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General Conference Highlights - October 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 October 2021 General Conference:

Saturday Morning

Pure Truth, Pure Doctrine, and Pure Revelation by President Russell M. Nelson

“There has never been a time in the history of the world when knowledge of our Savior is more personally vital and relevant to every human soul.”

The Greatest Possession by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“If we love God enough to try to be fully faithful to Him, He will give us the ability, the capacity, the will, and the way to love our neighbor and ourselves.”

Come unto Christ and Don’t Come Alone by Bonnie H. Cordon

“He [Jesus] asked: “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, … deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them.” … Every time I read this, I ask myself: Who will I bring to Christ? Who will you bring?”

The Savior’s Abiding Compassion by Elder Ulisses Soares

“The expression of compassion for others is, in fact, the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a marked evidence of our spiritual and emotional closeness to the Savior.”

The Love of God by Elder D. Todd Christofferson

“The love of the Father and the Son is freely given but also includes hopes and expectations. … Because They love you, They do not want to leave you “just as you are.” Because They love you, They want you to have joy and success. Because They love you, They want you to repent because that is the path to happiness.”

Becoming More in Christ: The Parable of the Slope by Elder Clark G. Gilbert

“…in this Church, we believe in the divine potential of all of God’s children and in our ability to become something more in Christ. In the Lord’s timing, it is not where we start but where we are headed that matters most.”

A Faithful Search Rewarded by Elder Patricio M. Giuffra

“… I invite us all to continually increase our faith in Christ, who has changed the lives of my beloved mother and me and continues to change the lives of all who seek Him.”

The Need for a Church by President Dallin H. Oaks

“In church we associate with wonderful people striving to serve God. This reminds us that we are not alone…”

Saturday Afternoon

With the Power of God in Great Glory by Elder David A. Bednar

“We take the Savior’s yoke upon us as we learn about, worthily receive, and honor sacred covenants and ordinances. We are bound securely to and with the Savior as we faithfully remember and do our best to live in accordance with the obligations we have accepted. And that bond with Him is the source of spiritual strength in every season of our lives.”

Faith to Act and Become by Elder Ciro Schmeil

“…I realized that He wants me to become a better husband, father, and son and a better servant. I then realized that all of this could be accomplished as I worked to become a better disciple of the Savior Jesus Christ.”

God’s Love: The Most Joyous to the Soul by Susan H. Porter

“When you know and understand how completely you are loved as a child of God, it changes everything. It changes the way you feel about yourself when you make mistakes. It changes how you feel when difficult things happen. It changes your view of God’s commandments. It changes your view of others and of your capacity to make a difference.”

Addressing Mental Health by Elder Erich W. Kopischke

“…educating ourselves about mental illness prepares us to help ourselves and others who might be struggling. Open and honest discussion with one another will help this important topic to receive the attention it deserves. After all, information precedes inspiration and revelation. These all-too-often invisible challenges can affect anyone, and when we are facing them, they appear insurmountable.”

The Things of My Soul by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

“The most important words we can hear, ponder, and follow are those revealed through our living prophet.”

Preparing for the Second Coming of Christ by Elder Christoffel Golden

“I conclude my remarks with a truly inspiring prophetic declaration from the Prophet Joseph Smith, given near the end of his ministry as he looked forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ: “Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren [and, may I add, sisters]; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad.””

Favored of the Lord in All My Days by Elder Moisés Villanueva

“Jesus Christ showed us that during times of trial and adversity, we can recognize the difficulties of others. Moved with compassion, we can reach out and lift them. And as we do so, we are also lifted by our Christlike service. President Gordon B. Hinckley stated: “The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best medicine for despair is service. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.””

Simply Beautiful—Beautifully Simple by Elder Gary E. Stevenson

“May we keep the gospel simple as we take upon us our divinely appointed responsibilities: To live the gospel of Jesus Christ so as to be sensitive to promptings, as did Jens in Denmark. To care for those in need, as demonstrated by the members of the Cúcuta stake in Colombia in providing shelter to orphaned ward members. To invite all to receive the gospel, in the way that Cleiton from the African island country of Cape Verde did with his friends and family. Finally, to unite families for eternity, as exemplified by Sister Lydia from Ukraine through her own temple ordinances, family history efforts, and service in the temple. Doing so will surely bring joy and peace. Of this I promise and testify…”

Saturday Evening

“Lovest Thou Me More Than These?” by President M. Russell Ballard

“How would we answer the question “Lovest thou me more than these?” … What things can you do within your own life to show that you love the Lord first? … I pray that you may answer as Peter did so long ago, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee,” and then show it by loving and serving God and all those around you.”

I Pray He’ll Use Us by Sharon Eubank

“As baptized members of the Church, we are under covenant to care for those in need. Our individual efforts don’t necessarily require money or faraway locations; they do require the guidance of the Holy Spirit and a willing heart to say to the Lord, “Here am I; send me.””

Is There No Balm in Gilead? by Elder Brent H. Nielson

“The Savior’s Atonement, which makes available both His redeeming and His enabling power, is the ultimate blessing that Jesus Christ offers to all. As we repent with full purpose of heart, the Savior cleanses us from sin. As we cheerfully submit our will to the Father, even in the most difficult of circumstances, the Savior will lift our burdens and make them light.”

