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170th Annual Conference April 2000
In this great hall … the voices of prophets will go out to all the world in testimony of the Redeemer of mankind.
In every language, the Spirit of God—the Holy Ghost—guides, or can guide, every member of the Church.
I pray that you young people will develop a reverence for sacred things, a respect for your elders, and a willingness to keep the commandments. I pray that you will learn to know of the Savior.
The Savior, Jesus Christ, showed us the way to happiness and told us everything we need to do to be happy.
Resurrection is much more than merely reuniting a spirit to a body. … The resurrection is a restoration that brings back “carnal for carnal” and “good for that which is good” (Alma 41:13).
Never before in the history of the world has the need for faith in God been greater.
The continued expansion of technology will only bring the messages to us. … [But it is] the challenge of each individual and family … to internalize the messages of the gospel.
It has been inspiring to see the Lord’s hand in bringing the forces together which will lead to an inevitable victory. There will be a temple in West Africa.
If we can help people first understand the plan, they will find a deeper and more permanent motivation to keep the commandments.
I have learned from the scriptures and the living prophets that this life is the time to prepare ourselves to meet God and one day enjoy eternal life with Him.
The most important thing every one of us can do is to examine our own commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I hope that we have grateful hearts for the knowledge that we have and the testimonies we have and for the feelings we have.
Each of us absolutely must help each daughter of God we can to realize what sacred characteristics Father in Heaven has given her.
Priesthood isn’t something we take off during the week and put on for Sunday. It is a 24-7 privilege and blessing—that is, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Holy Ghost has the power to bring light and understanding to our lives, but we must pay the price to seek and win His companionship.
Self-mastery … is the ultimate test of our character.
Let us consider our callings, let us reflect on our responsibilities, let us determine our duty, and let us follow Jesus Christ our Lord.
Stake presidents have been called under the same inspiration under which the General Authorities were called. I pray for these, my beloved brethren, that the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon them.
In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade—not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully.
In our own storms in life the Savior is our solace and our sanctuary. If we seek peace, we must come unto Him.
The Lord loves widows. … [We] should care for and assist the widows within our family, home, ward, and neighborhood.
Create homes filled with love and serenity. Relieve suffering. Create enduring testimonies of eternal truths in ourselves and others.
The Savior will let you feel the love He feels for those you serve. The call is an invitation to become like Him.
Of all the things for which I feel grateful … , one stands out preeminently. That is a living testimony of Jesus Christ.
Life’s necessary defining moments come within our allotments. … Our responses are what matter. Sufficient unto each life are the tests thereof!
May we do as much with the blessings we have been given as [our ancestors] did out of the deprivations so many of them faced. In such abundance may we never “forget the Lord.”
I know that your Heavenly Father has a special plan for you and your family to return to live with Him. Let’s go home.
A father succeeds when he steps forward and accepts his commitment as a father, always loving, praying for and doing what he can for his family, and never giving up.
We declare that the great restoration that the ancient prophets spoke of began in 1820 when the Lord called a young man named Joseph Smith to reestablish the Church.
Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be.
Let us take a little time to meditate, to think of what we can do to improve our lives and to become better examples of what a Latter-day Saint should be.
What does it mean to stand as a witness of God? It means we will not bow down or give in or be persuaded to do anything contrary to God’s will.
Integrity makes you whole and complete.
You have all you need to stand strong and firm and true because you have the Lord on your side.
I promise you dear young sisters that if you live the standards of personal worthiness contained in the Young Women program, great will be your happiness and endless will be your joy.
170th Semi-Annual Conference October 2000
171st Annual Conference April 2001
Let us be good people. Let us be friendly people. Let us be neighborly people. Let us be what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ought to be.
Do the best you can while on earth to have an ideal family. To help you do that, ponder and apply the principles in the proclamation on the family.
True humility will inevitably lead us to say to God, “Thy will be done.”
I believe that all of us can bear witness to these small miracles.
For those who find it difficult to initiate missionary conversations—and many do—the Church’s newly produced pass-along cards are a lovely, effortless way to let others know some of your basic beliefs and how they may learn more.
We have no way of knowing when our privilege to extend a helping hand will unfold before us.
We all make mistakes. … It is then in our nature to feel guilt and humiliation and suffering, which we alone cannot cure. That is when the healing power of the Atonement will help.
