Richard G. Scott: Make the exercise of faith your first priority

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Elder Richard G. Scott, of the Quorum of the Twelve, speaks during the Sunday afternoon session. Elder Scott talked about exercising faith. (Mormon Newsroom).

SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Richard G. Scott, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke in the Sunday afternoon session of general conference about the tools God has given us to help us come unto Christ.

He began by telling the story of Adam and Eve, explaining that because of their fall humans are now able to experience many of the joys and sorrows of mortality.

“We were taught in the premortal world that our purpose for coming here is to be tested, tried and stretched,” Elder Scott said.

He said the tools that would provide us the easiest way to peace in mortality were prayer, scripture study, family home evening and temple attendance.

He also counseled members of the Church to pray often and to be genuine in those prayers, sharing their full range of feelings with God. He explained the importance of beginning and ending the day with a personal prayer and the protection that could come from family prayer.

The second tool Elder Scott discussed was that of scripture study. He explained that the scriptures must be an integral part of our everyday life and that reading them daily would bring the gift of the Spirit.

“It will radiate out from you to influence others in the world around you,” Elder Scott explained. “You will be doing something very significant to add to the cumulative peace in the world.”

The third tool mentioned was family home evening. Members were encouraged to make this practice a meaningful experience for each member of their family. He explained that family home evening had many values, including things such as developing organizational skills, communication with each other and having a blast.

The last tool Elder Scott mentioned was temple attendance.

“We all know there is no more peaceful place on this earth than in the temples of God,” Elder Scott said. “The temple is one of the best places ever to understand the power of the Atonement.”

He concluded by explaining that challenges were an important part of becoming like God, also promising that the Atonement would make it possible to endure those challenges.

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