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General Conference Highlights - April 2021

A few years ago I started reading all the General Conference talks and pulling out my favourite parts. I then compile that into a document that I read sections of each morning as part of my scripture study. I have found it to be a digestible way to keep General Conference on my mind throughout the year.

I won't share that entire document, but here is a list of my top quote from each of the talks given at the April 2021 General Conference:

Saturday Morning

"...the gospel is a message of joy! Our spirits rejoice with every small step forward we take."

-Russell M. Nelson

"...we do not need to hang our heads in despair, because we can trust God, we can trust His Son, Jesus Christ, and we can accept the gift of the Spirit to guide us on this path toward a life filled with joy and divine happiness.”

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"We cannot wait for conversion to simply happen to our children."

-Joy D. Jones

"Children inherit many things from their parents, but a testimony is not one of them. We can’t give our children a testimony any more than we can make a seed grow.”

-Jan E. Newman

"As you extend yourself with kindness, care, and compassion, even digitally, I promise that you will lift up arms that hang down and will heal hearts."

-Gary E. Stevenson

“We help ourselves as we help each other.”

-Gerrit W. Gong

"…my hope for you and for all your beloved family is that you will grow in desire and determination to be worthy to go into the house of the Lord as often as your circumstances allow.”

-Henry B. Eyring

Saturday Afternoon

"...the instruments we need to create a brighter day and grow an economy of genuine goodness in society are abundantly provided for in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot afford—and this world cannot afford—our failure to put these gospel concepts and fortifying covenants to full use personally and publicly.”

-Jeffrey R. Holland

“I invite each of us to seek out the “pobrecitos,” the “poor little ones” among us who are in need.”

-Jorge T. Becerra

"Do not let unfairness harden you or corrode your faith in God. Instead, ask God for help. Increase your appreciation for and reliance on the Savior. Rather than becoming bitter, let Him help you become better."

-Dale G. Renlund

"I testify that your own personal journey as a child of God did not begin for you as the first flow of earth’s air came rushing into your lungs, and it will not end when you take your last breath of mortality. May we always remember that each spirit child of God is coming to earth on his or her own personal journey. May we welcome them, safeguard them, and always love them.”

-Neil L. Andersen

"The size of our home did not change; neither did our social conditions. But I witnessed a change of heart in my parents as we prayed daily, morning and evening. …. We, who had previously walked in darkness, chased darkness from among us…"

-Thierry K. Mutombo

"Never forget that you are a child of God, our Eternal Father, now and forever. He loves you, and the Church wants and needs you. Yes, we need you!”

-M. Russell Ballard

Priesthood Session

“Bishops, we sustain you! Bishops, we love you! You are truly the Lord’s shepherds over His flock. The Savior will not forsake you in these sacred callings.”

-Quentin L. Cook

“As you ... lead in living the gospel, caring for others, inviting all to receive the gospel, uniting families for eternity, and organizing fun activities, the great faith in Christ you had in the premortal life will resurface and empower you to do His work in this life!”

-Ahmad S. Corbitt

“When we hear stories of God’s mighty servants … they seem bigger than life. But they were not that different from us. They were regular people who faced challenges. They trusted the Lord. They made the right choices at pivotal moments.”

-S. Gifford Nielsen

“You may feel small compared to the great sweep of what the Lord will do. If you do, I invite you to ask prayerfully how the Lord sees you. He knows you personally, He conferred the priesthood upon you, and your rising up and magnifying the priesthood matter to Him because He loves you and He trusts you to bless people He loves in His name.”

-Henry B. Eyring

“Our Savior feels and knows our temptations, our struggles, our heartaches, and our sufferings, for He willingly experienced them all as part of His Atonement. .... All who suffer any kind of mortal infirmities should remember that our Savior experienced that kind of pain also, and that through His Atonement, He offers each of us the strength to bear it.”

-Dallin H. Oaks

“We can accomplish so much more together than we can alone. … If you know of anyone who is alone, reach out—even if you feel alone too! … Pandemic or not, each precious child of God needs to know that he or she is not alone!”

-Russell M. Nelson

Sunday Morning

"As we draw nearer to Him, surrendering ourselves spiritually to His care … we will receive the strength we all need to overcome the hardships, weaknesses, and sorrows of life, which are exceedingly difficult to endure without His help and healing power.”

-Ulisses Soares

"I testify that through the redeeming Atonement and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, broken hearts can be healed, anguish can become peace, and distress can become hope.”

-Reyna I. Aburto

“I invite all who feel sorrow, all who wrestle with doubt, all who wonder what happens after we die, to place your faith in Christ. I promise that if you desire to believe, then act in faith and follow the whisperings of the Spirit, you will find joy in this life and in the world to come.”

-S. Mark Palmer

"My humble invitation to all of us is to never give up! … It is not so much about what we are going through in life but what we are becoming.”

-Edward Dube

“Whatever you must leave behind to follow the path to your heavenly home will one day seem like no sacrifice at all.”

-José A. Teixeira

“Sometimes God manifests His love by chastening us. It is a way of reminding us that He loves us and that He knows who we are. His promised blessing of peace is open to all those who courageously walk the covenant path and are willing to receive correction.”

-Taniela B. Wakolo

“Just going to church once a week is not enough to build upon the rock. Our entire lives should be filled with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not part of our life, but our life is actually part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

-Chi Hong (Sam) Wong

“…knowing the Savior is the most important pursuit of our lives. It should take priority over anything else.”

-Michael John U. Teh

“The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power. But He does ask us to believe. … my call to you this Easter morning is to start today to increase your faith. Through your faith, Jesus Christ will increase your ability to move the mountains in your life… Your mountains may be loneliness, doubt, illness, or other personal problems. Your mountains will vary, and yet the answer to each of your challenges is to increase your faith."

-Russell M. Nelson

Sunday Afternoon

“Our belief in divine inspiration gives Latter-day Saints a unique responsibility to uphold and defend the United States Constitution and principles of constitutionalism wherever we live.”

-Dallin H. Oaks

“Miracles can come as answers to prayer. They are not always what we ask for or what we expect, but when we trust in the Lord, He will be there, and He will be right."

-Ronald A. Rasband

“Life presents challenges and setbacks, and we all must face some dark days and storms. ... As President Russell M. Nelson has counseled, 'The increasing darkness that accompanies tribulation makes the light of Jesus Christ shine ever brighter.'”

-Timothy J. Dyches

“With covenants, we are intent on more than just avoiding mistakes or being prudent in our decisions. We feel accountable to God for our choices and our lives.”

-D. Todd Christofferson

“I testify that the gospel light of truth and love shines brightly throughout the earth today. ... As Joseph Smith prophetically declared, 'The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing … till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.'”

-Alan R. Walker

“We have been blessed abundantly in this general conference to learn about eternal principles from the Lord’s authorized servants. Now, our individual responsibility is to govern ourselves according to the truths of which they have testified.”

-David A. Bednar

“I pray that your desire to worship and serve in the temple burns more brightly now than ever.”

-Russell M. Nelson


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