It is proper for a mature sister or couple to let their priesthood leaders know that they are willing and able to serve a mission. I urge you to do so.
Given some exposure, our young brothers and young sisters come quite naturally … to a deep love for Jesus and for our prophets.
A spiritual witness of the Nephite scripture will always bring the certainty of the Savior’s existence.
Those who enter the temple are also to bear the attribute of holiness. … We can acquire holiness only by enduring and persistent personal effort.
In any community of Saints, we all work to serve each other in the best way we know how. Our work has a higher purpose because it is work to bless others and to build the kingdom of God.
As you watch over His sheep, your love for Him will grow. And that will increase your confidence and your courage.
Pornography, though billed by Satan as entertainment, is a deeply poisonous, deceptive snake that lies coiled up in magazines, the Internet, and the television.
While the power of the priesthood is unlimited, our individual power in the priesthood is limited by our degree of righteousness or purity.
Honor four sacred principles in your lives: reverence for Deity; respecting and honoring family relationships; reverence for and obedience to the ordinances and covenants of the holy priesthood; respect for yourself as a son of God.
Brethren, the world is in need of your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.
Where there is widespread poverty among our people, we must do all we can to help them to lift themselves, to establish their lives upon a foundation of self-reliance that can come of training. Education is the key to opportunity.
The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior’s Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost.
By utilizing the Atonement, we access the gifts of the Holy Ghost, which “filleth with hope and perfect love” (Moro. 8:26).
Just being a member of this Church is not enough. Nor is merely going through the motions of membership sufficient.
Sacrifice is an amazing principle. … It can develop within us a profound love for each other and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is no small thing, my brothers and sisters, to have a prophet of God in our midst. Great and wonderful are the blessings that come into our lives as we listen to the word of the Lord given to us through him.
Faith is the basis of testimony. Faith underlies loyalty to the Church. Faith represents sacrifice, gladly given in moving forward the work of the Lord.
May you have a burning feeling in your heart. May you feel as I do on this day that this work is true and that it is meant for us to help bring about the eternal plan of salvation and exaltation.
Fasting, coupled with mighty prayer, is powerful. It can fill our minds with the revelations of the Spirit. It can strengthen us against times of temptation.
Church members are unified in Christ through love and testimony. This dispensation’s pathway to our Savior is through Joseph and the Book of Mormon.
There is a difference in just attending the temple and having a rich spiritual experience.
From its earliest days, the Lord’s Church has been built up by ordinary people who magnified their callings in humility and devotion.
Available information wisely used is far more valuable than multiplied information allowed to lie fallow.
These conferences are held … to strengthen our testimonies of this work, to fortify us against temptation and sin, to lift our sights, to receive instruction.
When you pray often and seek to know the Lord’s will like Nephi did, the Lord will show you the way.
Spirituality is learning how to listen to the Spirit and then letting it govern our lives.
By the gift and power of the Holy Ghost, you can be guided in your trip through life.
You are daughters of the Almighty. Limitless is your potential. Magnificent is your future, if you will take control of it.
171st Semi-Annual Conference October 2001
The most effective missionaries, member and full-time, always act out of love. … If we lack this love for others, we should pray for it.
Our mortal life is the time for men to meet God by building a bridge of faith, opening the door into immortality and eternal life.
No marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose.
With … faith, we will be able to pray for what we want and appreciate whatever we get. Only with that faith will we pray with the diligence God requires.
Our salvation depends on believing in and accepting the Atonement. Such acceptance requires a continual effort to understand it more fully.
What we need is the faith of Brigham Young and the faith of Gordon B. Hinckley and the faith of people who are our prophets and leaders.
We don’t have to be perfect today. We don’t have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can.
We promote the process of strengthening our faith when we do what is right—increased faith always follows.
[Our Heavenly] Father’s desire is to provide all of us with the opportunity to receive a fulness of joy, even the fulness that He possesses.
Knowledge alone is not enough. We must take time to apply the principles in our lives.
We should pay [tithes and offerings] as a personal expression of love to a generous and merciful Father in Heaven.
If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will reach out with love and understanding to all of our neighbors at all times.
I promise you that your achievement of the Duty to God Award will provide you with a living testimony that will sustain you throughout your life.
Holding the priesthood and doing your duty to God is not only a very serious responsibility but also a remarkable privilege.
