be 0lled #it $ratitude for te right of coice, accept te
res!onsibility of coice, and e"er be conscious of te results of coice& As bearers of te
priestood, all of us united as one can 2ualif( for te $uidin$ in3uence of our *ea"enl(
!ater as #e coose carefull( and correctl(& 6e are en$a$ed in te #or. of te Lord Mesus
Crist& 6e, li.e tose of olden ti%es, a"e ans#ered *is call& 6e are on *is errand& 6e
sall succeed in te sole%n car$e: 58e (e clean, tat bear te "essels of te Lord&7
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Tat tis %a( be so is %( sole%n and u%ble pra(er, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our
'aster, a%en&
October 2010 General Conference
The /i*ine Gift of Gratitue
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
A $rateful eart H co%es trou$ e-pressin$ $ratitude to our *ea"enl(
!ater for *is blessin$s and to tose around us for all tat te( brin$ into
our li"es&
Tis as been a %ar"elous session& 6en ) #as appointed 9resident of te Curc, ) said,
5)=ll ta.e one assi$n%ent for %(self& )=ll be te ad"iser for te Tabernacle Coir&7 )=% "er(
proud of %( coirF
'( %oter once said of %e, 5To%%(, )=% "er( proud of all tat (ou="e done& 8ut ) a"e
one co%%ent to %a.e to (ou& Kou sould a"e sta(ed #it te piano&7
+o ) #ent to te piano and pla(ed a nu%ber for er: 5*ere #e $o, ?ere #e $o@ to a
birtda( part(&7
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Ten ) $a"e er a .iss on te foreead, and se e%braced %e&
) tin. of er& ) tin. of %( fater& ) tin. of all tose General Autorities #o="e
in3uenced %e, and oters, includin$ te #ido#s #o% ) "isited,85 of te%,#it a
cic.en for te o"en, so%eti%es a little %one( for teir poc.et&
) "isited one late one ni$t& )t #as %idni$t, and ) #ent to te nursin$ o%e, and te
receptionist said, 5)=% sure se=s asleep, but se told %e to be sure to a#a.en er, for
se said, R) .no# e=ll co%e&=7
) eld er and; se called %( na%e& +e #as #ide a#a.e& +e pressed %( and to er
lips and said, 5) .ne# (ou=d co%e&7 *o# could ) not a"e co%eE
8eautiful %usic touces %e tat #a(&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, #e a"e eard inspired %essa$es of trut, of ope, and
of lo"e& Our tou$ts a"e turned to *i% #o atoned for our sins, #o so#ed us te
#a( to li"e and o# to pra(, and #o de%onstrated b( *is o#n actions te blessin$s of
ser"ice,e"en our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist&
)n te boo. of Lu.e, capter 1J, #e read of *i%:
5And it ca%e to pass, as e #ent to Merusale%, tat e passed trou$ te %idst of
+a%aria and Galilee&
5And as e entered into a certain "illa$e, tere ?e %et@ ten %en tat #ere lepers, #ic
stood afar o::
5And te( lifted up teir "oices, and said, Mesus, 'aster, a"e %erc( on us&
5And #en e sa# te%, e said unto te%, Go se# (oursel"es unto te priests& And it
ca%e to pass, tat, as te( #ent, te( #ere cleansed&
5And one of te%, #en e sa# tat e #as ealed, turned bac., and #it a loud "oice
$lori0ed God,
5And fell do#n on is face at is feet, $i"in$ i% tan.s: and e #as a +a%aritan&
5And Mesus ans#erin$ said, 6ere tere not ten cleansedE but #ere are te nineE
5Tere are not found tat returned to $i"e $lor( to God, sa"e tis stran$er&
5And e said unto i%, Arise, $o t( #a(: t( fait at %ade tee #ole&7
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Trou$ di"ine inter"ention tose #o #ere lepers #ere spared fro% a cruel, lin$erin$
deat and $i"en a ne# lease on life& Te e-pressed $ratitude b( one %erited te
'aster=s blessin$; te in$ratitude so#n b( te nine, *is disappoint%ent&
'( broters and sisters, do #e re%e%ber to $i"e tan.s for te blessin$s #e recei"eE
+incerel( $i"in$ tan.s not onl( elps us reco$ni1e our blessin$s, but it also unloc.s te
doors of ea"en and elps us feel God=s lo"e&
'( belo"ed friend 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le( said, 56en (ou #al. #it $ratitude, (ou
do not #al. #it arro$ance and conceit and e$otis%, (ou #al. #it a spirit of
tan.s$i"in$ tat is beco%in$ to (ou and #ill bless (our li"es&7
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)n te boo. of 'atte# in te 8ible, #e a"e anoter account of $ratitude, tis ti%e as
an e-pression fro% te +a"ior& As *e tra"eled in te #ilderness for tree da(s, %ore tan
A,000 people follo#ed and tra"eled #it *i%& *e too. co%passion on te%, for te( %a(
not a"e eaten durin$ te entire tree da(s& *is disciples, o#e"er, 2uestioned,
56ence sould #e a"e so %uc bread in te #ilderness, as to 0ll so $reat a
%ultitudeE7 Li.e %an( of us, te disciples sa# onl( #at #as lac.in$&
5And Mesus sait unto te%, *o# %an( loa"es a"e (eE And ?te disciples@ said, +e"en,
and a fe# little 0ses&
5And ?Mesus@ co%%anded te %ultitude to sit do#n on te $round&
5And e too. te se"en loa"es and te 0ses, and ga(e thanks, and bra.e te%, and
$a"e to is disciples, and te disciples to te %ultitude&7
<otice tat te +a"ior $a"e tan.s for #at te( ad,and a %iracle follo#ed: 5And te(
did all eat, and #ere 0lled: and te( too. up of te bro.en %eat tat #as left se"en
bas.ets full&7
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6e a"e all e-perienced ti%es #en our focus is on #at #e lac. rater tan on our
blessin$s& +aid te Gree. pilosoper Cpictetus, 5*e is a #ise %an #o does not $rie"e
for te tin$s #ic e as not, but reDoices for tose #ic e as&7
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Gratitude is a di"ine principle& Te Lord declared trou$ a re"elation $i"en to te
9ropet Mosep +%it:
5Tou salt tan. te Lord t( God in all tin$s& H
5And in notin$ dot %an o:end God, or a$ainst none is is #rat .indled, sa"e tose
#o confess not is and in all tin$s&7
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)n te 8oo. of 'or%on #e are told to 5li"e in tan.s$i"in$ dail(, for te %an( %ercies
and blessin$s #ic ?God@ dot besto# upon (ou&7
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Ie$ardless of our circu%stances, eac of us as %uc for #ic to be $rateful if #e #ill
but pause and conte%plate our blessin$s&
Tis is a #onderful ti%e to be on eart& 6ile tere is %uc tat is #ron$ in te #orld
toda(, tere are %an( tin$s tat are ri$t and $ood& Tere are %arria$es tat %a.e it,
parents #o lo"e teir cildren and sacri0ce for te%, friends #o care about us and
elp us, teacers #o teac& Our li"es are blessed in countless #a(s&
6e can lift oursel"es and oters as #ell #en #e refuse to re%ain in te real% of
ne$ati"e tou$t and culti"ate #itin our earts an attitude of $ratitude& )f in$ratitude
be nu%bered a%on$ te serious sins, ten $ratitude ta.es its place a%on$ te noblest
of "irtues& +o%eone as said tat 5$ratitude is not onl( te $reatest of "irtues, but te
parent of all oters&7
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*o# can #e culti"ate #itin our earts an attitude of $ratitudeE 9resident Mosep !&
+%it, si-t 9resident of te Curc, pro"ided an ans#er& +aid e: 5Te $rateful %an
sees so %uc in te #orld to be tan.ful for, and #it i% te $ood out#ei$s te e"il&
Lo"e o"erpo#ers Dealous(, and li$t dri"es dar.ness out of is life&7 *e continued: 59ride
destro(s our $ratitude and sets up sel0sness in its place& *o# %uc appier #e are in
te presence of a $rateful and lo"in$ soul, and o# careful #e sould be to culti"ate,
trou$ te %ediu% of a pra(erful life, a tan.ful attitude to#ard God and %anF7
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9resident +%it is tellin$ us tat a pra(erful life is te .e( to possessin$ $ratitude&
Bo %aterial possessions %a.e us app( and $ratefulE 9eraps %o%entaril(& *o#e"er,
tose tin$s #ic pro"ide deep and lastin$ appiness and $ratitude are te tin$s
#ic %one( cannot bu(: our fa%ilies, te $ospel, $ood friends, our ealt, our abilities,
te lo"e #e recei"e fro% tose around us& Unfortunatel(, tese are so%e of te tin$s
#e allo# oursel"es to ta.e for $ranted&
Te Cn$lis autor Aldous *u-le( #rote, 5'ost u%an bein$s a"e an al%ost in0nite
capacit( for ta.in$ tin$s for $ranted&7
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6e often ta.e for $ranted te "er( people #o %ost deser"e our $ratitude& Let us not
#ait until it is too late for us to e-press tat $ratitude& +pea.in$ of lo"ed ones e ad
lost, one %an declared is re$ret tis #a(: 5) re%e%ber tose app( da(s, and often
#is ) could spea. into te ears of te dead te $ratitude #ic #as due te% in life,
and so ill returned&7
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Te loss of lo"ed ones al%ost ine"itabl( brin$s so%e re$rets to our earts& Let=s
%ini%i1e suc feelin$s as %uc as u%anl( possible b( fre2uentl( e-pressin$ our lo"e
and $ratitude to te%& 6e ne"er .no# o# soon it #ill be too late&
A $rateful eart, ten, co%es trou$ e-pressin$ $ratitude to our *ea"enl( !ater for *is
blessin$s and to tose around us for all tat te( brin$ into our li"es& Tis re2uires
conscious e:ort,at least until #e a"e trul( learned and culti"ated an attitude of
$ratitude& Often #e feel $rateful and intend to e-press our tan.s but for$et to do so or
Dust don=t $et around to it& +o%eone as said tat 5feelin$ $ratitude and not e-pressin$ it
is li.e #rappin$ a present and not $i"in$ it&7
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6en #e encounter callen$es and proble%s in our li"es, it is often di4cult for us to
focus on our blessin$s& *o#e"er, if #e reac deep enou$ and loo. ard enou$, #e #ill
be able to feel and reco$ni1e Dust o# %uc #e a"e been $i"en&
) sare #it (ou an account of one fa%il( #ic #as able to 0nd blessin$s in te %idst of
serious callen$es& Tis is an account ) read %an( (ears a$o and a"e .ept because of
te %essa$e it con"e(s& )t #as #ritten b( Gordon Green and appeared in an A%erican
%a$a1ine o"er 50 (ears a$o&
Gordon tells o# e $re# up on a far% in Canada, #ere e and is siblin$s ad to urr(
o%e fro% scool #ile te oter cildren pla(ed ball and #ent s#i%%in$& Teir fater,
o#e"er, ad te capacit( to elp te% understand tat teir #or. a%ounted to
so%etin$& Tis #as especiall( true after ar"estti%e #en te fa%il( celebrated
Tan.s$i"in$, for on tat da( teir fater $a"e te% a $reat $ift& *e too. an in"entor( of
e"er(tin$ te( ad&
On Tan.s$i"in$ %ornin$ e #ould ta.e te% to te cellar #it its barrels of apples, bins
of beets, carrots pac.ed in sand, and %ountains of sac.ed potatoes as #ell as peas, corn,
strin$ beans, Dellies, stra#berries, and oter preser"es #ic 0lled teir sel"es& *e ad
te cildren count e"er(tin$ carefull(& Ten te( #ent out to te barn and 0$ured o#
%an( tons of a( tere #ere and o# %an( busels of $rain in te $ranar(& Te(
counted te co#s, pi$s, cic.ens, tur.e(s, and $eese& Teir fater said e #anted to see
o# te( stood, but te( .ne# e reall( #anted te% to reali1e on tat feast da( o#
ricl( God ad blessed te% and ad s%iled upon all teir ours of #or.& !inall(, #en
te( sat do#n to te feast teir %oter ad prepared, te blessin$s #ere so%etin$ te(
felt&
Gordon indicated, o#e"er, tat te Tan.s$i"in$ e re%e%bered %ost tan.full( #as
te (ear te( see%ed to a"e notin$ for #ic to be $rateful&
Te (ear started o: #ell: te( ad lefto"er a(, lots of seed, four litters of pi$s, and teir
fater ad a little %one( set aside so tat so%eda( e could a:ord to bu( a a( loader,
a #onderful %acine %ost far%ers Dust drea%ed of o#nin$& )t #as also te (ear tat
electricit( ca%e to teir to#n,altou$ not to te% because te( couldn=t a:ord it&
One ni$t #en Gordon=s %oter #as doin$ er bi$ #as, is fater stepped in and too.
is turn o"er te #asboard and as.ed is #ife to rest and do er .nittin$& *e said, 5Kou
spend %ore ti%e doin$ te #as tan sleepin$& Bo (ou tin. #e sould brea. do#n and
$et electricit(E7 Altou$ elated at te prospect, se sed a tear or t#o as se tou$t
of te a( loader tat #ouldn=t be bou$t&
+o te electrical line #ent up teir lane tat (ear& Altou$ it #as notin$ fanc(, te(
ac2uired a #asin$ %acine tat #or.ed all da( b( itself and brilliant li$tbulbs tat
dan$led fro% eac ceilin$& Tere #ere no %ore la%ps to 0ll #it oil, no %ore #ic.s to
cut, no %ore soot( ci%ne(s to #as& Te la%ps #ent 2uietl( o: to te attic&
Te co%in$ of electricit( to teir far% #as al%ost te last $ood tin$ tat appened to
te% tat (ear& Must as teir crops #ere startin$ to co%e trou$ te $round, te rains
started& 6en te #ater 0nall( receded, tere #asn=t a plant left an(#ere& Te( planted
a$ain, but %ore rains beat te crops into te eart& Teir potatoes rotted in te %ud&
Te( sold a couple of co#s and all te pi$s and oter li"estoc. te( ad intended to
.eep, $ettin$ "er( lo# prices for te% because e"er(bod( else ad to do te sa%e tin$&
All te( ar"ested tat (ear #as a patc of turnips #ic ad so%eo# #eatered te
stor%s&
Ten it #as Tan.s$i"in$ a$ain& Teir %oter said, 5'a(be #e=d better for$et it tis
(ear& 6e a"en=t e"en $ot a $oose left&7
On Tan.s$i"in$ %ornin$, o#e"er, Gordon=s fater so#ed up #it a Dac.rabbit and
as.ed is #ife to coo. it& Grud$in$l( se started te Dob, indicatin$ it #ould ta.e a lon$
ti%e to coo. tat tou$ old tin$& 6en it #as 0nall( on te table #it so%e of te
turnips tat ad sur"i"ed, te cildren refused to eat& Gordon=s %oter cried, and ten
is fater did a stran$e tin$& *e #ent up to te attic, $ot an oil la%p, too. it bac. to te
table, and li$ted it& *e told te cildren to turn out te electric li$ts& 6en tere #as
onl( te la%p a$ain, te( could ardl( belie"e tat it ad been tat dar. before& Te(
#ondered o# te( ad e"er seen an(tin$ #itout te bri$t li$ts %ade possible b(
electricit(&
Te food #as blessed, and e"er(one ate& 6en dinner #as o"er, te( all sat 2uietl(&
6rote Gordon:
5)n te u%ble di%ness of te old la%p #e #ere be$innin$ to see clearl( a$ain& H
5)t ?#as@ a lo"el( %eal& Te Dac. rabbit tasted li.e tur.e( and te turnips #ere te
%ildest #e could recall& H
5H ?Our@ o%e H , for all its #ant, #as so ric ?to@ us&7
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'( broters and sisters, to e-press $ratitude is $racious and onorable, to enact
$ratitude is $enerous and noble, but to li"e #it $ratitude e"er in our earts is to touc
ea"en&
As ) close tis %ornin$, it is %( pra(er tat in addition to all else for #ic #e are
$rateful, #e %a( e"er re3ect our $ratitude for our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist& *is
$lorious $ospel pro"ides ans#ers to life=s $reatest 2uestions: 6ere did #e co%e fro%E
6( are #e ereE 6ere do our spirits $o #en #e dieE Tat $ospel brin$s to tose #o
li"e in dar.ness te li$t of di"ine trut&
*e tau$t us o# to pra(& *e tau$t us o# to li"e& *e tau$t us o# to die& *is life is a
le$ac( of lo"e& Te sic. *e ealed; te do#ntrodden *e lifted; te sinner *e sa"ed&
Ulti%atel(, *e stood alone& +o%e Apostles doubted; one betra(ed *i%& Te Io%an
soldiers pierced *is side& Te an$r( %ob too. *is life& Tere (et rin$s fro% Gol$ota=s ill
*is co%passionate #ords: 5!ater, for$i"e te%; for te( .no# not #at te( do&7
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6o #as tis 5%an of sorro#s, H ac2uainted #it $rief7E
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56o is tis Gin$ of $lor(,7
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tis Lord of lordsE *e is our 'aster& *e is our +a"ior& *e is te +on of God& *e is te
Autor of Our +al"ation& *e bec.ons, 5!ollo# %e&7
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*e instructs, 5Go, and do tou
li.e#ise&7
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*e pleads, 5Geep %( co%%and%ents&7
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Let us follo# *i%& Let us e%ulate *is e-a%ple& Let us obe( *is #ords& 8( so doin$, #e
$i"e to *i% te di"ine $ift of $ratitude&
'( sincere, eartfelt pra(er is tat #e %a( in our indi"idual li"es re3ect tat %ar"elous
"irtue of $ratitude& 'a( it per%eate our "er( souls, no# and e"er%ore& )n te sacred
na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior, a%en&
October 2010 General Conference
Till .e Meet ,'ain
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Cndure to te end #e %ust, for our $oal is eternal life in te presence of our
!ater in *ea"en&
'( broters and sisters, %( eart is full as #e brin$ to a close tis #onderful $eneral
conference of te Curc& 6e a"e been spirituall( fed as #e a"e listened to te
counsel and testi%onies of tose #o a"e participated in eac session& ) a% certain )
spea. for all %e%bers e"er(#ere #en ) e-press deep appreciation for te truts #e
a"e been tau$t& 6e could eco te #ords, found in te 8oo. of 'or%on, of tose #o
eard te ser%on of te $reat Gin$ 8enDa%in and 5cried #it one "oice, sa(in$: Kea, #e
belie"e all te #ords #ic tou ast spo.en unto us; and also, #e .no# of teir suret(
and trut, because of te +pirit of te Lord O%nipotent&7
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) ope tat #e #ill ta.e te ti%e to read te conference tal.s, #ic #ill be reprinted in
te <o"e%ber issue of te Ensign and 2iahona %a$a1ines, for te( are deser"in$ of our
careful stud(&
6at a blessin$ it is tat #e a"e been able to %eet ere, in tis %a$ni0cent
Conference Center, in peace and co%fort and safet(& 6e a"e ad unprecedented
co"era$e of te conference, reacin$ across te continents and te oceans to people
e"er(#ere& Tou$ #e are far re%o"ed fro% %an( of (ou, #e feel of (our spirit and
send our lo"e and appreciation to (ou&
To our 8retren #o a"e been released at tis conference, %a( ) e-press te eartfelt
$ratitude of all of us for (our %an( (ears of de"oted ser"ice& Countless are tose #o
a"e been blessed b( (our contributions to te #or. of te Lord&
Te Tabernacle Coir and oter coirs #ic participated in te sessions a"e pro"ided
trul( ea"enl( %usic tat as enanced and beauti0ed all else #ic as ta.en place& )
tan. (ou for sarin$ #it us (our %usical talents and abilities&
) lo"e and appreciate %( faitful counselors, 9resident *enr( 8& C(rin$ and 9resident
Bieter !& Uctdorf& Te( are trul( %en of #isdo% and understandin$, and teir ser"ice is
in"aluable& ) could not do all tat ) a% called upon to do #itout teir support and
assistance& ) lo"e and ad%ire %( 8retren of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles and all
in te Nuoru%s of te +e"ent( and in te 9residin$ 8isopric& Te( ser"e sel3essl( and
e:ecti"el(& ) si%ilarl( e-press %( appreciation for te #o%en and %en #o ser"e as
$eneral au-iliar( o4cers&
*o# blessed #e are to a"e te restored $ospel of Mesus Crist& )t pro"ides ans#ers to
2uestions concernin$ #ere #e ca%e fro%, #( #e are ere, and #ere #e #ill $o #en
#e pass fro% tis life& )t pro"ides %eanin$ and purpose and ope to our li"es&
6e li"e in a troubled #orld, a #orld of %an( callen$es& 6e are ere on tis eart to deal
#it our indi"idual callen$es to te best of our abilit(, to learn fro% te%, and to
o"erco%e te%& Cndure to te end #e %ust, for our $oal is eternal life in te presence of
our !ater in *ea"en& *e lo"es us and #ants notin$ %ore tan for us to succeed in tis
$oal& *e #ill elp us and bless us as #e call upon *i% in our pra(ers, as #e stud( *is
#ords, and as #e obe( *is co%%and%ents& Terein is found safet(; terein is found
peace&
'a( God bless (ou, %( broters and sisters& ) tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %( bealf
and in bealf of all of te General Autorities& 6e are deepl( $rateful for (ou and for all
tat (ou do to furter te .in$do% of God on eart&
'a( ea"en=s blessin$s be #it (ou& 'a( (our o%es be 0lled #it lo"e and courtes(
and #it te +pirit of te Lord& 'a( (ou constantl( nouris (our testi%onies of te
$ospel, tat te( #ill be a protection to (ou a$ainst te bu:etin$s of +atan&
Conference is no# o"er& As #e return to our o%es, %a( #e do so safel(& 'a( te spirit
#e a"e felt ere be and abide #it us as #e $o about tose tin$s #ic occup( us
eac da(& 'a( #e so# increased .indness to#ard one anoter; %a( #e e"er be found
doin$ te #or. of te Lord&
) lo"e (ou; ) pra( for (ou& ) bid (ou fare#ell till #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e& )n te
na%e of our Lord and +a"ior, e"en Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2011 General Conference
5t9s Conference 4nce ,'ain
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Tan. (ou for (our fait and de"otion to te $ospel, for te lo"e and care
(ou so# to one anoter, and for te ser"ice (ou pro"ide&
6en tis buildin$ #as planned, #e tou$t #e=d ne"er 0ll it& Must loo. at it no#&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, o# $ood it is to be to$eter once a$ain as #e be$in
te 181st Annual General Conference of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints&
Te past si- %onts see% to a"e passed rapidl( as )="e been bus( #it %an(
responsibilities& One of te $reat blessin$s durin$ tis ti%e #as to rededicate te
beautiful Laie *a#aii Te%ple, #ic ad been under$oin$ e-tensi"e reno"ations for
nearl( t#o (ears& ) #as acco%panied b( 9resident and +ister *enr( 8& C(rin$, Clder and
+ister Nuentin L& Coo., and Clder and +ister 6illia% I& 6al.er& Burin$ te e"enin$ prior
to te rededication, #ic too. place durin$ <o"e%ber, #e #atced 2,000 (oun$ people
fro% te te%ple district as te( 0lled te Cannon Acti"ities Center on te 8KUS*a#aii
ca%pus and perfor%ed for us& Teir production #as titled 5Te Gaterin$ 9lace7 and
creati"el( and %asterfull( recounted si$ni0cant e"ents in local Curc istor( and te
istor( of te te%ple& 6at a #onderful e"enin$ it #asF
Te follo#in$ da( #as a spiritual feast as te te%ple #as rededicated in tree sessions&
Te +pirit of te Lord #as #it us in ric abundance&
6e continue to build te%ples& )t is %( pri"ile$e tis %ornin$ to announce tree
additional te%ples for #ic sites are bein$ ac2uired and #ic, in co%in$ %onts and
(ears, #ill be built in te follo#in$ locations: !ort Collins, Colorado; 'eridian, )dao; and
6innipe$, 'anitoba, Canada& Te( #ill certainl( be a blessin$ to our %e%bers in tose
areas&
Cac (ear %illions of ordinances are perfor%ed in te te%ples& 'a( #e continue to be
faitful in perfor%in$ suc ordinances, not onl( for oursel"es but also for our deceased
lo"ed ones #o are unable to do so for te%sel"es&
Te Curc continues to pro"ide u%anitarian aid in ti%es of disaster& 'ost recentl( our
earts and our elp a"e $one out to Mapan follo#in$ te de"astatin$ eart2ua.e and
tsuna%i and te resultant nuclear callen$es& 6e a"e distributed o"er J0 tons of
supplies, includin$ food, #ater, blan.ets, beddin$, ($iene ite%s, clotin$, and fuel& Our
(oun$ sin$le adults a"e "olunteered teir ti%e to locate %issin$ %e%bers usin$ te
)nternet, social %edia, and oter %odern %eans of co%%unication& 'e%bers are
deli"erin$ aid "ia scooters pro"ided b( te Curc to areas tat are di4cult to reac b(
car& +er"ice proDects to asse%ble ($iene .its and cleanin$ .its are bein$ or$ani1ed in
%ultiple sta.es and #ards in To.(o, <a$o(a, and Osa.a& Tus far, o"er A0,000 ours of
ser"ice a"e been donated b( %ore tan A,000 "olunteers& Our elp #ill be on$oin$ in
Mapan and in an( oter areas #ere tere is need&
'( broters and sisters, ) tan. (ou for (our fait and de"otion to te $ospel, for te
lo"e and care (ou so# to one anoter, and for te ser"ice (ou pro"ide in (our #ards
and brances and sta.es and districts& Tan. (ou, as #ell, for (our faitfulness in pa(in$
(our tites and o:erin$s and for (our $enerosit( in contributin$ to te oter funds of te
Curc&
As of te end of te (ear 2010, tere #ere 52,225 %issionaries ser"in$ in >A0 %issions
trou$out te #orld& 'issionar( #or. is te lifeblood of te .in$do%& 'a( ) su$$est tat
if (ou are able, (ou %i$t consider %a.in$ a contribution to te General 'issionar( !und
of te Curc&
<o#, broters and sisters, #e are an-ious to listen to te %essa$es #ic #ill be
presented to us toda( and to%orro#& Tose #o #ill address us a"e sou$t ea"en=s
elp and direction as te( a"e prepared teir %essa$es& Tat #e %a( be 0lled #it te
+pirit of te Lord and be uplifted and inspired as #e listen and learn is %( pra(er& )n te
na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2011 General Conference
Priesthoo Po+er
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( #e be #ort( recipients of te di"ine po#er of te priestood #e bear&
'a( it bless our li"es and %a( #e use it to bless te li"es of oters&
) pra(ed and studied lon$ about #at ) %i$t sa( toni$t& ) #is not to o:end an(one& )
tou$t, 56at are te callen$es #e a"eE 6at do ) deal #it e"er( da( tat causes
%e to #eep so%eti%es late into te ni$tE7 ) tou$t tat ) #ould tr( to address a fe# of
tose callen$es toni$t& +o%e #ill appl( to te (oun$ %en& +o%e #ill appl( to tose
#o are %iddle a$ed& +o%e #ill appl( to tose #o are a little bit abo"e %iddle a$e& 6e
don=t tal. about old a$e&
And so ) si%pl( #ant to be$in b( declarin$, it as been $ood for us to be to$eter tis
e"enin$& 6e="e eard #onderful and ti%el( %essa$es concernin$ te priestood of God&
), #it (ou, a"e been uplifted and inspired&
Toni$t ) #is to address %atters #ic a"e been %uc on %( %ind of late and #ic )
a"e felt i%pressed to sare #it (ou& )n one #a( or anoter, te( all relate to te
personal #ortiness re2uired to recei"e and e-ercise te sacred po#er of te priestood
#ic #e old&
'a( ) be$in b( recitin$ to (ou fro% section 121 of te Boctrine and Co"enants:
5Te ri$ts of te priestood are inseparabl( connected #it te po#ers of ea"en, and
H te po#ers of ea"en cannot be controlled nor andled onl( upon te principles of
ri$teousness&
5Tat te( %a( be conferred upon us, it is true; but #en #e underta.e to co"er our
sins, or to $ratif( our pride, our "ain a%bition, or to e-ercise control or do%inion or
co%pulsion upon te souls of te cildren of %en, in an( de$ree of unri$teousness,
beold, te ea"ens #itdra# te%sel"es; te +pirit of te Lord is $rie"ed; and #en it
is #itdra#n, A%en to te priestood or te autorit( of tat %an&7
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8retren, tat is te de0niti"e #ord of te Lord concernin$ *is di"ine autorit(& 6e
cannot be in doubt as to te obli$ation tis places upon eac of us #o bear te
priestood of God&
6e a"e co%e to te eart in troubled ti%es& Te %oral co%pass of te %asses as
$raduall( sifted to an 5al%ost an(tin$ $oes7 position&
)="e li"ed lon$ enou$ to a"e #itnessed %uc of te %eta%orposis of societ(=s
%orals& 6ere once te standards of te Curc and te standards of societ( #ere
%ostl( co%patible, no# tere is a #ide cas% bet#een us, and it=s $ro#in$ e"er #ider&
'an( %o"ies and tele"ision so#s portra( bea"ior #ic is in direct opposition to te
la#s of God& Bo not subDect (ourself to te innuendo and outri$t 0lt #ic are so often
found tere& Te l(rics in %uc of toda(=s %usic fall in te sa%e cate$or(& Te profanit(
so pre"alent around us toda( #ould ne"er a"e been tolerated in te not/too/distant
past& +adl(, te Lord=s na%e is ta.en in "ain o"er and o"er a$ain& Iecall #it %e te
co%%and%ent,one of te ten,#ic te Lord re"ealed to 'oses on 'ount +inai: 5Tou
salt not ta.e te na%e of te Lord t( God in "ain; for te Lord #ill not old i%
$uiltless tat ta.et is na%e in "ain&7
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) a% sorr( tat an( of us is subDected to profane
lan$ua$e, and ) plead #it (ou not to use it& ) i%plore (ou not to sa( or to do an(tin$ of
#ic (ou cannot be proud&
+ta( co%pletel( a#a( fro% porno$rap(& Bo not allo# (ourself to "ie# it, e"er& )t as
pro"en to be an addiction #ic is %ore tan di4cult to o"erco%e& A"oid alcool and
tobacco or an( oter dru$s, also addictions #ic (ou #ould be ard pressed to con2uer&
6at #ill protect (ou fro% te sin and e"il around (ouE ) %aintain tat a stron$
testi%on( of our +a"ior and of *is $ospel #ill elp see (ou trou$ to safet(& )f (ou a"e
not read te 8oo. of 'or%on, read it& ) #ill not as. for a so# of ands& )f (ou do so
pra(erfull( and #it a sincere desire to .no# te trut, te *ol( Gost #ill %anifest its
trut to (ou& )f it is true,and it is,ten Mosep +%it #as a propet #o sa# God te
!ater and *is +on, Mesus Crist& Te Curc is true& )f (ou do not alread( a"e a
testi%on( of tese tin$s, do tat #ic is necessar( to obtain one& )t is essential for (ou
to a"e (our o#n testi%on(, for te testi%onies of oters #ill carr( (ou onl( so far& Once
obtained, a testi%on( needs to be .ept "ital and ali"e trou$ obedience to te
co%%and%ents of God and trou$ re$ular pra(er and scripture stud(& Attend curc&
Kou (oun$ %en, attend se%inar( or institute if suc is a"ailable to (ou&
+ould tere be an(tin$ a%iss in (our life, tere is open to (ou a #a( out& Cease an(
unri$teousness& Tal. #it (our bisop& 6ate"er te proble%, it can be #or.ed out
trou$ proper repentance& Kou can beco%e clean once a$ain& +aid te Lord, spea.in$ of
tose #o repent, 5Tou$ (our sins be as scarlet, te( sall be as #ite as sno#,7
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), te Lord, re%e%ber te% no %ore&7
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Te +a"ior of %an.ind described *i%self as bein$ in te #orld but not of te #orld&
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also can be in te #orld but not of te #orld as #e reDect false concepts and false
teacin$s and re%ain true to tat #ic God as co%%anded&
<o#, ) a"e tou$t a lot latel( about (ou (oun$ %en #o are of an a$e to %arr( but
#o a"e not (et felt to do so& ) see lo"el( (oun$ ladies #o desire to be %arried and to
raise fa%ilies, and (et teir opportunities are li%ited because so %an( (oun$ %en are
postponin$ %arria$e&
Tis is not a ne# situation& 'uc as been said concernin$ tis %atter b( past 9residents
of te Curc& ) sare #it (ou Dust one or t#o e-a%ples of teir counsel&
+aid 9resident *arold 8& Lee, 56e are not doin$ our dut( as olders of te priestood
#en #e $o be(ond te %arria$eable a$e and #itold oursel"es fro% an onorable
%arria$e to tese lo"el( #o%en&7
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9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le( said tis: 5'( eart reaces out to H our sin$le sisters,
#o lon$ for %arria$e and cannot see% to 0nd it& H ) a"e far less s(%pat( for te
(oun$ %en, #o under te custo%s of our societ(, a"e te prero$ati"e to ta.e te
initiati"e in tese %atters but in so %an( cases fail to do so&7
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) reali1e tere are %an( reasons #( (ou %a( be esitatin$ to ta.e tat step of $ettin$
%arried& )f (ou are concerned about pro"idin$ 0nanciall( for a #ife and fa%il(, %a( )
assure (ou tat tere is no sa%e in a couple a"in$ to scri%p and sa"e& )t is $enerall(
durin$ tese callen$in$ ti%es tat (ou #ill $ro# closer to$eter as (ou learn to sacri0ce
and to %a.e di4cult decisions& 9eraps (ou are afraid of %a.in$ te #ron$ coice& To
tis ) sa( tat (ou need to e-ercise fait& !ind so%eone #it #o% (ou can be
co%patible& Ieali1e tat (ou #ill not be able to anticipate e"er( callen$e #ic %a(
arise, but be assured tat al%ost an(tin$ can be #or.ed out if (ou are resourceful and
if (ou are co%%itted to %a.in$ (our %arria$e #or.&
9eraps (ou are a"in$ a little too %uc fun bein$ sin$le, ta.in$ e-tra"a$ant "acations,
bu(in$ e-pensi"e cars and to(s, and Dust $enerall( enDo(in$ te carefree life #it (our
friends& )="e encountered $roups of (ou runnin$ around to$eter, and ) ad%it tat )="e
#ondered #( (ou aren=t out #it te (oun$ ladies&
8retren, tere is a point at #ic it=s ti%e to tin. seriousl( about %arria$e and to see.
a co%panion #it #o% (ou #ant to spend eternit(& )f (ou coose #isel( and if (ou are
co%%itted to te success of (our %arria$e, tere is notin$ in tis life #ic #ill brin$
(ou $reater appiness&
6en (ou %arr(, bretren, (ou #ill #is to %arr( in te ouse of te Lord& !or (ou #o
old te priestood, tere sould be no oter option& 8e careful lest (ou destro( (our
eli$ibilit( to be so %arried& Kou can .eep (our courtsip #itin proper bounds #ile still
a"in$ a #onderful ti%e&
<o#, bretren, ) turn to anoter subDect about #ic ) feel i%pressed to address (ou& )n
te tree (ears since ) #as sustained as 9resident of te Curc, ) belie"e te saddest
and %ost discoura$in$ responsibilit( ) a"e eac #ee. is te andlin$ of cancellations of
sealin$s& Cac one #as preceded b( a Do(ous %arria$e in te ouse of te Lord, #ere a
lo"in$ couple #as be$innin$ a ne# life to$eter and loo.in$ for#ard to spendin$ te rest
of eternit( #it eac oter& And ten %onts and (ears $o b(, and for one reason or
anoter, lo"e dies& )t %a( be te result of 0nancial proble%s, lac. of co%%unication,
uncontrolled te%pers, interference fro% in/la#s, entan$le%ent in sin& Tere are an(
nu%ber of reasons& )n %ost cases di"orce does not a"e to be te outco%e&
Te "ast %aDorit( of re2uests for cancellations of sealin$s co%e fro% #o%en #o tried
desperatel( to %a.e a $o of te %arria$e but #o, in te 0nal anal(sis, could not
o"erco%e te proble%s&
Coose a co%panion carefull( and pra(erfull(; and #en (ou are %arried, be 0ercel(
lo(al one to anoter& 9riceless ad"ice co%es fro% a s%all fra%ed pla2ue ) once sa# in
te o%e of an uncle and aunt& )t read, 5Coose (our lo"e; lo"e (our coice&7 Tere is
$reat #isdo% in tose fe# #ords& Co%%it%ent in %arria$e is absolutel( essential&
Kour #ife is (our e2ual& )n %arria$e neiter partner is superior nor inferior to te oter&
Kou #al. side b( side as a son and a dau$ter of God& +e is not to be de%eaned or
insulted but sould be respected and lo"ed& +aid 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(: 5An( %an
in tis Curc #o H e-ercises unri$teous do%inion o"er ?is #ife@ is un#ort( to old
te priestood& Tou$ e %a( a"e been ordained, te ea"ens #ill #itdra#, te
+pirit of te Lord #ill be $rie"ed, and it #ill be a%en to te autorit( of te priestood of
tat %an&7
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9resident *o#ard 6& *unter said tis about %arria$e: 58ein$ appil( and successfull(
%arried is $enerall( not so %uc a %atter of %arr(in$ te ri$t person as it is being the
right !erson&7 ) li.e tat& 5Te conscious e:ort to do one=s part full( is te $reatest
ele%ent contributin$ to success&7
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'an( (ears a$o in te #ard o"er #ic ) presided as te bisop, tere li"ed a couple #o
often ad "er( serious, eated disa$ree%ents& ) %ean real disa$ree%ents& Cac of te
t#o #as certain of is or er position& <eiter one #ould (ield to te oter& 6en te(
#eren=t ar$uin$, te( %aintained #at ) #ould call an uneas( truce&
One %ornin$ at 2:00 a&%& ) ad a telepone call fro% te couple& Te( #anted to tal. to
%e, and te( #anted to tal. ri$t ten& ) dra$$ed %(self fro% bed, dressed, and #ent to
teir o%e& Te( sat on opposite sides of te roo%, not spea.in$ to eac oter& Te #ife
co%%unicated #it er usband b( tal.in$ to %e& *e replied to er b( tal.in$ to %e& )
tou$t, 5*o# in te #orld are #e $oin$ to $et tis couple to$eterE7
) pra(ed for inspiration, and te tou$t ca%e to %e to as. te% a 2uestion& ) said, 5*o#
lon$ as it been since (ou a"e been to te te%ple and #itnessed a te%ple sealin$E7
Te( ad%itted it ad been a "er( lon$ ti%e& Te( #ere oter#ise #ort( people #o
eld te%ple reco%%ends and #o #ent to te te%ple and did ordinance #or. for oters&
) said to te%, 56ill (ou co%e #it %e to te te%ple on 6ednesda( %ornin$ at 8:00E 6e
#ill #itness a sealin$ cere%on( tere&7
)n unison te( as.ed, 56ose cere%on(E7
) responded, 5) don=t .no#& )t #ill be for #oe"er is $ettin$ %arried tat %ornin$&7
On te follo#in$ 6ednesda( at te appointed our, #e %et at te +alt La.e Te%ple& Te
tree of us #ent into one of te beautiful sealin$ roo%s, not .no#in$ a soul in te roo%
e-cept Clder ClIa( L& Cristiansen, ten an Assistant to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e, a
General Autorit( position #ic e-isted at tat ti%e& Clder Cristiansen #as sceduled
to perfor% a sealin$ cere%on( for a bride and $roo% in tat "er( roo% tat %ornin$& )
a% con0dent te bride and er fa%il( tou$t, 5Tese %ust be friends of te $roo%7
and tat te $roo%=s fa%il( tou$t, 5Tese %ust be friends of te bride&7 '( couple
#ere seated on a little benc #it about a full t#o feet O0&6 %P of space bet#een te%&
Clder Cristiansen be$an b( pro"idin$ counsel to te couple #o #ere bein$ %arried,
and e did so in a beautiful fasion& *e %entioned o# a usband sould lo"e is #ife,
o# e sould treat er #it respect and courtes(, onorin$ er as te eart of te
o%e& Ten e tal.ed to te bride about o# se sould onor er usband as te ead
of te o%e and be of support to i% in e"er( #a(&
) noticed tat as Clder Cristiansen spo.e to te bride and te $roo%, %( couple %o"ed
a little closer to$eter& +oon te( #ere seated ri$t ne-t to one anoter& 6at pleased
%e is tat te( ad bot %o"ed at about te sa%e rate& 8( te end of te cere%on(, %(
couple #ere sittin$ as close to eac oter as tou$ they #ere te ne#l(#eds& Cac #as
s%ilin$&
6e left te te%ple tat da(, and no one e"er .ne# #o #e #ere or #( #e ad co%e,
but %( friends #ere oldin$ ands as te( #al.ed out te front door& Teir di:erences
ad been set aside& ) ad not ad to sa( one #ord& Kou see, te( re%e%bered teir o#n
#eddin$ da( and te co"enants te( ad %ade in te ouse of God& Te( #ere
co%%itted to be$innin$ a$ain and tr(in$ arder tis ti%e around&
)f an( of (ou are a"in$ di4cult( in (our %arria$e, ) ur$e (ou to do all tat (ou can to
%a.e #ate"er repairs are necessar(, tat (ou %i$t be as app( as (ou #ere #en
(our %arria$e started out& 6e #o are %arried in te ouse of te Lord do so for ti%e
and for all eternit(, and ten #e %ust put fort te necessar( e:ort to %a.e it so& )
reali1e tat tere are situations #ere %arria$es cannot be sa"ed, but ) feel stron$l( tat
for te %ost part te( can be and sould be& Bo not let (our %arria$e $et to te point
#ere it is in Deopard(&
9resident *inc.le( tau$t tat it is up to eac of us #o old te priestood of God to
discipline oursel"es so tat #e stand abo"e te #a(s of te #orld& )t is essential tat #e
be onorable and decent %en& Our actions %ust be abo"e reproac&
Te #ords #e spea., te #a( #e treat oters, and te #a( #e li"e our li"es all i%pact
our e:ecti"eness as %en and bo(s oldin$ te priestood&
Te $ift of te priestood is priceless& )t carries #it it te autorit( to act as God=s
ser"ants, to ad%inister to te sic., to bless our fa%ilies, and to bless oters as #ell& )ts
autorit( can reac be(ond te "eil of deat, on into te eternities& Tere is notin$ else
to co%pare #it it in all tis #orld& +afe$uard it, treasure it, li"e #ort( of it&
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'( belo"ed bretren, %a( ri$teousness $uide our e"er( step as #e Dourne( trou$ life&
Toda( and al#a(s, %a( #e be #ort( recipients of te di"ine po#er of te priestood #e
bear& 'a( it bless our li"es and %a( #e use it to bless te li"es of oters, as did *e #o
li"ed and died for us,e"en Mesus Crist, our Lord and +a"ior& Tis is %( pra(er in *is
sacred na%e, *is ol( na%e, a%en&
April 2011 General Conference
The 2ol! Tem%le:a )eacon to the .orl
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Te all/i%portant and cro#nin$ blessin$s of %e%bersip in te Curc are
tose blessin$s #ic #e recei"e in te te%ples of God&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, ) e-tend %( lo"e and $reetin$s to eac of (ou and pra(
tat our *ea"enl( !ater #ill $uide %( tou$ts and inspire %( #ords as ) spea. to (ou
toda(&
'a( ) be$in b( %a.in$ a co%%ent or t#o concernin$ te 0ne %essa$es #e a"e eard
tis %ornin$ fro% +ister Allred and 8isop 8urton and oters pertainin$ to te Curc=s
#elfare pro$ra%& As indicated, tis (ear %ar.s te J5t anni"ersar( of tis inspired
pro$ra%, #ic as blessed te li"es of so %an(& )t #as %( pri"ile$e to .no# personall(
so%e of tose #o pioneered tis $reat endea"or,%en of co%passion and foresi$t&
As bot 8isop 8urton and +ister Allred and oters %entioned, te bisop of te #ard is
$i"en te responsibilit( to care for tose in need #o reside #itin te boundaries of is
#ard& +uc #as %( pri"ile$e #en ) presided as a "er( (oun$ bisop in +alt La.e Cit(
o"er a #ard of 1,080 %e%bers, includin$ 8A #ido#s& Tere #ere %an( #o needed
assistance& *o# $rateful ) #as for te #elfare pro$ra% of te Curc and for te elp of
te Ielief +ociet( and te priestood 2uoru%s&
) declare tat te #elfare pro$ra% of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints is
inspired of Al%i$t( God&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, tis conference %ar.s tree (ears since ) #as sustained as
9resident of te Curc& Of course te( a"e been bus( (ears, 0lled #it %an(
callen$es but also #it countless blessin$s& Te opportunit( ) a"e ad to dedicate and
rededicate te%ples as been a%on$ te %ost enDo(able and sacred of tese blessin$s,
and it is concernin$ te te%ple tat ) #is to spea. to (ou toda(&
Burin$ te October $eneral conference in 1L02, Curc 9resident Mosep !& +%it
e-pressed in is openin$ address te ope tat one da( #e #ould 5a"e te%ples built in
te "arious parts of te ?#orld@ #ere te( are needed for te con"enience of te
people&7
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Burin$ te 0rst 150 (ears follo#in$ te or$ani1ation of te Curc, fro% 18>0 to 1L80,
21 te%ples #ere built, includin$ te te%ples in Girtland, Oio, and <au"oo, )llinois&
Contrast tat #it te >0 (ears since 1L80, durin$ #ic 115 te%ples #ere built and
dedicated& 6it te announce%ent (esterda( of > ne# te%ples, tere are additionall( 26
te%ples eiter under construction or in preconstruction sta$es& Tese nu%bers #ill
continue to $ro#&
Te $oal 9resident Mosep !& +%it oped for in 1L02 is beco%in$ a realit(& Our desire is
to %a.e te te%ple as accessible as possible to our %e%bers&
One of te te%ples currentl( under construction is in 'anaus, 8ra1il& 'an( (ears a$o )
read of a $roup of o"er a undred %e%bers #o left 'anaus, located in te eart of te
A%a1on rain forest, to tra"el to #at #as ten te closest te%ple, located in +[o 9aulo,
8ra1il,nearl( 2,500 %iles OA,000 .%P fro% 'anaus& Tose faitful +aints Dourne(ed b(
boat for four da(s on te A%a1on Ii"er and its tributaries& After co%pletin$ tis Dourne(
b( #ater, te( boarded buses for anoter tree da(s of tra"el,o"er bu%p( roads, #it
"er( little to eat, and #it no#ere co%fortable to sleep& After se"en da(s and ni$ts,
te( arri"ed at te te%ple in +[o 9aulo, #ere ordinances eternal in nature #ere
perfor%ed& Of course teir return Dourne( #as Dust as di4cult& *o#e"er, te( ad
recei"ed te ordinances and blessin$s of te te%ple, and altou$ teir purses #ere
e%pt(, te( te%sel"es #ere 0lled #it te spirit of te te%ple and #it $ratitude for
te blessin$s te( ad recei"ed&
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<o#, %an( (ears later, our %e%bers in 'anaus are
reDoicin$ as te( #atc teir o#n te%ple ta.e sape on te ban.s of te Iio <e$ro&
Te%ples brin$ Do( to our faitful %e%bers #ere"er te( are built&
Ieports of te sacri0ces %ade in order to recei"e te blessin$s found onl( in te%ples of
God ne"er fail to touc %( eart and brin$ to %e a rene#ed sense of tan.fulness for
te%ples&
'a( ) sare #it (ou te account of Tii and Tararaina 'ou Ta% and teir 10 cildren&
Te entire fa%il( e-cept for one dau$ter Doined te Curc in te earl( 1L60s, #en
%issionaries ca%e to teir island, located about 100 %iles O160 .%P sout of Taiti& +oon
te( be$an to desire te blessin$s of an eternal fa%il( sealin$ in te te%ple&
At tat ti%e te nearest te%ple to te 'ou Ta% fa%il( #as te *a%ilton <e# Yealand
Te%ple, %ore tan 2,500 %iles OA,000 .%P to te sout#est, accessible onl( b(
e-pensi"e airplane tra"el& Te lar$e 'ou Ta% fa%il(, #ic e.ed out a %ea$er li"in$ on
a s%all plantation, ad no %one( for airplane fare, nor #as tere an( opportunit( for
e%plo(%ent on teir 9aci0c island& +o 8roter 'ou Ta% and is son G\rard %ade te
di4cult decision to tra"el >,000 %iles OA,800 .%P to #or. in <e# Caledonia, #ere
anoter son #as alread( e%plo(ed&
Te tree 'ou Ta% %en labored for four (ears& 8roter 'ou Ta% alone returned o%e
onl( once durin$ tat ti%e, for te %arria$e of a dau$ter&
After four (ears, 8roter 'ou Ta% and is sons ad sa"ed enou$ %one( to ta.e te
fa%il( to te <e# Yealand Te%ple& All #o #ere %e%bers #ent e-cept for one dau$ter,
#o #as e-pectin$ a bab(& Te( #ere sealed for ti%e and eternit(, an indescribable and
Do(ful e-perience&
8roter 'ou Ta% returned fro% te te%ple directl( to <e# Caledonia, #ere e #or.ed
for t#o %ore (ears to pa( for te passa$e of te one dau$ter #o ad not been at te
te%ple #it te%,a %arried dau$ter and er cild and usband&
)n teir later (ears 8roter and +ister 'ou Ta% desired to ser"e in te te%ple& 8( tat
ti%e te 9apeete Taiti Te%ple ad been constructed and dedicated, and te( ser"ed
four %issions tere&
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'( broters and sisters, te%ples are %ore tan stone and %ortar& Te( are 0lled #it
fait and fastin$& Te( are built of trials and testi%onies& Te( are sancti0ed b( sacri0ce
and ser"ice&
Te 0rst te%ple to be built in tis dispensation #as te te%ple at Girtland, Oio& Te
+aints at te ti%e #ere i%po"erised, and (et te Lord ad co%%anded tat a te%ple
be built, so build it te( did& 6rote Clder *eber C& Gi%ball of te e-perience, 5Te Lord
onl( .no#s te scenes of po"ert(, tribulation and distress #ic #e passed trou$ to
acco%plis it&7
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And ten, after all tat ad been painsta.in$l( co%pleted, te +aints
#ere forced to lea"e Oio and teir belo"ed te%ple& Te( e"entuall( found refu$e,
altou$ it #ould be te%porar(,on te ban.s of te 'ississippi Ii"er in te state of
)llinois& Te( na%ed teir settle%ent <au"oo, and #illin$ to $i"e teir all once a$ain and
#it teir fait intact, te( erected anoter te%ple to teir God& 9ersecutions ra$ed,
o#e"er, and #it te <au"oo Te%ple barel( co%pleted, te( #ere dri"en fro% teir
o%es once a$ain, see.in$ refu$e in a desert&
Te stru$$le and te sacri0ce be$an once a$ain as te( labored for A0 (ears to erect te
+alt La.e Te%ple, #ic stands %aDesticall( on te bloc. Dust sout of tose of us #o
are ere toda( in te Conference Center&
+o%e de$ree of sacri0ce as e"er been associated #it te%ple buildin$ and #it te%ple
attendance& Countless are tose #o a"e labored and stru$$led in order to obtain for
te%sel"es and for teir fa%ilies te blessin$s #ic are found in te te%ples of God&
6( are so %an( #illin$ to $i"e so %uc in order to recei"e te blessin$s of te te%pleE
Tose #o understand te eternal blessin$s #ic co%e fro% te te%ple .no# tat no
sacri0ce is too $reat, no price too ea"(, no stru$$le too di4cult in order to recei"e
tose blessin$s& Tere are ne"er too %an( %iles to tra"el, too %an( obstacles to
o"erco%e, or too %uc disco%fort to endure& Te( understand tat te sa"in$
ordinances recei"ed in te te%ple tat per%it us to so%eda( return to our *ea"enl(
!ater in an eternal fa%il( relationsip and to be endo#ed #it blessin$s and po#er
fro% on i$ are #ort e"er( sacri0ce and e"er( e:ort&
Toda( %ost of us do not a"e to su:er $reat ardsips in order to attend te te%ple&
Ci$t(/0"e percent of te %e%bersip of te Curc no# li"e #itin 200 %iles O>20 .%P
of a te%ple, and for a $reat %an( of us, tat distance is %uc sorter&
)f (ou a"e been to te te%ple for (oursel"es and if (ou li"e #itin relati"el( close
pro-i%it( to a te%ple, (our sacri0ce could be settin$ aside te ti%e in (our bus( li"es to
"isit te te%ple re$ularl(& Tere is %uc to be done in our te%ples in bealf of tose #o
#ait be(ond te "eil& As #e do te #or. for te%, #e #ill .no# tat #e a"e
acco%plised #at te( cannot do for te%sel"es& 9resident Mosep !& +%it, in a %i$t(
declaration, stated, 5Trou$ our e:orts in teir bealf teir cains of bonda$e #ill fall
fro% te%, and te dar.ness surroundin$ te% #ill clear a#a(, tat li$t %a( sine
upon te% and te( sall ear in te spirit #orld of te #or. tat as been done for
te% b( teir cildren ere, and #ill reDoice #it (ou in (our perfor%ance of tese
duties&7
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'( broters and sisters, te #or. is ours to do&
)n %( o#n fa%il(, so%e of our %ost sacred and treasured e-periences a"e occurred
#en #e a"e Doined to$eter in te te%ple to perfor% sealin$ ordinances for our
deceased ancestors&
)f (ou a"e not (et been to te te%ple or if (ou ha(e been but currentl( do not 2ualif(
for a reco%%end, tere is no %ore i%portant $oal for (ou to #or. to#ard tan bein$
#ort( to $o to te te%ple& Kour sacri0ce %a( be brin$in$ (our life into co%pliance #it
#at is re2uired to recei"e a reco%%end, peraps b( forsa.in$ lon$/eld abits #ic
dis2ualif( (ou& )t %a( be a"in$ te fait and te discipline to pa( (our titin$& 6ate"er
it is, 2ualif( to enter te te%ple of God& +ecure a te%ple reco%%end and re$ard it as a
precious possession, for suc it is&
Until (ou a"e entered te ouse of te Lord and a"e recei"ed all te blessin$s #ic
a#ait (ou tere, (ou a"e not obtained e"er(tin$ te Curc as to o:er& Te all/
i%portant and cro#nin$ blessin$s of %e%bersip in te Curc are tose blessin$s
#ic #e recei"e in te te%ples of God&
<o#, %( (oun$ friends #o are in (our teena$e (ears, al#a(s a"e te te%ple in (our
si$ts& Bo notin$ #ic #ill .eep (ou fro% enterin$ its doors and parta.in$ of te
sacred and eternal blessin$s tere& ) co%%end tose of (ou #o alread( $o to te
te%ple re$ularl( to perfor% baptis%s for te dead, arisin$ in te "er( earl( ours of te
%ornin$ so (ou can participate in suc baptis%s before scool be$ins& ) can tin. of no
better #a( to start a da(&
To (ou parents of (oun$ cildren, %a( ) sare #it (ou so%e sa$e ad"ice fro% 9resident
+pencer 6& Gi%ball& +aid e: 5)t #ould be a 0ne tin$ if H parents #ould a"e in e"er(
bedroo% in teir ouse a picture of te te%ple so ?teir cildren@ fro% te ti%e ?te(
are@ infant?s@ could loo. at te picture e"er( da( ?until@ it beco%es a part of ?teir li"es@&
6en ?te( reac@ te a$e tat ?te( need@ to %a.e ?te@ "er( i%portant decision
?concernin$ $oin$ to te te%ple@, it #ill a"e alread( been %ade&7
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Our cildren sin$ in 9ri%ar(:
) lo"e to see te te%ple&
)=ll $o inside so%eda(&
)=ll co"=nant #it %( !ater;
)=ll pro%ise to obe(&
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) plead #it (ou to teac (our cildren of te te%ple=s i%portance&
Te #orld can be a callen$in$ and di4cult place in #ic to li"e& 6e are often
surrounded b( tat #ic #ould dra$ us do#n& As (ou and ) $o to te ol( ouses of
God, as #e re%e%ber te co"enants #e %a.e #itin, #e #ill be %ore able to bear e"er(
trial and to o"erco%e eac te%ptation& )n tis sacred sanctuar( #e #ill 0nd peace; #e
#ill be rene#ed and forti0ed&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, %a( ) %ention one %ore te%ple before ) close& )n te not/
too/distant future as ne# te%ples ta.e sape around te #orld, one #ill rise in a cit(
#ic ca%e into bein$ o"er 2,500 (ears a$o& ) spea. of te te%ple #ic is no# bein$
built in Io%e, )tal(&
C"er( te%ple is a ouse of God, 0llin$ te sa%e functions and #it identical blessin$s
and ordinances& Te Io%e )tal( Te%ple, uni2uel(, is bein$ built in one of te %ost
istoric locations in te #orld, a cit( #ere te ancient Apostles 9eter and 9aul preaced
te $ospel of Crist and #ere eac #as %art(red&
Last October, as #e $atered on a lo"el( pastoral site in te norteast corner of Io%e, it
#as %( opportunit( to o:er a pra(er of dedication as #e prepared to brea. te $round& )
felt i%pressed to call upon )talian senator Lucio 'alan and Io%e=s "ice/%a(or Giuseppe
Ciardi to be a%on$ te 0rst to turn a so"elful of eart& Cac ad been a part of te
decision to allo# us to build a te%ple in teir cit(&
Te da( #as o"ercast but #ar%, and altou$ rain treatened, not %ore tan a drop or
t#o fell& As te %a$ni0cent coir san$ in )talian te beautiful strains of 5Te +pirit of
God,7 one felt as tou$ ea"en and eart #ere Doined in a $lorious (%n of praise and
$ratitude to Al%i$t( God& Tears could not be restrained&
)n a co%in$ da(, te faitful in tis, te Cternal Cit(, #ill recei"e ordinances eternal in
nature in a ol( ouse of God&
) e-press %( und(in$ $ratitude to %( *ea"enl( !ater for te te%ple no# bein$ built in
Io%e and for all of our te%ples, #ere"er te( are& Cac one stands as a beacon to te
#orld, an e-pression of our testi%on( tat God, our Cternal !ater, li"es, tat *e desires
to bless us and, indeed, to bless *is sons and dau$ters of all $enerations& Cac of our
te%ples is an e-pression of our testi%on( tat life be(ond te $ra"e is as real and as
certain as is our life ere on eart& ) so testif(&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, %a( #e %a.e #ate"er sacri0ces are necessar( to
attend te te%ple and to a"e te spirit of te te%ple in our earts and in our o%es&
'a( #e follo# in te footsteps of our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist, #o %ade te
ulti%ate sacri0ce for us, tat #e %i$t a"e eternal life and e-altation in our *ea"enl(
!ater=s .in$do%& Tis is %( sincere pra(er, and ) o:er it in te na%e of our +a"ior, Mesus
Crist te Lord, a%en&
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,t Partin'
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
<one of us can concei"e te full i%port of #at Crist did for us in
Getse%ane, but ) a% $rateful e"er( da( of %( life for *is atonin$ sacri0ce&
'( broters and sisters, %( eart is full as #e co%e to te close of tis conference& 6e
a"e felt te +pirit of te Lord in ric abundance& ) e-press %( appreciation and tat of
%e%bers of te Curc e"er(#ere to eac one #o as participated, includin$ tose
#o a"e o:ered pra(ers& 'a( #e lon$ re%e%ber te %essa$es #e a"e eard& As #e
recei"e te issues of te Ensign and 2iahona %a$a1ines #ic #ill contain tese
%essa$es in #ritten for%, %a( #e read and stud( te%&
Once a$ain te %usic in all of te sessions as been #onderful& ) e-press %( personal
$ratitude for tose #illin$ to sare #it us teir talents, toucin$ and inspirin$ us in te
process&
6e a"e sustained, b( uplifted and, 8retren #o a"e been called to ne# positions
durin$ tis conference& 6e #ant te% to .no# tat #e loo. for#ard to #or.in$ #it
te% in te cause of te 'aster&
) e-press %( lo"e and appreciation for %( de"oted counselors, 9resident *enr( 8& C(rin$
and 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf& Te( are %en of #isdo% and understandin$& Teir
ser"ice is in"aluable& ) lo"e and support %( 8retren of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e
Apostles& Te( ser"e %ost e:ecti"el(, and te( are co%pletel( dedicated to te #or.& )
also e-press %( lo"e to te %e%bers of te +e"ent( and te 9residin$ 8isopric&
6e face %an( callen$es in te #orld toda(, but ) assure (ou tat our *ea"enl( !ater is
%indful of us& *e lo"es eac of us and #ill bless us as #e see. *i% trou$ pra(er and
stri"e to .eep *is co%%and%ents&
6e are a $lobal curc& Our %e%bersip is found trou$out te #orld& 'a( #e be $ood
citi1ens of te nations in #ic #e li"e and $ood nei$bors in our co%%unities, reacin$
out to tose of oter faits as #ell as to tose of our o#n& 'a( #e be e-a%ples of
onest( and inte$rit( #ere"er #e $o and in #ate"er #e do&
Tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %( bealf, broters and sisters, and in bealf of all of te
General Autorities of te Curc& 6e are deepl( $rateful for (ou and for all tat (ou do
to furter te #or. of te Lord&
As (ou return to (our o%es, %a( (ou do so safel(& 'a( te blessin$s of ea"en be upon
(ou&
<o#, before #e lea"e toda(, %a( ) sare #it (ou %( lo"e for te +a"ior and for *is
$reat atonin$ sacri0ce for us& )n tree #ee.s= ti%e te entire Cristian #orld #ill be
celebratin$ Caster& ) belie"e tat none of us can concei"e te full i%port of #at Crist
did for us in Getse%ane, but ) a% $rateful e"er( da( of %( life for *is atonin$ sacri0ce
in our bealf&
At te last %o%ent, *e could a"e turned bac.& 8ut *e did not& *e passed beneat all
tin$s tat *e %i$t sa"e all tin$s& )n doin$ so, *e $a"e us life be(ond tis %ortal
e-istence& *e reclai%ed us fro% te !all of Ada%&
To te depts of %( "er( soul, ) a% $rateful to *i%& *e tau$t us o# to li"e& *e tau$t
us o# to die& *e secured our sal"ation&
As ) close, %a( ) sare #it (ou toucin$ #ords #ritten b( C%il( *arris #ic describe so
#ell %( feelin$s as Caster co%es:
Te linen #ic once eld *i% is e%pt(&
)t lies tere,
!res and #ite and clean&
Te door stands opened&
Te stone is rolled a#a(,
And ) can al%ost ear te an$els sin$in$ *is praises&
Linen cannot old *i%&
+tone cannot old *i%&
Te #ords eco trou$ te e%pt( li%estone ca%ber,
5*e is not ere&7
Te linen #ic once eld *i% is no# e%pt(&
)t lies tere,
!res and #ite and clean
And o, alleluDa, it is e%pt(&
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8lessin$s to (ou, %( broters and sisters& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior, a%en&
October 2011 General Conference
,s .e Meet ,'ain
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
)t is %( pra(er tat #e %a( be 0lled #it te +pirit of te Lord as #e listen
to te %essa$es toda( and to%orro# and learn tose tin$s te Lord #ould
a"e us .no#&
)t is $ood, broters and sisters, to #elco%e (ou to te 181st +e%iannual General
Conference of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints&
Tis conference %ar.s A8 (ears,tin. of it, A8 (ears,since ) #as called to te Nuoru%
of te T#el"e Apostles b( 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(& Tat #as in October of 1L6>& )t
see%s i%possible tat so %an( (ears a"e co%e and $one since ten&
6en #e=re bus(, ti%e see%s to pass far too 2uic.l(, and te past si- %onts a"e been
no e-ception for %e& One of te i$li$ts durin$ tat period #as te opportunit( ) ad
to rededicate te Atlanta Geor$ia Te%ple on 'a( 1& ) #as acco%panied b( Clder and
+ister '& Iussell 8allard, Clder and +ister 6alter !& Gon1Vle1, and Clder and +ister 6illia%
I& 6al.er&
Burin$ te cultural celebration entitled 5+outern Li$ts,7 eld te e"enin$ prior to te
rededication, 2,J00 (oun$ %en and (oun$ #o%en fro% trou$out te te%ple district
perfor%ed& )t #as one of te %ost outstandin$ pro$ra%s ) a"e seen and ad te
audience on its feet se"eral ti%es for standin$ o"ations&
Te follo#in$ da( te te%ple #as rededicated in t#o sessions, #ere te +pirit of te
Lord #as #it us in ric abundance&
Burin$ te latter part of Au$ust, 9resident *enr( 8& C(rin$ dedicated te +an +al"ador Cl
+al"ador Te%ple& *e #as acco%panied b( +ister C(rin$ and b( Clder and +ister B& Todd
Cristo:erson, Clder and +ister 6illia% I& 6al.er, and +ister +il"ia *& Allred of te Ielief
+ociet( $eneral presidenc( and er usband, Me:r(& 9resident C(rin$ reported tat it #as
a %ost spiritual e"ent&
)n te latter part of tis (ear, 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf and +ister Uctdorf #ill tra"el
#it oter General Autorities to Nuet1altenan$o, Guate%ala, #ere e #ill dedicate our
te%ple tere&
Te buildin$ of te%ples continues uninterrupted, broters and sisters& Toda( it is %(
pri"ile$e to announce se"eral ne# te%ples&
!irst, %a( ) %ention tat no Curc/built facilit( is %ore i%portant tan a te%ple&
Te%ples are places #ere relationsips are sealed to$eter to last trou$ te eternities&
6e are $rateful for all te %an( te%ples across te #orld and for te blessin$ te( are in
te li"es of our %e%bers&
Late last (ear te 9ro"o Tabernacle in Uta Count( #as seriousl( da%a$ed b( a terrible
0re& Tis #onderful buildin$, %uc belo"ed b( $enerations of Latter/da( +aints, #as left
#it onl( te e-terior #alls standin$& After careful stud(, #e a"e decided to rebuild it
#it full preser"ation and restoration of te e-terior, to beco%e te second te%ple of te
Curc in te cit( of 9ro"o& Te e-istin$ 9ro"o Te%ple is one of te busiest in te Curc,
and a second te%ple tere #ill acco%%odate te increasin$ nu%bers of faitful Curc
%e%bers #o are attendin$ te te%ple fro% 9ro"o and te surroundin$ co%%unities&
) a% also pleased to announce ne# te%ples in te follo#in$ locations: 8arran2uilla,
Colo%bia; Burban, +out Africa; Ginsasa in te Be%ocratic Iepublic of te Con$o; and
+tar Walle(, 6(o%in$& )n addition, #e are %o"in$ for#ard on our plans for a te%ple to be
built in 9aris, !rance&
Betails of tese te%ples #ill be pro"ided in te future as site and oter necessar(
appro"als are obtained&
) a"e %entioned in pre"ious conferences te pro$ress #e are %a.in$ in placin$ te%ples
closer to our %e%bers& Altou$ te( are readil( a"ailable to %an( %e%bers in te
Curc, tere are still areas of te #orld #ere te%ples are so distant fro% our %e%bers
tat te( cannot a:ord te tra"el re2uired to $et to te%& Te( are tus unable to
parta.e of te sacred and eternal blessin$s te%ples pro"ide& To elp in tis re$ard, #e
a"e a"ailable #at is called te General Te%ple 9atron Assistance !und& Tis fund
pro"ides a one/ti%e "isit to te te%ple for tose #o oter#ise #ould not be able to $o
to te te%ple and (et #o lon$ desperatel( for tat opportunit(& An( #o %i$t #is to
contribute to tis fund can si%pl( #rite in te infor%ation on te nor%al contribution slip
#ic is $i"en to te bisop eac %ont&
<o#, broters and sisters, it is %( pra(er tat #e %a( be 0lled #it te +pirit of te Lord
as #e listen to te %essa$es toda( and to%orro# and learn tose tin$s te Lord #ould
a"e us .no#& Tis ) pra( for in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2011 General Conference
