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April 2023 General Conference Recap – Sunday Afternoon Session

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Are you looking for talk summaries, quotes, or a recap of the April 2023 General Conference? Here is our recap of the Sunday Afternoon Session.

President Dallin H. Oaks

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“We believe in Christ!” President Oaks opened his message with these empathic words. He focused his talk on a selection on the words of the Savior—what He said specifically. Here is a short selection of some of the scriptures President Oaks shared.

Quoting Jesus: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

The Savior said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.”

Jesus said, “If ye forgive men their trespass, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

The Savior said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.”

Quoting Jesus: “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

President M. Russell Ballard

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President Ballard testified that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life. This testimony has comforted him over the last four years since the passing of his wife. He shared how he met Barbara. To know for themselves, they took a week off from dating to seek the Lord’s guidance if they should be married or not. The rest, he said, is history.

“When Barbara passed away, our children put on her headstone several lessons that Barbara wanted them to remember. One of those lessons is ‘what matters most is what lasts longest.'” This was the theme of his talk.

“Today, I will share from my heart a few feelings and thoughts on what matters most. First, a relationship with our Heavenly Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is most important. This relationship matters most now and in eternity.”

“Second, family relationships are among those things that matter most.”

“Nurturing these important relationships is a choice. A choice to be part of a family requires commitment, love, patience, communication and forgiveness.”

President Ballard then said following the promptings of the Spirit in our most important relationships and as we serve others is important. He learned this lesson while serving as a Bishop. He felt prompted to visit a widow one evening, but he decided to wait until the morning. By the time he arrived, she had already passed. “I testify that following the promptings of the Spirit is one of the things that matters most in all our relationships.”

Finally, being converted to the Lord, bearing testimony of Him, and being converted to Him is among the things that matter most.

“A testimony of Jesus Christ, born of and strengthened by the Spirit, changes lives — it changes the way we think and how we live. A testimony turns us toward our Heavenly Father and His divine son.”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband

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Elder Rasband began his talk by speaking of a visit to Ghana, Africa on a Palm Sunday in the past and his love for the people there. He then looked at some eternal truths woven through Christ’s last week of life. “Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the events of the week that followed exemplify doctrine we can apply in our lives today,” he said.

First, Elder Rasband talked about prophecy. Second, the companionship of the Holy Ghost. “The Savior promised His disciples … ‘I will not leave you comfortless.’ They would not be alone to carry the truths of the gospel forward, but would have the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost to guide them.”

Third, discipleship. “The Savior promised His disciples … ‘I will not leave you comfortless.’ They would not be alone to carry the truths of the gospel forward, but would have the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost to guide them.”

Fourth, the Atonement of Jesus Christ. “Are we continually grateful for the incomparable Atonement of Jesus Christ? Do we feel its purifying power right now? That is why Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our salvation, went to Jerusalem, to save us all.”

He related the parable of the Ten Virgins. “We, like the ten virgins, have lamps; but do we have oil? I fear there are some who are just getting by on a thin skiff of oil, too busy with worldly pressures to properly prepare.”

“Oil pours into our hearts when our choices show we love the Lord and we love what He loves. Oil comes from repenting and seeking the healing of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

“If some of you are looking to fill what some call a bucket list, this is it: Fill your bucket with oil in the form of the living water of Jesus Christ, which is a representation of His life and teachings.”

Elder Vern P. Stanfill

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Elder Stanfill loved the fall season and the bountiful harvest of their farm. As he grew, so did his urgency. He learned about the need to harvest and was taught by his father how to run the machinery on the farm. The feelings of doing things right taught him important gospel lessons.

“Remember that perfectionism is not the same as being perfected in Christ,” he taught. He then shared the miracle of Christ feeding the 5,000. The young man who offered food must have felt like his offering was small compared to the task at hand. The Savior perfected the humble offering. Peter just a short time later attempted to walk on water, but falter. Still, Jesus helped him do something impossible.

“As we accept the Savior’s invitation to come unto him, we soon realize that our best is good enough and that the grace of a loving Savior will make up the difference in ways we cannot imagine,” Elder Stanfill taught. The Lord will help perfect our efforts. “We must remember that whatever our best but imperfect offering is, the Savior can make it perfect. No matter how insignificant our efforts may seem, we must never underestimate the Savior’s power.”

“Our clumsy efforts can lead to miracles, and in the process, we can participate in a perfect harvest.”

