Are you looking for talk summaries, quotes, or a recap of the October 2022 General Conference? Here is our recap of the Saturday Morning Session.
President Dallin H. Oaks
President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, opened Conference by answering the question, “What does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members give and do for the poor and distressed?”
President Oaks shared a number of figures. “Our 2021 expenditures for those in need in 188 countries worldwide was $906 million, almost a billion dollars,” he said. “In addition, our members volunteered over 6 million hours of labor in the same cause.”
Even with this staggering amount of service, President Oaks shared that we need to do better to join with others around the world to do good. “We need to be more aware and more appreciative of the service of others. The Church of Jesus Christ is committed to serving those in need and it is also committed to cooperating with others in that effort. We share the common goal of relieving suffering among God’s children.”
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The message Elder Uchtdorf gave was directed to young men and young women of the Church. “I have a message for you from our Savior Jesus Christ,” he said. “My dear young friends, if the Savior were here right now, what would he say to you? I believe he would start by expressing His deep love for you.”
Elder Uchtdorf encouraged youth to embrace their power of agency to make choices. “When you earnestly seek the truth, eternal, unchanging truth, your choices become much clearer.” As part of this, he announced a change to the “For the Strength of Youth” guide. Having undergone a major overhaul, the new guide focuses on helping youth make choices founded in truth. Instead of a list of rules on certain topics, it teaches important principles.
“The Lord is not saying, ‘Do whatever you want.’ He is saying, ‘Let God prevail.’ He is saying, ‘Come, follow me.’ He is saying, ‘Live in a holier, higher, more mature way.’ He is saying, ‘Keep my commandments.'”
Sister Tracy Y. Brown
Sister Brown, the first black woman in any general presidency, spoke of spiritual vision and our great need to look to Christ. “As covenant children of God, we have been uniquely blessed with a rich supply of divinely appointed tools to improve our spiritual vision,” she said. “Through rigorous effort to look to and for Jesus Christ in my every thought and deed, my eyes were enlightened and my understanding quickened to recognize that Jesus Christ was calling for me to come unto Him.”
How can Christ become our focus and the intent of our destination? Sister Brown taught us that we need to see our lives through Him in order to see more of Him.
Elder Dale G. Renlund
What is the framework for personal revelation? Elder Renlund provided four key points.
- We need to feast on the words of Christ.
- Revelation only comes within our own personal purview.
- Personal revelation will be in harmony with the commandments of God and the covenants we’ve made with Him.
- We need to ask what has already been revealed to us personally while being open to further revelation.
“I invite you to have the confidence to claim personal revelation for yourself,” Elder Renlund said.
Elder Rafael E. Pino
Elder Pino invited us to think about the customs and traditions we take partake in and how they affect our families. “It does not matter whether we are poor or rich, educated or uneducated, old or young, sick or healthy,” he said. “[Jesus] invites us to let the ‘normal’ things in our lives be those which help keep us on the covenant path.” He provided four simple customs we can take on in order to remain close to the Savior. They are:
- Personal and family study of the scriptures.
- Personal and family prayer
- Attend sacrament meetings weekly.
- Participate frequently in temple work and in doing family history.
“If we are steadfast and immovable in doing good, our customs will be in accordance with the principles of the gospel and they will help us to stay on the covenant path,” Elder Pino said.
“The eternal principle of love is manifested by living the two great commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself,” Elder Montoya taught, expounding on each of these great laws.
“No matter what language my brother speaks or what country he comes from, we love each other because we are brothers, children of the same Father. Let us take advantage of every opportunity to help our neighbor, even if it is the first and only time we meet him in this life.”
Elder Montoya shared that we are eternal beings living temporary experiences.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband
The phrase “this day” has often been used in the scriptures to stress something important. Elder Rasband felt this day to discuss renewing our commitment to the Book of Mormon. He showed photos of his own personal copy of the Book of Mormon from his time as a missionary.
Elder Rasband also shared multiple examples of President Russell M. Nelson sharing the Book of Mormon around the world. He said, “Our living prophet is doing his part to flood the earth with the Book of Mormon, but he cannot open the floodgates alone. We must follow his lead.”
“I invite you this day to give a Book of Mormon to your friends and family, associates at work, your soccer coach, or the produce man at your market. They need the words of the Lord found in this book. My dear friends, as an Apostle of the Lord, I invite you to follow our beloved prophet, President Nelson, in flooding the earth with the Book of Mormon. The need is so great — we need to act now.”
President Russell M. Nelson
To close the Saturday morning session, President Nelson touched on many topics relevant to the last few months. He specifically spoke on the horrors of abuse and discovering the truth.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embraces all truth that God conveys to His children, whether learned in a scientific laboratory or received by direct revelation from Him.”
“The Savior will not tolerate abuse, and as His disciples, neither can we. Those who perpetrate these hideous acts are not only accountable to the laws of man, but will also face the wrath of almighty God.”
“I pray that this conference will provide the spiritual feast you are seeking.”
President Nelson also shared on Instagram his thoughts on sitting to deliver his addres.