LDS general conference: One-sentence summaries of April 2017 talks


President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, wave to the crowd as they leave the General Women’s Session. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

The 187th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began last weekend with the Women’s Session of conference and continued again Saturday morning.

General Conference lasts for a total of six sessions totaling 12 hours. While the LDS Church leaders give specific instruction and teach gospel principles during conference, here is a quick overview of the messages shared by each of the speakers.

Women’s Session

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, second counselor in the Primary General Presidency

“When we spiritually lean to our own understanding, we lean away from our Savior.”

Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women General Presidency

Choose to be holy and let your actions reflect that holiness.

Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President

The scriptures have accounts of “certain women” and we need “certain women” today.

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency

Even in times of trial, you can feel peace from the Spirit.

Saturday Morning Session

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency

As families are the “basic unit of the eternal realms,” the work of our generation is to be gatherers that tie families together through family history and temple work.

Brother M. Joseph Brough, second counselor in the Young Men General Presidency

“Heavenly father does lead us, guide us and walk beside us,” and with that knowledge, we can be “Heavenly Father’s care package for others.”

Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, Of the Seventy

“There is so much more to our existence than what happens between birth and death” because of the Savior.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, Quorum of the Twelve

“We should not be guilty of persecuting people within or outside the church,” which should motivate us to love one another by humbling ourselves and recognizing we too are sinners.

Elder Ulisses Soares, Presidency of the Seventy

We receive strength from the Savior which will help us keep from wavering.

Elder Mark A. Bragg, Of the Seventy

Even in this darkening day, we can find light in the the church, the gospel and the Light of Christ.

Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve

As we stretch ourselves to become more like the Savior, He will reach out to us.

Saturday Afternoon Session

Outgoing Relief Society general president Linda K. Burton welcomes incoming president Jean B. Bingham during the Saturday afternoon session of the April 2017 general conference. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

Elder Robert D. Hales, Quorum of the Twelve

“We are all called to be disciples of our Savior.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve

There is room for everyone in the church.

Elder Gary B. Sabin, Of the Seventy

Be firm in your commitment to the gospel by choosing to be “all in.”

Elder Valeri V. Cordon

We must become fluent in the language of the gospel.

Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve

As members of the church, we must “overcome the world” and put off the natural man.

Elder M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve

Our plans should lead us to achieve our goals, and our ultimate goal is to return to Heavenly Father and receive our promised blessings.

Priesthood Session

President Thomas S. Monson

“Let us examine our lives an ddetermine ot follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving and charitable.”

Elder David A. Bednar

Your missionary assignment is not based on a location, but rather it is focused on the labor you give in the Lord’s vineyard.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency

Leaders in the church do not seek for personal recognition, but instead means we are looking outward and seeing those we serve through God’s eyes.

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency

Walk with the Lord in your priesthood service.

President Thomas S. Monson leaves a session of the April 2017 general conference. (Photo by LDS Church)

Sunday Morning Session

President Thomas S. Monson

“A strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety,” and we can gain that testimony through the Book of Mormon.

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President

In order to rear our children in “the light and truth” of the gospel, we must be an example for them and instruct them in gospel doctrines.

 Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, Of the Seventy

“Inviting others to come unto Christ is our purpose and we can fulfill that purpose by looking up to Christ.”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Quorum of the Twelve

Be a “first responder” to the nudges from the Holy Ghost by striving to live worthy of the Spirit, receiving the Spirit, recognizing the Spirit and acting on the first prompting.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Commit to doing  whatsoever the Lord directs you to do.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve

Understand the nature of the Godhead and the three separate roles each plays in our lives.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency

God does not motivate through fear, but through love, persuasion, long-suffering, meekness and gentleness.

Sunday Afternoon Session

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve

We need to raise a warning voice of the truths we know without shaming others but instead by speaking with love.

Elder Joaquin E. Costa, Of the Seventy

On your road to baptism, meet with the missionaries, go to church, read the Book of Mormon and repent.

Elder S. Mark Palmer, Of the Seventy

We need to see others as the Lord sees them — even when others don’t live up to our expectations — and learn to love like our Heavenly Father loves His children.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Quorum of the Twelve

Know the nature of the Holy Ghost: he is the third member of the Godhead, a person of spirit and is given through the laying on of hands.

Elder C. Scott Grow, Of the Seventy

“God knows you and invites you to know Him” through scripture study, keeping your covenants and keeping the commandments.

Benjamin De Hoyos, Of the Seventy

We must allow our light to shine and be a standard for the nations.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve

“Faith is a principle of power,” and we should build a solid foundation for our faith.

This story will be updated throughout conference with each address.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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