General Conference

Here are 300+ of the best quotes by President Henry B. Eyring, organized by topic (A-Z). These quotes represent some of President Eyring’s most powerful messages from General Conference talks, First Presidency messages, BYU Devotionals, etc.

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Quotes About Education By President Henry B. Eyring

Quotes From “Education For Real Life” (May 2001 CES Fireside)

  • When we put God’s purposes first, He will give us miracles. If we pray to know what He would have us do next, He will multiply the effects of what we do in such a way that time seems to be expanded.
  • It takes neither modern technology nor much money to seize the opportunity to learn in the moments we now waste. You could just have a book and paper and pencil with you. That will be enough. But you need determination to capture the leisure moments you now waste.
  • Too often we use many hours for fun and pleasure, clothed in the euphemism “I’m recharging my batteries.” Those hours could be spent reading and studying to gain knowledge, skills, and culture.
  • Our education must never stop. If it ends at the door of the classroom on graduation day, we will fail.
  • We cannot waste time entertaining ourselves when we have the chance to read or to listen to whatever will help us learn what is true and useful. Insatiable curiosity will be our hallmark.
  • A great teacher is always studying.

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In the October 2016 general conference, President Thomas S. Monson stood at the pulpit to share brief but enlightening messages with the world. As the prophet and leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the challenges he extends to members are relevant and important for us to follow.

In his talk for the Sunday morning session, entitled “The Perfect Path to Happiness,” President Monson encouraged members to strive to do more. On our steady path of improvement, he challenged us to improve not only our knowledge of the gospel but also how we live it.

President Monson’s Sunday morning talk followed his talk in the Priesthood session, “Principles and Promises,” in which he extended a challenge for personal health.

Here are the 5 challenges President Monson extended to the members of the Church in his October 2016 general conference talks:

1. “[May] we care for our bodies and our minds by observing the principles set forth in the Word of Wisdom, a divinely provided plan.”

2. “We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve.”

Read the rest on LDS Living.

image from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's Facebook page

Ever since the prophet and apostles have become more active on social media, they have been flooded with personal comments, messages and requests on their official pages. Have you ever wondered if it is them posting quotes from talks or if it is just one of their secretaries or a social media specialist that works for the Church? Do you wonder if they actually read your comments? Apparently, President Uchtdorf does, and he wanted us to know this.

Last week, President Uchtdorf shared responses to a few of the social media posts members gave as part of his invitation:

“Sometimes people leave comments on my Facebook posts and tweets asking if I actually read what they write. The answer is yes! I do read many of your comments. Like I said during general conference, while my tech skills may not quite measure up to those of a typical seven-year-old, for a septuagenarian, I do all right.

“After my Saturday morning conference address, I published a Facebook post and a tweet that asked you to share with me ways that you express gratitude for the flood of light and truth God has poured out upon you.

“I was uplifted and inspired to read the comments you left.

“Jake on Twitter told me that he created a brand-new Twitter account that he uses for the purpose of sharing the gospel with others.

“Sheri on Facebook shared that she keeps a gratitude journal that has helped her and her family keep perspective and light during recent times of trial.

“Also on Facebook, Marlo said that she deliberately strives to show gratitude by showing love to her little children and husband even when the “natural man” in her would prompt her to be angry, selfish, or busy.

“These are just a few of the hundreds of comments shared with me over the weekend. I am so grateful for all that you do to live your faith.”

Elder Dallin H Oaks
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Elder Oaks shared some powerful keys to making missionary work more authentic and helpful for both the investigator and the member who is sharing. Here they are from the notes that we took.

1. People learn when they are ready to learn not when we are ready to teach them

Others typically want the results of the doctrine, not the doctrine itself. People are open when they are seeking more happiness or a change in their life.

2. As we speak to others, we need to remember that an invitation to speak more about Jesus Christ and his gospel is better than an invitation to learn about the Church.

The point of going to Church is not to simply be there. It is to partake of the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. This should be what we center our missionary work around. Not getting people to learn about the Church, but about Jesus Christ. Like the Book of Mormon says: “…hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.” (2 Ne 33:10)

3. When we seek to introduce people to the gospel, we should do this in ways that are authentic in loving concern for the person

We should only share it with people when we have sincerely sought to find ways in which aspects of the gospel will truly help that individual with specific needs that they have and not force the gospel on someone because they won’t be saved without it.

4. Our efforts to share the gospel shouldn’t be limited to just the people we know.

Elder Oaks shared a great example this with the cab driving missionary in Rio.

We can share with anyone around us. Not just those we know. We might even be in a better position to share as a stranger than as a close friend or relative.

5. Ward bishoprics plan a special sacrament meeting for visitors.

That way the church is represented well in a meeting specifically catered to visitors being able to understand simply and feel welcomed and uplifted.

6. There are many natural opportunities to share the gospel that we can be proactive with if we just think about it more often

There will always be opportunities to share the gospel if we seek after them. If we are ready and we ask the Lord to help us to share, the opportunity will arise and we will be able to speak to people naturally about the gospel.