/are to Stan ,lone
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( #e e"er be coura$eous and prepared to stand for #at #e belie"e&
'( belo"ed bretren, it is a tre%endous pri"ile$e to be #it (ou toni$t& 6e #o old
te priestood of God for% a $reat bond and broterood&
6e read in te Boctrine and Co"enants, section 121, "erse >6, 5tat te ri$ts of te
priestood are inseparabl( connected #it te po#ers of ea"en&7 6at a #onderful $ift
#e a"e been $i"en,to old te priestood, #ic is 5inseparabl( connected #it te
po#ers of ea"en&7 Tis precious $ift, o#e"er, brin$s #it it not onl( special blessin$s
but also sole%n responsibilities& 6e %ust conduct our li"es so tat #e are e"er #ort( of
te priestood #e bear& 6e li"e in a ti%e #en #e are surrounded b( %uc tat is
intended to entice us into pats #ic %a( lead to our destruction& To a"oid suc pats
re2uires deter%ination and coura$e&
) recall a ti%e,and so%e of (ou ere toni$t #ill also,#en te standards of %ost
people #ere "er( si%ilar to our standards& <o lon$er is tis true& ) recentl( read an article
in te 6ew York ,imes concernin$ a stud( #ic too. place durin$ te su%%er of 2008&
A distin$uised <otre Ba%e sociolo$ist led a researc tea% in conductin$ in/dept
inter"ie#s #it 2>0 (oun$ adults across A%erica& ) belie"e #e can safel( assu%e tat
te results #ould be si%ilar in %ost parts of te #orld&
) sare #it (ou Dust a portion of tis "er( tellin$ article:
5Te inter"ie#ers as.ed open/ended 2uestions about ri$t and #ron$, %oral dile%%as
and te %eanin$ of life& )n te ra%blin$ ans#ers, H (ou see te (oun$ people $ropin$ to
sa( an(tin$ sensible on tese %atters& 8ut te( Dust don=t a"e te cate$ories or
"ocabular( to do so&
56en as.ed to describe a %oral dile%%a te( ad faced, t#o/tirds of te (oun$
people eiter couldn=t ans#er te 2uestion or described proble%s tat are not %oral at
all, li.e #eter te( could a:ord to rent a certain apart%ent or #eter te( ad
enou$ 2uarters to feed te %eter at a par.in$ spot&7
Te article continues:
5Te default position, #ic %ost of te% ca%e bac. to a$ain and a$ain, is tat %oral
coices are Dust a %atter of indi"idual taste& R)t=s personal,= te respondents t(picall(
said& R)t=s up to te indi"idual& 6o a% ) to sa(E=
5IeDectin$ blind deference to autorit(, %an( of te (oun$ people a"e $one o: to te
oter e-tre%e ?sa(in$@: R) #ould do #at ) tou$t %ade %e app( or o# ) felt& ) a"e
no oter #a( of .no#in$ #at to do but o# ) internall( feel&=7
Tose #o conducted te inter"ie#s e%pasi1ed tat te %aDorit( of te (oun$ people
#it #o% te( spo.e ad 5not been $i"en te resources,b( scools, institutions ?or@
fa%ilies,to culti"ate teir %oral intuitions&7
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8retren, none #itin te sound of %( "oice sould be in an( doubt concernin$ #at is
%oral and #at is not, nor sould an( be in doubt about #at is e-pected of us as
olders of te priestood of God& 6e a"e been and continue to be tau$t God=s la#s&
Bespite #at (ou %a( see or ear else#ere, tese la#s are uncan$in$&
As #e $o about li"in$ fro% da( to da(, it is al%ost ine"itable tat our fait #ill be
callen$ed& 6e %a( at ti%es 0nd oursel"es surrounded b( oters and (et standin$ in te
%inorit( or e"en standin$ alone concernin$ #at is acceptable and #at is not& Bo #e
a"e te %oral coura$e to stand 0r% for our beliefs, e"en if b( so doin$ #e %ust stand
aloneE As olders of te priestood of God, it is essential tat #e are able to face,#it
coura$e,#ate"er callen$es co%e our #a(& Ie%e%ber te #ords of Tenn(son: 5'(
stren$t is as te stren$t of ten, because %( eart is pure&7
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)ncreasin$l(, so%e celebrities and oters #o,for one reason or anoter,are in te
public e(e a"e a tendenc( to ridicule reli$ion in $eneral and, at ti%es, te Curc in
particular& )f our testi%onies are not 0r%l( enou$ rooted, suc criticis%s can cause us
to doubt our o#n beliefs or to #a"er in our resol"es&
)n Lei=s "ision of te tree of life, found in 1 <epi 8, Lei sees, a%on$ oters, tose #o
old to te iron rod until te( co%e fort and parta.e of te fruit of te tree of life, #ic
#e .no# is a representation of te lo"e of God& And ten, sadl(, after te( parta.e of te
fruit, so%e are asa%ed because of tose in te 5$reat and spacious buildin$,7 #o
represent te pride of te cildren of %en, #o are pointin$ 0n$ers at te% and sco4n$
at te%; and te( fall a#a( into forbidden pats and are lost&
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6at a po#erful tool of
te ad"ersar( is ridicule and %oc.er(F A$ain, bretren, do #e a"e te coura$e to stand
stron$ and 0r% in te face of suc di4cult oppositionE
) belie"e %( 0rst e-perience in a"in$ te coura$e of %( con"ictions too. place #en )
ser"ed in te United +tates <a"( near te end of 6orld 6ar ))&
<a"( boot ca%p #as not an eas( e-perience for %e, nor for an(one #o endured it& !or
te 0rst tree #ee.s ) #as con"inced %( life #as in Deopard(& Te na"( #asn=t tr(in$ to
train %e; it #as tr(in$ to .ill %e&
) sall e"er re%e%ber #en +unda( rolled around after te 0rst #ee.& 6e recei"ed
#elco%e ne#s fro% te cief pett( o4cer& +tandin$ at attention on te drill $round in a
bris. California bree1e, #e eard is co%%and: 5Toda( e"er(bod( $oes to curc,
e"er(bod(, tat is, e-cept for %e& ) a% $oin$ to rela-F7 Ten e souted, 5All of (ou
Catolics, (ou %eet in Ca%p Becatur,and don=t co%e bac. until tree o=cloc.& !or#ard,
%arcF7 A rater si1eable contin$ent %o"ed out& Ten e bar.ed out is ne-t co%%and:
5Tose of (ou #o are Me#is, (ou %eet in Ca%p *enr(,and don=t co%e bac. until tree
o=cloc.& !or#ard, %arcF7 A so%e#at s%aller contin$ent %arced out& Ten e said,
5Te rest of (ou 9rotestants, (ou %eet in te teaters at Ca%p !arra$ut,and don=t
co%e bac. until tree o=cloc.& !or#ard, %arcF7
)nstantl( tere 3ased trou$ %( %ind te tou$t, 5'onson, (ou are not a Catolic;
(ou are not a Me#; (ou are not a 9rotestant& Kou are a 'or%on, so (ou Dust stand ereF7 )
can assure (ou tat ) felt co%pletel( alone& Coura$eous and deter%ined, (es,but alone&
And ten ) eard te s#eetest #ords ) e"er eard tat cief pett( o4cer utter& *e loo.ed
in %( direction and as.ed, 5And Dust #at do (ou $u(s call (oursel"esE7 Until tat "er(
%o%ent ) ad not reali1ed tat an(one #as standin$ beside %e or beind %e on te drill
$round& Al%ost in unison, eac of us replied, 5'or%onsF7 )t is di4cult to describe te Do(
tat 0lled %( eart as ) turned around and sa# a andful of oter sailors&
Te cief pett( o4cer scratced is ead in an e-pression of pu11le%ent but 0nall( said,
56ell, (ou $u(s $o 0nd so%e#ere to %eet& And don=t co%e bac. until tree o=cloc.&
!or#ard, %arcF7
As #e %arced a#a(, ) tou$t of te #ords of a r(%e ) ad learned in 9ri%ar( (ears
before:
3are to be a Mormon;
3are to stand alone"
3are to ha(e a !ur!ose rm;
3are to make it known"
Altou$ te e-perience turned out di:erentl( fro% #at ) ad e-pected, ) ad been
#illin$ to stand alone, ad suc been necessar(&
+ince tat da(, tere a"e been ti%es #en tere #as no one standin$ beind %e and
so ) did stand alone& *o# $rateful ) a% tat ) %ade te decision lon$ a$o to re%ain
stron$ and true, al#a(s prepared and read( to defend %( reli$ion, sould te need arise&
Lest #e at an( ti%e feel inade2uate for te tas.s aead for us, bretren, %a( ) sare
#it (ou a state%ent %ade in 1L8J b( ten/Curc 9resident C1ra Taft 8enson as e
addressed a lar$e $roup of %e%bers in California& +aid 9resident 8enson:
5)n all a$es, propets a"e loo.ed do#n trou$ te corridors of ti%e to our da(& 8illions
of te deceased and tose (et to be born a"e teir e(es on us& 'a.e no %ista.e about
it,(ou are a %ar.ed $eneration& H
5!or nearl( si- tousand (ears, God as eld (ou in reser"e to %a.e (our appearance in
te 0nal da(s before te second co%in$ of te Lord& +o%e indi"iduals #ill fall a#a(, but
te .in$do% of God #ill re%ain intact to #elco%e te return of its *ead,e"en Mesus
Crist&
56ile tis $eneration #ill be co%parable in #ic.edness to te da(s of <oa, #en te
Lord cleansed te eart b( 3ood, tere is a %aDor di:erence tis ti%e: ?it is tat@ God as
sa"ed for te 0nal innin$ so%e of *is stron$est H cildren, #o #ill elp bear o: te
.in$do% triu%pantl(&7
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Kes, bretren, #e represent so%e of *is stron$est cildren& Ours is te responsibilit( to
be #ort( of all te $lorious blessin$s our !ater in *ea"en as in store for us& 6ere"er
#e $o, our priestood $oes #it us& Are #e standin$ in ol( placesE 9lease, before (ou
put (ourself and (our priestood in Deopard( b( "enturin$ into places or participatin$ in
acti"ities #ic are not #ort( of (ou or of tat priestood, pause to consider te
conse2uences& Cac of us as ad conferred upon i% te Aaronic 9riestood& )n te
process, eac recei"ed te po#er #ic olds te .e(s to te %inisterin$ of an$els& +aid
9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(:
5Kou cannot a:ord to do an(tin$ tat #ould place a curtain bet#een (ou and te
%inisterin$ of an$els in (our bealf&
5Kou cannot be i%%oral in an( sense& Kou cannot be disonest& Kou cannot ceat or lie&
Kou cannot ta.e te na%e of God in "ain or use 0lt( lan$ua$e and still a"e te ri$t to
te %inisterin$ of an$els&7
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)f an( of (ou as stu%bled in (our Dourne(, ) #ant (ou to understand #itout an(
2uestion #atsoe"er tat tere is a #a( bac.& Te process is called repentance& Our
+a"ior $a"e *is life to pro"ide (ou and %e tat blessed $ift& Bespite te fact tat te
repentance pat is not eas(, te pro%ises are real& 6e a"e been told: 5Tou$ (our
sins be as scarlet, te( sall be as #ite as sno#&7
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5And ) #ill re%e%ber ?te%@ no
%ore&7
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6at a state%ent& 6at a blessin$& 6at a pro%ise&
Tere %a( be tose of (ou #o are tin.in$ to (oursel"es, 56ell, )=% not li"in$ all te
co%%and%ents, and )=% not doin$ e"er(tin$ ) sould, and (et %( life is $oin$ alon$
Dust 0ne& ) tin. ) can a"e %( ca.e and eat it too&7 8retren, ) pro%ise (ou tat tis #ill
not #or. in te lon$ run&
<ot too %an( %onts a$o ) recei"ed a letter fro% a %an #o once tou$t e could
a"e it bot #a(s& *e as no# repented and as brou$t is life into co%pliance #it
$ospel principles and co%%and%ents& ) #ant to sare #it (ou a para$rap fro% is
letter, for it represents te realit( of 3a#ed tin.in$: 5) a"e ad to learn for %(self Ote
ard #a(P tat te +a"ior #as absolutel( correct #en *e said, R<o %an can ser"e t#o
%asters: for eiter e #ill ate te one, and lo"e te oter; or else e #ill old to te
one, and despise te oter& Ke cannot ser"e God and %a%%on&=
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) tried, about as ard as
an(one e"er as, to do bot& )n te end,7 said e, 5) ad all of te e%ptiness, dar.ness,
and loneliness tat +atan pro"ides to tose #o belie"e is deceptions, illusions, and
lies&7
)n order for us to be stron$ and to #itstand all te forces pullin$ us in te #ron$
direction or all te "oices encoura$in$ us to ta.e te #ron$ pat, #e %ust a"e our o#n
testi%on(& 6eter (ou are 12 or 112,or an(#ere in bet#een,(ou can .no# for
(ourself tat te $ospel of Mesus Crist is true& Iead te 8oo. of 'or%on& 9onder its
teacin$s& As. *ea"enl( !ater if it is true& 6e a"e te pro%ise tat 5if (e sall as. #it
a sincere eart, #it real intent, a"in$ fait in Crist, e #ill %anifest te trut of it unto
(ou, b( te po#er of te *ol( Gost&7
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6en #e .no# te 8oo. of 'or%on is true, ten it follo#s tat Mosep +%it #as indeed
a propet and tat e sa# God te Cternal !ater and *is +on, Mesus Crist& )t also
follo#s tat te $ospel #as restored in tese latter da(s trou$ Mosep +%it,includin$
te restoration of bot te Aaronic and 'elci1ede. 9riestoods&
Once #e a"e a testi%on(, it is incu%bent upon us to sare tat testi%on( #it oters&
'an( of (ou bretren a"e ser"ed as %issionaries trou$out te #orld& 'an( of (ou
(oun$ %en #ill (et ser"e& 9repare (oursel"es no# for tat opportunit(& 'a.e certain (ou
are #ort( to ser"e&
)f #e are prepared to sare te $ospel, #e are read( to respond to te counsel of te
Apostle 9eter, #o ur$ed, 58e read( al#a(s to $i"e an ans#er to e"er( %an tat as.et
(ou a reason of te ope tat is in (ou&7
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6e #ill a"e opportunities trou$out our li"es to sare our beliefs, altou$ #e don=t
al#a(s .no# #en #e #ill be called upon to do so& +uc an opportunit( ca%e to %e in
1L5J, #en ) #or.ed in te publisin$ business and #as as.ed to $o to Ballas, Te-as,
so%eti%es called 5te cit( of curces,7 to address a business con"ention& !ollo#in$ te
conclusion of te con"ention, ) too. a si$tseein$ bus ride trou$ te cit(=s suburbs& As
#e passed te "arious curces, our dri"er #ould co%%ent, 5On te left (ou see te
'etodist curc7 or 5Tere on te ri$t is te Catolic catedral&7
As #e passed a beautiful red bric. buildin$ situated upon a ill, te dri"er e-clai%ed,
5Tat buildin$ is #ere te 'or%ons %eet&7 A lad( in te rear of te bus called out,
5Bri"er, can (ou tell us so%etin$ %ore about te 'or%onsE7
Te dri"er pulled te bus o"er to te side of te road, turned around in is seat, and
replied, 5Lad(, all ) .no# about te 'or%ons is tat te( %eet in tat red bric. buildin$&
)s tere an(one on tis bus #o .no#s an(tin$ %ore about te 'or%onsE7
) #aited for so%eone to respond& ) $a1ed at te e-pression on eac person=s face for
so%e si$n of reco$nition, so%e desire to co%%ent& <otin$& ) reali1ed it #as up to %e to
do as te Apostle 9eter su$$ested, to 5be read( al#a(s to $i"e an ans#er to e"er( %an
tat as.et (ou a reason of te ope tat is in (ou&7 ) also reali1ed te trut of te ada$e
56en te ti%e for decision arri"es, te ti%e for preparation is past&7
!or te ne-t 15 or so %inutes, ) ad te pri"ile$e of sarin$ #it tose on te bus %(
testi%on( concernin$ te Curc and our beliefs& ) #as $rateful for %( testi%on( and
$rateful tat ) #as prepared to sare it&
6it all %( eart and soul, ) pra( tat e"er( %an #o olds te priestood #ill onor
tat priestood and be true to te trust #ic #as con"e(ed #en it #as conferred& 'a(
eac of us #o olds te priestood of God .no# #at e belie"es& 'a( #e e"er be
coura$eous and prepared to stand for #at #e belie"e, and if #e %ust stand alone in te
process, %a( #e do so coura$eousl(, stren$tened b( te .no#led$e tat in realit( #e
are ne"er alone #en #e stand #it our !ater in *ea"en&
As #e conte%plate te $reat $ift #e a"e been $i"en,5te ri$ts of te priestood H
inseparabl( connected #it te po#ers of ea"en7,%a( our deter%ination e"er be to
$uard and defend it and to be #ort( of its $reat pro%ises& 8retren, %a( #e follo# te
+a"ior=s instruction to us found in te boo. of > <epi: 5*old up (our li$t tat it %a(
sine unto te #orld& 8eold ) a% te li$t #ic (e sall old up,tat #ic (e a"e
seen %e do&7
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Tat #e %a( e"er follo# tat li$t and old it up for all te #orld to see is %( pra(er and
%( blessin$ upon all #o ear %( "oice, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2011 General Conference
Stan in 2ol! Places
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Co%%unication #it our !ater in *ea"en,includin$ our pra(ers to *i%
and *is inspiration to us,is necessar( in order for us to #eater te stor%s
and trials of life&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, #e a"e eard 0ne %essa$es tis %ornin$, and )
co%%end eac #o as participated& 6e=re particularl( deli$ted to a"e Clder Iobert
B& *ales #it us once a$ain and feelin$ i%pro"ed& 6e lo"e (ou, 8ob&
As ) pondered #at ) #ould li.e to sa( to (ou tis %ornin$, ) a"e felt i%pressed to sare
certain tou$ts and feelin$s #ic ) consider to be pertinent and ti%el(& ) pra( tat )
%a( be $uided in %( re%ar.s&
) a"e li"ed on tis eart for 8A (ears no#& To $i"e (ou a little perspecti"e, ) #as born te
sa%e (ear Carles Lindber$ 3e# te 0rst solo nonstop 3i$t fro% <e# Kor. to 9aris in a
sin$le/en$ine, sin$le/seat %onoplane& 'uc as can$ed durin$ te 8A (ears since ten&
'an as lon$ since been to te %oon and bac.& )n fact, (esterda(=s science 0ction as
beco%e toda(=s realit(& And tat realit(, tan.s to te tecnolo$( of our ti%es, is
can$in$ so fast #e can barel( .eep up #it it,if #e do at all& !or tose of us #o
re%e%ber dial telepones and %anual t(pe#riters, toda(=s tecnolo$( is %ore tan
%erel( a%a1in$&
Also e"ol"in$ at a rapid rate as been te %oral co%pass of societ(& 8ea"iors #ic
once #ere considered inappropriate and i%%oral are no# not onl( tolerated but also
"ie#ed b( e"er so %an( as acceptable&
) recentl( read in te Wall -treet Cournal an article b( Monatan +ac.s, 8ritain=s cief
rabbi& A%on$ oter tin$s, e #rites: 5)n "irtuall( e"er( 6estern societ( in te 1L60s
tere #as a %oral re"olution, an abandon%ent of its entire traditional etic of self/
restraint& All (ou need, san$ te 8eatles, is lo"e& Te Mudeo/Cristian %oral code #as
Dettisoned& )n its place ca%e ?te ada$e@: ?3o@ whate(er works for you" Te Ten
Co%%and%ents #ere re#ritten as te Ten Creati"e +u$$estions&7
Iabbi +ac.s $oes on to la%ent:
56e a"e been spendin$ our %oral capital #it te sa%e rec.less abandon tat #e a"e
been spendin$ our 0nancial capital& H
5Tere are lar$e parts of ?te #orld@ #ere reli$ion is a tin$ of te past and tere is no
counter/"oice to te culture of bu( it, spend it, #ear it, 3aunt it, because (ou=re #ort it&
Te %essa$e is tat %oralit( is pass\, conscience is for #i%ps, and te sin$le o"erridin$
co%%and is RTou salt not be found out&=7
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'( broters and sisters, tis,unfortunatel(,describes %uc of te #orld around us& Bo
#e #rin$ our ands in despair and #onder o# #e=ll e"er sur"i"e in suc a #orldE <o&
)ndeed, #e a"e in our li"es te $ospel of Mesus Crist, and #e .no# tat %oralit( is not
pass\, tat our conscience is tere to $uide us, and tat #e are responsible for our
actions&
Altou$ te #orld as can$ed, te la#s of God re%ain constant& Te( a"e not
can$ed; te( #ill not can$e& Te Ten Co%%and%ents are Dust tat,co%%and%ents&
Te( are not su$$estions& Te( are e"er( bit as re2uisite toda( as te( #ere #en God
$a"e te% to te cildren of )srael& )f #e but listen, #e ear te eco of God=s "oice,
spea.in$ to us ere and no#:
5Tou salt a"e no oter $ods before %e&
5Tou salt not %a.e unto tee an( $ra"en i%a$e& H
5Tou salt not ta.e te na%e of te Lord t( God in "ain& H
5Ie%e%ber te sabbat da(, to .eep it ol(& H
5*onour t( fater and t( %oter& H
5Tou salt not .ill&
5Tou salt not co%%it adulter(&
5Tou salt not steal&
5Tou salt not bear false #itness& H
5Tou salt not co"et&7
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Our code of conduct is de0niti"e; it is not ne$otiable& )t is found not onl( in te Ten
Co%%and%ents but also in te +er%on on te 'ount, $i"en to us b( te +a"ior #en *e
#al.ed upon te eart& )t is found trou$out *is teacin$s& )t is found in te #ords of
%odern re"elation&
Our !ater in *ea"en is te sa%e (esterda(, toda(, and fore"er& Te propet 'or%on
tells us tat God is 5uncan$eable fro% all eternit( to all eternit(&7
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)n tis #orld #ere
nearl( e"er(tin$ see%s to be can$in$, *is constanc( is so%etin$ on #ic #e can
rel(, an ancor to #ic #e can old fast and be safe, lest #e be s#ept a#a( into
uncarted #aters&
)t %a( appear to (ou at ti%es tat tose out in te #orld are a"in$ %uc %ore fun tan
(ou are& +o%e of (ou %a( feel restricted b( te code of conduct to #ic #e in te
Curc adere& '( broters and sisters, ) declare to (ou, o#e"er, tat tere is nothing
#ic can brin$ %ore Do( into our li"es or %ore peace to our souls tan te +pirit #ic
can co%e to us as #e follo# te +a"ior and .eep te co%%and%ents& Tat +pirit cannot
be present at te .inds of acti"ities in #ic so %uc of te #orld participates& Te
Apostle 9aul declared te trut: 5Te natural %an recei"et not te tin$s of te +pirit of
God: for te( are foolisness unto i%: neiter can e .no# te%, because te( are
spirituall( discerned&7
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Te ter% natural man can refer to an( of us if #e allo# oursel"es
to be so&
6e %ust be "i$ilant in a #orld #ic as %o"ed so far fro% tat #ic is spiritual& )t is
essential tat #e reDect an(tin$ tat does not confor% to our standards, refusin$ in te
process to surrender tat #ic #e desire %ost: eternal life in te .in$do% of God& Te
stor%s #ill still beat at our doors fro% ti%e to ti%e, for te( are an inescapable part of
our e-istence in %ortalit(& 6e, o#e"er, #ill be far better e2uipped to deal #it te%, to
learn fro% te%, and to o"erco%e te% if #e a"e te $ospel at our core and te lo"e of
te +a"ior in our earts& Te propet )saia declared, 5Te #or. of ri$teousness sall
be peace; and te e:ect of ri$teousness 2uietness and assurance for e"er&7
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As a %eans of bein$ in te #orld but not bein$ of te #orld, it is necessar( tat #e
co%%unicate #it our *ea"enl( !ater trou$ pra(er& *e #ants us to do so; *e=ll
ans#er our pra(ers& Te +a"ior ad%onised us, as recorded in > <epi 18, to 5#atc and
pra( al#a(s lest (e enter into te%ptation; for +atan desiret to a"e (ou& H
5Terefore (e %ust al#a(s pra( unto te !ater in %( na%e;
5And #atsoe"er (e sall as. te !ater in %( na%e, #ic is ri$t, belie"in$ tat (e
sall recei"e, beold it sall be $i"en unto (ou&7
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) $ained %( testi%on( of te po#er of pra(er #en ) #as about 12 (ears old& ) ad
#or.ed ard to earn so%e %one( and ad %ana$ed to sa"e 0"e dollars& Tis #as durin$
te Great Bepression, #en 0"e dollars #as a substantial su% of %one(,especiall( for a
bo( of 12& ) $a"e all %( coins, #ic totaled 0"e dollars, to %( fater, and e $a"e %e in
return a 0"e/dollar bill& ) .no# tere #as so%etin$ speci0c ) planned to purcase #it
te 0"e dollars, altou$ all tese (ears later ) can=t recall #at it #as& ) Dust re%e%ber
o# i%portant tat %one( #as to %e&
At te ti%e, #e did not o#n a #asin$ %acine, so %( %oter #ould send to te laundr(
eac #ee. our clotes #ic needed to be #ased& After a couple of da(s, a load of #at
#e called 5#et #as7 #ould be returned to us, and 'oter #ould an$ te ite%s on our
clotesline out bac. to dr(&
) ad tuc.ed %( 0"e/dollar bill in te poc.et of %( Deans& As (ou can probabl( $uess, %(
Deans #ere sent to te laundr( #it te %one( still in te poc.et& 6en ) reali1ed #at
ad appened, ) #as sic. #it #orr(& ) .ne# tat poc.ets #ere routinel( cec.ed at te
laundr( prior to #asin$& )f %( %one( #as not disco"ered and ta.en durin$ tat process,
) .ne# it #as al%ost certain te %one( #ould be dislod$ed durin$ #asin$ and #ould be
clai%ed b( a laundr( #or.er #o #ould a"e no idea to #o% te %one( sould be
returned, e"en if e ad te inclination to do so& Te cances of $ettin$ bac. %( 0"e
dollars #ere e-tre%el( re%ote,a fact #ic %( dear %oter con0r%ed #en ) told er )
ad left te %one( in %( poc.et&
) #anted tat %one(; ) needed tat %one(; ) ad #or.ed "er( ard to earn tat %one(& )
reali1ed tere #as onl( one tin$ ) could do& )n %( e-tre%it( ) turned to %( !ater in
*ea"en and pleaded #it *i% to .eep %( %one( safe in tat poc.et so%eo# until our
#et #as ca%e bac.&
T#o "er( lon$ da(s later, #en ) .ne# it #as about ti%e for te deli"er( truc. to brin$
our #as, ) sat b( te #indo#, #aitin$& As te truc. pulled up to te curb, %( eart #as
poundin$& As soon as te #et clotes #ere in te ouse, ) $rabbed %( Deans and ran to
%( bedroo%& ) reaced into te poc.et #it tre%blin$ ands& 6en ) didn=t 0nd an(tin$
i%%ediatel(, ) tou$t all #as lost& And ten %( 0n$ers touced tat #et 0"e/dollar bill&
As ) pulled it fro% te poc.et, relief 3ooded o"er %e& ) o:ered a eartfelt pra(er of
$ratitude to %( !ater in *ea"en, for ) .ne# tat *e ad ans#ered %( pra(er&
+ince tat ti%e of lon$ a$o, ) a"e ad countless pra(ers ans#ered& <ot a da( as $one
b( tat ) a"e not co%%unicated #it %( !ater in *ea"en trou$ pra(er& )t is a
relationsip ) ceris,one ) #ould literall( be lost #itout& )f (ou do not no# a"e suc a
relationsip #it (our !ater in *ea"en, ) ur$e (ou to #or. to#ard tat $oal& As (ou do
so, (ou #ill be entitled to *is inspiration and $uidance in (our life,necessities for eac
of us if #e are to sur"i"e spirituall( durin$ our soDourn ere on eart& +uc inspiration
and $uidance are $ifts *e freel( $i"es if #e but see. te%& 6at treasures te( areF
) a% al#a(s u%bled and $rateful #en %( *ea"enl( !ater co%%unicates #it %e
trou$ *is inspiration& ) a"e learned to reco$ni1e it, to trust it, and to follo# it& Ti%e
and ti%e a$ain ) a"e been te recipient of suc inspiration& One rater dra%atic
e-perience too. place in Au$ust of 1L8J durin$ te dedication of te !ran.furt Ger%an(
Te%ple& 9resident C1ra Taft 8enson ad been #it us for te 0rst da( or t#o of te
dedication but ad returned o%e, and so it beca%e %( opportunit( to conduct te
re%ainin$ sessions&
On +aturda( #e ad a session for our Butc %e%bers #o #ere in te !ran.furt Te%ple
district& ) #as #ell ac2uainted #it one of our outstandin$ leaders fro% te <eterlands,
8roter 9eter 'ouri.& Must prior to te session, ) ad te distinct i%pression tat 8roter
'ouri. sould be called upon to spea. to is fello# Butc %e%bers durin$ te session
and tat, in fact, e sould be te 0rst spea.er& <ot a"in$ seen i% in te te%ple tat
%ornin$, ) passed a note to Clder Carlos C& Asa(, our Area 9resident, as.in$ #eter
9eter 'ouri. #as in attendance at te session& Must prior to standin$ up to be$in te
session, ) recei"ed a note bac. fro% Clder Asa( indicatin$ tat 8roter 'ouri. #as
actuall( not in attendance, tat e #as in"ol"ed else#ere, and tat e #as plannin$ to
attend te dedicator( session in te te%ple te follo#in$ da( #it te ser"ice%en
sta.es&
As ) stood at te pulpit to #elco%e te people and to outline te pro$ra%, ) recei"ed
un%ista.able inspiration once a$ain tat ) #as to announce 9eter 'ouri. as te 0rst
spea.er& Tis #as counter to all %( instincts, for ) ad Dust eard fro% Clder Asa( tat
8roter 'ouri. #as de0nitel( not in te te%ple& Trustin$ in te inspiration, o#e"er, )
announced te coir presentation and te pra(er and ten indicated tat our 0rst
spea.er #ould be 8roter 9eter 'ouri.&
As ) returned to %( seat, ) $lanced to#ard Clder Asa(; ) sa# on is face a loo. of alar%&
*e later told %e tat #en ) ad announced 8roter 'ouri. as te 0rst spea.er, e
couldn=t belie"e is ears& *e said e .ne# tat ) ad recei"ed is note and tat ) indeed
ad read it, and e couldn=t fato% #( ) #ould ten announce 8roter 'ouri. as a
spea.er, .no#in$ e #asn=t an(#ere in te te%ple&
Burin$ te ti%e all of tis #as ta.in$ place, 9eter 'ouri. #as in a %eetin$ at te area
o4ces in 9ortstrasse& As is %eetin$ #as $oin$ for#ard, e suddenl( turned to Clder
To%as A& *a#.es Mr&, #o #as ten te re$ional representati"e, and as.ed, 5*o# fast
can (ou $et %e to te te%pleE7
Clder *a#.es, #o #as .no#n to dri"e rater rapidl( in is s%all sports car, ans#ered, 5)
can a"e (ou tere in 10 %inutesF 8ut #( do (ou need to $o to te te%pleE7
8roter 'ouri. ad%itted e did not .no# #( e needed to $o to te te%ple but tat e
.ne# e ad to $et tere& Te t#o of te% set out for te te%ple i%%ediatel(&
Burin$ te %a$ni0cent coir nu%ber, ) $lanced around, tin.in$ tat at an( %o%ent )
#ould see 9eter 'ouri.& ) did not& Ie%ar.abl(, o#e"er, ) felt no alar%& ) ad a s#eet,
undeniable assurance tat all #ould be #ell&
8roter 'ouri. entered te front door of te te%ple Dust as te openin$ pra(er #as
concludin$, still not .no#in$ #( e #as tere& As e urried do#n te all, e sa# %(
i%a$e on te %onitor and eard %e announce, 56e #ill no# ear fro% 8roter 9eter
'ouri.&7
To te astonis%ent of Clder Asa(, 9eter 'ouri. i%%ediatel( #al.ed into te roo% and
too. is place at te podiu%&
!ollo#in$ te session, 8roter 'ouri. and ) discussed tat #ic ad ta.en place prior to
is opportunit( to spea.& ) a"e pondered te inspiration #ic ca%e tat da( not onl(
to %e but also to 9eter 'ouri.& Tat re%ar.able e-perience as pro"ided an undeniable
#itness to %e of te i%portance of bein$ #ort( to recei"e suc inspiration and ten
trustin$ it,and follo#in$ it,#en it co%es& ) .no# #itout 2uestion tat te Lord
intended for tose #o #ere present at tat session of te !ran.furt Te%ple dedication
to ear te po#erful, toucin$ testi%on( of *is ser"ant 8roter 9eter 'ouri.&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, co%%unication #it our !ater in *ea"en,includin$
our pra(ers to *i% and *is inspiration to us,is necessar( in order for us to #eater te
stor%s and trials of life& Te Lord in"ites us, 5Bra# near unto %e and ) #ill dra# near
unto (ou; see. %e dili$entl( and (e sall 0nd %e&7
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As #e do so, #e #ill feel *is +pirit in
our li"es, pro"idin$ us te desire and te coura$e to stand stron$ and 0r% in
ri$teousness,to 5stand H in ol( places, and be not %o"ed&7
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As te #inds of can$e s#irl around us and te %oral 0ber of societ( continues to
disinte$rate before our "er( e(es, %a( #e re%e%ber te Lord=s precious pro%ise to
tose #o trust in *i%: 5!ear tou not; for ) a% #it tee: be not dis%a(ed; for ) a% t(
God: ) #ill stren$ten tee; (ea, ) #ill elp tee; (ea, ) #ill upold tee #it te ri$t
and of %( ri$teousness&7
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6at a pro%iseF 'a( suc be our blessin$, ) sincerel( pra( in te sacred na%e of our
Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2011 General Conference
1ntil .e Meet ,'ain
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( te spirit #e a"e felt ere be and abide #it us as #e $o about tose
tin$s #ic occup( us eac da(&
'( broters and sisters, ) .no# (ou #ill a$ree #it %e tat tis as been a %ost
inspirin$ conference& 6e a"e felt te +pirit of te Lord in ric abundance tese past t#o
da(s as our earts a"e been touced and our testi%onies of tis di"ine #or. a"e been
stren$tened& 6e e-press tan.s to eac one #o as participated, includin$ tose
8retren o:erin$ pra(ers&
6e are all ere because #e lo"e te Lord and #ant to ser"e *i%& ) testif( to (ou tat our
*ea"enl( !ater is %indful of us& ) ac.no#led$e *is and in all tin$s&
Once a$ain te %usic as been #onderful, and ) e-press %( personal $ratitude and tat
of te entire Curc to tose #illin$ to sare #it us teir talents in tis re$ard&
6e e-press our deep appreciation to tose 8retren #o a"e been released durin$ tis
conference& Te( a"e ser"ed faitfull( and #ell and a"e %ade si$ni0cant contributions
to te #or. of te Lord&
) e-press profound appreciation to %( faitful and dedicated counselors and tan. te%
publicl( for te support and assistance te( pro"ide to %e& Te( are trul( %en of #isdo%
and understandin$, and teir ser"ice is in"aluable&
) tan. %( bretren of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e for teir %ost able and untirin$ ser"ice
in te #or. of te Lord& Li.e#ise ) e-press %( $ratitude to te %e%bers of te Nuoru%s
of te +e"ent( and to te 9residin$ 8isopric for teir sel3ess and e:ecti"e ser"ice& )
si%ilarl( e-press %( appreciation for te #o%en and %en #o ser"e as $eneral au-iliar(
o4cers&
8roters and sisters, ) assure (ou tat our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of te callen$es
#e face in te #orld toda(& *e lo"es eac of us and #ill bless us as #e stri"e to .eep *is
co%%and%ents and see. *i% trou$ pra(er&
*o# blessed #e are to a"e te restored $ospel of Mesus Crist& )t pro"ides ans#ers to
te 2uestions concernin$ #ere #e ca%e fro%, #( #e are ere, and #ere #e #ill $o
#en #e depart fro% tis life& )t $i"es %eanin$ and purpose and ope to our li"es&
) tan. (ou for te ser"ice (ou so #illin$l( $i"e to one anoter& 6e are God=s ands ere
on tis eart, #it a %andate to lo"e and to ser"e *is cildren&
) tan. (ou for all tat (ou do in (our #ards and (our brances& ) e-press %( $ratitude
for (our #illin$ness to ser"e in te positions to #ic (ou are called, #ate"er te( %a(
be& Cac is i%portant in furterin$ te #or. of te Lord&
Conference is no# o"er& As #e return to our o%es, %a( #e do so safel(& 'a( #e 0nd all
as been #ell durin$ our absence& 'a( te spirit #e a"e felt ere be and abide #it us
as #e $o about tose tin$s #ic occup( us eac da(& 'a( #e so# increased .indness
one to#ard anoter& 'a( #e e"er be found doin$ te #or. of te Lord&
'a( ea"en=s blessin$s be #it (ou& 'a( (our o%es be 0lled #it ar%on( and lo"e&
'a( (ou constantl( nouris (our testi%onies, tat te( %i$t be a protection for (ou
a$ainst te ad"ersar(&
As (our u%ble ser"ant, ) desire #it all %( eart to do God=s #ill and to ser"e *i% and
to ser"e (ou&
) lo"e (ou; ) pra( for (ou& ) #ould as. once a$ain tat (ou #ould re%e%ber %e and all
te General Autorities in (our pra(ers& 6e are one #it (ou in %o"in$ for#ard tis
%ar"elous #or.& ) testif( to (ou tat #e are all in tis to$eter and tat e"er( %an,
#o%an, and cild as a part to pla(& 'a( God $i"e us te stren$t and te abilit( and
te deter%ination to pla( our part #ell&
) bear %( testi%on( to (ou tat tis #or. is true, tat our +a"ior li"es, and tat *e
$uides and directs *is Curc ere upon te eart& ) lea"e #it (ou %( #itness and %(
testi%on( tat God our Cternal !ater li"es and lo"es us& *e is indeed our !ater, and *e
is personal and real& 'a( #e reali1e and understand o# close to us *e is #illin$ to
co%e, o# far *e is #illin$ to $o to elp us, o# %uc *e lo"es us, and o# %uc *e
does and is #illin$ to do for us&
'a( *e bless (ou& 'a( *is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no# and al#a(s&
) sa( fare#ell to (ou until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e, and ) do so in te na%e of
Mesus Crist, our +a"ior and Iedee%er, a%en&
April 2012 General Conference
)elie*e, 4-e!, #nure
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
8elie"e tat re%ainin$ stron$ and faitful to te truts of te $ospel is of
ut%ost i%portance& ) testif( tat it is&
'( dear (oun$ sisters, te responsibilit( to address (ou is u%blin$& ) pra( for di"ine
elp, tat ) %a( be %ade e2ual to suc an opportunit(&
A %ere 20 (ears a$o (ou ad not (et co%%enced (our Dourne( trou$ %ortalit(& Kou
#ere still in (our ea"enl( o%e& Tere (ou #ere a%on$ tose #o lo"ed (ou and #ere
concerned for (our eternal #ell/bein$& C"entuall(, eart life beca%e essential to (our
pro$ress& !are#ells #ere no doubt spo.en, and e-pressions of con0dence $i"en& Kou
$ained bodies and beca%e %ortal, cut o: fro% te presence of (our *ea"enl( !ater&
A Do(ous #elco%e, o#e"er, a#aited (ou ere on eart& Tose 0rst (ears #ere precious,
special (ears& +atan ad no po#er to te%pt (ou, for (ou ad not (et beco%e
accountable& Kou #ere innocent before God&
+oon (ou entered tat period so%e a"e labeled 5te terrible teens&7 ) prefer 5te terri0c
teens&7 6at a ti%e of opportunit(, a season of $ro#t, a se%ester of de"elop%ent,
%ar.ed b( te ac2uisition of .no#led$e and te 2uest for trut&
<o one as described te teena$e (ears as bein$ eas(& Te( are often (ears of
insecurit(, of feelin$ as tou$ (ou Dust don=t %easure up, of tr(in$ to 0nd (our place
#it (our peers, of tr(in$ to 0t in& Tis is a ti%e #en (ou are beco%in$ %ore
independent,and peraps desire %ore freedo% tan (our parents are #illin$ to $i"e (ou
ri$t no#& Te( are also pri%e (ears #en +atan #ill te%pt (ou and #ill do is ut%ost to
entice (ou fro% te pat #ic #ill lead (ou bac. to tat ea"enl( o%e fro% #ic (ou
ca%e and bac. to (our lo"ed ones tere and bac. to (our *ea"enl( !ater&
Te #orld around (ou is not e2uipped to pro"ide te elp (ou need to %a.e it trou$
tis often/treacerous Dourne(& +o %an( in our societ( toda( see% to a"e slipped fro%
te %oorin$s of safet( and drifted fro% te arbor of peace&
9er%issi"eness, i%%oralit(, porno$rap(, dru$s, te po#er of peer pressure,all tese
and %ore,cause %an( to be tossed about on a sea of sin and crused on te Da$$ed
reefs of lost opportunities, forfeited blessin$s, and sattered drea%s&
)s tere a #a( to safet(E )s tere an escape fro% treatened destructionE Te ans#er is
a resoundin$ (esF ) counsel (ou to loo. to te li$touse of te Lord& ) a"e said it
before; ) #ill sa( it a$ain: tere is no fo$ so dense, no ni$t so dar., no $ale so stron$, no
%ariner so lost but #at te li$touse of te Lord can rescue& )t bec.ons trou$ te
stor%s of life& )t calls, 5Tis #a( to safet(& Tis #a( to o%e&7 )t sends fort si$nals of
li$t easil( seen and ne"er failin$& )f follo#ed, tose si$nals #ill $uide (ou bac. to (our
ea"enl( o%e&
) #is to tal. #it (ou toni$t about tree essential si$nals fro% te Lord=s li$touse
#ic #ill elp (ou to return to tat !ater #o ea$erl( a#aits (our triu%pant
o%eco%in$& Tose tree si$nals are belie"e, obe(, and endure&
!irst, ) %ention a si$nal #ic is basic and essential: belie"e& 8elie"e tat (ou are a
dau$ter of *ea"enl( !ater, tat *e lo"es (ou, and tat (ou are ere for a $lorious
purpose,to $ain (our eternal sal"ation& 8elie"e tat re%ainin$ stron$ and faitful to te
truts of te $ospel is of ut%ost i%portance& ) testif( tat it isF
'( (oun$ friends, belie"e in te #ords (ou sa( eac #ee. as (ou recite te Koun$
6o%en te%e& Tin. about te %eanin$ of tose #ords& Tere is trut tere& +tri"e
al#a(s to li"e te "alues #ic are set fort& 8elie"e, as (our te%e states, tat if (ou
accept and act upon tose "alues, (ou #ill be prepared to stren$ten (our o%e and
(our fa%il(, to %a.e and .eep sacred co"enants, to recei"e te ordinances of te
te%ple, and to e"entuall( enDo( te blessin$s of e-altation& Tese are beautiful $ospel
truts, and b( follo#in$ te%, (ou #ill be appier trou$out (our life ere and ereafter
tan (ou #ill be if (ou disre$ard te%&
'ost of (ou #ere tau$t te truts of te $ospel fro% te ti%e (ou #ere a toddler& Kou
#ere tau$t b( lo"in$ parents and carin$ teacers& Te truts te( i%parted to (ou
elped (ou $ain a testi%on(; (ou belie"ed #at (ou #ere tau$t& Altou$ tat
testi%on( can continue to be fed spirituall( and to $ro# as (ou stud(, as (ou pra( for
$uidance, and as (ou attend (our Curc %eetin$s eac #ee., it is up to (ou to .eep
tat testi%on( ali"e& +atan #ill tr( #it all is %i$t to destro( it& Trou$out (our entire
life (ou #ill need to nurture it& As #it te 3a%e of a bri$tl( burnin$ 0re, (our testi%on(
,if not continuall( fed,#ill fade to $lo#in$ e%bers and ten cool co%pletel(& Kou %ust
not let tis appen&
8esides attendin$ (our +unda( %eetin$s and (our #ee.ni$t acti"ities, #en (ou a"e
te cance to be in"ol"ed in se%inar(, #eter in te earl( %ornin$ or in released/ti%e
classes, ta.e ad"anta$e of tat opportunit(& 'an( of (ou are attendin$ se%inar( no#& As
#it an(tin$ in life, %uc of #at (ou ta.e fro% (our se%inar( e-perience depends on
(our attitude and (our #illin$ness to be tau$t& 'a( (our attitude be one of u%ilit( and
a desire to learn& *o# $rateful ) a% for te opportunit( ) ad as a teena$er to attend
earl(/%ornin$ se%inar(, for it pla(ed a "ital role in %( de"elop%ent and te
de"elop%ent of %( testi%on(& +e%inar( can can$e li"es&
+o%e (ears a$o ) #as on a board of directors #it a 0ne %an #o ad been e-tre%el(
successful in life& ) #as i%pressed #it is inte$rit( and is lo(alt( to te Curc& )
learned tat e ad $ained a testi%on( and ad Doined te Curc because of se%inar(&
6en e %arried, is #ife ad been a lifelon$ %e%ber of te Curc& *e belon$ed to no
curc& Trou$ te (ears and despite er e:orts, e so#ed no interest in attendin$
curc #it is #ife and cildren& And ten e be$an dri"in$ t#o of is dau$ters to
earl(/%ornin$ se%inar(& *e #ould re%ain in te car #ile te( ad teir class, and ten
e #ould dri"e te% to scool& One da( it #as rainin$, and one of is dau$ters said,
5Co%e in, Bad& Kou can sit in te all&7 *e accepted te in"itation& Te door to te
classroo% #as open, and e be$an to listen& *is eart #as touced& !or te rest of tat
scool (ear, e attended se%inar( #it is dau$ters, #ic led e"entuall( to is
%e%bersip and a lifeti%e of acti"it( in te Curc& Let se%inar( elp build and
stren$ten (our testi%on(&
Tere #ill be ti%es #en (ou #ill face callen$es #ic %i$t Deopardi1e (our testi%on(,
or (ou %a( ne$lect it as (ou pursue oter interests& ) plead #it (ou to .eep it stron$& )t
is (our responsibilit(, and (ours alone, to .eep its 3a%e burnin$ bri$tl(& C:ort is
re2uired, but it is e:ort (ou #ill ne"er, e"er re$ret& )=% re%inded of te #ords of a son$
#ritten b( Mulie de A1e"edo *an.s& Ieferrin$ to er testi%on(, se #rote:
Trou$ te #inds of can$e
Cncircled b( te clouds of pain
) $uard it #it %( life
) need te #ar%t,) need te li$t
Tou$ te stor% #ill ra$e
) stand a$ainst te poundin$ rain
) re%ain
A .eeper of te 3a%e& 1
'a( (ou belie"e and ten %a( (ou .eep te 3a%e of (our testi%on( burnin$ bri$tl(,
co%e #at %a(&
<e-t, (oun$ #o%en, %a( (ou obe(& Obe( (our parents& Obe( te la#s of God& Te( are
$i"en to us b( a lo"in$ *ea"enl( !ater& 6en te( are obe(ed, our li"es #ill be %ore
ful0llin$, less co%plicated& Our callen$es and proble%s #ill be easier to bear& 6e #ill
recei"e te Lord=s pro%ised blessin$s& *e as said, 5Te Lord re2uiret te eart and a
#illin$ %ind; and te #illin$ and obedient sall eat te $ood of te land of Yion in tese
last da(s&7 2
Kou a"e but one life to li"e& Geep it as free fro% trouble as (ou can& Kou #ill be te%pted,
so%eti%es b( indi"iduals (ou ad tou$t friends&
+o%e (ears a$o ) spo.e to a 'ia 'aid ad"iser #o told %e of an e-perience se ad #it
one of te (oun$ #o%en in er class& Tis (oun$ #o%an ad been te%pted ti%e and
ti%e a$ain to lea"e te pat#a( of trut and follo# te detour of sin& Trou$ te
constant persuasion of so%e of er friends at scool, se ad 0nall( a$reed to follo#
suc a detour& Te plan #as set: se #ould tell er parents se #as $oin$ to er acti"it(
ni$t for Koun$ 6o%en& +e planned, o#e"er, to be tere onl( lon$ enou$ for er
$irlfriends and teir dates to pic. er up& Te( #ould ten attend a part( #ere alcoolic
be"era$es #ould be consu%ed and #ere te bea"ior #ould be in co%plete "iolation of
#at tis (oun$ #o%an .ne# #as ri$t&
Te teacer ad pra(ed for inspiration in elpin$ all er $irls but especiall( tis
particular (oun$ #o%an, #o see%ed so uncertain about er co%%it%ent to te $ospel&
Te teacer ad recei"ed inspiration tat ni$t to abandon #at se ad pre"iousl(
planned and to spea. to te $irls about re%ainin$ %orall( clean& As se be$an sarin$
er tou$ts and feelin$s, te (oun$ #o%an in 2uestion cec.ed er #atc often to
%a.e sure se didn=t %iss er rende1"ous #it er friends& *o#e"er, as te discussion
pro$ressed, er eart #as touced, er conscience a#a.ened, and er deter%ination
rene#ed& 6en it ca%e, se i$nored te repeated sound of te auto%obile orn
su%%onin$ er& +e re%ained trou$out te e"enin$ #it er teacer and te oter
$irls in te class& Te te%ptation to detour fro% God=s appro"ed #a( ad been a"erted&
+atan ad been frustrated& Te (oun$ #o%an re%ained after te oters ad left in order
to tan. er teacer for te lesson and to let er .no# o# it ad elped er a"oid #at
%i$t a"e been a tra$ic outco%e& A teacer=s pra(er ad been ans#ered&
) subse2uentl( learned tat because se ad %ade er decision not to $o #it er
friends tat ni$t,so%e of te %ost popular $irls and bo(s at scool,te (oun$ #o%an
#as sunned b( te% and for %an( %onts ad no friends at scool& Te( couldn=t
accept tat se #as un#illin$ to do te tin$s te( did& )t #as an e-tre%el( di4cult and
lonel( period for er, but se re%ained steadfast and e"entuall( $ained friends #o
sared er standards& <o#, se"eral (ears later, se as a te%ple %arria$e and four
beautiful cildren& *o# di:erent er life could a"e been& Our decisions deter%ine our
destin(&
9recious (oun$ #o%en, %a.e e"er( decision (ou conte%plate pass tis test: 56at does
it do to %eE 6at does it do for %eE7 And let (our code of conduct e%pasi1e not 56at
#ill oters tin.E7 but rater 56at #ill ) tin. of %(selfE7 8e in3uenced b( tat still,
s%all "oice& Ie%e%ber tat one #it autorit( placed is ands on (our ead at te
ti%e of (our con0r%ation and said, 5Iecei"e te *ol( Gost&7 Open (our earts, e"en
(our "er( souls, to te sound of tat special "oice #ic testi0es of trut& As te propet
)saia pro%ised, 5Tine ears sall ear a #ord H sa(in$, Tis is te #a(, #al. (e in it&7 >
Te tenor of our ti%es is per%issi"eness& 'a$a1ines and tele"ision so#s portra( te
stars of te %o"ie screen, te eroes of te atletic 0eld,tose #o% %an( (oun$
people lon$ to e%ulate,as disre$ardin$ te la#s of God and 3auntin$ sinful practices,
see%in$l( #it no ill e:ect& Bon=t (ou belie"e itF Tere is a ti%e of rec.onin$,e"en a
balancin$ of te led$er& C"er( Cinderella as er %idni$t,if not in tis life, ten in te
ne-t& Mud$%ent Ba( #ill co%e for all& Are (ou preparedE Are (ou pleased #it (our o#n
perfor%anceE
)f an( as stu%bled in er Dourne(, ) pro%ise (ou tat tere is a #a( bac.& Te process is
called repentance& Our +a"ior died to pro"ide (ou and %e tat blessed $ift& Tou$ te
pat is di4cult, te pro%ise is real& +aid te Lord: 5Tou$ (our sins be as scarlet, te(
sall be as #ite as sno#&7 A 5And ) #ill re%e%ber ?te%@ no %ore&7 5
'( belo"ed (oun$ sisters, (ou a"e te precious $ift of a$enc(& ) plead #it (ou to
coose to obe(&
!inall(, %a( (ou endure& 6at does it %ean to endureE ) lo"e tis de0nition: to #itstand
#it coura$e& Coura$e %a( be necessar( for (ou to belie"e; it #ill at ti%es be necessar(
as (ou obe(& )t #ill %ost certainl( be re2uired as (ou endure until tat da( #en (ou #ill
lea"e tis %ortal e-istence&
) a"e spo.en o"er te (ears #it %an( indi"iduals #o a"e told %e, 5) a"e so %an(
proble%s, suc real concerns& )=% o"er#el%ed #it te callen$es of life& 6at can )
doE7 ) a"e o:ered to te%, and ) no# o:er to (ou, tis speci0c su$$estion: see.
ea"enl( $uidance one da( at a ti%e& Life b( te (ard is ard; b( te inc it=s a cinc&
Cac of us can be true for Dust one da(,and ten one %ore and ten one %ore after tat
,until #e="e li"ed a lifeti%e $uided b( te +pirit, a lifeti%e close to te Lord, a lifeti%e
of $ood deeds and ri$teousness& Te +a"ior pro%ised, 5Loo. unto %e, and endure to
te end, and (e sall li"e; for unto i% tat enduret to te end #ill ) $i"e eternal life&7 6
!or tis purpose a"e (ou co%e into %ortalit(, %( (oun$ friends& Tere is notin$ %ore
i%portant tan te $oal (ou stri"e to attain,e"en eternal life in te .in$do% of (our
!ater&
Kou are precious, precious dau$ters of our *ea"enl( !ater sent to eart at tis da( and
ti%e for a purpose& Kou a"e been #iteld until tis "er( our& 6onderful, $lorious
tin$s are in store for (ou if (ou #ill onl( belie"e, obe(, and endure& 'a( tis be (our
blessin$, ) pra( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior, a%en&
April 2012 General Conference
,s .e Gather 4nce ,'ain
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
Our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of eac of us and our needs& 'a( #e be
0lled #it *is +pirit as #e parta.e of te proceedin$s of tis conference&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, as #e $ater once a$ain in a $eneral conference of te
Curc, ) #elco%e (ou and e-press %( lo"e to (ou& 6e %eet eac si- %onts to
stren$ten one anoter, to e-tend encoura$e%ent, to pro"ide co%fort, to build fait& 6e
are ere to learn& +o%e of (ou %a( be see.in$ ans#ers to 2uestions and callen$es (ou
are e-periencin$ in (our life& +o%e are stru$$lin$ #it disappoint%ents or losses& Cac
can be enli$tened and uplifted and co%forted as te +pirit of te Lord is felt&
+ould tere be can$es #ic need to be %ade in (our life, %a( (ou 0nd te incenti"e
and te coura$e to do so as (ou listen to te inspired #ords #ic #ill be spo.en& 'a(
eac of us resol"e ane# to li"e so tat #e are #ort( sons and dau$ters of our
*ea"enl( !ater& 'a( #e continue to oppose e"il #ere"er it is found&
*o# blessed #e are to a"e co%e to eart at suc a ti%e as tis,a %ar"elous ti%e in
te lon$ istor( of te #orld& 6e can=t all be to$eter under one roof, but #e no# a"e
te abilit( to parta.e of te proceedin$s of tis conference trou$ te #onders of
tele"ision, radio, cable, satellite trans%ission, and te )nternet,e"en on %obile de"ices&
6e co%e to$eter as one, spea.in$ %an( lan$ua$es, li"in$ in %an( lands, but all of one
fait and one doctrine and one purpose&
!ro% a s%all be$innin$ 182 (ears a$o, our presence is no# felt trou$out te #orld&
Tis $reat cause in #ic #e are en$a$ed #ill continue to $o fort, can$in$ and
blessin$ li"es as it does so& <o cause, no force in te entire #orld can stop te #or. of
God& Bespite #at co%es, tis $reat cause #ill $o for#ard& Kou recall te propetic #ords
of te 9ropet Mosep +%it: 5<o unallo#ed and can stop te #or. fro% pro$ressin$;
persecutions %a( ra$e, %obs %a( co%bine, ar%ies %a( asse%ble, calu%n( %a(
defa%e, but te trut of God #ill $o fort boldl(, nobl(, and independent, till it as
penetrated e"er( continent, "isited e"er( cli%e, s#ept e"er( countr(, and sounded in
e"er( ear, till te purposes of God sall be acco%plised, and te Great Meo"a sall
sa( te #or. is done&7
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Tere is %uc tat is di4cult and callen$in$ in te #orld toda(, %( broters and
sisters, but tere is also %uc tat is $ood and upliftin$& As #e declare in our tirteent
article of fait, 5)f tere is an(tin$ "irtuous, lo"el(, or of $ood report or praise#ort(, #e
see. after tese tin$s&7 'a( #e e"er continue to do so&
) tan. (ou for (our fait and de"otion to te $ospel& ) tan. (ou for te lo"e and care
(ou so# one to anoter& ) tan. (ou for te ser"ice (ou pro"ide in (our #ards and
brances and in (our sta.es and districts& )t is suc ser"ice tat enables te Lord to
acco%plis %an( of *is purposes ere upon te eart&
) e-press %( tan.s to (ou for (our .indnesses to %e #ere"er ) $o& ) tan. (ou for (our
pra(ers in %( bealf& ) a"e felt tose pra(ers and a% %ost $rateful for te%&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, #e a"e co%e to be instructed and inspired& 'an(
%essa$es #ill be sared durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s& ) can assure (ou tat tose %en and
#o%en #o #ill address (ou a"e sou$t ea"en=s elp and direction as te( a"e
prepared teir %essa$es& Te( a"e been inspired concernin$ tat #ic te( #ill sare
#it us&
Our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of eac of us and our needs& 'a( #e be 0lled #it *is
+pirit as #e parta.e of te proceedin$s of tis conference& Tis is %( sincere pra(er in
te sacred na%e of our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2012 General Conference
.illin' an .orth! to Ser*e
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'iracles are e"er(#ere to be found #en te priestood is understood, its
po#er is onored and used properl(, and fait is e-erted&
'( belo"ed bretren, o# $ood it is to %eet #it (ou once a$ain& 6ene"er ) attend te
$eneral priestood %eetin$, ) re3ect on te teacin$s of so%e of God=s noble leaders
#o a"e spo.en in te $eneral priestood %eetin$s of te Curc& 'an( a"e passed
to teir eternal re#ard, and (et fro% te brilliance of teir %inds, fro% te depts of
teir souls, and fro% te #ar%t of teir earts, te( a"e $i"en us inspired direction& )
sare #it (ou toni$t so%e of teir teacin$s concernin$ te priestood&
!ro% te 9ropet Mosep +%it: 59riestood is an e"erlastin$ principle, and e-isted #it
God fro% eternit(, and #ill to eternit(, #itout be$innin$ of da(s or end of (ears&7
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!ro% te #ords of 9resident 6ilford 6oodru:, #e learn: 5Te *ol( 9riestood is te
cannel trou$ #ic God co%%unicates and deals #it %an upon te eart; and te
ea"enl( %essen$ers tat a"e "isited te eart to co%%unicate #it %an are %en #o
eld and onored te priestood #ile in te 3es; and e"er(tin$ tat God as caused
to be done for te sal"ation of %an, fro% te co%in$ of %an upon te eart to te
rede%ption of te #orld, as been and #ill be b( "irtue of te e"erlastin$ priestood&7
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9resident Mosep !& +%it furter clari0ed: 5Te priestood H is H te po#er of God
dele$ated to %an b( #ic %an can act in te eart for te sal"ation of te u%an
fa%il(, in te na%e of te !ater and te +on and te *ol( Gost, and act le$iti%atel(;
not assu%in$ tat autorit(, nor borro#in$ it fro% $enerations tat are dead and $one,
but autorit( tat as been $i"en in tis da( in #ic #e li"e b( %inisterin$ an$els and
spirits fro% abo"e, direct from the !resence of Almighty *od&7
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And 0nall( fro% 9resident Mon Ta(lor: 56at is priestoodE H )t is te $o"ern%ent of
God, #eter on te eart or in te ea"ens, for it is b( tat po#er, a$enc(, or principle
tat all tin$s are $o"erned on te eart and in te ea"ens, and b( tat po#er tat all
tin$s are upeld and sustained& )t $o"erns all tin$s,it directs all tin$s,it sustains all
tin$s,and as to do #it all tin$s tat God and trut are associated #it&7
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*o# blessed #e are to be ere in tese last da(s, #en te priestood of God is upon
te eart& *o# pri"ile$ed #e are to bear tat priestood& Te priestood is not so %uc
a $ift as it is a co%%ission to ser"e, a pri"ile$e to lift, and an opportunit( to bless te
li"es of oters&
6it tese opportunities co%e responsibilities and duties& ) lo"e and ceris te noble
#ord duty and all tat it i%plies&
)n one capacit( or anoter, in one settin$ or anoter, ) a"e been attendin$ priestood
%eetin$s for te past J2 (ears,since ) #as ordained a deacon at te a$e of 12& Ti%e
certainl( %arces on& But( .eeps cadence #it tat %arc& But( does not di% nor
di%inis& Catastropic con3icts co%e and $o, but te #ar #a$ed for te souls of %en
continues #itout abate%ent& Li.e a clarion call co%es te #ord of te Lord to (ou, to
%e, and to priestood olders e"er(#ere: 56erefore, no# let e"er( %an learn is
duty, and to act in te o4ce in #ic e is appointed, in all dili$ence&7
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Te call of dut( ca%e to Ada%, to <oa, to Abraa%, to 'oses, to +a%uel, to Ba"id& )t
ca%e to te 9ropet Mosep +%it and to eac of is successors& Te call of dut( ca%e to
te bo( <epi #en e #as instructed b( te Lord, trou$ is fater Lei, to return to
Merusale% #it is broters to obtain te brass plates fro% Laban& <epi=s broters
%ur%ured, sa(in$ it #as a ard tin$ #ic ad been as.ed of te%& 6at #as <epi=s
responseE +aid e, 5) #ill $o and do te tin$s #ic te Lord at co%%anded, for )
.no# tat te Lord $i"et no co%%and%ents unto te cildren of %en, sa"e e sall
prepare a #a( for te% tat te( %a( acco%plis te tin$ #ic e co%%andet
te%&7
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6en tat sa%e call co%es to (ou and to %e, #at #ill be our responseE 6ill #e
%ur%ur, as did La%an and Le%uel, and sa(, 5Tis is a ard tin$ re2uired of us7E
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Or #ill
#e, #it <epi, indi"iduall( declare, 5) #ill $o& ) #ill do7E 6ill #e be #illin$ to ser"e and
to obe(E
At ti%es te #isdo% of God appears as bein$ foolis or Dust too di4cult, but one of te
$reatest and %ost "aluable lessons #e can learn in %ortalit( is tat #en God spea.s
and a %an obe(s, tat %an #ill al#a(s be ri$t&
6en ) tin. of te #ord duty and o# perfor%in$ our dut( can enric our li"es and te
li"es of oters, ) recall te #ords penned b( a reno#ned poet and autor:
) slept and drea%t
Tat life #as Do(
) a#o.e and sa#
Tat life #as dut(
) acted and beold
But( #as Do(&
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Iobert Louis +te"enson put it anoter #a(& +aid e, 5) .no# #at pleasure is, for ) a"e
done $ood #or.&7
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As #e perfor% our duties and e-ercise our priestood, #e #ill 0nd true Do(& 6e #ill
e-perience te satisfaction of a"in$ co%pleted our tas.s&
6e a"e been tau$t te speci0c duties of te priestood #ic #e old, #eter it be
te Aaronic or te 'elci1ede. 9riestood& ) ur$e (ou to conte%plate tose duties and
ten do all #itin (our po#er to ful0ll te%& )n order to do so, eac %ust be #ort(& Let
us a"e read( ands, clean ands, and #illin$ ands, tat #e %a( participate in
pro"idin$ #at our *ea"enl( !ater #ould a"e oters recei"e fro% *i%& )f #e are not
#ort(, it is possible to lose te po#er of te priestood; and if #e lose it, #e a"e lost
te essence of e-altation& Let us be #ort( to ser"e&
9resident *arold 8& Lee, one of te $reat teacers in te Curc, said: 56en one
beco%es a older of te priestood, e beco%es an a$ent of te Lord& *e sould tin. of
is callin$ as tou$ e #ere on te Lord=s errand&7
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Burin$ 6orld 6ar )), in te earl( part of 1LAA, an e-perience in"ol"in$ te priestood
too. place as United +tates %arines #ere ta.in$ G#aDalein Atoll, part of te 'arsall
)slands and located in te 9aci0c Ocean about %id#a( bet#een Australia and *a#aii&
6at too. place in tis re$ard #as related b( a correspondent,not a %e%ber of te
Curc,#o #or.ed for a ne#spaper in *a#aii& )n te 1LAA ne#spaper article e #rote
follo#in$ te e-perience, e e-plained tat e and oter correspondents #ere in te
second #a"e beind te %arines at G#aDalein Atoll& As te( ad"anced, te( noticed a
(oun$ %arine 3oatin$ facedo#n in te #ater, ob"iousl( badl( #ounded& Te sallo#
#ater around i% #as red #it is blood& And ten te( noticed anoter %arine %o"in$
to#ard is #ounded co%rade& Te second %arine #as also #ounded, #it is left ar%
an$in$ elplessl( b( is side& *e lifted up te ead of te one #o #as 3oatin$ in te
#ater in order to .eep i% fro% dro#nin$& )n a panic.( "oice e called for elp& Te
correspondents loo.ed a$ain at te bo( e #as supportin$ and called bac., 5+on, tere
is notin$ #e can do for tis bo(&7
5Ten,7 #rote te correspondent, 5) sa# so%etin$ tat ) ad ne"er seen before&7 Tis
bo(, badl( #ounded i%self, %ade is #a( to te sore #it te see%in$l( lifeless bod(
of is fello# %arine& *e 5put te ead of is co%panion on is .nee& H 6at a picture
tat #as,tese t#o %ortall( #ounded bo(s,bot H clean, #onderful/loo.in$ (oun$
%en, e"en in teir distressin$ situation& And te one bo( bo#ed is ead o"er te oter
and said, R) co%%and (ou, in te na%e of Mesus Crist and b( te po#er of te
priestood, to re%ain ali"e until ) can $et %edical elp&=7 Te correspondent concluded
is article: 5Te tree of us ?te t#o %arines and )@ are ere in te ospital& Te doctors
don=t .no# ?o# te( %ade it ali"e@, but ) .no#&7
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'iracles are e"er(#ere to be found #en te priestood is understood, its po#er is
onored and used properl(, and fait is e-erted& 6en fait replaces doubt, #en
sel3ess ser"ice eli%inates sel0s stri"in$, te po#er of God brin$s to pass *is purposes&
Te call of dut( can co%e 2uietl( as #e #o old te priestood respond to te
assi$n%ents #e recei"e& 9resident Geor$e Albert +%it, tat %odest but e:ecti"e
leader, declared, 5)t is (our dut( 0rst of all to learn #at te Lord #ants and ten b( te
po#er and stren$t of *is ol( 9riestood to ?so@ %a$nif( (our callin$ in te presence of
(our fello#s H tat te people #ill be $lad to follo# (ou&7
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+uc a call of dut(,a %uc less dra%atic call but one #ic noneteless elped to sa"e
a soul,ca%e to %e in 1L50 #en ) #as a ne#l( called bisop& '( responsibilities as a
bisop #ere %an( and "aried, and ) tried to te best of %( abilit( to do all tat #as
re2uired of %e& Te United +tates #as en$a$ed in a di:erent #ar b( ten& 8ecause %an(
of our %e%bers #ere ser"in$ in te ar%ed ser"ices, an assi$n%ent ca%e fro% Curc
ead2uarters for all bisops to pro"ide eac ser"ice%an a subscription to te $hurch
6ews and te 'm!ro(ement Era, te Curc=s %a$a1ine at tat ti%e& )n addition, eac
bisop #as as.ed to #rite a personal, %ontl( letter to eac ser"ice%an fro% is #ard&
Our #ard ad 2> %en in unifor%& Te priestood 2uoru%s, #it e:ort, supplied te funds
for te subscriptions to te publications& ) undertoo. te tas., e"en te dut(, to #rite 2>
personal letters eac %ont& After all tese (ears ) still a"e copies of %an( of %( letters
and te responses recei"ed& Tears co%e easil( #en tese letters are reread& )t is a Do(
to learn a$ain of a soldier=s pled$e to li"e te $ospel, a sailor=s decision to .eep fait
#it is fa%il(&
One e"enin$ ) anded to a sister in te #ard te stac. of 2> letters for te current
%ont& *er assi$n%ent #as to andle te %ailin$ and to %aintain te constantl(
can$in$ address list& +e $lanced at one en"elope and, #it a s%ile, as.ed, 58isop,
don=t (ou e"er $et discoura$edE *ere is anoter letter to 8roter 8r(son& Tis is te 1Jt
letter (ou a"e sent to i% #itout a repl(&7
) responded, 56ell, %a(be tis #ill be te %ont&7 As it turned out, tat was te %ont&
!or te 0rst ti%e, e responded to %( letter& *is repl( is a .eepsa.e, a treasure& *e #as
ser"in$ far a#a( on a distant sore, isolated, o%esic., alone& *e #rote, 5Bear 8isop, )
ain=t %uc at #ritin= letters&7 O) could a"e told i% that se"eral %onts earlier&P *is
letter continued, 5Tan. (ou for te $hurch 6ews and %a$a1ines, but %ost of all tan.
