Deseret News

Thirteen speakers addressed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during Saturday's morning and afternoon sessions of the 183rd Annual General Conference of the church.


The talks can be viewed in their entirety on LDS.org, and summaries are available here.


The following are quotes shared during the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions.

Saturday morning: President Monson
Rick Bowmer, Deseret News

"It is my privilege this morning to announce two additional temples, which in coming months and years will be built in the following locations: Cedar City, Utah, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brothers and sisters, temple building continues unabated."

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Saturday morning: President Packer
Rick Bowmer, Deseret News

"The family, the fundamental organization in time and eternity, is under attack from forces seen and unseen. The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury. If he can weaken and destroy the family, he will have succeeded."

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Saturday morning: Bishop Davies
lds.org

"By anchoring our lives to Jesus Christ and his Atonement … we will be strengthened; we will experience real personal growth and a lasting conversion; we will be better prepared to successfully withstand the storms and calamities of life; we will experience the joy and happiness promised; and we will have the confidence that our lives have been built upon a sure foundation: a foundation that will never fall."

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Saturday morning: Sister Dalton
Deseret News

"What would the world be like if virtue … were reinstated in our society as a most highly prized value? If immorality, pornography and abuse decreased, would there be fewer broken marriages, broken lives and broken hearts? Would media ennoble and enable rather than objectify and degrade God's precious daughters? If all humanity really understood the importance of the statement, 'We are daughters of our Heavenly Father,' how would women be regarded and treated?"

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Saturday morning: Elder Cardon
lds.org

"By exercising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the enabling power of his Atonement strengthens us in our moment of need, and His redeeming power sanctifies us as we 'put off the natural man.'"

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Saturday morning: Elder Ballard
lds.org

"In our Heavenly Father's great priesthood endowed plan, men have the unique responsibility to administer the priesthood, but they are not the priesthood. Men and women have different but equally valued roles. Just as a woman cannot conceive a child without a man, so a man cannot fully exercise the power of the priesthood to establish an eternal family without a woman. In other words, in the eternal perspective, both the procreative power and the priesthood power are shared by a husband and wife."

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Saturday morning: President Eyring
lds.org

"We are under covenant both to lift up those in need and to be witnesses of the Savior as long as we live. We will only be able to do it without fail as we feel love for the Savior and His love for us. As we are faithful to the promises we have made, we will feel our love for Him. It will increase because we will feel His power and drawing near to us in His service."

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Saturday afternoon: Elder Scott
lds.org

"If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need."

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Saturday afternoon: Elder Cook
lds.org

"Peace is not just safety or lack of war, violence, conflict and contention. Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are, knows that we have faith in Him, love Him, and keep His commandments, even and especially amid life's devastating trials and tragedies."

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Saturday afternoon: Elder Ellis
lds.org

"Again I witness the Lord has the way! Our Heavenly Father knows us, loves us and wants to help. He knows best how to help. We are not spiritual orphans!"

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Saturday afternoon: Elder Dickson
lds.org

"The gospel in Africa is going to a happy people, very unencumbered by the trappings that affect the lives of many in the West. They are not concerned about having endless material possessions. It has been said of Africans that 'they have very little of that which matters least and a great deal of that which matters most.'"

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Saturday afternoon: Elder Bednar
lds.org

"From the Atonement of the Savior flows the soothing salve that can heal our spiritual wounds and remove guilt. However, this salve can only be applied through the principles of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance and constant obedience. ... I promise that obedience to the law of chastity will increase our happiness in mortality and make possible our progress in eternity."

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Saturday afternoon: Elder Nelson
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

"More of you young men and women will catch this wave as you strive to be worthy of mission calls. You see this as a wave of truth and righteousness. You see your opportunity to be on the crest of that wave."

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Priesthood session: Elder Hales
YouTube

Today temptation finds you! Please remember that! Satan desires to have you, and sin lieth at the door. How will you resist his aggressive tactics? Put on the whole armor of God."

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Priesthood session: Elder Callister
YouTube

"We can entrust our deacons quorum presidents with great responsibility. The Lord certainly does — as evidenced by his willingness to give them keys, meaning the right to preside over and direct the work in their quorums."

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Priesthood session: Elder Beck
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"You minister as you speak kind words to family members. You minister as you treat your siblings like your best friends. Perhaps most important, you minister as you assist your father in his duties as the spiritual leader in your home."

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Learn more about the Arizona high school quarterback whom Elder Beck recognized for his willingness to minister to a classmate

Priesthood session: President Uchtdorf
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"We are God's literal spirit children. We were His children before we came to this world, and we will be His children forevermore. This basic truth changes the way we look at ourselves, our brothers and sisters, and life itself."