Gratitude may be increased by constantly reflecting on our blessings and giving thanks for them in our daily prayers.
When we serve righteously … , we are strengthening our priesthood link and connecting it ever more securely to those who have preceded and who will follow us.
May we all be faithful in doing the day-to-day, ordinary things that prove our worthiness, for they will lead us to and qualify us for great things.
All of us have a solemn duty to honor the priesthood and labor to bring many precious souls unto the Lord.
Let us open our hearts, let us reach down and lift up, let us open our purses, let us show a greater love for our fellowmen.
May we live so that when that final summons is heard, we may have no serious regrets, no unfinished business.
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ has the nourishing power to heal starving spirits of the world.
Jesus Christ is our perfect example of one who always stood tall. He is the one who personifies integrity, strength, and courage.
We are not alone in this sacred trust of parenting, loving, and leading. There is no greater joy. It is worth every sacrifice.
Our family is the focus of our greatest work and joy in this life; so will it be throughout all eternity.
Our safety lies in repentance. Our strength comes of obedience to the commandments of God.
What we need is a royal army of returned missionaries reenlisted into service.
The keeping of the seventh commandment is such a vital shield! By lowering or losing that shield, the much-needed blessings of heaven are lost.
In most encounters we can determine the kind of experience we are going to have by how we respond.
Obedience is essential to realize the blessings of the Lord.
Your personal security and happiness depend upon the strength of your testimony, for it will guide your actions in times of trial or uncertainty.
Our safety lies in the virtue of our lives. Our strength lies in our righteousness. God has made it clear that if we will not forsake Him, He will not forsake us.
We cannot abandon our faith when challenges comes our way. We will not turn away; we will not retreat; we will not become discouraged.
Let us never forget that we are building a foundation for and with our family upon the rock of our Redeemer.
Motherhood is more than bearing children. … It is the essence of who we are as women.
Fill your mind with truth; fill your heart with love; fill your life with service.
172nd Annual Conference April 2002
No other church to come out of the soil of America has grown so fast nor spread so widely. … It is a phenomenon without precedent.
There is in what we believe, there is in what we teach, counsel, commandments, even warnings that we are to protect, to love, to care for, and to “teach [children] to walk in the ways of truth.”
The Lord has established the law of tithing as the law of revenue of His Church. … It is also a law by which we show our loyalty to the Lord.
How do you and I become so converted to the truth, so full of faith, so dependent on God that we are able to meet trials and even be strengthened by them?
Those who, in faith, leave their nets and follow the Savior will experience happiness beyond their ability to comprehend.
Let’s not pass to future generations the grievances, the anger of our time. Let’s remove any hidden wedges that can do nothing but destroy.
Your happiness now and forever is conditioned on your degree of conversion and the transformation that it brings to your life.
All of us will be tested. And all of us need true friends to love us, to listen to us, to show us the way, and to testify of truth to us.
“Faith obedience” is a matter of trust. The question is simple: Do we trust our Heavenly Father? Do we trust our prophets?
By being teachable, we activate the full force and blessings of the Atonement in our lives.
He has given us His Atonement, His gospel, and His Church, a sacred combination that gives us the assurance of immortality and the opportunity for eternal life.
In pondering and pursuing consecration, understandably we tremble inwardly at what may be required. Yet the Lord has said consolingly, “My grace is sufficient for you” (Du0026C 17:8).
The Lord is bound by solemn covenant to bless our lives according to our faithfulness. Only He can turn us into men in whom the Spirit of God, namely the Holy Ghost, is.
As you stay on the right path, the reward at the end of life’s journey is well worth the moments of adversity you experience along the way.
I pray that you wonderful young men will not only be worthy to receive ministering angels, but that you … will become a ministering angel in the lives of others.
Your future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity.
Let us, as a mighty body of priesthood, be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Let us pray, then let us go and do.
Our behavior in public must be above reproach. Our behavior in private is even more important. It must clear the standard set by the Lord.
Each of us has problems that we cannot solve and weaknesses that we cannot conquer without reaching out through prayer to a higher source of strength.
No one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us—insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all.
Out of our adversity we might seek our greatest triumphs, and the day may well come that from our challenges we will understand the familiar words “for thy good.”
Every child needs regular reports affirming, “You are known. You are valued. You have potential. You are good.”
The emblems of the Savior’s Atonement remind us that we need not stumble in darkness. We can have His light with us always.
