October 2015 General Conference Notes – Sunday Afternoon Session

D. Todd Christofferson – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

christoffersont_largeWhy does Jesus chose to use a church to carry out His and His Father’s work?

God’s ultimate purpose is our progress.

Uniting ourselves to the body of Christ (the Church) is a part of taking His name upon us.

We strive to help one another come to the knowledge of the Son of God.

We not only learn divine doctrine, we experience its application.

In the Church we are all on the same journey.

Repentance is individual, but fellowship…is in the Church.

We do not strive for conversion in the church, but to Christ and his gospel. The Church facilitates that conversion.

We speak not just of immortality, but of eternal life.

The Church safeguards and publishes God’s words.

Devin G. Durrant – Sunday School General Presidency

devin-g-durrant_72dpi_276x337Save money each week.

Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results.

Ponderize one verse of scripture each week.

Throughout the week picture the Savior saying encouraging words to you.

Include people of other faiths in your social groups, including social media.

Scriptures are revelation and they will bring added revelation.

Do the things which you have seen me do. -Jesus

Von G. Keetch – Seventy

von-keetch-first-quorum-seventy_largeGod’s commands and standards can sometimes be difficult to understand.

We show our love for God and our faith in Him by following the course and keeping the commandments.

Those who keep the commandments of God are blessed in all things.

God wants us to have joy. He wants us to have peace. He wants us to succeed. He wants us to be safe.

The Lord’s commandments are given out of love and caring.

The Lord’s commandments illuminate who we should become.

As we submitted to His will we become who He wants us to become.

Carole M. Stephens – Relief Society General Presidency

carole-m-stephens-largeGod’s laws are a manifestation for His love for us. Obedience is a manifestation of our love for Him.

Trust in God’s eternal plan for you.

Trust the council of living prophets.

There is safety in following the word of the Lord through his prophets.

Allan D. Haynie – Seventy

allen-haynie-first-quorum-seventy_largeWe should not deceive ourselves about what it takes to return and remain in the presence of God. We HAVE to be clean.

What does matter is that Jesus Christ suffered pains and afflictions of every kind so that hey may know how to succor his people.

The Savior will never turn away from us.

He understands it all perfectly.

Repentance is real and it works.

What the Savior atonement heals stays healed.

Remember in Whom you have trusted.

Kim B. Clark – Seventy

kim-clark-first-quorum-of-seventy_largeOur time is a dangerous time. A time of great evil and temptation.

Whatever level of spirituality we now have it will not be sufficient. We need greater light and power.

Truly receive the Lord, his doctrine, and his church.

We do not need to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better. 

Simple obedience brings the Spirit into our hearts.

Eyes to see and ears to hear.

Koichi Aoyagi – Second Quorum of Seventy

koichi-aoyagi-largeHe makes weak things become strong.

Love God, have faith in Christ.

David A. Bednar – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

david-a-bednar-largeIt is wonderful to have older men of great spiritual maturity and judgement serving in leadership positions.

When you cannot do what you have always done, then you can only do what matters most. 

Physical restrictions can expand vision.

The leaders of the Church will be older and spiritually seasoned men.

The imperfections of the leaders of the Church should be encouraging and faith-promoting.

Adversity if handled correctly can be a blessing in our lives. -Elder Wirthlin

Family is the center of life and the key to eternal happiness. -Elder Perry

President Packer’s final message is the lesson of a lifetime.

Hear and heed the eternal truths taught by the Lord’s authorized representatives.

October 2015 General Conference Notes – Sunday Morning Session

Thomas S. Monson – President

thomas-s-monson-largeThe new Apostles are well qualified to fill the positions to which they have been called.

Be thou an example unto the believers.

We come examples unto the believers by living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The words we use can lift and inspire or they can harm and demean.

Speak to others with love and respect, keeping our language clean.

As we emulate the Savior’s example we will bless lives.

May the light always shine in your eyes!

Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other.

Communication to our Heavenly Father through prayer is vital.

Be pure – clean in body, mind, and spirit.

Purity will bring us peace of mind and qualify us to receive the Savior’s promises.

Ronald A. Rasband – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

ronald-a-rasband-largeIt’s clear that Elder Rasband was raised up and prepared for this high and holy calling.

Love another as the Lord has loved us.

There is nothing we can do to change God’s love for us.

Jesus Christ looked past race, ethnicity, rank, and circumstances.

Gary E. Stevenson – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

gary-e-stevenson-largeHeavenly Father’s generous compensation for living the the most perilous of times is that we live in the fullness of times.

Central to Heavenly Father’s plan is Jesus Christ’s atonement.

Dale G. Renlund – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

dale-g-renlund-largeThe weak and simple are to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.

