Notes From Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference

Conducting: Henry B. Eyring
Opening Hymn: Glory to God on High (67)

Statistical Report
Membership: 15, 082, 028
Stakes: 3,050
Temples: 141
Missionaries: 83, 035
Convert Baptisms: 200,945

Russell M. Nelson (Quorum of the Twelve)
Faith is the antidote for fear.
Our faith will be tested and challenged.
True faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Religion means to tie back to God.
Are we securely tied to God?
There is only One in whom your faith is always safe. That is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Look unto me in every thought. Doubt not. Fear not.”
Truth is truth. It is not divisible and any part of it cannot be set aside.
All truth is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Full freedom cannot be experienced if part of one’s knowledge is ruled out of balance by edicts of men.
Problems abound in this world because it is populated by imperfect people.
Many put other priorities ahead of God.
Living the Lord’s pure religion is striving to become like Jesus Christ. It is a way of life.
We can gain great knowledge from the scriptures and obtain inspiration through prayers of faith.
God’s laws must ever be our standard.
We should liken all scriptures unto us for our profit and learning.
Even if everyone is doing it, wrong is never right.
Evil and darkness will never be truth, even if popular.
50 million people can be wrong. Totally wrong.
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.
…that His eternal truths will be etched on your heart forever.

Richard G. Scott (Quorum of the Twelve)
The importance of being baptized and attending Church meetings regularly.
Positive influences from others can have a profound impact on our lives.
We must be sure to sincerely love those we want to help.
Show your sincere interest in their well-being, then share your testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ask them questions that make them think. Then allow sufficient time…to ponder the answers for themselves.
More fruit for the Lord…and more happiness for yourself.
You will help your loved ones to want to commit to obey all of His commandments.
Conversion of individuals is only part of the work. Always seek to strengthen families.
Have the vision of the sealing ordinance of the temple.
Love is the foundation influence.
The children of Father in Heaven can do amazing things when they feel trusted.
Share principles to help those you love to press forward along the path to eternal life.
Keep your sharing of the gospel simple.
Concentrate on the Atonement.
There is no doctrine more fundamental than the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Do not become absorbed with trivial things as you study.
We best serve our Father in Heaven by righteously influencing others.
His gospel is a path to peace and happiness in this life.

Intermediate Hymn: We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet (19)

Elder Robert D. Hales (Quorum of the Twelve)
Be careful who you follow.
Because our Savior was obedient, He atoned for our sins, making possible our resurrection.
When we obey, we accept His sacrifice.
Jesus taught us to obey in simple language that is easy to understand.
We seek forgiveness for any thoughts, feelings, or actions that are not in harmony with Heavenly Father’s will.
As we live the gospel we progress in our understanding of obedience.
Perversion of obedience diminishes God’s standards in our culture and our laws.
It is the Savior who directs His prophets in all dispensations.
Spiritually mature obedience is the Savior’s obedience. It is motivated by true love from Heavenly Father.
Using our agency to obey means choosing to do what is right. It brings confident, eternal happiness.
It is always helpful to remember the consequences of our choices.
Why do any of us choose to be disobedient when we know the eternal consequences of sin?
Do not love Satan more than God. Our love is the Savior is the key.
It is impossible for others to modify God’s commandments which were given for our good.
(Abortion)
As disciples of Christ, we have a sacred obligation to uphold His laws and commandments.
Obedience brings blessings.
Obedience is taught by example. By how we teach our children.
Obedience in Gethsemane helped the Savior endure to the end on Golgotha.
Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is our Savior.

Claudio D. Zivic (Quorum of Seventy)
How often do we make a mistake about the right way, being led by the trends of the world?
“I am the vine. Ye are the branches.”
“Without me ye can do nothing.”
We would never underestimate the value of His teachings.
Mistakes allow us to humble ourselves and draw closer to Heavenly Father.
The works and the purposes of God can not be frustrated.
We must not fear man more than God.
Always be connected with the heavens.
The day will come when we meet up with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He will show us the marks of His hands and His feet.

W Craig Zwick (Quorum of Seventy)
Communication
No corrupt communication.
Destructive words can take a situation from hazardous to fatal.
The gospel provides help for our communication.
Practice asking “What are you thinking?”
What matters is listening to each other and understanding the others’ perspective.
Transforming corrupt communication to ministering grace.
We can minister grace through compassionate language.
Our Savior cares about what we are thinking.

Quentin L. Cook (Quorum of Twelve Apostles)
The “now what?” are at the heart of the Father’s plan of happiness.
If a man die, shall he live again? Yes.
Our Father’s plan is about families.
The keys to seal families have been restored.
The Savior was emphatic about the necessity of baptism.
It is the privilege of members of this Church to be baptized for all the kinfolk.
Is not this a glorious doctrine?
Vicarious ordinances are at the heart of uniting families eternally.
The celestial organization of heaven is based on families.
We need to be connected to both our roots and branches.
As the only member in my family, I rejoice in the doctrine of the redemption for the dead and eternal families!
Our family history centers are now in our homes.
Lead the way in the use of technology to experience the spirit of Elijah.
The youth will lead the way in family history work.
Don’t underestimate the influence of the deceased in your efforts.
Obtain and input vital information into your Family Search.
Hold a “Family Tree Gathering.” (regularly)
The hastening of family history work is fertile ground to keep the Sabbath day holy.
Our precious roots and branches must be nourished.
We can perform vicarious ordinances and become “saviors on Mount Zion” for our ancestors.

Closing Hymn: High on the Mountain Top (5)

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