(ou for te personal letters& ) a"e turned o"er a ne# leaf& ) a"e been ordained a priest
in te Aaronic 9riestood& '( eart is full& ) a% a app( %an&7
8roter 8r(son #as no appier tan #as is bisop& ) ad learned te practical
application of te ada$e 5Bo ?(our@ dut(; tat is best; lea"e unto ?te@ Lord te rest&7
1>
Kears later, #ile attendin$ te +alt La.e Cotton#ood +ta.e #en Ma%es C& !aust ser"ed
as its president, ) related tat account in an e:ort to encoura$e attention to our
ser"ice%en& After te %eetin$, a 0ne/loo.in$ (oun$ %an ca%e for#ard& *e too. %(
and in is and as.ed, 58isop 'onson, do (ou re%e%ber %eE7
) suddenl( reali1ed #o e #as& 58roter 8r(sonF7 ) e-clai%ed& 5*o# are (ouE 6at are
(ou doin$ in te CurcE7
6it #ar%t and ob"ious pride, e responded, 5)=% 0ne& ) ser"e in te presidenc( of %(
elders 2uoru%& Tan. (ou a$ain for (our concern for %e and te personal letters #ic
(ou sent and #ic ) treasure&7
8retren, te #orld is in need of our elp& Are #e doin$ all #e souldE Bo #e re%e%ber
te #ords of 9resident Mon Ta(lor: 5)f (ou do not %a$nif( (our callin$s, God #ill old (ou
responsible for tose #o% (ou %i$t a"e sa"ed ad (ou done (our dut(7E
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Tere are
feet to stead(, ands to $rasp, %inds to encoura$e, earts to inspire, and souls to sa"e&
Te blessin$s of eternit( a#ait (ou& Kours is te pri"ile$e to be not spectators but
participants on te sta$e of priestood ser"ice& Let us ear.en to te stirrin$ re%inder
found in te Cpistle of Ma%es: 58e (e doers of te #ord, and not earers onl(, decei"in$
(our o#n sel"es&7
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Let us learn and conte%plate our dut(& Let us be #illin$ and #ort( to ser"e& Let us in
te perfor%ance of our dut( follo# in te footsteps of te 'aster& As (ou and ) #al. te
pat#a( Mesus #al.ed, #e #ill disco"er *e is %ore tan te babe in 8etlee%, %ore
tan te carpenter=s son, %ore tan te $reatest teacer e"er to li"e& 6e #ill co%e to
.no# *i% as te +on of God, our +a"ior and our Iedee%er& 6en to *i% ca%e te call of
dut(, *e ans#ered, 5!ater, t( #ill be done, and te $lor( be tine fore"er&7
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'a( eac
of us do li.e#ise, ) pra( in *is ol( na%e, te na%e of Mesus Crist, te Lord, a%en&
April 2012 General Conference
The &ace of (ife
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
6ere did #e co%e fro%E 6( are #e ereE 6ere do #e $o after tis lifeE
<o lon$er need tese uni"ersal 2uestions re%ain unans#ered&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, tis %ornin$ ) #is to spea. to (ou of eternal truts,
tose truts #ic #ill enric our li"es and see us safel( o%e&
C"er(#ere people are in a urr(& Met/po#ered aircraft speed teir precious u%an car$o
across broad continents and "ast oceans so tat business %eetin$s %i$t be attended,
obli$ations %et, "acations enDo(ed, or fa%ilies "isited& Ioad#a(s e"er(#ere,includin$
free#a(s, tru#a(s, and %otor#a(s,carr( %illions of auto%obiles, occupied b( %ore
%illions of people, in a see%in$l( endless strea% and for a %ultitude of reasons as #e
rus about te business of eac da(&
)n tis fast/paced life, do #e e"er pause for %o%ents of %editation,e"en tou$ts of
ti%eless trutsE
6en co%pared to eternal "erities, %ost of te 2uestions and concerns of dail( li"in$ are
reall( rater tri"ial& 6at sould #e a"e for dinnerE 6at color sould #e paint te
li"in$ roo%E +ould #e si$n Monn( up for soccerE Tese 2uestions and countless oters
li.e te% lose teir si$ni0cance #en ti%es of crisis arise, #en lo"ed ones are urt or
inDured, #en sic.ness enters te ouse of $ood ealt, #en life=s candle di%s and
dar.ness treatens& Our tou$ts beco%e focused, and #e are easil( able to deter%ine
#at is reall( i%portant and #at is %erel( tri"ial&
) recentl( "isited #it a #o%an #o as been battlin$ a life/treatenin$ disease for o"er
t#o (ears& +e indicated tat prior to er illness, er da(s #ere 0lled #it acti"ities suc
as cleanin$ er ouse to perfection and 0llin$ it #it beautiful furnisin$s& +e "isited
er airdresser t#ice a #ee. and spent %one( and ti%e eac %ont addin$ to er
#ardrobe& *er $randcildren #ere in"ited to "isit infre2uentl(, for se #as al#a(s
concerned tat #at se considered er precious possessions %i$t be bro.en or
oter#ise ruined b( tin( and careless ands&
And ten se recei"ed te soc.in$ ne#s tat er %ortal life #as in Deopard( and tat
se %i$t a"e "er( li%ited ti%e left ere& +e said tat at te %o%ent se eard te
doctor=s dia$nosis, se .ne# i%%ediatel( tat se #ould spend #ate"er ti%e se ad
re%ainin$ #it er fa%il( and friends and #it te $ospel at te center of er life, for
tese represented #at #as %ost precious to er&
+uc %o%ents of clarit( co%e to all of us at one ti%e or anoter, altou$ not al#a(s
trou$ so dra%atic a circu%stance& 6e see clearl( #at it is tat reall( %atters in our
li"es and o# #e sould be li"in$&
+aid te +a"ior:
5La( not up for (oursel"es treasures upon eart, #ere %ot and rust dot corrupt, and
#ere tie"es brea. trou$ and steal:
58ut la( up for (oursel"es treasures in ea"en, #ere neiter %ot nor rust dot corrupt,
and #ere tie"es do not brea. trou$ nor steal:
5!or #ere (our treasure is, tere #ill (our eart be also&7
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)n our ti%es of deepest re3ection or $reatest need, te soul of %an reaces ea"en#ard,
see.in$ a di"ine response to life=s $reatest 2uestions: Where did we come from7 Why
are we here7 Where do we go after we lea(e this life7
Ans#ers to tese 2uestions are not disco"ered #itin te co"ers of acade%ia=s te-tboo.s
or b( cec.in$ te )nternet& Tese 2uestions transcend %ortalit(& Te( e%brace eternit(&
Where did we come from7 Tis 2uer( is ine"itabl( tou$t, if not spo.en, b( e"er(
u%an bein$&
Te Apostle 9aul told te Atenians on 'ars= *ill tat 5#e are te o:sprin$ of God&7
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+ince #e .no# tat our p(sical bodies are te o:sprin$ of our %ortal parents, #e %ust
probe for te %eanin$ of 9aul=s state%ent& Te Lord as declared tat 5te spirit and te
bod( are te soul of %an&7
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Tus it is te spirit #ic is te o:sprin$ of God& Te #riter
of *ebre#s refers to *i% as 5te !ater of spirits&7
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Te spirits of all %en are literall( *is
5be$otten sons and dau$ters&7
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6e note tat inspired poets a"e, for our conte%plation of tis subDect, #ritten %o"in$
%essa$es and recorded transcendent tou$ts& 6illia% 6ords#ort penned te trut:
Our birt is but a sleep and a for$ettin$:
Te soul tat rises #it us, our life=s +tar,
*at ad else#ere its settin$,
And co%et fro% afar:
<ot in entire for$etfulness,
And not in utter na.edness,
8ut trailin$ clouds of $lor( do #e co%e
!ro% God, #o is our o%e:
*ea"en lies about us in our infanc(F
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9arents ponder teir responsibilit( to teac, to inspire, and to pro"ide $uidance,
direction, and e-a%ple& And #ile parents ponder, cildren,and particularl( (out,as.
te penetratin$ 2uestion, #( are #e ereE Usuall( it is spo.en silentl( to te soul and
prased, #( a% ' ereE
*o# $rateful #e sould be tat a #ise Creator fasioned an eart and placed us ere,
#it a "eil of for$etfulness of our pre"ious e-istence so tat #e %i$t e-perience a ti%e
of testin$, an opportunit( to pro"e oursel"es in order to 2ualif( for all tat God as
prepared for us to recei"e&
Clearl(, one pri%ar( purpose of our e-istence upon te eart is to obtain a bod( of 3es
and bones& 6e a"e also been $i"en te $ift of a$enc(& )n a tousand #a(s #e are
pri"ile$ed to coose for oursel"es& *ere #e learn fro% te ard tas.%aster of
e-perience& 6e discern bet#een $ood and e"il& 6e di:erentiate as to te bitter and te
s#eet& 6e disco"er tat tere are conse2uences attaced to our actions&
8( obedience to God=s co%%and%ents, #e can 2ualif( for tat 5ouse7 spo.en of b(
Mesus #en *e declared: 5)n %( !ater=s ouse are %an( %ansions& H ) $o to prepare a
place for (ou H tat #ere ) a%, tere (e %a( be also&7
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Altou$ #e co%e into %ortalit( 5trailin$ clouds of $lor(,7 life %o"es relentlessl(
for#ard& Kout follo#s cildood, and %aturit( co%es e"er so i%perceptibl(& !ro%
e-perience #e learn te need to reac ea"en#ard for assistance as #e %a.e our #a(
alon$ life=s pat#a(&
God, our !ater, and Mesus Crist, our Lord, a"e %ar.ed te #a( to perfection& Te(
bec.on us to follo# eternal "erities and to beco%e perfect, as Te( are perfect&
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Te Apostle 9aul li.ened life to a race& To te *ebre#s e ur$ed, 5Let us la( aside H te
sin #ic dot so easil( beset us, and let us run #it patience te race tat is set before
us&7
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)n our 1eal, let us not o"erloo. te sa$e counsel fro% Ccclesiastes: 5Te race is not to te
s#ift, nor te battle to te stron$&7
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Actuall(, te pri1e belon$s to i% or er #o
endures to te end&
6en ) re3ect on te race of life, ) re%e%ber anoter t(pe of race, e"en fro% cildood
da(s& '( friends and ) #ould ta.e poc.et.ni"es in and and, fro% te soft #ood of a
#illo# tree, fasion s%all to( boats& 6it a trian$ular/saped cotton sail in place, eac
#ould launc is crude craft in te race do#n te relati"el( turbulent #aters of Uta=s
9ro"o Ii"er& 6e #ould run alon$ te ri"er=s ban. and #atc te tin( "essels so%eti%es
bobbin$ "iolentl( in te s#ift current and at oter ti%es sailin$ serenel( as te #ater
deepened&
Burin$ a particular race #e noted tat one boat led all te rest to#ard te appointed
0nis line& +uddenl(, te current carried it too close to a lar$e #irlpool, and te boat
ea"ed to its side and capsi1ed& Around and around it #as carried, unable to %a.e its
#a( bac. into te %ain current& At last it ca%e to an uneas( rest a%id te 3otsa% and
Detsa% tat surrounded it, eld fast b( te tentacles of te $raspin$ $reen %oss&
Te to( boats of cildood ad no .eel for stabilit(, no rudder to pro"ide direction, and
no source of po#er& )ne"itabl(, teir destination #as do#nstrea%,te pat of least
resistance&
Unli.e to( boats, #e a"e been pro"ided di"ine attributes to $uide our Dourne(& 6e enter
%ortalit( not to 3oat #it te %o"in$ currents of life but #it te po#er to tin., to
reason, and to acie"e&
Our *ea"enl( !ater did not launc us on our eternal "o(a$e #itout pro"idin$ te
%eans #ereb( #e could recei"e fro% *i% $uidance to ensure our safe return& ) spea. of
pra(er& ) spea. too of te #isperin$s fro% tat still, s%all "oice; and ) do not o"erloo.
te ol( scriptures, #ic contain te #ord of te Lord and te #ords of te propets,
pro"ided to us to elp us successfull( cross te 0nis line&
At so%e period in our %ortal %ission, tere appears te falterin$ step, te #an s%ile,
te pain of sic.ness,e"en te fadin$ of su%%er, te approac of autu%n, te cill of
#inter, and te e-perience #e call deat&
C"er( tou$tful person as as.ed i%self te 2uestion best prased b( Mob of old: 5)f a
%an die, sall e li"e a$ainE7
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Tr( as #e %i$t to put te 2uestion out of our tou$ts, it
al#a(s returns& Beat co%es to all %an.ind& )t co%es to te a$ed as te( #al. on
falterin$ feet& )ts su%%ons is eard b( tose #o a"e scarcel( reaced %id#a( in life=s
Dourne(& At ti%es it uses te lau$ter of little cildren&
8ut #at of an e-istence be(ond deatE )s deat te end of allE Iobert 8latcford, in is
boo. *od and My 6eighbor, attac.ed #it "i$or accepted Cristian beliefs suc as God,
Crist, pra(er, and particularl( i%%ortalit(& *e boldl( asserted tat deat #as te end of
our e-istence and tat no one could pro"e oter#ise& Ten a surprisin$ tin$ appened&
*is #all of s.epticis% suddenl( cru%bled to dust& *e #as left e-posed and undefended&
+lo#l( e be$an to feel is #a( bac. to te fait e ad ridiculed and abandoned& 6at
ad caused tis profound can$e in is outloo.E *is #ife died& 6it a bro.en eart e
#ent into te roo% #ere la( all tat #as %ortal of er& *e loo.ed a$ain at te face e
lo"ed so #ell& Co%in$ out, e said to a friend: 5)t is se, and (et it is not se& C"er(tin$
is can$ed& +o%etin$ tat #as tere before is ta.en a#a(& +e is not te sa%e& 6at
can be $one if it be not te soulE7
Later e #rote: 5Beat is not #at so%e people i%a$ine& )t is onl( li.e $oin$ into anoter
roo%& )n tat oter roo% #e sall 0nd H te dear #o%en and %en and te s#eet
cildren #e a"e lo"ed and lost&7
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'( broters and sisters, #e .no# tat deat is not te end& Tis trut as been tau$t
b( li"in$ propets trou$out te a$es& )t is also found in our ol( scriptures& )n te 8oo.
of 'or%on #e read speci0c and co%fortin$ #ords:
5<o#, concernin$ te state of te soul bet#een deat and te resurrection,8eold, it
as been %ade .no#n unto %e b( an an$el, tat te spirits of all %en, as soon as te(
are departed fro% tis %ortal bod(, (ea, te spirits of all %en, #eter te( be $ood or
e"il, are ta.en o%e to tat God #o $a"e te% life&
5And ten sall it co%e to pass, tat te spirits of tose #o are ri$teous are recei"ed
into a state of appiness, #ic is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace,
#ere te( sall rest fro% all teir troubles and fro% all care, and sorro#&7
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After te +a"ior #as cruci0ed and *is bod( ad lain in te to%b for tree da(s, te spirit
a$ain entered& Te stone #as rolled a#a(, and te resurrected Iedee%er #al.ed fort,
cloted #it an i%%ortal bod( of 3es and bones&
Te ans#er to Mob=s 2uestion, 5)f a %an die, sall e li"e a$ainE7 ca%e #en 'ar( and
oters approaced te to%b and sa# t#o %en in sinin$ $ar%ents #o spo.e to te%:
56( see. (e te li"in$ a%on$ te deadE *e is not ere, but is risen&7
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As te result of Crist=s "ictor( o"er te $ra"e, #e sall all be resurrected& Tis is te
rede%ption of te soul& 9aul #rote: 5Tere are H celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial:
but te $lor( of te celestial is one, and te $lor( of te terrestrial is anoter&7
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)t is te celestial $lor( #ic #e see.& )t is in te presence of God #e desire to d#ell& )t is
a fore"er fa%il( in #ic #e #ant %e%bersip& +uc blessin$s are earned trou$ a
lifeti%e of stri"in$, see.in$, repentin$, and 0nall( succeedin$&
Where did we come from7 Why are we here7 Where do we go after this life7 <o lon$er
need tese uni"ersal 2uestions re%ain unans#ered& !ro% te "er( depts of %( soul and
in all u%ilit(, ) testif( tat tose tin$s of #ic ) a"e spo.en are true&
Our *ea"enl( !ater reDoices for tose #o .eep *is co%%and%ents& *e is concerned
also for te lost cild, te tard( teena$er, te #a(#ard (out, te delin2uent parent&
Tenderl( te 'aster spea.s to tese and indeed to all: 5Co%e bac.& Co%e up& Co%e in&
Co%e o%e& Co%e unto %e&7
)n one #ee. #e #ill celebrate Caster& Our tou$ts #ill turn to te +a"ior=s life, *is deat,
and *is Iesurrection& As *is special #itness, ) testif( to (ou tat *e li"es and tat *e
a#aits our triu%pant return& Tat suc a return #ill be ours, ) pra( u%bl( in *is ol(
na%e,e"en Mesus Crist, our +a"ior and our Iedee%er, a%en&
April 2012 General Conference
,s .e Close This Conference
Thomas S. Monson
Presient of the Church
'a( (ou ponder te truts (ou a"e eard, and %a( te( elp (ou to
beco%e e"en better tan (ou #ere #en conference be$an&
'( eart is full as #e co%e to te close of tis $lorious conference& 6e a"e been so
ricl( blessed as #e a"e listened to te counsel and testi%onies of tose #o a"e
spo.en to us& ) tin. (ou #ill a$ree #it %e tat #e a"e felt te +pirit of te Lord as our
earts a"e been touced and our testi%onies stren$tened&
Once a$ain #e a"e enDo(ed beautiful %usic, #ic as enanced and enriced eac
session of conference& ) e-press %( $ratitude to all #o a"e sared #it us teir talents
in tis re$ard&
'( eartfelt tan.s $o to eac #o as spo.en to us as #ell as to tose #o a"e
o:ered pra(ers at eac of te sessions&
Tere are countless indi"iduals #o #or. eiter beind te scenes or in less "isible
positions eac conference& )t #ould not be possible for us to old tese sessions #itout
teir assistance& '( tan.s $o to all of te% as #ell&
) .no# (ou Doin #it %e in e-pressin$ profound $ratitude to tose bretren and sisters
#o a"e been released durin$ tis conference& 6e #ill %iss te%& Teir contributions to
te #or. of te Lord a"e been enor%ous and #ill be felt trou$out $enerations to
co%e&
6e a"e also sustained, trou$ uplifted ands, bretren and sisters #o a"e been
called to ne# positions durin$ tis conference& 6e #elco%e te% and #ant te% to
.no# tat #e loo. for#ard to ser"in$ #it te% in te cause of te 'aster& Te( a"e
been called b( inspiration fro% on i$&
6e a"e ad unprecedented co"era$e of tis conference, reacin$ across te continents
and oceans to people e"er(#ere& Tou$ #e are far re%o"ed fro% %an( of (ou, #e feel
of (our spirit and (our dedication, and #e send our lo"e and appreciation to (ou
#ere"er (ou are&
*o# blessed #e are, %( broters and sisters, to a"e te restored $ospel of Mesus Crist
in our li"es and in our earts& )t pro"ides ans#ers to life=s $reatest 2uestions& )t pro"ides
%eanin$ and purpose and ope to our li"es&
6e li"e in troubled ti%es& ) assure (ou tat our *ea"enl( !ater is %indful of te
callen$es #e face& *e lo"es eac of us and desires to bless us and to elp us& 'a( #e
call upon *i% in pra(er, as *e ad%onised #en *e said, 59ra( al#a(s, and ) #ill pour
out %( +pirit upon (ou, and $reat sall be (our blessin$,(ea, e"en %ore tan if (ou
sould obtain treasures of eart&7
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'( dear broters and sisters, %a( (our o%es be 0lled #it lo"e and courtes( and #it
te +pirit of te Lord& Lo"e (our fa%ilies& )f tere are disa$ree%ents or contentions
a%on$ (ou, ) ur$e (ou to settle te% no#& +aid te +a"ior:
5Tere sall be no disputations a%on$ (ou& H
5!or "eril(, "eril( ) sa( unto (ou, e tat at te spirit of contention is not of %e, but is
of te de"il, #o is te fater of contention, and e stirret up te earts of %en to
contend #it an$er, one #it anoter&
5?8ut@ beold, tis is not %( doctrine H ; but this is %( doctrine, tat suc tin$s sould
be done a#a(&7
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As (our u%ble ser"ant, ) eco te #ords of Gin$ 8enDa%in in is address to is people
#en e said:
5) a"e not co%%anded (ou to H tin. tat ) of %(self a% %ore tan a %ortal %an&
58ut ) a% li.e as (oursel"es, subDect to all %anner of in0r%ities in bod( and %ind; (et )
a"e been cosen H b( te and of te Lord H and a"e been .ept and preser"ed b( is
%atcless po#er, to ser"e (ou #it all te %i$t, %ind and stren$t #ic te Lord at
$ranted unto %e&7
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'( belo"ed broters and sisters, ) desire #it all %( eart to do God=s #ill and to ser"e
*i% and to ser"e (ou&
<o# as #e lea"e tis conference, ) in"o.e te blessin$s of ea"en upon eac of (ou& 'a(
(ou #o are a#a( fro% (our o%es return to te% safel(& 'a( (ou ponder te truts (ou
a"e eard, and %a( te( elp (ou to beco%e e"en better tan (ou #ere #en
conference be$an t#o da(s a$o&
Until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e, ) as. te Lord=s blessin$s to be upon (ou and,
indeed, upon all of us, and ) do so in *is ol( na%e,e"en Mesus Crist, our Lord and
+a"ior,a%en&
October 2012 General Conference
6elco%e to Conference
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
'a( #e listen attenti"el( to te %essa$es H , tat #e %a( feel te +pirit of
te Lord and $ain te .no#led$e *e #ould desire for us&
As far as ) can see, e"er( seat is 0lled,e-cept for a fe# ri$t tere in te bac.& Tere is
roo% for i%pro"e%ent& Tis is a courtes( to tose #o %i$t be Dust a bit tard(, because
of te tra4c, to 0nd a seat #en te( co%e&
Tis is a $reat da(,conference da(& 6e a"e eard a beautiful coir sin$ %a$ni0cent
%usic& C"er( ti%e ) ear te coir or ear te or$an or ear te piano, ) tin. of %(
%oter, #o said, 5) lo"e all te acclai% tat as been $i"en (ou, all te de$rees (ou
a"e obtained, and all te #or. (ou a"e done& '( onl( re$ret is tat (ou did not sta(
#it te piano&7 Tan.s, 'oter& ) #is ) ad&
*o# $ood it is, %( broters and sisters, to #elco%e (ou to te 182nd +e%iannual
General Conference of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints&
+ince #e %et si- %onts a$o, tree ne# te%ples a"e been dedicated, and one te%ple
as been rededicated& )n 'a(, it #as %( pri"ile$e to dedicate te beautiful Gansas Cit(
'issouri Te%ple and to attend te cultural celebration associated #it it& ) #ill %ention
tat celebration in $reater detail in %( re%ar.s to%orro# %ornin$&
)n Mune, 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf dedicated te lon$/a#aited te%ple in 'anaus, 8ra1il,
and in earl( +epte%ber, 9resident *enr( 8& C(rin$ rededicated te ne#l( refurbised
te%ple in 8uenos Aires, Ar$entina, a te%ple #ic ) ad te pri"ile$e to dedicate nearl(
2J (ears a$o& Must t#o #ee.s a$o, 9resident 8o(d G& 9ac.er dedicated te lo"el( 8ri$a%
Cit( Te%ple in te o%eto#n #ere e #as born and raised&
As ) a"e indicated pre"iousl(, no Curc/built facilit( is %ore i%portant tan a te%ple,
and #e are pleased to a"e 1>L te%ples in operation trou$out te #orld, #it 2J %ore
announced or under construction& 6e are $rateful for tese sacred edi0ces and te
blessin$s te( brin$ into our li"es&
Tis %ornin$ ) a% pleased to announce t#o additional te%ples, #ic in co%in$ %onts
and (ears #ill be built in te follo#in$ locations: Tucson, Ari1ona, and Are2uipa, 9eru&
Betails concernin$ tese te%ples #ill be pro"ided in te future as necessar( per%its and
appro"als are obtained&
8roters and sisters, ) no# turn to anoter %atter,na%el(, %issionar( ser"ice&
!or so%e ti%e te !irst 9residenc( and te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles a"e allo#ed
(oun$ %en fro% certain countries to ser"e at te a$e of 18 #en te( are #ort(, able,
a"e $raduated fro% i$ scool, and a"e e-pressed a sincere desire to ser"e& Tis as
been a countr(/speci0c polic( and as allo#ed tousands of (oun$ %en to ser"e
onorable %issions and also ful0ll re2uired %ilitar( obli$ations and educational
opportunities&
Our e-perience #it tese 18/(ear/old %issionaries as been positi"e& Teir %ission
presidents report tat te( are obedient, faitful, %ature, and ser"e Dust as co%petentl(
as do te older %issionaries #o ser"e in te sa%e %issions& Teir faitfulness,
obedience, and %aturit( a"e caused us to desire te sa%e option of earlier %issionar(
ser"ice for all (oun$ %en, re$ardless of te countr( fro% #ic te( co%e&
) a% pleased to announce tat e:ecti"e i%%ediatel( all #ort( and able (oun$ %en #o
a"e $raduated fro% i$ scool or its e2ui"alent, re$ardless of #ere te( li"e, #ill
a"e te option of bein$ reco%%ended for %issionar( ser"ice be$innin$ at te a$e of
18, instead of a$e 1L& ) a% not su$$estin$ tat all (oun$ %en #ill,or sould,ser"e at
tis earlier a$e& Iater, based on indi"idual circu%stances as #ell as upon a
deter%ination b( priestood leaders, tis option is no# a"ailable&
As #e a"e pra(erfull( pondered te a$e at #ic (oun$ %en %a( be$in teir
%issionar( ser"ice, #e a"e also $i"en consideration to te a$e at #ic a (oun$
#o%an %i$t ser"e& Toda( ) a% pleased to announce tat able, #ort( (oun$ #o%en
#o a"e te desire to ser"e %a( be reco%%ended for %issionar( ser"ice be$innin$ at
a$e 1L, instead of a$e 21&
6e a4r% tat %issionar( #or. is a priestood dut(,and #e encoura$e all (oun$ %en
#o are #ort( and #o are p(sicall( able and %entall( capable to respond to te call
to ser"e& 'an( (oun$ #o%en also ser"e, but te( are not under te sa%e %andate to
ser"e as are te (oun$ %en& 6e assure te (oun$ sisters of te Curc, o#e"er, tat
te( %a.e a "aluable contribution as %issionaries, and #e #elco%e teir ser"ice&
6e continue to need %an( %ore senior couples& As (our circu%stances allo#, as (ou are
eli$ible for retire%ent, and as (our ealt per%its, ) encoura$e (ou to %a.e (oursel"es
a"ailable for full/ti%e %issionar( ser"ice& 8ot usband and #ife #ill a"e a $reater Do(
as te( to$eter ser"e our !ater=s cildren&
<o#, %( broters and sisters, %a( #e listen attenti"el( to te %essa$es #ic #ill be
presented durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s, tat #e %a( feel te +pirit of te Lord and $ain te
.no#led$e *e #ould desire for us& Tat tis %a( be our e-perience ) pra( in te na%e of
Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2012 General Conference
+ee Oters as Te( 'a( 8eco%e
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
6e %ust de"elop te capacit( to see %en not as te( are at present but as
te( %a( beco%e&
'( dear bretren, t#ice eac (ear tis %a$ni0cent Conference Center is 0lled to
capacit( #it te priestood of God as #e $ater to ear %essa$es of inspiration& Tere
is a %ar"elous spirit #ic per%eates te $eneral priestood %eetin$ of te Curc&
Tis spirit e%anates fro% te Conference Center and enters e"er( buildin$ #ere te
sons of God asse%ble& 6e a"e surel( felt tat spirit toni$t&
+o%e (ears a$o, before tis beautiful Conference Center #as built, a "isitor to Te%ple
+2uare in +alt La.e Cit( attended a $eneral conference session in te Tabernacle& *e
listened to te %essa$es of te 8retren& *e paid attention to te pra(ers& *e eard te
beautiful %usic b( te Tabernacle Coir& *e %ar"eled at te $randeur of te %a$ni0cent
Tabernacle or$an& 6en te %eetin$ ad ended e #as eard to sa(, 5) #ould $i"e
e"er(tin$ ) possess if ) .ne# tat #at tose spea.ers said toda( #as true&7 )n essence
e #as sa(in$, 5) #is tat ) ad a testi%on( of te $ospel&7
Tere is absolutel( notin$ in tis #orld tat #ill pro"ide %ore co%fort and appiness
tan a testi%on( of te trut& Altou$ to "ar(in$ de$rees, ) belie"e e"er( %an or (oun$
%an ere toni$t as a testi%on(& )f (ou feel tat (ou do not (et a"e te dept of
testi%on( (ou #ould #is, ) ad%onis (ou to #or. to acie"e suc a testi%on(& )f it is
stron$ and deep, labor to .eep it tat #a(& *o# blessed #e are to a"e a .no#led$e of
te trut&
'( %essa$e toni$t, bretren, is tat tere are countless indi"iduals #o a"e little or
no testi%on( ri$t no#, tose #o could and #ould recei"e suc a testi%on( if #e #ould
be #illin$ to %a.e te e:ort to sare ours and to elp te% can$e& )n so%e instances
we can pro"ide te incenti"e for can$e& ) %ention 0rst tose #o are %e%bers but #o
are not at present full( co%%itted to te $ospel&
'an( (ears a$o, at an area conference eld in *elsin.i, !inland, ) eard a po#erful,
%e%orable, and %oti"atin$ %essa$e $i"en in a %oters and dau$ters= session& ) a"e
not for$otten tat %essa$e, tou$ nearl( A0 (ears a"e passed since ) eard it& A%on$
%an( truts te spea.er discussed, se said tat a #o%an needs to be told se is
beautiful& +e needs to be told se is "alued& +e needs to be told se is #ort#ile&
8retren, ) .no# tat %en are "er( %uc li.e #o%en in tis re$ard& 6e need to be told
tat #e a%ount to so%etin$, tat #e are capable and #ort#ile& 6e need to be $i"en
a cance to ser"e& !or tose %e%bers #o a"e slipped fro% acti"it( or #o old bac.
and re%ain nonco%%ittal, #e can pra(erfull( see. for so%e #a( to reac te%& As.in$
te% to ser"e in so%e capacit( %a( Dust be te incenti"e te( need to return to full
acti"it(& 8ut tose leaders #o could elp in tis re$ard are so%eti%es reluctant to do
so& 6e need to bear in %ind tat people can can$e& Te( can put beind te% bad
abits& Te( can repent fro% trans$ressions& Te( can bear te priestood #ortil(& And
te( can ser"e te Lord dili$entl(& 'a( ) pro"ide a fe# illustrations&
6en ) 0rst beca%e a %e%ber of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles, ) ad te
opportunit( to acco%pan( 9resident <& Cldon Tanner, a counselor to 9resident Ba"id O&
'cGa(, to a sta.e conference in Alberta, Canada& Burin$ te %eetin$, te sta.e
president read te na%es of four bretren #o ad 2uali0ed to be ordained elders&
Tese #ere %en #o% 9resident Tanner .ne#, for at one ti%e e ad li"ed in tat area&
8ut 9resident Tanner .ne# and re%e%bered te% as te( once #ere and did not .no#
tat te( ad turned teir li"es around and ad full( 2uali0ed to beco%e elders&
Te sta.e president read te na%e of te 0rst %an and as.ed i% to stand& 9resident
Tanner #ispered to %e, 5Loo. at i%& ) ne"er tou$t e #ould %a.e it&7 Te sta.e
president read te na%e of te second %an, and e stood& 9resident Tanner nud$ed %e
a$ain and reported is astonis%ent& And so it #as #it all four of te bretren&
After te %eetin$, 9resident Tanner and ) ad te opportunit( to con$ratulate tese four
bretren& Te( ad de%onstrated tat %en can can$e&
Burin$ te 1LA0s and 1L50s, an A%erican prison #arden, Clinton Bu:(, #as #ell .no#n
for is e:orts to reabilitate te %en in is prison& +aid one critic, 5Kou sould .no# tat
leopards don=t can$e teir spotsF7
Ieplied 6arden Bu:(, 5Kou sould .no# ) don=t #or. #it leopards& ) #or. #it %en, and
%en can$e e"er( da(&7
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'an( (ears a$o it #as %( opportunit( to ser"e as president of te Canadian 'ission&
Tere #e ad a branc #it "er( li%ited priestood& 6e al#a(s ad a %issionar(
presidin$ o"er te branc& ) recei"ed a stron$ i%pression tat #e needed to a"e a
%e%ber of te branc preside tere&
6e ad one adult %e%ber in te branc #o #as a deacon in te Aaronic 9riestood but
#o didn=t attend or participate enou$ to be ad"anced in te priestood& ) felt inspired
to call i% as te branc president& ) sall al#a(s re%e%ber te da( tat ) ad an
inter"ie# #it i%& ) told i% tat te Lord ad inspired %e to call i% to be te
president of te branc& After %uc protest on is part, and %uc encoura$e%ent on te
part of is #ife, e indicated tat e #ould ser"e& ) ordained i% a priest&
)t #as te be$innin$ of a ne# da( for tat %an& *is life #as 2uic.l( put in order, and e
assured %e tat e #ould li"e te co%%and%ents as e #as e-pected to li"e te%& )n a
fe# %onts e #as ordained an elder& *e and is #ife and fa%il( e"entuall( #ent to te
te%ple and #ere sealed& Teir cildren ser"ed %issions and %arried in te ouse of te
Lord&
+o%eti%es lettin$ our bretren .no# te( are needed and "alued can elp te% ta.e
tat step into co%%it%ent and full acti"it(& Tis can be true of priestood olders
re$ardless of a$e& )t is our responsibilit( to $i"e te% opportunities to li"e as te(
sould& 6e can elp te% to o"erco%e teir sortco%in$s& 6e %ust de"elop te
capacit( to see %en not as te( are at present but as te( %a( beco%e #en te(
recei"e testi%onies of te $ospel of Crist&
) once attended a %eetin$ in Lead"ille, Colorado& Lead"ille is situated at an altitude of
o"er 10,000 feet O>,000 %P& ) re%e%ber tat particular %eetin$ because of te i$
altitude, but ) also re%e%ber it for #at too. place tat e"enin$& Tere #ere Dust a s%all
nu%ber of priestood olders present& As #it te branc in te Canadian 'ission, tat
branc #as presided o"er b( a %issionar( and al#a(s ad been&
Tat ni$t #e ad a lo"el( %eetin$, but as #e #ere sin$in$ te closin$ son$, te
inspiration ca%e to %e tat tere ou$t to be a local branc president presidin$& ) turned
to te %ission president and as.ed, 5)sn=t tere so%eone ere #o could preside,a
local %anE7
*e replied, 5) don=t .no# of one&7
Burin$ te sin$in$ of tat son$, ) loo.ed carefull( at te %en #o #ere seated on te
0rst tree ro#s& '( attention see%ed to be focused on one of te bretren& ) said to te
%ission president, 5Could e ser"e as te branc presidentE7
*e replied, 5) don=t .no#& 9eraps e could&7
) said, 59resident, )=ll ta.e i% into te oter roo% and inter"ie# i%& Kou spea. after te
closin$ son$ until #e return&7
6en te t#o of us #al.ed bac. in te roo%, te %ission president concluded is
testi%on(& ) presented te na%e of te broter to be te ne# branc president& !ro%
tat da( for#ard, Lead"ille, Colorado, ad a local %e%ber leadin$ te unit tere&
Te sa%e principle, bretren, applies to tose #o are not (et %e%bers& 6e sould
de"elop te capacit( to see %en not as te( are but as te( can beco%e #en te( are
%e%bers of te Curc, #en te( a"e a testi%on( of te $ospel, and #en teir li"es
are in ar%on( #it its teacin$s&
8ac. in te (ear 1L61, a #orld#ide conference #as eld for %ission presidents, and
e"er( %ission president in te Curc #as brou$t to +alt La.e Cit( for tose %eetin$s& )
ca%e to +alt La.e Cit( fro% %( %ission in Toronto, Canada&
)n one particular %eetin$, <& Cldon Tanner, #o #as ten an Assistant to te Nuoru% of
te T#el"e, ad Dust returned fro% is initial e-perience of presidin$ o"er te %issions in
Great 8ritain and #estern Curope& *e told of a %issionar( #o ad been te %ost
successful %issionar( #o% e ad %et in all of te inter"ie#s e ad conducted& *e
said tat as e inter"ie#ed tat %issionar(, e said to i%, 5) suppose tat all of te
people #o% (ou bapti1ed ca%e into te Curc b( #a( of referrals&7
Te (oun$ %an ans#ered, 5<o, #e found te% all b( tractin$&7
8roter Tanner as.ed i% #at #as di:erent about is approac,#( e ad suc
peno%enal success #en oters didn=t& Te (oun$ %an said tat e atte%pted to
bapti1e e"er( person #o% e %et& *e said tat if e .noc.ed on te door and sa# a
%an s%o.in$ a ci$ar and dressed in old clotes and see%in$l( uninterested in an(tin$
,particularl( reli$ion,te %issionar( #ould picture in is o#n %ind #at tat %an
#ould loo. li.e under a di:erent set of circu%stances& )n is %ind e #ould loo. at i%
as clean/sa"en and #earin$ a #ite sirt and #ite trousers& And te %issionar( could
see i%self leadin$ tat %an into te #aters of baptis%& *e said, 56en ) loo. at
so%eone tat #a(, ) a"e te capacit( to bear %( testi%on( to i% in a #a( tat can
touc is eart&7
6e a"e te responsibilit( to loo. at our friends, our associates, our nei$bors tis #a(&
A$ain, #e a"e te responsibilit( to see indi"iduals not as te( are but rater as te(
can beco%e& ) #ould plead #it (ou to tin. of te% in tis #a(&
8retren, te Lord told us so%etin$ about te i%portance of tis priestood tat #e
old& *e told us tat #e recei"e it #it an oat and a co"enant& *e $a"e unto us te
instruction tat #e %ust be faitful and true in all tat #e recei"e, and tat #e a"e te
responsibilit( to .eep tis co"enant e"en unto te end& And ten all tat te !ater as
sall be $i"en unto us&
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$ourage is te #ord #e need to ear and old near our earts,coura$e to turn our
bac.s on te%ptation, coura$e to lift up our "oices in testi%on( to all #o% #e %eet,
re%e%berin$ tat e"er(one %ust a"e an opportunit( to ear te %essa$e& )t is not an
eas( tin$ for %ost to do tis& 8ut #e can co%e to belie"e in te #ords of 9aul to
Ti%ot(:
5!or God at not $i"en us te spirit of fear; but of po#er, and of lo"e, and of a sound
%ind&
58e not tou terefore asa%ed of te testi%on( of our Lord&7
>
)n 'a( of 1LJA, ) #as #it 8roter Mon *& Grober$ in te Ton$an islands& 6e ad an
appoint%ent to "isit te .in$ of Ton$a, and #e %et #it i% in a for%al session& 6e
e-can$ed te nor%al pleasantries& *o#e"er, before #e left, Mon Grober$ said
so%etin$ tat #as out of te ordinar(& *e said, 5Kour 'aDest(, (ou sould reall( beco%e
a 'or%on and (our subDects as #ell, for ten (our proble%s and teir proble%s #ould
lar$el( be sol"ed&7
Te .in$ s%iled broadl( and ans#ered, 5Mon Grober$, peraps (ou=re ri$t&7
) tou$t of te Apostle 9aul before A$rippa& ) tou$t of A$rippa=s response to 9aul=s
testi%on(: 5Al%ost tou persuadest %e to be a Cristian&7
A
8roter Grober$ ad te
coura$e to bear is testi%on( to a .in$&
Toni$t tere are %an( tousands of our nu%ber #o are ser"in$ te Lord full/ti%e as
*is %issionaries& )n response to a call, te( a"e left beind o%e, fa%il(, friends, and
scool and a"e $one for#ard to ser"e& Tose #o don=t understand as. te 2uestion,
56( do te( respond so readil( and #illin$l( $i"e so %ucE7
Our %issionaries could #ell ans#er in te #ords of 9aul, tat peerless %issionar( of an
earlier da(: 5!or tou$ ) preac te $ospel, ) a"e notin$ to $lor( of: for necessit( is
laid upon %e; (ea, #oe is unto %e, if ) preac not te $ospelF7
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Te ol( scriptures contain no procla%ation %ore rele"ant, no responsibilit( %ore
bindin$, no instruction %ore direct tan te inDunction $i"en b( te resurrected Lord as
*e appeared in Galilee to te ele"en disciples& +aid *e:
5All po#er is $i"en unto %e in ea"en and in eart&
5Go (e terefore, and teac all nations, bapti1in$ te% in te na%e of te !ater, and of
te +on, and of te *ol( Gost:
5Teacin$ te% to obser"e all tin$s #atsoe"er ) a"e co%%anded (ou: and, lo, ) a%
#it (ou al#a(, e"en unto te end of te #orld&7
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Tis di"ine co%%and, coupled #it its $lorious pro%ise, is our #atc#ord toda(, as it
#as in te %eridian of ti%e& 'issionar( #or. is an identif(in$ feature of Te Curc of
Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints& Al#a(s as it been; e"er sall it be& As te 9ropet
Mosep +%it declared, 5After all tat as been said, te $reatest and %ost i%portant
dut( is to preac te Gospel&7
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6itin t#o sort (ears, all of te full/ti%e %issionaries currentl( ser"in$ in tis ro(al
ar%( of God #ill a"e concluded teir full/ti%e labors and #ill a"e returned to teir
o%es and lo"ed ones& Teir replace%ents are found toni$t in te ran.s of te Aaronic
9riestood of te Curc& Koun$ %en, are (ou read( to respondE Are (ou #illin$ to #or.E
Are (ou prepared to ser"eE
9resident Mon Ta(lor su%%ed up te re2uire%ents: 5Te .ind of %en #e #ant as
bearers of tis $ospel %essa$e are %en #o a"e fait in God; %en #o a"e fait in
teir reli$ion; %en #o onor teir priestood; H %en full of te *ol( Gost and te
po#er of God?;@ H %en of onor, inte$rit(, "irtue and purit(&7
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8retren, to eac of us co%es te %andate to sare te $ospel of Crist& 6en our li"es
co%pl( #it God=s o#n standard, tose #itin our spere of in3uence #ill ne"er spea.
te la%ent, 5Te ar"est is past, te su%%er is ended, and #e are not sa"ed&7
L
Te perfect +eperd of souls, te %issionar( #o redee%ed %an.ind, $a"e us *is
di"ine assurance:
5)f it so be tat (ou sould labor all (our da(s in cr(in$ repentance unto tis people, and
brin$, sa"e it be one soul unto %e, o# $reat sall be (our Do( #it i% in te .in$do%
of %( !aterF
5And no#, if (our Do( #ill be $reat #it one soul tat (ou a"e brou$t unto %e into te
.in$do% of %( !ater, o# $reat #ill be (our Do( if (ou sould brin$ %an( souls unto
%eF7
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Of *i% #o spo.e tese #ords, ) declare %( personal #itness& *e is te +on of God, our
Iedee%er, and our +a"ior&
) pra( tat #e #ill a"e te coura$e to e-tend te and of fello#sip, te tenacit( to tr(
and tr( a$ain, and te u%ilit( needed to see. $uidance fro% our !ater as #e ful0ll our
%andate to sare te $ospel& Te responsibilit( is upon us, bretren& )n te na%e of
Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 2012 General Conference
Consider te 8lessin$s
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
Our *ea"enl( !ater is a#are of our needs and #ill elp us as #e call upon
*i% for assistance&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, tis conference %ar.s AL (ears since ) #as sustained,
on October A, 1L6>, as a %e%ber of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles& !ort(/nine (ears
is a lon$ ti%e& )n %an( #a(s, o#e"er, te ti%e see%s "er( sort since ) stood at te
pulpit in te Tabernacle and $a"e %( "er( 0rst $eneral conference address&
'uc as can$ed since October A, 1L6>& 6e li"e in a uni2ue ti%e in te #orld=s istor(&
6e are blessed #it so "er( %uc& And (et it is so%eti%es di4cult to "ie# te proble%s
and per%issi"eness around us and not beco%e discoura$ed& ) a"e found tat, rater
tan d#ellin$ on te ne$ati"e, if #e #ill ta.e a step bac. and consider te blessin$s in
our li"es, includin$ see%in$l( s%all, so%eti%es o"erloo.ed blessin$s, #e can 0nd
$reater appiness&
As ) a"e re"ie#ed te past AL (ears, ) a"e %ade so%e disco"eries& One is tat
countless e-periences ) a"e ad #ere not necessaril( tose one #ould consider
e-traordinar(& )n fact, at te ti%e te( transpired, te( often see%ed unre%ar.able and
e"en ordinar(& And (et, in retrospect, te( enriced and blessed li"es,not te least of
#ic #as %( o#n& ) #ould reco%%end tis sa%e e-ercise to (ou,na%el(, tat (ou
ta.e an in"entor( of (our life and loo. speci0call( for te blessin$s, lar$e and s%all, (ou
a"e recei"ed&
Ieinforced constantl( durin$ %( o#n re"ie# of te (ears as been %( .no#led$e tat
our pra(ers are eard and ans#ered& 6e are fa%iliar #it te trut found in 2 <epi in
te 8oo. of 'or%on: 5'en are, tat te( %i$t a"e Do(&7
1
) testif( tat %uc of tat Do(
co%es as #e reco$ni1e tat #e can co%%unicate #it our *ea"enl( !ater trou$
pra(er and tat tose pra(ers #ill be eard and ans#ered,peraps not o# and #en
#e e-pected te( #ould be ans#ered, but te( will be ans#ered and b( a *ea"enl(
!ater #o .no#s and lo"es us perfectl( and #o desires our appiness& *asn=t *e
pro%ised us, 58e tou u%ble; and te Lord t( God sall lead tee b( te and, and
$i"e tee ans#er to t( pra(ers7E
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!or te ne-t fe# %inutes allotted to %e, ) #ould li.e to sare #it (ou Dust a tin(
sa%plin$ of te e-periences ) a"e ad #erein pra(ers #ere eard and ans#ered and
#ic, in retrospect, brou$t blessin$s into %( life as #ell as te li"es of oters& '( dail(
Dournal, .ept o"er all tese (ears, as elped pro"ide so%e speci0cs #ic ) %ost li.el(
#ould not oter#ise be able to recount&
)n earl( 1L65, ) #as assi$ned to attend sta.e conferences and to old oter %eetin$s
trou$out te +out 9aci0c area& Tis #as %( 0rst "isit to tat part of te #orld, and it
#as a ti%e ne"er to be for$otten& 'uc tat #as spiritual in nature occurred durin$ tis
assi$n%ent as ) %et #it leaders, %e%bers, and %issionaries&
On te #ee.end of +aturda( and +unda(, !ebruar( 20 and 21, #e #ere in 8risbane,
Australia, to old re$ular conference sessions of te 8risbane +ta.e& Burin$ %eetin$s on
+aturda(, ) #as introduced to te district president fro% an adDoinin$ area& As ) soo. is
and, ) ad a stron$ i%pression tat ) needed to spea. #it i% and to pro"ide counsel,
and so ) as.ed i% if e #ould acco%pan( %e to te +unda( %ornin$ session te
follo#in$ da( so tat tis could be acco%plised&
!ollo#in$ te +unda( session, #e ad an opportunit( to "isit to$eter& 6e tal.ed of is
%an( responsibilities as district president& As #e did so, ) felt i%pressed to o:er i%
speci0c su$$estions concernin$ %issionar( #or. and o# e and is %e%bers could
elp te full/ti%e %issionaries in teir labors in is area& ) later learned tat tis %an ad
been pra(in$ for $uidance in tis re$ard& To i% our "isit #as a special #itness tat is
pra(ers #ere eard and ans#ered& Tis #as a see%in$l( unre%ar.able %eetin$ but one
#ic ) a% con"inced #as $uided b( te +pirit and #ic %ade a di:erence in tat
district president=s life and ad%inistration, in te li"es of is %e%bers, and in te
success of te %issionaries tere&
'( broters and sisters, te Lord=s purposes are often acco%plised as #e pa( eed to
te $uidance of te +pirit& ) belie"e tat te %ore #e act upon te inspiration and
i%pressions #ic co%e to us, te %ore te Lord #ill entrust to us *is errands&
) a"e learned, as ) a"e %entioned in pre"ious %essa$es, ne"er to postpone a
pro%ptin$& On one occasion %an( (ears a$o, ) #as s#i%%in$ laps at te old Beseret
G(% in +alt La.e Cit( #en ) felt te inspiration to $o to te Uni"ersit( *ospital to "isit a
$ood friend of %ine #o ad lost te use of is lo#er li%bs because of a %ali$nanc( and
te sur$er( #ic follo#ed& ) i%%ediatel( left te pool, dressed, and #as soon on %(
#a( to see tis $ood %an&
6en ) arri"ed at is roo%, ) found tat it #as e%pt(& Upon in2uir( ) learned ) #ould
probabl( 0nd i% in te s#i%%in$ pool area of te ospital, an area #ic #as used for
p(sical terap(& +uc turned out to be te case& *e ad $uided i%self tere in is
#eelcair and #as te onl( occupant of te roo%& *e #as on te far side of te pool,
near te deep end& ) called to i%, and e %aneu"ered is #eelcair o"er to $reet %e&
6e ad an enDo(able "isit, and ) acco%panied i% bac. to is ospital roo%, #ere )
$a"e i% a blessin$&
) learned later fro% %( friend tat e ad been utterl( despondent tat da( and ad
been conte%platin$ ta.in$ is o#n life& *e ad pra(ed for relief but be$an to feel tat
is pra(ers ad $one unans#ered& *e #ent to te pool #it te tou$t tat tis #ould
be a #a( to end is %iser(,b( $uidin$ is #eelcair into te deep end of te pool& )
ad arri"ed at a critical %o%ent, in response to #at ) .no# #as inspiration fro% on
i$&
'( friend #as able to li"e %an( %ore (ears,(ears 0lled #it appiness and $ratitude&
*o# pleased ) a% to a"e been an instru%ent in te Lord=s ands on tat critical da( at
te s#i%%in$ pool&
On anoter occasion, as +ister 'onson and ) #ere dri"in$ o%e after "isitin$ friends, )
felt i%pressed tat #e sould $o into to#n,a dri"e of %an( %iles,to pa( a "isit to an
elderl( #ido# #o ad once li"ed in our #ard& *er na%e #as Yella To%as& At te ti%e,
se #as a resident in a care center& Tat earl( afternoon #e found er to be e-tre%el(
frail but l(in$ peacefull( on er bed&
Yella ad lon$ been blind, but se reco$ni1ed our "oices i%%ediatel(& +e as.ed if )
%i$t $i"e er a blessin$, addin$ tat se #as prepared to die if te Lord #anted er to
return o%e& Tere #as a s#eet, peaceful spirit in te roo%, and all of us .ne# tat er
re%ainin$ ti%e in %ortalit( #ould be brief& Yella too. %e b( te and and said tat se
ad pra(ed fer"entl( tat ) #ould co%e to see er and pro"ide er a blessin$& ) told er
tat #e ad co%e because of direct inspiration fro% our *ea"enl( !ater& ) .issed er on
te foreead, .no#in$ tat ) peraps #ould not a$ain see er in %ortalit(& +uc pro"ed
to be te case, for se passed a#a( te follo#in$ da(& To a"e been able to pro"ide
so%e co%fort and peace to our s#eet Yella #as a blessin$ to er and to %e&
Te opportunit( to be a blessin$ in te life of anoter often co%es une-pectedl(& On one
e-tre%el( cold +aturda( ni$t durin$ te #inter of 1L8>S8A, +ister 'onson and ) dro"e
se"eral %iles to te %ountain "alle( of 'id#a(, Uta, #ere #e a"e a o%e& Te
te%perature tat ni$t #as %inus 2A de$rees !areneit OS>1]CP, and #e #anted to
%a.e certain all #as #ell at our o%e tere& 6e cec.ed and found tat it #as 0ne, so
#e left to return to +alt La.e Cit(& 6e barel( %ade it te fe# %iles to te i$#a( before
our car stopped #or.in$& 6e #ere co%pletel( stranded& ) a"e seldo%, if e"er, been as
cold as #e #ere tat ni$t&
Ieluctantl( #e be$an #al.in$ to#ard te nearest to#n, te cars #i11in$ past us& !inall(
one car stopped, and a (oun$ %an o:ered to elp& 6e e"entuall( found tat te diesel
fuel in our $as tan. ad tic.ened because of te cold, %a.in$ it i%possible for us to
dri"e te car& Tis .ind (oun$ %an dro"e us bac. to our 'id#a( o%e& ) atte%pted to
rei%burse i% for is ser"ices, but e $raciousl( declined& *e indicated tat e #as a
8o( +cout and #anted to do a $ood turn& ) identi0ed %(self to i%, and e e-pressed is
appreciation for te pri"ile$e to be of elp& Assu%in$ tat e #as about %issionar( a$e, )
as.ed i% if e ad plans to ser"e a %ission& *e indicated e #as not certain Dust #at
e #anted to do&
On te follo#in$ 'onda( %ornin$, ) #rote a letter to tis (oun$ %an and tan.ed i% for
is .indness& )n te letter ) encoura$ed i% to ser"e a full/ti%e %ission& ) enclosed a
cop( of one of %( boo.s and underscored te capters on %issionar( ser"ice&
About a #ee. later te (oun$ %an=s %oter teleponed and ad"ised tat er son #as an
outstandin$ (oun$ %an but tat because of certain in3uences in is life, is lon$/eld
desire to ser"e a %ission ad di%inised& +e indicated se and is fater ad fasted
and pra(ed tat is eart #ould be can$ed& Te( ad placed is na%e on te pra(er
roll of te 9ro"o Uta Te%ple& Te( oped tat so%eo#, in so%e #a(, is eart #ould
be touced for $ood and e #ould return to is desire to 0ll a %ission and to ser"e te
Lord faitfull(& Te %oter #anted %e to .no# tat se loo.ed upon te e"ents of tat
cold e"enin$ as an ans#er to teir pra(ers in is bealf& ) said, 5) a$ree #it (ou&7
After se"eral %onts and %ore co%%unication #it tis (oun$ %an, +ister 'onson and )
#ere o"erDo(ed to attend is %issionar( fare#ell prior to is departure for te Canada
Wancou"er 'ission&
6as it cance tat our pats crossed on tat cold Bece%ber ni$tE ) do not for one
%o%ent belie"e so& Iater, ) belie"e our %eetin$ #as an ans#er to a %oter=s and
fater=s eartfelt pra(ers for te son te( cerised&
A$ain, %( broters and sisters, our *ea"enl( !ater is a#are of our needs and #ill elp
us as #e call upon *i% for assistance& ) belie"e tat no concern of ours is too s%all or
insi$ni0cant& Te Lord is in te details of our li"es&
) sould li.e to conclude b( relatin$ one recent e-perience #ic ad an i%pact on
undreds& )t occurred at te cultural celebration for te Gansas Cit( Te%ple, Dust 0"e
%onts a$o& As #it so %uc tat appens in our li"es, at te ti%e it see%ed to be Dust
anoter e-perience #ere e"er(tin$ #or.ed out& *o#e"er, as ) learned of te
circu%stances associated #it te cultural celebration te e"enin$ before te te%ple
#as dedicated, ) reali1ed tat te perfor%ance tat ni$t #as not ordinar(& Iater, it #as
2uite re%ar.able&
As #it all cultural e"ents eld in conDunction #it te%ple dedications, te (out in te
Gansas Cit( 'issouri Te%ple Bistrict ad reearsed te perfor%ance in separate $roups
in teir o#n areas& Te plan #as tat te( #ould %eet all to$eter in te lar$e rented
%unicipal center on te +aturda( %ornin$ of te perfor%ance so tat te( could learn
#en and #ere to enter, #ere te( #ere to stand, o# %uc space sould be bet#een
te% and te person ne-t to te%, o# to e-it te %ain 3oor, and so fort,%an(
details #ic te( #ould a"e to $rasp durin$ te da( as tose in car$e put te "arious
scenes to$eter so tat te 0nal perfor%ance #ould be polised and professional&
Tere #as Dust one %aDor proble% tat da(& Te entire production #as dependent on
prerecorded se$%ents tat #ould be so#n on te lar$e screen .no#n as a Mu%botron&
Tese recorded se$%ents #ere critical to te entire production& Te( not onl( tied it all
to$eter, but eac tele"ised se$%ent #ould introduce te ne-t perfor%ance& Te "ideo
se$%ents pro"ided te fra%e#or. on #ic te entire production depended& And te
Mu%botron #as not #or.in$&
Tecnicians #or.ed franticall( to sol"e te proble% #ile te (out #aited, undreds of
te%, losin$ precious reearsal ti%e& Te situation be$an to loo. i%possible&
Te #riter and director of te celebration, +usan Cooper, later e-plained: 5As #e %o"ed
fro% plan A to 8 to Y, #e .ne# tat it #asn=t #or.in$& H As #e #ere loo.in$ at te
scedule, #e .ne# tat it #as $oin$ to be be(ond us, but #e .ne# tat #e ad one of
te $reatest stren$ts on te 3oor belo#,>,000 (out& 6e needed to $o do#n and tell
?te%@ #at #as appenin$ and dra# upon teir fait&7
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Must an our before te audience #ould be$in to enter te center, >,000 (out .nelt on
te 3oor and pra(ed to$eter& Te( pra(ed tat tose #or.in$ on te Mu%botron #ould
be inspired to .no# #at to do to repair it; te( as.ed teir *ea"enl( !ater to %a.e up
for #at te( te%sel"es could not do because of te sorta$e of ti%e&
+aid one #o #rote about it after#ard, 5)t #as a pra(er te (out #ill ne"er for$et, not
because te 3oor #as ard, but because te +pirit %elted teir bones&7
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)t #as not lon$ before one of te tecnicians ca%e to tell te% tat te proble% ad
been disco"ered and corrected& *e attributed te solution to luc., but all tose (out
.ne# better&
6en #e entered te %unicipal center tat e"enin$, #e ad no idea of te di4culties of
te da(& Onl( later did #e learn of te%& 6at #e #itnessed, o#e"er, #as a beautiful,
polised perfor%ance,one of te best ) a"e seen& Te (out radiated a $lorious,
po#erful spirit #ic #as felt b( all #o #ere present& Te( see%ed to .no# Dust #ere
to enter, #ere to stand, and o# to interact #it all te oter perfor%ers around te%&
6en ) learned tat teir reearsals ad been cut sort and tat %an( of te nu%bers
ad not been reearsed b( te entire $roup, ) #as astonised& <o one #ould a"e
.no#n& Te Lord ad indeed %ade up te di:erence&
) ne"er cease to be a%a1ed b( o# te Lord can %oti"ate and direct te len$t and
breadt of *is .in$do% and (et a"e ti%e to pro"ide inspiration concernin$ one
indi"idual,or one cultural celebration or one Mu%botron& Te fact tat *e can, tat *e
does, is a testi%on( to %e&
'( broters and sisters, te Lord is in all of our li"es& *e lo"es us& *e #ants to bless us&
*e #ants us to see. *is elp& As *e $uides us and directs us and as *e ears and
ans#ers our pra(ers, #e #ill 0nd te appiness ere and no# tat *e desires for us& 'a(
#e be a#are of *is blessin$s in our li"es, ) pra( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior,
a%en&
October 2012 General Conference
God 8e #it Kou Till 6e 'eet A$ain
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
As #e ta.e te %essa$es of te past t#o da(s into our earts and into our
li"es, #e #ill be blessed&
'( dear broters and sisters, #e a"e co%e to te close of anoter inspirin$ $eneral
conference& ) personall( a"e been spirituall( fed and uplifted and .no# tat (ou too
a"e felt te special spirit of tis conference&
6e o:er our eartfelt $ratitude to all #o a"e participated in an( #a(& Te truts of te
$ospel a"e been beautifull( tau$t and ree%pasi1ed& As #e ta.e te %essa$es of te
past t#o da(s into our earts and into our li"es, #e #ill be blessed&
As al#a(s, te proceedin$s of tis conference #ill be a"ailable in te co%in$ issues of
te Ensign and te 2iahona %a$a1ines& ) encoura$e (ou to read te tal.s once a$ain and
to ponder te %essa$es contained terein& ) a"e found in %( o#n life tat ) $ain e"en
%ore fro% tese inspired ser%ons #en ) stud( te% in $reater dept&
6e a"e ad unprecedented co"era$e of te conference, reacin$ across te continents
and te oceans to people e"er(#ere& Tou$ #e are far re%o"ed fro% %an( of (ou, #e
feel of (our spirit and send our lo"e and appreciation to (ou&
To our 8retren #o a"e been released at tis conference, %a( ) e-press te eartfelt
$ratitude of all of us for (our %an( (ears of de"oted ser"ice& Countless are tose #o
a"e been blessed b( (our contributions to te #or. of te Lord&
8roters and sisters, ) a"e Dust recentl( celebrated %( 85t birtda(, and ) a% $rateful
for eac (ear te Lord as $ranted %e& As ) re3ect upon %( life=s e-periences, ) tan.
