LDS general conference: One-sentence summaries of April 2018 talks

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares enjoy a light moment in the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, March 31, 2018. They were sustained as the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the morning session. (Photo by LDS Church)

The 188th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began Saturday morning with the Saturday morning session of general conference.

For the first time, the LDS Church held its shortened general conference, which is now only five sessions. In October 2017, the First Presidency announced it would consolidate general conference by only holding the general women’s session and priesthood sessions once a year. The priesthood session will be held Saturday night and the women’s session will be held in October 2018.

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.


Saturday Morning Session

Elder M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve

God has given us many precious gifts — including the Sabbath Day, the sacrament, service to others “and the matchless gift from God of our Savior” — and we need to treasure them.

Bryan Brian K. Taylor, Of the Seventy

Each of us is a child of God, and He will never desert us.

Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk, Of the Seventy

We are required to forgive everyone, and as we forgive we will be healed from within.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Quorum of the Twelve

Elder Stevenson shared the experience calling and sustaining the new First Presidency and bore testimony that President Russell M. Nelson was called of God to be the prophet today.

Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Of the Seventy

Failure is a part of life, but the Lord — who will always help us — expects us to keep trying when we fail.

Elder Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of the Twelve

President Nelson is a watchman called of God, prepared to serve as prophet at this time, and everyone can receive a personal witness of this calling.


Saturday Afternoon Session

Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve

Meekness is the defining attribute of Christ that as we develop helps God to better be able to direct our lives.

Elder Taylor G. Godoy, Of the Seventy

“If we will offer to the Lord the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit, immediately the blessings of the great plan of happiness are manifest in our lives.”

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Released Young Women General President

The young women of the Church have the ability to be more involved in the service of the Church.

Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, Of the Seventy

Avoid casualness in living worthy and obtaining the saving ordinances, such as baptism, confirmation, the temple endowment and marriage sealing.

Brother Devin G. Durrant, Second Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency

Parents have an important role in raising their children and teaching them the gospel.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, Quorum of the Twelve

Family history work not only helps family members who have already died, but also blesses the living.


Priesthood Session

Brother Douglas D. Holmes, First Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency

Aaronic Priesthood holders have a “sacred trust” to help God’s children access Christ’s atoning power.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve

Elder Christofferson answered anticipated questions about President Nelson’s announcement that the Church is restructuring its Melchizedek Priesthood Quorums into a united elders quorum. Read more about the changes here.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Quorum of the Twelve

Building off of Elder Christofferson’s explanations, Elder Rasband expounded on the changes by explaining the stake changes associated with the announcement. Read more about the changes here.

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

As priesthood holders, it is the men’s responsibility to not only take care of the Church but also to take care of the members the way Christ would take care of them.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve

Reiterating the fundamental governing principles of the priesthood, Elder Oaks broke down the role of priesthood by definition, as a ministry of service, into offices held and as its role in families.

President Russell M. Nelson, President of LDS Church

Voicing a concern that many members don’t understand the role of priesthood power and authority, President Nelson explained what “ministering with the power and authority of God’ means.


Sunday Morning Session

Larry Y. Wilson, Of the Seventy

“The arrival of a typhoon is no time to dust off the gift of the Holy Ghost and figure out how to use it.”

Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society Presidency

Each of us has a different path in life, but we walk them together and should help each other on our individual paths.

Elder Massimo De Feo, Of the Seventy

“Pure love is the sign of every disciple of Jesus Christ.”

Claudio D. Zivic, Of the Seventy

Trials will come our way, but we must endure to the end by remaining faithful.

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

Open your hearts to receive the Savior and the Holy Ghost will manifest truths unto you.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve

The small and simple things we do and the decisions we make in our daily lives create results that over time “result in powerful spiritual uplift and growth.”

President Russell M. Nelson, President of LDS Church

Sharing examples from calling the First Presidency and new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Nelson taught the pattern of revelation and how individual’s can receive answers to their questions through personal revelation.


Sunday Afternoon Session

Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Quorum of the Twelve

“Everything worthy and eternal is centered in the living reality of God our loving eternal father and his son Jesus Christ and his atonement, witnessed by the Holy Ghost this Easter Sunday.”

Elder Ulisses Soares, Quorum of the Twelve

We are blessed to have a prophet on the earth today.

President Russell M. Nelson, President of LDS Church

President Nelson announced that the church was discontinuing the home and visiting teaching programs and replacing the programs with “ministering.” Read more about the ministering program here.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve

Elder Holland was assigned to explain details about the new “ministering” program. Read more about the ministering program here.

Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President

Sister Bingham helped further explain the ministering program, including listing examples of how members can minister: visiting in home, texting, dropping off a birthday card, sharing a scripture as well as other ideas.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Quorum of the Twelve

Behold the man: “When your encompassed by sorrows and grief, behold the man.”

Bishop Gérald Caussé, Presiding Bishop

The church is focused on the people, who are all the Lord’s disciples.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, Quorum of the Twelve

“We would all do well to evaluate our effort in pursuing missionary, temple and family history work, and preparing to meet God.”

President Russell M. Nelson, President of LDS Church

After encouraging members to review and study general conference talks, President Nelson announced seven new temples. Learn more about the temples here.

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