The Lord has called you for what he needs to do through you, and that will only happen if you do it His way.

Your calling is not about you. It’s about those you serve.

To effectively serve others in the Church we must see them through a parent’s eyes – through Heavenly Father’s eyes.

With all my heart I want to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. 

Russell M. Nelson – President – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

russell-m-nelson-largeCovenant keeping women.

The women of this dispensation are distinct from any other.

The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make and keep sacred covenants.

We need women who are courageous.

We need women who teach fearlessly. 

If you quit now others will painfully have to learn what you already know.

Sisters – we need your impressions, insights, and inspiration.

Sisters posses special gifts from God that cannot be duplicated by the men of the Church.

The culminating act of all creation was the creation of woman.

We need women who will raise a sin-resistant generation.

We need women.

It is converted, covenant keeping women, whose righteous lives will stand out in a deteriorating world.

Together we will help prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.

Gregory A. Schwitzer – Seventy

gregory-a-schwitzer-largeWe need the clarion call of the trumpet.

One man or women, who is willing to testify can make a difference.

True disciples of Christ are not looking to make excuses for the doctrine when it doesn’t fit the world’s current concepts.

True disciples represent the Lord when it may not be convenient to do so.

True disciples desire to inspire the hearts of men, not just impress them.

The great and spacious building is growing in size.

Don’t wander the halls of the great and spacious building.

We must never let go of the iron rod.

The path of happiness is the basic family unit.

It is time for us to stand up and testify.

Claudio R. M. Costa – Seventy

claudio-r-m-costa-largeTelling the stories of Jesus is a very special way to keep the Sabbath Day holy in our homes.

The Sabbath and the Sacrament become much more enjoyable as we study the stories of Christ.

Meditate on what he means to “always remember Him.”

Henry B. Eyring – First Presidency

henry-b-eyring-largeClaim the gift – receive the Holy Ghost.

The companionship of the Holy Ghost make what is good look more attractive, and temptation less compelling.

The Holy Ghost helps us verify truth from falsehood.

Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.

The truths that mark the way home to God are verified by the Holy Ghost.

We need a constant influence of the spirit of truth to spare us in moments of doubt.

For those struggling – treat the moments you feel the Spirit as seeds of faith. Plant each one of them.

As you obey the impressions from the Spirit will come more frequently, close and closer to constant companionship.

Always remember Him, and keep His commandments, that you may always have His Spirit.

Just keep doing little things for the Lord that you are prompted to do.

Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good.

Revelation through the Holy Ghost guides and sustains the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

October 2015 General Conference – Priesthood Session

Priesthood Session

Neil L. Andersen – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

AndersenNL_1008sHow does the Savior see your faith?

Faith is a substance that emits a spiritual light.

Your faith is either growing stronger or it’s becoming weaker.

The future of your faith is not by chance but by choice.

How we live our lives increases or diminishes our faith.

Using our mind without our heart will not bring spiritual answers.

Faith never demands an answer to every question.

When was the last time you read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover? Read it again. It will increase your faith.

The guidance of the First Presidency and the Twelve protect our faith.

Randall K. Bennett – Seventy

randall-k-bennett-largeHeavenly Father and our Savior are eager to bless us.

The Lord will guide us to and through our next steps.

Strength is given to those who keep seeking and trying.

Dieter F. Achtdorf – First Presidency

mormon-UchtdorfSome are given their faith as a gift from heaven. Some of us have to work for our testimonies.

Are we like Daniel? Do we stand loyal to God? Or are we Sunday Christians only?

We have been given much.

Let us not take these things lightly.

We need to rise up to our great responsibilities and obligations.

We believe in God because of what we know in our heart and mind.

There is no magic to be belief, but wanting to believe is the necessary first step m

God is no respect or of persons. Anyone can believe.

There is nothing impressive about being cynical.

Faith is not valued by society.

The world has a long history or rejecting things that it cannot see or understand.

Have courage to believe.

Henry B. Eyring – First Presidency

henry-b-eyring-largeWhen you do your part the Lord adds his power to your efforts.

Have confidence to do your part in your calling.

Thomas S. Monson – President

thomas-s-monson-largeKeep the commandments.

When we keep the commandments our lives will be less complicated.

We have the choice to accept or reject them.

Our decisions in this regard will determine our destiny.

The adversary is committed to our failure.

October 2015 General Conference – Saturday Afternoon Session

3 New Apostles – Ronald A. Rasband, Gary E. Stevenson, Dale G. Renlund


Robert D. Hales – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

robert-d-hales-largeMany are wandering in strange paths and losing their way.

We need to tighten our grip on that rod that leads us back to Him.

Fly right in the gathering storms of the last days.

If I make this choice, what is the worst thing that could happen?

