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

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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.

President Thomas S. Monson was the first speaker to address the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Sunday morning session of the LDS Church’s 185th Semiannual General Conference. (Mormon Newsroom)

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.

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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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