Elder W. Mark Bassett

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Elder Bassett opened his talk with the story of raising Lazarus from the dead. Just like Mary and Martha, we will experience heartache throughout our mortal journey. This miracle can teach us principles that can be applied to our own lives when we face our individual challenges. Elder Bassett testified, “Sometimes we might feel like Christ is too late. My witness and testimony is that as we move forward with faith in Jesus Christ, the fourth day will always come. He will always come to our aid or to raise our hopes back to life.”

We can also learn what our own role is in divine intervention. Whatever His disciples could do, the Savior asked them to do. “My impression is that the Savior expects us to do all we can do, and He will do what only He can do.”

“With the Lord’s help we will be capable of moving stones that are in our path, arising from despair and loosening ourselves of all that binds us.”

“How can we, with the Lord’s help, loose ourselves of all that binds us? We can intentionally bind ourselves first and foremost to our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ through covenants.”

Elder Ahmad S. Corbitt

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Why did Jesus have to die? Elder Corbitt discussed this question throughout his message and his own path to discovering the answer. It helped him focus on what matters most, the keys to eternal life, and the Plan of Salvation. He related sharing these thoughts to a woman he met while traveling that knew little of Christ.

“I testified to my friend, and I witness to you, that Jesus Christ is that Savior, that He had to suffer, die and rise again — His infinite atonement — to redeem all humanity from physical death and to give eternal life with God and our families to all who would follow Him.”

“The doctrine of Christ empowers those who are struggling or feel they don’t belong in the Church because it helps them, as Elder D. Todd Christofferson stated, ‘affirm Jesus Christ died for me and loves me.’”

“Parents, if your child struggles with a gospel principle or prophetic teaching, please resist any type of evil speaking or activism toward the Church or its leaders,” Elder Corbitt said. “My wife, Jayne, and I know from personal experience that teaching your beloved child why we all desperately need Jesus Christ and how to apply His joyful doctrine is what will strengthen and heal him or her.”

Elder David A. Bednar

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Elder Bednar began his talk by talking about Enoch and his essential role in building Zion. Enoch felt weak, but the Lord assured him that he could open his mouth and his words would be justified. The Lord invited Enoch to walk with Him. “Enoch ultimately became a mighty prophet and a tool in God’s hands to accomplish a great work, but he did not start his ministry that way,” Elder Bednar taught. “Rather, his capacity over time was magnified as he learned to abide in and walk with the Son of God.”

The Lord offers the same to us. “The Lord Jesus Christ extends to each of us the invitation to abide in Him.” How do we abide in Christ? Elder Bednar said, “The word ‘abide’ denotes remaining fixed or stable and enduring without yielding.”

“We abide in Christ as we are firm and steadfast in our devotion to the Redeemer and His holy purposes, in times both good and bad.” Elder Bednar also said, “We abide in Him by striving continually to strengthen our individual covenant bond with the Father and the Son. We abide in Him by serving God as we serve His children and minister to our brothers and sisters.”

“I now invite each of us as His disciples to ask, seek, knock and learn for ourselves by the power of the Holy Ghost other meaningful ways we can make Christ the center of our lives in all that we do.”

“The Savior’s promise to his followers is twofold: if we abide in Him, He will abide in us. But is it indeed possible for Christ to abide in you and me, individually and personally? The answer to this question is a resounding yes.”

Elder Bednar shared Alma’s analogy of faith as a seed. “The seed we should strive to plant in our hearts is the word – even the life, mission, and doctrine of Jesus Christ,” he said. “And as the word is nourished by faith it can become a tree springing up in us unto everlasting life.”

“The Savior’s promise to abide in us is true and available to every covenant-keeping member of His restored Church.”

“I joyfully witness that Jesus Christ is our loving and living Savior and Redeemer. If we abide in Him, He will abide in us. And as we walk in and with Him, we will be blessed to bring forth much fruit.”

President Russell M. Nelson

President Nelson closed the Conference by saying, “I pray that you will seek for the Holy Ghost to guide you in your study as you contemplate the truths taught from this pulpit.”

“Because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. Because of Him, each of us will be resurrected.”

He invited us to study the Savior’s visit to the America’s as recorded in 3 Nephi. “Turn to Him! Follow Him!” President Nelson said. “I know that His power is descending upon His covenant-keeping people, armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.”

He announced plans to build 15 new temples throughout the world. You can read more about them here.

 

Read our recaps of all the other sessions here!

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