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General Conference Highlights - April 2024

A few years ago, I started reading all the General Conference talks and pulling out my favourite parts. I 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 quotes from each of the talks given at the April 2024 General Conference: 

Motions of a Hidden Fire

By President Jeffrey R. Holland

“Brothers and sisters, I testify that God hears every prayer we offer and responds to each of them according to the path He has outlined for our perfection. … It is for reasons known only to God why prayers are answered differently than we hope—but I promise you they are heard and they are answered according to His unfailing love and cosmic timetable.”

Put Ye On the Lord Jesus Christ

By Sister J. Anette Dennis

“The garment of the holy priesthood is deeply symbolic and also points to the Savior. … Our temple garment reminds us that the Savior and the blessings of His Atonement cover us throughout our lives. As we put on the garment of the holy priesthood each day, that beautiful symbol becomes a part of us.”

Pillars and Rays

By Elder Alexander Dushku

“One of the great truths of the Restoration is that the heavens are open—that we too can receive light and knowledge from on high. I testify that is true. But we must be wary of a spiritual trap. Sometimes faithful Church members become discouraged and even drift away because they haven’t had overwhelming spiritual experiences—because they haven’t experienced their own pillar of light. … Brothers and sisters, I have not seen a pillar of light, but, like you, I have experienced many divine rays. … The reality and power of one ray of testimony reinforces and combines with another, and then another, and another. … Perhaps no one ray is strong enough or bright enough to constitute a full testimony, but together they can become a light that the darkness of doubt cannot overcome. … That means, brothers and sisters, that in time and through “great diligence,” we too can have our own pillar of light—one ray at a time.”

Covenant Confidence through Jesus Christ

By Elder Ulisses Soares

“…if we change our preparation to enter the temple, we will change our experience in the temple, which will transform our lives outside of the temple.…”

Integrity: A Christlike Attribute

By Elder Jack N. Gerard

“Integrity means we do not lower our standards or behavior to impress or to be accepted by others. You “do what is right” and “let the consequence follow.””

All Will Be Well Because of Temple Covenants

By President Henry B. Eyring

“…there is nothing more important than honoring the covenants you have made or may make in the temple. No matter where you are on the covenant path, I urge you to qualify and become eligible to attend the temple.”

“Be Still, and Know That I Am God”

By Elder David A. Bednar

“…the foundation of our lives must be connected to the rock of Christ if we are to remain firm and steadfast. The sacred covenants and ordinances of the Savior’s restored gospel can be compared to the anchor pins and steel rods used to connect a building to bedrock. Every time we faithfully receive, review, remember, and renew sacred covenants, our spiritual anchors are secured ever more firmly and steadfastly to the “rock” of Jesus Christ.”

Rise! He Calleth Thee

By Elder Massimo De Feo

“Among all the voices of the world, the Lord is counting on me and you to declare our testimonies, to raise our voice, and to become His voice. If we don’t do it, who will testify of Jesus Christ?”

A Record of What I Have Both Seen and Heard

By Elder Brent H. Nielson

“The Savior’s Apostles Peter and John healed a man in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. When commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus, they responded: “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.””

Jesus Christ at the Center of Our Lives

By Elder Jose L. Alonso

“When we encounter difficulties, we naturally tend to concentrate on the obstacles we face. Our challenges are tangible and command our attention, yet the principle of surmounting them is in our focus. By placing Christ at the core of our thoughts and deeds, we align ourselves with His outlook and strength. This adjustment does not discount our struggles; instead, it helps us to navigate through them under divine guidance. As a result, we discover solutions and support that arise from a higher wisdom. Adopting this Christ-centric perspective empowers us with the fortitude and insight to turn our trials into victories, reminding us that with the Savior, what seems like a major problem can become a pathway to greater spiritual progress.”

All Things for Our Good

By Elder Gerrit W. Gong

“When life is cluttered and purpose isn’t clear, when you want to live better but don’t know how, please come to God our Father and Jesus Christ. Trust They live, love you, and want all things for your good.”

In Support of the Rising Generation

By Brother Michael T. Nelson

“The entire ward will be blessed and strengthened as members focus on the rising generation.”

Be One with Christ

By Elder Quentin L. Cook

“The essence of truly belonging is to be one with Christ.”

Miracles, Angels, and Priesthood Power

By Elder Shayne M. Bowen

“I witness that miracles have not ceased, angels are among us, and the heavens are open.”

Foreordained to Serve

By Elder Steven R. Bangerter

“Do you want to know God’s plan for you? I bear witness He wants you to know, and He inspired His prophet to the world to invite each of us to pray and receive this eye-opening experience for ourselves.”