One of the purposes of the scriptures is to see how righteous people respond to temptation.

The Lord will always keep His promise.

If you are there for the Lord, he will be there for you.

You are rich if you can live happily within your means.

Pay your tithing and then save.

When you earn more save more.

Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense, and doubt.

In knowledge there is power.

When you date learn everything you can about each other.

None of us marry perfection. We marry potential.

Dating and marriage are the gateway to where you ultimately want to go.

The Lord knows your desires and loves you.

If you don’t have abundant resources, don’t worry.

I didn’t raise my children on money. I raised them on faith.

Exercise your faith every day.

If you want my counsel be prepared to take it.

Be careful about taking advice from your peers.

If you want more than you now have reach upward, not across.

Just remember – you are a pilot and you are in charge.

As you come to yourself your Heavenly Father will come to you.

Jeffrey R. Holland – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

JeffreyRHollandNo love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.

It’s not only that our mothers bare us, but they continue baring with us.

Maternal love has to be divine. There is no other explanation for such feelings.

What mothers do is an essential element of Christ’s work.

Not every maternal effort has a storybook ending, at least not immediately.

In any moment of temptation may we behold our mother as well as our Savior, and spare them both the sorrow of our sinning.

To all mothers everywhere I say “thank you.”

Mothers are saviors on Mount Zion.

Bradley D. Foster – Seventy

bradley-d-foster-largeThe world fights for our children’s identity and minds.

We can not let society give our family a makeover in the image of the world.

Our children are the largest group of investigators in the Church.

Help children grow roots into deep conversion.

Our children were Heavenly Father’s children before they were ours.

Our children learn when they are ready to learn, not just when we are ready to teach them.

The Son can do nothing of himself but what he seeth the Father do.

It’s never too early, and never too late to lead, guide and walk beside our children.

Hugo Montoya – Seventy

hugo-montoya-quorum-of-seventy_largeTrials and temptations are universal.


The cornerstone of God’s plan is the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Savior descended below all things, and comprehends all things.

Vern P. Stanfill – Seventy

vern-stanfill-quorum-of-seventy_largeWe live in a world where we will experience challenges of our faith.

No matter how intense the darkness of doubt we choose how long to let it influence us.

While we are struggling in the darkness there is nothing wrong with relying on the light of those who love us.

Is it wise to place our eternal well being in the hands of strangers?

Remember those who truly love us can help us build our faith.

We cannot rely upon the light of others forever.

There are things that I have felt that cannot be explained any other way, except that they are of God.

Doubt not the Lord nor his goodness. We have proved him in days that are passed.

There is no darkness so dense…that it cannot be overcome by light.

James B. Martino – Seventy

james-b-martino-largeGod does answer our prayers, but he answers them when we have a sincere heart with real intent.

He does not answer just to respond to our curiosity.

We are placed on earth to be tried and tested.

Have ye inquired of the Lord?

If you do not feel it now you can feel it again.

Do not give up. Never give up.

Never give up on God.

The words of Christ will tell us all things that we should do.

We should make scripture study a daily part of our lives.

Turn to Him.

What greater witness can you have then from God?

I truly know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

We must have faith with works to receive answers.

Dallin H. Oaks – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Dallin OaksOur Savior can provide the strength we need to overcome mortal challenges.

In the Savior’s atonement he suffered pains, afflictions, and temptations of every kind.

Our Savior suffered and experienced the fullness of mortal challenges.

He knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, our sufferings.

His atonement empowers us to give us strength to bear it all.

Sometimes he gives us the patience to help us endure our infirmities.

Mortality is filled with frequent struggles, heartaches and sufferings.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous. But the Lord delivereth Him out of them all.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure.

Having descending beneath it all, He is perfectly positioned to lift us.

Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ hear and answer the prayers of all who seek them.

October 2015 General Conference Notes – Saturday Morning Session

Dieter F. Uchtdorf – First Presidency

mormon-UchtdorfDo not disregard truth that you can rely on.

When we chase after shadows we are pursuing matters that have little substance and value.

Is my experience in the Church working for me?

Have you experienced this mighty change in your hearts, and can you feel it now?

Are we making our discipleship too complicated?

We must protect the church and the gospel in its purity and plainness.

Living the gospel doesn’t need to be complicated.

The more we trust God the more our hearts are filled with love for him and for each other.

Because we love God we want to serve Him and bless the lives of others.

It is beautifully simple, and it works beautiful.

Simplify your approach to discipleship.

To begin your improvement – start where you are.

We don’t need to be more of anything to start to become the person that God intended us to become.

If we look at us only through our mortal eyes we may not see ourselves as good enough. But our Heavenly Father sees us as who we truly are and who we can become.

Exaltation is our goal. Discipleship is our journey.

