SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Thousands of Latter-day Saints are retuning to their homes across the world at the conclusion of the 182nd semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City.
They're taking with them messages shared from inside the Conference Center. ABC 4 asked the question, "What part of the Conference most related to you?"
There were many answers, but one stood out from the rest. The most common response after the Sunday morning session was about for Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk.
He shared a New Testament story from the Bible about Christ and his apostles.
"I always love Elder Holland. He's such an elegant speaker. He's always so strong and direct," said Wesley Clairborne from Boise, Idaho.
"We were particularly moved by Elder Holland's powerful message about Christ and the apostles," said William Thiess from Parker, Colorado.
Holland taught after Christ's reported crucifixions and death his apostles stopped serving others to instead fish. Elder Holland said the resurrected Christ appeared to his apostles and asked his chief apostle, "Peter do you love me?" It wasn't until Jesus repeated the same question three times that he taught "If you love me feed my sheep."
Elder Holland likened the apostles fishing to Latter-day saints spending too much time on trivial things. Elder Holland then extended an invitation for the Saints, "If you love me, keep my commandments," Jesus said. So we have neighbors to bless, children to protect, the poor to lift up, and the truth to defend. We have wrongs to make right, truths to share, and good to do. In short, we have a life of devoted discipleship to give in demonstrating our love of the Lord."
This talk is the most discussed lesson immediately after the Sunday morning session of General Conference. Saints said they felt a greater desire to uplift others and serve so that they could serve their God.
ABC 4's Noah Bond asked, "How does it make you feel to anonymously serve someone in need?" William Thiess from Colorado responded, "Wonderful, grateful to serve in any capacity to uplift and help others because in so doing we are uplifted and strengthened ourselves."
"I just felt like that is such a pattern for our life that Christ is always saying to us do you love me and our lives are proof of that," said William's wife, Nancy.