*i% for *is %an( blessin$s to %e& As ) %entioned in %( %essa$e tis %ornin$, ) a"e
felt *is and directin$ %( e:orts as ) a"e tried earnestl( to ser"e *i% and to ser"e all
of (ou&
Te o4ce of te 9resident of te Curc is a de%andin$ one& *o# $rateful ) a% for %(
t#o faitful counselors, #o ser"e b( %( side and #o are al#a(s #illin$ and
e-ceptionall( able to assist in te #or. #ic co%es to te !irst 9residenc(& ) e-press %(
$ratitude as #ell for te noble %en #o co%prise te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles&
Te( #or. tirelessl( in te cause of te 'aster, #it te %e%bers of te Nuoru%s of te
+e"ent( pro"idin$ inspired assistance to te%&
) #is also to co%%end (ou, %( broters and sisters, #ere"er (ou are trou$out te
#orld, for all tat (ou do in (our #ards and brances, (our sta.es and districts& As (ou
#illin$l( ful0ll callin$s #en (ou are as.ed, (ou are elpin$ to build te .in$do% of God
on eart&
'a( #e e"er #atc o"er one anoter, assistin$ in ti%es of need& Let us not be critical
and Dud$%ental but let us be tolerant, e"er e%ulatin$ te +a"ior=s e-a%ple of lo"in$/
.indness& )n tat "ein, %a( #e #illin$l( ser"e one anoter& 'a( #e pra( for te
inspiration to .no# of te needs of tose around us, and ten %a( #e $o for#ard and
pro"ide assistance&
Let us be of $ood ceer as #e $o about our li"es& Altou$ #e li"e in increasin$l(
perilous ti%es, te Lord lo"es us and is %indful of us& *e is al#a(s on our side as #e do
#at is ri$t& *e #ill elp us in ti%e of need& Bi4culties co%e into our li"es, proble%s #e
do not anticipate and #ic #e #ould ne"er coose& <one of us is i%%une& Te purpose
of %ortalit( is to learn and to $ro# to be %ore li.e our !ater, and it is often durin$ te
di4cult ti%es tat #e learn te %ost, as painful as te lessons %a( be& Our li"es can
also be 0lled #it Do( as #e follo# te teacin$s of te $ospel of Mesus Crist&
Te Lord ad%onised, 58e of $ood ceer; ) a"e o"erco%e te #orld&7
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6at $reat
appiness tis .no#led$e sould brin$ to us& *e li"ed for us and *e died for us& *e paid
te price for our sins& 'a( #e e%ulate *is e-a%ple& 'a( #e so# our $reat $ratitude to
*i% b( acceptin$ *is sacri0ce and li"in$ li"es tat #ill 2ualif( us to return and one da(
li"e #it *i%&
As ) a"e %entioned at pre"ious conferences, ) tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %( bealf& )
need te%; ) feel te%& 6e as General Autorities also re%e%ber all of (ou and pra( for
our *ea"enl( !ater=s coicest blessin$s to be #it (ou&
<o#, %( belo"ed broters and sisters, #e adDourn for si- %onts& 'a( God be #it (ou
until #e %eet a$ain at tat ti%e& )n te na%e of our +a"ior and Iedee%er, e"en Mesus
Crist te Lord, a%en&
April 201> General Conference
6elco%e to Conference
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
) ur$e (ou to be attenti"e and recepti"e to te %essa$es #ic #e #ill ear&
Tat #e %a( do so is %( pra(er&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, o# pleased ) a% to #elco%e (ou to te 18>rd Annual
General Conference of te Curc&
Burin$ te si- %onts since last #e %et, it as been %( opportunit( to tra"el a bit and
to %eet #it so%e of (ou in (our o#n areas& !ollo#in$ $eneral conference in October, )
tra"eled to Ger%an(, #ere it #as %( pri"ile$e to %eet #it our %e%bers at se"eral
locations in tat countr( as #ell as in parts of Austria&
At te end of October, ) dedicated te Cal$ar( Alberta Te%ple in Canada, #it te
assistance of Clder and +ister '& Iussell 8allard, Clder and +ister Crai$ C& Cristensen,
and Clder and +ister 6illia% I& 6al.er& )n <o"e%ber, ) rededicated te 8oise )dao
Te%ple& Also tra"elin$ #it %e and participatin$ in te dedication #ere Clder and +ister
Ba"id A& 8ednar, Clder and +ister Crai$ C& Cristensen, and Clder and +ister 6illia% I&
6al.er&
Te cultural celebrations eld in conDunction #it bot of tese dedications #ere
outstandin$& ) did not personall( attend te cultural celebration in Cal$ar(, inas%uc as
it #as +ister 'onson=s 85t birtda( and ) felt ) sould be #it er& *o#e"er, se and )
#ere pri"ile$ed to #atc te celebration in our li"in$ roo% o"er closed/circuit tele"ision,
and ten ) 3e# to Cal$ar( te follo#in$ %ornin$ for te dedication& )n 8oise o"er L,000
(out fro% te te%ple district participated in te cultural celebration& Tere #ere so
%an( (oun$ people in"ol"ed tat tere #as not roo% for fa%il( %e%bers to attend in
te arena in #ic te( perfor%ed&
Must last %ont 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf, acco%panied b( +ister Uctdorf, Clder and
+ister Me:re( I& *olland, and Clder and +ister Gre$or( A& +c#it1er, tra"eled to
Te$uci$alpa, *onduras, to dedicate our ne#l( co%pleted te%ple tere& A %a$ni0cent
(out celebration too. place te e"enin$ prior to te dedication&
Tere are oter te%ples #ic a"e been announced and #ic are at "arious sta$es in
te preli%inar( process or #ic are under construction&
)t is %( pri"ile$e tis %ornin$ to announce t#o additional te%ples, #ic in co%in$
%onts and (ears #ill be built in te follo#in$ locations: Cedar Cit(, Uta, and Iio de
Maneiro, 8ra1il& 8roters and sisters, te%ple buildin$ continues unabated&
As (ou .no#, in te October $eneral conference ) announced can$es in te a$es at
#ic (oun$ %en and (oun$ #o%en %i$t ser"e as full/ti%e %issionaries, #it te
(oun$ %en no# bein$ able to ser"e at a$e 18 and te (oun$ #o%en at 1L&
Te response of our (oun$ people as been re%ar.able and inspirin$& As of April A,t#o
da(s a$o,#e a"e 65,6>A full/ti%e %issionaries ser"in$, #it o"er 20,000 %ore #o
a"e recei"ed teir calls but #o a"e not (et entered a %issionar( trainin$ center and
o"er 6,000 %ore in te inter"ie# process #it teir bisops and sta.e presidents& )t as
been necessar( for us to create 58 ne# %issions to acco%%odate te increased
nu%bers of %issionaries&
To elp %aintain tis %issionar( force, and because %an( of our %issionaries co%e fro%
%odest circu%stances, #e in"ite (ou, as (ou are able, to contribute $enerousl( to te
General 'issionar( !und of te Curc&
<o#, broters and sisters, #e #ill ear inspired %essa$es toda( and to%orro#& Tose
#o #ill address us a"e sou$t pra(erfull( to .no# tat #ic te Lord #ould a"e us
ear at tis ti%e&
) ur$e (ou to be attenti"e and recepti"e to te %essa$es #ic #e #ill ear& Tat #e
%a( do so is %( pra(er in te na%e of Mesus Crist, te Lord, a%en&
April 201> General Conference
Co%e, All Ke +ons of God
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
'a( eac one of us searc te scriptures #it dili$ence, plan is life #it
purpose, teac te trut #it testi%on(, and ser"e te Lord #it lo"e&
T#ice eac (ear tis %a$ni0cent Conference Center see%s to sa( to us, #it its
persuasi"e "oice, 5Co%e, all (e sons of God #o a"e recei"ed te priestood&7
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Tere is
a caracteristic spirit #ic per"ades te $eneral priestood %eetin$ of te Curc&
Toni$t tere are %an( tousands of our nu%ber trou$out te #orld #o are ser"in$
te Lord as *is %issionaries& As ) %entioned in %( %essa$e tis %ornin$, #e currentl(
a"e o"er 65,000 %issionaries in te 0eld, #it tousands %ore #o are #aitin$ to enter
te %issionar( trainin$ center or #ose applications are currentl( bein$ processed& 6e
lo"e and co%%end tose #o are #illin$ and an-ious to ser"e&
Te ol( scriptures contain no procla%ation %ore rele"ant, no responsibilit( %ore
bindin$, no instruction %ore direct tan te inDunction $i"en b( te resurrected Lord as
*e appeared in Galilee to te ele"en disciples& +aid *e:
5Go (e terefore, and teac all nations, bapti1in$ te% in te na%e of te !ater, and of
te +on, and of te *ol( Gost:
5Teacin$ te% to obser"e all tin$s #atsoe"er ) a"e co%%anded (ou: and, lo, ) a%
#it (ou al#a(, e"en unto te end of te #orld&7
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Tis di"ine co%%and, coupled #it its $lorious pro%ise, is our #atc#ord toda( as it #as
in te %eridian of ti%e& 'issionar( #or. is an identif(in$ feature of Te Curc of Mesus
Crist of Latter/da( +aints& Al#a(s as it been; e"er sall it be& As te 9ropet Mosep
+%it declared, 5After all tat as been said, te $reatest and %ost i%portant dut( is to
preac te Gospel&7
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6itin t#o sort (ears, all of te full/ti%e %issionaries currentl( ser"in$ in tis ro(al
ar%( of God #ill a"e concluded teir labors and #ill a"e returned to teir o%es and
lo"ed ones& !or te elders, teir replace%ents are found toni$t in te ran.s of te
Aaronic 9riestood of te Curc& Koun$ %en, are (ou read( to respondE Are (ou #illin$
to #or.E Are (ou prepared to ser"eE
At best, %issionar( #or. necessitates drastic adDust%ent to one=s pattern of li"in$& )t
re2uires lon$ ours and $reat de"otion, sel3ess sacri0ce and fer"ent pra(er& As a result,
dedicated %issionar( ser"ice returns a di"idend of eternal Do( #ic e-tends trou$out
%ortalit( and into eternit(&
Te callen$e is to be %ore pro0table ser"ants in te Lord=s "ine(ard& Tis applies to all
of us, #ate"er our a$e, and not alone to tose #o are preparin$ to ser"e as full/ti%e
%issionaries, for to eac of us co%es te %andate to sare te $ospel of Crist&
'a( ) su$$est a for%ula tat #ill ensure our success: 0rst, searc te scriptures #it
dili$ence; second, plan (our life #it purpose Oand, ) %i$t add, plan (our life re$ardless
of (our a$eP; tird, teac te trut #it testi%on(; and fourt, ser"e te Lord #it lo"e&
Let us consider eac of te four parts of te for%ula&
!irst, searc te scriptures #it dili$ence&
Te scriptures testif( of God and contain te #ords of eternal life& Te( beco%e te
foundation of our %essa$e&
Te e%pasis of te Curc curricula is te ol( scriptures, pro$ra%%ed and
coordinated trou$ te correlation e:ort& 6e are encoura$ed, as #ell, to stud( te
scriptures eac da( bot indi"iduall( and #it our fa%ilies&
Let %e pro"ide but one reference #ic as i%%ediate application to our li"es& )n te
8oo. of 'or%on, te 1Jt capter of Al%a, #e read te account of Al%a=s Do( as e once
%ore sa# te sons of 'osia and noted teir steadfastness in te cause of trut& Te
record tells us, 5Te( ad #a-ed stron$ in te .no#led$e of te trut; for te( #ere %en
of a sound understandin$ and te( ad searced te scriptures dili$entl(, tat te(
%i$t .no# te #ord of God&
58ut tis is not all; te( ad $i"en te%sel"es to %uc pra(er, and fastin$; terefore
te( ad te spirit of propec(, and te spirit of re"elation, and #en te( tau$t, te(
tau$t #it po#er and autorit( of God&7
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8retren, searc te scriptures #it dili$ence&
+econd in our for%ula: plan (our life #it purpose&
9eraps no $eneration of (out as faced suc far/reacin$ decisions as te (out of
toda(& 9ro"ision %ust be %ade for scool, %ission, and %arria$e& !or so%e, %ilitar(
ser"ice #ill be included&
9reparation for a %ission be$ins earl(& )n addition to spiritual preparation, a #ise parent
#ill pro"ide te %eans #ereb( a (oun$ son %i$t co%%ence is personal %issionar(
fund& *e %a( #ell be encoura$ed as te (ears $o b( to stud( a forei$n lan$ua$e so tat,
if necessar(, is lan$ua$e s.ills could be utili1ed& C"entuall( tere co%es tat $lorious
da( #en te bisop and sta.e president in"ite te (oun$ %an in for a "isit& 6ortiness
is ascertained; a %issionar( reco%%endation is co%pleted&
Burin$ no oter ti%e does te entire fa%il( so an-iousl( #atc and #ait for te %ail%an
and te letter #ic contains te return address DE East -outh ,em!le, -alt 2ake $ity,
5tah& Te letter arri"es; te suspense is o"er#el%in$; te call is read& Often te
assi$ned 0eld of labor is far a#a( fro% o%e& Ie$ardless of te location, o#e"er, te
response of te prepared and obedient %issionar( is te sa%e: 5) #ill ser"e&7
9reparations for departure be$in& Koun$ %en, ) ope (ou appreciate te sacri0ces #ic
(our parents so #illin$l( %a.e in order for (ou to ser"e& Teir labors #ill sustain (ou,
teir fait encoura$e (ou, teir pra(ers upold (ou& A %ission is a fa%il( a:air& Tou$
te e-panse of continents or oceans %a( separate, earts are as one&
8retren, as (ou plan #it purpose (our li"es, re%e%ber tat (our %issionar(
opportunities are not restricted to te period of a for%al call& !or tose of (ou #o ser"e
in te %ilitar(, suc ti%e can and sould be pro0table& Cac (ear our (oun$ %en in
unifor% brin$ %an( souls into te .in$do% of God b( onorin$ teir priestood, li"in$
te co%%and%ents of God, and teacin$ to oters te Lord=s di"ine #ord&
Bo not o"erloo. (our pri"ile$e to be %issionaries #ile (ou are pursuin$ (our for%al
education& Kour e-a%ple as a Latter/da( +aint #ill be obser"ed, #ei$ed, and oftti%es
e%ulated&
8retren, #ate"er (our a$e, #ate"er (our circu%stance, ) ad%onis (ou to plan (our
life #it purpose&
<o# to te tird point in our for%ula: teac te trut #it testi%on(&
Obe( te counsel of te Apostle 9eter, #o ur$ed, 58e read( al#a(s to $i"e an ans#er to
e"er( %an tat as.et (ou a reason of te ope tat is in (ou&7
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Lift up (our "oices and
testif( to te true nature of te Godead& Beclare (our #itness concernin$ te 8oo. of
'or%on& Con"e( te $lorious and beautiful truts contained in te plan of sal"ation&
6en ) ser"ed as a %ission president in Canada %ore tan 50 (ears a$o, one (oun$
%issionar( #o ca%e fro% a s%all, rural co%%unit( %ar"eled at te si1e of Toronto& *e
#as sort in stature but tall in testi%on(& <ot lon$ after is arri"al, to$eter #it is
co%panion, e called at te o%e of Cl%er 9ollard in Osa#a, Ontario, Canada& !eelin$
sorr( for te (oun$ %en #o, durin$ a blindin$ bli11ard, #ere $oin$ ouse to ouse,
'r& 9ollard in"ited te %issionaries into is o%e& Te( presented to i% teir %essa$e&
*e did not catc te spirit& )n due ti%e e as.ed tat te( lea"e and not return& *is last
#ords to te elders as te( departed is front porc #ere spo.en in derision: 5Kou can=t
tell %e (ou actuall( belie"e Mosep +%it #as a propet of GodF7
Te door #as sut& Te elders #al.ed do#n te pat& Our countr( bo( spo.e to is
co%panion: 5Clder, #e didn=t respond to 'r& 9ollard& *e said #e didn=t belie"e Mosep
+%it #as a true propet& Let=s return and bear our testi%onies to i%&7 At 0rst te %ore
e-perienced %issionar( esitated but 0nall( a$reed to acco%pan( is co%panion& !ear
struc. teir earts as te( approaced te door fro% #ic te( ad Dust been eDected&
Te( .noc.ed, confronted 'r& 9ollard, spent an a$oni1in$ %o%ent, and ten #it po#er
borne of te +pirit, our ine-perienced %issionar( spo.e: 5'r& 9ollard, (ou said #e didn=t
reall( belie"e Mosep +%it #as a propet of God& ) testif( to (ou tat Mosep was a
propet& *e did translate te 8oo. of 'or%on& *e sa# God te !ater and Mesus te +on&
) .no# it&7
+o%e ti%e later, 'r& 9ollard, no# 8roter 9ollard, stood in a priestood %eetin$ and
declared, 5Tat ni$t ) could not sleep& Iesoundin$ in %( ears ) eard te #ords RMosep
+%it #as a propet of God& ) .no# it& ) .no# it& ) .no# it&= Te ne-t da( ) teleponed te
%issionaries and as.ed te% to return& Teir %essa$e, coupled #it teir testi%onies,
can$ed %( life and te li"es of %( fa%il(&7 8retren, teac te trut #it testi%on(&
Te 0nal point in our for%ula is to ser"e te Lord #it lo"e& Tere is no substitute for
lo"e& +uccessful %issionaries lo"e teir co%panions, teir %ission leaders, and te
precious persons #o% te( teac& )n te fourt section of te Boctrine and Co"enants,
te Lord establised te 2uali0cations for te labors of te %inistr(& Let us consider but a
fe# "erses:
5O (e tat e%bar. in te ser"ice of God, see tat (e ser"e i% #it all (our eart, %i$t,
%ind and stren$t, tat (e %a( stand bla%eless before God at te last da(& H
5And fait, ope, carit( and lo"e, #it an e(e sin$le to te $lor( of God, 2ualif( i% for
te #or.&
5Ie%e%ber fait, "irtue, .no#led$e, te%perance, patience, broterl( .indness,
$odliness, carit(, u%ilit(, dili$ence&7
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6ell %i$t eac of (ou #itin te sound of %( "oice as. i%self te 2uestion 5Toda(,
a"e ) increased in fait, in "irtue, in .no#led$e, in $odliness, in lo"eE7
Trou$ (our dedicated de"otion at o%e or abroad, tose souls #o% (ou elp to sa"e
%a( #ell be tose #o% (ou lo"e te %ost&
'an( (ears a$o dear friends of %ine, Crai$ +udbur( and is %oter, 9earl, ca%e to %(
o4ce prior to Crai$=s departure for te Australia 'elbourne 'ission& !red +udbur(,
Crai$=s fater, #as noticeabl( absent& T#ent(/0"e (ears earlier, Crai$=s %oter ad
%arried !red, #o did not sare er lo"e for te Curc and, indeed, #as not a %e%ber&
Crai$ con0ded to %e is deep and abidin$ lo"e for is parents and is ope tat
so%eo#, in so%e #a(, is fater #ould be touced b( te +pirit and open is eart to
te $ospel of Mesus Crist& ) pra(ed for inspiration concernin$ o# suc a desire %i$t be
ful0lled& Te inspiration ca%e, and ) said to Crai$, 5+er"e te Lord #it all (our eart& 8e
obedient to (our sacred callin$& Cac #ee. #rite a letter to (our parents, and on
occasion, #rite to Bad personall(, and let i% .no# o# %uc (ou lo"e i%, and tell i%
#( (ou=re $rateful to be is son&7 *e tan.ed %e and, #it is %oter, departed te
o4ce&
) #as not to see Crai$=s %oter for so%e 18 %onts, #en se ca%e to %( o4ce and, in
sentences punctuated b( tears, said to %e, 5)t as been al%ost t#o (ears since Crai$ left
for is %ission& *e as ne"er failed in #ritin$ a letter to us eac #ee.& Iecentl(, %(
usband, !red, stood for te 0rst ti%e in a testi%on( %eetin$ and surprised %e and
soc.ed e"er(one #o #as tere b( announcin$ tat e ad %ade te decision to
beco%e a %e%ber of te Curc& *e indicated tat e and ) #ould $o to Australia to
%eet Crai$ at te conclusion of is %ission so tat !red could be Crai$=s 0nal baptis% as
a full/ti%e %issionar(&7
<o %issionar( stood so tall as did Crai$ +udbur( #en, in far/o: Australia, e elped is
fater into #ater #aist/deep and, raisin$ is ri$t ar% to te s2uare, repeated tose
sacred #ords: 5!rederic. Carles +udbur(, a"in$ been co%%issioned of Mesus Crist, )
bapti1e (ou in te na%e of te !ater, and of te +on, and of te *ol( Gost&7
Lo"e ad #on its "ictor(& +er"e te Lord #it lo"e&
8retren, %a( eac one of us searc te scriptures #it dili$ence, plan is life #it
purpose, teac te trut #it testi%on(, and ser"e te Lord #it lo"e&
Te perfect +eperd of our souls, te %issionar( #o redee%ed %an.ind, $a"e us *is
di"ine assurance:
5)f it so be tat (ou sould labor all (our da(s in cr(in$ repentance unto tis people, and
brin$, sa"e it be one soul unto %e, o# $reat sall be (our Do( #it i% in te .in$do%
of %( !aterF
5And no#, if (our Do( #ill be $reat #it one soul tat (ou a"e brou$t unto %e into te
.in$do% of %( !ater, o# $reat #ill be (our Do( if (ou sould brin$ %an( souls unto
%eF7
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Of *i% #o spo.e tese #ords ) declare %( #itness: *e is te +on of God, our
Iedee%er, and our +a"ior&
) pra( tat #e %a( e"er respond to *is $entle in"itation, 5!ollo# tou %e&7
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)n *is ol(
na%e,e"en te na%e of Mesus Crist te Lord,a%en&
April 201> General Conference
Obedience 8rin$s 8lessin$s
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
A .no#led$e of trut and te ans#ers to our $reatest 2uestions co%e to us
as #e are obedient to te co%%and%ents of God&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, o# $rateful ) a% to be #it (ou tis %ornin$& ) see. an
interest in (our fait and pra(ers as ) respond to te pri"ile$e to address (ou&
Trou$out te a$es, %en and #o%en a"e sou$t for .no#led$e and understandin$
concernin$ tis %ortal e-istence and teir place and purpose in it, as #ell as for te #a(
to peace and appiness& +uc a searc is underta.en b( eac of us&
Tis .no#led$e and understandin$ are a"ailable to all %an.ind& Te( are contained in
truts #ic are eternal& )n Boctrine and Co"enants section 1, "erse >L, #e read,
58eold, and lo, te Lord is God, and te +pirit bearet record, and te record is true,
and te trut abidet fore"er and e"er&7
Te poet #rote:
To te ea"ens depart and te eart=s fountains burst,
Trut, te su% of e-istence, #ill #eater te #orst,
Cternal, uncan$ed, e"er%ore&
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+o%e #ould as., 56ere is suc trut to be found, and o# are #e to reco$ni1e itE7 )n a
re"elation $i"en trou$ te 9ropet Mosep +%it at Girtland, Oio, in 'a( of 18>>, te
Lord declared:
5Trut is .no#led$e of tin$s as te( are, and as te( #ere, and as te( are to co%e& H
5Te +pirit of trut is of God& H
5And no %an recei"et a fulness unless e .eepet is co%%and%ents&
5*e tat .eepet ?God=s@ co%%and%ents recei"et trut and li$t, until e is $lori0ed in
trut and .no#et all tin$s&7
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6at a $lorious pro%iseF 5*e tat .eepet ?God=s@ co%%and%ents recei"et trut and
li$t, until e is $lori0ed in trut and .no#et all tin$s&7
Tere is no need for (ou or for %e, in tis enli$tened a$e #en te fulness of te
$ospel as been restored, to sail uncarted seas or to tra"el un%ar.ed roads in searc of
trut& A lo"in$ *ea"enl( !ater as plotted our course and pro"ided an unfailin$ $uide,
e"en obedience" A .no#led$e of trut and te ans#ers to our $reatest 2uestions co%e
to us as #e are obedient to te co%%and%ents of God&
6e learn obedience trou$out our li"es& 8e$innin$ #en #e are "er( (oun$, tose
responsible for our care set fort $uidelines and rules to ensure our safet(& Life #ould be
si%pler for all of us if #e #ould obe( suc rules co%pletel(& 'an( of us, o#e"er, learn
trou$ e-perience te #isdo% of bein$ obedient&
6en ) #as $ro#in$ up, eac su%%er fro% earl( Mul( until earl( +epte%ber, %( fa%il(
sta(ed at our cabin at Wi"ian 9ar. in 9ro"o Can(on in Uta&
One of %( best friends durin$ tose carefree da(s in te can(on #as Bann( Larsen,
#ose fa%il( also o#ned a cabin at Wi"ian 9ar.& Cac da( e and ) roa%ed tis bo(=s
paradise, 0sin$ in te strea% and te ri"er, collectin$ roc.s and oter treasures, i.in$,
cli%bin$, and si%pl( enDo(in$ eac %inute of eac our of eac da(&
One %ornin$ Bann( and ) decided #e #anted to a"e a ca%p0re tat e"enin$ #it all
our can(on friends& 6e Dust needed to clear an area in a nearb( 0eld #ere #e could all
$ater& Te Mune $rass #ic co"ered te 0eld ad beco%e dr( and pric.l(, %a.in$ te
0eld unsuitable for our purposes& 6e be$an to pull at te tall $rass, plannin$ to clear a
lar$e, circular area& 6e tu$$ed and (an.ed #it all our %i$t, but all #e could $et #ere
s%all andfuls of te stubborn #eeds& 6e .ne# tis tas. #ould ta.e te entire da(, and
alread( our ener$( and entusias% #ere #anin$&
And ten #at ) tou$t #as te perfect solution ca%e into %( ei$t/(ear/old %ind& )
said to Bann(, 5All #e need is to set tese #eeds on 0re& 6e=ll Dust burn a circle in te
#eedsF7 *e readil( a$reed, and ) ran to our cabin to $et a fe# %atces&
Lest an( of (ou tin. tat at te tender a$e of ei$t #e #ere per%itted to use %atces, )
#ant to %a.e it clear tat bot Bann( and ) #ere forbidden to use te% #itout adult
super"ision& 8ot of us ad been #arned repeatedl( of te dan$ers of 0re& *o#e"er, )
.ne# #ere %( fa%il( .ept te %atces, and #e needed to clear tat 0eld& 6itout so
%uc as a second tou$t, ) ran to our cabin and $rabbed a fe# %atcstic.s, %a.in$
certain no one #as #atcin$& ) id te% 2uic.l( in one of %( poc.ets&
8ac. to Bann( ) ran, e-cited tat in %( poc.et ) ad te solution to our proble%& ) recall
tin.in$ tat te 0re #ould burn onl( as far as #e #anted and ten #ould so%eo#
%a$icall( e-tin$uis itself&
) struc. a %atc on a roc. and set te parced Mune $rass abla1e& )t i$nited as tou$ it
ad been drenced in $asoline& At 0rst Bann( and ) #ere trilled as #e #atced te
#eeds disappear, but it soon beca%e apparent tat te 0re #as not about to $o out on
its o#n& 6e panic.ed as #e reali1ed tere #as notin$ #e could do to stop it& Te
%enacin$ 3a%es be$an to follo# te #ild $rass up te %ountainside, endan$erin$ te
pine trees and e"er(tin$ else in teir pat&
!inall( #e ad no option but to run for elp& +oon all a"ailable %en and #o%en at Wi"ian
9ar. #ere dasin$ bac. and fort #it #et burlap ba$s, beatin$ at te 3a%es in an
atte%pt to e-tin$uis te%& After se"eral ours te last re%ainin$ e%bers #ere
s%otered& Te a$es/old pine trees ad been sa"ed, as #ere te o%es te 3a%es
#ould e"entuall( a"e reaced&
Bann( and ) learned se"eral di4cult but i%portant lessons tat da(,not te least of
#ic #as te i%portance of obedience&
Tere are rules and la#s to elp ensure our p(sical safet(& Li.e#ise, te Lord as
pro"ided $uidelines and co%%and%ents to elp ensure our spiritual safet( so tat #e
%i$t successfull( na"i$ate tis often/treacerous %ortal e-istence and return
e"entuall( to our *ea"enl( !ater&
Centuries a$o, to a $eneration steeped in te tradition of ani%al sacri0ce, +a%uel boldl(
declared, 5To obe( is better tan sacri0ce, and to ear.en tan te fat of ra%s&7
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)n tis dispensation, te Lord re"ealed to te 9ropet Mosep +%it tat *e re2uires 5te
eart and a #illin$ %ind; and te #illin$ and obedient sall eat te $ood of te land of
Yion in tese last da(s&7
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All propets, ancient and %odern, a"e .no#n tat obedience is essential to our
sal"ation& <epi declared, 5) #ill $o and do te tin$s #ic te Lord at co%%anded&7
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Tou$ oters faltered in teir fait and teir obedience, ne"er once did <epi fail to do
tat #ic te Lord as.ed of i%& Untold $enerations a"e been blessed as a result&
A soul/stirrin$ account of obedience is tat of Abraa% and )saac& *o# painfull( di4cult
it %ust a"e been for Abraa%, in obedience to God=s co%%and, to ta.e is belo"ed
)saac into te land of 'oria to o:er i% as a sacri0ce& Can #e i%a$ine te ea"iness of
Abraa%=s eart as e Dourne(ed to te appointed placeE +urel( an$uis %ust a"e
rac.ed is bod( and tortured is %ind as e bound )saac, laid i% on te altar, and too.
te .nife to sla( i%& 6it un#a"erin$ fait and i%plicit trust in te Lord, e responded
to te Lord=s co%%and& *o# $lorious #as te pronounce%ent, and #it #at #ondered
#elco%e did it co%e: 5La( not tine and upon te lad, neiter do tou an( tin$ unto
i%: for no# ) .no# tat tou fearest God, seein$ tou ast not #iteld t( son, tine
onl( son fro% %e&7
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Abraa% ad been tried and tested, and for is faitfulness and obedience te Lord $a"e
i% tis $lorious pro%ise: 5)n t( seed sall all te nations of te eart be blessed;
because tou ast obe(ed %( "oice&7
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Altou$ #e are not as.ed to pro"e our obedience in suc a dra%atic and eart/
#rencin$ #a(, obedience is re2uired of us as #ell&
Beclared 9resident Mosep !& +%it in October 18J>, 5Obedience is te 0rst la# of
ea"en&7
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+aid 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(, 5Te appiness of te Latter/da( +aints, te peace of
te Latter/da( +aints, te pro$ress of te Latter/da( +aints, te prosperit( of te Latter/
da( +aints, and te eternal sal"ation and e-altation of tis people lie in #al.in$ in
obedience to te counsels of H God&7
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Obedience is a all%ar. of propets; it as pro"ided stren$t and .no#led$e to te%
trou$out te a$es& )t is essential for us to reali1e tat #e, as #ell, are entitled to tis
source of stren$t and .no#led$e& )t is readil( a"ailable to eac of us toda( as #e obe(
God=s co%%and%ents&
Trou$out te (ears, ) a"e .no#n countless indi"iduals #o a"e been particularl(
faitful and obedient& ) a"e been blessed and inspired b( te%& 'a( ) sare #it (ou an
account of t#o suc indi"iduals&
6alter Grause #as a steadfast %e%ber of te Curc #o, #it is fa%il(, li"ed in #at
beca%e .no#n as Cast Ger%an( follo#in$ te +econd 6orld 6ar& Bespite te ardsips
e faced because of te lac. of freedo% in tat area of te #orld at te ti%e, 8roter
Grause #as a %an #o lo"ed and ser"ed te Lord& *e faitfull( and conscientiousl(
ful0lled eac assi$n%ent $i"en to i%&
Te oter %an, Moann Benndorfer, a nati"e of *un$ar(, #as con"erted to te Curc in
Ger%an( and #as bapti1ed tere in 1L11 at te a$e of 1J& <ot too lon$ after#ard e
returned to *un$ar(& !ollo#in$ te +econd 6orld 6ar, e found i%self "irtuall( a
prisoner in is nati"e land, in te cit( of Bebrecen& !reedo% ad also been ta.en fro%
te people of *un$ar(&
8roter 6alter Grause, #o did not .no# 8roter Benndorfer, recei"ed te assi$n%ent to
be is o%e teacer and to "isit i% on a re$ular basis& 8roter Grause called is o%e
teacin$ co%panion and said to i%, 56e a"e recei"ed an assi$n%ent to "isit 8roter
Moann Benndorfer& 6ould (ou be a"ailable to $o #it %e tis #ee. to see i% and $i"e
i% a $ospel %essa$eE7 And ten e added, 58roter Benndorfer li"es in *un$ar(&7
*is startled co%panion as.ed, 56en #ill #e lea"eE7
5To%orro#,7 ca%e te repl( fro% 8roter Grause&
56en #ill #e return o%eE7 as.ed te co%panion&
8roter Grause responded, 5O, in about a #ee.,if #e get bac.&7
A#a( te t#o o%e teacin$ co%panions #ent to "isit 8roter Benndorfer, tra"elin$ b(
train and bus fro% te norteastern area of Ger%an( to Bebrecen, *un$ar(,a
substantial Dourne(& 8roter Benndorfer ad not ad o%e teacers since before te #ar&
<o#, #en e sa# tese ser"ants of te Lord, e #as o"er#el%ed #it $ratitude tat
te( ad co%e& At 0rst e declined to sa.e ands #it te%& Iater, e #ent to is
bedroo% and too. fro% a s%all cabinet a bo- containin$ is titin$ tat e ad sa"ed for
(ears& *e presented te titin$ to is o%e teacers and said, 5<o# ) a% current #it
te Lord& 6ow ) feel #ort( to sa.e te ands of ser"ants of te LordF7 8roter Grause
told %e later tat e ad been touced be(ond #ords to tin. tat tis faitful broter,
#o ad no contact #it te Curc for %an( (ears, ad obedientl( and consistentl(
ta.en fro% is %ea$er earnin$s 10 percent #it #ic to pa( is titin$& *e ad sa"ed it
not .no#in$ #en or if e %i$t a"e te pri"ile$e of pa(in$ it&
8roter 6alter Grause passed a#a( nine (ears a$o at te a$e of LA& *e ser"ed faitfull(
and obedientl( trou$out is life and #as an inspiration to %e and to all #o .ne# i%&
6en as.ed to ful0ll assi$n%ents, e ne"er 2uestioned, e ne"er %ur%ured, and e
ne"er %ade e-cuses&
'( broters and sisters, te $reat test of tis life is obedience& 56e #ill pro"e te%
ere#it,7 said te Lord, 5to see if te( #ill do all tin$s #atsoe"er te Lord teir God
sall co%%and te%&7
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Beclared te +a"ior, 5!or all #o #ill a"e a blessin$ at %( ands sall abide te la#
#ic #as appointed for tat blessin$, and te conditions tereof, as #ere instituted
fro% before te foundation of te #orld&7
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<o $reater e-a%ple of obedience e-ists tan tat of our +a"ior& Of *i%, 9aul obser"ed:
5Tou$ e #ere a +on, (et learned e obedience b( te tin$s #ic e su:ered;
5And bein$ %ade perfect, e beca%e te autor of eternal sal"ation unto all te% tat
obe( i%&7
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Te +a"ior de%onstrated $enuine lo"e of God b( li"in$ te perfect life, b( onorin$ te
sacred %ission tat #as *is& <e"er #as *e au$t(& <e"er #as *e pu:ed up #it pride&
<e"er #as *e dislo(al& C"er #as *e u%ble& C"er #as *e sincere& C"er #as *e obedient&
Tou$ *e #as te%pted b( tat %aster of deceit, e"en te de"il, tou$ *e #as
p(sicall( #ea.ened fro% fastin$ A0 da(s and A0 ni$ts and #as an un$ered, (et #en
te e"il one pro:ered Mesus te %ost allurin$ and te%ptin$ proposals, *e $a"e to us a
di"ine e-a%ple of obedience b( refusin$ to de"iate fro% #at *e .ne# #as ri$t&
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6en faced #it te a$on( of Getse%ane, #ere *e endured suc pain tat 5is s#eat
#as as it #ere $reat drops of blood fallin$ do#n to te $round,7
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*e e-e%pli0ed te
obedient +on b( sa(in$, 5!ater, if tou be #illin$, re%o"e tis cup fro% %e:
ne"erteless not %( #ill, but tine, be done&7
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As te +a"ior instructed *is earl( Apostles, so *e instructs (ou and %e, 5!ollo# tou
%e&7
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Are #e #illin$ to obe(E
Te .no#led$e #ic #e see., te ans#ers for #ic #e (earn, and te stren$t #ic
#e desire toda( to %eet te callen$es of a co%ple- and can$in$ #orld can be ours
#en #e #illin$l( obe( te Lord=s co%%and%ents& ) 2uote once a$ain te #ords of te
Lord: 5*e tat .eepet ?God=s@ co%%and%ents recei"et trut and li$t, until e is
$lori0ed in trut and .no#et all tin$s&7
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)t is %( u%ble pra(er tat #e %a( be blessed #it te ric re#ards pro%ised to te
obedient& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist, our Lord and +a"ior, a%en&
April 201> General Conference
Until 6e 'eet A$ain
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
) pra( tat te Lord #ill bless and .eep (ou, %( broters and sisters& 'a(
*is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no# and al#a(s&
'( broters and sisters, #at a $lorious conference #e a"e ad& ) .no# (ou #ill a$ree
#it %e tat te %essa$es a"e been inspirin$& Our earts a"e been touced, and our
testi%onies of tis di"ine #or. a"e been stren$tened as #e a"e felt te +pirit of te
Lord& 'a( #e lon$ re%e%ber #at #e a"e eard tese past t#o da(s& ) ur$e (ou to
stud( te %essa$es furter #en te( are printed in co%in$ issues of te Ensign and
2iahona %a$a1ines&
6e e-press our $ratitude to eac one #o as spo.en to us, as #ell as to tose #o
a"e o:ered pra(ers& )n addition, te %usic as been upliftin$ and inspirin$& 6e lo"e our
#onderful Tabernacle Coir and tan. all oters #o pro"ided %usic as #ell&
6e Doin to$eter in e-pressin$ our $ratitude to tose of te presidenc( and board of te
$eneral Koun$ 6o%en, #o #ere released (esterda(& Teir ser"ice as been outstandin$
and teir dedication co%plete&
6e a"e sustained, b( uplifted ands, bretren and sisters #o a"e been called to ne#
positions durin$ tis conference& 6e #ant all of te% to .no# tat #e loo. for#ard to
ser"in$ #it te% in te cause of te 'aster&
6e are a #orld#ide Curc, broters and sisters& Our %e%bersip is found across te
$lobe& ) ad%onis (ou to be $ood citi1ens of te nations in #ic (ou li"e and $ood
nei$bors in (our co%%unities, reacin$ out to tose of oter faits as #ell as to our
o#n& 'a( #e be tolerant of, as #ell as .ind and lo"in$ to, tose #o do not sare our
beliefs and our standards& Te +a"ior brou$t to tis eart a %essa$e of lo"e and
$ood#ill to all %en and #o%en& 'a( #e e"er follo# *is e-a%ple&
) pra( tat #e %a( be a#are of te needs of tose around us& Tere are so%e,
particularl( a%on$ te (oun$, #o are tra$icall( in"ol"ed in dru$s, i%%oralit(,
porno$rap(, and so on& Tere are tose #o are lonel(, includin$ #ido#s and #ido#ers,
#o lon$ for te co%pan( and concern of oters& 'a( #e e"er be read( to e-tend to
te% a elpin$ and and a lo"in$ eart&
6e li"e at a ti%e in te #orld=s istor( #en tere are %an( di4cult callen$es but also
$reat opportunities and reasons for reDoicin$& Tere are, of course, tose ti%es #en #e
e-perience disappoint%ents, eartaces, and e"en tra$edies in our li"es& *o#e"er, if #e
#ill put our trust in te Lord, *e #ill elp us trou$ our di4culties, #ate"er te( %a(
be& Te 9sal%ist pro"ided tis assurance: 56eepin$ %a( endure for a ni$t, but Do(
co%et in te %ornin$&7
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'( broters and sisters, ) #ant (ou to .no# o# $rateful ) a% for te $ospel of Mesus
Crist, restored in tese latter da(s trou$ te 9ropet Mosep +%it& )t is te .e( to our
appiness& 'a( #e be u%ble and pra(erful, a"in$ te fait tat our *ea"enl( !ater
can $uide and bless us in our li"es&
) bear %( personal #itness and testi%on( to (ou tat God li"es, tat *e ears te
pra(ers of u%ble earts& *is +on, our +a"ior and Iedee%er, spea.s to eac of us:
58eold, ) stand at te door, and .noc.: if an( %an ear %( "oice, and open te door, )
#ill co%e in to i%&7
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'a( #e belie"e tese #ords and ta.e ad"anta$e of tis pro%ise&
As tis conference no# concludes, ) in"o.e te blessin$s of ea"en upon eac of (ou&
'a( (our o%es be 0lled #it peace, ar%on(, courtes(, and lo"e& 'a( te( be 0lled
#it te +pirit of te Lord& 'a( (ou nurture and nouris (our testi%onies of te $ospel,
tat te( #ill be a protection to (ou a$ainst te bu:etin$s of +atan&
Until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts, ) pra( tat te Lord #ill bless and .eep (ou, %(
broters and sisters& 'a( *is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no# and al#a(s& Tan. (ou for
(our pra(ers in %( bealf and in bealf of all of te General Autorities& 6e are deepl(
$rateful for (ou& )n te na%e of our +a"ior and Iedee%er, #o% #e ser"e, e"en Mesus
Crist, te Lord, a%en&
October 201> General Conference
6e <e"er 6al. Alone
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
Kou #ill one da( stand aside and loo. at (our di4cult ti%es, and (ou #ill
reali1e tat *e #as al#a(s tere beside (ou&
'( dear sisters, te spirit #e feel tis e"enin$ is a re3ection of (our stren$t, (our
de"otion, and (our $oodness& To 2uote te 'aster: 5Ke are te salt of te eart& H Ke are
te li$t of te #orld&7
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As ) a"e conte%plated %( opportunit( to address (ou, ) a"e been re%inded of te lo"e
%( dear #ife, !rances, ad for Ielief +ociet(& Burin$ er lifeti%e se ser"ed in %an(
positions in Ielief +ociet(& 6en se and ) #ere bot Dust >1 (ears of a$e, ) #as called to
be president of te Canadian 'ission& Burin$ te tree (ears of tat assi$n%ent, !rances
presided o"er all of te Ielief +ocieties in tat "ast area, #ic enco%passed te
pro"inces of Ontario and Nuebec& +o%e of er closest friendsips ca%e as a result of
tat assi$n%ent, as #ell as fro% te %an( callin$s se later 0lled in our o#n #ard Ielief
+ociet(& +e #as a faitful dau$ter of our *ea"enl( !ater, %( belo"ed co%panion, and
%( dearest friend& ) %iss er %ore tan #ords can e-press&
) too lo"e Ielief +ociet(& ) testif( to (ou tat it #as or$ani1ed b( inspiration and is a "ital
part of te Lord=s Curc ere upon te eart& )t #ould be i%possible to calculate all te
$ood #ic as co%e fro% tis or$ani1ation and all te li"es #ic a"e been blessed
because of it&
Ielief +ociet( is %ade up of a "ariet( of #o%en& Tere are tose of (ou #o are sin$le,
peraps in scool, peraps #or.in$,(et for$in$ a full and ric life& +o%e of (ou are bus(
%oters of $ro#in$ cildren& +till oters of (ou a"e lost (our usbands because of
di"orce or deat and are stru$$lin$ to raise (our cildren #itout te elp of a usband
and fater& +o%e of (ou a"e raised (our cildren but a"e reali1ed tat teir need for
(our elp is on$oin$& Tere are %an( of (ou #o a"e a$in$ parents #o re2uire te
lo"in$ care onl( (ou can $i"e&
6ere"er #e are in life, tere are ti%es #en all of us a"e callen$es and stru$$les&
Altou$ te( are di:erent for eac, te( are co%%on to all&
'an( of te callen$es #e face e-ist because #e li"e in tis %ortal #orld, populated b(
all %anner of indi"iduals& At ti%es #e as. in desperation, 5*o# can ) .eep %( si$ts
0r%l( 0-ed on te celestial as ) na"i$ate trou$ tis telestial #orldE7
Tere #ill be ti%es #en (ou #ill #al. a pat stre#n #it torns and %ar.ed b(
stru$$le& Tere %a( be ti%es #en (ou feel detaced,e"en isolated,fro% te Gi"er of
e"er( $ood $ift& Kou #orr( tat (ou #al. alone& !ear replaces fait&
6en (ou 0nd (ourself in suc circu%stances, ) plead #it (ou to re%e%ber pra(er& )
lo"e te #ords of 9resident C1ra Taft 8enson concernin$ pra(er& +aid e:
5All trou$ %( life te counsel to depend on pra(er as been pri1ed abo"e al%ost an(
oter ad"ice ) a"e H recei"ed& )t as beco%e an inte$ral part of %e,an ancor, a
constant source of stren$t, and te basis of %( .no#led$e of tin$s di"ine& H
5H Tou$ re"erses co%e, in pra(er #e can 0nd reassurance, for God #ill spea. peace
to te soul& Tat peace, tat spirit of serenit(, is life=s $reatest blessin$&7
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Te Apostle 9aul ad%onised:
5Let (our re2uests be %ade .no#n unto God&
5And te peace of God, #ic passet all understandin$, sall .eep (our earts and
%inds trou$ Crist Mesus&7
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6at a $lorious pro%iseF 9eace is tat #ic #e see., tat for #ic #e (earn&
6e #ere not placed on tis eart to #al. alone& 6at an a%a1in$ source of po#er, of
stren$t, and of co%fort is a"ailable to eac of us& *e #o .no#s us better tan #e
.no# oursel"es, *e #o sees te lar$er picture and #o .no#s te end fro% te
be$innin$, as assured us tat *e #ill be tere for us to pro"ide elp if #e but as.& 6e
a"e te pro%ise: 59ra( al#a(s, and be belie"in$, and all tin$s sall #or. to$eter for
(our $ood&7
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As our pra(ers ascend ea"en#ard, let us not for$et te #ords tau$t to us b( te
+a"ior& 6en *e faced te e-cruciatin$ a$on( of Getse%ane and te cross, *e pra(ed
to te !ater, 5<ot %( #ill, but tine, be done&7
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Bi4cult as it %a( at ti%es be, it is for
us, as #ell, to trust our *ea"enl( !ater to .no# best o# and #en and in #at %anner
to pro"ide te elp #e see.&
) ceris te #ords of te poet:
) .no# not b( #at %etods rare,
8ut tis ) .no#, God ans#ers pra(er&
) .no# tat *e as $i"en *is 6ord,
6ic tells %e pra(er is al#a(s eard,
And #ill be ans#ered, soon or late&
And so ) pra( and cal%l( #ait&
) .no# not if te blessin$ sou$t
6ill co%e in Dust te #a( ) tou$t;
8ut lea"e %( pra(ers #it *i% alone,
6ose #ill is #iser tan %( o#n,
Assured tat *e #ill $rant %( 2uest,
Or send so%e ans#er far %ore blest&
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Of course, pra(er is not Dust for ti%es of trouble& 6e are told repeatedl( in te scriptures
to 5pra( al#a(s7
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and to .eep a pra(er in our earts&
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Te #ords of a fa"orite and
fa%iliar (%n pose a 2uestion #ic #e #ould do #ell to as. oursel"es dail(: 5Bid (ou
tin. to pra(E7
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Allied #it pra(er in elpin$ us cope in our often di4cult #orld is scripture stud(& Te
#ords of trut and inspiration found in our four standard #or.s are pri1ed possessions to
%e& ) ne"er tire of readin$ te%& ) a% lifted spirituall( #ene"er ) searc te scriptures&
Tese ol( #ords of trut and lo"e $i"e $uidance to %( life and point te #a( to eternal
perfection&
As #e read and ponder te scriptures, #e #ill e-perience te s#eet #isperin$s of te
+pirit to our souls& 6e can 0nd ans#ers to our 2uestions& 6e learn of te blessin$s #ic
co%e trou$ .eepin$ God=s co%%and%ents& 6e $ain a sure testi%on( of our *ea"enl(
!ater and our +a"ior, Mesus Crist, and of Teir lo"e for us& 6en scripture stud( is
co%bined #it our pra(ers, #e can of a certaint( .no# tat te $ospel of Mesus Crist is
true&
+aid 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(, 5'a( te Lord bless eac of us to feast upon is ol(
?#ords@ and to dra# fro% ?te%@ tat stren$t, tat peace, ?and@ tat .no#led$e R#ic
passet all understandin$= O9ilip& A:JP&7
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As #e re%e%ber pra(er and ta.e ti%e to turn to te scriptures, our li"es #ill be in0nitel(
%ore blessed and our burdens #ill be %ade li$ter&
'a( ) sare #it (ou te account of o# our *ea"enl( !ater ans#ered te pra(ers and
pleadin$s of one #o%an and pro"ided er te peace and assurance se so desperatel(
sou$tE
Ti:an(=s di4culties be$an last (ear #en se ad $uests at er o%e for Tan.s$i"in$
and ten a$ain for Crist%as& *er usband ad been in %edical scool and #as no# in
te second (ear of is %edical residenc(& 8ecause of te lon$ #or. ours re2uired of
i%, e #as not able to elp er as %uc as te( bot #ould a"e li.ed, and so %ost of
tat #ic needed to be acco%plised durin$ tis olida( season, in addition to te care
of teir four (oun$ cildren, fell to Ti:an(& +e #as beco%in$ o"er#el%ed, and ten
se learned tat one #o #as dear to er ad been dia$nosed #it cancer& Te stress
and #orr( be$an to ta.e a ea"( toll on er, and se slipped into a period of
discoura$e%ent and depression& +e sou$t %edical elp, and (et notin$ can$ed& *er
appetite disappeared, and se be$an to lose #ei$t, #ic er tin( fra%e could ill a:ord&
+e sou$t peace trou$ te scriptures and pra(ed for deli"erance fro% te $loo%
#ic #as o"erta.in$ er& 6en neiter peace nor elp see%ed to co%e, se be$an to
feel abandoned b( God& *er fa%il( and friends pra(ed for er and tried desperatel( to
elp& Te( deli"ered er fa"orite foods in an atte%pt to .eep er p(sicall( ealt(, but
se could ta.e onl( a fe# bites and ten #ould be unable to 0nis&
On one particularl( tr(in$ da(, a friend atte%pted in "ain to entice er #it foods se
ad al#a(s lo"ed& 6en notin$ #or.ed, te friend said, 5Tere %ust be something tat
sounds $ood to (ou&7
Ti:an( tou$t for a %o%ent and said, 5Te onl( tin$ ) can tin. of tat sounds $ood is
o%e%ade bread&7
8ut tere #as none on and&
Te follo#in$ afternoon Ti:an(=s doorbell ran$& *er usband appened to be o%e and
ans#ered it& 6en e returned, e #as carr(in$ a loaf of o%e%ade bread& Ti:an( #as
astonised #en e told er it ad co%e fro% a #o%an na%ed +errie, #o% te(
barel( .ne#& +e #as a friend of Ti:an(=s sister <icole, #o li"ed in Ben"er, Colorado&
+errie ad been introduced to Ti:an( and er usband brie3( se"eral %onts earlier
#en <icole and er fa%il( #ere sta(in$ #it Ti:an( for Tan.s$i"in$& +errie, #o li"ed
in O%aa, ad co%e to Ti:an(=s o%e to "isit #it <icole&
<o#, %onts later, #it te delicious bread in and, Ti:an( called er sister <icole to
tan. er for sendin$ +errie on an errand of %erc(& )nstead, se learned <icole ad not
insti$ated te "isit and ad no .no#led$e of it&
Te rest of te stor( unfolded as <icole cec.ed #it er friend +errie to 0nd out #at
ad pro%pted er to deli"er tat loaf of bread& 6at se learned #as an inspiration to
er, to Ti:an(, to +errie,and it is an inspiration to %e&
On tat particular %ornin$ of te bread deli"er(, +errie ad been pro%pted to %a.e
t#o loa"es of bread instead of te one se ad planned to %a.e& +e said se felt
i%pressed to ta.e te second loaf #it er in er car tat da(, altou$ se didn=t .no#
#(& After lunc at a friend=s o%e, er one/(ear/old dau$ter be$an to cr( and needed
to be ta.en o%e for a nap& +errie esitated #en te un%ista.able feelin$ ca%e to
er tat se needed to deli"er tat e-tra loaf of bread to <icole=s sister Ti:an(, #o li"ed
>0 %inutes a#a( on te oter side of to#n and #o% se barel( .ne#& +e tried to
rationali1e a#a( te tou$t, #antin$ to $et er "er( tired dau$ter o%e and feelin$
seepis about deli"erin$ a loaf of bread to people #o #ere al%ost stran$ers& *o#e"er,
te i%pression to $o to Ti:an(=s o%e #as stron$, so se eeded te pro%ptin$&
6en se arri"ed, Ti:an(=s usband ans#ered te door& +errie re%inded i% tat se
#as <icole=s friend #o% e=d %et brie3( at Tan.s$i"in$, anded i% te loaf of bread,
and left&
And so it appened tat te Lord sent a "irtual stran$er across to#n to deli"er not Dust
te desired o%e%ade bread but also a clear %essa$e of lo"e to Ti:an(& 6at appened
to er cannot be e-plained in an( oter #a(& +e ad an ur$ent need to feel tat se
#asn=t alone,tat God #as a#are of er and ad not abandoned er& Tat bread,te
"er( tin$ se #anted,#as deli"ered to er b( so%eone se barel( .ne#, so%eone #o
ad no .no#led$e of er need but #o listened to te pro%ptin$ of te +pirit and
follo#ed tat pro%ptin$& )t beca%e an ob"ious si$n to Ti:an( tat er *ea"enl( !ater
#as a#are of er needs and lo"ed er enou$ to send elp& *e ad responded to er
cries for relief&
'( dear sisters, (our *ea"enl( !ater lo"es (ou,eac of (ou& Tat lo"e ne"er can$es&
)t is not in3uenced b( (our appearance, b( (our possessions, or b( te a%ount of %one(
(ou a"e in (our ban. account& )t is not can$ed b( (our talents and abilities& )t is si%pl(
tere& )t is tere for (ou #en (ou are sad or app(, discoura$ed or opeful& God=s lo"e
is tere for (ou #eter or not (ou feel (ou deser"e lo"e& )t is si%pl( al#a(s tere&
As #e see. our *ea"enl( !ater trou$ fer"ent, sincere pra(er and earnest, dedicated
scripture stud(, our testi%onies #ill beco%e stron$ and deepl( rooted& 6e #ill .no# of
God=s lo"e for us& 6e #ill understand tat #e do not e"er #al. alone& ) pro%ise (ou tat
(ou #ill one da( stand aside and loo. at (our di4cult ti%es, and (ou #ill reali1e tat *e
#as al#a(s tere beside (ou& ) .no# tis to be true in te passin$ of %( eternal
co%panion,!rances 8e"erl( Monson 'onson&
) lea"e #it (ou %( blessin$& ) lea"e #it (ou %( $ratitude for all te $ood (ou do and
for te li"es (ou lead& Tat (ou %a( be blessed #it e"er( $ood $ift is %( pra(er in te
na%e of our +a"ior and Iedee%er, e"en Mesus Crist te Lord, a%en&
October 201> General Conference
6elco%e to Conference
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
)t is %( pra(er tat #e %a( be 0lled #it te +pirit of te Lord as #e listen
and learn&

*o# $ood it is, %( belo"ed broters and sisters, to %eet to$eter once a$ain& )t as
been Dust o"er 18> (ears since te Curc #as or$ani1ed b( te 9ropet Mosep +%it,
under te direction of te Lord& At tat %eetin$ on April 6, 18>0, tere #ere si- %e%bers
of te Curc present&
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) a% app( to announce tat t#o #ee.s a$o, te %e%bersip of te Curc reaced 15
%illion& Te Curc continues to $ro# steadil( and to can$e te li"es of %ore and %ore
people e"er( (ear& )t is spreadin$ across te eart as our %issionar( force see.s out
tose #o are searcin$ for te trut&
)t as scarcel( been one (ear since ) announced te lo#erin$ of te a$e of %issionar(
ser"ice& +ince tat ti%e te nu%ber of full/ti%e %issionaries ser"in$ as increased fro%
58,500 in October 2012 to 80,>>> toda(& 6at a tre%endous and inspirin$ response #e
a"e #itnessedF
Te ol( scriptures contain no procla%ation %ore rele"ant, no responsibilit( %ore
bindin$, no instruction %ore direct tan te inDunction $i"en b( te resurrected Lord as
*e appeared in Galilee to te ele"en disciples& +aid *e, 5Go (e terefore, and teac all
nations, bapti1in$ te% in te na%e of te !ater, and of te +on, and of te *ol(
Gost&7
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Te 9ropet Mosep +%it declared, 5After all tat as been said, te $reatest
and %ost i%portant dut( is to preac te Gospel&7
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+o%e of (ou ere toda( #ill (et
re%e%ber te #ords of 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(, #o prased te fa%iliar 5C"er(
%e%ber a %issionar(F7
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To teir #ords ) add %( o#n& <o# is te ti%e for %e%bers and %issionaries to co%e
to$eter, to #or. to$eter, to labor in te Lord=s "ine(ard to brin$ souls unto *i%& *e
as prepared te %eans for us to sare te $ospel in a %ultitude of #a(s, and *e #ill
assist us in our labors if #e #ill act in fait to ful0ll *is #or.&
To elp %aintain our e"er/increasin$ %issionar( force, ) a"e as.ed our %e%bers in te
past to contribute, as te( are able, to teir #ard %issionar( fund or to te General
'issionar( !und of te Curc& Te response to tat re2uest as been $ratif(in$ and as
elped support tousands of %issionaries #ose circu%stances do not allo# te% to
support te%sel"es& ) tan. (ou for (our $enerous contributions& Te need for elp is
on$oin$, tat #e %i$t continue to assist tose #ose desire to ser"e is $reat but #o
do not, b( te%sel"es, a"e te %eans to do so&
<o#, broters and sisters, #e a"e co%e ere to be instructed and inspired& 'an(
%essa$es, co"erin$ a "ariet( of $ospel topics, #ill be $i"en durin$ te ne-t t#o da(s&
Tose %en and #o%en #o #ill spea. to (ou a"e sou$t ea"en=s elp concernin$ te
%essa$es te( #ill $i"e&
)t is %( pra(er tat #e %a( be 0lled #it te +pirit of te Lord as #e listen and learn& )n
te na%e of our +a"ior, Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 201> General Conference
True +eperds
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
*o%e teacin$ ans#ers %an( pra(ers and per%its us to see te
transfor%ations #ic can ta.e place in people=s li"es&
Toni$t in te Conference Center in +alt La.e Cit( and in locations far and near are
asse%bled tose #o bear te priestood of God& Trul( (ou are 5a ro(al priestood7,
e"en 5a cosen $eneration,7 as te Apostle 9eter declared&
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) a% onored to a"e te
pri"ile$e to address (ou&
6en ) #as $ro#in$ up, eac su%%er our fa%il( #ould dri"e to 9ro"o Can(on, about A5
%iles OJ2 .%P sout and a little east of +alt La.e Cit(, #ere #e #ould sta( in te fa%il(
cabin for se"eral #ee.s& 6e bo(s #ere al#a(s an-ious to $et on te 0sin$ strea% or
into te s#i%%in$ ole, and #e #ould tr( to pus te car a little faster& )n tose da(s,
te auto%obile %( fater dro"e #as a 1L28 Olds%obile& )f e #ent o"er >5 %iles O56 .%P
an our, %( %oter #ould sa(, 5Geep it do#nF Geep it do#nF7 ) #ould sa(, 59ut te
accelerator do#n, BadF 9ut it do#nF7
Bad #ould dri"e about >5 %iles an our all te #a( up to 9ro"o Can(on or until #e #ould
co%e around a bend in te road and our Dourne( #ould be alted b( a erd of seep& 6e
#ould #atc as undreds of seep 0led past us, see%in$l( #itout a seperd, a fe#
do$s (appin$ at teir eels as te( %o"ed alon$& 6a( bac. in te rear #e could see te
seeperder on is orse,not a bridle on it but a alter& *e #as occasionall( slouced
do#n in te saddle do1in$, since te orse .ne# #ic #a( to $o and te (appin$ do$s
did te #or.&
Contrast tat to te scene #ic ) "ie#ed in 'unic, Ger%an(, %an( (ears a$o& )t #as a
+unda( %ornin$, and #e #ere en route to a %issionar( conference& As ) loo.ed out te
#indo# of te %ission president=s auto%obile, ) sa# a seperd #it a sta: in is and,
leading te seep& Te( follo#ed i% #ere"er e #ent& )f e %o"ed to te left, te(
follo#ed i% to te left& )f e %o"ed to te ri$t, te( follo#ed i% in tat direction& )
%ade te co%parison bet#een te true seperd #o led is seep and te
seeperder #o rode casuall( beind is seep&
Mesus said, 5) a% te $ood seperd, and .no# %( seep&7
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*e pro"ides for us te
perfect e-a%ple of #at a true seperd sould be&
8retren, as te priestood of God #e a"e a seperdin$ responsibilit(& Te #isdo% of
te Lord as pro"ided $uidelines #ereb( #e %i$t be seperds to te fa%ilies of te
Curc, #ere #e can ser"e, #e can teac, and #e can testif( to te%& +uc is called
o%e teacin$, and it is about tis tat ) #is to spea. to (ou toni$t&
Te bisop of eac #ard in te Curc o"ersees te assi$nin$ of priestood olders as
o%e teacers to "isit te o%es of %e%bers e"er( %ont& Te( $o in pairs& 6ere
possible, a (oun$ %an #o is a priest or a teacer in te Aaronic 9riestood
acco%panies an adult oldin$ te 'elci1ede. 9riestood& As te( $o into te o%es of
tose for #o% te( are responsible, te Aaronic 9riestood older sould ta.e part in
te teacin$ #ic ta.es place& +uc an assi$n%ent #ill elp to prepare tese (oun$
%en for %issions as #ell as for a lifeti%e of priestood ser"ice&
Te o%e teacin$ pro$ra% is a response to %odern re"elation co%%issionin$ tose
ordained to te priestood 5to teac, e-pound, e-ort, bapti1e, H and "isit te ouse of
eac %e%ber, and e-ort te% to pra( "ocall( and in secret and attend to all fa%il(
duties, H to #atc o"er te curc al#a(s, and be #it and stren$ten te%; and see
tat tere is no ini2uit( in te curc, neiter ardness #it eac oter, neiter l(in$,
bac.bitin$, nor e"il spea.in$&7
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9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa( ad%onised: 5*o%e teacin$ is one of our %ost ur$ent and
%ost re#ardin$ opportunities to nurture and inspire, to counsel and direct our !ater=s
cildren& H ?)t@ is a di"ine ser"ice, a di"ine call& )t is our dut( as *o%e Teacers to carr(
te H spirit into e"er( o%e and eart& To lo"e te #or. and do our best #ill brin$
unbounded peace, Do( and satisfaction to ?a noble,@ dedicated ?teacer@ of God=s
cildren&7
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!ro% te 8oo. of 'or%on #e read tat Al%a 5consecrated all teir priests and all teir
teacers; and none #ere consecrated e-cept te( #ere Dust %en&
5Terefore te( did #atc o"er teir people, and did nouris te% #it tin$s pertainin$
to ri$teousness&7
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)n perfor%in$ our o%e teacin$ responsibilities, #e are #ise if #e learn and understand
te callen$es of te %e%bers of eac fa%il(, tat #e %i$t be e:ecti"e in teacin$
and in pro"idin$ needed assistance&
A o%e teacin$ "isit is also %ore li.el( to be successful if an appoint%ent is %ade in
ad"ance& To illustrate tis point, let %e sare #it (ou an e-perience ) ad so%e (ears
a$o& At tat ti%e te 'issionar( C-ecuti"e Co%%ittee #as co%prised of +pencer 6&
Gi%ball, Gordon 8& *inc.le(, and To%as +& 'onson& One e"enin$ 8roter and +ister
*inc.le( osted a dinner in teir o%e for te co%%ittee %e%bers and our #i"es& 6e
ad Dust 0nised a lo"el( %eal #en tere #as a .noc. at te door& 9resident *inc.le(
opened te door and found one of is o%e teacers standin$ tere& Te o%e teacer
said, 5) .no# ) didn=t %a.e an appoint%ent to co%e, and ) don=t a"e #it %e %(
co%panion, but ) felt ) sould co%e toni$t& ) didn=t .no# (ou #ould be entertainin$
co%pan(&7
9resident *inc.le( $raciousl( in"ited te o%e teacer to co%e in and sit do#n and to
instruct tree Apostles and our #i"es concernin$ our dut( as %e%bers& 6it a bit of
trepidation, te o%e teacer did is best& 9resident *inc.le( tan.ed i% for co%in$,
after #ic e %ade a urried e-it&
) %ention one %ore e-a%ple of te incorrect #a( to acco%plis o%e teacin$&
9resident 'arion G& Io%ne(, #o #as a counselor in te !irst 9residenc( so%e (ears
a$o, used to tell about is o%e teacer #o once #ent to te Io%ne( o%e on a cold
#inter ni$t& *e .ept is at in is and and sifted ner"ousl( #en in"ited to sit do#n
and $i"e is %essa$e& As e re%ained standin$, e said, 56ell, )=ll tell (ou, 8roter
Io%ne(, it=s cold outside, and ) left %( car en$ine runnin$ so it #ouldn=t stop& ) Dust
ca%e b( so ) could tell te bisop ) ad %ade %( "isits&7
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9resident C1ra Taft 8enson, after relatin$ 9resident Io%ne(=s e-perience in a %eetin$ of
priestood olders, ten said, 56e can do better tan tat, bretren,%uc betterF7
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a$ree&
*o%e teacin$ is %ore tan a %ecanical "isit once per %ont& Ours is te responsibilit(
to teac, to inspire, to %oti"ate, and #ere #e "isit tose #o are not acti"e, to brin$ to
acti"it( and to e"entual e-altation te sons and dau$ters of God&
To assist in our e:orts, ) sare tis #ise counsel #ic surel( applies to o%e teacers& )t
co%es fro% Abraa% Lincoln, #o said, 5)f (ou #ould #in a %an to (our cause, 0rst
con"ince i% tat (ou are is sincere friend&7
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9resident C1ra Taft 8enson ur$ed: 5Abo"e
all, be a $enuine friend to te indi"iduals and fa%ilies (ou teac& H A friend %a.es %ore
tan a dutiful "isit eac %ont& A friend is %ore concerned about elpin$ people tan
$ettin$ credit& A friend cares& A friend ?so#s lo"e@& A friend listens, and a friend reaces
out&7
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*o%e teacin$ ans#ers %an( pra(ers and per%its us to see te transfor%ations #ic
can ta.e place in people=s li"es&
An e-a%ple of tis #ould be Bic. *a%%er, #o ca%e to Uta #it te Ci"ilian
Conser"ation Corps durin$ te Bepression& *e %et and %arried a Latter/da( +aint (oun$
#o%an& *e opened Bic.=s Caf\ in +t& Geor$e, Uta, #ic beca%e a popular %eetin$
spot&
Assi$ned as o%e teacer to te *a%%er fa%il( #as 6illard 'ilne, a friend of %ine&
+ince ) .ne# Bic. *a%%er as #ell, a"in$ printed te %enus for is caf\, ) #ould as. %(
friend 8roter 'ilne #en ) "isited +t& Geor$e, 5*o# is our friend Bic. *a%%er co%in$E7
Te repl( #ould $enerall( be, 5*e=s co%in$, but slo#l(&7
6en 6illard 'ilne and is co%panion "isited te *a%%er o%e eac %ont, te(
al#a(s %ana$ed to present a $ospel %essa$e and to sare teir testi%onies #it Bic.
