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"To the Latter-day Saints everywhere, as we gather in this great conference I say, may God bless you. Keep the faith; be true to your covenants. Walk in the light of the gospel. Build the kingdom of God in the earth." - Gordon B. Hinckley, Saturday Morning Session, 4 October 2003
"Our testimonies, like those trees, must be built on a sure foundation, deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that when the winds and rains come into our lives, as they surely will, we will be strong enough to weather the storms that rage about us.... Brothers and sisters, the scriptures, the living prophets, and the Holy Ghost all testify of Christ. They will help us build on 'a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.' (Helaman 5:12)" -- Sheldon F. Child, "A Sure Foundation," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"How often do we forget who has the right to judge? Forgiveness of sin depends on Him, not on us. So the next time we are tempted to hang dirty linen in public, let us remember: First, go to the Lord. Second, go to the one we have offended. Third, if necessary, go to our judge in Israel. And fourth, then put it away." - Lynn A. Mickelsen, "The Atonement, Repentance, and Dirty Linen," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"It matters not where we live or what our individual circumstances may be. Each day our righteous living can demonstrate a faith in Jesus Christ that sees beyond mortal heartaches, disappointments, and unfulfilled promises. It is a glorious thing to possess a faith that enables us to look forward to that day 'when all that was promised the Saints will be given.' (Now Let Us Rejoice, "Hymns," no. 3)" - Anne C. Pingree, "
"Brothers and sisters, refuse to be used. Refuse to be manipulated. Refuse to support those programs that violate traditional family values. We may be a small voice to begin with; nevertheless, let us speak out and encourage a more uplifting, inspiring, and acceptable media." - M. Russell Ballard, "Let Our Voices Be Heard," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"We can have a certain testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and Redeemer of mankind, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet commissioned to restore the Church in our day and time without having a complete understanding of all gospel principles. But when you pick up a stick you pick up both ends. And so it is with the gospel. As members of the Church we need to accept all of it. Even limited spiritual assurance of some of the aspects of the gospel is a blessing, and in time the other elements of which you are uncertain can come through faith and obedience." - James E. Faust, "Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Now words can be used as weapons against you. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, 'I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse.' If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, 'I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle-obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance.' If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality. You choose to be a worthy husband or wife, a worthy parent." -- Boyd K. Packer, "The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Like Joseph [Smith], many of us find ourselves seeking the light of truth. Just as the world was prepared for the Restoration, each of us is prepared to receive the light of the gospel in our own lives. Sometimes that preparation comes through a change in our circumstances-through meeting a new friend, moving to a new community, a change of employment, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, illness, misfortune, and even tragedy. During these times of transition, we seek answers to the important questions of life: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here on earth? And where we are going after we die? Joseph was not born with this knowledge, and neither were we. We must find it." - Robert D. Hales, "Receiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"We live in wonderful but perilous times. Throughout the earth, the fabric of nations and the collective world appears to be deteriorating. We see discord and enmity between leaders and nations, conflicts between communities, and contention within families. The solution to the ills of the world is found in understanding the doctrines and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the application of those principles in the lives of every human being. Divine doctrines and teachings have been taught with clarity by prophets, both ancient and modern, as moved upon by the Holy Ghost. As we hear those truths, they are communicated to our hearts and minds by that same Spirit." - Shirley D. Christensen, "The Clarion Call of Prophets," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Just as little children trust, each of us must have that same childlike, unreserved trust. We must all remember that we are sons and daughters of God and that He loves us very much. If we truly understand who we are, we will have an unfailing source of hope and comfort. We can never complete 'the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1) without placing our hand in the Lord's." — W. Craig Zwick, "The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand ," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to change. "Repent" is its most frequent message, and repenting means giving up all of our practices-personal, family, ethnic, and national-that are contrary to the commandments of God. The purpose of the gospel is to transform common creatures into celestial citizens, and that requires change." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Repentance and Change," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"With all my capacity I encourage you to discover who you really are. I invite you to look beyond the daily routine of life. I urge you to discern through the Spirit your divinely given capacities. I exhort you to prayerfully make worthy choices that will lead you to realize your full potential." - Richard G. Scott, "Realize Your Full Potential," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"To magnify your callings in the Aaronic Priesthood, you young men should shape your personal efforts toward five personal objectives to:
1) Gain a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2) Be worthy of missionary service.
