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As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others who may be affected by the words spoken at the Church’s 192nd Annual General Conference, or for those who may not have not be heard from conference messages, below is a condensed version of the weekend’s warnings and announcements — many of which are unique to the church.
President Russell M. Nelsonto global conditions:
“Since the last conference, the difficulties in the world have continued. The global pandemic is still affecting our lives. And now the world is rocked by a conflict that is raining terror on millions of innocent men, women and children. The prophets foresaw our day when there would be wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth would be in turmoil. As followers of Jesus Christ, we implore the leaders of the nations to find peaceful solutions to their differences. We call on people everywhere to pray for those in need, to do what they can to help those in distress, and to seek the Lord’s help to end any major conflict.
Nelsonon the missionaries needed:
“Today I strongly reaffirm that the Lord has called upon every worthy and able young man to prepare and go on a mission. For young Latter-day Saints, missionary service is a priesthood responsibility. You young men have been reserved for this time when the promised gathering of Israel takes place. As you serve missions, you play a pivotal role in this unprecedented event! »
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Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on suicide:
“For all of our struggling young people, whatever your concerns or difficulties, death by suicide is clearly not the answer. It will not relieve the pain you feel or see yourself causing. In a world that desperately needs all the light it can get, don’t minimize the eternal light that God put in your soul before this world was. Talk to someone. Ask for help. Do not destroy a life for which Christ gave his life.
President Dallin H. OaksFirst Counselor in the First Presidency, explaining the doctrine of exaltation:
“God’s revelation that exaltation can only be achieved through faithfulness to the covenants of an eternal marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to us. This divine doctrine is why we teach that “gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”
“It is also why the Lord has directed His restored Church to oppose social and legal pressures to withdraw from His doctrine of marriage between one man and one woman, and to oppose changes that confuse or alter the gender or homogenize the differences between men and women. ”
Dale G. Renlund of the College of the Twelve, on the doctrine of the Heavenly Mother:
“The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother comes by revelation and is a special belief among Latter-day Saints. Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained the importance of this truth: ‘Our theology begins with heavenly parents. Our greatest aspiration is to be like them. Very little has been revealed about Heavenly Mother, but what we do know is summarized in a Gospel topic found in our Gospel Library app.
“Once you read what’s in there, you’ll know everything I know about it. I would like to know more. You too may still have questions and want to find more answers. Seeking greater understanding is an important part of our spiritual development, but please be careful. Reason cannot replace revelation. Speculation will not lead to greater spiritual knowledge, but it can lead to deception or divert our attention from what has been revealed.
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency:
“Relief Society is more than a room in a building, a Sunday lesson, an activity, or a local or general presidency. Relief Society is the covenant women of the Church; it’s us – each one of us and all of us – it’s our “global community of compassion and service”.
Neil L.Andersen of the College of the Twelve, on social networks:
“The powerful impact of the Internet is a blessing and a challenge, unique in our time. In a world of social media and information highways, a person’s voice can be multiplied exponentially. That voice , whether true or false, whether right or wrong, whether kind or cruel, moves instantly around the world.Social media posts of thoughtfulness and kindness are often quietly under the radar. , while words of contempt and anger frequently thunder in our ears, be it political philosophy, people in the news or opinions on the pandemic. shelter from this social phenomenon of polarized voices, including the Savior and His restored gospel.
Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve, speaking of religious liberty:
“Opponents of religious freedom seek to impose restrictions on the expression of sincere beliefs. They even criticize and ridicule religious traditions. Such an attitude marginalizes people who devalue personal principles, fairness, respect, spirituality and peace of conscience. What is religious freedom? It is freedom of worship in all its configurations: freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, freedom to act according to one’s personal convictions and freedom for others to do the same. Religious freedom allows each of us to decide for ourselves what we believe, how we live and act according to our faith and what God expects of us.
patrick kearon of the Seventy, speaking of survival:
“I marvel at the amazing survival of individuals and families who are victims of war, imprisoned in camps and of those who become refugees, who heroically and courageously keep the flame of hope alive for their fellow victims, who impart good in the face of brutality and who somehow manage to help others endure just one more day.
D. Todd Christoffersonreminding the faithful not to counsel the Lord:
“It really is madness for us, with our mortal myopia, to pretend to be judging God, to think, for example, ‘I’m not happy, so God must be doing something wrong.’ To us, his mortal children in a fallen world, who know so little of past, present, and future, he declares: ‘All things are present to me, for I know them all.’ 6 Jacob wisely warns: ‘Do not seek to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel of his hand. works.
The callings of 12 new leaders were announced in the April 2022 general conference. These callings include six General Authority Seventies and new Relief Society and Primary general presidencies. New Relief Society and Primary leaders begin their service August 1.
In his closing remarks to the April general conference, Nelson announced plans to build 17 new temples around the world.
They will be built in the following locations: Wellington, New Zealand; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; Barcelona, Spain; Birmingham, UK; Cuzco, Peru; Maceio, Brazil; Santos, Brazil; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Mexico City Benemerito, Mexico; Tampa, Florida; Knoxville, TN; Cleveland, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Austin, TX; Missoula, Montana; Montpellier, Idaho; and Modesto, California.
That will make 100 temples announced since April 2018, when Nelson was sustained as the church’s new president.