and te fa%il(&
Te (ears passed b(, and ten one da( 6illard poned %e #it $ood ne#s& 58roter
'onson,7 e be$an, 5Bic. *a%%er is con"erted and is $oin$ to be bapti1ed& *e is in is
L0t (ear, and #e a"e been friends all our adult li"es& *is decision #ar%s %( eart& )="e
been is o%e teacer for %an( (ears&7 Tere #as a catc in 6illard=s "oice as e
con"e(ed is #elco%e %essa$e&
8roter *a%%er #as indeed bapti1ed and a (ear later entered tat beautiful +t& Geor$e
Te%ple and tere recei"ed is endo#%ent and sealin$ blessin$s&
) as.ed 6illard, 5Bid (ou e"er beco%e discoura$ed as is o%e teacer for suc a lon$
ti%eE7
*e replied, 5<o, it #as #ort e"er( e:ort& As ) #itness te Do( #ic as co%e to te
%e%bers of te *a%%er fa%il(, %( eart 0lls #it $ratitude for te blessin$s te $ospel
as brou$t into teir li"es and for te pri"ile$e ) a"e ad to elp in so%e #a(& ) a% a
app( %an&7
8retren, it #ill be our pri"ile$e trou$ te (ears to "isit and teac %an( indi"iduals,
tose #o are less acti"e as #ell as tose #o are full( co%%itted& )f #e are
conscientious in our callin$, #e #ill a"e %an( opportunities to bless li"es& Our "isits to
tose #o a"e distanced te%sel"es fro% Curc acti"it( can be te .e( #ic #ill
e"entuall( open te doors to teir return&
6it tis tou$t in %ind, let us reac out to tose for #o% #e are responsible and
brin$ te% to te table of te Lord to feast on *is #ord and to enDo( te co%panionsip
of *is +pirit and be 5no %ore stran$ers and forei$ners, but fello#citi1ens #it te saints,
and of te ouseold of God&7
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)f an( of (ou as slipped into co%placenc( concernin$ (our o%e teacin$ "isits, %a( )
sa( tat tere is no ti%e li.e te present to rededicate (ourself to ful0llin$ (our o%e
teacin$ duties& Becide no# to %a.e #ate"er e:ort is necessar( to reac tose for
#o% (ou a"e been $i"en responsibilit(& Tere are ti%es #en a little e-tra proddin$
%a( be needed, as #ell, to elp (our o%e teacin$ co%panion 0nd te ti%e to $o #it
(ou, but if (ou are persistent, (ou #ill succeed&
8retren, our e:orts in o%e teacin$ are on$oin$& Te #or. #ill ne"er be concluded
until our Lord and 'aster sa(s, 5)t is enou$&7 Tere are li"es to bri$ten& Tere are
earts to touc& Tere are souls to sa"e& Ours is te sacred pri"ile$e to bri$ten, to
touc, and to sa"e tose precious souls entrusted to our care& 6e sould do so faitfull(
and #it earts 0lled #it $ladness&
)n closin$ ) turn to one particular e-a%ple to describe te t(pe of o%e teacers #e
sould be& Tere is one Teacer #ose life o"ersado#s all oters& *e tau$t of life and
deat, of dut( and destin(& *e li"ed not to be ser"ed but to ser"e, not to recei"e but to
$i"e, not to sa"e *is life but to sacri0ce it for oters& *e described a lo"e %ore beautiful
tan lust, a po"ert( ricer tan treasure& )t #as said of tis Teacer tat *e tau$t #it
autorit( and not as did te scribes&
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*is la#s #ere not inscribed upon stone but upon
u%an earts&
) spea. of te 'aster Teacer, e"en Mesus Crist, te +on of God, te +a"ior and
Iedee%er of all %an.ind& Te biblical account sa(s of *i%, *e 5#ent about doin$
$ood&7
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6it *i% as our unfailin$ $uide and e-e%plar, #e sall 2ualif( for *is di"ine
elp in our o%e teacin$& Li"es #ill be blessed& *earts #ill be co%forted& +ouls #ill be
sa"ed& 6e #ill beco%e true seperds& Tat tis %a( be so, ) pra( in te na%e of tat
$reat +eperd, Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 201> General Conference
5) 6ill <ot !ail Tee, nor !orsa.e Tee7
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
Our *ea"enl( !ater H .no#s tat #e learn and $ro# and beco%e stron$er
as #e face and sur"i"e te trials trou$ #ic #e %ust pass&
)n %( Dournal toni$t, ) sall #rite, 5Tis as been one of te %ost inspirin$ sessions of
an( $eneral conference )="e attended& C"er(tin$ as been of te $reatest and %ost
spiritual nature&7
8roters and sisters, si- %onts a$o as #e %et to$eter in our $eneral conference, %(
s#eet #ife, !rances, la( in te ospital, a"in$ su:ered a de"astatin$ fall Dust a fe# da(s
earlier& )n 'a(, after #ee.s of "aliantl( stru$$lin$ to o"erco%e er inDuries, se slipped
into eternit(& *er loss as been profound& +e and ) #ere %arried in te +alt La.e Te%ple
on October J, 1LA8& To%orro# #ould a"e been our 65t #eddin$ anni"ersar(& +e #as
te lo"e of %( life, %( trusted con0dant, and %( closest friend& To sa( tat ) %iss er
does not be$in to con"e( te dept of %( feelin$s&
Tis conference %ar.s 50 (ears since ) #as called to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles
b( 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(& Trou$ all tese (ears ) a"e felt notin$ but te full and
co%plete support of %( s#eet co%panion& Countless are te sacri0ces se %ade so tat
) could ful0ll %( callin$& <e"er did ) ear a #ord of co%plaint fro% er as ) #as often
re2uired to spend da(s and so%eti%es #ee.s a#a( fro% er and fro% our cildren& +e
#as an an$el, indeed&
) #is to e-press %( tan.s, as #ell as tose of %( fa%il(, for te tre%endous
outpourin$ of lo"e #ic as co%e to us since !rances=s passin$& *undreds of cards and
letters #ere sent fro% around te #orld e-pressin$ ad%iration for er and condolences
to our fa%il(& 6e recei"ed do1ens of beautiful 3oral arran$e%ents& 6e are $rateful for
te nu%erous contributions #ic a"e been o:ered in er na%e to te General
'issionar( !und of te Curc& On bealf of tose of us #o% se left beind, ) e-press
deep $ratitude for (our .ind and eartfelt e-pressions&
Of ut%ost co%fort to %e durin$ tis tender ti%e of partin$ a"e been %( testi%on( of
te $ospel of Mesus Crist and te .no#led$e ) a"e tat %( dear !rances li"es still& )
.no# tat our separation is te%porar(& 6e #ere sealed in te ouse of God b( one
a"in$ autorit( to bind on eart and in ea"en& ) .no# tat #e #ill be reunited one da(
and #ill ne"er a$ain be separated& Tis is te .no#led$e tat sustains %e&
8roters and sisters, it %a( be safel( assu%ed tat no person as e"er li"ed entirel( free
of su:erin$ and sorro#, nor as tere e"er been a period in u%an istor( tat did not
a"e its full sare of tur%oil and %iser(&
6en te pat#a( of life ta.es a cruel turn, tere is te te%ptation to as. te 2uestion
56( %eE7 At ti%es tere appears to be no li$t at te end of te tunnel, no sunrise to
end te ni$t=s dar.ness& 6e feel enco%passed b( te disappoint%ent of sattered
drea%s and te despair of "anised opes& 6e Doin in utterin$ te biblical plea, 5)s tere
no bal% in GileadE7
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6e feel abandoned, eartbro.en, alone& 6e are inclined to "ie# our
o#n personal %isfortunes trou$ te distorted pris% of pessi%is%& 6e beco%e
i%patient for a solution to our proble%s, for$ettin$ tat fre2uentl( te ea"enl( "irtue of
patience is re2uired&
Te di4culties #ic co%e to us present us #it te real test of our abilit( to endure& A
funda%ental 2uestion re%ains to be ans#ered b( eac of us: +all ) falter, or sall )
0nisE +o%e do falter as te( 0nd te%sel"es unable to rise abo"e teir callen$es& To
0nis in"ol"es endurin$ to te "er( end of life itself&
As #e ponder te e"ents tat can befall all of us, #e can sa( #it Mob of old, 5'an is born
unto trouble&7
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Mob #as a 5perfect and upri$t7 %an #o 5feared God, and esce#ed
e"il&7
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9ious in is conduct, prosperous in is fortune, Mob #as to face a test #ic could
a"e destro(ed an(one& +orn of is possessions, scorned b( is friends, aTicted b( is
su:erin$, sattered b( te loss of is fa%il(, e #as ur$ed to 5curse God, and die&7
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resisted tis te%ptation and declared fro% te depts of is noble soul:
58eold, %( #itness is in ea"en, and %( record is on i$&7
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5) .no# tat %( redee%er li"et&7
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Mob .ept te fait& 6ill #e do li.e#ise as #e face tose callen$es #ic #ill be oursE
6ene"er #e are inclined to feel burdened do#n #it te blo#s of life, let us re%e%ber
tat oters a"e passed te sa%e #a(, a"e endured, and ten a"e o"erco%e&
Te istor( of te Curc in tis, te dispensation of te fulness of ti%es, is replete #it
te e-periences of tose #o a"e stru$$led and (et #o a"e re%ained steadfast and
of $ood ceer& Te reasonE Te( a"e %ade te $ospel of Mesus Crist te center of teir
li"es& Tis is #at #ill pull us trou$ #ate"er co%es our #a(& 6e #ill still e-perience
di4cult callen$es, but #e #ill be able to face te%, to %eet te% ead on, and to
e%er$e "ictorious&
!ro% te bed of pain, fro% te pillo# #et #it tears, #e are lifted ea"en#ard b( tat
di"ine assurance and precious pro%ise: 5) #ill not fail tee, nor forsa.e tee&7
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co%fort is priceless&
As ) a"e tra"eled far and #ide trou$out te #orld ful0llin$ te responsibilities of %(
callin$, ) a"e co%e to .no# %an( tin$s,not te least of #ic is tat sadness and
su:erin$ are uni"ersal& ) cannot be$in to %easure all of te eartace and sorro# ) a"e
#itnessed as ) a"e "isited #it tose #o are dealin$ #it $rief, e-periencin$ illness,
facin$ di"orce, stru$$lin$ #it a #a(#ard son or dau$ter, or su:erin$ te
conse2uences of sin& Te list could $o on and on, for tere are countless proble%s #ic
can befall us& To sin$le out one e-a%ple is di4cult, and (et #ene"er ) tin. of
callen$es, %( tou$ts turn to 8roter 8re%s, one of %( bo(ood +unda( +cool
teacers& *e #as a faitful %e%ber of te Curc, a %an #it a eart of $old& *e and is
#ife, +adie, ad ei$t cildren, %an( of #o% #ere te sa%e a$es as tose in our
fa%il(&
After !rances and ) #ere %arried and %o"ed fro% te #ard, #e sa# 8roter and +ister
8re%s and %e%bers of teir fa%il( at #eddin$s and funerals, as #ell as at #ard
reunions&
)n 1L68, 8roter 8re%s lost is #ife, +adie& T#o of is ei$t cildren also passed a#a( as
te (ears #ent b(&
One da( nearl( 1> (ears a$o, 8roter 8re%s=s oldest $randdau$ter teleponed %e& +e
e-plained tat er $randfater ad reaced is 105t birtda(& +e said, 5*e li"es in a
s%all care center but %eets #it is entire fa%il( eac +unda(, #ere e deli"ers a
$ospel lesson&7 +e continued, 5Tis past +unda(, Grandpa announced to us, R'( dears, )
a% $oin$ to die tis #ee.& 6ill (ou please call To%%( 'onson& *e #ill .no# #at to
do&=7
) "isited 8roter 8re%s te "er( ne-t e"enin$& ) ad not seen i% for a #ile& ) could not
spea. to i%, for e ad lost is earin$& ) could not #rite a %essa$e for i% to read,
because e ad lost is si$t& ) #as told tat te fa%il( co%%unicated #it i% b(
ta.in$ te 0n$er of is ri$t and and ten tracin$ on te pal% of is left and te na%e
of te person "isitin$& An( %essa$e ad to be con"e(ed in tis sa%e #a(& ) follo#ed te
procedure b( ta.in$ is 0n$er and spellin$ T/O/'/'/K '/O/</+/O/<, te na%e b( #ic
e ad al#a(s .no#n %e& 8roter 8re%s beca%e e-cited and, ta.in$ %( ands, placed
te% on is ead& ) .ne# is desire #as to recei"e a priestood blessin$& Te dri"er #o
ad ta.en %e to te care center Doined %e as #e placed our ands on te ead of
8roter 8re%s and pro"ided te desired blessin$& After#ard, tears strea%ed fro% is
si$tless e(es& *e $rasped our ands in $ratitude& Altou$ e ad not eard te
blessin$ #e ad $i"en i%, te +pirit #as stron$, and ) belie"e e #as inspired to .no#
#e ad pro"ided te blessin$ #ic e needed& Tis s#eet %an could no lon$er see& *e
could no lon$er ear& *e #as con0ned ni$t and da( to a s%all roo% in a care center&
And (et te s%ile on is face and te #ords e spo.e touced %( eart& 5Tan. (ou,7 e
said& 5'( *ea"enl( !ater as been so $ood to %e&7
6itin a #ee., Dust as 8roter 8re%s ad predicted, e passed a#a(& <e"er did e d#ell
on #at e #as lac.in$; rater, e #as al#a(s deepl( $rateful for is %an( blessin$s&
Our *ea"enl( !ater, #o $i"es us so %uc to deli$t in, also .no#s tat #e learn and
$ro# and beco%e stron$er as #e face and sur"i"e te trials trou$ #ic #e %ust
pass& 6e .no# tat tere are ti%es #en #e #ill e-perience eartbrea.in$ sorro#, #en
#e #ill $rie"e, and #en #e %a( be tested to our li%its& *o#e"er, suc di4culties allo#
us to can$e for te better, to rebuild our li"es in te #a( our *ea"enl( !ater teaces
us, and to beco%e so%etin$ di:erent fro% #at #e #ere,better tan #e #ere, %ore
understandin$ tan #e #ere, %ore e%patetic tan #e #ere, #it stron$er testi%onies
tan #e ad before&
Tis sould be our purpose,to perse"ere and endure, (es, but also to beco%e %ore
spirituall( re0ned as #e %a.e our #a( trou$ sunsine and sorro#& 6ere it not for
callen$es to o"erco%e and proble%s to sol"e, #e #ould re%ain %uc as #e are, #it
little or no pro$ress to#ard our $oal of eternal life& Te poet e-pressed %uc te sa%e
tou$t in tese #ords:
Good ti%ber does not $ro# #it ease,
Te stron$er #ind, te stron$er trees&
Te furter s.(, te $reater len$t&
Te %ore te stor%, te %ore te stren$t&
8( sun and cold, b( rain and sno#,
)n trees and %en $ood ti%bers $ro#&
8
Onl( te 'aster .no#s te depts of our trials, our pain, and our su:erin$& *e alone
o:ers us eternal peace in ti%es of ad"ersit(& *e alone touces our tortured souls #it *is
co%fortin$ #ords:
5Co%e unto %e, all (e tat labour and are ea"( laden, and ) #ill $i"e (ou rest&
5Ta.e %( (o.e upon (ou, and learn of %e; for ) a% %ee. and lo#l( in eart: and (e sall
0nd rest unto (our souls&
5!or %( (o.e is eas(, and %( burden is li$t&7
L
6eter it is te best of ti%es or te #orst of ti%es, *e is #it us& *e as pro%ised tat
tis #ill ne"er can$e&
'( broters and sisters, %a( #e a"e a co%%it%ent to our *ea"enl( !ater tat does
not ebb and 3o# #it te (ears or te crises of our li"es& 6e sould not need to
e-perience di4culties for us to re%e%ber *i%, and #e sould not be dri"en to u%ilit(
before $i"in$ *i% our fait and trust&
'a( #e e"er stri"e to be close to our *ea"enl( !ater& To do so, #e %ust pra( to *i% and
listen to *i% e"er( da(& 6e trul( need *i% e"er( our, #eter te( be ours of
sunsine or of rain& 'a( *is pro%ise e"er be our #atc#ord: 5) #ill not fail tee, nor
forsa.e tee&7
10
6it all te stren$t of %( soul, ) testif( tat God li"es and lo"es us, tat *is Onl(
8e$otten +on li"ed and died for us, and tat te $ospel of Mesus Crist is tat penetratin$
li$t #ic sines trou$ te dar.ness of our li"es& 'a( it e"er be so, ) pra( in te
sacred na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 201> General Conference
Till 6e 'eet A$ain
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
'a( #e so# increased .indness to#ard one anoter, and %a( #e e"er be
found doin$ te #or. of te Lord&
'( broters and sisters, %( eart is full as #e brin$ to a close tis #onderful $eneral
conference of te Curc& 6e a"e been spirituall( fed as #e a"e listened to te
counsel and testi%onies of tose #o a"e participated in eac session&
6e a"e been blessed to %eet ere in te %a$ni0cent Conference Center in peace and
safet(& 6e a"e ad unprecedented co"era$e of te conference, reacin$ across te
continents to people e"er(#ere& Tou$ #e are p(sicall( far re%o"ed fro% %an( of
(ou, #e feel of (our spirit&
To our 8retren #o a"e been released at tis conference, %a( ) e-press te eartfelt
tan.s of te entire Curc for (our (ears of de"oted ser"ice& Countless are tose #o
a"e been blessed b( (our contributions to te #or. of te Lord&
) e-press $ratitude to te Tabernacle Coir and to te oter coirs #ic participated in
tis conference& Te %usic as been beautiful and as added $reatl( to te +pirit #e
a"e felt at eac session&
) tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %( bealf and in bealf of all te General Autorities and
$eneral o4cers of te Curc& 6e are stren$tened b( te%&
'a( ea"en=s blessin$s be #it (ou& 'a( (our o%es be 0lled #it lo"e and courtes(
and #it te +pirit of te Lord& 'a( (ou constantl( nouris (our testi%onies of te $ospel
tat te( #ill be a protection to (ou a$ainst te bu:etin$s of te ad"ersar(&
Conference is no# o"er& As #e return to our o%es, %a( #e do so safel(& 'a( te +pirit
#e a"e felt ere be and abide #it us as #e $o about tose tin$s #ic occup( us
eac da(& 'a( #e so# increased .indness to#ard one anoter, and %a( #e e"er be
found doin$ te #or. of te Lord&
'( broters and sisters, %a( God bless (ou& 'a( *is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no#
and al#a(s& ) bid (ou fare#ell until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e& )n te na%e of
our +a"ior, e"en Mesus Crist te Lord, a%en&
April 201A General Conference
6elco%e to Conference
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
6e are H united in our fait and in our desire to listen to and learn fro% te
%essa$es #ic #ill be presented to us&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, o# pleased ) a% to #elco%e (ou to tis #orld#ide
conference of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints& 6e are $atered to$eter
as a $reat fa%il(, %ore tan 15 %illion stron$, united in our fait and in our desire to
listen to and learn fro% te %essa$es #ic #ill be presented to us&
Te past si- %onts a"e $one b( 2uic.l( as te #or. of te Curc as %o"ed for#ard
unindered& )t #as %( pri"ile$e Dust o"er a %ont a$o to dedicate te Gilbert Ari1ona
Te%ple, a %a$ni0cent structure& Te e"enin$ before te dedication, a cultural e"ent #as
eld at te nearb( Bisco"er( 9ar.& T#el"e tousand (oun$ people perfor%ed a L0/
%inute pro$ra%& Te dancin$, te sin$in$, and te %usical perfor%ances #ere
outstandin$&
Tis area ad been e-periencin$ an especiall( dr( season, and ) belie"e %an( pra(ers
ad been sent ea"en#ard o"er te precedin$ se"eral #ee.s for %uc/needed rain&
Unfortunatel(, it ca%e Dust before te perfor%ance and sta(ed for te entire productionF
Bespite te fact tat te (out #ere soa.ed trou$ #it te rain and cilled fro% te
cool te%perature, #e all felt te +pirit of te Lord& Te te%e of te pro$ra%, 5Li"e True
to te !ait7,tin. about tat: 5Li"e True to te !ait7,#as portra(ed %a$ni0centl( b(
s%ilin$ and entusiastic (oun$ %en and (oun$ #o%en& Bespite te cold and te rain,
tis #as a fait/0lled and inspirin$ e-perience tese (oun$ people #ill e"er treasure and
#ill be relatin$ to teir cildren and $randcildren in te (ears to co%e&
Te follo#in$ da(, te dedication of te Gilbert Ari1ona Te%ple too. place& )t beca%e te
1A2nd operatin$ te%ple in te Curc& Unli.e te e"enin$ before, te da( #as beautiful
and 0lled #it sunsine& Te sessions #ere trul( inspirin$& Attendin$ #it %e #ere
9resident *enr( 8& C(rin$, Clder and +ister Tad I& Callister, Clder and +ister 6illia% I&
6al.er, and Clder and +ister Gent !& Iicards&
)n 'a( te !ort Lauderdale !lorida Te%ple #ill be dedicated& Oter te%ples are
sceduled to be co%pleted and dedicated later tis (ear& )n 2015 #e anticipate
co%pletin$ and dedicatin$ ne# te%ples in %an( parts of te #orld& Tis process #ill
continue& 6en all te pre"iousl( announced te%ples are co%pleted, #e #ill a"e 1J0
operatin$ te%ples trou$out te #orld&
Altou$ #e are currentl( concentratin$ our e:orts on co%pletin$ te pre"iousl(
announced te%ples and #ill not be announcin$ an( ne# te%ples in te i%%ediate
future, #e #ill continue te process of deter%inin$ needs and of 0ndin$ locations for
te%ples (et to co%e& Announce%ents #ill ten be %ade in future $eneral conferences&
6e are a te%ple/buildin$ and a te%ple/attendin$ people&
<o#, broters and sisters, #e are an-ious to listen to te %essa$es #ic #ill be
presented to us toda( and to%orro#& Tose #o #ill address us a"e sou$t ea"en=s
elp and direction as te( a"e prepared teir %essa$es&
'a( #e,all of us, ere and else#ere,be 0lled #it te +pirit of te Lord and be
uplifted and inspired as #e listen and learn& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior,
a%en&
April 201A General Conference
8e +tron$ and of a Good Coura$e
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
Let us,all of us,a"e te coura$e to def( te consensus, te coura$e to
stand for principle&
'( bretren, o# $ood it is to be #it (ou once a$ain& ) pra( for ea"enl( elp as )
respond to te opportunit( to address (ou&
8e(ond tis Conference Center are additional tousands asse%bled in capels and in
oter settin$s trou$out %uc of te #orld& A co%%on tread binds all of us to$eter,
for #e a"e been entrusted to bear te priestood of God&
6e are ere upon te eart at a re%ar.able period in its istor(& Our opportunities are
al%ost li%itless, and (et #e also face a %ultitude of callen$es, so%e of te% uni2ue to
our ti%e&
6e li"e in a #orld #ere %oral "alues a"e, in $reat %easure, been tossed aside, #ere
sin is 3a$rantl( on displa(, and #ere te%ptations to stra( fro% te strait and narro#
pat surround us& 6e are faced #it persistent pressures and insidious in3uences tearin$
do#n #at is decent and atte%ptin$ to substitute te sallo# pilosopies and practices
of a secular societ(&
8ecause of tese and oter callen$es, decisions are constantl( before us #ic can
deter%ine our destin(& )n order for us to %a.e te correct decisions, coura$e is needed,
te coura$e to sa( no #en #e sould, te coura$e to sa( (es #en tat is appropriate,
te coura$e to do te ri$t tin$ because it is ri$t&
)nas%uc as te trend in societ( toda( is rapidl( %o"in$ a#a( fro% te "alues and
principles te Lord as $i"en us, #e #ill al%ost certainl( be called upon to defend tat
#ic #e belie"e& 6ill #e a"e te coura$e to do soE
+aid 9resident M& Ieuben Clar. Mr&, #o for %an( (ears #as a %e%ber of te !irst
9residenc(: 5<ot un.no#n are cases #ere ?tose@ of presu%ed fait H a"e felt tat,
since b( a4r%in$ teir full fait te( %i$t call do#n upon te%sel"es te ridicule of
teir unbelie"in$ collea$ues, te( %ust eiter %odif( or e-plain a#a( teir fait, or
destructi"el( dilute it, or e"en pretend to cast it a#a(& +uc are (pocrites&71 <one of us
#ould #is to #ear suc a label, and (et are #e reluctant to declare our fait in so%e
circu%stancesE
6e can elp oursel"es in our desire to do #at is ri$t if #e put oursel"es in places and
participate in acti"ities #ere our tou$ts are in3uenced for $ood and #ere te +pirit
of te Lord #ill be co%fortable&
) recall readin$ so%e ti%e a$o te counsel a fater $a"e to is son #en e #ent a#a(
to scool: 5)f (ou e"er 0nd (ourself #ere (ou souldn=t ou$t to be, $et outF7 ) o:er to
eac of (ou te sa%e ad"ice: 5)f (ou e"er 0nd (ourself #ere (ou souldn=t ou$t to be,
$et outF7
Te call for coura$e co%es constantl( to eac of us& C"er( da( of our li"es coura$e is
needed,not Dust for te %o%entous e"ents but %ore often as #e %a.e decisions or
respond to circu%stances around us& +aid +cottis poet and no"elist Iobert Louis
+te"enson: 5C"er(da( coura$e as fe# #itnesses& 8ut (ours is no less noble because no
dru% beats for (ou and no cro#ds sout (our na%e&72
Coura$e co%es in %an( for%s& 6rote te Cristian autor Carles +#indoll: 5Coura$e is
not li%ited to te battle0eld H or bra"el( catcin$ a tief in (our ouse& Te real tests of
coura$e are %uc 2uieter& Te( are inner tests, li.e re%ainin$ faitful #en no one=s
loo.in$, H li.e standin$ alone #en (ou=re %isunderstood&7> ) #ould add tat tis inner
coura$e also includes doin$ te ri$t tin$ e"en tou$ #e %a( be afraid, defendin$ our
beliefs at te ris. of bein$ ridiculed, and %aintainin$ tose beliefs e"en #en treatened
#it a loss of friends or of social status& *e #o stands steadfastl( for tat #ic is ri$t
%ust ris. beco%in$ at ti%es disappro"ed and unpopular&
6ile ser"in$ in te United +tates <a"( in 6orld 6ar )), ) learned of bra"e deeds,
instances of "alor, and e-a%ples of coura$e& One #ic ) sall ne"er for$et #as te 2uiet
coura$e of an 18/(ear/old sea%an,not of our fait,#o #as not too proud to pra(& Of
250 %en in te co%pan(, e #as te onl( one #o eac ni$t .nelt do#n b( te side of
is bun., at ti%es a%idst te Deers of bullies and te Dests of unbelie"ers& 6it bo#ed
ead, e pra(ed to God& *e ne"er #a"ered& *e ne"er faltered& *e ad coura$e&
) listened not lon$ a$o to an e-a%ple of one #o surel( see%ed to lac. tis inner
coura$e& A friend told of a spiritual and fait/pro%otin$ sacra%ent %eetin$ se and er
usband ad attended in teir #ard& A (oun$ %an #o eld te o4ce of priest in te
Aaronic 9riestood touced te earts of te entire con$re$ation as e spo.e of $ospel
truts and of te Do(s of .eepin$ te co%%and%ents& *e bore a fer"ent, toucin$
testi%on( as e stood at te pulpit, appearin$ clean and neat in is #ite sirt and tie&
Later tat sa%e da(, as tis #o%an and er usband dro"e out of teir nei$borood,
te( sa# tis sa%e (oun$ %an #o ad so inspired te% Dust a fe# ours earlier& <o#,
o#e"er, e presented a co%pletel( di:erent picture as e #al.ed do#n te side#al.
dressed in scru:( clotes,and s%o.in$ a ci$arette& '( friend and er usband #ere not
onl( $reatl( disappointed and saddened, but te( #ere also confused b( o# e could so
con"incin$l( see% to be one person in sacra%ent %eetin$ and ten so 2uic.l( see% to
be so%eone else entirel(&
8retren, are (ou te sa%e person #ere"er (ou are and #ate"er (ou are doin$,te
person our *ea"enl( !ater #ants (ou to be and te person (ou .no# (ou sould beE
)n an inter"ie# publised in a national %a$a1ine, #ell/.no#n A%erican <CAA bas.etball
pla(er Mabari 9ar.er, a %e%ber of te Curc, #as as.ed to sare te best ad"ice e ad
recei"ed fro% is fater& Ieplied Mabari, 5?'( fater@ said, Must be te sa%e person (ou
are in te dar. tat (ou are in te li$t&7A )%portant ad"ice, bretren, for all of us&
Our scriptures are 0lled #it e-a%ples of te t(pe of coura$e needed b( eac of us
toda(& Te propet Baniel e-ibited supre%e coura$e b( standin$ up for tat #ic e
.ne# to be ri$t and b( de%onstratin$ te coura$e to pra(, tou$ treatened #it
deat #ere e to do so&5
Coura$e caracteri1ed te life of Abinadi, as so#n b( is #illin$ness to o:er is life
rater tan to den( te trut&6
6o can elp but be inspired b( te li"es of te 2,000 striplin$ sons of *ela%an, #o
tau$t and de%onstrated te need for coura$e to follo# te teacin$s of parents, to be
caste and pureEJ
9eraps eac of tese scriptural accounts is cro#ned b( te e-a%ple of 'oroni, #o ad
te coura$e to perse"ere in ri$teousness to te "er( end&8
Trou$out is life, te 9ropet Mosep +%it pro"ided countless e-a%ples of coura$e&
One of te %ost dra%atic occurred as e and oter bretren #ere cained to$eter,
i%a$ine, cained to$eter,and eld in an un0nised cabin ne-t to te courtouse in
Iic%ond, 'issouri& 9arle( 9& 9ratt, #o #as a%on$ tose eld capti"e, #rote of one
particular ni$t: 56e ad lain as if in sleep till te our of %idni$t ad passed, and our
ears and earts ad been pained, #ile #e ad listened for ours to te obscene Dests,
te orrid oats, te dreadful blaspe%ies and 0lt( lan$ua$e of our $uards&7
Continued Clder 9ratt:
5) ad listened till ) beca%e so dis$usted, soc.ed, orri0ed, and so 0lled #it te spirit
of indi$nant Dustice tat ) could scarcel( refrain fro% risin$ upon %( feet and rebu.in$
te $uards; but ?)@ ad said notin$ to Mosep, or an( one else, altou$ ) la( ne-t to i%
and .ne# e #as a#a.e& On a sudden e arose to is feet, and spo.e in a "oice of
tunder, or as te roarin$ lion, utterin$, as near as ) can recollect, te follo#in$ #ords:
5R-'2E6$E" 8 'n the name of Cesus $hrist ' rebuke you, and command you to be still; ' will
not li(e another minute and hear such language" $ease such talk, or you or ' die ,&'-
'6-,A6,%=7
Mosep 5stood erect in terrible %aDest(,7 as described b( Clder 9ratt& *e #as cained,
#itout a #eapon, and (et e #as cal% and di$ni0ed& *e loo.ed do#n upon te 2uailin$
$uards, #o #ere srin.in$ into a corner or croucin$ at is feet& Tese see%in$l(
incorri$ible %en be$$ed is pardon and re%ained 2uiet&L
<ot all acts of coura$e brin$ suc spectacular or i%%ediate results, and (et all of te%
do brin$ peace of %ind and a .no#led$e tat ri$t and trut a"e been defended&
)t is i%possible to stand upri$t #en one plants is roots in te siftin$ sands of popular
opinion and appro"al& <eeded is te coura$e of a Baniel, an Abinadi, a 'oroni, or a
Mosep +%it in order for us to old stron$ and fast to tat #ic #e .no# is ri$t& Te(
ad te coura$e to do not tat #ic #as eas( but tat #ic #as ri$t&
6e #ill all face fear, e-perience ridicule, and %eet opposition& Let us,all of us,a"e te
coura$e to def( te consensus, te coura$e to stand for principle& Coura$e, not
co%pro%ise, brin$s te s%ile of God=s appro"al& Coura$e beco%es a li"in$ and an
attracti"e "irtue #en it is re$arded not onl( as a #illin$ness to die %anfull( but also as
te deter%ination to li"e decentl(& As #e %o"e for#ard, stri"in$ to li"e as #e sould, #e
#ill surel( recei"e elp fro% te Lord and can 0nd co%fort in *is #ords& ) lo"e *is
pro%ise recorded in te boo. of Mosua:
5) #ill not fail tee, nor forsa.e tee& H
5H 8e stron$ and of a $ood coura$e; be not afraid, neiter be tou dis%a(ed: for te
Lord t( God is #it tee #itersoe"er tou $oest&710
'( belo"ed bretren, #it te coura$e of our con"ictions, %a( #e declare, #it te
Apostle 9aul, 5) a% not asa%ed of te $ospel of Crist&711 And ten, #it tat sa%e
coura$e, %a( #e follo# 9aul=s counsel: 58e tou an e-a%ple of te belie"ers, in #ord, in
con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in fait, in purit(&712
Catastropic con3icts co%e and $o, but te #ar #a$ed for te souls of %en continues
#itout abate%ent& Li.e a clarion call co%es te #ord of te Lord to (ou, to %e, and to
priestood olders e"er(#ere: 56erefore, no# let e"er( %an learn is dut(, and to act
in te o4ce in #ic e is appointed, in all dili$ence&71> Ten #e #ill be, as te Apostle
9eter declared, e"en 5a ro(al priestood,71A united in purpose and endo#ed #it po#er
fro% on i$&15
'a( eac one lea"e ere toni$t #it te deter%ination and te coura$e to sa(, #it Mob
of old, 56ile %( breat is in %e, H ) #ill not re%o"e %ine inte$rit( fro% %e&716 Tat
tis %a( be so is %( u%ble pra(er in te na%e of Mesus Crist, our Lord, a%en&
April 201A General Conference
Lo"e,te Cssence of te Gospel
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
6e cannot trul( lo"e God if #e do not lo"e our fello# tra"elers on tis
%ortal Dourne(&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, #en our +a"ior %inistered a%on$ %en, *e #as as.ed
b( te in2uirin$ la#(er, 5'aster, #ic is te $reat co%%and%ent in te la#E7
'atte# records tat Mesus responded:
5Tou salt lo"e te Lord t( God #it all t( eart, and #it all t( soul, and #it all t(
%ind&
5Tis is te 0rst and $reat co%%and%ent&
5And te second is li.e unto it, Tou salt lo"e t( nei$bour as t(self&71
'ar. concludes te account #it te +a"ior=s state%ent: 5Tere is none oter
co%%and%ent $reater tan tese&72
6e cannot trul( lo"e God if #e do not lo"e our fello# tra"elers on tis %ortal Dourne(&
Li.e#ise, #e cannot full( lo"e our fello#%en if #e do not lo"e God, te !ater of us all&
Te Apostle Mon tells us, 5Tis co%%and%ent a"e #e fro% i%, Tat e #o lo"et
God lo"e is broter also&7> 6e are all spirit cildren of our *ea"enl( !ater and, as
suc, are broters and sisters& As #e .eep tis trut in %ind, lo"in$ all of God=s cildren
#ill beco%e easier&
Actuall(, lo"e is te "er( essence of te $ospel, and Mesus Crist is our C-e%plar& *is life
#as a le$ac( of lo"e& Te sic. *e ealed; te do#ntrodden *e lifted; te sinner *e
sa"ed& At te end te an$r( %ob too. *is life& And (et tere rin$s fro% Gol$ota=s ill
te #ords: 5!ater, for$i"e te%; for te( .no# not #at te( do7A,a cro#nin$
e-pression in %ortalit( of co%passion and lo"e&
Tere are %an( attributes #ic are %anifestations of lo"e, suc as .indness, patience,
sel3essness, understandin$, and for$i"eness& )n all our associations, tese and oter
suc attributes #ill elp %a.e e"ident te lo"e in our earts&
Usuall( our lo"e #ill be so#n in our da(/to/da( interactions one #it anoter& All
i%portant #ill be our abilit( to reco$ni1e so%eone=s need and ten to respond& ) a"e
al#a(s cerised te senti%ent e-pressed in te sort poe%:
) a"e #ept in te ni$t
!or te sortness of si$t
Tat to so%ebod(=s need %ade %e blind;
8ut ) ne"er a"e (et
!elt a tin$e of re$ret
!or bein$ a little too .ind&5
) recentl( #as %ade a#are of a toucin$ e-a%ple of lo"in$ .indness,one tat ad
unforeseen results& Te (ear #as 1L>>, #en because of te Great Bepression,
e%plo(%ent opportunities #ere scarce& Te location #as te eastern part of te United
+tates& Arlene 8iesec.er ad Dust $raduated fro% i$ scool& After a len$t( searc for
e%plo(%ent, se #as 0nall( able to obtain #or. at a clotin$ %ill as a sea%stress& Te
%ill #or.ers #ere paid onl( for eac of te correctl( co%pleted pieces te( se#ed
to$eter dail(& Te %ore pieces te( produced, te %ore te( #ere paid&
One da( sortl( after startin$ at te %ill, Arlene #as faced #it a procedure tat ad er
confused and frustrated& +e sat at er se#in$ %acine tr(in$ to unpic. er
unsuccessful atte%pt to co%plete te piece on #ic se #as #or.in$& Tere see%ed to
be no one to elp er, for all of te oter sea%stresses #ere urr(in$ to co%plete as
%an( pieces as te( could& Arlene felt elpless and opeless& Nuietl(, se be$an to cr(&
Across fro% Arlene sat 8ernice Ioc.& +e #as older and %ore e-perienced as a
sea%stress& Obser"in$ Arlene=s distress, 8ernice left er o#n #or. and #ent to Arlene=s
side, .indl( $i"in$ er instruction and elp& +e sta(ed until Arlene $ained con0dence
and #as able to successfull( co%plete te piece& 8ernice ten #ent bac. to er o#n
%acine, a"in$ %issed te opportunit( to co%plete as %an( pieces as se could a"e,
ad se not elped&
6it tis one act of lo"in$ .indness, 8ernice and Arlene beca%e lifelon$ friends& Cac
e"entuall( %arried and ad cildren& +o%eti%e in te 1L50s, 8ernice, #o #as a
%e%ber of te Curc, $a"e Arlene and er fa%il( a cop( of te 8oo. of 'or%on& )n
1L60, Arlene and er usband and cildren #ere bapti1ed %e%bers of te Curc& Later
te( #ere sealed in a ol( te%ple of God&
As a result of te co%passion so#n b( 8ernice as se #ent out of er #a( to elp one
#o% se didn=t .no# but #o #as in distress and needed assistance, countless
indi"iduals, bot li"in$ and dead, no# enDo( te sa"in$ ordinances of te $ospel&
C"er( da( of our li"es #e are $i"en opportunities to so# lo"e and .indness to tose
around us& +aid 9resident +pencer 6& Gi%ball: 56e %ust re%e%ber tat tose %ortals
#e %eet in par.in$ lots, o4ces, ele"ators, and else#ere are tat portion of %an.ind
God as $i"en us to lo"e and to ser"e& )t #ill do us little $ood to spea. of te $eneral
broterood of %an.ind if #e cannot re$ard tose #o are all around us as our broters
and sisters&76
Often our opportunities to so# our lo"e co%e une-pectedl(& An e-a%ple of suc an
opportunit( appeared in a ne#spaper article in October 1L81& +o i%pressed #as ) #it
te lo"e and co%passion related terein tat ) a"e .ept te clippin$ in %( 0les for o"er
>0 (ears&
Te article indicates tat an Alas.a Airlines nonstop 3i$t fro% Ancora$e, Alas.a, to
+eattle, 6asin$ton,a 3i$t carr(in$ 150 passen$ers,#as di"erted to a re%ote
Alas.an to#n in order to transport a $ra"el( inDured cild& Te t#o/(ear/old bo( ad
se"ered an arter( in is ar% #en e fell on a piece of $lass #ile pla(in$ near is
o%e& Te to#n #as A50 %iles OJ25 .%P sout of Ancora$e and #as certainl( not on
te 3i$t pat& *o#e"er, %edics at te scene ad sent out a frantic re2uest for elp, and
so te 3i$t #as di"erted to pic. up te cild and ta.e i% to +eattle so tat e could be
treated in a ospital&
6en te 3i$t touced do#n near te re%ote to#n, %edics infor%ed te pilot tat te
bo( #as bleedin$ so badl( e could not sur"i"e te 3i$t to +eattle& A decision #as %ade
to 3( anoter 200 %iles O>20 .%P out of te #a( to Muneau, Alas.a, te nearest cit( #it
a ospital&
After transportin$ te bo( to Muneau, te 3i$t eaded for +eattle, no# ours beind
scedule& <ot one passen$er co%plained, e"en tou$ %ost of te% #ould %iss
appoint%ents and connectin$ 3i$ts& )n fact, as te %inutes and ours tic.ed b(, te(
too. up a collection, raisin$ a considerable su% for te bo( and is fa%il(&
As te 3i$t #as about to land in +eattle, te passen$ers bro.e into a ceer #en te
pilot announced tat e ad recei"ed #ord b( radio tat te bo( #as $oin$ to be all
ri$t&J
To %( %ind co%e te #ords of te scripture: 5Carit( is te pure lo"e of Crist, H and
#oso is found possessed of it at te last da(, it sall be #ell #it i%&78
8roters and sisters, so%e of our $reatest opportunities to de%onstrate our lo"e #ill be
#itin te #alls of our o#n o%es& Lo"e sould be te "er( eart of fa%il( life, and (et
so%eti%es it is not& Tere can be too %uc i%patience, too %uc ar$uin$, too %an(
0$ts, too %an( tears& La%ented 9resident Gordon 8& *inc.le(: 56( is it tat te ?ones@
#e lo"e ?%ost@ beco%e so fre2uentl( te tar$ets of our ars #ordsE 6( is it tat ?#e@
so%eti%es spea. as if #it da$$ers tat cut to te 2uic.E7L Te ans#ers to tese
2uestions %a( be di:erent for eac of us, and (et te botto% line is tat te reasons do
not %atter& )f #e #ould .eep te co%%and%ent to lo"e one anoter, #e %ust treat eac
oter #it .indness and respect&
Of course tere #ill be ti%es #en discipline needs to be %eted out& Let us re%e%ber,
o#e"er, te counsel found in te Boctrine and Co"enants,na%el(, tat #en it is
necessar( for us to repro"e anoter, #e after#ard so# fort an increase of lo"e&10
) #ould ope tat #e #ould stri"e al#a(s to be considerate and to be sensiti"e to te
tou$ts and feelin$s and circu%stances of tose around us& Let us not de%ean or
belittle& Iater, let us be co%passionate and encoura$in$& 6e %ust be careful tat #e
do not destro( anoter person=s con0dence trou$ careless #ords or actions&
!or$i"eness sould $o and in and #it lo"e& )n our fa%ilies, as #ell as #it our friends,
tere can be urt feelin$s and disa$ree%ents& A$ain, it doesn=t reall( %atter o# s%all
te issue #as& )t cannot and sould not be left to can.er, to fester, and ulti%atel( to
destro(& 8la%e .eeps #ounds open& Onl( for$i"eness eals&
A lo"el( lad( #o as since passed a#a( "isited #it %e one da( and une-pectedl(
recounted so%e re$rets& +e spo.e of an incident #ic ad ta.en place %an( (ears
earlier and in"ol"ed a nei$borin$ far%er, once a $ood friend but #it #o% se and er
usband ad disa$reed on %ultiple occasions& One da( te far%er as.ed if e could ta.e
a sortcut across er propert( to reac is o#n acrea$e& At tis point se paused in er
narrati"e to %e and, #it a tre%or in er "oice, said, 58roter 'onson, ) didn=t let i%
cross our propert( ten or e"er but re2uired i% to ta.e te lon$ #a( around on foot to
reac is propert(& ) #as #ron$, and ) re$ret it& *e=s $one no#, but o, ) #is ) could sa(
to i%, R)=% so sorr(&= *o# ) #is ) ad a second cance to be .ind&7
As ) listened to er, tere ca%e to %( %ind te doleful obser"ation of Mon Greenleaf
6ittier: 5Of all sad #ords of ton$ue or pen, te saddest are tese: R't might ha(e
been%=711 8roters and sisters, as #e treat oters #it lo"e and .ind consideration, #e
#ill a"oid suc re$rets&
Lo"e is e-pressed in %an( reco$ni1able #a(s: a s%ile, a #a"e, a .ind co%%ent, a
co%pli%ent& Oter e-pressions %a( be %ore subtle, suc as so#in$ interest in
anoter=s acti"ities, teacin$ a principle #it .indness and patience, "isitin$ one #o is
ill or o%ebound& Tese #ords and actions and %an( oters can co%%unicate lo"e&
Bale Carne$ie, a #ell/.no#n A%erican autor and lecturer, belie"ed tat eac person
as #itin i%self or erself te 5po#er to increase te su% total of ?te@ #orld=s
appiness H b( $i"in$ a fe# #ords of sincere appreciation to so%eone #o is lonel( or
discoura$ed&7 +aid e, 59eraps (ou #ill for$et to%orro# te .ind #ords (ou sa( toda(,
but te recipient %a( ceris te% o"er a lifeti%e&712
'a( #e be$in no#, tis "er( da(, to e-press lo"e to all of God=s cildren, #eter te(
be our fa%il( %e%bers, our friends, %ere ac2uaintances, or total stran$ers& As #e arise
eac %ornin$, let us deter%ine to respond #it lo"e and .indness to #ate"er %i$t
co%e our #a(&
8e(ond co%preension, %( broters and sisters, is te lo"e of God for us& 8ecause of
tis lo"e, *e sent *is +on, #o lo"ed us enou$ to $i"e *is life for us, tat #e %i$t
a"e eternal life& As #e co%e to understand tis inco%parable $ift, our earts #ill be
0lled #it lo"e for our Cternal !ater, for our +a"ior, and for all %an.ind& Tat suc %a(
be so is %( earnest pra(er in te sacred na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 201A General Conference
Until 6e 'eet A$ain
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
'a( te +pirit #e a"e felt durin$ tese past t#o da(s be and abide #it us
as #e $o about tose tin$s #ic occup( us eac da(&
'( broters and sisters, #at a #onderful conference tis as been& 6e a"e been fed
spirituall( as #e a"e listened to te inspired #ords of te %en and #o%en #o a"e
addressed us& Te %usic as been superb, te %essa$es a"e been prepared and
deli"ered under te pro%ptin$s of te *ol( +pirit, and te pra(ers a"e dra#n us nearer
to ea"en& 6e a"e been uplifted in e"er( #a( as #e a"e participated to$eter&
) ope tat #e #ill ta.e te ti%e to read te conference %essa$es #en te( beco%e
a"ailable on LB+&or$ #itin te ne-t fe# da(s and #en te( are printed in co%in$
issues of te Ensign and 2iahona %a$a1ines, for te( are deser"in$ of our careful re"ie#
and stud(&
) .no# (ou Doin #it %e in e-pressin$ our sincere $ratitude to tose bretren and sisters
#o #ere released durin$ tis conference& Te( a"e ser"ed #ell and a"e %ade
si$ni0cant contributions to te #or. of te Lord& Teir dedication as been co%plete&
6e a"e also sustained, b( uplifted ands, bretren #o a"e been called to ne#
positions of responsibilit(& 6e #elco%e te% and #ant te% to .no# tat #e loo.
for#ard to ser"in$ #it te% in te cause of te 'aster&
As #e ponder te %essa$es #e a"e eard, %a( #e resol"e to do a little better tan #e
a"e done in te past& 'a( #e be .ind and lo"in$ to tose #o do not sare our beliefs
and our standards& Te +a"ior brou$t to tis eart a %essa$e of lo"e and $ood#ill to all
%en and #o%en& 'a( #e e"er follo# *is e-a%ple&
6e face %an( serious callen$es in te #orld toda(, but ) assure (ou tat our *ea"enl(
!ater is %indful of us& *e #ill $uide and bless us as #e put our fait and trust in *i%
and #ill see us trou$ #ate"er di4culties co%e our #a(&
'a( ea"en=s blessin$s be #it eac of us& 'a( our o%es be 0lled #it lo"e and
courtes( and #it te +pirit of te Lord& 'a( #e constantl( nouris our testi%onies of
te $ospel, tat te( #ill be a protection for us a$ainst te bu:etin$s of te ad"ersar(&
'a( te +pirit #e a"e felt durin$ tese past t#o da(s be and abide #it us as #e $o
about tose tin$s #ic occup( us eac da(, and %a( #e e"er be found doin$ te #or.
of te Lord&
) bear testi%on( tat tis #or. is true, tat our +a"ior li"es, and tat *e $uides and
directs *is Curc ere upon te eart& ) lea"e #it (ou %( #itness and %( testi%on(
tat God our Cternal !ater li"es and lo"es us& *e is indeed our !ater, and *e is
personal and real& 'a( #e reali1e o# close to us *e is #illin$ to co%e, o# far *e is
#illin$ to $o to elp us, and o# %uc *e lo"es us&
'( broters and sisters, %a( God bless (ou& 'a( *is pro%ised peace be #it (ou no#
and al#a(s&
) bid (ou fare#ell until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e, and ) do so in te na%e of
Mesus Crist, our Lord and +a"ior, a%en&
October 201A General Conference
6elco%e to Conference
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
As #e listen, %a( our earts be touced and our fait increased&
'( broters and sisters, o# pleased ) a% to #elco%e (ou to tis $reat #orld
conference& 6e are $atered to$eter in locations around te #orld to listen to and learn
fro% te bretren and sisters #o% #e a"e sustained as General Autorities and
$eneral o4cers of te Curc& Te( a"e sou$t ea"en=s elp concernin$ te %essa$es
#ic te( #ill present, and te( a"e felt inspiration re$ardin$ #at #ill be said&
Tis conference %ar.s te L0/(ear anni"ersar( of radio broadcasts of $eneral
conference& Burin$ te October conference of 1L2A, te sessions #ere broadcast on te
radio for te 0rst ti%e trou$ Curc/o#ned G+L& Tis conference also %ar.s te 65/
(ear anni"ersar( of tele"ision broadcasts of conference& At te $eneral conference eld
in October 1LAL, te sessions #ere 0rst tele"ised trou$out te +alt La.e area o"er G+L
tele"ision&
6e ac.no#led$e te blessin$s of %odern %edia in allo#in$ %illions of %e%bers of te
Curc to #atc or listen to $eneral conference& Te sessions of tis #ee.end are bein$
broadcast "ia tele"ision, radio, cable, satellite trans%ission, and te )nternet, includin$
on %obile de"ices&
Burin$ te past si- %onts since #e last %et, one ne# te%ple as been dedicated and
one rededicated& )n 'a(, 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf dedicated te !ort Lauderdale
!lorida Te%ple& A #onderful (out cultural celebration #as presented te da( prior to te
dedication& Te follo#in$ da(, on +unda(, 'a( A, te te%ple #as dedicated in tree
sessions&
Must t#o #ee.s a$o it #as %( pri"ile$e to rededicate te O$den Uta Te%ple, ori$inall(
dedicated in 1LJ2 b( 9resident Mosep !ieldin$ +%it& A $rand cultural celebration too.
place te da( before te rededication, #it so %an( (out participatin$ tat t#o
separate perfor%ances #ere presented, #it a di:erent cast for eac& )n all, 16,000
(out participated& Te rededication ser"ices too. place te follo#in$ da(, #it %an( of
te 8retren participatin$, alon$ #it te au-iliar( leaders and te te%ple president, is
counselors, and teir #i"es&
Our te%ple buildin$ continues in earnest& <e-t %ont te ne# 9oeni- Ari1ona Te%ple
#ill be dedicated, and ne-t (ear, in 2015, #e anticipate dedicatin$ or rededicatin$ at
least 0"e te%ples, #it %ore possible, dependin$ on co%pletion&
As ) %entioned in April, #en all te pre"iousl( announced te%ples are constructed and
dedicated, #e #ill a"e 1J0 operatin$ te%ples trou$out te #orld& 8ecause #e are
concentratin$ our e:orts on co%pletin$ te%ples #ic #ere pre"iousl( announced, #e
are not at te present ti%e announcin$ an( ne# te%ples& *o#e"er, in te future, as #e
identif( needs and locate properties, announce%ents of additional te%ples #ill be %ade&
Te Curc continues to $ro#& 6e are no# %ore tan 15 %illion stron$ and increasin$ in
nu%bers& Our %issionar( e:orts are $oin$ for#ard unindered& 6e a"e o"er 88,000
%issionaries ser"in$, sarin$ te $ospel %essa$e te #orld o"er& 6e rea4r% tat
%issionar( #or. is a priestood dut(, and #e encoura$e all #ort( and able (oun$ %en
to ser"e& 6e are "er( $rateful for te (oun$ #o%en #o also ser"e& Te( %a.e a
si$ni0cant contribution, altou$ te( are not under te sa%e %andate to ser"e as are
te (oun$ %en&
<o# ) in"ite (ou to $i"e (our attention to te bretren and sisters #o #ill participate
toda( and to%orro# in our conference sessions& All #o a"e been as.ed to spea. feel a
$reat responsibilit( in doin$ so& As #e listen, %a( our earts be touced and our fait
increased, ) u%bl( pra( in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
October 201A General Conference
Guided +afel( *o%e
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
6e loo. ea"en#ard for tat unfailin$ sense of direction, tat #e %i$t
cart and follo# a #ise and proper course&
8retren, #e are asse%bled as a %i$t( bod( of te priestood, bot ere in te
Conference Center and in locations trou$out te #orld& ) a% onored (et u%bled b(
te responsibilit( #ic is %ine to address a fe# re%ar.s to (ou& ) pra( for te +pirit of
te Lord to attend %e as ) do so&
+e"ent(/0"e (ears a$o, on !ebruar( 1A, 1L>L, in *a%bur$, Ger%an(, a public olida(
#as celebrated& A%id fer"ent speeces, ceerin$ tron$s, and te pla(in$ of patriotic
ante%s, te ne# battlesip /ismarck #as put to sea "ia te Ii"er Clbe& Tis, te %ost
po#erful "essel a3oat, #as a breatta.in$ spectacle of ar%or and %aciner(&
Construction re2uired %ore tan 5J,000 blueprints for te >80/%illi%eter, radar/
controlled, double/$un turrets& Te "essel featured 28,000 %iles OA5,000 .%P of electrical
circuits& )t #ei$ed o"er >5,000 tons, and ar%or plate pro"ided %a-i%u% safet(&
'aDestic in appearance, $i$antic in si1e, a#eso%e in 0repo#er, te %i$t( colossus #as
considered unsin.able&
Te /ismarck=s appoint%ent #it destin( ca%e %ore tan t#o (ears later, #en on 'a(
2A, 1LA1, te t#o %ost po#erful #arsips in te 8ritis <a"(, te 1rince of Wales and
te &ood, en$a$ed in battle te /ismarck and te Ger%an cruiser 1rin+ Eugen& 6itin
0"e %inutes te /ismarck ad sent to te depts of te Atlantic te &ood and all but
tree %en of a cre# of o"er 1,A00& Te oter 8ritis battlesip, te 1rince of Wales, ad
su:ered ea"( da%a$e and turned a#a(&
O"er te ne-t tree da(s te /ismarck #as en$a$ed a$ain and a$ain b( 8ritis #arsips
and aircraft& )n all, te 8ritis concentrated te stren$t of 0"e battlesips, t#o aircraft
carriers, 11 cruisers, and 21 destro(ers in an e:ort to 0nd and to sin. te %i$t(
/ismarck&
Burin$ tese battles, sell after sell in3icted onl( super0cial da%a$e on te /ismarck&
6as it unsin.able after allE Ten a torpedo scored a luc.( it, #ic Da%%ed te
/ismarck=s rudder& Iepair e:orts pro"ed fruitless& 6it $uns pri%ed and te cre#s at
read(, te /ismarck could onl( steer a slo# circle& Must be(ond reac #as te po#erful
Ger%an air force& Te /ismarck could not reac te safet( of o%e port& <eiter could
pro"ide te needed a"en, for te /ismarck ad lost te abilit( to steer a carted
course& <o rudder, no elp, no port& Te end dre# near& 8ritis $uns bla1ed as te
Ger%an cre# scuttled and san. te once see%in$l( indestructible "essel& Te un$r(
#a"es of te Atlantic 0rst lapped at te sides and ten s#allo#ed te pride of te
Ger%an na"(& Te /ismarck #as no %ore&1
Li.e te /ismarck, eac of us is a %iracle of en$ineerin$& Our creation, o#e"er, #as not
li%ited b( u%an $enius& 'an can de"ise te %ost co%ple- %acines but cannot $i"e
te% life or besto# upon te% te po#ers of reason and Dud$%ent& Tese are di"ine
$ifts, besto#ed onl( b( God&
Li.e te "ital rudder of a sip, bretren, #e a"e been pro"ided a #a( to deter%ine te
direction #e tra"el& Te li$touse of te Lord bec.ons to all as #e sail te seas of life&
Our purpose is to steer an unde"iatin$ course to#ard our desired $oal,e"en te
celestial .in$do% of God& A %an #itout a purpose is li.e a sip #itout a rudder, ne"er
li.el( to reac o%e port& To us co%es te si$nal: cart (our course, set (our sail,
position (our rudder, and proceed&
As #it te %i$t( /ismarck, so it is #it %an& Te trust of te turbines and te po#er
of te propellers are useless #itout tat sense of direction, tat arnessin$ of te
ener$(, tat directin$ of te po#er pro"ided b( te rudder, idden fro% "ie#, relati"el(
s%all in si1e but absolutel( essential in function&
Our !ater pro"ided te sun, te %oon, and te stars,ea"enl( $ala-ies to $uide
%ariners #o sail te lanes of te sea& To us, as #e #al. te pat#a( of life, *e pro"ides
a clear %ap and points te #a( to#ard our desired destination& *e cautions: be#are te
detours, te pitfalls, te traps& 6e cannot be decei"ed b( tose #o #ould lead us
astra(, tose cle"er pied pipers of sin bec.onin$ ere or tere& )nstead, #e pause to
pra(; #e listen to tat still, s%all "oice #ic spea.s to te depts of our souls te
'aster=s $entle in"itation, 5Co%e, follo# %e&72
Ket tere are tose #o do not ear, #o #ill not obe(, #o prefer to #al. a pat of teir
o#n %a.in$& Too often te( succu%b to te te%ptations #ic surround all of us and
#ic can appear so enticin$&
As bearers of te priestood, #e a"e been placed on eart in troubled ti%es& 6e li"e in
a co%ple- #orld #it currents of con3ict e"er(#ere to be found& 9olitical sce%es ruin
te stabilit( of nations, despots $rasp for po#er, and se$%ents of societ( see% fore"er
do#ntrodden, depri"ed of opportunit( and left #it a feelin$ of failure& Te sopistries of
%en rin$ in our ears, and sin surrounds us&
Ours is te responsibilit( to be #ort( of all te $lorious blessin$s our !ater in *ea"en
as in store for us& 6ere"er #e $o, our priestood $oes #it us& Are #e standin$ in ol(
placesE 9lease, before (ou put (ourself and (our priestood in Deopard( b( "enturin$ into
places or participatin$ in acti"ities #ic are not #ort( of (ou or of tat priestood,
pause to consider te conse2uences&
6e #o a"e been ordained to te priestood of God can %a.e a di:erence& 6en #e
%aintain our personal purit( and onor our priestood, #e beco%e ri$teous e-a%ples
for oters to follo#& Te Apostle 9aul ad%onised, 58e tou an e-a%ple of te belie"ers,
in #ord, in con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in fait, in purit(&7> *e also #rote tat te
follo#ers of Crist sould be 5as li$ts in te #orld&7A 9ro"idin$ an e-a%ple of
ri$teousness can elp to illu%inate an increasin$l( dar. #orld&
'an( of (ou #ill re%e%ber 9resident <& Cldon Tanner, #o ser"ed as a counselor to four
9residents of te Curc& *e pro"ided an unde"iatin$ e-a%ple of ri$teousness
trou$out is career in industr(, durin$ ser"ice in te $o"ern%ent in Canada, and as an
Apostle of Mesus Crist& *e $a"e us tis inspired counsel: 5<otin$ #ill brin$ $reater Do(
and success tan to li"e accordin$ to te teacin$s of te $ospel& 8e an e-a%ple; be an
in3uence for $ood&7
*e continued: 5C"er( one of us as been foreordained for so%e #or. as ?God=s@ cosen
ser"ant on #o% e as seen 0t to confer te priestood and po#er to act in is na%e&
Al#a(s re%e%ber tat people are loo.in$ to (ou for leadersip and (ou are in3uencin$
te li"es of indi"iduals eiter for $ood or for bad, #ic in3uence #ill be felt for
$enerations to co%e&75
6e are stren$tened b( te trut tat te $reatest force in te #orld toda( is te po#er
of God as it #or.s trou$ %an& To sail safel( te seas of %ortalit(, #e need te
$uidance of tat Cternal 'ariner,e"en te $reat Meo"a& 6e reac out, #e reac up to
obtain ea"enl( elp&
A #ell/.no#n e-a%ple of one #o did not reac up#ard is tat of Cain, son of Ada% and
C"e& 9o#erful in potential but #ea. of #ill, Cain per%itted $reed, en"(, disobedience,
and e"en %urder to Da% tat personal rudder #ic #ould a"e $uided i% to safet( and
e-altation& Te do#n#ard $a1e replaced te up#ard loo.; Cain fell&
)n anoter ti%e and b( a #ic.ed .in$, a ser"ant of God #as tested& Aided b( te
inspiration of ea"en, Baniel interpreted for te .in$ te #ritin$ on te #all& Concernin$
te pro:ered re#ards,e"en a ro(al robe, a nec.lace of $old, and political po#er,Baniel
said, 5Let t( $ifts be to t(self, and $i"e t( re#ards to anoter&76 Great rices and
po#er ad been o:ered to Baniel, re#ards representin$ te tin$s of te #orld and not
of God& Baniel resisted and re%ained faitful&
Later, #en Baniel #orsipped God despite a decree declarin$ suc to be forbidden, e
#as tro#n into a den of lions& Te biblical account tells us tat te follo#in$ %ornin$,
5Baniel #as ta.en up out of te den, and no %anner of urt #as found upon i%,
because e belie"ed in H God&7J )n a ti%e of critical need, Baniel=s deter%ination to
steer a stead( course (ielded di"ine protection and pro"ided a sanctuar( of safet(& +uc
protection and safet( can be ours as #e also steer tat stead( course to#ard our eternal
o%e&
Te cloc. of istor(, li.e te sands of te our$lass, %ar.s te passa$e of ti%e& A ne#
cast occupies te sta$e of life& Te proble%s of our da( loo% o%inousl( before us&
Trou$out te istor( of te #orld, +atan as #or.ed tirelessl( for te destruction of
te follo#ers of te +a"ior& )f #e succu%b to is enticin$s, #e,li.e te %i$t( /ismarck
,#ill lose tat rudder #ic can $uide us to safet(& )nstead, surrounded b( te
sopistication of %odern li"in$, #e loo. ea"en#ard for tat unfailin$ sense of direction,
tat #e %i$t cart and follo# a #ise and proper course& Our *ea"enl( !ater #ill not
lea"e our sincere petition unans#ered& As #e see. ea"enl( elp, our rudder, unli.e tat
of te /ismarck, #ill not fail&
As #e "enture fort on our indi"idual "o(a$es, %a( #e sail safel( te seas of life& 'a(
#e a"e te coura$e of a Baniel, tat #e %i$t re%ain true and faitful despite te sin
and te%ptation #ic surround us& 'a( our testi%onies be as deep and as stron$ as tat
of Macob, te broter of <epi, #o, #en confronted b( one #o sou$t in e"er( #a(
possible to destro( is fait, declared, 5) could not be sa.en&78
6it te rudder of fait $uidin$ our passa$e, bretren, #e too #ill 0nd our #a( safel(
o%e,o%e to God, to d#ell #it *i% eternall(& Tat suc %a( be so for eac of us, )
pra( in te sacred na%e of Mesus Crist, our +a"ior and Iedee%er, a%en&
October 201A General Conference
9onder te 9at of T( !eet
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
As #e loo. to Mesus as our C-e%plar and as #e follo# in *is footsteps, #e
can return safel( to our *ea"enl( !ater&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, ) a% u%bled as ) stand before (ou tis %ornin$& ) as.
for (our fait and pra(ers in %( bealf as ) sare #it (ou %( %essa$e&
All of us co%%enced a #onderful and essential Dourne( #en #e left te spirit #orld and
entered tis often/callen$in$ sta$e called %ortalit(& Te pri%ar( purposes of our
e-istence upon te eart are to obtain a bod( of 3es and bones, to $ain e-perience tat
could co%e onl( trou$ separation fro% our ea"enl( parents, and to see if #e #ould
.eep te co%%and%ents& )n te boo. of Abraa% capter > #e read: 5And #e #ill pro"e
te% ere#it, to see if te( #ill do all tin$s #atsoe"er te Lord teir God sall
co%%and te%&71
6en #e ca%e to te eart, #e brou$t #it us tat $reat $ift fro% God,e"en our
a$enc(& )n tousands of #a(s #e are pri"ile$ed to coose for oursel"es& *ere #e learn
fro% te ard tas.%aster of e-perience& 6e discern bet#een $ood and e"il& 6e
di:erentiate as to te bitter and te s#eet& 6e learn tat decisions deter%ine destin(&
) a% certain #e left our !ater #it an o"er#el%in$ desire to return to *i%, tat #e
%i$t $ain te e-altation *e planned for us and #ic #e oursel"es so %uc #anted&
Altou$ #e are left to 0nd and follo# tat pat #ic #ill lead us bac. to our !ater in
*ea"en, *e did not send us ere #itout direction and $uidance& Iater, *e as $i"en us
te tools #e need, and *e #ill assist us as #e see. *is elp and stri"e to do all in our
po#er to endure to te end and $ain eternal life&
To elp $uide us #e a"e te #ords of God and of *is +on found in our ol( scriptures&
6e a"e te counsel and teacin$s of God=s propets& Of para%ount i%portance, #e
a"e been pro"ided #it a perfect e-a%ple to follo#,e"en te e-a%ple of our Lord and
+a"ior, Mesus Crist,and #e a"e been instructed to follo# tat e-a%ple& +aid te +a"ior
*i%self: 5Co%e, follo# %e&72 5Te #or.s #ic (e a"e seen %e do tat sall (e also
do&7> *e posed te 2uestion, 56at %anner of %en ou$t (e to beE7 And ten *e
ans#ered, 5Weril( ) sa( unto (ou, e"en as ) a%&7A 5*e %ar.ed te pat and led te
#a(&75
As #e loo. to Mesus as our C-e%plar and as #e follo# in *is footsteps, #e can return
safel( to our *ea"enl( !ater to li"e #it *i% fore"er& +aid te propet <epi, 5Unless a
%an sall endure to te end, in follo#in$ te e-a%ple of te +on of te li"in$ God, e
cannot be sa"ed&76
One #o%an, eac ti%e se related e-periences se ad durin$ a "isit to te *ol( Land,
#ould e-clai%, 5) #al.ed #ere Mesus #al.edF7
+e ad been in te "icinit( #ere Mesus li"ed and tau$t& 9eraps se stood on a roc.
on #ic *e ad once stood or loo.ed at a %ountain ran$e *e ad once $a1ed upon& Te
e-periences, in and of te%sel"es, #ere trillin$ to er; but p(sicall( #al.in$ where
Mesus #al.ed is less i%portant tan #al.in$ as *e #al.ed& C%ulatin$ *is actions and
follo#in$ *is e-a%ple are far %ore i%portant tan tr(in$ to retrace te re%nants of te
trails *e tra"ersed in %ortalit(&
6en Mesus e-tended to a certain ric %an te in"itation, 5Co%e, follo# %e,7J *e did
not intend %erel( tat te ric %an follo# *i% up and do#n te ills and "alle(s of te
countr(side&
6e need not #al. b( te sores of Galilee or a%on$ te Mudean ills to #al. #ere Mesus
#al.ed& All of us can #al. te pat *e #al.ed #en, #it *is #ords rin$in$ in our ears,
*is +pirit 0llin$ our earts, and *is teacin$s $uidin$ our li"es, #e coose to follo# *i%
as #e Dourne( trou$ %ortalit(& *is e-a%ple li$ts te #a(& +aid *e, 5) a% te #a(, te
trut, and te life&78
As #e e-a%ine te pat Mesus #al.ed, #e #ill see tat it too. *i% trou$ %an( of te
sa%e callen$es #e oursel"es #ill face in life&
!or e-a%ple, Mesus #al.ed te pat of disappoint%ent& Altou$ *e e-perienced %an(
disappoint%ents, one of te %ost poi$nant #as depicted in *is la%ent o"er Merusale% as
*e closed *is public %inistr(& Te cildren of )srael ad reDected te safet( of te
protectin$ #in$ #ic *e ad o:ered te%& As *e loo.ed out o"er te cit( soon to be
abandoned to destruction, *e #as o"erco%e b( e%otions of deep sorro#& )n an$uis *e
cried out, 5O Merusale%, Merusale%, #ic .illest te propets, and stonest te% tat are
sent unto tee; o# often #ould ) a"e $atered t( cildren to$eter, as a en dot
$ater er brood under er #in$s, and (e #ould notF7L
Mesus #al.ed te pat of te%ptation& Lucifer, tat e"il one, a%assin$ is $reatest
stren$t, is %ost in"itin$ sopistr(, te%pted *i% #o ad fasted for A0 da(s and A0
ni$ts& Mesus did not succu%b; rater, *e resisted eac te%ptation& *is partin$ #ords:
5Get tee ence, +atan&710
Mesus #al.ed te pat of pain& Consider Getse%ane, #ere *e #as 5in an a$on( H and
is s#eat #as as it #ere $reat drops of blood fallin$ do#n to te $round&711 And none
can for$et *is su:erin$ on te cruel cross&
Cac of us #ill #al. te pat of disappoint%ent, peraps because of an opportunit( lost,
a po#er %isused, a lo"ed one=s coices, or a coice #e oursel"es %a.e& Te pat of
te%ptation too #ill be te pat of eac& 6e read in te 2Lt section of te Boctrine and
Co"enants: 5And it %ust needs be tat te de"il sould te%pt te cildren of %en, or
te( could not be a$ents unto te%sel"es&712
Li.e#ise sall #e #al. te pat of pain& 6e, as ser"ants, can e-pect no %ore tan te
'aster, #o left %ortalit( onl( after $reat pain and su:erin$&
6ile #e #ill 0nd on our pat bitter sorro#, #e can also 0nd $reat appiness&
6e, #it Mesus, can #al. te pat of obedience& )t #ill not al#a(s be eas(, but let our
#atc#ord be te erita$e be2ueated us b( +a%uel: 58eold, to obe( is better tan
sacri0ce, and to ear.en tan te fat of ra%s&71> Let us re%e%ber tat te end result of
disobedience is capti"it( and deat, #ile te re#ard for obedience is libert( and eternal
life&
6e, li.e Mesus, can #al. te pat of ser"ice& As a $lo#in$ searcli$t of $oodness is te
life of Mesus as *e %inistered a%on$ %en& *e brou$t stren$t to te li%bs of te
cripple, si$t to te e(es of te blind, earin$ to te ears of te deaf&
Mesus #al.ed te pat of pra(er& *e tau$t us o# to pra( b( $i"in$ us te beautiful
pra(er #e .no# as te Lord=s 9ra(er& And #o can for$et *is pra(er in Getse%ane, 5<ot
%( #ill, but tine, be done7E1A
Oter instructions $i"en to us b( te +a"ior are at our 0n$ertips, found in te ol(
scriptures& )n *is +er%on on te 'ount, *e tells us to be %erciful, to be u%ble, to be
ri$teous, to be pure in eart, to be peace%a.ers& *e instructs us to stand up bra"el( for
our beliefs, e"en #en #e are ridiculed and persecuted& *e as.s us to let our li$ts sine
so tat oters %a( see te% and %a( desire to $lorif( our !ater in *ea"en& *e teaces
us to be %orall( clean in bot our tou$ts and our actions& *e tells us it is far %ore
i%portant to la( up treasures in ea"en tan on eart&15
*is parables teac #it po#er and autorit(& 6it te account of te $ood +a%aritan, *e
teaces us to lo"e and to ser"e our nei$bors&16 )n *is parable of te talents, *e
teaces us to i%pro"e oursel"es and to stri"e for perfection&1J 6it te parable of te
lost seep, *e instructs us to $o to te rescue of tose #o a"e left te pat and a"e
lost teir #a(&18
As #e stri"e to place Crist at te center of our li"es b( learnin$ *is #ords, b( follo#in$
*is teacin$s, and b( #al.in$ in *is pat, *e as pro%ised to sare #it us te eternal
life tat *e died to $ain& Tere is no i$er end tan tis, tat #e sould coose to
accept *is discipline and beco%e *is disciples and do *is #or. trou$out our li"es&
<otin$ else, no oter coice #e %a.e, can %a.e of us #at *e can&
As ) tin. of tose #o a"e trul( tried to follo# te e-a%ple of te +a"ior and #o a"e
#al.ed in *is pat, tere co%es readil( to %( %ind te na%es of Gusta" and 'ar$arete
6ac.er,t#o of te %ost Cristli.e indi"iduals ) a"e e"er .no#n& Te( #ere nati"e
Ger%ans #o ad i%%i$rated to eastern Canada, and ) %et te% #en ) ser"ed as a
%ission president tere& 8roter 6ac.er earned is li"in$ as a barber& Tou$ teir
%eans #ere li%ited, te( sared all te( ad& Te( #ere not blessed #it cildren, but
te( nurtured all #o entered teir o%e& 'en and #o%en of learnin$ and sopistication
sou$t out tese u%ble, unlettered ser"ants of God and counted te%sel"es fortunate
if te( could spend an our in teir presence&
Teir appearance #as ordinar(, teir Cn$lis altin$ and so%e#at di4cult to
understand, teir o%e unpretentious& Te( didn=t o#n a car or a tele"ision, nor did te(
do an( of te tin$s to #ic te #orld usuall( pa(s attention& Ket te faitful beat a
pat to teir door in order to parta.e of te spirit tat #as tere& Teir o%e #as a
ea"en on eart, and te spirit te( radiated #as of pure peace and $oodness&
6e too can a"e tat spirit and can sare it #it te #orld as #e #al. te pat of our
+a"ior and follo# *is perfect e-a%ple&
6e read in 9ro"erbs te ad%onition, 59onder te pat of t( feet&71L As #e do, #e #ill
a"e te fait, e"en te desire, to #al. te pat #ic Mesus #al.ed& 6e #ill a"e no
doubt tat #e are on a pat #ic our !ater #ould a"e us follo#& Te +a"ior=s e-a%ple
pro"ides a fra%e#or. for e"er(tin$ tat #e do, and *is #ords pro"ide an unfailin$
$uide& *is pat #ill ta.e us safel( o%e& 'a( tis be our blessin$, ) pra( in te na%e of
Mesus Crist, #o% ) lo"e, #o% ) ser"e, and of #o% ) testif(, a%en&
October 201A General Conference
Until 6e 'eet A$ain
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
'a( #e all ponder te truts #e a"e eard, and %a( te( elp us to
beco%e e"en %ore "aliant disciples&
'( broters and sisters, #e a"e e-perienced t#o $lorious da(s of inspired %essa$es&
Our earts a"e been touced and our fait stren$tened as #e a"e parta.en of te
spirit #ic as been present durin$ tese conference sessions& As #e conclude, #e
tan. our *ea"enl( !ater for *is %an( blessin$s to us&
6e a"e been lifted and inspired b( te beautiful %usic tat as been pro"ided durin$
te sessions& Te pra(ers #ic a"e been $i"en a"e dra#n us nearer to ea"en&
'a( ) e-press te eartfelt tan.s of te entire Curc to our 8retren #o a"e been
released at tis conference& 6e #ill %iss te%& Teir contributions to te #or. of te
Lord a"e been enor%ous and #ill be felt trou$out $enerations to co%e&
'a( #e return to our o%es #it a resol"e in our earts to be a little better tan #e
a"e been in te past& 'a( #e be a little .inder and %ore tou$tful& 'a( #e reac out
in elpfulness, not onl( to our fello# %e%bers but also to tose #o are not of our fait&
As #e associate #it te%, %a( #e so# our respect for te%&
Tere are tose #o stru$$le e"er( da( #it callen$es& Let us e-tend to te% our
concern, as #ell as a elpin$ and& As #e care for eac oter, #e #ill be blessed&
'a( #e re%e%ber te elderl( and tose #o are o%ebound& As #e ta.e ti%e to "isit
te%, te( #ill .no# tat te( are lo"ed and "alued& 'a( #e follo# te %andate to
5succor te #ea., lift up te ands #ic an$ do#n, and stren$ten te feeble
.nees&71
'a( #e be people of onest( and inte$rit(, tr(in$ to do te ri$t tin$ at all ti%es and in
all circu%stances& 'a( #e be faitful follo#ers of Crist, e-a%ples of ri$teousness, tus
beco%in$ 5li$ts in te #orld&72
'( broters and sisters, ) tan. (ou for (our pra(ers in %( bealf& Te( stren$ten %e
and lift %e as ) stri"e #it all %( eart and stren$t to do God=s #ill and to ser"e *i%
and to ser"e (ou&
As #e lea"e tis conference, ) in"o.e te blessin$s of ea"en upon eac of (ou& 'a( (ou
#o are a#a( fro% (our o%es return to te% safel( and 0nd all in order& 'a( #e all
ponder te truts #e a"e eard, and %a( te( elp us to beco%e e"en %ore "aliant
disciples tan #e #ere #en tis conference be$an&
Until #e %eet a$ain in si- %onts= ti%e, ) as. te Lord=s blessin$s to be upon (ou and,
indeed, upon all of us, and ) do so in *is ol( na%e,e"en Mesus Crist, our Lord and
+a"ior,a%en&
April 2015 General Conference
Te 9riestood,a +acred Gift
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
Cac of us as been entrusted #it one of te %ost precious $ifts e"er
besto#ed upon %an.ind&
One of %( %ost "i"id %e%ories is attendin$ priestood %eetin$ as a ne#l( ordained
deacon and sin$in$ durin$ te openin$ (%n, 5 Co%e, all (e sons of God #o a"e
recei"ed te priestood&71 Toni$t, to all asse%bled ere in te Conference Center and,
indeed, trou$out te #orld, ) eco te spirit of tat special (%n and sa( to (ou:
$ome, all ye sons of *od who ha(e recei(ed the !riesthood, let us consider our callin$s;
let us re3ect on our responsibilities; let us deter%ine our dut(; and let us follo# Mesus
Crist, our Lord& 6ile #e %a( di:er in a$e, in custo%, or in nationalit(, #e are united as
one in our priestood callin$s&
To eac of us, te restoration of te Aaronic 9riestood to Oli"er Co#der( and Mosep
+%it b( Mon te 8aptist is %ost si$ni0cant& Li.e#ise, te restoration of te 'elci1ede.
