Every six months, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meet in a General Conference to hear from modern-day apostles and prophets, as well as other church leaders. The most recent conference was held on October 4th and 5th.
We asked the youth at Small and Simple Truths what they learned at this most recent conference. Here is what they said:
While listening to General Conference I increased my knowledge about God’s love for me. A few talks spoke specifically about God’s love for us. But besides these, every talk testifies of this truth. God’s commandments have been given to us to help us be the best people we can be, which shows how much he loves us. So, through any choice of topic, all speakers proclaim God’s love for us as His children. General conference made me realize that through everything, God shows His love for us.
While watching conference with my family I can feel the spirit there in the room telling me that the things I listened to where true. I had the spirit confirm that to me. There was one talk that I can never forget. Dallin H. Oaks, one of the Twelve Apostles talked about the importance of kindness. He states, “Love our neighbor and avoid contention.” I know that through life, we have struggles with hating, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges and gossiping. We need to overcome those feelings towards others. I know that this is a truth: kindness is powerful. We need to be more like the Savior. He loves everyone! It doesn’t matter how mean someone might be, we still need to show love and kindness towards them. Like the scripture John 13:34, it says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Conference was a great way to sit back and see what I could do to improve. What stood out to me was the world is changing, and if you don’t have a testimony that can stand the waves of persecution then you need to make sure to strengthen it. Sometimes we need to worry about our testimonies before looking at others. I love the stories that were told and it definitely boosted my testimony. I will listen to the talks again that I don’t remember and will be looking forward to the next conference.
During the priesthood session of general conference, President Dieter F. Uchtforf gave a really good talk. He said that there was a man, who had a neighbor with an amazing lawn. When the man walked by his neighbors house, there was a single dandelion in the lawn. The man instantly thought of everything he could do to get rid of that dandelion, so he ran home, past his own weed-filled lawn, and found garden tools to get rid of his neighbor’s single weed. We first need to cleanse ourselves before we try to cleanse other people. This isn’t always easy, but it is a virtue in the eyes of Heavenly Father.
General Conference was amazing! Saturday morning before conference, one of my really close friends and I decided to hike Ensign Peak, after we heard Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk: An Ensign to the Nations. On this hike we were able to prepare our minds and our hearts to hear the words from the Prophet and Apostles. After the hike we went back to my friend’s house and watched Conference. It was amazing how many of the talks addressed things that we talked about on our hike, and answered many of our questions. It’s seemed like the speakers were talking right to me!! I love General Conference, because it is a time that helps me refocus and prioritize things in my life. I am excited to listen to and read all of the talks again. I invite you to study the messages from General Conference daily, and I know that if you do your life will be changed and you testimony will be stronger.
After general conference I was assigned in my seminary class to give a talk about something I learned from priesthood session. I decided to talk on Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk. He discussed the importance of having goals and preparing them for the right way. I decided that I need to be seriously focused on preparing for a mission and that I should make goals that will help me accomplish that. This is something that I will be able to apply through my entire life. Make goals and prepare for them the proper way and the Lord will take care of the rest for me.
General Conference was great! The traditions got a little messed up this time and my family just ended up listening to it through our computer. Technical difficulties are always a blast. One if my favorite talks was Brother Carlos A. Godoy in the Sunday evening session. He talked about how choices and change can keep us on the strait and narrow. He tells us we don’t need angles to physically point out which way we need to go. We have scriptures, temples, and personal revelation to help us make the right decisions. God wants us to learn and grow and make our own choices, and He gives us so many tools to do it. What it all comes down to is knowing who I am, why I’m here, and what the Lord expects of me. We aren’t here in this life to waste time, grow old, and die. We need to make changes and choices to bring us closer to the Lord. It won’t be easy either. But that’s what’s so great about this life. It’s a big, long, tough adventure. Listening to conference was a choice I made this weekend to get closer to God and it was definitely a good one. Feeling the spirit and being with my family is pretty awesome. I’m already looking forward to April.
Elder Richard G. Scott said studying the scriptures is more important than your schoolwork! That to me was a huge stab in my heart. Even though getting your homework done may seem very important, reading your scriptures is first! And just in general, you don’t have to be the best of the best. Just be a friend, help those in need, and God will be grateful. He will bless you.
Conference taught me that the gospel should not be an afterthought. It should be the most important thing in my life. My number one priority. When I put other things above personal prayer, scripture study, family time, etc. I am putting my plan before God’s. Put Him first, and you will be blessed. Our Heavenly Father is interested in every aspect of our lives. Talk to Him. Include Him. Elder Richard G. Scott promises that you will feel peace. He knows how we feel. He has been through it all. Jesus walked the paths of disappointment, pain, temptation, service, obedience, and prayer. As His disciples, so must we. President Thomas S. Monson teaches that we should always be striving to be like Him. Last, but not least I learned that we need to follow our prophets with exactness. They know the way to lead us and direct us. It’s so important to trust them. If we choose to follow the prophet, Elder Russell M. Nelson says that life will ultimately become easier.
My favorite line from this past conference was a quote from President Monson, that was simple and direct. “Decisions determine destiny.” It’s profound in it’s truth, because the choices we make, even the little ones, determine and resemble who we are. It’s important for us to always strive to choose the right, so that we can be worthy of the companionship of the Holy Spirit.
General Conference was an amazing experience for me. I was able to learn so much from our churches leaders and what they had to say. Everyone who spoke gave an amazing talk with amazing teachings. I believe that they truly testified of Jesus Christ. My favorite talk was by Elder Chi Hong Wong. He gave a talk about the importance of unity in the church. Every member in our church has assignments to fulfill and roles to play. He told us that it is through unity that the church is able to aid others. I truly believe that this is true. Everyone in our church has to work together, with no one being less important than another. I was so glad I was able to learn from General Conference, and I look forward to the next one.
I learned a lot of different things from conference this month. My favorite talk was from President Dieter F. Uctdorf in the Saturday morning session. He talked about being able to gain a testimony of light and truth. He says in his talk ” The more we incline our hearts and minds toward God, the more heavenly light distills upon our souls. And each time we willingly and earnestly seek that light, we indicate to God our readiness to receive more light.” I love this because President Uctdorf is telling us that if we ask of God and ask Him to help us know the truth of all things He will help us. If we sincerely want to know something Heavenly Father is not just going to leave us hanging. He is going to help us use the right tools to find the answer we need. I love this talk very much and I think everyone should go watch it!
We’d love to hear about what stood out to you at General Conference! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.