We reach toward the unknown, but faith lights the way. If we will cultivate that faith, we shall never walk in darkness.
The foundation of one’s individual faith, if anchored firmly to eternal truth, allows each of us to reach upward with an eternal perspective.
To know the Lord Jesus Christ, we and all mankind must receive Him. And to receive Him, we must receive His servants.
Conversion is a personal and spiritual process. Every individual must examine these principles for himself.
As we increasingly think and act like Him, the attributes of the natural man will slip away to be replaced by the heart and the mind of Christ.
If I could have one thing happen for every woman in this Church, it would be that they would feel the love of the Lord in their lives.
I know how deeply He loves us and how perfectly compelling His love is for us.
I love Him. I want to do all that I can to serve as He would have me serve.
Peace—real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being—comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Like the polar star in the heavens, … there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives.
Standing in holy places is all about being in good company, whether you are alone or with others.
Three principles that will help you strengthen your home and family are nurturing, sacrifice, and prayer.
Develop the divinity that is within you. Don’t dull the brightness of the spirit you came with from heaven. The Lord needs your goodness and your influence in this world.
Exemplify in your lives four tested, specific virtues: an attitude of gratitude, a longing for learning, a devotion to discipline, and a willingness to work.
172nd Semi-Annual Conference October 2002
I urge you … to utilize the temples of the Church. Go there and carry forward the great and marvelous work which the God of heaven has outlined for us.
We have been given the great power of the priesthood. It blesses us individually and provides blessings for our family.
Let us listen to the prophets of our days as they help us to focus on the things that are central to the Creator’s plan.
This is our charge, this is our opportunity, to diligently teach and testify to our children of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Perplexing things will still happen, but, like Nephi, we can still know that God loves us, a … fact which can and will sustain us through so much!
Taking up one’s cross and following the Savior means overcoming selfishness; it is a commitment to serve others.
If we’re ever going to show gratitude properly to our Heavenly Father, we should do it with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength.
Pay your tithing. Unlock the windows of heaven. You will be abundantly blessed for your obedience and faithfulness to the Lord’s laws and commandments.
Mortality’s supreme test is to face the “why” and then let it go, trusting humbly in the Lord’s promise that “all things must come to pass in their time.”
If we are caring, if we are charitable, if we are obedient to God and follow His prophets, our sacrifices will bring forth the blessings of heaven.
To raise our families and serve faithfully in the Church, all without running faster than we have strength, require wisdom, judgment, divine help—and inevitably some sacrifice.
Peace is a prime priority that pleads for our pursuit.
The Lord has a special interest in the patriarch, who holds a unique position in the Church.
We call upon you, our young brethren of the Aaronic Priesthood, to rise up, to measure up, and to be fully prepared to serve the Lord.
While we are not all equal in experience, aptitude, and strength, … we will all be accountable for the use of the gifts and opportunities given to us.
His words in holy writ are sufficient: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
You men who hold this precious priesthood, bind it to your very souls. Be worthy of it at all times and in all circumstances.
All of us living in the world today need points of reference—even models to follow.
The full measure of [our] conversion to men and women of God happens best through our labors in His vineyard.
We will not be one with God and Christ until we make Their will and interest our greatest desire.
A woman of faith trusts God. … She knows of His interest in her life. She knows that He knows her. She loves His words and drinks deeply of that living water.
The Lord will guide you by revelation just as He called you. You must ask in faith for revelation to know what you are to do.
God be thanked for His marvelous bestowal of testimony, authority, and doctrine associated with this, the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
Only when our faith is aligned with the will of our Heavenly Father will we be empowered to receive the blessings we seek.
You must trust that the Savior has given His life so that you can make the required changes in your life, changes that will bring peace.
Stirrings within us originate from a divine source and, when followed, will help to keep us on course, thus protecting us from harmful influences and dangerous detours.
We can feel happiness every day in our lives through little things we do, and we are fully happy as we keep the commandments of a loving God.
Principles of love, work, self-reliance, and consecration are God given. Those who embrace them and govern themselves accordingly become pure in heart.
Do your sons ever wonder if you are asleep when it comes to the things that are most important to them?
There is room for improvement in every life. … Regardless of our circumstances, we can improve ourselves and while so doing have an effect on the lives of those about us.
Every time we reach out with love, patience, kindness, generosity, we honor our covenants by saying, “Here am I; send me.”