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Priesthood session: President Eyring
YouTube

"There is one way in which we are one in our charge in the priesthood. We sanctify ourselves and fulfill our individual duties to take the gospel to all of our Heavenly Father's children."

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Priesthood session: President Monson
YouTube

"The holy scriptures contain no proclamation more relevant, no responsibility more binding, no instruction more direct than the injunction given by the Resurrected Lord as He appeared in Galilee to the 11 disciples. Said He: 'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

"'Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world'" (Matthew 28:19-20).

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Sunday morning: President Uchtdorf
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"I bear witness that our living hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the true, pure and powerful entrance to divine enlightenment. I testify that with Christ, darkness cannot succeed."

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Sunday morning: Elder Andersen
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"As surely as the Lord has inspired more missionaries to serve, He is also awakening the minds and opening the hearts of more good and honest people to receive His missionaries. You already know them, or will know them. They are in your family and live in your neighborhood. They walk past you on the street, sit by you in school and connect with you online. You too are an important part of this unfolding miracle."

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Sunday morning: Sister Wixom
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"May the words we speak and write to our children reflect the love our Heavenly Father has for His son, Jesus Christ, and for us. And then may we pause to listen, for a child is most capable of speaking great and marvelous things in return."

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Sunday morning: Elder Clayton
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"I have observed that in the happiest marriages both the husband and wife consider their relationship to be a pearl beyond price, a treasure of infinite worth. … They know that no other relationship of any kind can bring as much joy, generate as much good or produce as much personal refinement."

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Sunday morning: Elder Perry
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"We must not pick and choose which commandments we think are important to keep but acknowledge all of God's commandments. We must stand firm and steadfast, having perfect confidence in the Lord's consistency and perfect trust in His promises."

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Sunday morning: President Monson
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"There is no need for you or for me, in this enlightened age when the fullness of the gospel has been restored, to sail uncharted seas or to travel unmarked roads in search of truth. A loving Heavenly Father has plotted our course and provided an unfailing guide — even obedience."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Holland
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"I am not asking you to pretend to have faith you do not have. I am asking you to be true to the faith you do have."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Oaks
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice, but a continuous commitment and way of life that applies at all times and in all places."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Golden
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"The Father and the Son are distinctly separate beings, but They are perfectly united and one in power and purpose. Their oneness is not reserved for Them alone; rather, They desire this same oneness for everyone who will, with devotion, follow and obey Their commandments."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Falabella
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"Participating in the ceremony of celestial marriage is not enough. We also have to live a celestial life."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Kopischke
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"Too often we think that the word 'sacrifice' refers to something big or hard for us to do. In certain situations this may be true, but mostly it refers to living day-to-day as a true disciple of Christ."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Porter
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"Tribulation and difficult times may lie ahead, yet we too have cause for good cheer and rejoicing. For, we live in the last dispensation when God has restored His Church and kingdom to the earth in preparation for the return of His Son."

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Sunday afternoon: Elder Christofferson
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"The greatest service we can provide to others in this life, beginning with those of our own family, is to bring them to Christ through faith and repentance so that they may experience His Redemption — peace and joy now, and immortality and eternal life in the world to come."

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Sunday afternoon: President Monson
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

"Our hearts have been touched and our testimonies of this divine work have been strengthened as we have felt the Spirit of the Lord. May we long remember what we have heard these past two days. I urge you to study the messages further when they are printed in coming issues of the Ensign and Liahona magazines."

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General Young Women meeting: Sister Dibb
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

"Dear young women, there are countless other holy places I wish we could share with one another. When you return home tonight, I encourage you to record in your journal those places which you are recognizing and remembering. It is clear to me that thousands of you are standing in holy places. These places are providing you with protection, strength and peace in unsettling times. Your testimonies are becoming stronger because you are standing for truth and righteousness in glorious ways."

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General Young Women meeting: Sister Cook
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

"Decide now to do all you can to fill your lamps, that your strong testimony and example may be woven into the lives of many generations — past, present, and future. I testify that your virtuous life will not only save generations, but it will also save your eternal life, for it is the only way to return to our Father in Heaven and find true joy now and throughout eternity."

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General Young Women meeting: Sister Dalton
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

"Young women, generations are depending on the choices you make, your purity, and your worthy lives. Be not moved. You have a great destiny before you. This is your moment! I truly believe that one virtuous young woman, led by the Spirit, can change the world!"

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General Young Women Meeting: President Uchtdorf
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

"Heavenly Father's interest in you does not depend on how rich or beautiful or healthy or smart you are. He sees you not as the world sees you; He sees who you really are. He looks on your heart. And He loves you because you are His child."

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