Deepening Our Conversion to Jesus Christ by Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela

“I invite you to have a permanent plan to study the scriptures. … deepening our conversion to Jesus Christ, and helping us to become like Him. When we study the gospel, we are not simply seeking new information; rather, we are seeking to become “a new creature””

Worthiness Is Not Flawlessness by Bradley R. Wilcox

“Some mistakenly receive the message that they are not worthy to participate fully in the gospel because they are not completely free of bad habits. God’s message is that worthiness is not flawlessness. Worthiness is being honest and trying.”

To Be a Follower of Christ by Elder Alfred Kyungu

“…Let us have the courage to do what is right even when it is unpopular—the courage to defend our faith and to act by faith. Let us have the courage to repent daily, the courage to accept God’s will and obey His commandments.”

Hold Up Your Light by Elder Marcus B. Nash

“Choosing to not hold up the gospel light moves us to the shadows, where we are susceptible to temptation. Importantly, the converse is true: choosing to hold up the gospel light brings us more fully into that light and the protection it provides against temptation.”

The Faith to Ask and Then to Act by President Henry B. Eyring

“Revelation comes to us in proportion to the degree to which we have sought to take the doctrine of Christ into our hearts and implement it in our lives.”

Sunday Morning

Daily Restoration by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Do you want to change the shape of your life? Change the shape of your day. Do you want to change your day? Change this hour. Change what you think, feel, and do at this very moment. … Minutes and hours well spent are the building blocks of a life well lived.”

Invite Christ to Author Your Story by Camille N. Johnson

“Why do we want the Savior to be the author and the finisher of our stories? Because He knows our potential perfectly, He will take us to places we never imagined ourselves.”

The Peace of Christ Abolishes Enmity by Elder Dale G. Renlund

“My invitation is to be valiant in putting our love of God and discipleship of the Savior above all other considerations. Let us uphold the covenant inherent in our discipleship—the covenant to be one.”

A House of Sequential Order by Elder Vaiangina Sikahema

“May we live our lives with order and seek to follow the sequence the Lord has outlined for us. We will be blessed as we look for and follow the patterns and the sequence in which the Lord teaches what’s most important to Him.”

Personal Peace in Challenging Times by Elder Quentin L. Cook

“President Russell M. Nelson has taught us—and during this pandemic we have learned—that the home-centered, Church-supported religious observance can “unleash the power of families … to transform [our] home[s] into a sanctuary of faith.” If we have this religious observance in our homes, we will also have the Savior’s peace.”

The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation by President Russell M. Nelson

“My dear brothers and sisters, when renovations on the Salt Lake Temple are completed, there will be no safer place during an earthquake in the Salt Lake Valley than inside that temple. Likewise, whenever any kind of upheaval occurs in your life, the safest place to be spiritually is living inside your temple covenants!”

Sunday Afternoon

Trust Again by Elder Gerrit W. Gong

“Trust becomes real when we do hard things with faith. Service and sacrifice increase capacity and refine hearts. Trust in God and each other brings heaven’s blessings.”

Giving Holiness to the Lord by Bishop L. Todd Budge

“Sacrifice is less about “giving up” and more about “giving to” the Lord. ... Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: “… when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him!””

Remember Thy Suffering Saints, O Our God by Elder Anthony D. Perkins

“I testify that our Heavenly Father remembers His suffering Saints, loves you, and is intimately aware of you. Our Savior knows how you feel. … I know—as a daily recipient—that keeping covenants unlocks the power of Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice to provide strength and even joy to you who suffer.”

One Percent Better by Elder Michael A. Dunn

“…Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, “Each assertion of a righteous desire, each act of service, and each act of worship, however small and incremental, adds to our spiritual momentum.””

Facing Our Spiritual Hurricanes by Believing in Christ by Elder Sean Douglas

“…each of us has weathered and will weather spiritual hurricanes that threaten our peace and try our faith. … Thankfully, the Lord has provided us a sure way to joyfully overcome them. By living the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are assured that “when dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us and threaten our peace to destroy, there is hope smiling brightly before us.””

Miracles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Elder Carlos G. Revillo Jr.

“I know that His gospel can bring us hope, peace, and joy, not only now, but it will also bless countless others in future generations. That is the reason for the beautiful and warm smiles of the Filipino Saints.”

Look down the Road by Elder Alvin F. Meredith III

“Focusing on Christ requires discipline, especially about the small and simple spiritual habits that help us become better disciples. There is no discipleship without discipline.”

The Name of the Church Is Not Negotiable by Elder Neil L. Andersen

“The name of the Church is not negotiable. Let us go forward in faith. When we willingly follow the counsel of the Lord as revealed through His living prophet, especially if it runs counter to our initial thinking, requiring humility and sacrifice, the Lord blesses us with additional spiritual power and sends His angels to support us and stand by us. We receive the Lord’s affirmation and His approval.”

Make Time for the Lord by President Russell M. Nelson

“We have been given our charge for the next six months. Now the question is, how will we be different because of what we have heard and felt?”


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