The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - General Conference

"General conference is an inspiring time of the year for the entire membership of the Church. Our purpose is to 'instruct and edify each other, that [we] may know how to . . . act upon the points of [God's] law and commandments.' (D&C 43:8)" — Joseph B. Wirthlin, True to the Truth, General Conference, April 1997

"A general conference of this Church is a remarkable occasion indeed -- it is an institutional declaration that the heavens are open, that divine guidance is as real today as it was for the ancient house of Israel, that God our Heavenly Father loves us and speaks His will through a living prophet." — Jeffrey R. Holland, The Peaceable Things of the Kingdom, General Conference, October 1996

"From the Prophet Joseph Smith to President Howard W. Hunter [and certainly to President Hinckley now], we are receiving updated sacred guidance according to our needs and readiness. The general conference messages by our prophets, seers, and revelators are given to us by the Lord in his own time, in his own way, and for a very special purpose." — Dieter F. Uchtdorf, The Only True And Valid Basis, General Conference, October 1994

"Prophets ancient and modern were and are giants of the Lord, chosen and ordained before they came to this earth. Our prophets are men whom the Lord has raised up specifically to preside over the Church for the particular time in which they have served. The Lord is working through the leaders of His Church today, just as He has always done in the past. President Wilford Woodruff said, 'If we had before us every revelation which God ever gave to man . and they were piled up here a hundred feet high, the Church and kingdom of God could not grow, in this or any other age of the world, without the living oracles of God.' ('The Keys of the Kingdom,' Millennial Star, 51:548)" - Virginia U. Jensen, "Come, Listen to a Prophet's Voice," Ensign, Nov. 1998, p. 12

"President Wilford Woodruff recalled a meeting at which the Prophet Joseph Smith said to Brigham Young, 'Brother Brigham I want you to take the stand and tell us your views with regard to the written oracles and the written word of God.' Brigham Young is reported to have laid the scriptures, one by one, before him and then indicated he felt the words of the living prophet were more important than the writings before him because the words of the living oracles convey the word of God to us in our day. President Woodruff went on to say, 'When he was through, Brother Joseph said to the congregation: Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he has told you the truth' (in Conference Report, Oct. 1897, pp. 22-23)." - H. David Burton, "I Will Go," Ensign, Nov. 1995, p. 43

"Why is it so necessary to follow those who have the keys of the priesthood? That principle has guided this church and its people since the beginning, and it is a principle of revelation. Among the members of the Church have been the living oracles of God, who have held the keys to direct this holy work. Without prophets, seers, and revelators, the Church and the kingdom of God cannot grow and prosper." - James E. Faust, "The Keys That Never Rust," Ensign, Nov. 1994, p. 73

"If you want to know what the Lord has for this people at the present time, I would admonish you to get and read the discourses that have been delivered at this conference; for what these brethren have spoken by the power of the Holy Ghost is the mind of the Lord, the will of the Lord, the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation. I am sure all who have listened, if they have been in tune, have felt the sincerity and the deep conviction from those who have spoken so appropriately and so effectively." - Harold B. Lee, "Stand Ye in Holy Places," Ensign (CR), July 1973, p.121

"This has been a most remarkable thing, this conference. We have listened to twenty-eight different speakers. No one was assigned a topic on which to speak. Each was free to choose his or her message. There is always the risk of repetition in that. But isn't it remarkable that all of it seems to have been woven together into a beautiful fabric of expression of faith and testimony. I am grateful for what we have heard. I will be a better man if I will put into my life the things of which I have been reminded in this conference, and I would like to suggest that each of you will be a better man or woman if you will put into your lives something of what you have heard in this great conference." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Fabric of Faith and Testimony," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.89

Now, my brothers and sisters, we have come here to be instructed and inspired. Some of you are new in the Church. We welcome you. Some of you are struggling with problems, with challenges, with disappointments, with losses. We love you and pray for you. Many messages will be shared during the next two days. I can assure you that those men and women who will speak to you have prayed about what they should say. They have been inspired and impressed as they have sought heaven’s help and direction." - Thomas S. Monson, "Welcome to Conference," October 2008

If we listen to the prophets of this day, poverty would be replaced with loving care for the poor and needy. Many serious and deadly health problems would be avoided through compliance with the Word of Wisdom and the laws of sexual purity. Payment of tithing would bless us, and we would have sufficient for our needs. If we follow the counsel given by the prophets, we can have a life in mortality where we do not bring upon ourselves unnecessary pain and self-destruction. This does not mean we will not have challenges. We will. This does not mean we will not be tested. We will, for this is part of our purpose on earth. But if we will listen to the counsel of our prophet, we will become stronger and be able to withstand the tests of mortality. We will have hope and joy. All the words of counsel from the prophets of all generations have been given so that we may be strengthened and then be able to lift and strengthen others. - Ezra Taft Benson, “Hear the Prophet’s Voice and Obey,” Ensign (CR) May 1995

My brethren and sisters, and friends, I have very much enjoyed the testimonies of our dear brethren, and listening to the beautiful teachings that God has seen fit to impart to us through His servants, at the various sessions of this Conference. To me, so far as I have been privileged to listen to them, it has been a veritable spiritual feast; and I most earnestly hope and pray that it will give to us such a renewed determination to serve the Lord, in spirit and in truth, that we will manifest in our every day life that we love Him, and appreciate what He has done for us, by living more closely in harmony with His holy laws and requirements. - Lorenzo N. Stohl, Conference Report, April 1912, Outdoor Meeting., p.121

It is wonderful to be in this beautiful new facility and to have new technology which carries conference sessions throughout the world. But it is the message we receive which, if we study and practice, will bring us the light of the gospel as further preparation in our great quest for eternal life. - L. Tom Perry, “Thou Shalt Give Heed unto All His Words,” Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.23

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