President Thomas S. Monson: Keep the commandments

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President Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At the conclusion of the priesthood session of the October 2015 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson kept his message brief and straightforward. He reminded the Saints to keep the commandments.

“God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness,” the prophet said. “He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible.”

President Monson told the Saints that God gives laws and commandments to benefit man, but the choice to follow them is up to the individual.

He warned members of the adversary’s commitment to thwart the righteous desires of the Saints.

The prophet quoted the apostle Peter, who warned, “Be… vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

The president of the church then addressed the young men of the church directly, reminding them of the importance of making good decisions in their current stage of life.

“The choices you make here and now are forever important,” President Monson said.

Using a scripture reference from Corinthians, President Monson warned the men of the church about loud voices of the world and the importance of blocking out the noise of the world and listening to the soft voice of the Holy Ghost.

“Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth,” he said. “May we ever be in tune, that we might hear this comforting, guiding voice which will keep us safe.”

President Monson expressed his concern for the “disregard of the commandments” that seems to plague modern-day societies.

Pleading with the members of the church, the prophet advised the Saints to avoid anything that would destroy happiness in mortality and risk eternal life in the world to come.

“With deceptions and lies, the adversary will lead you down a slippery slope to your destruction if you allow him to do so,” he said. “You will likely be on that slippery slope before you even realize that there is no way to stop.”

President Monson proceeded with additional prophetic counsel and warned members worldwide that evil forces would continue to pressure the faithful of the world to fall into darkness.

He told Saints to exercise great courage and faith, and the blessings would follow.

Members of the church were invited to repent and better follow the commandments so the promise of “peace and the quietness” spoken of by Isaiah can be rewarded to them.

“Despite the fact that the path is difficult, the promise is real,” President Monson said. “Said the Lord to those who repent: ‘though your sins be as scarlet, they will be white as snow. And I will remember [them] no more.’”

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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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