Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints

Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints


This has been an inspirational
and historic conference. We look to the future
with enthusiasm. We have been motivated to
do better and to be better. The marvelous messages
delivered from this pulpit by our General Authorities
and General Officers and the music have been sublime! I urge you to study these
messages, commencing this week. They express the mind and the
will of the Lord for His people today. The new home-centered,
Church-supported integrated curriculum
has the potential to unleash the power of
families as each family follows through conscientiously
and carefully to transform their home
into a sanctuary of faith. I promise that as
you diligently work to remodel your home into a
center of gospel learning, over time your Sabbath days
will truly be a delight. Your children will be excited to
learn and to live the Savior’s teachings, and the influence
of the adversary in your life and in your home will decrease. Changes in your family will
be dramatic and sustaining. During this conference we
have strengthened our resolve to execute the essential
effort to honor the Lord Jesus Christ every time we
refer to His Church. I promise you that
our rigorous attention to use the correct name
of the Savior’s Church and its members will lead to
increased faith and access to greater spiritual power
for members of His Church. Now let’s turn to
the topic of temples. We know that our
time in the temple is crucial to our
salvation and exaltation and to that of our families. After we receive our
own temple ordinances and make sacred covenants
with God, each one of us needs the ongoing spiritual
strengthening and tutoring that is only possible in
the house of the Lord. And our ancestors need us
to serve as proxy for them. Consider the great
mercy and fairness of God, who, before the
foundation of the world, provided a way to give
temple blessings to those who died without a
knowledge of the gospel. These sacred temple
rites are ancient. To me that antiquity is
thrilling and another evidence of their authenticity. My dear brothers and sisters,
the assaults of the adversary are increasing exponentially
in intensity and in variety. Our need to be in the
temple on a regular basis has never been greater. I plead with you to
take a prayerful look at how you spend your time. Invest time in your future
and in that of your family. If you have reasonable
access to a temple, I urge you to find a way to make
an appointment regularly with the Lord–to be in His holy
house–and then keep that appointment with
exactness and joy. I promise you that
the Lord will bring the miracles He knows you need
as you make sacrifices to serve and worship in His temples. Currently we have 159
dedicated temples. The proper care and
maintenance of those temples is very important to us. With the passage
of time, temples are inevitably in need of
refreshing and renewal. To that end, plans are now being
made to renovate and update the Salt Lake Temple and other
pioneer-generation temples. Details on these
projects will be shared as they are developed. Today we are pleased
to announce plans to construct 12 more temples. Those temples will be built
in the following locations: Mendoza, Argentina; Salvador,
Brazil; Yuba City, California; Phnom Penh, Cambodia;
Praia, Cape Verde; Yigo, Guam; Puebla, Mexico;
Auckland, New Zealand; Lagos, Nigeria; Davao,
Philippines; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Washington County, Utah. [LAUGHTER] Building and maintaining temples
may not change your life, but spending your time in
the temple surely will. To those who have long been
absent from the temple, I encourage you to prepare and
return as soon as possible. Then I invite you to worship
in the temple and pray to feel deeply the Savior’s
infinite love for you, that each of you may gain your
own testimony that He directs this sacred and ageless work. Brothers and
sisters, I thank you for your faith and
sustaining efforts. I leave my love and
blessing upon you, that you may feast upon
the word of the Lord and apply His teachings
in your personal lives. I assure you that revelation
continues in the Church and will continue until
“the purposes of God shall be accomplished,
and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” I bless you with increased faith
in Him and in His holy work, with faith and patience to
endure your personal challenges in life. I bless you to become
exemplary Latter-day Saints. I so bless you and bear my
testimony that God lives! Jesus is the Christ! This is His Church. We are His people. In the name of
Jesus Christ, amen.

22 Replies to “Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints”

  1. It is nice to hear Saints cheer the creation of his holy temples. Shouldn't we cry out with joy in our hearts for the coming salvation that this is to bring to thousands if not millions? Reverence is important but are we not told of how we cheered at the announcement of his plan in the pre-existence?

  2. I think I've figured out the reason why we are switching over to a home centered church. There's going to be some kind of catastrophic event that will make it difficult to go to and from church buildings.

  3. Oh thy chosen one of God I will follow thee fight for thee do what you want me to do even if the cost is high I will not deny the church even if my life depends on it
    therefor God the father will bless me after I die
    Brothers and sisters the time has come you may think ye still haveth time but nay shall I saith
    IN THREE YEARS THE DAY WILL BE AS NIGHT THE CITY SHALL COMETH TO DARKENTH THE SUN EARTHQUAKES SHALL TRAR AND DISTROY THE EVIL
    THE WORLD WILL BE COVERED WITH A SOUR SICKNESS MEN WILL FALL THE EVIL WILL BURN TO THE GROUND AND THE MOSIAH SHALL COME ONCE AGAIN AND ALL THE RIGHTEOUS WILL BE LIFTED UP INTO THE HEAVENS BY THE CITY

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