Mormons encouraged to review past sessions before General Conference

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Remembering past sessions of conference while preparing for the upcoming 185th Semiannual General Conference session can help members of the LDS Church recommit to a lifetime of becoming like the Savior.

A view of the Conference Center during the April 2011 general conference. A view of the Conference Center during the April 2011 general conference.  Photo: Mormon Newsroom
A view of the Conference Center during the April 2011 general conference. (Mormon Newsroom)

“Those men and women who will speak to you have sought heaven’s help concerning the messages they will give,”  said President Thomas S. Monson during the 183rd Semiannual Conference.

But simply hearing the word of God at conference is not enough for members, explained Elder Marvin J. Ashton, a former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, during the October 1983 General Conference.

“True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment,” Ashton taught.

Church authorities have always used general conference to give members of the church commitments. Here are a number of key takeaways from General Conference in April 2015:

  • Members should commit to filling their hearts and homes with the Savior’s light and truth in order to withstand in every circumstance.
  • Members should commit to understanding the eternal significance of individual responsibility to teach truths about Heavenly Father’s plan for his family in the home.
  • Members should commit to building the kingdom of God by standing up boldly and being defenders of marriage, parenthood and the home.
  • Members should commit to using the Holy Ghost to help bear one another’s burdens and lift one another through fast offerings.
  • Members should commit to using the Atonement and repenting.
  • Members should commit to living worthy of the Spirit and making the gospel a part of daily life.
  • Members should commit to building Christ-centered unity in wards and branches.
  • Members should commit to attending the temple regularly.
  • Members should commit to a deepened understanding of the Savior.
  • Members should commit to seeking revelation on how to share the gospel with those who are in need of it.
  • Members should commit to reverent Sabbath day observance.

Many BYU students have used these takeaways as an opportunity to make new commitments and follow the counsel of living prophets.

Azya Ladd, a linguistics major from Ahwatukee, Arizona said making a commitment to apply counsel given at conference puts someone in a better frame of mind to receive spiritual promptings and encourages spiritual progression.

“If you don’t keep commitments, how do you plan on moving forward?” Ladd said.

With conference less than a week away, members of the church have then opportunity to renew their commitments or make new ones.

President Lyle J. Stucki, former mission president of the Philippines, Manila mission, has encouraged Saints to review conference talks regularly. Stucki said the only way commitments are internalized is when they are reviewed frequently.

He recommended members to make it a goal to include conference talks as part of their personal study every day.

“It makes you feel so good and you want more of the blessing of being obedient,” Stucki said. “You become more enthusiastic and excited for general conference, and you feel an increased desire to learn.”

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Women’s general session:

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Now is a part of eternity

Sister Carol F. McConkie: The Lord’s agents

Sister Linda S. Reeves: Rewards will come

 Sister Rosemary M. Wixom: Divine nature within you

Saturday morning session:

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: It works!

Elder M. Russell Ballard: God is at the helm

Elder Richard J. Maynes: The joy of living a Christ-centered life

Sister Neill F. Marriott: Yielding our hearts to God

Elder Francisco J. Vinas: The pleasing word of God

Saturday afternoon session:

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Elder Bradley D. Foster: It’s never too early and it’s never too late

Elder Robert D. Hales: Meeting the challenges of today’s world

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Behold thy mother

Priesthood session:

Sunday morning session:

President Thomas S. Monson: Be an example and a light

Elder Ronald A. Rasband: Love one another

Elder Gary E. Stevenson: Fulness of times

Elder Dale G. Renlund: Through God’s eyes

President Russell M. Nelson: A plea to my sisters

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer: Let the clarion trumpet sound

Elder Claudio R.M. Costa: That they do always remember him

Sunday afternoon session:

President Henry B. Eyring: The Holy Ghost as your companion

Elder D. Todd Christofferson: Why the church

Elder Von G. Keetch: Blessed and happy are those who keep the commandments of God

Sister Carole M. Stephens: If ye love me, keep my commandments

Elder Allen D. Haynie: Remembering in whom we have trusted

Elder Kim B. Clark: Eyes to see and ears to hear

Brother Devin G. Durrant: My heart pondereth them continually

Elder Koichi Aoyagi: Hold on thy way

Elder David A. Bednar: Chosen to bear testimony of my name

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