Latter-day Saints’ 190th general conference Saturday session highlights

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The 190th session of general conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a special session Saturday at 6 p.m. Live updates and highlights of talks to be published here.

Saturday, April 4, afternoon session highlights:

  • Gary E. Stevenson, Quorum of the Twelve
    • Stevenson speaks of the Salt Lake City Temple construction. He later relates the importance of temple foundational work to a person’s personal foundation.
    • He asks members to ask the following questions to themselves:
      • “What does my foundation look like?”
      • “What compromises the thick-walled, stable, strong cornerstones that are part of my personal foundation, upon which my testimony rests?”
      • “What are the foundational elements of my spiritual and emotional character that will allow me and my family to remain steadfast and immovable, even to withstand the earthshaking and tumultuous seismic events that will surely take place in our lives?”
    • Stevenson reiterates the importance of a firm, personal foundation.

  • Benjamin M.Z. Tai, Quorum of the Seventy
    • Tai explains how physical change may be necessary to improve a person’s health, and much like a physical examination, spiritual examinations are needed to “know what to do and do what we know.”
    • Tai describes an “action plan” for members that is taught most clearly in the Book of Mormon:
      • Exercising faith in Jesus Christ
      • Repenting daily
      • Making and keeping sacred covenants
      •  Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost
      • Enduring to the end

  • Dale G. Renlund, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • Renlund speaks of the goodness of God even during trials and challenges.
    • He asks members, “What does it take for you to be drawn to the Savior?”
    • Renlund says, “reflecting on God’s goodness and mercy and helps us become more spiritually receptive.”

  • Gérald Caussé, presiding bishop
    • Caussé talks to members about how Christ is the “central message of the Book of Mormon”
    • Caussé speaks of the Savior’s Atonement that resounds throughout Book of Mormon:
      • A free gift offered to all who have lived, who currently live and who will live on the earth.
      • In addition to burden of sin, Christ took upon Himself the sorrows, infirmities, sufferings, sicknesses, and all afflictions inherent in man.
      • Atoning sacrifice of the Savior allows people to overcome negative consequences of Adam’s fall.
      • To receive fulness of Savior’s Atonement, people must exercise faith in Jesus Christ, repent, “hearken unto the word of God,” receive essential ordinances and keep covenants.
      • Atonement washes away sin, and provides enabling power.
    • Caussé testifies of the Book of Mormon changing lives.

  • John A. McCune, Quorum of the Seventy
    • McCune tells members of the Church, “As followers of Christ, we are not spared challenges and trials in our lives.” But he continues to say if members will “accept the Savior’s invitation to ‘come unto me,’ He will provide the support, comfort and peace.”
    • McCune continues to talk of trials and hardship, but reminds members to remain focused on Christ.

  • Ulisses Soares, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • Soares talks of the Church’s first prophet, Joseph Smith, and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.
    • Soares encourages members to “prayerfully and consistently study its words [the Book of Mormon], you can partake of its promises and rich blessings in your life.”

Saturday, April 4, morning session highlights:

  • Henry B. Eyring; second counselor, First Presidency
    • As the work of the Lord continues, Eyring says “technology and miracles will continue to play a part – as will individual ‘fishers of men’ who minister with power and increasing faith.”
    • Eyring continues to say that “We as a people will become more united amid increasing conflict.”
    • And he says of the Church’s first prophet, Joseph Smith, that like Smith’s challenges, members of the Church can pray to “obtain continuous revelation.”
    • Through prayer and contribution to the Restoration, Eyring tells members that their faith will continue to grow and be strengthened.

  • Douglas Dee Holmes; first counselor, young men general presidency
    • Holmes speaks of the Church’s new children and youth initiatives/programs and how they are meant “to help get the gospel of Jesus Christ deep in the hearts of our children and youth.”
    • Holmes says the programs can be understood as principles:
      • Relationships, revelation, agency, repentance and sacrifice.
    • Holmes testifies that as members focus on the principles, the “gospel of Jesus Christ will sink deeper in all our hearts.”

  • Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • Andersen speaks of the life of the Church’s first prophet, Joseph Smith. He relates Smith’s hardships to members’ lives saying, “God powerfully and very personally assures each of us that He knows us and loves us, and that He is blessing us specifically and openly.”
    • Andersen asks members to reflect on their own spiritually defining memories.
    • Andersen says spiritually defining moments come at different times and in different ways, individualized for each person.
    • Continuing his focus on spiritually defining moments, Andersen says the memories “from our book of life are like luminous stones that help brighten the road ahead, assuring us that God knows us, loves us, and has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to help us return home.”
    • Andersen asks members to embrace their sacred memories. To believe them, write them down and share them with family.
    • He closes by saying, “Let them [spiritual moments] bring patience to your doubts and understanding to your difficulties.”

  • Joy D. Jones, primary general president
    • Jones speaks of women’s continuing roles in the Restoration of the gospel; in the home, community and Kingdom of God.
    • Jones says the “First Vision gives us direction in our unique, continuing roles.”
    • Jones continues to say, “Women wear many hats, but it is impossible, and unnecessary, to wear them all at once. The Spirit helps us determine which work to focus on today.”
    • Jones explains as a young woman, she did not know she had “access, through her covenants, to the power of the priesthood.” She invites women of the Church to “recognize and cherish priesthood power.”

  • James R. Rasband, Quorum of the Seventy
    • Rasband focuses on the Book of Mormon and its teachings.
    • Rasband explains that “Not only does the Savior heal and restore those who sin in ignorance but also, for those who sin against the light, the Savior offers healing on the condition of repentance and faith in Him.”
    • Rasband speaks of repentance and following the Savior’s example and the peace the Book of Mormon can bring.

  • M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
    • Ballard explains the history and life of the Church’s first prophet, Joseph Smith, and his brother, Hyrum Smith.
    • As the Church celebrates 200 years of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, Ballard tells members he “often wondered why Joseph and Hyrum and their families had to suffer so much.” Ballard continues to say, “It may be that they came to know God through their suffering in ways that could not have happened without it.”
    • Ballard asks members to “consider what offering you will present to the Lord in righteousness in the coming days.”

  • Russell M. Nelson, church president
    •  Nelson says April conference will be “memorable and unforgettable”; unique experiences ahead in sessions.
    • Conclusion of Sunday morning session will include a worldwide Solemn Assembly with Hosanna Shout.
    • And he says this year will be extraordinary as people focus intently on the Savior and His restored gospel.

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