3) Keep yourself morally clean and qualified to enter the holy temple.
4) Pursue your personal education.
5) Uphold Church standards and be worthy of your future companion.
How can you remember those five objectives? It's easy. Look at your hand. Let your pointer finger point to the scriptures. From them gain a better knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then live in accord with His teachings. Let your middle finger remind you to be worthy of missionary service. Let your ring finger remind you of marriage, endowment, sealing, and blessings of the temple. Let your end finger remind you that pursuit of an education is a religious responsibility. Let your thumb go up, reminding you to uphold the standards of the Church and be worthy of your eternal companion. The realization of these five objectives will bless your lives." - Russell M. Nelson, "Personal Priesthood Responsibility," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"The contribution the quorums of the Aaronic Priesthood could make to the work of converting, retaining, and activating other members of their quorums is enormous. If 16-year-old Mormon could be the commanding officer of a large military army, and if Jeremiah as a child could have words put in his mouth by the Almighty God, and if Timothy could be wise as he was, then each young man within the sound of my voice can rise to the challenge of his quorum responsibilities." - Monte J. Brough, "Young Men-Holders of Keys," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Priesthood and priesthood keys open the door to the blessings of the Atonement. Through the power of the priesthood, people are baptized for the remission of sins, made possible by the Savior's great act of mercy. A holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood may confer the Holy Ghost. Through the bestowal of the Holy Ghost, members are cleansed with fire, guided into truth, comforted, sanctified, and blessed in many ways as partakers of the fruits of the Atonement. The sealing authority may bind a man, a woman, and their children together forever, making possible exaltations in the world to come-again, a blessing from the Savior." - Merrill J. Bateman, "Priesthood, Keys, and the Power to Bless," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"The process of finding our ancestors one by one can be challenging but also exciting and rewarding. We often feel spiritual guidance as we go to the sources which identify them. Because this is a very spiritual work, we can expect help from the other side of the veil. We feel a pull from our relatives who are waiting for us to find them so their ordinance work can be done. This is a Christlike service because we are doing something for them that they cannot do for themselves." - James E. Faust, "The Phenomenon That Is You," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Brethren, ours is the responsibility, yes, even the solemn duty, to reach out to those who have slipped into inactivity or strayed from the family circle." - Thomas S. Monson, "Bring Him Home," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Everyone who participates in this conference is accountable to a bishop or a branch president. Tremendous are the burdens which they carry, and I invite every member of the Church to do all that he or she can to lift the burden under which our bishops and branch presidents labor." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Shepherds of Israel," General Conference, 4 October 2003
"Jesus, the Bridge Builder, spanned that vast chasm we call death. 'For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.' (1 Cor. 15:22.) He did for us what we could not do for ourselves; hence, mankind can cross the bridges He built-into life eternal." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Bridge Builder," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"After generations of prophets had tried to teach the family of man the will and the way of the Father, usually with little success, God in His ultimate effort to have us know Him, sent to earth His Only Begotten and perfect Son, created in His very likeness and image, to live and serve among mortals in the everyday rigors of life." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "The Grandeur of God," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"As the Bible is the tangible evidence of divine revelation to the prophets of ancient times, in the same way the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is also the modern convincing evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet receiving revelation and authority as they did. A testimony of the veracity of the Book of Mormon helps people to find an answer to why the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ have been restored by a prophet and why we have a living prophet today, namely Gordon B. Hinckley. It also answers the ultimate why: all the ordinances of the gospel provide the greatest blessing to prepare our salvation and to fulfill our mortal purpose to create eternal families." - Charles Didier, "The Message of the Restoration," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"The Savior gave His life for each one of us. He knows our joys and our sorrows. He knows my name and your name. When we covenant with Him at baptism, we promise to keep His commandments, to always remember Him, and to take His name upon us. Ultimately, His is the name by which we want to be called, for 'there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.' (Mosiah 3:17.) I bear my witness that He lives and loves us and calls us by name to come unto Him." - Sydney S. Reynolds, "He Knows Us; He Loves Us," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land. Today is the day of decision." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Three Choices," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"Within your sphere of responsibility you have as serious an obligation as do I within my sphere of responsibility. Each of us should be determined to build the kingdom of God on the earth and to further the work of righteousness." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"Repeatedly the scriptures declare that the Lord gives His commandments to the children of men through living prophets. No committee, assembly, or any other authority has the right to dictate to Him doctrine that is contrary to His law. God's eternal blessings are contingent upon our obedience and adherence to the word of the Lord that is revealed to us through His holy prophets." - L. Tom Perry, "We Believe All That God Has Revealed," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"We all have people we love. Think of them now. They may be our children or our grandchildren. Perhaps you think of your husband or your wife. It may be someone you are teaching as a missionary. It may be a friend. You want with all your heart to have them someday hear those words from the Master (Enos 1:27). And for that blessing to come, they will need that testimony offered by the Prophet in Carthage burning in their hearts through all the tests of life, as it did in his." - Henry B. Eyring, "An Enduring Testimony of the Mission of the Prophet Joseph," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"In every big city, we have those who are beaten down and left by the roadside—those who are homeless, destitute, hungry, and sick. Some say that by giving them money we only support their habit of drug or alcohol addiction, thus enabling them to continue a lifestyle they have chosen. It is so easy to judge these individuals and, like Job's friends, speculate about all the mistakes they have made in their lives that brought this great misery upon them (see Job 22; Mosiah 4:17). Before we pass by like the Levite and the priest, however, let us consider the admonition of the Savior to "Come, follow me." Remember that the Savior was homeless, had only the clothes on His back, and was often hungry. What would He do? There is no question what He would do. He would show mercy and minister unto them. There are many ways to help the homeless, including the contribution of time, goods, and money to humanitarian groups, soup kitchens, or agencies that deal with these problems. Nevertheless, it seems to me that we must also show mercy unto them." — William W. Parmley, "Come, Follow Me," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"The word saint in Greek denotes "set apart, separate, [and] holy." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 5 vols. (1992), 3:1249.) If we are to be Saints in our day, we need to separate ourselves from evil conduct and destructive pursuits that are prevalent in the world.... If we are to be worthy Saints, we should minister to others and adhere to the Savior's admonition to love God and our fellowmen. " - Quentin L. Cook, "Are You a Saint?," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"Many of us live or work in an environment where humility is often misunderstood and considered a weakness. Not many corporations or institutions include humility as a value statement or a desired characteristic of their management. Yet as we learn about the workings of God, the power of a humble and submissive spirit becomes apparent. In the kingdom of God, greatness begins with humility and submissiveness. These companion virtues are the first critical steps to opening the doors to the blessings of God and the power of the priesthood. It matters not who we are or how lofty our credentials appear. Humility and submissiveness to the Lord, coupled with a grateful heart, are our strength and our hope." - Richard C. Edgely, "The Empowerment of Humility," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"An omnicompetent God leaves all mortals free to choose, but how grateful we should be that God chose long, long ago to rescue and to resurrect all His children through the Atonement of His Son. Nevertheless, some reject and many are indifferent to these and other divine beckonings, mostly because they are too caught up in the cares of the world. They are strangers to the Savior, who is far from the thoughts and intents of their hearts (see Mosiah 5:13)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "How Choice a Seer!," General Conference, 5 October 2003
"This gospel is an intimate thing. It is not some distant concept. It is applicable in our lives. It can change our very natures." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Let Us Live the Gospel More Fully," General Conference, 5 October 2003
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