9riestood to Mosep and Oli"er b( 9eter, Ma%es, and Mon is a cerised e"ent&
Let us ta.e %ost seriousl( te callin$s, te responsibilities, and te duties #ic co%e
#it te priestood #e old&
) felt a $reat responsibilit( #en ) #as called to be secretar( of %( deacons 2uoru%& )
prepared %ost conscientiousl( te records ) .ept, for ) #anted to do te "er( best ) .ne#
o# to do in tat callin$& ) too. $reat pride in %( #or.& Boin$ all ) can, to te "er( best of
%( abilit(, as been %( $oal in an( position ) a"e e"er eld&
) ope eac (oun$ %an #o as been ordained to te Aaronic 9riestood is $i"en a
spiritual a#areness of te sacredness of is ordained callin$, as #ell as opportunities to
%a$nif( tat callin$& ) recei"ed suc an opportunit( as a deacon #en te bisopric
as.ed tat ) ta.e te sacra%ent to a sut/in #o li"ed about a %ile fro% our capel& Tat
special +unda( %ornin$, as ) .noc.ed on 8roter 6ri$t=s door and eard is feeble
"oice call, 5Co%e in,7 ) entered not onl( is u%ble cotta$e but also a roo% 0lled #it
te +pirit of te Lord& ) approaced 8roter 6ri$t=s bedside and carefull( placed a piece
of te bread to is lips& ) ten eld te cup of #ater, tat e %i$t drin.& As ) departed, )
sa# tears in is e(es as e said, 5God bless (ou, %( bo(&7 And God did bless %e,#it
an appreciation for te sacred e%ble%s of te sacra%ent and for te priestood #ic )
eld&
<o deacon, teacer, or priest fro% our #ard #ill e"er for$et te %e%orable "isits #e
%ade to Clar.ston, Uta, to te $ra"esite of 'artin *arris, one of te Tree 6itnesses of
te 8oo. of 'or%on& As #e surrounded te tall $ranite saft #ic %ar.s is $ra"e, and
as one of te 2uoru% leaders read to us tose penetratin$ #ords fro% 5Te Testi%on( of
Tree 6itnesses,7 found at te be$innin$ of te 8oo. of 'or%on, #e de"eloped a lo"e
for tat sacred record and for te truts found terein&
Burin$ tose (ears our obDecti"e #as to beco%e as te sons of 'osia& Of te% it #as
said:
5Te( ad #a-ed stron$ in te .no#led$e of te trut; for te( #ere %en of a sound
understandin$ and te( ad searced te scriptures dili$entl(, tat te( %i$t .no# te
#ord of God&
58ut tis is not all; te( ad $i"en te%sel"es to %uc pra(er, and fastin$; terefore
te( ad te spirit of propec(, and te spirit of re"elation, and #en te( tau$t, te(
tau$t #it po#er and autorit( of God&72
) cannot tin. of a %ore #ort( $oal for a (oun$ %an to a"e tan to be described as
#ere te "aliant and ri$teous sons of 'osia&
As ) approaced %( 18t birtda( and prepared to enter te %andator( %ilitar( ser"ice
re2uired of (oun$ %en durin$ 6orld 6ar )), ) #as reco%%ended to recei"e te
'elci1ede. 9riestood, but 0rst ) needed to telepone %( sta.e president, 9aul C& Cild,
for an inter"ie#& *e #as one #o lo"ed and understood te ol( scriptures, and it #as
is intent tat all oters sould si%ilarl( lo"e and understand te%& *a"in$ eard fro%
so%e of %( friends of is rater detailed and searcin$ inter"ie#s, ) desired %ini%u%
e-posure of %( scriptural .no#led$e; terefore, #en ) called i% ) su$$ested #e %eet
te follo#in$ +unda( at a ti%e ) .ne# #as Dust an our before is sacra%ent %eetin$
ti%e&
*is response: 5O, 8roter 'onson, tat #ould not pro"ide us su4cient ti%e to peruse
te scriptures&7 *e ten su$$ested a ti%e tree ours before is sacra%ent %eetin$,
and e instructed %e to brin$ #it %e %( personall( %ar.ed and referenced set of
scriptures&
6en ) arri"ed at is o%e on +unda(, ) #as $reeted #ar%l(, and ten te inter"ie#
be$an& 9resident Cild said, 58roter 'onson, (ou old te Aaronic 9riestood& *a"e (ou
e"er ad an$els %inister to (ouE7 ) replied tat ) ad not& 6en e as.ed if ) .ne# ) #as
entitled to suc, ) a$ain replied tat ) ad not .no#n&
*e instructed, 58roter 'onson, repeat fro% %e%or( te 1>t section of te Boctrine
and Co"enants&7
) be$an, 5RUpon (ou %( fello# ser"ants, in te na%e of 'essia ) confer te 9riestood
of Aaron, #ic olds te .e(s of te %inisterin$ of an$els,=7
5+top,7 9resident Cild directed& Ten, in a cal%, .indl( tone, e counseled, 58roter
'onson, ne"er for$et tat as a older of te Aaronic 9riestood (ou are entitled to te
%inisterin$ of an$els&7
)t #as al%ost as tou$ an an$el #ere in te roo% tat da(& ) a"e ne"er for$otten te
inter"ie#& ) (et feel te spirit of tat sole%n occasion as #e to$eter read of te
responsibilities, te duties, and te blessin$s of te Aaronic 9riestood and te
'elci1ede. 9riestood,blessin$s #ic co%e not onl( to us but also to our fa%ilies and
to oters #e #ill a"e te pri"ile$e to ser"e&
) #as ordained an elder, and on te da( of %( departure for acti"e dut( #it te na"(, a
%e%ber of %( #ard bisopric Doined %( fa%il( and friends at te train station to bid %e
fare#ell& Must before train ti%e, e placed in %( and a s%all "olu%e titled Missionary
&andbook& ) lau$ed and co%%ented tat ) #asn=t $oin$ on a %ission&
*e ans#ered, 5Ta.e it an(#a(& )t %a( co%e in and(&7
)t did& ) needed a ard, rectan$ular obDect to place in te botto% of %( seaba$ so tat
%( clotin$ #ould sta( %ore 0r% and #ould tus be less #rin.led& Te Missionary
&andbook #as Dust #at ) needed, and it ser"ed #ell in %( seaba$ for 12 #ee.s&
Te ni$t before our Crist%as lea"e, our tou$ts #ere of o%e& Te barrac.s #ere
2uiet, but ten te silence #as bro.en b( %( budd( in te adDoinin$ bun.,a 'or%on
bo(, Leland 'errill,#o be$an to %oan in pain& ) in2uired concernin$ te reason, and e
said e felt reall( sic.& *e did not #ant to $o to te base dispensar(, for e .ne# tat
doin$ suc #ould pre"ent is $oin$ o%e te follo#in$ da(&
*e see%ed to $ro# #orse as te ours passed& !inall(, .no#in$ tat ) #as an elder, e
as.ed %e to $i"e i% a priestood blessin$&
) ad ne"er before $i"en a priestood blessin$, ) ad ne"er recei"ed a blessin$, and ) ad
ne"er #itnessed a blessin$ bein$ $i"en& As ) pra(ed silentl( for elp, ) re%e%bered te
Missionary &andbook in te botto% of %( seaba$& ) 2uic.l( e%ptied te ba$ and too.
te boo. to te ni$t/li$t& Tere ) read o# one blesses te sic.& 6it %an( curious
sailors loo.in$ on, ) proceeded #it te blessin$& 8efore ) could put e"er(tin$ bac. into
%( ba$, Leland 'errill #as sleepin$ li.e a cild& *e a#a.ened te follo#in$ %ornin$
feelin$ 0ne& Te $ratitude eac of us felt for te po#er of te priestood #as i%%ense&
Te (ears a"e brou$t %e %ore opportunities to pro"ide blessin$s to tose in need
tan ) could possibl( count& Cac opportunit( as found %e deepl( $rateful tat God as
entrusted to %e tis sacred $ift& ) re"ere te priestood& ) a"e #itnessed its po#er ti%e
and ti%e a$ain& ) a"e seen its stren$t& ) a"e %ar"eled at te %iracles it as #rou$t&
8retren, eac of us as been entrusted #it one of te %ost precious $ifts e"er
besto#ed upon %an.ind& As #e onor our priestood and li"e our li"es so tat #e are at
all ti%es #ort(, te blessin$s of te priestood #ill 3o# trou$ us& ) lo"e te #ords
found in te Boctrine and Co"enants, section 121, "erse A5, #ic tell us #at #e %ust
do to be #ort(: 5Let t( bo#els H be full of carit( to#ards all %en, and to te
ouseold of fait, and let "irtue $arnis t( tou$ts unceasin$l(; ten sall t(
con0dence #a- stron$ in te presence of God; and te doctrine of te priestood sall
distil upon t( soul as te de#s fro% ea"en&7
As bearers of te priestood of God, #e are en$a$ed in te #or. of te Lord Mesus Crist&
6e a"e ans#ered *is call; #e are on *is errand& Let us learn of *i%& Let us follo# in *is
footsteps& Let us li"e b( *is precepts& 8( so doin$, #e #ill be prepared for an( ser"ice *e
calls us to perfor%& Tis is *is #or.& Tis is *is Curc& )ndeed, *e is our captain, te
Gin$ of Glor(, e"en te +on of God& ) testif( tat *e li"es and bear tis #itness in *is ol(
na%e, te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
April 2015 General Conference
8lessin$s of te Te%ple
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
As #e attend te te%ple, tere can co%e to us a di%ension of spiritualit(
and a feelin$ of peace&
'( belo"ed broters and sisters, o# $rateful ) a% to be #it (ou tis beautiful Caster
%ornin$ #en our tou$ts turn to te +a"ior of te #orld& ) e-tend %( lo"e and
$reetin$s to eac of (ou and pra( tat our *ea"enl( !ater #ill inspire %( #ords&
Tis conference %ar.s se"en (ears since ) #as sustained as 9resident of te Curc&
Te( a"e been bus( (ears, 0lled not onl( #it a fe# callen$es but also #it countless
blessin$s& A%on$ te %ost enDo(able and sacred of tese blessin$s as been %(
opportunit( to dedicate and rededicate te%ples&
'ost recentl(, tis past <o"e%ber it #as %( pri"ile$e to dedicate te beautiful ne#
9oeni- Ari1ona Te%ple& ) #as Doined b( 9resident Bieter !& Uctdorf, Clder Ballin *& Oa.s,
Clder Iicard M& 'a(nes, Clder L(nn G& Iobbins, and Clder Gent !& Iicards& On te
e"enin$ prior to te dedication, a %ar"elous cultural celebration #as eld #ere o"er
A,000 of our (out fro% te te%ple district perfor%ed beautifull(& Te follo#in$ da( te
te%ple #as dedicated in tree sacred and inspirin$ sessions&
Te buildin$ of te%ples is a "er( clear indication of te $ro#t of te Curc& 6e
currentl( a"e 1AA te%ples in operation #orld#ide, #it 5 bein$ reno"ated and 1> %ore
under construction& )n addition, 1> te%ples #ic #ere pre"iousl( announced are in
"arious sta$es of preparation before construction be$ins& Tis (ear #e anticipate
rededicatin$ 2 te%ples and dedicatin$ 5 ne# te%ples #ic are sceduled for
co%pletion&
!or te past t#o (ears, as #e a"e concentrated our e:orts on co%pletin$ pre"iousl(
announced te%ples, #e a"e eld in abe(ance plans for an( additional te%ples& Tis
%ornin$, o#e"er, ) a% "er( pleased to announce tree ne# te%ples #ic #ill be built
in te follo#in$ locations: AbidDan, )"or( Coast; 9ort/au/9rince, *aiti; and 8an$.o.,
Tailand& 6at %ar"elous blessin$s are in store for our faitful %e%bers in tese areas
and, indeed, #ere"er te%ples are located trou$out te #orld&
Te process of deter%inin$ needs and 0ndin$ locations for additional te%ples is on$oin$,
for #e desire tat as %an( %e%bers as possible a"e an opportunit( to attend te
te%ple #itout $reat sacri0ces of ti%e and resources& As #e a"e done in te past, #e
#ill .eep (ou infor%ed as decisions are %ade in tis re$ard&
As ) tin. of te%ples, %( tou$ts turn to te %an( blessin$s #e recei"e terein& As #e
enter trou$ te doors of te te%ple, #e lea"e beind us te distractions and confusion
of te #orld& )nside tis sacred sanctuar(, #e 0nd beaut( and order& Tere is rest for our
souls and a respite fro% te cares of our li"es&
As #e attend te te%ple, tere can co%e to us a di%ension of spiritualit( and a feelin$
of peace #ic #ill transcend an( oter feelin$ #ic could co%e into te u%an eart&
6e #ill $rasp te true %eanin$ of te #ords of te +a"ior #en *e said: 59eace ) lea"e
#it (ou, %( peace ) $i"e unto (ou& H Let not (our eart be troubled, neiter let it be
afraid&71
+uc peace can per%eate an( eart,earts tat are troubled, earts tat are burdened
do#n #it $rief, earts tat feel confusion, earts tat plead for elp&
) recentl( learned 0rstand of a (oun$ %an #o attended te te%ple #it a eart
pleadin$ for elp& 'an( %onts earlier e ad recei"ed is call to ser"e in a %ission in
+out A%erica& *o#e"er, is "isa #as dela(ed for suc a len$t( period tat e #as
reassi$ned to a %ission in te United +tates& Altou$ disappointed tat e could not
ser"e in te area of is ori$inal call, e noneteless #or.ed ard in is ne# assi$n%ent,
deter%ined to ser"e to te best of is abilit(& *e beca%e discoura$ed, o#e"er, because
of ne$ati"e e-periences e ad #it %issionaries #o see%ed to i% to be %ore
interested in a"in$ a $ood ti%e tan in sarin$ te $ospel&
A fe# sort %onts later tis (oun$ %an su:ered a "er( serious ealt callen$e #ic
left i% partiall( paral(1ed, and so e #as sent o%e on a %edical lea"e&
+o%e %onts later te (oun$ %an ad ealed co%pletel(, and is paral(sis ad
disappeared& *e #as infor%ed tat e #ould once a$ain be able to ser"e as a
%issionar(, a blessin$ for #ic e ad pra(ed dail(& Te onl( disappointin$ ne#s #as
tat e #ould return to te sa%e %ission #ic e ad left, #ere e felt te bea"iors
and attitudes of so%e %issionaries #ere less tan te( sould be&
*e ad co%e to te te%ple to see. co%fort and a con0r%ation tat e could a"e a
$ood e-perience as a %issionar(& *is parents also ad pra(ed tat tis te%ple "isit #ould
pro"ide te elp teir son needed&
As te (oun$ %an entered te celestial roo% follo#in$ te session, e sat in a cair and
be$an to pra( for $uidance fro% is *ea"enl( !ater&
Anoter #o entered te celestial roo% sortl( after#ard #as a (oun$ %an #ose na%e
is Landon& As e #al.ed into te roo%, is $a1e #as i%%ediatel( dra#n to te (oun$
%an sittin$ on te cair, e(es closed and ob"iousl( pra(in$& Landon recei"ed an
un%ista.able pro%ptin$ tat e sould spea. #it te (oun$ %an& *esitant to interrupt,
o#e"er, e decided to #ait& After se"eral %inutes ad $one b(, te (oun$ %an #as still
pra(in$& Landon .ne# e could no lon$er postpone te pro%ptin$& *e approaced te
(oun$ %an and $entl( touced is soulder& Te (oun$ %an opened is e(es, startled
tat e ad been disturbed& Landon said 2uietl(, 5) a"e felt i%pressed tat ) need to
tal. #it (ou, altou$ ) a% not certain #(&7
As te( be$an to con"erse, te (oun$ %an poured out is eart to Landon, e-plainin$
is circu%stances and endin$ #it is desire to recei"e so%e co%fort and
encoura$e%ent concernin$ is %ission& Landon, #o ad returned fro% a successful
%ission Dust a (ear earlier, told of is o#n %ission e-periences, te callen$es and
concerns e ad faced, te %anner in #ic e ad turned to te Lord for elp, and te
blessin$s e ad recei"ed& *is #ords #ere co%fortin$ and reassurin$, and is
entusias% for is %ission #as conta$ious& C"entuall(, as te (oun$ %an=s fears
subsided, a feelin$ of peace ca%e to i%& *e felt deep $ratitude as e reali1ed is pra(er
ad been ans#ered&
Te t#o (oun$ %en pra(ed to$eter, and ten Landon prepared to lea"e, app( tat e
ad listened to te inspiration #ic ad co%e to i%& As e stood to $o, te (oun$ %an
as.ed Landon, 56ere did (ou ser"e (our %issionE7 To tis point, neiter of te% ad
%entioned to te oter te na%e of te %ission in #ic e ad ser"ed& 6en Landon
replied #it te na%e of is %ission, tears #elled up in te e(es of te (oun$ %an&
Landon ad ser"ed in te "er( %ission to #ic te (oun$ %an #ould be returnin$F
)n a recent letter to %e, Landon sared #it %e te (oun$ %an=s partin$ #ords to i%: 5)
ad fait *ea"enl( !ater #ould bless %e, but ) ne"er could a"e i%a$ined tat *e
#ould send so%eone to elp %e #o ad ser"ed in %( o#n %ission& ) .no# no# tat all
#ill be #ell&72 Te u%ble pra(er of a sincere eart ad been eard and ans#ered&
'( broters and sisters, in our li"es #e #ill a"e te%ptations; #e #ill a"e trials and
callen$es& As #e $o to te te%ple, as #e re%e%ber te co"enants #e %a.e tere, #e
#ill be better able to o"erco%e tose te%ptations and to bear our trials& )n te te%ple
#e can 0nd peace&
Te blessin$s of te te%ple are priceless& One for #ic ) a% $rateful e"er( da( of %(
life is tat #ic %( belo"ed #ife, !rances, and ) recei"ed as #e .nelt at a sacred altar
and %ade co"enants bindin$ us to$eter for all eternit(& Tere is no blessin$ %ore
precious to %e tan te peace and co%fort ) recei"e fro% te .no#led$e ) a"e tat se
and ) #ill be to$eter a$ain&
'a( our *ea"enl( !ater bless us tat #e %a( a"e te spirit of te%ple #orsip, tat #e
%a( be obedient to *is co%%and%ents, and tat #e %a( follo# carefull( te steps of
our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist& ) testif( tat *e is our Iedee%er& *e is te +on of God&
*e it is #o ca%e fort fro% te $ra"e tat 0rst Caster %ornin$, brin$in$ #it *i% te
$ift of e"erlastin$ life for all of God=s cildren& On tis beautiful da(, as #e celebrate tat
%o%entous e"ent, %a( #e o:er pra(ers of $ratitude for *is $reat and %ar"elous $ifts to
us& Tat tis %a( be so, ) pra( u%bl( in *is ol( na%e, a%en&
October 2015 General Conference
Geep te Co%%and%ents
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
*e #o created us and #o lo"es us perfectl( .no#s Dust o# #e need to
li"e our li"es in order to obtain te $reatest appiness possible&
'( belo"ed bretren, o# $ood it is to be #it (ou once a$ain& 6e a"e been inspired
tis e"enin$ b( te #ords #ic #e a"e eard& ) pra( tat ) too #ill be $uided in #at )
sa(&
'( %essa$e to (ou toni$t is strai$tfor#ard& )t is tis: kee! the commandments&
God=s co%%and%ents are not $i"en to frustrate us or to beco%e obstacles to our
appiness& Must te opposite is true& *e #o created us and #o lo"es us perfectl( .no#s
Dust o# #e need to li"e our li"es in order to obtain te $reatest appiness possible& *e
as pro"ided us #it $uidelines #ic, if #e follo# te%, #ill see us safel( trou$ tis
often treacerous %ortal Dourne(& 6e re%e%ber te #ords of te fa%iliar (%n: 5Geep
te co%%and%entsF )n tis tere is safet(; in tis tere is peace&71
Our *ea"enl( !ater lo"es us enou$ to sa(: ,hou shalt not lie; thou shalt not steal; thou
shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt lo(e thy neighbor as thyself; and so on&2 6e .no#
te co%%and%ents& *e understands tat #en #e .eep te co%%and%ents, our li"es
#ill be appier, %ore ful0llin$, and less co%plicated& Our callen$es and proble%s #ill be
easier to bear, and #e #ill recei"e *is pro%ised blessin$s& 8ut #ile *e $i"es us la#s
and co%%and%ents, *e also allo#s us to coose #eter to accept te% or to reDect
te%& Our decisions in tis re$ard #ill deter%ine our destin(&
) a% con0dent tat eac of us as as is ulti%ate $oal life e"erlastin$ in te presence of
our *ea"enl( !ater and *is +on, Mesus Crist& )t is i%perati"e, terefore, for us to %a.e
coices trou$out our li"es tat #ill lead us to tis $reat $oal& 6e .no#, o#e"er, tat
te ad"ersar( is co%%itted to our failure& *e and is osts are relentless in teir e:orts
to t#art our ri$teous desires& Te( represent a $ra"e and constant treat to our
eternal sal"ation unless #e are also relentless in our deter%ination and e:orts to acie"e
our $oal& Te Apostle 9eter #arns us, 58e "i$ilant; because (our ad"ersar( te de"il, as a
roarin$ lion, #al.et about, see.in$ #o% e %a( de"our&7>
Altou$ tere is no ti%e in our li"es #en #e are e-e%pt fro% te%ptation, (ou (oun$
%en are at an a$e #en (ou %a( be particularl( "ulnerable& Teena$e (ears are often
(ears of insecurit(, of feelin$ as tou$ (ou don=t %easure up, of tr(in$ to 0nd (our
place #it (our peers, and of tr(in$ to 0t in& Kou %a( be te%pted to lo#er (our standards
and to follo# te cro#d in order to be accepted b( tose (ou desire to a"e as friends&
9lease be stron$, and be alert to anything tat #ould rob (ou of te blessin$s of eternit(&
Te coices (ou %a.e ere and no# are fore"er i%portant&
6e read in 1 Corintians: 5Tere are H so %an( .inds of "oices in te #orld&7A 6e are
surrounded b( persuasi"e "oices, be$uilin$ "oices, belittlin$ "oices, sopisticated "oices,
and confusin$ "oices& ) %i$t add tat tese are loud "oices& ) ad%onis (ou to turn te
"olu%e do#n and to be in3uenced instead b( tat still, s%all "oice #ic #ill $uide (ou
to safet(& Ie%e%ber tat one #it autorit( placed is ands on (our ead after (ou
#ere bapti1ed, con0r%in$ (ou a %e%ber of te Curc and sa(in$, 5Iecei"e te *ol(
Gost&75 Open (our earts, e"en (our "er( souls, to te sound of tat special "oice
#ic testi0es of trut& As te propet )saia pro%ised, 5Tine ears sall ear a #ord H ,
sa(in$, Tis is te #a(, #al. (e in it&76 'a( #e e"er be in tune, tat #e %i$t ear tis
co%fortin$, $uidin$ "oice #ic #ill .eep us safe&
Bisre$ard for te co%%and%ents as opened te #a( for #at ) consider to be te
pla$ues of our da(& Te( include te pla$ue of per%issi"eness, te pla$ue of
porno$rap(, te pla$ue of dru$s, te pla$ue of i%%oralit(, and te pla$ue of abortion,
to na%e Dust a fe#& Te scriptures tell us tat te ad"ersar( is 5te founder of all tese
tin$s&7J 6e .no# tat e is 5te fater of all lies, to decei"e and to blind %en&78
) plead #it (ou to a"oid an(tin$ tat #ill depri"e (ou of (our appiness ere in
%ortalit( and eternal life in te #orld to co%e& 6it is deceptions and lies, te
ad"ersar( #ill lead (ou do#n a slipper( slope to (our destruction if (ou allo# i% to do
so& Kou #ill li.el( be on tat slipper( slope before (ou e"en reali1e tat tere is no #a( to
stop& Kou a"e eard te %essa$es of te ad"ersar(& *e cunnin$l( calls: Cust this once
won)t matter; e(eryone is doing it; don)t be old-fashioned; times ha(e changed; it can)t
hurt anyone; your life is yours to li(e& Te ad"ersar( .no#s us, and e .no#s te
te%ptations #ic #ill be di4cult for us to i$nore& *o# "ital it is tat #e e-ercise
constant "i$ilance in order to a"oid $i"in$ in to suc lies and te%ptations&
Great coura$e #ill be re2uired as #e re%ain faitful and true a%id te e"er/increasin$
pressures and insidious in3uences #it #ic #e are surrounded and #ic distort te
trut, tear do#n te $ood and te decent, and atte%pt to substitute te %an/%ade
pilosopies of te #orld& )f te co%%and%ents ad been #ritten b( %an, ten to
can$e te% b( inclination or le$islation or b( an( oter %eans #ould be te
prero$ati"e of %an& Te co%%and%ents, o#e"er, #ere God/$i"en& Usin$ our a$enc(,
#e can set te% aside& 6e cannot, o#e"er, can$e te%, Dust as #e cannot change te
conse2uences #ic co%e fro% disobe(in$ and brea.in$ te%&
'a( #e reali1e tat our $reatest appiness in tis life #ill co%e as #e follo# God=s
co%%and%ents and obe( *is la#sF ) lo"e te #ords found in )saia capter >2, "erse 1J:
5Te #or. of ri$teousness sall be peace; and te e:ect of ri$teousness 2uietness and
assurance for e"er&7 +uc peace, suc assurance can co%e onl( trou$ ri$teousness&
6e cannot allo# oursel"es te sli$test bit of lee#a( in dealin$ #it sin& 6e cannot allo#
oursel"es to belie"e tat #e can participate 5Dust a little7 in disobe(in$ te
co%%and%ents of God, for te sin can $rab us #it an iron and fro% #ic it is
e-cruciatin$l( painful to free oursel"es& Te addictions #ic can co%e fro% dru$s,
alcool, porno$rap(, and i%%oralit( are real and are nearl( i%possible to brea. #itout
$reat stru$$le and %uc elp&
)f an( of (ou as stu%bled in is Dourne(, ) assure (ou tat tere is a #a( bac.& Te
process is called repentance& Altou$ te pat is di4cult, (our eternal sal"ation
depends on it& 6at could be %ore #ort( of (our e:ortsE ) plead #it (ou to deter%ine
ri$t ere and no# to ta.e te steps necessar( to full( repent& Te sooner (ou do so, te
sooner (ou #ill be able to e-perience te peace and te 2uietness and te assurance
spo.en of b( )saia&
A sort #ile a$o ) eard te testi%on( of a #o%an #o, #it er usband, stra(ed fro%
te pat of safet(, brea.in$ co%%and%ents and, in te process, nearl( destro(in$ teir
fa%il(& 6en eac of te% could 0nall( see trou$ te tic. a1e of addiction and
reco$ni1e o# unapp( teir li"es ad beco%e, as #ell as o# %uc te( #ere urtin$
teir lo"ed ones, te( be$an to can$e& Te repentance process felt slo# and #as, at
ti%es, painful, but #it te elp of priestood leaders, alon$ #it elp fro% fa%il( and
lo(al friends, te( %ade teir #a( bac.&
) sare #it (ou a portion of tis sister=s testi%on( of te ealin$ po#er of repentance:
5*o# does so%eone $o fro% bein$ one of te lost seep and $ripped b( ?sin@, to tis
peace and appiness #e no# feelE *o# does tat appenE Te ans#er H is because of a
perfect $ospel, a perfect +on and *is sacri0ce for %e& H 6ere tere #as dar.ness,
tere is no# li$t& 6ere tere #as despair and pain, tere is Do( and ope& 6e a"e
been in0nitel( blessed b( te can$e tat can onl( co%e trou$ repentance %ade
possible b( te Atone%ent of Mesus Crist&7
Our +a"ior died to pro"ide (ou and %e tat blessed $ift& Bespite te fact tat te pat is
di4cult, te pro%ise is real& +aid te Lord to tose #o repent:
5Tou$ (our sins be as scarlet, te( sall be as #ite as sno#&7L
5And ) #ill re%e%ber ?te%@ no %ore&710
Trou$out our li"es #e #ill need to nurture stron$ testi%onies b( stud(in$ te
scriptures and b( pra(in$ and b( ponderin$ te truts of te $ospel of Mesus Crist&
6en 0r%l( planted, our testi%onies of te $ospel, of te +a"ior, and of our *ea"enl(
!ater #ill in3uence all tat #e do&
) testif( tat all of us are belo"ed sons of our !ater in *ea"en, sent to eart at tis da(
and ti%e for a purpose, and $i"en te priestood of God so tat #e can ser"e oters and
perfor% God=s #or. ere upon te eart& 6e a"e been co%%anded to li"e our li"es so
tat #e re%ain #ort( to possess tat priestood&
'( bretren, %a( #e .eep te co%%and%entsF 6onderful and $lorious are te re#ards
#ic are in store for us if #e do& 'a( tis be our blessin$, ) pra( in te na%e of Mesus
Crist, our +a"ior and our Iedee%er, a%en&
October 2015 General Conference
8e an C-a%ple and a Li$t
)! Presient Thomas S. Monson
As #e follo# te e-a%ple of te +a"ior, ours #ill be te opportunit( to be a
li$t in te li"es of oters&
'( 8roters and sisters, o# $ood it is to be #it (ou once a$ain& As (ou .no#, since #e
#ere to$eter in April, #e a"e been saddened b( te loss of tree of our belo"ed
Apostles: 9resident 8o(d G& 9ac.er, Clder L& To% 9err(, and Clder Iicard G& +cott& Te(
a"e returned to teir ea"enl( o%e& 6e %iss te%& *o# $rateful #e are for teir
e-a%ples of Cristli.e lo"e and for te inspired teacin$s te( a"e left to all of us&
6e e-tend a eartfelt #elco%e to our ne#est Apostles, Clder Ionald A& Iasband, Clder
Gar( C& +te"enson, and Clder Bale G& Ienlund& Tese are %en dedicated to te #or. of
te Lord& Te( are #ell 2uali0ed to 0ll te i%portant positions to #ic te( a"e been
called&
Iecentl(, as ) a"e been readin$ and ponderin$ te scriptures, t#o passa$es in
particular a"e sta(ed #it %e& 8ot are fa%iliar to us& Te 0rst is fro% te +er%on on
te 'ount: 5Let (our li$t so sine before %en, tat te( %a( see (our $ood #or.s, and
$lorif( (our !ater #ic is in ea"en&71 Te second scripture is one #ic ca%e to %(
%ind as ) pondered te %eanin$ of te 0rst& )t is fro% te Apostle 9aul=s Cpistle to
Ti%ot(: 58e tou an e-a%ple of te belie"ers, in #ord, in con"ersation, in carit(, in
spirit, in fait, in purit(&72
) belie"e te second scripture e-plains, in $reat part, o# #e can acco%plis te 0rst&
6e beco%e e-a%ples of te belie"ers b( li"in$ te $ospel of Mesus Crist in #ord, in
con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in fait, and in purit(& As #e do so, our li$ts #ill sine
for oters to see&
Cac of us ca%e to eart a"in$ been $i"en te Li$t of Crist& As #e follo# te e-a%ple
of te +a"ior and li"e as *e li"ed and as *e tau$t, tat li$t #ill burn #itin us and #ill
li$t te #a( for oters&
Te Apostle 9aul lists si- attributes of a belie"er, attributes tat #ill allo# our li$ts to
sine& Let us loo. at eac one&
) %ention te 0rst t#o attributes to$eter,bein$ an e-a%ple in #ord and in
con"ersation& Te #ords #e use can lift and inspire, or te( can ar% and de%ean& )n
te #orld toda( tere is a profusion of profanit( #it #ic #e see% to be surrounded at
nearl( e"er( turn& )t is di4cult to a"oid earin$ te na%es of Beit( bein$ used casuall(
and tou$tlessl(& Coarse co%%ents see% to a"e beco%e a staple of tele"ision,
%o"ies, boo.s, and %usic& 8andied about are slanderous re%ar.s and an$r( retoric& Let
us spea. to oters #it lo"e and respect, e"er .eepin$ our lan$ua$e clean and a"oidin$
#ords or co%%ents tat #ould #ound or o:end& 'a( #e follo# te e-a%ple of te
+a"ior, #o spo.e #it tolerance and .indness trou$out *is %inistr(&
Te ne-t attribute %entioned b( 9aul is carit(, #ic as been de0ned as 5te pure
lo"e of Crist&7> ) a% con0dent tere are #itin our spere of in3uence tose #o are
lonel(, tose #o are ill, and tose #o feel discoura$ed& Ours is te opportunit( to elp
te% and to lift teir spirits& Te +a"ior brou$t ope to te opeless and stren$t to te
#ea.& *e ealed te sic.; *e caused te la%e to #al., te blind to see, te deaf to ear&
*e e"en raised te dead to life& Trou$out *is %inistr( *e reaced out in carit( to an(
in need& As #e e%ulate *is e-a%ple, #e #ill bless li"es, includin$ our o#n&
<e-t, #e are to be an e-a%ple in spirit& To %e tat %eans #e stri"e to a"e in our li"es
.indness, $ratitude, for$i"eness, and $ood#ill& Tese 2ualities #ill pro"ide for us a spirit
#ic #ill touc te li"es of tose around us& )t as been %( opportunit( trou$ te
(ears to associate #it countless indi"iduals #o possess suc a spirit& 6e e-perience a
special feelin$ #en #e are #it te%, a feelin$ tat %a.es us #ant to associate #it
te% and to follo# teir e-a%ple& Te( radiate te Li$t of Crist and elp us feel *is
lo"e for us&
To illustrate tat te li$t #ic co%es fro% a pure and lo"in$ spirit is reco$ni1ed b(
oters, ) sare #it (ou an e-perience of %an( (ears a$o&
At tat ti%e, leaders of te Curc %et #it o4cials in Merusale% to #or. out a lease
a$ree%ent for land on #ic te Curc=s Merusale% Center #ould be built& )n order to
obtain te per%issions needed, te Curc ad to a$ree tat no prosel(tin$ #ould be
underta.en b( our %e%bers #o #ould occup( te center& After tat a$ree%ent ad
been %ade, one of te )sraeli o4cials, #o #as #ell ac2uainted #it te Curc and its
%e%bers, re%ar.ed tat e .ne# te Curc #ould onor te no/prosel(tin$ a$ree%ent&
58ut,7 e said, referrin$ to te students #o #ould attend tere, 5#at are #e $oin$ to
do about te li$t tat is in teir e(esE7A 'a( tat special li$t e"er sine #itin us, tat
it %i$t be reco$ni1ed and appreciated b( oters&
To be an e-a%ple of fait %eans tat #e trust in te Lord and in *is #ord& )t %eans tat
#e possess and tat #e nouris te beliefs tat #ill $uide our tou$ts and our actions&
Our fait in te Lord Mesus Crist and in our *ea"enl( !ater #ill in3uence all tat #e do&
A%idst te confusion of our a$e, te con3icts of conscience, and te tur%oil of dail(
li"in$, an abidin$ fait beco%es an ancor to our li"es& Ie%e%ber tat fait and doubt
cannot e-ist in te sa%e %ind at te sa%e ti%e, for one #ill dispel te oter& ) reiterate
#at #e a"e been told repeatedl(,tat in order to $ain and to .eep te fait #e need,
it is essential tat #e read and stud( and ponder te scriptures& Co%%unication #it our
*ea"enl( !ater trou$ pra(er is "ital& 6e cannot a:ord to ne$lect tese tin$s, for te
ad"ersar( and is osts are relentlessl( see.in$ for a cin. in our ar%or, a lapse in our
faitfulness& +aid te Lord, 5+earc dili$entl(, pra( al#a(s, and be belie"in$, and all
tin$s sall #or. to$eter for (our $ood&75
!inall(, #e are to be pure, #ic %eans tat #e are clean in bod(, %ind, and spirit& 6e
.no# tat our bod( is a te%ple, to be treated #it re"erence and respect& Our %inds
sould be 0lled #it upliftin$ and ennoblin$ tou$ts and .ept free fro% tose tin$s
#ic #ill pollute& )n order to a"e te *ol( Gost as our constant co%panion, #e %ust
be #ort(& 8roters and sisters, purit( #ill brin$ us peace of %ind and #ill 2ualif( us to
recei"e te +a"ior=s pro%ises& +aid *e, 58lessed are te pure in eart: for te( sall see
God&76
As #e pro"e to be e-a%ples in #ord, in con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in fait, and in
purit(, #e #ill 2ualif( to be li$ts to te #orld&
'a( ) sa( to all of (ou, and particularl( to (ou (oun$ people, tat as te #orld %o"es
furter and furter a#a( fro% te principles and $uidelines $i"en to us b( a lo"in$
*ea"enl( !ater, #e #ill stand out fro% te cro#d because #e are di:erent& 6e #ill
stand out because #e dress %odestl(& 6e #ill be di:erent because #e do not use
profanit( and because #e do not parta.e of substances #ic are ar%ful to our bodies&
6e #ill be di:erent because #e a"oid o:/color u%or and de$radin$ re%ar.s& 6e #ill be
di:erent as #e decide not to 0ll our %inds #it %edia coices tat are base and
de%eanin$ and tat #ill re%o"e te +pirit fro% our o%es and our li"es& 6e #ill
certainl( stand out as #e %a.e coices re$ardin$ %oralit(,coices #ic adere to
$ospel principles and standards& Tose tin$s #ic %a.e us di:erent fro% %ost of te
#orld also pro"ide us #it tat li$t and tat spirit #ic #ill sine in an increasin$l(
dar. #orld&
)t is often di4cult to be di:erent and to stand alone in a cro#d& )t is natural to fear #at
oters %i$t tin. or sa(& Co%fortin$ are te #ords of te psal%: 5Te Lord is %( li$t
and %( sal"ation; #o% sall ) fearE te Lord is te stren$t of %( life; of #o% sall )
be afraidE7J As #e %a.e Crist te center of our li"es, our fears #ill be replaced b( te
coura$e of our con"ictions&
Life is perfect for none of us, and at ti%es te callen$es and di4culties #e face %a(
beco%e o"er#el%in$, causin$ our li$t to di%& *o#e"er, #it elp fro% our *ea"enl(
!ater, coupled #it support fro% oters, #e can re$ain tat li$t #ic #ill illu%inate
our o#n pat once a$ain and pro"ide te li$t oters %a( need&
To illustrate, ) sare #it (ou te toucin$ #ords of a fa"orite poe% ) 0rst read %an(
(ears a$o:
) %et a stran$er in te ni$t
6ose la%p ad ceased to sine&
) paused and let i% li$t
*is la%p fro% %ine&
A te%pest spran$ up later on
And soo. te #orld about&
And #en te #ind #as $one
'( la%p #as outF
8ut bac. to %e te stran$er ca%e,
*is la%p #as $lo#in$ 0neF
*e eld te precious 3a%e
And li$ted %ineF8
'( broters and sisters, our opportunities to sine surround us eac da(, in #ate"er
circu%stance #e 0nd oursel"es& As #e follo# te e-a%ple of te +a"ior, ours #ill be te
opportunit( to be a li$t in te li"es of oters, #eter te( be our o#n fa%il( %e%bers
and friends, our co/#or.ers, %ere ac2uaintances, or total stran$ers&
To eac of (ou, ) sa( tat (ou are a son or dau$ter of our *ea"enl( !ater& Kou a"e
co%e fro% *is presence to li"e on tis eart for a season, to re3ect te +a"ior=s lo"e and
teacin$s, and to bra"el( let (our li$t sine for all to see& 6en tat season on eart
as ended, if (ou a"e done (our part, (ours #ill be te $lorious blessin$ of returnin$ to
li"e #it *i% fore"er&
*o# reassurin$ are te +a"ior=s #ords: 5) a% te li$t of te #orld: e tat follo#et %e
sall not #al. in dar.ness, but sall a"e te li$t of life&7L Of *i% ) testif(& *e is our
+a"ior and Iedee%er, our Ad"ocate #it te !ater& *e is our C-e%plar and our
stren$t& *e is 5te li$t #ic sinet in dar.ness&710 Tat eac of us #itin te sound
of %( "oice %a( pled$e to follo# *i%, tus beco%in$ a sinin$ li$t to te #orld, is %(
pra(er in *is ol( na%e, e"en Mesus Crist te Lord, a%en&
Talks at )"1
<o" 6, 2005
Becisions Beter%ine Bestin(
To%as +& 'onson
Kou are a $lorious $roup, e"en a cosen $eneration, asse%bled bot ere in te
'arriott Center at 8ri$a% Koun$ Uni"ersit( and in %an( oter locations& )t is an
onor for %e to be #it (ou, and ) #ant (ou to .no# tat tere is no#ere else on
eart ) #ould rater be tis e"enin$&
) approac tis assi$n%ent after earnest personal pra(er& ) see. (our fait; ) as. for
(our pra(ers&
As ) loo. at (ou asse%bled ere and conte%plate tose of (ou #o are asse%bled
else#ere, %( tou$ts turn to (our parents& !or %an( (ears it #as %( pri"ile$e
nearl( e"er( #ee. to attend sta.e conferences and to be in te o%e of a sta.e
president or a counselor to a sta.e president& +o%eti%es, rater interestin$ tin$s
#ould occur& Tere #ere occasions #en a tin( broter or sister, not .no#in$ tat
'oter and Bad ad $i"en teir bedroo% and teir bed to a General Autorit(, #ould
creep in te bedroo% earl( in te %ornin$ and tin. tat e or se #as cra#lin$ into
bed #it 'oter and !ater,onl( to be a%a1ed and confused to 0nd tat suc #as
not te case&
On one occasion %an( (ears a$o, #ile "isitin$ te )ndianapolis +ta.e, ) re%e%ber
9resident Lo#e, #o #as #it 9urdue Uni"ersit( tere, sa(in$ to %e, 58roter
'onson, #ould (ou li.e to co%e out to %( o%e and sta( #it us +aturda( e"enin$,
or #ould (ou prefer to fore$o te A0/%ile dri"e and sta( ere #it %( counselor in
)ndianapolisE7
) responded, 56ell, 9resident Lo#e, it=s late at ni$t, and, if it=s all te sa%e to (ou, )=ll
sta( #it (our counselor ere in )ndianapolis&7
Te ne-t %ornin$ 9resident Lo#e $reeted %e at ei$t o=cloc. and said, 58roter
'onson, (ou %ade an inspired decision&7
) as.ed, 5*o#=s tatE7
56ell,7 e replied, 5#e a"e a son a#a( attendin$ te uni"ersit(, and our anticipation
#as tat #e, of course, #ould a"e (ou occup( our bedroo% on +aturda( e"enin$&
8ut, un.no#n to us and totall( une-pectedl(, our son returned o%e fro% scool at
t#o in te %ornin$, ca%e in te front door, #al.ed up te stairs to our bedroo%,
turned on te li$t, and (elled, R+urpriseF=7
)=% not certain #o #ould a"e been %ore surprised on tat occasion ad ) sta(ed
#it te sta.e president,te student or %eF ) tin. it=s rater a $ood tin$ #e didn=t
0nd out&
6ell, %( (oun$ friends, #at a trillin$ life a#aits (ouF Kou %a( not be a Mon Cabot,
sailin$ o: into te blue #it te .in$=s patent to disco"er ne# lands, nor a Captain
Ma%es Coo., #ose "o(a$es of disco"er( carried i% to 5far a#a( places #it
stran$e/soundin$ na%es&7
1
8ut (ou can be e-plorers in spirit, #it a %andate to %a.e
tis #orld better b( disco"erin$ i%pro"ed #a(s of li"in$ and of doin$ tin$s& Te spirit
of e-ploration, #eter it be of te surface of te eart, te "astness of space, or te
principles of li"in$ $reatl(, includes de"elopin$ te capacit( to face trouble #it
coura$e, disappoint%ent #it ceerfulness, and triu%p #it u%ilit(&
'an( of (ou are fa%iliar #it te %usical .iddler on the 4oof" )t is a fa"orite of %ine&
One lau$s as e obser"es te old/fasioned fater of a Me#is fa%il( in Iussia
atte%ptin$ to cope #it te can$in$ ti%es brou$t forcibl( o%e to i% b( is
beautiful dau$ters& 6it abandon te( sin$, 5'atc%a.er, %atc%a.er, %a.e %e a
%atc&7 Te"(e, te fater, sin$s is repl( #it 5)f ) 6ere a Iic 'an&7 Tears co%e to
te "ie#er as e ears te beautiful strains of 5+unrise, +unset,7 and e see%s to
appreciate Te"(e=s lo"e for is nati"e "illa$e #en te cast sin$s 5Anate".a&7
Te $aiet( of te dance, te r(t% of te %usic, and te e-cellence of te actin$ all
fade in si$ni0cance #en Te"(e spea.s #at to %e beco%es te %essa$e of te
%usical& *e $aters is lo"el( dau$ters to is side, and, in te si%plicit( of is
peasant surroundin$s, e counsels te% as te( ponder teir future& 5Ie%e%ber,7
cautions Te"(e, 5in Anate".a #e .no# #o #e are and #at God e-pects us to
beco%e&7
As Latter/da( +aints, #e .no# #o #e are and #at God e-pects us to beco%e& Listen
to te trut tau$t to us in te 0rst boo. of 'oses, called Genesis:
*od said, 2et us make man in our image, after our likeness" " " "
-o *od created man in his own image, in the image of *od created he him; male and
female created he them"
And *od blessed them" ?Genesis 1:26S28@
Created in te i%a$e of God& 6e cannot sincerel( old tis con"iction #itout
e-periencin$ a profound sense of stren$t and po#er& As Latter/da( +aints, #e .no#
tat #e li"ed before #e ca%e to eart, tat %ortalit( is a probationar( period #erein
#e %i$t pro"e oursel"es obedient to God=s co%%and and tus #ort( of celestial
$lor(& Kes, #e .no# #o #e are and #at God e-pects us to beco%e& +uc
.no#led$e, o#e"er, does not ensure our success in reacin$ our $oal of eternal life&
Burin$ te last alf centur( or so, tere as been trou$out te #orld a $radual but
continual decline in %an( pases of life& 6e obser"e relationsips #itout %oralit(,
science #itout u%anit(, .no#led$e #itout caracter, business #itout etics,
#orsip #itout sacri0ce, pleasure #itout conscience, politics #itout principle, and
#ealt #itout #or.s&
9eraps te reno#ned autor Carles Bic.ens best described our da( #en e spo.e
of a period o"er t#o centuries a$o& *is classic A ,ale of ,wo $ities be$ins:
't was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was
the age of foolishness, it was the e!och of belief, it was the e!och of incredulity, it
was the season of 2ight, it was the season of 3arkness, it was the s!ring of ho!e, it
was the winter of des!air, we had e(erything before us, we had nothing before us"
Tis is (our #orld& Te future is in (our ands& Te outco%e is up to (ou& Te #a( to
e-altation is not a free#a( featurin$ unli%ited "ision, unrestricted speeds, and
untested s.ills& Iater, it is .no#n b( %an( for.s and turnin$s, sarp cur"es, and
controlled speeds& Kour dri"in$ s.ill #ill be put to te test& Are (ou read(E Kou are
dri"in$& Kou a"en=t passed tis #a( before& !ortunatel(, te 'aster *i$#a( 8uilder,
e"en our *ea"enl( !ater, as pro"ided a road %ap so#in$ te route to follo#& *e
as placed %ar.ers alon$ te #a( to $uide (ou to (our destination& 9eraps (ou %a(
reco$ni1e so%e of *is si$ns:
 5*onour t( fater and t( %oter7 OC-odus 20:12P&
 5+earc te scriptures; for & & & te( are te( #ic testif( of %e7 OMon 5:>LP&
 5+ee. (e 0rst te .in$do% of God, and is ri$teousness7 O'atte# 6:>>P&
 58e (e clean7 O> <epi 20:A1P&
Tat e"il one too as placed road si$ns to frustrate (our pro$ress and to lead (ou
fro% te pat of trut into detours of sin& *is detours all lead to a dead end& *a"e (ou
noticed is %ar.ersE
 Must tis once #on=t %atter&
 )t can=t urt an(one but %e&
 '( lo"e is %ine to $i"e; %( life is %ine to li"e&
 Ti%es a"e can$ed&
<o# #e see co%in$ into focus te responsibilit( to coose, tat ine"itable crisis at te
crossroads of life& *e #o #ould lead (ou do#n #aits patientl( for a dar. ni$t, a
#a"erin$ #ill, a confused conscience, a %i-ed/up %ind& Are (ou prepared to %a.e te
decisions at te crossroadsE
) can=t stress too stron$l( tat decisions deter%ine destin(& Kou can=t %a.e eternal
decisions #itout eternal conse2uences&
'a( ) pro"ide a si%ple for%ula b( #ic (ou can %easure te coices #ic confront
(ou& )t=s eas( to re%e%ber, so%eti%es di4cult to appl(: Kou can=t be ri$t b( doin$
#ron$; (ou can=t be #ron$ b( doin$ ri$t& Kour personal conscience al#a(s #arns (ou
as a friend before it punises (ou as a Dud$e&
Te Lord, in a re"elation $i"en trou$ Mosep +%it te 9ropet at Girtland, Oio,
'a( 18>1, counseled:
,hat which doth not edify is not of *od, and is darkness"
,hat which is of *od is light" ?BQC 50:2>S2A@
+o%e foolis persons turn teir bac.s on te #isdo% of God and follo# te allure%ent
of 0c.le fasion, te attraction of false popularit(, and te trill of te %o%ent& Teir
course of conduct so rese%bles te disastrous e-perience of Csau, #o e-can$ed is
birtri$t for a %ess of potta$e&
To illustrate, %a( ) sare #it (ou te results of a sur"e( conducted b( a reputable
or$ani1ation and reported in a national %a$a1ine&
2
Te sur"e( #as entitled, 56ould
Kou, for Ten 'illion BollarsE7 Let %e as. (ou te sa%e 2uestions #ic #ere as.ed in
te sur"e(:
 !or 10 %illion dollars in cas, #ould (ou lea"e (our fa%il( per%anentl(E
 6ould (ou %arr( so%eone (ou didn=t lo"eE
 6ould (ou $i"e up all (our friends per%anentl(E
 6ould (ou ser"e a (ear=s Dail ter% on a fra%ed car$eE
 6ould (ou ta.e o: (our clotes in publicE
 6ould (ou ta.e a dan$erous Dob in #ic (ou ad a 1/in/10 cance of losin$ (our
lifeE
 6ould (ou beco%e a be$$ar for a (earE
Of te people polled, 1 percent #ould lea"e teir fa%ilies, 10 percent #ould %arr(
lo"elessl(, 11 percent #ould $i"e up friends, 12 percent #ould undress in public, 1>
percent #ould $o to Dail for a (ear, 1A percent #ould ta.e te ris.( Dob, and 21
percent #ould be$ for a (ear&
6ere %one(, rater tan %oralit(, dictates one=s actions, one is inclined a#a( fro%
God& Turnin$ a#a( fro% God brin$s bro.en co"enants, sattered drea%s, "anised
a%bitions, unful0lled e-pectations, crused opes, and ruined li"es&
+uc a 2ua$%ire of 2uic.sand ) plead #it (ou to a"oid& Kou are of a noble birtri$t&
Cternal life in te .in$do% of our !ater is (our $oal& +uc a $oal is not acie"ed in
one $lorious atte%pt but rater is te result of a lifeti%e of ri$teousness, an
accu%ulation of #ise coices, e"en a constanc( of purpose& Li.e te co"eted A $rade
on te report card of a di4cult and re2uired colle$e course, te re#ard of eternal life
re2uires e:ort&
Tere is a fable told about Cuclid and 9arao and $eo%etr(& )t is said tat 9arao,
entranced b( so%e of te e-planations and de%onstrations of Cuclid, #ised to learn
$eo%etr(, and Cuclid undertoo. to teac i%& *e studied for a brief period and ten
called in Cuclid and said te process #as too slo# for i%& *e #as a 9arao; tere
%ust be a sorter road& *e did not #ant to spend all is ti%e to learn $eo%etr(& Ten
Cuclid $a"e "oice to tis $reat trut& +aid e to is 'aDest(, 5Tere is no ro(al road to
$eo%etr(&7
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'( (oun$ friends, tere is no ro(al road to sal"ation and e-altation& Tere is no ro(al
road to success in an( endea"or& Te A $rade is te result of eac te%e, eac 2ui1,
eac class, eac e-a%ination, eac ter% paper& +o eac eartfelt pra(er, eac Curc
%eetin$ attended, eac #ort( friend, eac ri$teous decision, eac act of ser"ice
perfor%ed all precede tat $oal of eternal life&
A fe# %onts a$o, as ) returned fro% an assi$n%ent in Ger%an(, ) $a1ed out te
#indo# of te plane and %ar"eled at te stars b( #ic te na"i$ator carted our
course& '( tou$ts #ere upon (ou and te opportunit( $i"en %e to %eet #it (ou
toni$t& ) tou$t of te trut 5)deals are li.e stars; (ou #ill not succeed in toucin$
te% #it (our ands& 8ut & & & (ou coose te% as (our $uides, and follo#in$ te%
(ou #ill reac (our destin(&7
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6at ideals, #en follo#ed, #ill brin$ to (ou tose blessin$s (ou so %uc see., e"en
a 2uiet conscience, a peace/0lled eart, a lo"in$ fa%il(, a contented o%eE
'a( ) su$$est tese tree:
$hoose your friends with caution"
1lan your future with !ur!ose"
.rame your life with faith"
First; Choose "our Friens +ith Caution
)n a sur"e( #ic #as %ade in selected #ards and sta.es of te Curc, #e learned a
%ost si$ni0cant fact& Tose persons #ose friends %arried in te te%ple usuall(
%arried in te te%ple, #ile tose persons #ose friends did not %arr( in te te%ple
usuall( did not %arr( in te te%ple& Te in3uence of one=s friends appeared to be a
%ore do%inant factor tan parental ur$in$, classroo% instruction, or pro-i%it( to a
te%ple&
6e tend to beco%e li.e tose #o% #e ad%ire& Must as in <ataniel *a#torne=s
classic account 5Te Great +tone !ace,7 #e adopt te %anneris%s, te attitudes,
e"en te conduct of tose #o% #e ad%ire,and te( are usuall( our friends&
Associate #it tose #o, li.e (ou, are plannin$ not for te%porar( con"enience,
sallo# $oals, or narro# a%bition but rater for tose tin$s tat %atter %ost,e"en
eternal obDecti"es&
)nscribed on te east transept #all of +tanford Uni"ersit( 'e%orial Curc is te
trut: 5All tat is not eternal ?is@ too sort, ?and@ all tat is not in0nite ?is@ too s%all&7
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8e(ond (our circle of eartl( friends, ) ur$e (ou to %a.e a friend of (our *ea"enl(
!ater& *e stands read( to ans#er te pra(er of (our eart& 8ein$ te !ater of (our
spirit and a"in$ created (ou in *is o#n i%a$e, .no#in$ te end fro% te be$innin$,
*is #isdo% #ill not fail and *is counsel is e"er true& 'a.e a friend of *i%&
Tere is anoter i%portant friend (ou sould a"e, and tat is te bisop of (our
#ard& *e as been called of God b( propec( and te la(in$ on of ands b( tose
#o are in autorit(& *e is entitled to ea"enl( elp in pro"idin$ (ou #it counsel and
$uidance& 'a.e a friend of i%&
*o# #ell ) re%e%ber te callen$es confrontin$ te (out in te #ard o"er #ic )
once presided as a bisop& One e"enin$ a lo"el( teena$e $irl ca%e to %( o4ce #it
er bo(friend to tal. tin$s o"er #it %e& Te t#o of te% #ere "er( %uc in lo"e,
and te%ptation #as be$innin$ to $et te best of te%&
As #e counseled to$eter, eac %ade a pled$e to te oter to resist te%ptation and
.eep upper%ost in teir %inds te $oal of a te%ple %arria$e& ) su$$ested a course of
action to follo# and ten felt i%pressed to sa(: 5)f (ou e"er 0nd (oursel"es in a
position of co%pro%ise and need additional stren$t, (ou call %e, re$ardless of te
our&7
One %ornin$ at 1:00 a&%&, te telepone ran$ and a "oice said: 58isop, tis is +usan&
Ie%e%ber o# (ou as.ed %e to call if ) found %(self bein$ te%ptedE 6ell, 8isop,
)=% in tat situation&7 ) as.ed #ere se #as, and se described a popular par.in$
spot in te +alt La.e Walle(& +e and er 0anc\ ad #al.ed to a nearb( pone boot
to %a.e te call& Te settin$ #asn=t ideal for pro"idin$ counsel, but te need #as
$reat, and te (oun$ couple #as recepti"e&
) #on=t %ention o# often +usan called& *o#e"er, #en te %ail%an deli"ered er
#eddin$ announce%ent to our o%e and +ister 'onson read, 5'r& and 'rs& Mones
re2uest te pleasure of (our co%pan( at te #eddin$ reception of teir dau$ter,
+usan,7 se si$ed, 5Tan. ea"enF7 6en ) noticed te s%all print at te botto%,
#ic read, 5'arried in te +alt La.e Te%ple,7 ) said silentl(, 5Tan. ea"en for te
stren$t of Latter/da( +aint (out&7
$hoose your friends with caution"
Secon; Plan "our Future +ith Pur%ose
Te $reat To%as Carl(le said: 5Te %an #itout a purpose is li.e a sip #itout a
rudder,a #aif, a notin$, a no %an& *a"e a purpose in life, and, a"in$ it, tro# suc
stren$t of %ind and %uscle into (our #or. as God as $i"en (ou&7
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'an( (ears a$o ) ser"ed as a %ission president& ) ad A50 #onderful, dedicated
%issionaries& 6en #e returned o%e to +alt La.e Cit( after tree (ears, %( dear
#ife and ) #ere a little surprised one e"enin$ as #e ran a tall( on our %issionaries,
onl( to 0nd tat tere #ere so%e sister %issionaries #o ad not as (et found an
eternal co%panion& 6e deter%ined #e #ould do #at #e could to elp out& ) said to
+ister 'onson, 5!rances, let=s plan #it a purpose and in"ite tree or four of our lo"el(
sister %issionaries to our o%e& 6e=ll a"e an acti"it( #ere te( can tell us #o of
all te sin$le returned %ale %issionaries te( #ould li.e to a"e in"ited to a little
0reside in our o%e& Ten #e #ill so# pictures of te %ission, and #e #ill arran$e
te seatin$ so tat te( can beco%e #ell ac2uainted #it one anoter&7 Tis #as
done, and ) %i$t sa( tat te four $irls #o% #e in"ited ea$erl( responded to te
callen$e&
)n soe bo-es #e %aintained indi"idual 0"e/b(/se"en/inc poto$raps of e"er(
%issionar(& 6e ad four suc bo-es, #it %issionar( pictures in eac& As tose four
$irls sat around our li"in$ roo%, ) said to eac of te%, 5*ere is a $ift& Tu%b trou$
(our bo- of pictures and tell %e #ic of all te pictures represents te (oun$ %an
#o% (ou #ould %ost li.e to a"e in"ited to co%e to tis 0reside&7 '(, tat #as an
interestin$ scene& ) tin. tat te onl( #a( ) could ade2uatel( describe it is to as. a
2uestion& *a"e (ou e"er seen cildren on Crist%as %ornin$E 6e #ent for#ard and
in"ited te cosen four (oun$ %en to Doin tese four (oun$ ladies in our o%e, and
#e ad a $lorious e"enin$& At te conclusion of te e"enin$, ) noticed t#o of te%
slo#l( #al.in$ do#n our dri"e#a(, and ) said to +ister 'onson, 5Tis loo.s
pro%isin$&7 Te( #ere #al.in$ "er( close to$eter&
)t #asn=t lon$ after#ard tat ) recei"ed a telepone call fro% te (oun$ %an& *e said,
59resident 'onson, do (ou re%e%ber tat ) pro%ised (ou if ) e"er fell in lo"e, ) #ould
let (ou .no#E7
) said, 5Kes, sir&7
*e continued, 59resident, ) a"e fallen in lo"e&7
) replied, 5Good& 6it #o%E7
*e said, 5Kou=ll ne"er $uess&7
) #as discreet; ) didn=t $uess& ) said, 5Kou tell %e&7 And e na%ed te sister %issionar(
#it #o% e #al.ed side b( side and and in and fro% our part( tat e"enin$&
Te( a"e no# been %arried for A2 (ears and a"e 0"e cildren and %an(
$randcildren&
+o%e of (ou #itin te sound of %( "oice a"e alread( %arried; oters are still
see.in$ tat special so%eone #it #o% (ou #ould #ant to spend eternit(& !or tose
of (ou in te latter cate$or(, in (our 2uest for te %an or #o%an of (our drea%s, (ou
%a( #ell eed te counsel $i"en b( Gin$ Artur in te %usical $amelot" !aced #it a
particularl( "e-in$ dile%%a, Gin$ Artur could #ell a"e been spea.in$ to all of us
#en e declared, 56e %ust not let our passions destro( our drea%s&7
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'a( (ou
follo# tis %ost essential counsel& ) ur$e (ou to old fast to (our standards& ) plead
#it (ou not to #a"er&
As a (oun$ bo( ) ad a "er( special +unda( +cool teacer #o as since passed
a#a(& *er na%e #as Luc( Gertsc&
Luc( #as lo"el( and e"er so s#eet& +e #as deser"in$ of a #ort( co%panion, (et
none ad co%e er #a(& Te (ears 3e# b( and Luc( #as beco%in$ resi$ned to te
fact tat se #ould ne"er %arr(& And ten, #en se #as in er %id/forties, se %et
Bic.& )t #as a case of lo"e at 0rst si$t& Must one proble%: Bic. #as not a %e%ber of
te Curc& Bid Luc( succu%b to te a$e/old fallac( of %arr(in$ out of desperation,
#it te 3eetin$ ope tat one da( e #ould beco%e a %e%berE <ot Luc(& +e #as
#iser tan tis& +e si%pl( told i%, 5Bic., ) tin. (ou=re #onderful, but #e #ould
ne"er be app( datin$ eac oter&7
56( notE7 e countered&
58ecause (ou=re not a 'or%on&7
5*o# do ) beco%e a 'or%onE ) #ant to date (ou&7 *e studied te $ospel& +e
ans#ered is 2uestions& *e $ained a testi%on( and #as bapti1ed&
Ten e said, 5Luc(, no# tat )=% a %e%ber, #e can be %arried at last&7
Luc( replied, 5O, Bic., ) lo"e (ou so %uc& <o# tat (ou are a %e%ber of te
Curc, (ou #ouldn=t be content #it an(tin$ but a te%ple %arria$e&7
5*o# lon$ #ill tat ta.e, Luc(E7
5About a (ear, if #e %eet te oter re2uire%ents&7
One (ear later Luc( and Bic. entered te ouse of te Lord&
Luc( li"ed te trut of te "erse:
3are to be a Mormon;
3are to stand alone"
3are to ha(e a !ur!ose rm,
And dare to make it known"
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1lan your future with !ur!ose"
Thir; Frame "our (ife +ith Faith
A%idst te confusion of te ti%es, te con3icts of conscience, and te tur%oil of dail(
li"in$, an abidin$ fait beco%es an ancor to our li"es&
Little cildren can $i"e us interestin$ e-a%ples of fait& +o%e ti%e a$o ) Dotted do#n
fro% one of our national %a$a1ines a sort co%pilation of 5Cildren=s Letters to God&7
) found te% %ost interestin$&
Little 'ar. #rote: 5Bear God, ) .eep #aitin$ for sprin$ but it ne"er ?did@ co%e (et&
Bon=t for$et&7
Anoter cild stated: 5Bear God, )f (ou %ade te rule for .ids to ta.e out te $arba$e
please can$e it&7
Little 'ic.e( #rote: 5Bear God, )f (ou #atc in Curc on +unda( ) #ill so# (ou %(
ne# soes&7
Me: #rote: 5Bear God, )t is $reat te #a( (ou al#a(s $et te stars in te ri$t places&
6( can=t (ou do tat #it te %oonE7
Mo(ce #rote: 5Bear God, Tan. (ou for te bab( broter but #at ) pra(ed for #as a
pupp(&7
) li.e tis one fro% 'atte# te best: 5Bear God, ) read (our boo. and ) li.e it&7 Ten
e as.ed, 5) #ould li.e to #rite a boo. so%eda( #it te sa%e .ind of stories& 6ere
do (ou $et (our ideasE 8est #ises&7
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True fait re2uires deter%ination, and te .ind of deter%ination #ic is re2uired is
tat set fort b( a 21/(ear/old fe%ale colle$e senior, #o declared:
#ur generation has been e;!osed, through e(ery means of communication, to maAor
and minor fearsFthe little threat of not nding a mate if one does not use a certain
mouthwash or fear of nonacce!tance if one does not succumb to a low moral
standard because it is =the nature of the beast">
Many of us acce!t the !remises that =You can)t ght city hall> and =2i(e life to its
fullest now, for tomorrow we will be destroyed by nuclear war or some other
catastro!he">
' am old-fashioned enough to belie(e in *od; to belie(e in the dignity and !otential of
&is creature, man; and ' am realistic, not idealistic, enough to know that ' am not
alone in these feelings"
-ome say that, unlike other generations, we ha(e no mission in lifeFthat e(erything
has been handed to us" We ha(e not been !am!ered but s!iritually im!o(erished" '
don)t want to li(e in the !o(erty of aGuenceFand ' cannot li(e alone"
Ie%e%ber tat fait and doubt cannot e-ist in te sa%e %ind at te sa%e ti%e, for
one #ill dispel te oter& 8e 0r% in (our fait&
) tin. of an account ) read about te #ife of one of our earl( pioneers& *er na%e #as
Caterine Curtis +pencer& *er usband, Orson +pencer, #as a sensiti"e, #ell/educated
%an& +e ad been reared in 8oston and #as cultured and re0ned& +e and Orson ad
si- cildren& After lea"in$ <au"oo, er delicate ealt declined fro% e-posure and
ardsip& Clder +pencer #rote to er parents and as.ed if se could return to li"e #it
te% #ile e establised a o%e for er in te 6est& Teir repl(: 5Let er renounce
er de$radin$ fait, and se can co%e bac., but ne"er until se does&7 +ister +pencer
#ould not renounce er fait& 6en er parents= letter #as read to er, se as.ed er
usband to $et is 8ible and read to er fro% te boo. of Iut: 5)ntreat %e not to
lea"e tee, or to return fro% follo#in$ after tee: for #iter tou $oest, ) #ill $o; and
#ere tou lod$est, ) #ill lod$e: t( people sall be %( people, and t( God %( God7
OIut 1:16P& Outside te stor% ra$ed, te #a$on co"ers lea.ed, and friends eld %il.