If we keep our covenants, the promises we receive in return are great.
As covenant women, … we can alter the face of the earth one family and one home at a time through charity, our small and simple acts of pure love.
Your role as sisters is special and unique in the Lord’s work. You are the nurturers and the caregivers.
173rd Annual Conference April 2003
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the way of peace. To the extent we follow it and incorporate it in our lives … will we be blessed and prospered.
We should pray in accord with the will of our Heavenly Father. He wants to test us, to strengthen us, and to help us achieve our full potential.
Living water heals. It nourishes and sustains. It brings peace and joy.
However dark conditions may seem in this world today, whatever the storms we are facing personally, … joy can be ours now.
Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.
If [we] would open [our] hearts to the refining influence of this unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a glorious new spiritual dimension would come to light.
The Lord trusts His true disciples. He sends prepared people to His prepared servants.
As we engage our faith and commit our energy to draw closer to Jesus Christ, we begin to understand more fully who He really is.
Successfully working our way through life, while keeping our eye on life’s true purposes, blesses us both here and hereafter.
We must prepare ourselves to assist the missionaries in finding those of our Heavenly Father’s children who will embrace the message of the Restoration.
Priesthood is the power and authority delegated to man by our Heavenly Father. The authority and majesty of it are beyond our comprehension.
How important it is for fathers and sons to work together on the basics in preparing for a mission.
We need to achieve and maintain standards in order to participate in the important spiritual events of life.
Please help us push back the world. We must stand against the wind. Sometimes we must be unpopular and simply say, “This is not right.”
May we reach out and rescue those who have fallen by the wayside, that not one precious soul will be lost.
Be loyal to the best that is in you. Be faithful and true to the covenants that are associated with the priesthood of God.
To those brokenhearted parents who have been righteous, diligent, and prayerful in the teaching of their disobedient children, we say to you, the Good Shepherd is watching over them.
Our ability to seek, recognize, and reverence the holy above the profane, and the sacred above the secular, defines our spirituality.
In the eternal scheme of things, the most crucial and fulfilling thing you will do is to build a holy home and rear a strong family in love.
Faith in God and in His guidance through the Holy Spirit will sustain you in an increasingly more challenging world.
I hope that the Lord’s people may be at peace one with another during times of trouble, regardless of what loyalties they may have to different governments or parties.
Value the old folks for what they are, not just what they can do.
As parents we can hold life together … with love and faith, passed on to the next generation, one child at a time.
Our loving Heavenly Father, … knowing that you and I would all sin and become unclean, provided a cleansing process from sin that … actually does work.
As you open your mind and heart to feel the Spirit, the Lord in His own time and in His own way will give you the instructions which will bless your life.
If you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. … It becomes special because you have made it so.
When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life.
I offer a plea that each of us will seek to live closer to the Lord and to commune with Him more frequently and with increased faith.
To be steadfast in Christ implies keeping covenants. … When we do these things, … our spirits are lifted and our hearts are filled with love.
You can wake up every day … with hope smiling brightly before you because you have a Savior.
You can press forward with vision. The Holy Ghost will help you remain steadfast, and your testimony of the Savior will help you proceed with a perfect brightness of hope.
I encourage you to strengthen the virtues you have already acquired and resolve to develop many others.
This feeling of light that we feel in church is just like the feeling of love and safety I felt when my mother turned on the light in the basement.
I know that I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. I know He hears me.
This year we celebrate the 125th year since Primary was organized. It was organized by a prophet of God to help children learn and live the gospel of Jesus Christ with joy.
Primary has grown until it is a part of the Church all across the world. Today there are almost a million of you children in Primary.
173rd Semi-Annual Conference October 2003
This is only the beginning. We have scarcely scratched the surface. We are engaged in a work for the souls of men and women everywhere.
Our testimonies … must be built on a sure foundation, deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The promise of the Lord is that He will cleanse our garments with His blood. … He can redeem us from our personal fall.
Faith, the spiritual ability to be persuaded of promises that are seen “afar off” … , is a sure measure of those who truly believe.
Let us speak out and encourage a more uplifting, inspiring, and acceptable media.
Sustaining faith can be the ultimate comfort in life. All of us must find our own testimonies.
However out of step we may seem, however much the standards are belittled, however much others yield, we will not yield, we cannot yield.