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

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The congregation sits at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo courtesy of LDS Church)

The 187th Semiannual 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 Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency

Women play their part in the gospel by being righteous, articulate, different, distinct and doing all of that happily.

Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency

Our sins and pride create a gap between us our Heavenly Father, but the Savior’s Atonement closes that gap.

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President

“The Spirit will confirm to each of us individually our divine worth.”

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

You cannot allow circumstances determine your attitude.


Saturday Morning Session

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

When you feel inadequate, rely on the Lord.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President

Seek to uplift and serve others in your community and ward; attend meetings with the intent to be a “giver and a supplier.”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve

The gospel plan every family should follow is outlined in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Elder John C. Pingree, Of the Seventy

Everyone has a role here on earth, so we must yield ourselves to God so He can use us for his work.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve

Adopt Christ into our hearts and our everyday lives.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve

Don’t let our desires to be perfect debilitate us.


Saturday Afternoon Session

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Quorum of the Twelve

Avoid spiritual blindness by wearing your gospel glasses.

Brother Stephen W. Owen, Young Men General President

Christ gave us a winning life when he gave us the Atonement and the opportunity to repent.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve

Be humble and modest in life.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Quorum of the Twelve

There are no coincidences in life — the Lord is an active participant in our lives.

Elder O. Vincent Haleck, Of the Seventy

Develop the same heart as the widow in the story of the widow’s mite, willing to sacrifice for the growth of the Lord’s church.

Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve

Do you cherish the Book of Mormon for the blessing it is?


Priesthood Session

Elder Dale G. Renlund, Quorum of the Twelve

Like the rocket delivers the payloads, the priesthood delivers the gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we make with the Lord.

Elder David F. Evans, Of the Seventy

Put the work in to gain your own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Elder Richard J. Maynes, Of the Seventy

Place your trust in the Lord; then earn the trust of Lord as well as your wives and your children.

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

Receive the light of Christ, live in that light and share that light with others through your actions.

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

It takes faith to receive revelation that God calls men to be his prophets and apostles on the earth, and everyone has the ability to receive that revelation.


Sunday Morning Session

Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President

“Lasting joy is found in focusing on our Savior, Jesus Christ, and living the gospel as demonstrated and taught by Him.”

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, Of the Seventy

Recognize the miracles in your life because this life is a miracle.

Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve

The “exceeding great and precious promises” from God are found in our sabbath observance, in the home and in the temple.

Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

While life may take us on an unexpected path, we can have hope and peace through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Elder W. Craig Zwick, emeritus member of the Seventy

“To look beyond what we see, we must look at others through the eyes of our Savior.”

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

“Be consistent and persistent in following the prophet’s counsel,” and know faith drives out fear.


Sunday Afternoon Session

Elder M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve

“The trek back to our Heavenly Father is the most important trek of our lives.”

Elder Tad R. Callister, Of the Seventy

The Book of Mormon exists because of revelation from God.

Elder Joni L. Koch, Of the Seventy

Members of the church should be united in their efforts to help each other return to our Heavenly Father.

Elder Stanley G. Ellis, emeritus member of the Seventy

Hard times can be good for us as long as we move forward with faith and trust in our Heavenly Father.

Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella, Of the Seventy

“From the First Vision and the Prophet Joseph Smith, we received knowledge of the reality and sacred mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone of our religion.”

Elder Ian S. Ardern, Of the Seventy

When we have questions about the church, we are invited to ask God for answers.

Elder Jose L. Alonso, Of the Seventy

Through service and forgiveness and real love, we can be healed.

Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve

Follow the example of the prophets in how they turn their faith to action.

Elder Robert D. Hales, former Quorum of the Twelve

Even though Elder Hales died prior to the closing session of conference, Elder Andersen spoke of Elder Hales’ preparation to give a talk. Elder Andersen read part of Elder Hales’ talk: “Our faith prepares us to be in the presence of God.” Rewatch or read the entire three lines from Elder Hales’ talk here.

This story will be updated throughout conference with each address.

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