Church leaders uplift members in final conference sessions

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Church leaders delivered their final messages at the Sunday sessions of the 193rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

People from around the world attended General Conference to listen to these inspired messages. During the Sunday morning session, leaders spoke about following Christ and the covenant path, even through challenges and difficulties. 

Emily Belle Freeman, the new Young Women General President, testified of how Christ will walk with people, and how He will change them. 

“We must remember, it’s not the course alone that will exalt us, it’s the companion — our Savior. And this is the why of covenant relationship,” Freeman said. 

President Henry B. Eyring instructed conference-goers on how to have the Spirit with them.

“You can pray with faith to know what to do to be cleansed and thus more nearly qualify for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost,” Eyring said. 

First-time attendee Kaylee Coleman says President Eyring’s talk was her favorite. 

“It was really good and just Spirit-led and … loved it!” Coleman said. 

Ensign College student Emmanuel Kombi said he loves listening to the music at conference because it helps him reflect. 

“Really felt the spirit when I was there just, you know, pondering about, you know, being better, pondered about getting closer to Christ and you know reading the scriptures more, you know, the music really helped a lot,” Kombi said. 

In the afternoon session, speakers talked about focusing on Christ, the temple and loving others.

Elder Christophe G. Giraud-Carrier of the Seventy emphasized members’ divine nature as children of God. He said the gospel of Jesus Christ is the great equalizer. 

“Hence, rather than seeing each other through the distorted lens of mortality, the gospel raises our sights and allows us to see each other through the flawless unchanging lens of our sacred covenants,” Giraud-Carrier said. 

President Russell M. Nelson did not attend conference in person, but pre-recorded a message. He taught listeners to “think celestial” and have an eternal perspective. 

“An understanding of God’s fabulous plan takes the mystery out of life and the uncertainty out of our future. It allows each of us to choose how we will live here on earth and where we will live forever,” President Nelson said. 

At the end of his talk, President Nelson announced 20 new temples. 

BYU freshman Anna Culatta attended conference for the first time and said it was incredible to see the speakers in person. She said conference inspired her to be more like Christ.  

“Instead of seeing like all the other like tasks that I need to do, and serving Christ is one of them, it’s it’s emulating Christ in a bunch of different ways. So like making Christ the center of my life,” Culatta said. 

All sessions of conference are now available to rewatch at churchofjesuschrist.org.

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