pans o"er +ister +pencer=s ead to .eep er dr(& )n tese conditions, and #itout a
#ord of co%plaint, se closed er e(es for te last ti%e&
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Tou$ #e %a( not necessaril( forfeit our li"es in ser"ice to our God, #e can certainl(
de%onstrate our lo"e for *i% b( o# #ell #e ser"e *i%& *e #o ears our silent
pra(ers, *e #o obser"es our uneralded acts #ill re#ard us openl( #en te need
co%es&
+ould doubt .noc. at (our door#a(, Dust sa( to tose s.eptical, disturbin$, rebellious
tou$ts: 5) propose to sta( #it %( fait, #it te fait of %( people& ) .no# tat
appiness and content%ent are tere, and ) forbid (ou, a$nostic, doubtin$ tou$ts,
to destro( te ouse of %( fait& ) $rant tat ) cannot e-plain te %iracles of te
8ible, and ) do not atte%pt to do so, but ) accept God=s #ord& ) #asn=t #it Mosep, but
) belie"e i%& '( fait did not co%e to %e trou$ science, and ) #ill not per%it so/
called science to destro( it& 6en ) can$e %( %ind about God and *is #or., onl( te
inspiration of God #ill can$e it&7
.rame your life with faith"
6en (ou coose (our friends #it caution, plan (our future #it purpose, and fra%e
(our life #it fait, (ou #ill %erit te co%panionsip of te *ol( +pirit& Kou #ill a"e a
perfect bri$tness of ope& Kou #ill testif( trou$ (our o#n e-perience to te trut of
te Lord=s pro%ise:
', the 2ord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor
those who ser(e me in righteousness and in truth unto the end"
*reat shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory" ?BQC J6:5S6@
To tese perfect truts ) bear %( sole%n #itness and in"o.e te blessin$s of our
*ea"enl( !ater upon eac of (ou, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
,homas -" Monson was rst counselor in the .irst 1residency of ,he $hurch of Cesus
$hrist of 2atter-day -aints when this reside address was deli(ered on H 6o(ember
IJJK"
<o" 1A, 2006
Tree Gates to Open
To%as +& 'onson
)t=s u%blin$ to sit ere and $a1e fro% left to ri$t and see o# %an( people are
asse%bled ere #aitin$ for #at te( %i$t ear fro% teir spea.er& )t re%inds %e of
a little bo( in our fast and testi%on( %eetin$ a couple of %onts a$o& ) #atced i%
fro% te stand, and ) could tell e #as 0d$etin$, tr(in$ to $et up enou$ coura$e to
co%e up and bear is testi%on(& *e #as Dust a little fello#& !inall( e %ade te %o"e&
*e stood up, #al.ed sole%nl( up tat lon$ aisle, passed in front of %e and s%iled,
stepped o"er to te pulpit, put is ands do#n, loo.ed at te audience, re%o"ed is
ands, and turned around and #al.ed bac. to is parents&
All ) could do toda( #ould be to turn around and #al. bac. to te ar%s of 9resident
+a%uelson& ) tin. e #ould rater ) spea. no# tan a"e to ta.e o"er& Kou=re %(
friends& ) feel close to (ou, and it is a pri"ile$e to be #it (ou and to spea. to (ou
toda(&
6at a #onderful opportunit( (ou a"e to attend 8ri$a% Koun$ Uni"ersit( and to be
tau$t b( te 0ne facult( #e a"e ere& As ) tin. of learnin$, ) a% re%inded of a
fater and is son #o #ent 0sin$ one da(& After a couple of ours in te boat, te
bo( suddenl( be$an as.in$ 2uestions about teir surroundin$s&
5*o# does tis boat 3oatE7 e as.ed is fater&
*is fater tou$t for a %o%ent and ten replied, 5) don=t ri$tl( .no#, son&7
Te bo( returned to is conte%plation, ten loo.ed a$ain at is fater& 5*o# do 0s
breate under#aterE7 e as.ed&
Once a$ain te fater replied, 5Bon=t ri$tl( .no#, son&7
<e-t te bo( as.ed, 56( is te s.( blueE7
A$ain, te fater replied, 5Bon=t ri$tl( .no#, son&7
6orried e #ould anno( is fater, te bo( said, 5Bad, do (ou %ind %( as.in$ (ou all
of tese 2uestionsE7
5Of course not, son& )f (ou don=t as. 2uestions, (ou=ll ne"er learn an(tin$&7
As ) a"e pondered #at %essa$e ) #ould #is to lea"e #it (ou toda(, ) a"e
tou$t of te scripture fro% Ccclesiastes, or te 9reacer: 5To e"er( tin$ tere is a
season, and a ti%e to e"er( purpose under te ea"en&7
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Tis is (our ti%e& 6at #ill
(ou do #it itE Are (ou #ere (ou #ant to be #it (our lifeE )f not, #at are (ou $oin$
to do about itE
Te 9ropet Mosep +%it counseled:
&a!!iness is the obAect and design of our e;istence; and will be the end thereof, if we
!ursue the !ath that leads to it; and this !ath is (irtue, u!rightness, faithfulness,
holiness, and kee!ing all the commandments of *od"
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) a"e de"oted considerable ti%e re3ectin$ on (ears $one b(, #en ) #as (our a$e
and facin$ (our callen$es, (our obDecti"es, (our opportunities, (our futures&
Burin$ %( i$ scool (ears, and into %( 0rst (ear at te Uni"ersit( of Uta, 6orld
6ar )) #as ra$in$ in full con3ict& Te dail( ne#spapers carried te ne#s of %en d(in$,
cities bein$ obliterated, ospitals 0lled #it $rie"ousl( burned and %ai%ed
ser"ice%en& Te( faced futures altered, drea%s sattered, o%eco%in$s ruined&
)t didn=t see% to %atter tat $asoline #as se"erel( rationed& Tis #as a catal(st for
double datin$ and carpoolin$& Te-tboo.s #ere dela(ed due to paper sorta$es& Te(
#eren=t a"ailable until %id#a( trou$ our courses, and (et #e #ere e-pected to
.no# e"er(tin$ in te% b( 0nal e-a%s&
)t #as te era of te bi$ bands, and e"er(one enDo(ed a date to te dance, altou$
dancin$ ten #as 2uite di:erent fro% dancin$ no#&
Loo%in$ in te bac.$round of e"er( tou$t for eac (oun$ %an #as te ine"itable
call to ser"e one=s countr(& Left beind #ere te co%forts of fa%il( and o%e, te
teacin$s of classroo%s, and, of course, a special $irlfriend& O8( te #a(, se and )
a"e no# been %arried for 58 (earsFP
6eter spea.in$ of (our $eneration or of %ine, tere are so%e constancies a%id te
can$es of te ti%es& Te past is beind,#e %ust learn fro% it& Te future is aead
,#e %ust prepare for it& Te present is no#,#e %ust li"e in it&
Kears a$o, ) disco"ered a tou$t #ic is true and, in a #a(, propetic& )t is tis: Te
$ate of istor( s#in$s on s%all in$es, and so do people=s li"es&
Toda( ) a"e cosen to discuss tree $ates #ic (ou alone can open& Kou %ust pass
trou$ eac $ate if (ou are to be successful in (our Dourne( trou$ %ortalit(:
^ Gate <u%ber 1: Te Gate of 9reparation
^ Gate <u%ber 2: Te Gate of 9erfor%ance
^ Gate <u%ber >: Te Gate of +er"ice
The Gate of Pre%aration
!irst, let us spea. of te Gate of 9reparation& Te Lord as counseled, 5)f (e are
prepared (e sall not fear&7
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!ear is te ene%( of $ro#t and acco%plis%ent&
)t is necessar( to prepare and to plan so tat #e don=t fritter a#a( our li"es& 6itout a
$oal, tere can be no real success& Te best de0nition of success ) a"e e"er found
$oes so%etin$ li.e tis: 5+uccess is te pro$ressi"e reali1ation of a #ort( ideal&7
+o%eone as said tat te trouble #it not a"in$ a $oal is tat (ou can spend (our
life runnin$ up and do#n te 0eld and ne"er crossin$ te $oal line&
Kears a$o tere #as a ro%antic and fanciful ballad tat contained te #ords 56isin$
#ill %a.e it so; Must .eep on #isin$ and cares #ill $o&7
A
) #ant to state ere and no#
tat #isin$ #ill not replace torou$ preparation to %eet te trials of life&
9reparation is ard #or., but it is absolutel( essential for our pro$ress&
Concernin$ (our preparation, let %e sare #it (ou tis ti%e/onored ad"ice, #ic
as ne"er been %ore applicable tan it is ri$t no#: )t is not te nu%ber of ours (ou
put in but #at (ou put in te ours tat counts&
*a"e discipline in (our preparations& *a"e cec.points #ere (ou can deter%ine if
(ou=re on course& +tud( so%etin$ (ou li.e and #ic #ill %a.e it possible for (ou to
support a fa%il(& 6ile tis counsel #ould appl( al%ost certainl( to e"er( (oun$ %an,
it also as rele"ance to (oun$ #o%en& Tere are situations in life #ic #e cannot
predict #ic #ill re2uire e%plo(able s.ills& Kou can=t $et te Dobs of to%orro# until
(ou a"e te s.ills of toda(& 8usiness in te ne# econo%(, #ere te onl( $uarantee
is can$e, brin$s us to serious preparation&
'a.e certain as (ou prepare tat (ou do not procrastinate& +o%eone as said tat
procrastination is te tief of ti%e& Actuall(, procrastination is %uc %ore& )t is te
tief of our self/respect& )t na$s at us and spoils our fun& )t depri"es us of te fullest
reali1ation of our a%bitions and our opes&
)n acade%ic preparation, ) found it a $ood practice to read a te-t #it te idea tat )
#ould be as.ed to e-plain tat #ic te autor #rote and its application to te
subDect it co"ered& Also, ) tried to be attenti"e in an( lecture in te classroo% and to
pretend tat ) #ould be called upon to present te sa%e lecture to oters& 6ile tis
practice is "er( ard #or., it certainl( elps durin$ test #ee.F
)t is a1ardous in te e-tre%e to count on a situation t(pical of one ) read about so%e
(ears a$o pertainin$ to a lar$e, ecclesiasticall( oriented colle$e in te eastern part of
A%erica, #ere e"er( student ad to enroll in a class called Ieli$ion 101& Te
professor of tat particular class ad been tere %an( (ears and lo"ed te #ritin$s
and teacin$s of te Apostle 9aul& *e lo"ed te% #it suc "i$or tat tat is about all
e tau$t in Ieli$ion 101& Conse2uentl(, e #ould tell te class at te be$innin$ of
te se%ester, 5) #ill not $i"e an( e-a%inations durin$ te se%ester e-cept te 0nal&
Te result of te 0nal e-a%ination #ill deter%ine (our $rade for te course&7
<o#, tat #ould be .ind of o"er#el%in$, e-cept tat e"er( se%ester for 21 (ears e
ad $i"en te sa%e e-a%ination in e"er( class of Ieli$ion 101& Te e-a%ination
consisted of one 2uestion& And for all tose (ears, te 2uestion ad been te sa%e&
Can (ou belie"e itE 6at a snap classF Te 2uestion ad al#a(s been: 3escribe the
tra(els and teachings of the A!ostle 1aul"
+o%e (oun$ people #ould co%e to class te 0rst da( and $et teir na%e on te
record& Tat #as about it until te 0nal e-a%ination& Ten te( #ould co%e, a"in$
boned up on an ans#er to tat 2uestion&
One particular se%ester, tree (oun$ %en #o ad follo#ed tat practice of
re$isterin$ and ten absentin$ te%sel"es until te end of te se%ester sat #it teir
pencils poised as te professor #ent to te cal.board and said, 5) sall place on te
board te 2uestion on #ic (our entire $rade #ill depend&7 To teir $reat
astonis%ent e did not #rite te usual 2uestion& )nstead, e #rote, 5Critici1e te
+er%on on te 'ount&7
One of te tree (oun$ %en said, 5) don=t e"en .no# #at boo. it is in&7 *e closed is
test boo. and left te roo%&
Te second (oun$ %an tou$t for a %o%ent& *e didn=t .no# an(tin$ about te
+er%on on te 'ount because e ad prepared for a di:erent test 2uestion& *e left
te roo%, anticipatin$ a failin$ $rade&
Te tird one of tis trio sta(ed in te class& *e #rote line after line and pa$e after
pa$e& *is friends #ere outside in te all#a(, loo.in$ trou$ te door #indo#,
#onderin$ #at e #as #ritin$& Te( .ne# tat e ad no %ore .no#led$e of te
+er%on on te 'ount tan did te(, tat e ad prepared for te 2uestion tat #as
not as.ed& Te( #ondered #at e #as #ritin$ in tat test boo.&
*e didn=t tell te% until te da( te papers #ere e-a%ined and returned& Te( all
uddled around to see #at $rade e ad recei"ed& *e ad an A on te test and
terefore an A in te course& As e opened te co"er of te e-a% boo., tere #as te
2uestion: 5Critici1e te +er%on on te 'ount&7 And ere is #at tis enterprisin$
(oun$ %an ad #ritten: 5) #ill lea"e it to so%eone far %ore .no#led$eable and
e-perienced tan ) a% to critici1e te $reatest ser%on fro% te $reatest life e"er
li"ed& As for %e, ) #ould prefer to describe te tra"els and teacin$s of te Apostle
9aul&7
'a( ) no# turn to te Gate of 9erfor%ance& Li.e te Gate of 9reparation, (ou alone
can open it&
The Gate of Performance
Te Apostle 9aul pro"ided sound counsel to $uide our perfor%ance: 5Let no %an
despise t( (out; but be tou an e-a%ple of te belie"ers, in #ord, in con"ersation,
in carit(, in spirit, in fait, in purit(&7
5
Ie%e%ber tat te %antle of leadersip, %( broters and sisters, is not te cloa. of
co%fort but te robe of responsibilit(& Accountabilit( is not for te intention but for te
deed& Kou %ust continue to refuse to co%pro%ise #it e-pedienc(& Kou %ust %aintain
te coura$e to def( te consensus& Kou %ust continue to coose te arder ri$t,
instead of te easier #ron$& Te poet Mon Greenleaf 6ittier e-pressed tis trut
#en e #rote tese lines:
.or of all sad words of tongue or !en,
,he saddest are these: ='t might ha(e been%>
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Bon=t for$et: One of te saddest tin$s in life is #asted talent&
't is a good idea to be ambitious, to ha(e goals, to want to be good at what you do,
but it is a terrible mistake to let dri(e and ambition get in the way of treating !eo!le
with kindness and decency" ,he !oint is not that they will then be nice to you" 't is
that you will feel better about yourself"
J
6ene"er #e are inclined to feel burdened do#n #it te blo#s of life, let us
re%e%ber tat oters a"e passed te sa%e #a(, a"e endured, and ten a"e
o"erco%e& 6en #e a"e done all tat #e are able, #e can rel( on God=s pro%ised
elp&
Kou, %( broters and sisters, a"e access to te li$touse of te Lord& Tere is no
fo$ so dense, no ni$t so dar., no %ariner so lost, no $ale so stron$ as to render
useless te li$touse of te Lord& )t bec.ons trou$ te stor%s of life& )t see%s to
call, 5Tis #a( to safet(; tis #a( to o%e&7
6ill (ou re%e%ber to select (our friends carefull(, for (ou #ill tend to be li.e te%
and to be found #ere te( coose to $o& Consider te lo"e (our parents a"e for (ou
and tat (ou a"e for te%& )nstead of si%pl( as.in$ te%, 56ere are te .e(s to
(our carE7 (ou %i$t add, 5)=ll be a bit late toni$t&7 Often te cloc. tic.s %ore loudl(
and te ands %o"e %ore slo#l( #en te ni$t is dar., te our is late, and a son or
a dau$ter as not (et co%e o%e& A telepone call,56e=re o.a(; #e Dust stopped
for so%etin$ to eat& Bon=t #orr(; #e=re 0ne7,is an indication of true lo"e of parents
and of te trainin$ of a Latter/da( +aint o%e&
Let %e relate anoter e-a%ple& At te funeral ser"ice of a noble General Autorit(, *&
Werlan Andersen, a tribute #as e-pressed b( a son& *e related tat, (ears earlier, e
ad a special scool date on a +aturda( ni$t& *e borro#ed fro% is fater te fa%il(
car& As e obtained te car .e(s and eaded for te door, is fater said, 5Ie%e%ber,
to%orro# is +unda(& Te car #ill need %ore $as before ten& 8e sure to 0ll te tan.
before co%in$ o%e&7
Clder Andersen=s son ten related tat te e"enin$ acti"it( #as #onderful& !riends
%et, refres%ents #ere ser"ed, and all ad a $ood ti%e& )n is e-uberance, o#e"er,
e failed to follo# is fater=s instruction and add fuel to te car=s tan. before
returnin$ o%e& *e si%pl( for$ot&
+unda( %ornin$ da#ned& Clder Andersen disco"ered te $as $au$e so#ed e%pt(&
Te son sa# is fater put te car .e(s on te table& )n te Andersen fa%il( te
+abbat da( #as a da( for #orsip and tan.s$i"in$, and not for purcases&
As te funeral %essa$e continued, Clder Andersen=s son declared, 5) sa# %( fater
put on is coat, bid us $ood/b(e, and #al. te lon$ distance to te capel, tat e
%i$t attend an earl( %eetin$&7 But( called& Trut #as not eld osta$e to
e-pedience&
)n concludin$ is funeral %essa$e, Clder Andersen=s son said, 5<o son e"er #as
tau$t %ore e:ecti"el( b( is fater tan ) #as on tat occasion& '( fater not onl(
.ne# te trut, but e also tau$t te trut and li"ed te trut&7
Kout need fe#er critics and %ore %odels to follo#& Kour o#n personal perfor%ance in
all aspects of (our life, includin$ readin$ te scriptures re$ularl( and follo#in$ teir
teacin$s, #ill elp (ou to beco%e suc %odels& Ten te Gate of 9erfor%ance #ill
open before (ou as (ou proceed to Gate <u%ber >,te Gate of +er"ice&
The Gate of Ser*ice
Albert +c#eit1er, te noted teolo$ian and %issionar( p(sician, declared: 5) don=t
.no# #at (our destin( #ill be, but one tin$ ) .no#: te onl( ones a%on$ (ou #o
#ill be reall( app( are tose #o a"e sou$t and found o# to ser"e&7
'a( ) sare #it (ou an e-perience ) ad #it a dear friend of %ine, Louis 'cBonald&
Louis ne"er %arried& 8ecause of a cripplin$ disease, e ad ne"er .no#n a da(
#itout pain nor %an( da(s #itout loneliness& One #inter=s da(, as ) "isited i%, e
#as slo# in ans#erin$ te doorbell=s rin$& ) entered is #ell/.ept o%e; te
te%perature in sa"e but one roo%,te .itcen,#as a cill( A0 de$rees& Te reasonE
)nsu4cient %one( to eat an( oter roo%& Te #alls needed paperin$, te ceilin$s
needed to be lo#ered, te cupboards needed to be 0lled&
) #as troubled b( Louis=s needs& A bisop #as consulted, and a %iracle of lo"e,
pro%pted b( testi%on(, too. place& Te %e%bers of te #ard,particularl( te (oun$
adults,#ere or$ani1ed and te labor of lo"e be$un&
A %ont later, %( friend Louis called and as.ed if ) #ould co%e and see #at ad
appened to i%& ) did and indeed beeld a %iracle& Te side#al.s #ic ad been
uprooted b( lar$e poplar trees ad been replaced, te porc of te o%e rebuilt, a
ne# door #it $listenin$ ard#are installed, te ceilin$s lo#ered, te #alls papered,
te #ood#or. painted, te roof replaced, and te cupboards 0lled& <o lon$er #as te
o%e cill( and unin"itin$& )t no# see%ed to #isper a #ar% #elco%e&
Louis sa"ed until last so#in$ %e is pride and Do(: tere on is bed #as a beautiful
plaid 2uilt bearin$ te crest of is 'cBonald fa%il( clan& )t ad been %ade #it lo"in$
care b( te #o%en of te Ielief +ociet(& 8efore lea"in$, ) disco"ered tat eac #ee.
te Koun$ Adults #ould brin$ in a ot dinner and sare a o%e e"enin$& 6ar%t ad
replaced te cold, repairs ad transfor%ed te #ear of (ears, but, %ore si$ni0cantl(,
ope ad dispelled despair, and no# lo"e rei$ned triu%pant&
All #o participated in tis %o"in$ dra%a of real life ad disco"ered a ne# and
personal appreciation of te 'aster=s teacin$ 5)t is %ore blessed to $i"e tan to
recei"e&7
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Te ol( scriptures are replete #it e-a%ples of ser"ice b( te ser"ants of te Lord
and b( Mesus *i%self& Of *i% it is recorded: 5?*e@ #ent about doin$ $ood, & & & for God
#as #it i%&7
L
*e caused la%e be$$ars to #al. and blind %en to see& *e cleansed
te lepers and ealed te centurion=s ser"ant& *e restored to te #ido# at <ain er
dead son, #o trou$ *i% no# li"ed& *e raised La1arus fro% te to%b& *e for$a"e
te #o%an ta.en in adulter(& *e atoned for te sins of all of us& *e died tat #e %i$t
eternall( li"e&
As #e $o about our dail( li"es, #e disco"er countless opportunities to follo# te
e-a%ple of te +a"ior& 6en our earts are in tune #it *is teacin$s, #e disco"er
te un%ista.able nearness of *is di"ine elp& 6e are on te Lord=s errand, and #en
#e are on te Lord=s errand, #e are entitled to te Lord=s elp&
Trou$ te (ears, te o4ces ) a"e occupied a"e been decorated #it lo"el(
paintin$s of peaceful and pastoral scenes& *o#e"er, tere is one picture tat al#a(s
an$s on te #all #ic ) face #en seated beind %( des.& )t is a constant re%inder
of *i% #o% ) ser"e, for it is a picture of our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist& 6en
confronted #it a "e-in$ proble% or di4cult decision, ) al#a(s $a1e at tat picture of
te 'aster and silentl( as. %(self te 2uestion 56at #ould *e a"e %e doE7 <o
lon$er does doubt lin$er, nor does indecision pre"ail& Te #a( to $o is clear, and te
pat#a( before %e bec.ons& +uc #ill also #or. for eac of (ou as (ou focus on #at
te Lord #ould a"e (ou do&
Te noble Gin$ 8enDa%in counseled is %an( subDects, after a len$t( but po#erful
ser%on on te subDect of ser"ice: 56en (e are in te ser"ice of (our fello# bein$s (e
are onl( in te ser"ice of (our God&7
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At ti%es #e %a( tin. tat no one cares,but so%eone always caresF Kour *ea"enl(
!ater #ill not lea"e (ou to stru$$le alone but stands e"er read( to elp& 'ost often
suc assistance co%es 2uietl(, at oter ti%es #it dra%atic i%pact& Clder 'arion B&
*an.s, so%e (ears a$o, related an account of one #o recei"ed suc assistance& *e
told of a (oun$ di"orced #o%an, te %oter of se"en cildren ten ran$in$ in a$es
fro% 0"e to 16& One e"enin$ se #ent across te street to deli"er so%etin$ to a
nei$bor& +e indicated later tat as se turned to #al. bac. o%e, se could see er
ouse li$ted up& +e could ear ecoes of er cildren as se ad #al.ed out of te
door a fe# %inutes earlier: 5'o%, #at are #e $oin$ to a"e for dinnerE7 5Can (ou
ta.e %e to te librar(E7 5'o%, ) a"e to $et so%e poster paper toni$t&7 Tired and
#ear(, se tou$t of all of tose cildren #o #ere o%e #aitin$ for er to co%e
o%e and %eet teir needs& +e said tat at tat %o%ent er burdens felt "er(
ea"( on er soulders&
+e recalled loo.in$ trou$ tears to#ard te s.(, and se said, 5O %( !ater, ) Dust
can=t andle tin$s toni$t& )=% too tired& ) can=t face it& ) can=t $o o%e and ta.e care
of all tose cildren alone& Could ) co%e to Kou and sta( #it Kou for Dust one ni$tE
)=ll co%e bac. in te %ornin$&7
+e didn=t reall( ear te #ords of repl(, but se eard te% in er %ind& Te ans#er
#as, 5<o, little one, (ou can=t co%e to %e no#, for (ou #ould ne"er #is to return&
8ut ) can co%e to (ou&7
+ee. ea"enl( $uidance one da( at a ti%e& Te elp (ou need %a( not co%e Dust as
(ou en"ision, but it #ill co%e& 6en #e re%e%ber tat eac of us is literall( a cild of
God, #e #ill not 0nd it di4cult to approac *i%&
+ee. ea"enl( elp also to .no# o# to ser"e oters& Tere is no feelin$ so $ratif(in$
nor .no#led$e so co%fortin$ as .no#in$ tat our !ater as ans#ered te pra(er of
anoter trou$ (ou&
) close #it a tender (et si%ple e-perience& Cac ti%e ) #ould "isit 'attie, a dear
friend and an older #ido# #o% ) ad .no#n for %an( (ears and #ose bisop ) ad
been, %( eart $rie"ed at er utter loneliness& One of er sons li"ed %an( %iles
a#a(, alf#a( across te countr(, but e rarel( "isited er& *e #ould co%e to +alt
La.e, ta.e care of business %atters, see is broters and sisters, and lea"e for is
o#n o%e #itout "isitin$ is %oter& 6en ) #ould call to see tis %oter, se #ould
%a.e an e-cuse for er bo( and tell %e Dust o# bus( e #as& *er #ords did not carr(
po#er or con"iction& Te( si%pl( %as.ed er disappoint%ent and $rief&
Te (ears passed& Te loneliness deepened& Ten one afternoon ) recei"ed a
telepone call& Tat special son #as in +alt La.e Cit(& A can$e ad occurred in is
life& *e ad beco%e i%bued #it a desire to elp oters, to adere %ore faitfull( to
God=s co%%and%ents& *e #as proud of is ne#found abilit( to cast o: te old %an
and beco%e ne# and useful& *e #anted to co%e i%%ediatel( to %( o4ce tat e
%i$t sare #it %e te Do( in ser"ice tat e no# felt& 6it all %( eart ) #anted to
#elco%e i% and to e-tend %( personal con$ratulations& Ten ) tou$t of is
$rie"in$ %oter, tat lonel( #ido#, and su$$ested, 5Bic., ) can see (ou at four
o=cloc. tis afternoon, pro"ided (ou "isit (our dear %oter before co%in$ ere&7 *e
a$reed&
Must before our appoint%ent, a call ca%e to %e& )t #as tat sa%e %oter& Tere #as
an e-cite%ent in er "oice tat #ords cannot ade2uatel( describe& +e e-uded
entusias% e"en o"er te pone and declared proudl(, 58isop, (ou=ll ne"er $uess
#o as Dust "isited %e&7 8efore ) could ans#er, se e-clai%ed, 5Bic. #as ereF '(
son Bic. as spent te past our #it %e& *e is a ne# %an& *e as found i%self& )=%
te appiest %oter in te #orldF7 Ten se paused and 2uietl( spo.e: 5) Dust .ne#
e #ould not reall( for$et %e&7
Kears later, at 'attie=s funeral, Bic. and ) spo.e tenderl( of tat e-perience& 6e ad
#itnessed a $li%pse of God=s ealin$ po#er trou$ te #indo# of a %oter=s fait in
er son&
Toda( ) pra( earnestl( tat all of us %a( open #ide te tree $ates of #ic ) a"e
spo.en,te Gate of 9reparation, te Gate of 9erfor%ance, and te Gate of +er"ice,
and #al. trou$ te% to our e-altation& )n te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
,homas -" Monson was .irst $ounselor in the .irst 1residency of ,he $hurch of Cesus
$hrist of 2atter-day -aints when this de(otional talk was gi(en on LD 6o(ember IJJH"
<o" 1>, 200J
Guideposts for Life=s Mourne(
To%as +& 'onson
'( (oun$ broters and sisters, #at a $lorious si$t (ou are& )t is an onor and a
pri"ile$e for %e to be ere #it (ou& '( responsibilit( toda( is $reat, for ) reali1e tat
(our ti%e is "aluable, (our talents are %an(, and (our future is bri$t& Carnestl( ) see.
ea"enl( elp in respondin$ to tis callen$e&
) suppose e"er( one of us in tis con$re$ation as ad a fe# 5eart/stoppers7 in is or
er life& ) .no# tat ) a"e& 8efore $oin$ for#ard #it %( $eneral te%e, ) %i$t %ention
one or t#o of te%&
Tis past $eneral conference %ar.ed AA (ears since ) #as called to ser"e as a %e%ber
of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles in October of 1L6>& A fe# da(s follo#in$ tat
conference, ) %et #it %( collea$ues for te 0rst ti%e in te fourt/3oor roo% of te +alt
La.e Te%ple& C"er(tin$ #as so ne# to %e& 6e #ere to parta.e of te sacra%ent tat
da(& As #e prepared to recei"e it, 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa( said, 58efore #e parta.e of
te bread and #ater, ) #ould li.e to in"ite our ne#est %e%ber, 8roter 'onson, to
instruct te !irst 9residenc( and Council of te T#el"e on te atonin$ sacri0ce of te Lord
Mesus Crist& 6e #ill ear fro% (ou no#, 8roter 'onson&7 Tat #as a eart/stopper for
%e&
At te conclusion of te %eetin$, #e %o"ed to te luncroo% reser"ed for te !irst
9residenc( and te T#el"e, #ere #e #ere to eat& As #e sat around te table, 9resident
'cGa( said, 58roter 'onson, do (ou belie"e tat 6illia% +a.espeare reall( #rote te
sonnets attributed to i%E7
5Kes,7 ) responded, 5) do, 9resident 'cGa(&7
*e ten e-clai%ed, 56onderfulF +o do ); so do )&7
) tou$t to %(self, 5) ope e %o"es a#a( fro% +a.espeare&7 ) #as a business %aDor&
*o#e"er, e turned a$ain to %e and said, 58roter 'onson, do (ou read +a.espeareE7
) said, 5Occasionall(&7
5!ine,7 e said& 56at is (our fa"orite #or. of +a.espeareE7
) tou$t 2uic.l(,peraps %ore a desperate pra(er tan a reasoned tou$t,and
replied, 5*enr( te Ci$t&7
56ic is (our fa"orite passa$eE7 e as.ed&
) ad a eart/stoppin$ situation ri$t tere& Ten ) tou$t of Cardinal 6olse(, tat %an
#o ser"ed is .in$ but ne$lected is God& ) recited to 9resident 'cGa( #at Cardinal
6olse( la%ented #en e #as sorn of all is po#er:
*ad ) but ser"ed %( God #it alf te 1eal
) ser"ed %( .in$, e #ould not in %ine a$e
*a"e left %e na.ed to %ine ene%ies&1
9resident 'cGa( said, 5O, ) lo"e tat passa$e, too&7 Ten e can$ed te subDect, for
#ic ) sall be eternall( $rateful&
As #e Dourne( trou$ %ortalit(, eart/stoppers #ill co%e to eac of us&
'( (oun$ friends, ) co%%end (ou for pa(in$ te price in ti%e, in e:ort, in %one( to
obtain (our education& Kour parents %a( be sacri0cin$, s.i%pin$, and $oin$ #itout so
tat (ou %a( be $i"en te education #ic #ill enable (ou to e-cel in toda(=s #orld&
6ate"er (our future pat#a( %a( be, %a( ) su$$est to (ou toda( four $uideposts to
assist in (our respecti"e Dourne(s trou$ scool and trou$ life itself&
!irst: Glance bac.#ard&
+econd: Loo. ea"en#ard&
Tird: Ieac out#ard&
!ourt: 9ress on#ard&
Let us consider eac in its turn& !irst, $lance bac.#ard& A re"ie# of te past can be
elpful,tat is, if #e learn fro% te %ista.es and follies of tose #o a"e $one before,
and if #e do not repeat te%& Mon Toland, a 9ulit1er 9ri1eS#innin$ autor, in su%%in$
up is %onu%ental #or. Te Iisin$ +un, declared:
) a"e done %( ut%ost to let te e"ents spea. for te%sel"es, and if an( conclusion #as
reaced, it #as tat tere are no si%ple lessons in istor(, tat it is u%an nature tat
repeats itself, not istor(&2
) a"e su$$ested %erel( a $lance at te past, for it is not practical to tin. #e can
return& +o%e of (ou %a( be fa%iliar #it Tornton 6ilder=s classic dra%a Our To#n& )f
(ou are, (ou #ill re%e%ber te to#n of Gro"er=s Corners& )n te pla(, C%il( 6ebb dies in
cildbirt, and #e read of te lonel( $rief of er (oun$ usband, Geor$e, left #it teir
four/(ear/old son& C%il( does not #is to rest in peace; se #ants to e-perience a$ain
te Do(s of er life& +e is $ranted te pri"ile$e to return to eart and to reli"e er t#elft
birtda(& At 0rst it is e-citin$ to be (oun$ a$ain, but te e-cite%ent #ears o: 2uic.l(&
Te da( olds no Do(, no# tat C%il( .no#s #at is in store for te future& )t is
unbearabl( painful to reali1e o# una#are se ad been of te %eanin$ and #onder of
life #ile se #as ali"e& 8efore returnin$ to er restin$ place, C%il( la%ents, 5Bo an(
u%an bein$s e"er reali1e life #ile te( li"e it,e"er(, e"er( %inuteE7>
'a( eac of us learn to appreciate te $ift of life tat #e a"e been $i"en& And, in tat
conte-t, at tis ti%e of (ear #en #e #ill soon be celebratin$ Tan.s$i"in$, ) #ould ur$e
all of us to $lance bac.#ard in order to reco$ni1e tose tin$s for #ic #e are tan.ful
,and ten to e-press appreciation to an(one to #o% #e o#e a debt of $ratitude& 'a(
#e e-press tan.s to parents for carin$, for sacri0cin$, for laborin$ in our bealf& 'a( #e
e-press tan.s to friends, to professors, and to an( oters #o a"e elped alon$ te
#a(& 'a( #e e-press tan.s to our !ater in *ea"en for te blessin$ of life and te
cance to return to *i%& And %a( #e e-press tan.s to *i% for te $ift of *is Onl(
8e$otten +on, #o died tat #e %i$t li"e&
'a( te lessons #e learn as #e $lance bac.#ard elp us to li"e %ore full( eac da( of
our future&
<o# tat #e a"e $lanced bac.#ard, let us loo. ea"en#ard& !ro% te ea"ens ca%e
te $entle in"itation 5Loo. to God and li"e&7A
6e a"e not been left to #ander in dar.ness and in silence, uninstructed, uninspired,
#itout re"elation& One #o .ne# and tau$t tis trut #as 9resident *arold 8& Lee, #o
#rote tis inscription on te title pa$e of te triple co%bination of scripture #ic e
presented to is teena$e dau$ter:
To '( Bear 'aurine,
Tat (ou %a( a"e a constant %easure b( #ic to Dud$e bet#een trut and te errors
of %an=s pilosopies, and tus $ro# in spiritualit( as (ou increase in .no#led$e, ) $i"e
(ou tis sacred boo. to read fre2uentl( and ceris trou$out (our life&
Lo"in$l(, (our fater,
*arold 8& Lee
!ro% te scriptures, fro% te propets, co%es counsel for our ti%e as #e loo.
ea"en#ard&
Kou a"e te blessin$ of recei"in$ (our education at an institution $o"erned b( te
principles and ideals of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints, #ere one of te
$oals of te uni"ersit( is to build testi%onies of te restored $ospel of Mesus Crist and
encoura$e li"in$ its principles&
Loo.in$ ea"en#ard sould be our lifelon$ endea"or& +o%e foolis persons turn teir
bac.s on te #isdo% of God and follo# te allure%ent of 0c.le fasion, te attraction of
false popularit(, and te trill of te %o%ent& Teir course of conduct rese%bles te
disastrous e-perience of Csau, #o e-can$ed is birtri$t for a %ess of potta$e&
And #at are te results of suc actionE ) testif( to (ou toda( tat turnin$ a#a( fro%
God brin$s bro.en co"enants, sattered drea%s, and crused opes& +uc a 2ua$%ire of
2uic.sand ) plead #it (ou to a"oid& Kou are of a noble birtri$t& Cternal life in te
.in$do% of our !ater is (our $oal&
+uc a $oal is not acie"ed in one $lorious atte%pt, but rater is te result of a lifeti%e
of ri$teousness, an accu%ulation of #ise coices, e"en a constanc( of purpose and
loft( ideals&
A%idst te confusion of our a$e, te con3icts of conscience, and te tur%oil of dail(
li"in$, an abidin$ fait beco%es an ancor to our li"es&
8( reacin$ ea"en#ard and see.in$ *ea"enl( !ater in personal and fa%il( pra(er, #e
and our lo"ed ones #ill de"elop te ful0ll%ent of #at te $reat Cn$lis states%an
6illia% C& Gladstone described as te #orld=s $reatest need: 5a li"in$ fait in a personal
God&75 +uc fait #ill illu%inate our #a( as te li$touse of te Lord&
6en (ou a"e an abidin$ fait in te li"in$ God, #en (our out#ard actions re3ect (our
inner con"ictions, (ou a"e te co%posite stren$t of e-posed and idden "irtues& Te(
co%bine to $i"e safe passa$e trou$ #ate"er rou$ seas %i$t arise&
6ere"er #e %a( be, our *ea"enl( !ater can ear and ans#er te pra(er o:ered in
fait&
'an( (ears a$o, on %( 0rst "isit to te fabled "illa$e of +auniatu in +a%oa, so lo"ed b(
9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(, %( #ife and ) %et #it a lar$e $aterin$ of s%all cildren,
nearl( 200 in nu%ber& At te conclusion of our %essa$es to tese s(, (et beautiful
(oun$sters, ) su$$ested to te nati"e +a%oan teacer tat #e $o for#ard #it te
closin$ e-ercises& As e announced te 0nal (%n, ) suddenl( felt co%pelled to $reet
personall( eac of tese cildren& '( #atc re"ealed tat te ti%e #as too sort for
suc a pri"ile$e, for #e #ere sceduled on a 3i$t out of te countr(, so ) discounted te
i%pression& 8efore te benediction #as to be spo.en, ) a$ain felt tat ) sould sa.e te
and of eac cild& ) %ade te desire .no#n to te instructor, #o displa(ed a broad and
beautiful +a%oan s%ile& )n +a%oan e announced tis to te cildren& Te( bea%ed
teir appro"al&
Te instructor ten re"ealed to %e te reason for is and teir Do(& *e said, 56en #e
learned tat a %e%ber of te Council of te T#el"e #as to "isit us ere in +a%oa, so far
a#a( fro% Curc ead2uarters, ) told te cildren tat if te( #ould earnestl( and
sincerel( pra( and e-ert fait li.e te 8ible accounts of old, te Apostle #ould "isit our
tin( "illa$e at +auniatu, and, trou$ teir fait, e #ould be i%pressed to $reet eac
cild #it a personal andclasp&7 Tears could not be restrained as te precious bo(s and
$irls #al.ed s(l( b( and #ispered softl( to us te s#eet +a%oan $reetin$ 5talofa
la"a&7 A profound e-pression of fait ad been e"idenced&
Ie%e%ber tat fait and doubt cannot e-ist in te sa%e %ind at te sa%e ti%e, for one
#ill dispel te oter&
+ould doubt .noc. at (our door#a(, Dust sa( to tose s.eptical, disturbin$, rebellious
tou$ts: 5) propose to sta( #it %( fait, #it te fait of %( people& ) .no# tat
appiness and content%ent are tere, and ) forbid (ou a$nostic, doubtin$ tou$ts to
destro( te ouse of %( fait& ) ac.no#led$e tat ) do not understand te processes of
creation, but ) accept te fact of it& ) $rant tat ) cannot e-plain te %iracles of te 8ible,
and ) do not atte%pt to do so, but ) accept God=s #ord& ) #asn=t #it Mosep, but ) belie"e
i%& '( fait did not co%e to %e trou$ science, and ) #ill not per%it so/called science
to destro( it&7
As #e loo. ea"en#ard, #e #ill recei"e di"ine direction& ) bear #itness to (ou toda( tat
te s#eetest spirit and feelin$ in all of %ortalit( is #en #e a"e an opportunit( to be on
te Lord=s errand and to .no# tat *e as $uided our footsteps&
Wer( often on +unda(s, #en ) a% not oter#ise assi$ned, ) #ill attend a sacra%ent
%eetin$ in one of te care centers located near %( o%e& Tere, precious souls, all
con0ned to #eelcairs, %eet in an attitude of #orsip& 6ort( priestood olders fro%
te surroundin$ area are called as bisops or branc presidents to preside o"er te care
center units, and priests and deacons are assi$ned eac #ee. to bless and pass te
sacra%ent& One cannot attend #itout bein$ uplifted and inspired&
One +unda( a (oun$ %an #as to pla( te "iolin for te bene0t of te elderl( and
incapacitated tron$& *e be$an, and as e pla(ed, is %usic beca%e s#eeter #it eac
passin$ %inute& Tears ca%e to te (oun$ %an=s e(es as e later %entioned tat te
notes tu%bled trou$ is %ind, one follo#in$ te oter in perfect succession, and tat
e ad ne"er pla(ed #it suc pure inspiration as e ad tat particular da(& *e
pro:ered, 5)t #asn=t %( s.ill& )t #as te (earnin$ of tis special audience&7
At te sa%e %eetin$, an elderl( lad( called out, 5)=% coldF7 A priest at te sacra%ent
table said notin$, but e arose and #al.ed to er side& *e ten re%o"ed is o#n Dac.et
and placed it around te soulders of te lad( #o #as cold& To i% ) said, 56at (ou
a"e done toda( (ou #ill e"er re%e%ber& Kour act of .indness re3ects te nobilit( of
(our soul& Kou a"e been as te $ood +a%aritan #o aided te elpless tra"eler on te
road to Merico&7
As #e loo. ea"en#ard, #e ine"itabl( learn of our responsibilit( to reac out#ard&
To 0nd real appiness, #e %ust see. for it in a focus outside oursel"es& <o one as
learned te %eanin$ of li"in$ until e as surrendered is e$o to te ser"ice of is fello#
%an& +er"ice to oters is a.in to dut(,te ful0ll%ent of #ic brin$s true Do(&
6e do not li"e alone,in our cit(, our nation, or our #orld& Tere is no di"idin$ line
bet#een our prosperit( and our nei$bor=s #retcedness& 5Lo"e t( nei$bor7 is %ore
tan a di"ine trut& )t is a pattern for perfection& Tis trut inspires te fa%iliar car$e
5Go fort to ser"e&7 Tr( as so%e of us %a(, #e cannot escape te in3uence our li"es
a"e upon te li"es of oters& Ours is te opportunit( to build, to lift, to inspire, and
indeed to lead&
Te <e# Testa%ent teaces tat it is i%possible to ta.e a ri$t attitude to#ard Crist
#itout ta.in$ an unsel0s attitude to#ard %en& 5)nas%uc as (e a"e done it unto one
of te least of tese %( bretren, (e a"e done it unto %e&76 6e %a( tin. as #e
please, but tere is no 2uestion about #at te 8ible teaces& )n te <e# Testa%ent
tere is no road to te eart of God tat does not lead trou$ te eart of %an&
Te 9ropet Mosep +%it tau$t tat a true Latter/da( +aint
is to feed te un$r(, to clote te na.ed, to pro"ide for te #ido#, to dr( up te tear of
te orpan, to co%fort te aTicted, #eter in tis curc, or in an( oter, or in no
curc at all, #ere"er e 0nds te%&J
6e cannot be careless in our reac& Li"es of oters depend on us& Te po#er to lead is
indeed te po#er to %islead; and te po#er to %islead is te po#er to destro(&
'an( a"e co%e into te Curc,or at least a"e co%e to .no# and respect te Curc
,because so%eone %ade te e:ort to reac out#ard& ) sare #it (ou a treasured
fa%il( e-perience #ic ad its be$innin$ bac. in 1L5L #en ) #as called to preside
o"er te Canadian 'ission, ead2uartered in Toronto&
Our dau$ter, Ann, #o is in te audience toda(, turned 0"e sortl( after #e arri"ed in
Canada& +e sa# te %issionaries $oin$ about teir #or. and se, too, #anted to be a
%issionar(& '( #ife de%onstrated understandin$ b( per%ittin$ Ann to ta.e to class a
fe# copies of te Cildren=s !riend& Tat #asn=t su4cient for Ann& +e also #anted to
ta.e #it er a cop( of te 8oo. of 'or%on so tat se %i$t tal. to er teacer, 'iss
9epper, about te Curc& ) tin. it rater trillin$ tat Dust a fe# (ears a$o, lon$ (ears
after our return fro% Toronto, #e ca%e o%e fro% a "acation and found in our %ailbo- a
note fro% 'iss 9epper #ic read:
Bear Ann:
Tin. bac. %an( (ears a$o& ) #as (our scoolteacer in Toronto, Canada& ) #as
i%pressed b( te copies of te Cildren=s !riend #ic (ou brou$t to scool& ) #as
i%pressed b( (our dedication to a boo. called te 8oo. of 'or%on&
) %ade a co%%it%ent tat one da( ) #ould co%e to +alt La.e Cit( and see #( (ou
tal.ed as (ou did and #( (ou belie"ed in te %anner (ou belie"ed& Toda( ) ad te
pri"ile$e of $oin$ trou$ (our "isitors= center on Te%ple +2uare& Tan.s to a 0"e/(ear/
old $irl #o ad an understandin$ of tat #ic se belie"ed, ) no# a"e a better
understandin$ of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints&
'iss 9epper died not too lon$ after tat "isit& *o# app( our dau$ter Ann #as #en
se attended te Mordan Ii"er Te%ple and perfor%ed te te%ple #or. for er belo"ed
teacer to #o% se ad reaced out so %an( (ears a$o&
And #ile #e reac out#ard, #e a"e te responsibilit( to press on#ard&
<o one as described tis life as bein$ eas(& )ndeed, it as beco%e increasin$l( %ore
di4cult& Te #orld see%s to a"e slipped fro% te %oorin$s of safet( and drifted fro%
te arbor of peace& 9er%issi"eness, i%%oralit(, porno$rap(, and te po#er of peer
pressure cause %an( to be tossed about on a sea of sin and crused on te Da$$ed reefs
of lost opportunities, forfeited blessin$s, and sattered drea%s&
An-iousl( #e as., 5)s tere a #a( to safet(E Can so%eone $uide usE )s tere an escape
fro% treatened destructionE7
Te ans#er is a resoundin$ (esF ) counsel (ou: Loo. to te li$touse of te Lord& Tere
is no fo$ so dense, no ni$t so dar., no $ale so stron$, no %ariner so lost but #at its
beacon li$t can rescue& )t calls, 5Tis #a( to safet(; tis #a( to o%e&7
9ress on#ard #e %ust& Te Apostle 9aul described life as a race& *e said, 5Gno# (e not
tat te( #ic run in a race run all, but one recei"et te pri1eE +o run, tat (e %a(
obtain&78
Te #riter of te boo. of Ccclesiastes also #rote of tis subDect, sa(in$, 5Te race is not
to te s#ift, nor te battle to te stron$&7L Actuall(, te pri1e belon$s to i% #o
endures to te end&
)n te pri"ate sanctuar( of one=s o#n conscience lies tat spirit, tat deter%ination, to
press on#ard and to %easure up to te stature of true potential& 8ut te #a( is ru$$ed,
and te course is strenuous& +o disco"ered Mon *elander fro% G_tebor$, +#eden& Mon
#as a (oun$ adult& *e ad te sa%e (earnin$s for te blessin$s of success as do all& 8ut
Mon is andicapped, in tat it is di4cult for i% to coordinate is %otions&
At an acti"it( of (oun$ people in Gun$sbac.a, +#eden, Mon too. part in an 800/%eter
runnin$ race& *e ad no cance to #in& Iater, is #as te possibilit( of bein$
u%iliated, %oc.ed, derided, scorned& 9eraps Mon re%e%bered anoter #o li"ed lon$
a$o and far a#a(& 6asn=t *e %oc.edE 6asn=t *e deridedE 6asn=t *e scornedE 8ut *e
pre"ailed& *e #on *is race& 'a(be Mon could #in is&
6at a race it isF +tru$$lin$, sur$in$, pressin$, te runners bolt far be(ond Mon& Tere is
#onder%ent a%on$ te spectators& 6o is tis runner #o la$s so far beindE Te
participants, on teir second lap of tis t#o/lap race, pass Mon #ile e is but alf#a(
trou$ te 0rst lap& Tension %ounts as te runners press to#ard te tape& 6o #ill #inE
6o #ill place secondE Ten co%es te 0nal burst of speed; te tape is bro.en& Te
cro#d ceers; te #inner is proclai%ed&
Te race is o"er,or is itE 6o is tis contestant #o continues to run #en te race is
endedE *e crosses te 0nis line on but is 0rst lap& Boesn=t e .no# e as lostE C"er
on#ard e stru$$les, te onl( participant no# on te trac.& Tis is is race& Tis %ust be
is "ictor(& <o one a%on$ te "ast tron$ of spectators lea"es& C"er( e(e is on tis
"aliant runner& *e %a.es te 0nal turn and %o"es to#ard te 0nis line& Tere is a#e;
tere is ad%iration& C"er( spectator sees i%self runnin$ is o#n race of life& As Mon
approaces te 0nis line, te audience, as one, rises to its feet& Tere is a loud
applause of acclai%& +tu%blin$, fallin$, e-austed but "ictorious, Mon *elander brea.s
te ne#l( ti$tened tape& OO4cials are u%an bein$s, too&P Te ceerin$ ecoes for
%iles& And Dust %a(be, if te ear is carefull( attuned, tat Great +core.eeper,e"en te
Lord,can be eard to sa(, 56ell done, tou $ood and faitful ser"ant&710
Cac of us is a runner in te race of life& Co%fortin$ is te fact tat tere are %an(
runners& Ieassurin$ is te .no#led$e tat our Cternal +core.eeper is understandin$&
Callen$in$ is te trut tat eac %ust run& 8ut (ou and ) do not run alone& 6e ta.e
con0dence fro% te (%n: !ear not, ) a% #it tee; o, be not dis%a(ed,!or ) a% t(
God and #ill still $i"e tee aid&)=ll stren$ten tee, elp tee, and cause tee to
stand,Upeld b( %( ri$teous, & & & o%nipotent and&& & & & & & &Te soul tat on Mesus at
leaned for repose) #ill not, ) cannot, desert to is foes;Tat soul, tou$ all ell sould
endea"or to sa.e,)=ll ne"er, no ne"er, no ne"er forsa.eF11
Let us sed an( tou$t of failure& Let us discard an( abit or trait tat %a( inder& Let
us e"er press on#ard& Let us see.; let us obtain te pri1e prepared for all,e"en
e-altation in te celestial .in$do% of God&
Kour future is bri$t& )t is callen$in$& )t a#aits (ou& Bo not "enture fort alone& 'innie
Louise *as.ins counseled:
) said to te %an #o stood at te $ate of te (ear, 5Gi"e %e a li$t, tat ) %a( tread
safel( into te un.no#n&7 And e replied, 5Go out into te dar.ness and put (our and
into te and of God& Tat sall be to (ou better tan a li$t and safer tan a .no#n
#a(&712
+afe Dourne(, %( belo"ed friends, as (ou $lance bac.#ard, loo. ea"en#ard, reac
out#ard, and press on#ard and 0nd (our #a( safel( o%e a$ain& Tis is %( pra(er for
eac of us, in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
,homas -" Monson was rst counselor in the .irst 1residency of ,he $hurch of Cesus
$hrist of 2atter-day -aints when this de(otional address was gi(en on LM 6o(ember
IJJE"
Man 11, 200L
Great C-pectations
To%as +& 'onson
'( dear (oun$ friends, te spirit #ic per%eates tis %eetin$ ere in te 'arriott
Center at 8ri$a% Koun$ Uni"ersit( and in undreds of oter locations trou$out te
#orld is a re3ection of (our stren$t, (our de"otion, and (our $oodness& *o# $rateful
) a% to be #it (ou tis e"enin$& Kou brin$ to %ind te #ords penned b( te poet
*enr( 6ads#ort Lon$fello#:
&ow beautiful is youth% how bright it gleams
With its illusions, as!irations, dreams%
/ook of /eginnings, -tory without End,
Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend%
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)n addition to bein$ #it all of (ou, )=% pleased to be #it %e%bers of %( fa%il(
toni$t&
Iecentl( ) reread an old fa"orite of %ine b( Carles Bic.ens entitled *reat
E;!ectations" Kou #o a"e read tis classic #ill recall tat Bic.ens spea.s of a (oun$
bo( b( te na%e of 9ilip 9irrip, %ore co%%onl( .no#n as 9ip& Little 9ip #as an
orpan #o could not re%e%ber e"er a"in$ seen is %oter or is fater& *e ad all
te desires of a bo(& *e #ised #it all is eart tat e #ere a scolar& *e #ised
tat e #ere a $entle%an& *e #ised tat e #ere less i$norant& Ket all of is
a%bitions and all of is opes see%ed doo%ed to failure until one da( a London
la#(er b( te na%e of Ma$$ers approaced little 9ip and told i% tat an un.no#n
benefactor ad be2ueated a fortune to i%& Ten tat la#(er said tat little 9ip #as
5a (oun$ fello# of $reat e-pectations&7
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Toda(, as ) conte%plate #o (ou are and #at (ou are, #o (ou %a( beco%e and
#at (ou %a( beco%e, ) sa( to (ou, as tat la#(er said about 9ip, (ou a"e great
e;!ectationsFnot as te result of an un.no#n benefactor, but as te result of a
.no#n benefactor,e"en our *ea"enl( !ater,and $reat tin$s are e-pected of (ou&
Pre%are for the &ace of (ife
'an( of (ou ere toni$t are close to co%pletin$ (our for%al education& O6e=ll a"e a
%o%ent of ceer on tat one&P Oters of (ou a"e additional periods of acade%ic
preparation aead& Cac is in #at could be called te race of life&
Te #riter of te boo. of Ccclesiastes #rote, 5Te race is not to te s#ift, nor te
battle to te stron$7 OCcclesiastes L:11P; it is to i% #o endures to te end& Te race
of life is so i%portant, te pri1e so "alued, tat $reat e%pasis %ust necessaril( be
placed on ade2uate and torou$ preparation&
6en #e conte%plate te eternal nature of our coices, preparation is a "ital factor in
our li"es& Te da( #ill co%e #en #e #ill loo. upon our period of preparation and be
$rateful tat #e properl( applied oursel"es&
'an( (ears a$o, before ) #as called to te Nuoru% of te T#el"e, ) ad te
opportunit( to address a business con"ention in Ballas, Te-as,.no#n as 5te cit( of
curces&7 After te con"ention ) too. a si$tseein$ bus ride about te cit(=s suburbs&
As #e #ould pass te beautiful curces, our dri"er #ould co%%ent, 5On te left (ou
see te 'etodist curc,7 or 5Tere on te ri$t is te Catolic catedral&7 As #e
passed a beautiful red bric. buildin$ situated upon a ill, te dri"er infor%ed us, 5Tat
buildin$ is #ere te 'or%ons %eet&7
A lad(=s "oice fro% te rear of te bus as.ed, 5Bri"er, can (ou tell us so%etin$ about
te 'or%onsE7 Te dri"er pulled te bus o"er to te side of te road, turned around
in is seat, and replied, 5Lad(, all ) .no# about te 'or%ons is tat te( %eet in tat
red bric. buildin$& )s tere an(one on tis bus #o .no#s an(tin$ about te
'or%onsE7
) $a1ed at te e-pression on eac person=s face for so%e si$n of reco$nition, so%e
desire to co%%ent& ) found notin$,not a si$n& Ten ) reali1ed te trut of te
state%ent 56en te ti%e for decision arri"es, te ti%e for preparation is past&7 !or
te ne-t 15 %inutes ) ad te pri"ile$e of $i"in$, as 9eter declared, 5a reason ?for@ te
ope tat is in (ou7 O1 9eter >:15P& At tat ti%e ) de"eloped a %uc $reater
appreciation concernin$ te %atter of preparation&
Actuall(, %( (oun$ friends, te period of (our preparation did not be$in te da( (ou
#al.ed into (our 0rst colle$e or uni"ersit( classes& )t be$an lon$ before (ou e"er
ca%e to %ortalit(, #en #e li"ed as spirit cildren of our *ea"enl( !ater& ) a% so
$rateful tat in *is #isdo% *e as $i"en us a record, in te boo. of Abraa%, #ic
tells us so%etin$ of tat e-istence:
6ow the 2ord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organi+ed
before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great
ones;
And *od saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and
he said: ,hese ' will make my rulers; for he stood among those ?#o@ were s!irits, and
he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them;
thou wast chosen before thou wast born"
And there stood one among them that was like unto *od, and he said unto those who
were with him: We will go down, for there is s!ace there, and we will take of these
materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;
And we will !ro(e them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoe(er the 2ord
their *od shall command them;
And they who kee! their rst estate shall be added u!on; and they who kee! not their
rst estate shall not ha(e glory in the same kingdom with those who kee! their rst
estate; and they who kee! their second estate shall ha(e glory added u!on their
heads fore(er and e(er" ?Abraa% >:22S26@
Ten, in te #isdo% of our *ea"enl( !ater, (ou and ) #ere born into %ortalit( and
#elco%ed into lo"in$ fa%ilies&
) pause to let (ou .no# o# %uc (our fa%ilies pra( for (ou& Te( #orr( about (ou&
Te( #onder o# (ou=re $ettin$ alon$& Te( lo"e (ou so %uc& Bon=t disappoint
te%&
Te Lord tells us in te Boctrine and Co"enants tat durin$ te 0rst ei$t (ears of our
li"es, po#er is not $i"en unto +atan to te%pt us as little cildren Osee BQC 2L:A6SAJP&
6e ad an ei$t/(ear ead start on Lucifer&
Tis infor%ation #as $i"en b( te Lord to te 9ropet Mosep +%it bac. in 18>0& )n
our o#n ti%e Br& Glenn Bo%an, a reno#ned scolar and scientist #o as al%ost
de0nitel( ne"er eard of te re"elation 2uoted, as, trou$ is researc, co%e to
te conclusion tat
a newborn child is almost an e;act du!licate of ?a@ com!uter, although su!erior to
one in almost e(ery way"
What is !laced in the child)s brain during the rst eight years of life is !robably there
to stay" 'f you !ut misinformation into his brain during this !eriod, it is e;tremely
diNcult to erase it"
*e belie"ed tat te %ost recepti"e a$e in u%an life is tat of t#o or tree (ears
old&
>
Kou %i$t as., 56( is 9resident 'onson e%pasi1in$ tisE Our 0rst ei$t/(ear period
of learnin$ is lon$ past&7 8ut (ou, %( broters and sisters, are $oin$ to be parents
one da(, and (ou #ill #ant to e%pasi1e te i%portance to (our cildren and to (our
future $enerations of descendants of tat 0rst ei$t/(ear period&
6en ) consider so%e of te tin$s (ou and ) no doubt did as cildren, as teena$ers,
and as (oun$ adults, ) tin. it is a #onder at ti%es tat our parents sur"i"ed, let alone
retained teir sanit(& One #o%an #o ad been e-periencin$ a "er( callen$in$
%ornin$ tr(in$ to .eep er cildren under control felt tat se #as about to lose er
sanit(&
*er s%all son, 'atte#, ca%e to er and said bri$tl(, 5'o%, (ou re%e%ber tat
"ase tat (our $rand%oter $a"e to (our %oter, and se $a"e to (ou, and (ou are
al#a(s #orried tat ) a% $oin$ to brea. itE7
5Kes,7 se said&
56ell,7 'atte# replied, 5(ou can 2uit #orr(in$F7
Pre%are ,caemicall!
Kou, %( broters and sisters, a"e no# entered into anoter $reat preparation period
in order tat (ou %i$t 2ualif( for te race of life& ) spea. of acade%ic preparation&
Tis is i%portant because it is ere tat #e learn te lessons #ic #ill elp us %eet
te callen$es of tis can$in$ #orld in #ic #e li"e&
Must a fe# $enerations a$o, if so%eone #ere appl(in$ for a position of responsibilit( in
te business #orld, a personnel director #ould probabl( as.: 5Are (ou #illin$ to #or.
ardE Are (ou ealt(E7 And if te ans#ers to tose 2uestions #ere 5Kes,7 cances
are e=d be ired&
Tis, of course, is not so toda(& Assu%in$ one=s application,usuall( sub%itted online
,is cosen for a personal inter"ie#, te %odern u%an resource director #ill as.
suc 2uestions as 6at sort of de$ree do (ou a"eE 6at contributions can (ou %a.e
to our 0r%E 6ic co%puter pro$ra%s can (ou use s.illfull(E
Put Forth the #<ort
'an( (ears a$o ) ad te opportunit( to teac at te uni"ersit( le"el, and ) re%e%ber
tat so%e students see%ed to .no# #ere te( #ere $oin$& Te( applied
te%sel"es, te( ad obDecti"es, te( ad $oals, and te( #or.ed to#ard te
acie"e%ent of tese obDecti"es and $oals& 8ut oter students could not a"e cared
less& Te( see%ed to be driftin$ on a sea of cance, #it #a"es of failure treatenin$
to en$ulf te%& !irst te( beca%e la1(, ten discoura$ed, and ten indi:erent, and
ten te( beca%e dropouts&
One suc student #o dropped out of scool #ent o%e to is %oter and said,
5'o%, )="e 2uit scool& )=% $oin$ out to %a.e %( o#n #a( in te #orld&7 *e pac.ed
is suitcase and #ent out to %eet life ead/on& After tree #ee.s of %eetin$ life, e
called is %oter& 5'o%,7 e said, 5re%e%ber tellin$ %e #en ) left o%e tat if )
2uit scool ) #ouldn=t be able to $et a DobE 6ell, (ou #ere #ron$& )="e onl( been out
on te road for tree #ee.s, and )="e alread( ad si- DobsF7
)n (our pursuit of e-cellence, real e:ort is re2uired& Ie%e%ber, 5e #ic so#et
sparin$l( sall reap also sparin$l(; and e #ic so#et bountifull( sall reap also
bountifull(7 O2 Corintians L:6P&
Life is a sea upon #ic te proud are u%bled, te sir.er is e-posed, and te leader
is re"ealed& To sail it safel( and reac (our desired port, (ou need to .eep (our carts
at and and up/to/date& Kou need to learn b( te e-perience of oters, to stand 0r%
for principles, to broaden (our interests, to be understandin$ of te ri$ts of oters to
sail te sa%e sea, and to be reliable in te discar$e of (our dut(&
Kour e:orts in scool #ill a"e a notable e:ect on (our opportunities after (ou lea"e
scool& As (ou stru$$le for tat $rade point a"era$e, don=t o"erloo. te i%portance of
reall( learnin$ to tin.& *enr( !ord, te $reat industrialist, said:
An educated man is not one whose memory is trained to carry a few dates in history
Fhe is one who can accom!lish things" A man who cannot think is not an educated
man howe(er many college degrees he may ha(e acBuired" ,hinking is the hardest
work any one can doFwhich is !robably the reason why we ha(e so few thinkers"
A
Pre%are S%irituall!
