Are you looking for talk summaries, quotes, or a recap of the April 2022 General Conference? Here is our recap of the Saturday Morning Session.
President Russell M. Nelson
President Russell M. Nelson opened General Conference by referencing the tragedies and troubles facing the world today, including the war in Ukraine that is “reigning terror.” He said, “As followers of Jesus Christ, we plead with leaders of nations to find peaceful resolutions to their differences.” He offered the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only true solution and that it “is the only answer when many in the world are stunned with fear.”
Because we have the message the world so desperately needs, President Nelson made clear our call to share it with others. He spoke specifically of missionary service. “Each of us has a role to play in the gathering of Israel. I reaffirm strongly that the Lord has asked every worthy, able young man to prepare for and serve a mission.” He said, “Everyone deserves the chance to know about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”
President M. Russell Ballard
President Ballard’s talk was focused on missionary work. He began by telling of his own mission in Great Britain and his experience growing up during the Great Depression. He said his mission prepared him to be a better husband, father, provider, and ecclesiastical leader. He spoke directly to young men of the Church and invited them to commit to serving missions.
“I call upon you young men and those young women who desire to serve a mission to begin right now to talk with your parents about serving a mission. I also invite you to talk with your friends about serving a mission and if one of your friends is not sure about serving, encourage him to talk with his bishop. Commit to yourselves and to your Heavenly Father that you will serve a mission and that from this time forward you’ll strive to keep your hearts, hands, and minds clean and worthy.”
Sister Reyna I. Aburto
We are the Church! Sister Aburto’s talk was a personal testimony and invitation to the power of each individual member of the Church to bless others.
“I attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the first time at the age of 26,” she said. “I had recently separated from my first husband. I had a three-year-old boy. And I felt powerless with fear.” Sister Aburto’s experience was one of warmth and refuge and three weeks later she was baptized. Though the Church is organized and we have many buildings, the Church makes powerful experiences like this possible because of individual effort. “The church organization and its buildings exist for our spiritual benefit,” she said. “The church is more than the buildings and the ecclesiastical structure. The Church is us, the members.”
Sister Aburto invited us to take heart and help those who are afflicted in any manner. “When we come to him and bring those we love to him, he sees our faith. He will make them whole, and he will make us whole.”
Elder David A. Bednar
Elder Bednar based his talks on the hymn “Let Us All Press On.” The specific line he referenced was, “We will heed not what the wicked may say, but the Lord alone we will obey.” How can we have the strength to “heed not?”
The answer focused on Christ and keeping our covenants. Elder Bednar said, “The doctrine of Christ, written with the Spirit of the living God in fleshy tables of our hearts, increases our capacity to heed not the many distractions, taunts, and diversions in our fallen world.”
“I witness that fidelity to the covenants and ordinances of the Savior’s restored gospel enables us to press on in the work of the Lord, to hold fast to him as the word of God, and to heed not the allurements of the adversary,” Elder Bednar said.
Elder Bednar gave us two ways we can “heed not.” He invited us to remember, honor, and strengthen our personal connection with the Savior through covenants and ordinances. He also invited us to prayerfully, earnestly, and consistently use the holy scriptures and the teachings of living prophets as sources of revealed truth.
Elder Neil L. Andersen
The powerful impact of the internet is a blessing and a challenge. Elder Andersen focused his remarks on how we can become peacemakers in our interactions with others and especially online. “No one or no subject is immune from this social phenomenon of polarized voices, including the Savior and His restored gospel,” Elder Andersen said.
Elder Andersen specifically pointed to the Sermon on the Mount as a guide for modern-day disciples. The disciples then lived in a world of contention, but the Lord taught them how to be peacemakers while still spreading the gospel. “How does a peacemaker calm and cool the fiery darts?” Elder Andersen asked. “Certainly not by shrinking before those who disparage us. Rather, we remain confident in our faith, sharing our beliefs with conviction, but always void of anger or malice.”
“Because of social media platforms, one voice of disbelief can appear to be a multitude of negative voices. But even if it is a multitude of voices, we choose the path of peacemakers.”
Elder Eduardo Gavarret
The story of the shipwreck of La Girona in 1588 opened Elder Gavarret’s talk. A ring was found after the storm, likely given from a wife to her husband. The ring said, “I have nothing more to give you.” This phrase is a reminder of how to live our lives, giving our whole hearts to God.
Elder Gavarret said, “How do we obtain that mighty change of heart? It is initiated and eventually occurs when we study the scriptures to obtain the knowledge that will strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ which will create a desire to change.” A change of heart takes constant spiritual work. He continued, “Today is the day to decide to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Elder Larry S. Kacher
Elder Kacher shared multiple stories that illustrated how we can allow life’s challenges to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ. This included the story of a couple who lost their daughter in a car accident in their driveway. Elder Kacher focused on simple faith, saying, “Indeed, we will find that there is simplicity on the other side of life’s complexities as we remain steadfast in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope.”
He also said, “Unbelief blocks our ability to see miracles, whereas a mindset of faith in the Savior unlocks the powers of heaven. Even when our faith is weak, the Lord’s hand will always be stretched out.”
President Henry B. Eyring
“Each of us, wherever we are, knows that we live in increasingly perilous times,” President Eyring said at the opening of his talk. “My prayer is that I might help you stand steady in the storms we face, with a peaceful heart.” Where do we begin to find peace? President Eyring said, “The place to begin is to remember we are each a beloved child of God and that He has inspired servants.”
President Eyring focused the majority of his address on the teachings of King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon and how becoming as little children is central to building our foundation on the rock of our Redeemer. “King Benjamin, who understood as well as any mortal what it meant to be a man of strength and courage, makes it clear that to be like a child is not to be childish. It is to be like the Savior.”
He also taught, “When the storms in life come, you can be steady because you are standing on the rock of your faith in Jesus Christ.” He pleaded with us to accept the Savior’s invitation like a meek and loving child accepting His help.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.