It is a great blessing to have a living prophet and apostles on the earth today. Their messages given at General Conference every six months are inspiring, and constitute as modern scripture and the Lord’s word for us in this day. I have made studying their words an active part of my life, and I am working to share their messages with my family also. We quite often have FHE lessons that are based from conference talks, and we review their themes and key scriptures during breakfast. I recently went through the conference talks and pulled out the key quotes and scriptures from each talk that stood out to me. I made them into a poster and laminated it for durability; now we have a quick reference guide to remember the important themes of the apostles. You might focus on entirely different aspects of their message, but this is what stood out to me.
If you would like a pdf of the poster I made you can download it here: 2015 Apr apostle highlights
The blessings of the temple are priceless.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Is not this the fast that I have chosen?
When we offer succor to anyone, the Savior feels it as if we reached out to succor Him.
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40).
With the gift of God’s grace, the path of discipleship does not lead backward; it leads upward.
God loves us deeply, perfectly, and everlastingly.
“For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25: 23).
“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26).
The end of all activity in the Church is to see that a man and a woman with their children are happy at home, sealed for eternity.
The family is the center of life and is the key to eternal happiness.
“Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, paragraph seven).
A sacred Sabbath truly is a delight.
No other work transcends that of righteous, intentional parenting!
“Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then … are ye sanctified in Christ.” (Moroni 10:32)
Spiritual food is necessary for spiritual survival.
We have the seed of the gospel word. It is up to each of us to set the priorities and to do the things that make our soil good and our harvest plentiful. We must seek to be firmly rooted and converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We achieve this conversion by praying, by scripture reading, by serving, and by regularly partaking of the sacrament to always have His Spirit to be with us.
The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-8)
Balance your life with spiritual experiences that remind and prepare you for continued, daily ministering to others.
What we need now is the greatest generation of young adults in the history of the Church. We need your whole heart and soul. We need vibrant, thinking, passionate young adults who know how to listen and respond to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit as you make your way through the daily trials and temptations of being a young, contemporary Latter-day Saint.
“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;”(D&C 58:27).
How we live our religion is far more important than what we may say about our religion.
4 Cornerstones of religious freedom: freedom to believe, share our freedom and our beliefs, form a religious organization, live our faith.
What can we do to safeguard religious freedom? 1-become informed 2-join with others
3-be a good example
That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
Fear is dispelled through a correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Look to Christ- Build upon the Foundation of Christ-Press Forward with Faith in Christ
“Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (D&C 19:23).
Like the young sunflower, when we follow the Savior of the world, the Son of God, we flourish and become glorious despite the many terrible circumstances that surround us. He truly is our light and life.
It is vitally important that our children know they are loved and safe at home.
We can thrive and bloom if we are rooted in our love of the Savior.”
The Church has never been stronger.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive.
“We warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).
We see God’s miracles in His wondrous work and in our own personal lives.
Can you see the hand of God moving His work forward? Can you see the hand of God in your own life?
“Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).