Faithful to the End

By Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus

“While David used only one stone to kill Goliath, he was prepared with five. With five! This makes me think about how I can prepare myself to face the world. What if each of David’s stones represented a strength we need to be triumphant in our lives?”

Fruit That Remains

By Elder Matthew L. Carpenter

“Brothers and sisters, our loving Heavenly Father has given us covenants so that we may have access to all that He has in store for us. These sacred blessings from God are more delicious than any earthly fruit. They can be preserved for us forever, becoming fruit that remains, as we are faithful to our covenants.”

A Higher Joy

By Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Our Father in Heaven has not hidden the path to happiness. It is not a secret. It is available to all! It is promised to those who walk the path of discipleship, follow the teachings and example of the Savior, keep His commandments, and honor covenants they make with God. What a remarkable promise!”

Words Matter

By Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“I promise that if we “feast upon the words of Christ” that lead to salvation, our prophet’s words that guide and encourage us, and our own words that speak of who we are and what we hold dear, the powers of heaven will pour down upon us. “The words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.””

Pray, He Is There

By President Susan H. Porter

“Sometimes you may want to know why something hard is happening in your life or why you didn’t receive a blessing you prayed for. Often the best question to ask Heavenly Father is not why but what.”

The Powerful, Virtuous Cycle of the Doctrine of Christ

By Elder Dale G. Renlund

“…baptismal and temple covenants are not, in and of themselves, the source of power. The source of power is the Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Making and keeping covenants create a conduit for Their power in our lives.”

Trust in the Lord

By Elder Paul B. Pieper

“Notwithstanding God’s trust in us, our relationship with Him will grow only to the degree we are willing to place our trust in Him.”

God’s Intent Is to Bring You Home

By Elder Patrick Kearon

“The intent of the Father’s great plan of happiness is your happiness, right here, right now, and in the eternities. It is not to prevent your happiness and cause you instead worry and fear. … No, He does not put up roadblocks and barriers; He removes them. He does not keep you out; He welcomes you in. His entire ministry was a living declaration of this intent.”

Swallowed Up in the Joy of Christ

By Elder Brian K. Taylor

“I testify that our Heavenly Father hears your tearful pleadings and will always respond in perfect wisdom.”

Covenants and Responsibilities

By President Dallin H. Oaks

“We have the testimonies of many pioneers that the power they received from being bound to Christ in their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple gave them the strength to make their epic journey and establish themselves in the West.”

The Testimony of Jesus

By Elder D. Todd Christofferson

“Beyond this testimony is the question, What do we do about it? The inheritors of the celestial kingdom “receive” the testimony of Jesus in the fullest sense by being baptized, receiving the Holy Ghost, and overcoming by faith. The principles and truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ govern their priorities and choices. The testimony of Jesus is manifest in what they are and what they are becoming.”

Call, Don’t Fall

By Elder Taylor G. Godoy

“Of course, we need to remember that calling is a matter of faith and action—faith to recognize that we have a Heavenly Father who answers our prayers according to His infinite wisdom, and then action consistent with what we asked for. Praying—calling—can be a sign of our hope. But taking action after praying is a sign that our faith is real…”

Bridging the Two Great Commandments

By Elder Gary E. Stevenson

“Loving the Lord is often measured in small daily deeds, footsteps on the covenant path…”

Opposition in All Things

By Elder Mathias Held

“Where there is sunshine, shadows must be there too. Floods can bring destruction, but they usually bring life as well. Tears of grief often turn into tears of relief and happiness. Feelings of sadness when loved ones depart are later compensated with the joy of meeting again. In periods of war and destruction, many little acts of kindness and love are also happening for those with “eyes to see, and ears to hear.””

Temples, Houses of the Lord Dotting the Earth

By Elder Neil L. Andersen

“In His house, we are literally endowed with heavenly power. Our faith in Jesus Christ and our love for Him are confirmed and fortified. We are spiritually assured of our true identity and the purposes of life. As we are faithful, we are blessed with protection from temptations and distractions. We feel our Savior’s love as He lifts us from our difficulties and sorrows. We are armed with the power of God.”

It Is Wisdom in the Lord That We Should Have the Book of Mormon

By President Mark L. Pace

“Heavenly Father wants you to know for yourself. But you must put in the effort.”

Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys

By President Russell M. Nelson

“My dear brothers and sisters, here is my promise. Nothing will help you more to hold fast to the iron rod than worshipping in the temple as regularly as your circumstances permit. Nothing will protect you more as you encounter the world’s mists of darkness. Nothing will bolster your testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement or help you understand God’s magnificent plan more. Nothing will soothe your spirit more during times of pain. Nothing will open the heavens more. Nothing!”



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