Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer: Let the clarion trumpet sound


Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy taught to stand up for what is right and to communicate the gospel with both strength and clarity.

Elder Schwitzer spoke during the Sunday afternoon session of the October 2015 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy spoke during the Sunday morning session of the 185th Semiannual General Conference of the LDS Church. (Mormon Newsroom)

“If ever there was a time that the world needs disciples of Christ who can communicate the gospel message with clarity and from the heart, it is now. We need the clarion call of the trumpet.”

The member of the Seventy shared the story of Peter, who on the day of the Pentecost confronted the men of the world with both courage and clarity.

He went on to explain that many were assembled to criticize the believers, but Peter spoke with Spirit.

“Many heard his words, felt the Spirit, and 3000 souls joined the ranks of the early church. This is powerful evidence that one man or woman who is willing to testify when the world seems to be going in the opposite direction can make a difference.”

Elder Schwitzer taught the members of the church to be true disciples of Christ and that true disciples do not look for excuses.

“True disciples represent the Lord when it may not be convenient to do so. True disciples desire to inspire the hearts of men, not impress them.”

In studying Lehi’s Dream, Elder Schwitzer said he often thought the great and spacious building was filled with “only the most rebellious.” But he has realized that the building is not is not just filled with those that mock.

“Some could not bear up under the pressure of the people mocking them and wandered off. Others decided to join them in the building. Did they not have the courage to speak boldly against the criticisms or messages of the world?”

Elder Schwitzer concluded his talk by bearing his testimony about Restoration and the divinity of the Savior.

“As Latter-day Saints, it is time for us to stand up and testify. It is time for the notes of the melody of the gospel to arise above the noise of the world.”

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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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