President Thomas S. Monson opened the Sunday morning session of the October 2015 General Conference by addressing the passing of the three apostles and by welcoming the members of the Quorum of the Twelve.
Next, he began to teach the importance of being a light and an example. President Monson shared the apostle Paul’s words in his epistle to Timothy: “Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
He began by stating the importance of being an example in conversation.
“The words we use can lift and inspire, or they can harm and demean.”
He went on to encourage the Saints to follow Paul’s counsel and be full of charity.
“I am confident there are within our sphere of influence those who are lonely, those who are ill, and those who feel discouraged. Ours is the opportunity to help them and to lift their spirits.”
President Monson additionally taught the importance of being an example in spirit.
“To me, that means we strive to have in our lives kindness, gratitude, forgiveness and good will.”
He also taught that the LDS Church needs to be full of faith, but that faith and fear cannot exist together.
“To be an example of faith means that we trust in the Lord and in his word. It means that we possess and that we nourish the beliefs that will guide our thoughts and our actions.”
President Monson explained that it is vital for Saints to read the scriptures and to pray often. He also taught that we must be pure.
“Purity will bring us peace of mind and will qualify us to receive the Savior’s promises.”
He concluded addressing the members by explaining, “We will be different” as the church strives to be an example as Paul taught.