Every year, I look forward with anxious anticipation for the two weekends that The Church of Jesus Christ hosts its General Conference, a two-day event full of spiritual messages from living prophets, apostles, and other representatives of Jesus Christ. I come away feeling so spiritually renewed, so full of hope and desire to make changes in my life so that I can live more like Christ. I know that God loves us so he continues to send his word to his prophets and servants, so that we may know how to return Home to Him.
I thought I would share just a (tiny) few of my favorite quotes from the Conference messages.
“…notwithstanding even the most terrible offenses that might come to us, we can rise above our pain only when we put our feet onto the path of true healing. That path is the forgiving one walked by Jesus of Nazareth, who calls out to each of us, “Come, follow me.”
In such an invitation to be His disciple and to try to do as He did, Jesus is asking us to be instruments of His grace—to be “ambassadors for Christ” in “the ministry of reconciliation,” as Paul described it to the Corinthians. The Healer of every wound, He who rights every wrong, asks us to labor with Him in the daunting task of peacemaking in a world that won’t find it any other way.” – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“When we focus on all that God has done for us, our service flows from a heart of gratitude. As we become less concerned about our service magnifying us, we realize instead that the focus of our service will be on putting God first.” – Sister Joy D. Jones
“What’s in a name or, in this case, a nickname? When it comes to nicknames of the Church, such as the “LDS Church,” the “Mormon Church,” or the “Church of the Latter-day Saints,” the most important thing in those names is the absence of the Savior’s name. To remove the Lord’s name from the Lord’s Church is a major victory for Satan. When we discard the Savior’s name, we are subtly disregarding all that Jesus Christ did for us—even His Atonement.” – President Russell M. Nelson
“To persevere firm and steadfast in the faith of Christ requires that the gospel of Jesus Christ penetrate one’s heart and soul, meaning that the gospel becomes not just one of many influences in a person’s life but the defining focus of his or her life and character.” – Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“God did not create our spirits to be independent of Him. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through the incalculable gift of His Atonement, not only saves us from death and offers us, through repentance, forgiveness for our sins, but He also stands ready to save us from the sorrows and pains of our wounded souls.” – Elder Neil L. Andersen
“In Jesus Christ, “we have an advocate with the Father.” After completing His atoning sacrifice, Jesus “ascended into heaven … to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men.” And, having claimed the rights of mercy, “he advocateth the cause of the children of men.”
Christ’s advocacy with the Father in our behalf is not adversarial. Jesus Christ, who allowed His will to be swallowed up in the will of the Father, would not champion anything other than what the Father has wanted all along. Heavenly Father undoubtedly cheers for and applauds our successes.
Christ’s advocacy is, at least in part, to remind us that He has paid for our sins and that no one is excluded from the reach of God’s mercy. For those who believe in Jesus Christ, repent, are baptized, and endure to the end—a process that leads to reconciliation—the Savior forgives, heals, and advocates. He is our helper, consoler, and intercessor—attesting to and vouching for our reconciliation with God.” – Elder Dale G. Renlund
I know how important it is to continue to study and learn from these messages after the Conference is over, so I immediately like to jump back in and read the talks again as a part of my gospel study.
For the April 2018 Conference, I used a wide-margin PDF of all the conference messages from Courtney Casper (LOVE her site) to study, so that I could make notes. For the October Conference, I decided to just put together my own (see download link below) and make it available for anyone interested. Along with the Work and Wonder Conference workbook and the Line Upon Line journaling edition of the Book of Mormon, it makes a great study resource to help you get more from your gospel study every day.
I got my PDF coil-bound at a local printer (Quik Print) – they have great service and prices. Wherever you live, I recommend using a local printer.
*I do not have a license or right or any of the messages. This file must be used in accordance with the Church policies, meaning it may not be sold or reproduced for profit or commercial use. For personal or educational use only. This edition was created from the official messages offered by the Church at LDS.org. No changes were made, other than increasing the size of the margins.
Talks are straight from LDS.org and are not altered in any way. Included is a table of contents this year!
I do not have any license or rights to any of the messages, which makes this PDF for our own personal study and use ONLY!