Greater tan our period of acade%ic preparation is te %atter of spiritual preparation&
6e %ust ac2uire for oursel"es a testi%on( of te $ospel of Mesus Crist, #ic
testi%on( #ill be an ancor to our soul&
)n tis in2uirin$, uncertain period of (our li"es, so%e of (ou %a( as., as did 9ilate, te
Io%an procurator in Mudea at te ti%e of Crist, 56at is trutE7 OMon 18:>8P& And
a$ain #e turn to te re"elations for $uidance:
And that which doth not edify is not of *od, and is darkness"
,hat which is of *od is light" ?BQC 50:2>S2A@
Tousands of onest, searcin$ souls continue to be confronted b( tat penetratin$
2uestion #ic coursed trou$ te %ind of Mosep +%it as e sur"e(ed te
declarations %ade b( te curces of is co%%unit( concernin$ #o is ri$t and #o
is #ron$& Mosep said:
'n the midst of this war of words and tumult of o!inions, ' often said to myself: What is
to be done7 Who of all these !arties are right; or, are they all wrong together7 'f any
one of them be right, which is it, and how shall ' know it7 " " "
At length ' came to the conclusion that ' must either remain in darkness and
confusion, or else ' must do as Cames directs, that is, ask of *od" ?Mosep +%it,
*istor( 1:10, 1>@
*e pra(ed& Te results of tat pra(er are best described in Mosep=s o#n #ords& Kou
.no# te%:
' saw two 1ersonages, whose brightness and glory defy all descri!tion, standing
abo(e me in the air" #ne of them s!ake unto me, calling me by name and said,
!ointing to the otherFTis is '( 8elo"ed +on& *ear *i%F ?Mosep +%it,*istor( 1:1J;
e%pasis in ori$inal@
Mosep listened; Mosep learned& *is 2uestion ad been ans#ered&
To tose #o u%bl( see., tere is no need to stu%ble or falter alon$ te pat#a(
leadin$ to trut& )t is #ell %ar.ed b( our *ea"enl( !ater& 6e %ust 0rst a"e a desire
to .no# for oursel"es& 6e %ust stud(& 6e %ust pra(& 6e %ust do te #ill of te
!ater& And ten #e #ill .no# te trut, and te trut #ill %a.e us free& Bi"ine fa"or
#ill attend tose #o u%bl( see. it& Tat is a pro%ise #ic ) lea"e #it (ou& Tin.
of it&
Ie%e%ber tat doubt and fait cannot e-ist in te %ind at te sa%e ti%e, for one #ill
dispel te oter& 6ereas doubt destro(s, fait ful0lls& An attitude of fait brin$s one
closer to God and to *is purposes&
9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa( often %entioned:
Man)s earthly e;istence is but a test as to whether he will concentrate his e<orts, his
mind, his soul, u!on things which contribute to the comfort and gratication of his
!hysical nature, or whether he will make as his life)s !ursuit the acBuisition of
s!iritual Bualities"
5
!ait i%plies a certain trust, e"en a reliance, upon te #ord of our Creator&
)f (ou sould a"e doubtin$ tou$ts, re%e%ber te counsel $i"en b( 9resident
+tepen L Iicards, a for%er counselor in te !irst 9residenc(, #o declared:
Cust say to those ske!tical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts, =' !ro!ose to stay with my
faith, with the faith of my !eo!le" ' know that ha!!iness and contentment are there
and ' forbid you, agnostic, doubting thoughts, to destroy the house of my faith" '
acknowledge that ' do not understand the !rocesses of creation, but ' acce!t the fact
of it" ' grant that ' cannot e;!lain the miracles of the /ible and ' do not attem!t to do
so, but ' acce!t *od)s word" ' wasn)t with Cose!h, but ' belie(e him" My faith did not
come to me through science and ' will not !ermit science to destroy it">
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As (our preparator( period at scool co%es to a close and (ou e%bar. on te $reat
race of life, %a( ) su$$est so%e elpful ints #ic #ill assist (ou to acie"e (our
$reat e-pectations&
,*oi (ife9s Pitfalls
.irst, a(oid the !itfalls in the track" A"oid te detours #ic #ill depri"e (ou of (our
celestial re#ard& Kou can reco$ni1e te% if (ou #ill& Te( %a( be labeled 5O, Dust
tis once #on=t %atter7 or 5'( parents are so old/fasioned&7
8ad abits also can be suc pitfalls& At 0rst #e could brea. te% if #e would" Later,
#e #ould brea. te% if #e could" Mon Br(den, an in3uential Cn$lis poet and
pla(#ri$t of te 1Jt centur(, #rote:
'll habits gather by unseen degrees,
As brooks make ri(ers, ri(ers run to seas"
J
Good abits, on te oter and, are te soul=s %uscles& Te %ore (ou use te%, te
stron$er te( $ro#&
Our *ea"enl( !ater as counseled us to see. after 5an(tin$ "irtuous, lo"el(, or of
$ood report or praise#ort(7 OArticles of !ait 1:1>P& 9er%issi"eness, i%%oralit(, and
te po#er of peer pressure cause %an( to be tossed about on a sea of sin and
crused on te Da$$ed reefs of lost opportunities, forfeited blessin$s, and sattered
drea%s&
6ate"er (ou read, listen to, or #atc %a.es an i%pression on (ou&
A"oid an( se%blance of porno$rap(& )t is dan$erous and addicti"e& )f (ou continue to
"ie# porno$rap(, (our spirit #ill beco%e desensiti1ed and (our conscience #ill
erode&
Bon=t be afraid to #al. out of a %o"ie, turn o: a tele"ision set, or can$e te radio
station if #at=s bein$ presented does not %eet (our *ea"enl( !ater=s standards& )n
sort, if (ou a"e an( 2uestion about #eter a particular %o"ie, boo., or oter for%
of entertain%ent is appropriate, don=t see it, don=t read it, don=t participate&
Perse*ere To+ar Goals
-econd, beware of the 9ashy start and the fade-out nish" ) lo"e te si%ple #isdo%
found in tis poe% b( an un.no#n autor& ) don=t tin. it=s a literar( %asterpiece, but
(ou can understand it&
-tick to your task till it sticks to you;
/eginners are many, but enders are few"
&onor, !ower, !lace, and !raise
Will come, in time, to the one who stays"
-tick to your task till it sticks to you;
/end at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
.or out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life)s (ictories, after awhile"
8
!or%ula 567 is interestin$: 56or. #ill #in #en #is(/#as( #isin$ #on=t&7 An
attitude of #or. results in te capacit( to %a.e continuous e:ort to#ard te
acco%plis%ent of a $i"en $oal&
)="e al#a(s been an ardent sports fan& Lon$ #ill ) re%e%ber one sportscaster as e
praised te %ar"elous perfor%ance of K& A& Tittle, one of te all/ti%e $reat
professional football 2uarterbac.s& *e said:
,his will be the key !lay of the game" ,ittle has the sna! from center; he fades to
throw, but his line cannot hold" 't a!!ears the game is o(er"
Wait% Wait% ,ittle has eluded his tacklers; he)s fallen dee! behind the line" &e cocks
his arm to throw, and the !ass is away and caught in the end +one for a touchdown"
,hat was a great second e<ort by Y" A" ,ittle%
)n te $a%e of life, a second e:ort is often re2uired& Te app( life is not usered in
at an( a$e to te sound of dru%s and tru%pets& )t $ro#s upon us (ear b( (ear, little
b( little, until at last #e reali1e tat #e a"e it& )t is acie"ed b( a bod( of #or. done
so #ell tat #e can lift our eads #it assurance and loo. te #orld in te e(e&
!ollo# te e-a%ple of Cristoper Colu%bus& Ta.e a leaf out of te lo$ of is Dournal
on is 0rst "o(a$e& Ba( after da(, as te( oped to 0nd land and ne"er found it, e
#rote si%pl(, 5Tis da( #e sailed on&7
L
9erse"erance #ill pa( ric re#ards&
2el% 4thers
,hird, hel! others in their race of life" Ie%e%ber tat #en (ou elp anoter up a
%ountain, (ou are a little nearer te top (ourself& Tr( to loo. at (our broter or (our
sister in te ri$t perspecti"e& One %an said, 5) loo.ed at %( broter trou$ te
%icroscope of criticis%, and ) said, R*o# coarse %( broter is&= ) loo.ed at %( broter
trou$ te telescope of scorn, and ) said, R*o# s%all %( broter is&= Ten ) loo.ed
into te %irror of trut, and ) said, R*o# li.e %e %( broter is&=7
An attitude of lo"e caracteri1ed te %ission of te 'aster& *e $a"e si$t to te blind,
le$s to te la%e, and life to te dead& 9eraps #en #e %a.e face/to/face contact
#it our 'a.er, #e #ill not be as.ed, 5*o# %an( positions did (ou oldE7 but rater,
5*o# %an( people did (ou elpE7 )n realit(, (ou can ne"er lo"e te Lord until (ou
ser"e *i% b( ser"in$ *is people&
Seek the (or9s 2el%
.ourth, and nally, seek the hel! of the 2ord" +ouls are precious,(our soul and %(
soul& Our *ea"enl( !ater *i%self as said so&
Ie%e%ber tat #e do not run alone in tis $reat race of life; #e are entitled to te
elp of te Lord& To te *ebre#s te Apostle 9aul ur$ed:
2ay aside " " " sin " " " , and let us run with !atience the race that is set before us,
2ooking ?for an e-a%ple@ unto Cesus the author and nisher of our faith" ?*ebre#s
12:1S2@
8efore #e can ta.e *i% as our co%panion, before #e can follo# *i% as our $uide, #e
%ust 0nd *i%& )n order to 0nd *i%, ) #ould li.e to su$$est, 0rst of all, tat #e %ust
%a.e roo% for *i% in our li"es& *e said, 5Te fo-es a"e oles, and te birds of te
air a"e nests; but te +on of %an at not #ere to la( is ead7 O'atte# 8:20P&
Te p(sician Lu.e described te nati"it( scene: 5And se brou$t fort er 0rstborn
son, and #rapped i% in s#addlin$ clotes, and laid i% in a %an$er; because tere
#as no roo% for te% in te inn7 OLu.e 2:JP&
Te in"itation of te Lord is directed to eac of us& Tin. of it as te #ords of te Lord
to (ou indi"iduall(: 58eold, ) stand at te door, and .noc.: if an( %an ear %( "oice,
and open te door, ) #ill co%e in to i% ?and, ) %i$t add, to er@7 OIe"elation >:20P&
O, %( (oun$ broters and sisters, %a.e roo% for te Lord in (our o%es and in (our
earts, and *e #ill be (our co%panion& *e #ill be b( (our side& *e #ill teac (ou te
#a( of trut& 6it *is elp, and #it te preparation about #ic #e a"e spo.en,
(ou can $o for#ard in tis race of life and acie"e (our o#n $reat e-pectations& Ten,
at te conclusion of it all, (ou=ll be able to sa(, 5) a"e fou$t a $ood 0$t, ) a"e
0nised %( course, ) a"e .ept te fait7 O2 Ti%ot( A:JP&
8( so doin$, te blessin$s of ea"en #ill attend& *e #o notes te sparro#=s fall #ill,
in *is o#n #a(, ac.no#led$e our ser"ice&
Let %e sare #it (ou an e-perience tat illustrates tis assurance&
8roter Cd#in N& Cannon Mr&, #e call i% Ted, #as a %issionar( to Ger%an( in 1L>8&
*e lo"ed te people and ser"ed faitfull(& At te conclusion of is %ission, e
returned o%e to +alt La.e Cit(& *e %arried and co%%enced is o#n business&
!ort( (ears passed b(& One da( 8roter Cannon ca%e to %( o4ce and said e ad
been prunin$ is %issionar( poto$raps& OTat=s a $ood #ord& Kou $o trou$ all of
te%, tro# t#o a#a(, and .eep all rest&P A%on$ tose poto$raps e ad .ept
since is %ission #ere se"eral #ic e could not speci0call( identif(& C"er( ti%e e
ad planned to discard te%, e ad been i%pressed to .eep te%, altou$ e #as
at a loss as to #(& Te( #ere poto$raps ta.en b( 8roter Cannon durin$ is
%ission #en e ser"ed in +tettin, Ger%an(, and #ere of a fa%il(,a %oter, a
fater, a s%all $irl, and a s%all bo(& *e .ne# teir surna%e #as 8erndt but could
re%e%ber notin$ %ore about te%& *e indicated tat e understood tere #as a
8erndt #o #as a Curc leader in Ger%an(, and e tou$t, altou$ te possibilit(
#as re%ote, tat tis 8erndt %i$t a"e so%e connection #it te 8erndts #o ad
li"ed in +tettin and #o #ere depicted in te poto$raps& 8efore disposin$ of te
potos, e tou$t e #ould cec. #it %e&
) told 8roter Cannon ) #as lea"in$ sortl( for 8erlin, #ere ) anticipated tat ) #ould
see Bieter 8erndt, te Curc leader, and tat ) #ould so# te poto$raps to i%
to see if tere #as an( relationsip and if e #anted te%& Tere #as a possibilit( )
#ould also see 8roter 8erndt=s sister, #o #as %arried to Biet%ar 'atern, a sta.e
president in *a%bur$&
Te Lord didn=t e"en let %e $et to 8erlin before *is purposes #ere acco%plised& )
#as in Yuric, +#it1erland, boardin$ te 3i$t to 8erlin, #en #o sould also board
te plane but Bieter 8erndt& *e sat ne-t to %e, and ) told i% ) ad so%e old potos
of people na%ed 8erndt fro% +tettin& ) anded te% to i% and as.ed if e could
identif( tose so#n in te poto$raps& As e loo.ed at te% carefull(, e be$an to
#eep& *e said, 5Our fa%il( li"ed in +tettin durin$ te #ar& '( fater #as .illed #en
an Allied bo%b struc. te plant #ere e #or.ed& <ot lon$ after#ard, te Iussians
in"aded 9oland and te area of +tettin& '( %oter too. %( sister and %e and 3ed
fro% te approacin$ ene%(& C"er(tin$ ad to be left beind, includin$ an(
poto$raps #e ad& 8roter 'onson, ) a% te little bo( pictured in tese
poto$raps, and %( sister is te little $irl& Te %an and #o%an are our dear parents&
Until toda(, ) ad no poto$raps of our cildood in +tettin or of %( fater&7
6ipin$ a#a( %( o#n tears, ) told 8roter 8erndt te poto$raps #ere is& *e placed
te% carefull( and lo"in$l( in is briefcase&
At te ne-t $eneral conference, #en Bieter 8erndt "isited +alt La.e Cit(, e paid a
"isit to 8roter and +ister Cd#in Cannon Mr& so tat e %i$t e-press in person is
$ratitude for te inspiration tat ca%e to 8roter Cannon to retain tese precious
poto$raps and for te fact tat e follo#ed tat inspiration in .eepin$ te% for A0
(ears&
6illia% Co#per penned te lines:
*od mo(es in a mysterious way
&is wonders to !erform;
&e !lants &is footste!s in the sea,
And rides u!on the storm"
" " "
Cudge not the 2ord by feeble sense,
/ut trust &im for &is grace;
/ehind a frowning !ro(idence
&e hides a smiling face"
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Tis testi%on( ) bear to (ou, tis #itness ) $i"e unto (ou, tat God li"es, tat Mesus is
te Crist, te +on of te Li"in$ God, tat *e is our Clder 8roter, *e is our Iedee%er,
*e is our +a"ior, and *e is te autor of (our $reat e-pectations&
) lea"e #it (ou %( blessin$; ) e-press to (ou %( lo"e& Kou are a coice $eneration
#it $reat e-pectations& 'a( our *ea"enl( !ater e"er $uide and bless (ou; %a( (ou
stri"e al#a(s to acie"e tose $reat e-pectations, ) pra(, in te na%e of Mesus Crist,
our +a"ior, a%en&
,homas -" Monson was !resident of ,he $hurch of Cesus $hrist of 2atter-day -aints when
this de(otional address was deli(ered on LL Canuary IJJO"
+ep 15, 200L
9rinciples fro% 9ropets
To%as +& 'onson
To%as +& 'onson #as 9resident of Te Curc of Mesus Crist of Latter/da( +aints #en
tis de"otional address #as deli"ered on 15 +epte%ber 200L&
) a"e loo.ed for#ard to te opportunit( of acceptin$ te assi$n%ent and te in"itation
to be #it (ou toda(, for ) reali1e (ou are te eart and soul of %an( of te parents of
tis Curc, all o"er te #orld& 6at a $lorious si$t (ou areF ) a% also pleased to
reco$ni1e te o4cers and facult( %e%bers of tis 0ne institution&
'( dear (oun$ broters and sisters, (ou are in te pri%e of (our li"es& Kou are on te
cuttin$ ed$e of pro$ress& Kou li"e in a ti%e of e-tre%e di4culties but also a ti%e of
e-ceptional opportunities& ) tin. te nation and te #orld a"e ne"er been beset #it a
$reater "ariet( of callen$es to %eet and proble%s to sol"e, and (ou and tose si%ilar
to (ou are destined to %eet tose callen$es and to sol"e tose proble%s& ) .no# (ou
can, because te Lord #ill pro"ide te elp (ou need&
) lo"e te passa$e fro% te boo. of Acts in te <e# Testa%ent #ere #e read of te
confrontation bet#een a %an fro% Ctiopia, #o #as readin$ fro% scripture, and 9ilip
of old& 9ilip as.ed te %an if e understood te #ords e #as readin$& Te %an replied
to 9ilip, 5*o# can ), e-cept so%e %an sould $uide %eE71 Of course 9ilip sat #it i%
and $uided i% in is understandin$&
Must last Tursda( ) #as sittin$ in te roo% in te +alt La.e Te%ple #ere te !irst
9residenc( and Nuoru% of te T#el"e %eet once eac #ee.& ) $a1ed up at te #all #ic
faces te !irst 9residenc(, and tere ) obser"ed a portrait of eac 9resident of te
Curc& As %( $a1e %o"ed fro% te 9ropet Mosep ri$t do#n trou$ 9resident
*inc.le(, ) tou$t, 56e a"e ad $reat 9residents of tis Curc& Cac one as $uided
us; is #ritin$s a"e sti%ulated us; is %essa$es a"e inspired us& To so# us te #a(,
#e a"e tose #o% te Lord as pro"ided&7
+o%e (ears a$o ) spo.e ere of te 9residents of te Curc ) a"e .no#n, $i"in$ brief
personal $li%pses& Toda( ) #ould li.e to %ention eac one in $reater dept&
Te %an #o #as 9resident of te Curc #en ) #as born and #o #as president until )
#as nearl( ei$teen (ears old #as te se"ent 9resident of te Curc, *eber M& Grant&
*e #as ordained and set apart as 9resident on <o"e%ber 2>, 1L18, at te a$e of 62&
Te Curc #as a little di:erent #en 9resident Grant #as 9resident& *is personal o4ce
#as #at #e refer to no# as te !irst 9residenc( 8oardroo%& *e sat at a lar$e, rater
i%posin$ des. in te enor%ous roo%, and Dust about an(one could drop in to see i%&
Te Curc #as relati"el( s%all at te ti%e& A friend of %ine told %e tat e and anoter
(oun$ %an ad been as.ed to "isit 9resident Grant to see if e #ould co%e to teir #ard
and spea. at te co%%e%oration of te restoration of te Aaronic 9riestood te( #ere
plannin$& *e said te( #al.ed trou$ te front door of te Curc Ad%inistration
8uildin$, #al.ed to te bac. of te buildin$ #ere 9resident Grant=s secretar( sat, and
said, 5)s te 9resident inE7
+e replied, 5Kes, #ould (ou li.e to see i%E7
Te( ans#ered in te a4r%ati"e and #ere so#n into tat beautiful boardroo%&
9resident Grant #elco%ed te% and said, 56at can ) do for (ou t#o (oun$ %en toda(E7
Te( %ade teir re2uest, and 9resident Grant responded, 5Of course )=d be app( to
co%e and spea. to te (oun$ %en& Gi"e %e te date and ti%e, and )=ll be tere&7 *e
stood, and te( tan.ed i% and left& 9resident Grant "isited teir #ard on te appointed
date&
Tis scenario probabl( too. place in te earl( 1L>0s, and ) can assure (ou tat
e"er(tin$ is andled %uc di:erentl( toda(&
9resident Grant presided durin$ a ti%e #en tere #as tre%endous can$e in te #orld,
includin$ te 0nancial callen$es of te Great Bepression& *e assisted in te
de"elop%ent of te #elfare pro$ra% of te Curc and elped te %e%bers cope #it
te tra$ed( of 6orld 6ar ))&
*e #as a persistent person& As a bo( e #anted to learn o# to tro# a baseball& *e #as
not as $ood as e desired to be, so e practiced our after our tro#in$ te ball at a
tar$et %ar.ed on te barn door& *e beca%e "er( pro0cient& *e also #as a poor pen%an,
but trou$ e-tensi"e practice e de"eloped beautiful pen%ansip&
9resident Grant lo"ed to stand before te priestood of te Curc& Tose #ere te da(s
#en e"er(tin$ #as a little less structured, and e=d $o to te %icropone and sa(,
56e=re no# in priestood session& 6e=re o: te record& Te press is not in attendance&7
Ten e=d discuss an( subDect e cose&
On one occasion e stood in priestood %eetin$ and said, 5) a"e a letter fro% a %an
#o %ade a su$$estion concernin$ #at subDect ) sould address at conference& Tis
%an said e felt ) ad spo.en too %an( ti%es concernin$ te 6ord of 6isdo% and
stron$l( ur$ed %e to spea. on a di:erent topic&7 9resident Grant continued, 5Tat is one
%an #o ob"iousl( needs to ear %ore about te 6ord of 6isdo%, and terefore ) sall
address tat topic toni$t,7 and e did so&
9resident Grant=s fa"orite son$ #as 5Bo 6at )s Ii$t&7 And let %e add te #ords 5let
te conse2uence follo#&72 Tin. of tat: Bo #at is ri$t& 9resident Grant li"ed b( te
#ords of tat son$& *is fa"orite food #as bread and %il.,"er( co%%on, si%ple fare& A
fa"orite 2uotation of is is attributed to Ialp 6aldo C%erson: 5Tat #ic #e persist in
doin$ beco%es easier to do; not tat te nature of te tin$ as can$ed, but tat our
capacit( to do as increased&7> 6at #ould be te trait of 9resident *eber M& Grant tat
e #ould probabl( a"e (ou re%e%ber and incorporate in (our lifeE ) feel it #ould be
persistence& 9ersist in all tose tin$s #ic are $ood and noble&
After 2J (ears as 9resident of te Curc, 9resident Grant passed a#a( on 'a( 1A, 1LA5,
at te a$e of 88&
) %o"e ne-t to 9resident Geor$e Albert +%it, te ei$t 9resident of te Curc,
ordained and set apart as 9resident on 'a( 21, 1LA5, at te a$e of J5& *e #as president
of te Curc #en ) ser"ed as a bisop, and e si$ned %( bisop=s certi0cate&
) belie"e one of 9resident +%it=s %ost noble acco%plis%ents #as after 6orld 6ar ))&
+tar"ation #as ra%pant in Ger%an( and in oter nations of Curope& 9resident +%it %et
#it United +tates 9resident *arr( +& Tru%an and said, 56e=d li.e to send #elfare
supplies to te star"in$ people of Curope, but te bureaucrac( and te red tape in
post#ar Curope are .eepin$ us fro% doin$ so&7
9resident Tru%an eard is plea and opened te #a(& *e as.ed, 5*o# %an( %onts #ill
it ta.e for (ou to asse%ble (our suppliesE7
9resident +%it replied, 59resident Tru%an, te(=re alread( asse%bled& All (ou need do
is sa( $o, and te(=ll be rollin$ #itin t#ent(/four ours&7
9resident Tru%an #as ta.en abac. b( tis slender %an #o spo.e rater softl(,but o,
could e %o"e tin$s alon$& Te supplies #ere sent, and Clder C1ra Taft 8enson #as also
sent to o"ersee teir distribution& Li"es #ere sa"ed as a result&
Tis $reat leader ad suc a co%passionate eart& A personal friend of %ine told %e of
an e-a%ple of suc co%passion& *e said is uncle Munius 8urt #or.ed on te street
depart%ent cre# for +alt La.e Cit(, and on a "er( cold da( %an( (ears a$o, e and
oters on te cre# #ere cippin$ ice #it so"els and and i%ple%ents fro% +out
Te%ple +treet bet#een +tate +treet and 'ain +treet& 9resident Geor$e Albert +%it said
to one of te #or.ers #o ad no coat, 5Kou sould #ear a coat toda(& )t=s too cold to be
out ere in tis "er( fri$id #eater #or.in$ as (ou are #or.in$&7
Te %an, #o did not .no# 9resident +%it, replied, 5) a"e no coat to #ear&7
9resident +%it ten re%o"ed is o#n coat, anded it to te %an, and said, 5*ere, (ou
ta.e tis coat and #ear it& ) #or. Dust across te street, and ) can $et tere #itout a
coat&7
Iecei"ed b( tat #or.er tat da( #as %ore tan an o"ercoat& Iecei"ed #as a $esture of
.indness #ic te recipient of te coat and is co#or.ers ne"er for$ot&
9resident Geor$e Albert +%it=s fa"orite son$ #as 5Let Us Oft +pea. Gind 6ords,7A
#ic e personi0ed& *is fa"orite food #as apple pie #it a little #ar% %il. on it& 6at
#as one of is fa"orite state%entsE *e al#a(s tau$t, 5Tere is a $reat tu$/of/#ar $oin$
on bet#een te Lord and te ad"ersar(& +ta( safel( on te Lord=s side of te line&7 O,
o# applicable it is toda( in our li"esF A trait of 9resident +%it=s #ic e #ould no
doubt encoura$e us to incorporate in our li"es #ould be co%passion& Tis $reat leader
ad a co%passionate eart&
9resident Geor$e Albert +%it ser"ed as 9resident of te Curc for si- (ears, passin$
a#a( on is 81st birtda(, April A, 1L51&
<o# #e %o"e to Ba"id O& 'cGa(, te nint 9resident of te Curc& *e #as sustained as
9resident on April L, 1L51& ) re%e%ber sittin$ in te Tabernacle on tat da(& *e #as JJ
(ears old&
Must o"er t#el"e (ears later, in October of 1L6>, 9resident 'cGa( e-tended to %e a call
to ser"e as a %e%ber of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles& As ) sat tere in is o4ce,
e ad %e pull %( cair up "er( close to i%, and e put is and on %( .nee& *is e(es
penetrated to %( "er( soul& ) #ill si%pl( sa( tis %uc about a "er( sacred e-perience
#ic ) don=t sare often& *e said, 58roter 'onson, te Lord as called (ou to te
apostlesip& Kou #ill beco%e te ne#est %e%ber of te Council of te T#el"e&7 6e bot
#ept a little bit& ) later #ept a lot %ore #en ) reali1ed te e-tent of %( responsibilities&
9resident 'cGa( #as a %an of %an( attributes, but one #ic stands out is tat of
consideration& *e #as al#a(s considerate of oters& Let %e illustrate& ) #as in is o4ce
on one occasion prior to %( call to te T#el"e& ) did te printin$ of is boo.s, as ) did for
%an( of te oter 8retren& On tat particular occasion ) noticed a paintin$ on te #all,
and ) said to i%, 59resident 'cGa(, tat=s a lo"el( paintin$& )s it a rendition of (our
cildood o%e in *unts"ille, UtaE7
9resident 'cGa( sat bac. in is cair, $a"e a fa%iliar Ba"id O& 'cGa( cuc.le, and said,
5Let %e tell (ou about tat picture& A s#eet #o%an ca%e in to see %e one da( and
presented to %e tat beautiful paintin$, fra%ed and read( to be placed on te #all& +e
said, `9resident 'cGa(, ) a"e spent te entire su%%er paintin$ tis picture of (our
ancestral o%e&=7 *e said e tan.ed er profusel( and accepted te $ift& 5Bo (ou .no#,
8roter 'onson,7 e continued, 5tat s#eet #o%an painted te #ron$ ouse& +e
painted te ouse ne-t doorF ) didn=t a"e te eart to tell er& +e %a( co%e bac., so
tat=s #( it=s an$in$ on te #all&7 8ut ten e %ade tis co%%ent, and ere is a "ital
lesson for us& *e said, 5)n realit(, 8roter 'onson, se painted te ri$t ouse, because
#en, as a (oun$ bo(, ) #ould lie on te bed #ic #as on te front porc of %(
ancestral o%e, te "ie# ) ad trou$ tat screened porc #as of te "er( ouse se
painted& +e did paint te ri$t ouse for %e&7
9resident 'cGa(=s fa"orite son$ #as 5O +a(, 6at )s TrutE75 *is fa"orite food:
Cu%%in$s cocolates&
6at #ould be an e-pression of isE !ro% is o#n eart and soul e said, 5True
Cristianit( is lo"e in action&76
A$ain, te noble principle fro% 9resident 'cGa( tat ) #ould sare #it (ou toda( is
consideration& 'a( #e e"er be considerate&
9resident 'cGa( ser"ed nineteen (ears as 9resident, until is deat Manuar( 18, 1LJ0, at
te a$e of L6&
<e-t ) %ention Mosep !ieldin$ +%it, tent 9resident of te Curc& *e #as ordained
and set apart on Manuar( 2>, 1LJ0, at te a$e of L>&
On one occasion ) #as tourin$ te %issions in te +out 9aci0c, a"in$ left %( #ife and
fa%il( at o%e& ) re%e%ber tat #en ) arri"ed at Auc.land, <e# Yealand, after four or
0"e #ee.s of %eetin$s in %an( countries, tere #as a letter for %e fro% Mosep !ieldin$
+%it, #o at tat ti%e #as %( 2uoru% president& *e #rote, 5Bear 8roter 'onson, )="e
been tin.in$ about (ou and tou$t (ou=d li.e to .no# tat all is #ell ere at o%e, and
) a% "er( pleased tat (ou are in te +out 9aci0c area of te #orld& '( pra(ers a"e
been #it (ou& 6e are read( to #elco%e (ou o%e #en (ou return& +incerel(, Mosep
!ieldin$ +%it&7 6at a .ind and tou$tful tin$ to do&
As one of te Curc=s %ost proli0c #riters, 9resident +%it=s nu%erous boo.s and
articles elped educate $enerations of Latter/da( +aints concernin$ te istor( and
doctrine of te Curc& *e #as direct in is teacin$ of aderence to $ospel principles,
and (et e #as particularl( tender in is attitude to#ard tose #o fell sort&
*is fa"orite son$ #as 59ra(er )s te +oul=s +incere Besire&7 And )=ll add te ne-t tou$t:
5uttered or une-pressed&7J And as for is fa"orite food, ) obser"ed i% at our lunceon
table in te te%ple on Tursda(s, and e see%ed to lo"e s#eet pic.les& ) ate te%F )
#ould see to it tat e $ot te s#eet pic.les, and )=d ta.e te dill pic.les&
6at #ould be a fa"orite 2uotation fro% 9resident +%itE !ro% te boo. of Al%a in te
8oo. of 'or%on e e%pasi1ed te scripture 56ic.edness ne"er #as appiness&78 )=ll
repeat it: 56ic.edness ne"er #as appiness&7
6at #ould be is $uidin$ principle for usE )t #ould be $ospel scolarsip& *e #as trul( a
scolar& ) belie"e #e could sa( tat e #ould lea"e for (ou and for %e tis ad"ice: 8e
studious& ) sa( tat to (ou as student bod( %e%bers too: be studious& 6en it is test
#ee., (ou=ll be $rateful (ou #ere studiousF
9resident Mosep !ieldin$ +%it ser"ed as 9resident of te Curc for t#o and a alf
(ears, until is deat on Mul( 2, 1LJ2, at te a$e of L5&
*arold 8& Lee, ele"ent 9resident of te Curc, #as ordained and set apart as 9resident
on Mul( J, 1LJ2, at te a$e of J>&
) #as #it 9resident Lee on one occasion in <e# Kor. Cit(, #ere e ad an inter"ie#
#it Geor$e Cornell, te senior #riter of reli$ion for te Associated 9ress& As #e sat
tere, Geor$e Cornell said to 9resident Lee, 5)=d li.e to tal. to (ou about so%e of te
contro"ersial aspects of (our Curc&7
As e %entioned one or t#o of te%, 8roter Lee said, 5Geor$e, (our readers do not
#ant to ear about tat& 6at (our readers #ant to ear about is te $reat #elfare
pro$ra% of te Curc and te outstandin$ education pro$ra% of te Curc&7 'r&
Cornell be$an to ta.e notes, and as a result an al%ost full/pa$e stor( fro% te
Associated 9ress described our educational e:ort and our #elfare pro$ra%& <o %ention
#atsoe"er #as %ade of te contro"ersial subDects of tat ti%e& Tis #as te persuasi"e
abilit( of *arold 8& Lee&
9resident Lee also too. ti%e to teac& A lesson ) #ill recount is rater tender& On one
occasion our oldest son ad a tu%or in is le$, and #e #ere naturall( "er( #orried, as
#ere te doctors& Our son #as in te ospital to a"e sur$er(, #ic could possibl( lead
to te a%putation of is le$& 8roter Lee ad been %( sta.e president as a bo(, so )
as.ed i% if e #ould Doin %e in $i"in$ a blessin$ to our son& *e consented, and as #e
%et at te ospital one e"enin$ after #or., e stopped %e before #e #ent up te
stair#a( and said, 5To%, tere is no#ere in te #orld ) #ould rater be, and tere is
notin$ tat ) #ould rater be doin$ tan standin$ b( (our side in $i"in$ a priestood
blessin$ to (our son&7 Te operation #as successful; te tu%or #as beni$n& ) sall e"er
be indebted to *arold 8& Lee for bein$ #ere te Lord needed i% to be at a particular
ti%e&
One of 9resident Lee=s fa"orite son$s #as 59raise to te 'an7,5#o co%%uned #it
Meo"aF7L )=ll pause for a %o%ent and sa( tat #en ) #as 0rst called to te T#el"e, )
noted tat 8roter Lee #as pla(in$ te or$an& And e said, 58roter 'onson, as our
ne#est apostle, #ould (ou coose te son$ (ou=d li.e for us to sin$ toda(E7 And ) cose
is fa"orite, and #e all san$ it #it $usto&
A fa"orite food of is #as bread and %il., and a fa"orite 2uotation of is #as 5+tand (e
in ol( places, and be not %o"ed&710 Ie%e%ber tis& ) #ill repeat it: 5+tand (e in ol(
places, and be not %o"ed&7 6at #ould be a $uidin$ principle fro% i%E ) #ould sa( e
#ould encoura$e us to be in tune #it and to be responsi"e to te #isperin$s of te
*ol( +pirit&
*arold 8& Lee ser"ed Dust one and a alf (ears as 9resident of te Curc& *e passed
a#a( on Bece%ber 26, 1LJ>, at te a$e of JA&
After 9resident Lee ca%e 9resident +pencer 6& Gi%ball, t#elft 9resident of te Curc,
ordained and set apart as 9resident on Bece%ber >0, 1LJ>, at te a$e of J8&
!or 9resident Gi%ball, obstacles beca%e is opportunities& *e #as totall( dedicated, a
#or.er suc as one seldo% sees& *e cared not at all about personal a$$randi1e%ent&
One da( ) #as sittin$ in te te%ple near 9resident Gi%ball& As ) loo.ed do#n, ) noticed
tat e ad a lar$e ole in is soe& And ) %ean lar$eF *is stoc.in$ so#ed trou$&
After te %eetin$ ) said to Artur *a(coc., 9resident Gi%ball=s secretar(, 5Artur, (ou
can=t let te 9resident #ear tose soes&7
Artur responded, 5*as e $ot tat pair out a$ainE *e as %an( pairs of soes, and )
fre2uentl( ide tat pair, but e searces and 0nds tat particular pair %ost of te
ti%e&7
9resident Gi%ball #as .no#n for is state%ent so#in$ is u%ilit(: 5'( life is li.e %(
soes,to be #orn out in ser"ice&711
9resident Gi%ball #as totall(, co%pletel(, une2ui"ocall( dedicated to te Lord& *e #as
dedicated to li"in$ te $ospel&
One of 9resident Gi%ball=s fa"orite son$s #as 5) <eed Tee C"er( *our&712 Let=s
re%e%ber tat one particularl(& Tat coice de%onstrates is u%ilit(& Concernin$ is
fa"orite food, ) #atced i% for all te (ears ) #as in te T#el"e #ile e #as li"in$& *e
#ould 0ll a $lass #it %il. and ta.e so%e date nut bread and cru%ble it into te $lass
until it #as tic.& Ten e #ould ta.e a spoon and eat itF ) did not follo# is e-a%ple&
6at #as a fa"orite 2uotation or a lesson fro% i%E 5Len$ten (our stride&7 6e ad to
len$ten our stride in order to .eep up #it i%F ) as.ed 9resident Gi%ball #at #ould
be a $uidin$ principle fro% is life& And ten ) ans#ered it: ) belie"e it #ould be
dedication&
+pencer 6& Gi%ball ser"ed as 9resident of te Curc for t#el"e (ears until is deat on
<o"e%ber 5, 1L85, at te a$e of L0&
8roter *inc.le( and ) ser"ed #it 9resident Gi%ball on te 'issionar( C-ecuti"e
Co%%ittee, so #e #ere #it i% e"er( Tuesda( %ornin$ assi$nin$ %issionaries, and te
tree of us ad a "er( $ood ca%araderie to$eter&
One da( e said to 8roter *inc.le( and %e, 5)s tis te ni$t #ere te parents are
co%in$ to "isit #it te %ission presidents #o are ere for conference and #e=re to
a"e our o4ces read( for te%E7
8roter *inc.le( and ) said, 5Kes, it is, 9resident&7
5)s (our o4ce read(, To%E7
) said, 5Kes, it is&7
5)s (our o4ce read(, GordonE7
5Kes, it is&7
5U, #ill te t#o of (ou carr( on #it te %eetin$ #ile ) %a.e %( o4ce read(E7
*e carried a tic. stac. of papers and #ould tu%b trou$ te% constantl( until te(
#ere #orn out on te ed$es, and e be$an to ta.e care of cleanin$ up is o4ce so it
#ould be read( for te parents and %issionaries& *e e%ptied te 0les, put te% in te
closet, and ten e %o"ed e"er(tin$ o: of is des. and %o"ed it to is secretar(=s
des.& And ten e pic.ed up tat bi$ stac. of papers e usuall( carried and tre# it in
is refri$erator& )t #as te onl( place left, so e refri$erated is notesF And ten e said,
5<o# )=% read(F7
Kou ad to lo"e i%& Kou ad to lo"e +pencer 6& Gi%ball& Kou Dust ad to&
)=ll introduce one little tou$t& *e said to %e one da(, 5To%, could (ou co%e in and elp
%e #it a proble% ) a"eE7
) said, 5+ureF7
+o ) #ent into is o4ce, and e ad a %an sittin$ tere& O) ope e=s not related to (ou&P
8ut 8roter Gi%ball in a s#eet #a( said, 58roter 'onson, tis is 8roter +o/and/+o, and
e=s not app( #it te assi$n%ent #ic #e %ade for is son to $o on a %ission& 6(
don=t (ou tell 8roter 'onson #( (ou=re not app( #it te call te apostles %ade&7
*e still didn=t catc on& *e said, 56ell, e=s assi$ned to te <e# Cn$land %ission& ) don=t
#ant i% to $o to te <e# Cn$land %ission; ) #ant i% to $o to te old Cn$land
%ission&7
And ten 8roter Gi%ball #it a s%ile said, 5And #ic %ission #ould (ou a"e i%
assi$ned to of tose in Great 8ritainE7
5O, an( of =e%, an( of =e%&7
And 8roter Gi%ball said, 5<o# let=s see& Tere=s 8ristol, tere=s London, tere=s London
+out,7 and e na%ed te% all& 5<o# #ic oneE7
And te %an said, 5O no, (ou $o aead&7
5<o, since (ou, as te fater, rater tan 8roter 'onson and ) as apostles, are %a.in$
(our %issionar( son=s assi$n%ent, (ou na%e it&7
)=d ne"er seen a %an told o: so adroitl(, (et e didn=t reco$ni1e e #as bein$ told o:&
*e said, 56ell, tat one (ou %entioned, 8ristol& Tat sounds $ood& +end i% to 8ristol&7
After e left, 8roter Gi%ball said, 5Aren=t so%e parents unusualE7 *e #ould not use a
#ord ) %i$t a"e used, but ten e #asn=t in te na"( li.e ) #asF OTat line is not in %(
prepared %essa$eFP
<o# ) co%e to C1ra Taft 8enson, tirteent 9resident of te Curc& *e #as ordained and
set apart as 9resident on <o"e%ber 10, 1L85& ) ad te pri"ile$e of ser"in$ as is second
counselor durin$ te (ears e #as 9resident&
9resident 8enson #as a $enerous leader& ) #as in is o4ce one da( #en ) #as a
%e%ber of te T#el"e, and #e #ere cattin$& ) noticed tat e ad a beautiful and/
tooled ridin$ saddle sittin$ on a displa( in is roo%& )t ad been $i"en to i% in onor of
is ser"ice as +ecretar( of A$riculture&
) said, 5'(, 8roter 8enson, tat=s te %ost beautiful saddle )="e e"er seen&7
*e replied, 5Bo (ou #ant itE 6( don=t (ou ta.e itE Kou li.e to ride orses&7
) assured i% tat altou$ ) appreciated te $esture, ) couldn=t ta.e te saddle&
9resident 8enson #as te onl( 9resident of te Curc to a"e recei"ed te onor of
5'ost 9referred 'an7 at 8KU #en e #as a student ere& 6e=ll a"e a %o%ent of
silence for tat one& ) tin. te fe%ale student bod( #ere te onl( ones allo#ed to "ote&
Carl( in is apostolic (ears 9resident 8enson #as called b( 9resident Geor$e Albert
+%it to lea"e o%e and fa%il( and 0ll a special %ission to #ar/torn Curope& Te
%a$nitude of is call #as o"er#el%in$& !or ten and a alf %onts 9resident 8enson
labored ni$t and da(, blessin$ te %e%bers of te Curc in Curope #o ad su:ered
trou$ (ears of #ar, $i"in$ te% nouris%ent for teir bodies and e"erlastin$ ope for
teir souls& !ro% te caos of #ar ca%e +aints,scattered, battered, and "er( %uc in
need& To te% ca%e C1ra Taft 8enson, #it is superb or$ani1ational s.ills and #it te
inspiration of Al%i$t( God&
Trou$ te inspired #elfare pro$ra% of te Curc, undreds of tons of lifesa"in$ food
and clotin$ #ere transported across te "ast Atlantic Ocean and, under te direction of
tis $ifted leader, distributed to te un$r(, te cold, and te o%eless&
6at a personall( satisf(in$ and spirituall( re#ardin$ e-perience it #as for %e to ser"e
as one of 9resident 8enson=s counselors in te !irst 9residenc( of te Curc&
9resident 8enson=s fa"orite son$ #as 5*o# Great Tou Art&71> *is fa"orite food #as
fres raspberries, and #e ad te% as often as possible at our te%ple lunceons #en
e #as 9resident of te Curc& *is fa"orite 2uotation #as fro% te 8oo. of 'or%on,
#ords spo.en b( te Lord& )t=s in te for% of a 2uestion, and ) pose it to (ou: 56at
%anner of %en ou$t (e to beE Weril( ) sa( unto (ou, e"en as ) a%&71A Tat #ould appl(
to e"er( %an and #o%an ere toda(: 5C"en as ) a%,7 said te Lord&
6at is a $uidin$ principle fro% 9resident 8ensonE )=d a"e to sa( it is lo"e& Te %anner
in #ic e treated is s#eet co%panion and, indeed, all #it #o% e ca%e in contact
pro"ides an e-a%ple for all of us& Let us lo"e one anoter&
C1ra Taft 8enson ser"ed as 9resident of te Curc for ei$t and a alf (ears until is
deat on 'a( >0, 1LLA, at te a$e of LA&
6e co%e no# to *o#ard 6& *unter, fourteent 9resident of te Curc, #o #as
ordained and set apart on Mune 5, 1LLA, at te a$e of 86& )t #as %( pri"ile$e once a$ain
to ser"e as second counselor&
'( %ost tender %eetin$ #it *o#ard 6& *unter too. place on October >, 1L6>, as )
entered te outer o4ce of 9resident Ba"id O& 'cGa(, #o ad in"ited %e to co%e and
"isit #it i% tat Tursda( afternoon,for #at purpose ) .ne# not at tat ti%e& *o#ard
6& *unter ad been cec.in$ so%e %atters #it 9resident 'cGa(=s secretar(& 8roter
*unter and ) $reeted eac oter and soo. ands& ) noted te tears in is e(es #it (et a
s%ile on is lips and a catc in is "oice& ) did not understand #( e #as so e%otional&
After "isitin$ #it 9resident 'cGa(, #ere e e-tended to %e %( call to te T#el"e, )
understood& *o#ard 6& *unter ad .no#n #( ) #as tere tat afternoon& *e ad been
#ere ) #as no# $oin$& *e ad felt te feelin$s ) #as soon to e-perience&
One of 9resident *unter=s all%ar.s #as tat of courtes(& 6eter in a %o%ent of
pleasant con"ersation or in ti%es of constant pain, e #as e"er courteous& On one
occasion a %an #o ad been paintin$ in 9resident *unter=s o%e said to %e,
59resident *unter is so re%ar.able& *e $raciousl( tan.ed %e and %( cre# for paintin$
a roo%& *e co%%ented on te color %atc, te absence of brus or roller %ar.s, and
repeated a eart( tan./(ou as e soo. %( and #en #e 0nised our #or. and
departed is presence&7
9resident *unter lo"ed all te (%ns, but one of is fa"orites #as 5*a"e ) Bone An(
Good in te 6orld Toda(E715 One of is fa"orite foods #as Alas.an crab&
8efore ) %o"e on: One da( ) #as #it i% and a %e%ber of te #elfare co%%ittee, and
8roter *unter ad ta.en a lon$ ti%e settin$ people apart,(ou .no#, it #as a di"ision
of a sta.e,and #e adn=t ad an(tin$ to eat& And te %an fro% te #elfare co%%ittee
said, 5Could #e $o to tis 0s restaurantE Te( a"e Alas.an crab, and tat=s %(
fa"orite&7
8roter *unter said, 5!ine coice, 0ne coice&7 Ten e #ent ri$t trou$ a red li$t&
And e Dust s%iled& Ten e #ent trou$ a second red li$t, and ten e said, 5O, b(
te #a(, )=% color/blind& ) a"e to see #ere te li$t is, ten ) .no# #ic color it is&7
) said, 58roter *unter, #ould (ou li.e %e to dri"eE7
*e said, 56ell, ) tin. (ou and te #elfare %an %i$t be a little appier if (ou did&7 +o )
dro"e te rest of te #a(&
6at #ould be one of is fa"orite 2uotationsE *e lo"ed te scripture found in 9ro"erbs,
capter 2J, "erse 2: 5Let anoter %an praise tee & & & and not tine o#n lips&7 'odest(,
%odest(, %odest(&
6at #ould be a $uidin$ principle fro% 9resident *unter=s lifeE ) belie"e it #ould be is
abilit( al#a(s to loo. for te best in people,suc an i%portant 2ualit( to e%ulate&
9resident *unter died 'arc >, 1LL5, at te a$e of 8J&
!inall(, broters and sisters, ) co%e to Gordon 8& *inc.le(, 0fteent 9resident of te
Curc, ordained and set apart on 'arc 12, 1LL5, at te a$e of 8A&
T#o (ears after e #as ordained a %e%ber of te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles in
1L61, ) Doined i% in tat 2uoru%, and #e sat side b( side for %ost of te ne-t AA (ears&
6e ad .no#n eac oter for %an( (ears prior to our calls to te T#el"e& *e #as a
coice and belo"ed friend, as #ell as a trusted and respected collea$ue&
9resident *inc.le( is te 9resident of te Curc %ost of (ou #ill re%e%ber best, for e
#as 9resident durin$ %uc of te ti%e (ou #ere $ro#in$ to (oun$ adultood& *e #as a
.ind %an #o tau$t and #o li"ed tolerance, ne"er dispara$in$ anoter person=s
beliefs&
9resident *inc.le( #as a #ords%it& ) #ill repeat te #ord: #ords%it& *e #as #ell read
and a scolar, and e could put #ords and prases to$eter in suc a #a( tat it #as a
pleasure to listen to is %essa$es&
As %an( of (ou .no#, eac Tursda( %ornin$ te %e%bers of te !irst 9residenc( and
te Nuoru% of te T#el"e Apostles a"e a %eetin$ in te +alt La.e Te%ple& 6e are
dri"en in carts under$round fro% te Curc O4ce 8uildin$ par.in$ lot to te te%ple&
Burin$ te cold #inter %onts, 9resident *inc.le( al#a(s #ore a coat and a at durin$
te brief ride& As our cart passed under 'ain +treet, 9resident *inc.le( .ne# #en #e
#ere #itin te con0nes of te te%ple, rater tan under te street& 6itout a #ord e
#ould re%o"e is at and place it in is lap& *e see%ed to .no# instincti"el( #en tat
%o%ent arri"ed& )t #as suc a si%ple (et profound e-pression of re"erence and respect
for te ouse of te Lord, and it %ade a deep i%pression on %e&
All of (ou #ill recall tat durin$ te last fe# (ears of is life 9resident *inc.le( al#a(s
ad a cane #it i%& *e #ould #al. to is seat in te Conference Center #ile #a"in$ to
te cro#d #it is cane or usin$ it to tap so%eone on te soulder& 9resident *inc.le(
and ) for (ears #ent to te sa%e doctor, and durin$ one of %( "isits a fe# (ears a$o, te
doctor said to %e, 5Could (ou please do %e a fa"orE 9resident *inc.le( sould use is
cane for #al.in$ because it steadies i%& Te last tin$ #e #ant is for i% to fall and
brea. a ip, or #orse& )nstead, e #a"es it around and doesn=t use it #en e #al.s& Tell
i% te cane as been prescribed b( is doctor, and e needs to use it as it #as %eant
to be used&7
) listened to te p(sician=s re2uest and ten replied, 5Boctor, ) a% 9resident *inc.le(=s
counselor& Kou are is doctor& Kou tell i%F7
One of 9resident *inc.le(=s fa"orite (%ns as #ords #ritten b( Iud(ard Giplin$,tat=s
te 8ritis in i%& Te (%n is 5God of Our !aters, Gno#n of Old&716 One of is fa"orite
desserts #as pie and ice crea%& *e lo"ed te 9ropet Mosep +%it; e lo"ed te +a"ior&
A fa"orite 2uotation #as ta.en fro% te #ords of te 9ropet Mosep concernin$ te
+a"ior:
And no#, after te %an( testi%onies #ic a"e been $i"en of i%, tis is te
testi%on(, last of all, #ic #e $i"e of i%: Tat e li"esF
!or #e sa# i%, e"en on te ri$t and of God; and #e eard te "oice bearin$ record
tat e is te Onl( 8e$otten of te !ater&1J
6at #ould be a $uidin$ principle fro% 9resident *inc.le(=s lifeE )t is one #ic #e
#ould all do #ell to follo#: Bo (our best&
Gordon 8& *inc.le( ser"ed as 9resident of te Curc for nearl( tirteen (ears until is
deat on Manuar( 2J, 2008, at te a$e of LJ&
6at can #e learn fro% te propets #o% ) a"e .no#n and about #o% ) a"e "isited
#it (ou toda(E 6e can learn tat te( ne"er #a"ered, ne"er faltered, ne"er failed; tat
te( are %en of God&
'a( #e be persistent in tose tin$s #ic are $ood and noble& 'a( #e e"er sta( safel(
on te Lord=s side of te line& 'a( #e be considerate, studious, and responsi"e to te
#isperin$s of te *ol( +pirit& 'a( #e be dedicated to te $ospel of Mesus Crist& 'a( #e
lo"e one anoter and al#a(s loo. for te best in people& 'a( #e do our best in all tat
#e do&
God bless (ou, %( dear (oun$ friends& Ie%e%ber tat tere is anoter #o% (ou can
follo#,e"en te Lord Mesus Crist& *e said, 5Co%e, follo# %e&7 Let us follo# *i%& *e as
sent 9residents of te Curc, #o% #e can a"e as $uides and #o% #e can follo#& *e
*i%self e-tended tat .ind, $enerous, personal in"itation #en *e said, 58eold, ) stand
at te door, and .noc.: if an( %an ear %( "oice, and open te door, ) #ill co%e in to
i%&718
As te si-teent 9resident of te Curc, %( stor( is (et to be su%%ari1ed b( tose #o
#ill follo#& )n te %eanti%e, ) pled$e %( life, %( stren$t,all tat ) a"e to o:er,in
ser"in$ te Lord and in directin$ te a:airs of *is Curc in accordance #it *is #ill and
b( *is inspiration&
) in"o.e *is blessin$s upon (ou& ) bless (ou tat (ou %a( follo# te teacin$s of
propets, tat (our li"es %a( tereb( be enriced& ) bless (ou tat (ou %a( a"e Do( in
(our earts, tat (ou #ill a"e peace #itin (our souls, tat (ou #ill a"e content%ent
in seein$ te in3uence for $ood tat eac one of (ou as upon te li"es of oters, and )
do so in te na%e of Mesus Crist, a%en&
<o" 01, 2011
8e a Li$t to te 6orld
To%as +& 'onson
6at a $lorious si$t (ou areF )t=s an onor, %( (oun$ friends, to be ere #it (ou& ) feel
te tre%endous #ei$t of te responsibilit( #ic is %ine to pro"ide (ou #it a %essa$e
#ic #ill opefull( be elpful to (ou not onl( for toda( but, indeed, trou$out (our
li"es&
As ) $a1e at tis "ast audience, )=% re%inded tat eac of (ou is one of a .ind& Cac as
ad e-periences uni2ue to (ou and (ou alone& Kou a"e co%e to 8ri$a% Koun$
Uni"ersit( fro% locations across te countr( and te #orld& Kou co%e fro% "aried
bac.$rounds& And (et tere is %uc tat #e a"e in co%%on one #it anoter& 6e .no#
#ere #e ca%e fro%, #( #e are ere, and #ere #e #ill $o #en #e lea"e tis life& 6e
.no# tat #e are cildren of our *ea"enl( !ater and tat *e lo"es us& 6e .no# #e
#ant to return to *i% after #e lea"e tis eartl( e-istence& 6e .no# tat #at #e do,
and don=t do,ere in %ortalit( is of ut%ost i%portance& 6e also .no# tat, sould #e
fall sort, our +a"ior as pro"ided us #it te precious $ift of te Atone%ent and tat, if
#e can$e our li"es and our earts and ta.e ad"anta$e of te po#er of te Atone%ent,
our sins and sortco%in$s #ill be for$i"en and for$otten&
6e a"e in co%%on te $ospel of Mesus Crist& And #e .no# it is our responsibilit( to
sare te truts of te $ospel #it oters& One of te cief #a(s in #ic #e can sare
te $ospel is to be a ri$teous e-a%ple, and it is about tis tat ) #is to spea. to (ou
toda(& Te Apostle 9aul ad%onised, 58e tou an e-a%ple of te belie"ers, in #ord, in
con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in fait, in purit(&7
1
*e also #rote tat te follo#ers of
Crist sould be 5as li$ts in te #orld&7
2
Tis is #at ) #ould ope for eac of us,tat #e %i$t be a li$t to te #orld&
6at is li$tE 6ebster=s dictionar( lists no less tan 0fteen de0nitions for te noun light&
) prefer te si%ple 5so%etin$ tat illu%inates&7 Must as turnin$ on a li$t s#itc in a
dar. roo% #ill bate te roo% in li$t, so pro"idin$ an e-a%ple of ri$teousness,and
terefore bein$ a li$t,can elp to illu%inate an increasin$l( dar. #orld&
Cac of us ca%e to eart a"in$ been $i"en te Li$t of Crist& +aid 9resident *arold 8&
Lee:
E(ery soul who walks the earth, where(er he li(es, in whate(er nation he may ha(e been
born, no matter whether he be in riches or in !o(erty, had at birth an endowment of that
rst light which is called the 2ight of $hrist, the -!irit of ,ruth, or the -!irit of *odFthat
uni(ersal light of intelligence with which e(ery soul is blessed" Moroni s!oke of ?tat
li$t,@ that -!irit when he said:
=.or behold, the -!irit of $hrist is gi(en to e(ery man, that he may know good from e(il;
wherefore, ' show unto you the way to Audge; for e(ery thing which in(iteth to do good,
and to !ersuade to belie(e in $hrist, is sent forth by the !ower and gift of $hrist;
wherefore ye may know with a !erfect knowledge it is of *od"> PMoroni E:LH"Q
>
Unfortunatel(, for %an( tat li$t #it #ic all #ere endo#ed at birt as di%%ed,in
so%e cases al%ost to te point of bein$ e-tin$uised,as outside in3uences a"e co%e
to bear and te so%eti%es ars realities of life a"e been e-perienced& Ours is te
responsibilit( to .eep our li$ts a3a%e and burnin$ bri$tl(, tat te( %i$t sine for
oters to see and follo#&
6it te decline of reli$ion in our societ(, %an( people a"e co%e to feel tat te( are
su4cient unto te%sel"es and a"e no need of a i$er po#er& 6ron$& A loss of reli$ious
fait i%plies a loss of fait in an(one $reater tan oneself&
)n 2 <epi #e read tese #ords, so pertinent toda(:
# the (ainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men% When they are learned
they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of *od, for they set it
aside, su!!osing they know of themsel(es, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it
!roteth them not" And they shall !erish"
A
)t can at ti%es be eas( to fall into te erroneous tin.in$ tat #e oursel"es are capable
of andlin$ an(tin$ tat co%es our #a(, tat #e a"e all te ans#ers, and tat tere is
no need for assistance fro% a i$er po#er& 6en #e reali1e, as one person put it, tat
5#e are not u%an bein$s a"in$ a spiritual e-perience; #e are spiritual bein$s a"in$ a
u%an e-perience,7
5
#e co%e to understand #ere our %ain e%pasis sould be and
on #o% #e are reliant&
)n order for us to be e-a%ples of te belie"ers, #e oursel"es %ust belie"e& ) #ould tin.
tat eac of us #itin te sound of %( "oice as a testi%on(, altou$ our testi%onies
are no doubt of "ar(in$ de$rees& )t is up to eac of us to de"elop te fait necessar( to
sur"i"e spirituall( and to proDect a li$t for oters to see& A%idst te confusion of our
a$e, te con3icts of conscience, and te tur%oil of dail( li"in$, an abidin$ fait beco%es
an ancor to our li"es& Ie%e%ber tat fait and doubt cannot e-ist in te sa%e %ind at
te sa%e ti%e, for one #ill dispel te oter& A%on$ te %ost e:ecti"e #a(s to $ain and
.eep te fait #e need #ould be to read and stud( te scriptures and to pra( fre2uentl(
and consistentl(&
'an( (ears a$o ) #as so#n te 3(leaf of a triple co%bination $i"en to te late 'aurine
Lee 6il.ins b( er fater, 9resident *arold 8& Lee& *e ad inscribed it #it tese #ords:
A!ril O, LODDF,o my dear Maurine: ,hat you may ha(e a constant measure by which to
Audge between truth and the errors of man)s !hiloso!hies, and thus grow in s!irituality
as you increase in knowledge, ' gi(e you this sacred book to read freBuently and cherish
throughout your life" 2o(ingly, your father, &arold /" 2ee
6ise #ords #ic can appl( to eac of us&
8roters and sisters, a"e (ou read te 8oo. of 'or%onE *a"e (ou put to te test te
pro%ise found in 'oroni 10:A, as.in$ (our *ea"enl( !ater 5#it a sincere eart, #it
real intent, a"in$ fait in Crist7 #eter or not tat #ic is found in tat boo. is
trutE
'a( ) sare #it (ou te e-perience of 8roter Cla(ton '& Cristensen as e sou$t to
.no# for i%self& 8roter Cristensen as ser"ed in %an( positions of leadersip in te
Curc, includin$ as an Area +e"ent(& *e as recei"ed far too %an( acade%ic a#ards for
%e to %ention ere& *e is currentl( te Iobert and Mane Ci1i. 9rofessor of 8usiness
Ad%inistration at te *ar"ard 8usiness +cool& *e is also an alu%nus of 8ri$a% Koun$
Uni"ersit(, and ) belie"e is son +pencer and dau$ter Caterine are currentl( students
ere&
6en 8roter Cristensen 0nised is scoolin$ at 8ri$a% Koun$ Uni"ersit(, e
recei"ed a scolarsip to $o to O-ford Uni"ersit( in Cn$land as a Iodes +colar& 6en
e arri"ed at O-ford, e reali1ed tat it #ould be so%e#at callen$in$ to be an acti"e
%e%ber of te Curc in O-ford& Te Iodes +colarsip Trust tat ad $i"en i% is
scolarsip ad a lot of acti"ities for te recipients of te scolarsip, and if e #ere
$oin$ to be acti"e in te Curc, it #ould be di4cult for i% to participate in tose
acti"ities& *e intended to obtain in Dust t#o (ears a de$ree in applied econo%etrics,a
pro$ra% #ic too. %ost students tree (ears to co%plete& Tis, of course, added to is
lac. of e-tra ti%e& *e reali1ed, as e tou$t trou$ o# in"ol"ed in te Curc e
could be, tat e didn=t e"en .no# for certain if te 8oo. of 'or%on #as true& *e
reali1ed tat e ad read te 8oo. of 'or%on se"en ti%es up to tat point, and tat
after eac of tose se"en ti%es e ad .nelt in pra(er and ad as.ed God to tell i% if it
#as true& *e ad recei"ed no ans#er& As e tou$t trou$ #( e adn=t recei"ed an
ans#er, e reali1ed tat eac ti%e e ad read te 8oo. of 'or%on it #as because of an
assi$n%ent,eiter fro% is parents or a 8KU instructor or is %ission president or a
se%inar( teacer,and is cief obDecti"e ad been to 0nis te boo.& 8ut no#, as e
#as about to co%%ence is studies at O-ford, e reali1ed tat e desperatel( needed to
.no# if te 8oo. of 'or%on #as true& *e reco$ni1ed as #ell tat e ad sustained
i%self on a belief in %an( of te doctrines of te Curc and in is parents because e
.ne# te( .ne# it #as true, and e trusted is parents& *ere e #as, o#e"er,
desperatel( needin$ to .no# for i%self if it #as true&
O-ford Uni"ersit( is one of te #orld=s oldest uni"ersities& Te buildin$ 8roter
Cristensen li"ed in #as built in 1A10 and #as beautiful to loo. at but orrible to li"e in&
Te onl( eat #ic #as pro"ided #as fro% a s%all eater inserted into a ole #ic
ad been du$ in te #all& *e decided tat e #ould co%%it e"er( e"enin$ fro% 11 p&%&
to 12 %idni$t to readin$ te 8oo. of 'or%on,tis ti%e #it te purpose of
deter%inin$ if it #as true& *e #ondered if e dared spend an entire our eac ni$t,
because e #as in a "er( de%andin$ acade%ic pro$ra% and e Dust didn=t .no# if e
could a:ord allocatin$ suc an a%ount of ti%e to tis e:ort& <e"erteless,
e did allocate te ti%e, and e be$an at 11 p&%& b( .neelin$ in pra(er b( te cair b(
is little eater, and e pra(ed out loud& *e told God o# desperate e #as to 0nd out if
tis #as a true boo., and e told *i% tat if *e #ould re"eal to i% tat it #as true, ten
e intended to dedicate is life to buildin$ tis .in$do%& And e told God tat if it #asn=t
true, e needed to .no# tat for certain, too, because ten e #ould dedicate is life to
0ndin$ out #at was true& Ten 8roter Cristensen #ould sit in te cair and read& *e
be$an b( readin$ te 0rst pa$e of te 8oo. of 'or%on, and #en e $ot do#n to te
botto% of te pa$e, e stopped, and e tou$t about #at e ad read on tat pa$e,
and e as.ed i%self, 5Could tis a"e been #ritten b( a carlatan #o #as tr(in$ to
decei"e people, or #as tis reall( #ritten b( a propet of GodE7 And e as.ed i%self
#at did it %ean for Cla(ton Cristensen in is lifeE And ten e put te boo. do#n and
.nelt in pra(er and "erball( as.ed God a$ain, 59lease tell %e if tis is a true boo.&7 Ten
e #ould sit in te cair and pic. up te boo. and turn te pa$e and read anoter pa$e,
pause at te botto%, and do te sa%e tin$& *e did tis for an our e"er( ni$t,ni$t
after ni$t,in tat cold, da%p roo% at te Nueen=s Colle$e in O-ford&
8( te ti%e 8roter Cristensen $ot to te capters at te end of 2 <epi, one e"enin$
#en e said is pra(er and sat in is cair and opened te boo., all of a sudden tere
ca%e into tat roo% a beautiful, #ar%, lo"in$ spirit tat Dust surrounded i% and
per%eated is soul and en"eloped i% in a feelin$ of lo"e tat e ad not i%a$ined e
could feel& *e be$an to cr(, and e didn=t #ant to stop cr(in$ because as e loo.ed
trou$ is tears at te #ords in te 8oo. of 'or%on, e could see trut in tose #ords
tat e ne"er i%a$ined e could co%preend before& *e could see te $lories of eternit(
and #at God ad in store for i% as one of *is sons& Tat spirit sta(ed #it i% for te
#ole our, and ten e"er( e"enin$ as e pra(ed and sat #it te 8oo. of 'or%on b(
te little eater in is roo%, tat sa%e spirit returned, and it can$ed is eart and is
life fore"er&
9resident C1ra Taft 8enson, tirteent president of te Curc, said, 56en (ou coose
to follo# Crist, (ou coose to be can$ed& & & & Te #orld #ould sape u%an bea"ior,
but Crist can can$e u%an nature & & & , and can$ed %en ?and #o%en@ can can$e
te #orld&7
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8roter Cristensen as indicated tat e lo"es to return to O-ford& 'ost of te people
tere are eiter students or tourists #o a"e co%e to loo. at a beautiful uni"ersit(& 8ut
e lo"es to return tere because it=s a sacred place to i%, and e can loo. at te
#indo#s of tat roo% #ere e li"ed, and e reco$ni1es it as te place #ere e learned
tat Mesus is te Crist and tat Mosep +%it #as te propet of te restoration for te
true curc&
8roter Cristensen as stated tat e loo.s bac. at te con3ict e e-perienced #en
e #ondered if e could a:ord to spend an our e"er( da( apart fro% te stud( of
applied econo%etrics to 0nd out if te 8oo. of 'or%on #as true& *e said, 5) use applied
econo%etrics %a(be once a (ear, but ) use %( .no#led$e tat te 8oo. of 'or%on is
te #ord of God %an( ti%es e"er( da( of %( life& )n all of te education tat ) a"e
pursued, tat is te sin$le %ost useful piece of .no#led$e tat ) e"er $ained&7
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8roters and sisters, %an( of (ou probabl( ca%e to 8ri$a% Koun$ Uni"ersit( alread(
.no#in$ tat te 8oo. of 'or%on is true, tat Mosep +%it is indeed a propet, and tat
tis is te true Curc of Mesus Crist& +o%e of (ou, o#e"er, %a( still be li"in$ on te
testi%on( of oters,(our parents, (our friends, (our Curc leaders& 'a( ) su$$est tat,
as 8roter Cristensen did, (ou set aside ti%e e"er( da( to 0nd out for (ourself if te
8oo. of 'or%on is a true boo., for it #ill can$e (our eart and can$e (our life& )f (ou
see. tis .no#led$e 5#it a sincere eart, #it real intent, a"in$ fait in Crist,7
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pro%ise tat (ou #ill recei"e an ans#er& And once (ou .no# tat te 8oo. of 'or%on is
true, ten it #ill follo# tat Mosep +%it #as a propet of God& Kou #ill a"e tat
burnin$ testi%on( and .no#led$e tat tis curc is true&
+uc .no#led$e, suc a personal testi%on(, is essential if #e are to safel( na"i$ate te
so%eti%es treacerous pats trou$ life #it te ad"ersar( atte%ptin$ to decei"e us at
e"er( turn& As (ou .eep te 3a%e of testi%on( burnin$ bri$tl(, (ou #ill beco%e a
beacon of ri$teousness,e"en a li$t,for all to see& +aid te +a"ior: 5Let (our li$t so
sine before %en, tat te( %a( see (our $ood #or.s, and $lorif( (our !ater #ic is in
ea"en&7
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) sare #it (ou an e-a%ple of t#o indi"iduals #o let teir li$ts sine and #ose $ood
#or.s #ere reco$ni1ed and appreciated& +e"eral (ears a$o ) recei"ed a letter fro% a lad(
#o% ) did not .no# but #o cose %e, for #ate"er reason, to #rite to concernin$ te
e-a%ple of t#o %e%bers of te Curc #o ad ad an in3uence for $ood in er life&
*er letter be$an, 5Bear 9resident 'onson,7 and ten se #rote:
' would like to commend two of your church members for their e;traordinary com!assion
and faith" ' am a !racticing $atholic and grew u! in -alt 2ake $ity" #ftentimes, as a
youth, ' remember feeling ostraci+ed by the other children who li(ed on our block
because ' was not a member of the 23- $hurch" ' must admit that this im!ression has
stuck with me for many years, until my encounter with 4ick and 3an Mc'ntosh" 2ast year
my sister)s husband, ,om /rown, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and was
gi(en one year to li(e" &e !assed away last week" #f course neither my sister nor her
husband are members of your church" .or the !ast year, 4ick, who is the bisho! of the
ward close to my sister, and 3an ha(e s!ent countless hours with my sister and her
family" ,hey ha(e !rayed numerous times for ,om, and their wi(es ha(e brought food to
the house" ,hey sho(eled the walks in the winter" And each time they ha(e come they
ha(e asked my sister if there was anything she needed or that they could do" And they
meant it" 't was not im!ortant to them that my family was not 23-" ,om was their
neighbor and their friend, and they were there to do whate(er they could to hel!" ,hese
two men truly li(e their faith, and ' felt dee!ly mo(ed by their com!assion and e;am!le"
.rom one who used to indulge in Mormon bashing, ' am writing this letter to tell you that
through the e;am!le of these two men, not only will ' ne(er again critici+e the 23- faith,
but ' will not allow it to be critici+ed in front of me" Your church has my dee!est res!ect"
Our opportunities to sine are li%itless& Te( surround us eac da(, in #ate"er
circu%stance #e 0nd oursel"es& As #e follo# te e-a%ple of te +a"ior, ours #ill be te
opportunit( to be a li$t, as it #ere, in te li"es of tose around us,#eter te( be our
o#n fa%il( %e%bers, our co#or.ers, %ere ac2uaintances, or total stran$ers&
)t as been %( opportunit( trou$ te (ears to associate #it countless indi"iduals #o
) #ould consider to be outstandin$ e-a%ples, e"en li$ts to te #orld& Tere is a special
spirit #e feel around suc people #ic %a.es us #ant to associate #it te% and to
follo# teir e-a%ple& ) #ould "enture to $uess tat so%e of (ou in tis audience are
%e%bers of te Curc toda( or a"e beco%e acti"e in te Curc because of suc
e-a%ples& 6en #e encounter te%, te( are a po#erful in3uence, for te( radiate te
lo"e of te +a"ior and elp us to feel *is lo"e for us&
)n spea.in$ of tose #o are unafraid to li"e li"es of ri$teousness and e-a%ple, ) a%
re%inded of one of te %issionaries #o ser"ed in Castern Canada #en ) #as te
%ission president tere& *e #as a special (oun$ %an b( te na%e of Clder Ioland
Ba"idson& *e #as dedicated and ard#or.in$ and ob"iousl( lo"ed te $ospel of Mesus
Crist& And ten e beca%e "er( ill& After #ee.s of ospitali1ation, as te sur$eon
prepared to underta.e e-tre%el( serious and co%plicated sur$er(, te sur$eon as.ed
tat #e send for te %issionar(=s parents& *e indicated tat tere #as a $reat li.eliood
tat Clder Ba"idson could not sur"i"e te sur$er(& *is parents ca%e& Te e"enin$ before
te sur$er(, is fater and ), in tat ospital roo% in Toronto, Canada, placed our ands
upon te ead of tat (oun$ %issionar( and $a"e i% a blessin$& 6at appened te
follo#in$ da( pro"ided for %e a ne"er/to/be/for$otten e-a%ple of te in3uence of a true
5belie"er&7
Clder Ba"idson #as in a si-/bed #ard in te ospital& Te oter beds #ere occupied b(
0"e %en #it a "ariet( of illnesses& On te %ornin$ of Clder Ba"idson=s sur$er(, is bed
#as e%pt(& ) learned later tat te nurse ca%e into te roo% #it te brea.fast tese
us.( %en nor%all( ate& +e too. a tra( o"er to bed nu%ber one and said, 5!ried e$$s
tis %ornin$, and ) a"e an e-tra portion for (ou&7 8ed nu%ber one #as occupied b( a
%an #it is toe #rapped up in a banda$e& *e ad su:ered an accident #it is
la#n%o#er& Oter tan is inDured toe, e #as #ell p(sicall(& *e said to te nurse, 5)=ll
not be eatin$ tis %ornin$&7
5All ri$t,7 said te nurse& 56e=ll $i"e (our brea.fast to (our partner in bed nu%ber t#oF7
As se #ent o"er to bed nu%ber t#o, e said, 5<o, tan. (ou& ) tin. )=ll not eat tis
%ornin$&7
+e said, 5Tat=s t#o in a ro#& ) don=t understand (ou %en, and tere is no one tis
%ornin$ in bed tree&7 +e $lanced at te bed Ioland Ba"idson ad occupied, and ten
se #ent on to bed four, bed 0"e, and bed si-& Te ans#er #as te sa%e fro% eac one:
5<o, tis %ornin$ )=% not un$r(&7
Te (oun$ lad( put er ands on er ips and said, 5C"er( oter %ornin$ (ou eat us out
of ouse and o%e, and toda( not one of (ou #ants to eat& 6at=s $oin$ on ereE7
And ten te %an #o occupied bed nu%ber si- ca%e fort #it te ans#er& *e said,
5Kou see, bed nu%ber tree is e%pt(& Our friend, Ba"idson, is in te operatin$ roo%
under te sur$eon=s ands& *e needs all te elp e can $et& *e is a %issionar( for is
curc, and #ile e as been l(in$ on tat bed e as tal.ed to us about te principles
of is curc,principles of pra(er, of fait, and of fastin$ #erein #e call upon te Lord
for blessin$s&7 *e continued, 56e a"e co%e to ad%ire Ba"idson as a person of $reat
$oodness and co%passion and fait& *e=s an e-a%ple of #at a follo#er of Crist sould
be& *e as touced our li"es,eac one of us,and #e are fastin$ for i% toda(&7
Te operation perfor%ed on Ioland Ba"idson #as a success& )n fact, #en ) atte%pted to
pa( te sur$eon, e refused an( %one(, sa(in$, 5)t #ould be disonest for %e to accept
a fee& ) a"e ne"er before perfor%ed sur$er( #en %( ands see%ed to be $uided b( a
po#er #ic #as oter tan %( o#n& <o,7 e said, 5) #ouldn=t ta.e a fee for te sur$er(
#ic +o%eone on i$ elped %e to perfor%&7
'( friends, %a( #e be, as te Apostle 9aul ad%onised, 5an e-a%ple of te belie"ers, in
#ord, in con"ersation, in carit(, in spirit, in fait, in purit(&7
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'a( #e al#a(s be .no#n
as follo#ers of Crist and, as suc, beco%e 5as li$ts in te #orld&7
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) #ant (ou to .no# tat ) can feel (our collecti"e $oodness ere toda(& Kou are coice
sons and dau$ters of our !ater in *ea"en& Must tin. o# %uc $ood can co%e to te
#orld fro% our collecti"e li$ts as #e allo# te $ospel to radiate trou$ us&
O"er te (ears ) a"e enDo(ed collectin$ $e%s of #isdo% fro% %o"ies and %usicals& )
al#a(s a"e #it %e a pen and a piece of paper so tat ) can #rite do#n an( 2uotes )
%i$t 0nd #ort#ile& ) a"e 2uite a collection& On one occasion so%e (ears a$o ) #as
#atcin$ te ani%ated %o"ie ,he 2ion :ing #it a fe# of %( $randcildren& ) too. %an(
notes, for ) found lessons tere& Tat #ic ) desire to sare #it (ou is an e-can$e
#ic ta.es place bet#een a $ro#n/up +i%ba and te spirit of is departed fater,
'ufasa, as +i%ba is doubtin$ i%self and is destin(& +a(s 'ufasa=s spirit, 5Loo. inside
(ourself, +i%ba& Kou are %ore tan #at (ou a"e beco%e& & & & Ie%e%ber #o (ou
are& & & & Ie%e%ber&7
To all #o are ere toda(, ) sa(, 5Loo. inside (ourself& Kou are %ore tan #at (ou a"e
beco%e& Ie%e%ber #o (ou are&7 Kou are a son or dau$ter of our *ea"enl( !ater& Kou
a"e co%e fro% *is presence to li"e on tis eart for a season and to li"e in suc a #a(
tat (ou are an e-a%ple of te belie"ers and a true li$t to te #orld& 6en tat season
as ended, (ou #ill be able to return to li"e #it *i% once a$ain& 'a( tis be (our
blessin$ as (ou nurture (our testi%on( and as (ou follo# te e-a%ple set for (ou and for
all of us b( our Lord and +a"ior, Mesus Crist, 5te true Li$t, #ic li$tet e"er( %an
?and #o%an@ tat co%et into te #orld&7
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Of *i% ) testif(: *e is our +a"ior and our
Iedee%er, our Ad"ocate #it te !ater& *e is our C-e%plar and our stren$t& *e is te
li$t tat sinet in dar.ness& Tat eac of us ere toda( %a( pled$e to follo# *i% and
to be *is li$ts a%on$ %en and #o%en is %( pra(er& )n *is ol( na%e,e"en Mesus
Crist te Lord,a%en&
,homas -" Monson was !resident of ,he $hurch of Cesus $hrist of 2atter-day -aints when
this de(otional address was gi(en on L 6o(ember IJLL"

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