April General Conference last talk

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles gave the beautiful final talk for the April General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

This was an absolutely wonderful talk and I encourage you to go read it for yourself, here.

He opened his talk by telling us how much he/they love us:

Brothers and sisters, do you have any idea—do you have any notion or inkling whatsoever—of how much we love you? For 10 hours you watch, fixed on one face at this pulpit sequentially, but for those same 10 hours, we seated behind this pulpit watch, fixed on you. You thrill us to the center of our soul, whether that be the 21,000 here in the Conference Center, or multitudes in meetinghouses and chapels, or finally millions in homes around the globe, perhaps huddled around a family computer screen. Here you are, there you are, hour after hour, in your Sunday best, being your best. You sing and you pray. You listen and you believe. You are the miracle of this Church. And we love you.

And I was watching on the internet as he gave the talk, and I felt his/their love for me!!

Next he talked of our wonderful Prophet Thomas S. Monson

We have been especially blessed by President Thomas S. Monson’s presence and prophetic messages. President, we love you, we pray for you, we thank you, and above all, we sustain you.

He then talked to us about what would happen “tomorrow” (the day after conference):

But it is inevitable that after heavenly moments in our lives, we, of necessity, return to earth, so to speak, where sometimes less-than-ideal circumstances again face us.

He gave other examples of wonderful spiritual experiences and then “coming back to our lives”. Then he offered us encouragement!

First of all, if in the days ahead you not only see limitations in those around you but also find elements in your own life that don’t yet measure up to the messages you have heard this weekend, please don’t be cast down in spirit and don’t give up. The gospel, the Church, and these wonderful semiannual gatherings are intended to give hope and inspiration. They are not intended to discourage you. Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. And why does Lucifer give that speech? Because he knows he can’t improve,he can’t progress, that worlds without end he will never have a bright tomorrow. He is a miserable man bound by eternal limitations, and he wants you to be miserable too. Well, don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed.

and more:

When there was a controversy in the early Church regarding who was entitled to heaven’s blessings and who wasn’t, the Lord declared to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Verily I say unto you, [the gifts of God] are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep my commandments, and [for them] that seeketh so to do.”6 Boy, aren’t we all thankful for that added provision “and seeketh so to do”! That has been a lifesaver because sometimes that is all we can offer!We take some solace in the fact that if God were to reward only the perfectly faithful, He wouldn’t have much of a distribution list.

He closed with:

Brothers and sisters, may a loving Father in Heaven bless us tomorrow to remember how we felt today. May He bless us to strive with patience and persistence toward the ideals we have heard proclaimed this conference weekend, knowing that His divine love and unfailing help will be with us even when we struggle—no, will be with us especially when we struggle.

If gospel standards seem high and the personal improvement needed in the days ahead seems out of reach, remember Joshua’s encouragement to his people when they faced a daunting future. “Sanctify yourselves,” he said, “for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”12 I declare that same promise.It is the promise of this conference. It is the promise of this Church. It is the promise of Him who performs those wonders, who is Himself “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Prince of Peace.”13 Of Him I bear witness.Of Him I am a witness. And to Him this conference stands as a testament of His ongoing work in this great latter day. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I add my prayer to his, that I may remember how I felt during General Conference. That I not let the adversary bring me down to guilt for not being perfect, that I do my best every day to live in Heavenly Father’s will!!

I hope that all of you enjoyed my review of this great talk.

And Remember: What e’er thou art, act well thy part!!



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