God will help you become something greater than you ever thought possible.

Focus on the simplicity that is Christ.

It works! It works wonderfully!!!

M. Russell Ballard – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

m-russell-ballard-largeThe Lord’s servants are inspired to help us avoid obstacles that are spiritually life-threatening.

Make no mistake about it – the Lord directs His Church through living prophets and apostles.

The Lord’s grace is sufficient to accomplish His work through mortals.

We make a serious mistake by noticing only the human nature of one another.

By understanding who our Heavenly Father is and our relationship to Him and His Son, we will accept their commandments.

What will you become through the Atonement of Christ?

The Lord’s Apostles are duty bound to watch, warn, and reach out.

Commandments and covenants are priceless truths.

When we delight in the Sabbath Day it is a sign of our love for Them.

Testimony meeting is not a time to give a speech.

All of us are blessed when the Sabbath is filled with love for the Lord at home and at church.

Let us stay on board the old ship Zion.

It is the Church wherein we learn the works of God and accept the grace of the Lord that saves us.

Richard J. Maynes – Presidency of the Seventy

richard-j-maynes-largeWe can and will find true joy today in living a Christ-centered life.

Like the clay on the potter’s wheel, we must be centered as well.

If our lives are centered in Jesus Christ, he can successfully mold us into who we need to be.

What shall I do that I may be born of God?

I will give up all that I possess…that I may receive this great joy.

For the first time I felt like I had a purpose, and the plan of happiness brought true joy into my life.

Being centered in Christ allows us to live after the manner of happiness.

We can find peace and true joy if we choose to live Christ-centered lives.

Neill F. Marriott – General Young Women’s Presidency

neill-marriott-md-1190464It will all work out.

No one ever really dies.

Faith lets us say “it will all work out” with conviction.

A meek heart accepts the trial.

The Sacrament is the heart of the Sabbath.

Your resentment diminishes your progress and damages your ability to have healthy relationships.

Yielding to the Lord’s way is the only way to lasting happiness.

The healing of our heart begins when we submit to and worship God.

What is our heart’s condition today?

My way is lacking, limited, and inferior to the way of Jesus Christ.

Can we loves Jesus Christ and his way more than we love ourselves and our own agenda?

If we earnestly appeal to God He takes us as we are.

In and through Jesus Christ we are going to make it.

When we offer our broken heart to Jesus Christ he accepts our offering. He takes us back.

Larry R. Lawrence – Seventy

larry-r-lawrence-largeWe came to earth to learn and improve towards perfection.

The Holy Ghost makes an ideal traveling companion.

What lack I yet?

Count your blessings instead of your challenges.

The Holy Ghost really does give customized counsel.

The Holy Ghost doesn’t tell us to improve everything at once.

The Spirit works with us at our own speed, one step at a time.

God’s grace is sufficient to help us.

What is keeping me from progressing?

The Spirit can show us our weakness, but can also show us our strengths.

To God our direction is ever more important than our speed.

It is our duty to be better today than we were yesterday, and better tomorrow than we were today.

Allow the Holy Ghost to lead us home.

Francisco J. Vinas – Seventy

francisco-j-vinas-largeJoy in this world is not full, but joy in Jesus Christ is full.

If thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high.

After much tribulation come the blessings.

Just as suffering and sorrow attend sin, so does happiness and joy attend forgiveness of sins.

The pleasing word of God brings comfort and hope.

Repentance requires consistency in each of its steps.

Having the companionship of the Spirit will make us better people.

With the influence of the Holy Ghost our minds will be cleaner.

Quentin L. Cook – Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

quentin-l-cook-largeIf there be no righteousness there be no happiness.

The ultimate noble purpose of God’s plan is for righteous disciples and covenant families to be united in this life and receive Celestial glory in the eternities with God and Jesus Christ.

Ship shape in Bristol fashion.

Be righteous. Follow rules. Be prepared.

Be temple worthy in good times and bad times.

Though unpredictable, challenges will come.

We must be determined to be temple worthy regardless of what befalls us.

Hunger and thirst after righteousness.

The gospel results in happiness, felicity, and joy.

Christianity is under attack today.

Our choices matter.

The rewards of righteousness are available right now.

Wickedness never was happiness.

This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God.

Self control is like a muscle – the more you use it the stronger it gets.

All of us need to develop an appearance that demonstrates that we are true followers of Christ.

Honoring the Sabbath will increase righteousness and be a protection for the family.

The Sabbath allows us to be in the world but not of the world.

Keeping the Sabbath day holy is a refuge from the storms of this life.

Divine protections are provided when we are righteous.

Life is not easy, nor was it meant to be. It is a time of testing and trial.

Living and maintaining temple worthy lives will hold together all that really matters.