General Conference (Sunday morning): President Thomas S. Monson


To receive the revelation and answers needed in our everyday life, President Thomas S. Monson said members must “stand … in holy places.”

President Monson said that although what was unthinkable yesterday is reality today, the Lord’s church is stable and consistent. Our Father in Heaven is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and His gospel does not fluctuate or change.

“We have in our lives the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we know that morality is not passe, that our conscience is there to guide us, and that we are responsible for our actions,” President Monson said. “Our code of conduct is definitive; it is not negotiable.”

President Monson said the 10 commandments, originally presented to the children of Israel, have not become any less true over time. And it is through following these commandments that we my find eternal happiness.

“I declare unto you that there is nothing which can bring more joy into our lives or more peace to our souls than the spirit which can come to us as we follow the Savior and keep the commandments,” President Monson said.

President Monson said that to make it through this life successfully, we must pray to our Father in Heaven.

“As a means of being in the world but not being of the world, it is necessary that we communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer,” he said.

President Monson then shared two stories of experiences he had that ignited his testimonies of prayer and personal revelation. He said that because he cherishes his relationship with our Heavenly Father, he prays daily. This made him entitled to guidance throughout his life. This process is the same for everyone, he said.

“I urge you to [have a relationship with your Father in Heaven]. As you do so, you will be entitled to His inspiration and guidance in your life,” President Monson said. “Such inspiration and guidance are gifts He freely gives if we but seek them.”

President Monson closed by saying the Lord promises to uphold those who stand in holy places.

“As the winds of change swirl around us and the moral fiber of society continues to disintegrate before our very eyes, may we remember the Lord’s precious promise to those who trust in Him,” he said.

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