7. Young peoples’ expertise with social media gives them a unique opportunity to share the gospel

Elder Oaks jokingly reinterpreted a scripture about loosing our tongues that they can utter. He said it might now say “loose their thumbs that they can utter.” And then he added “Go to it youth!”

There are incredible opportunities to share the gospel using social media and this was another apostolic endorsement that it is not only possible, but should be used.

This talk was given by an apostle, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and was likely (as he mentioned in the talk) based on many of the similar principles that have been taught by Clayton Christensen in his book The Power of Everyday Missionaries. 

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RIO DE JANIERO — People from around the world are visiting Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, adding to the country’s normal population of about 200 million.

Brazil also is home to approximately 1.2 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of them is taxi driver Manoel Bezerra.

“I really love it. I love driving,” he said. “(I’m) never in the same place, always moving around, always talking to people.”

Driving may be his job, but he said he’s found his true calling in talking to people.

“Usually, people talk when they are in a cab. They open up their lives, and also the cab driver talks to them,” he said.

Bezerra calls himself the cab driving missionary, handing out a Book of Mormon to whoever is willing to take one.

“I have Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, German, English, Portuguese, of course, and I think this is it. I think this is good enough — eight languages,” Bezerra said of all the various copies of the Book of Mormon he has.

Full article at KSL.

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The iconic circles of Mormonism. You know what they represent the moment you see them on a blackboard anywhere in the world. You have probably drawn those circles yourself more times than you can count. For those of you who don’t know, this diagram is a visual representation of God’s plan for his children.

It goes by several different names, many of which are straight from the scriptures:

• The Plan of Salvation

• The Great Plan of Happiness

• Plan of Redemption

• The Great Plan of the Eternal God

• The Plan of Justice

(For the sake of familiarity, we’ll go with Plan of Salvation for this post.)

A few years ago, I found myself listening to yet another lesson on the Plan of Salvation. We had methodically gone through the collective effort of labeling each of the circles, and discussing what they each represent. Standard Operating Procedure for a lesson on the Pan of Salvation.

As we were finishing up, I noticed that something was missing from the discussion. I tucked that thought into some corner of my brain and didn’t do anything with it.

Fast forward a few years: I found myself preparing yet another lesson not he Plan of Salvation for a Sunday School. I found yet another blank diagram that I could pass out, so we could all fill it out together. yada-yada-yada. Then I remembered that I had previously noticed that something was missing from the last lesson I had heard on the subject – something important.

FIND THE FULL ARTICLE at MIDDLE AGED MORMON MAN.

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Are you ready for conference? We are getting super excited to hear the voices of the prophets and apostles live this weekend! What will they say? How will you prepare? Will you be ready?

President Monson and a few of the other brethren have shared some really helpful messages on social media to help us prepare for general conference. Here is what President Monson shared on Facebook:

Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome.

The history of the Church in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times, is replete with the experiences of those who have struggled and yet who have remained steadfast and of good cheer. The reason? They have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of their lives. This is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. We will still experience difficult challenges, but we will be able to face them, to meet them head-on, and to emerge victorious.

From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with tears, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise: “I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Such comfort is priceless.

This was taken from his talk given in 2013 “I will not fail thee or forsake thee.”

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On Facebook, President Nelson shared an incredible and powerful story of two little girls he operated on who visited him one night from beyond the veil.

President Nelson told more of the story in October 2015 general conference:

“Fifty-eight years ago I was asked to operate upon a little girl, gravely ill from congenital heart disease. Her older brother had previously died of a similar condition. Her parents pleaded for help. I was not optimistic about the outcome but vowed to do all in my power to save her life. Despite my best efforts, the child died. Later, the same parents brought another daughter to me, then just 16 months old, also born with a malformed heart. Again, at their request, I performed an operation. This child also died. This third heartbreaking loss in one family literally undid me.

“I went home grief stricken. I threw myself upon our living room floor and cried all night long. Dantzel stayed by my side, listening as I repeatedly declared that I would never perform another heart operation. Then, around 5:00 in the morning, Dantzel looked at me and lovingly asked, ‘Are you finished crying? Then get dressed. Go back to the lab. Go to work! You need to learn more. If you quit now, others will have to painfully learn what you already know.’”

In the April 2016 Priesthood Session, President Nelson told the rest of the story—a beautiful ending for both him and the grieving family.

Here’s how he summarized it on facebook just recently:

 

Read the full account on his General Conference talk here.

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“The demise of Tomorrowsaurus Rex at the jaws of Elder Holland!!” one Facebooker, Janel Olvera Andersen, wrote in response to a meme showing a cleverly altered version of the one Elder Holland showed in general conference.

Here’s the original:

And here’s how one LDS photoshopper interpreted and summarized Elder Holland’s talk:

And it’s true. Many general conference watchers out there, like me, found a burden lifted as we heard Elder Holland speak to us of the fears of the future and how so many of them are unfounded. In a world with so much worry and tension and doubt, Elder Holland swooped out of nowhere and oblitereated so many of those problems with his insights and loving counsel.

Read the full article at LDS Living.

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