Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks


My dear brothers and sisters,
we have looked forward to gathering with you again in
this October general conference session of the Church. We extend our heartfelt
welcome to each of you. We are deeply grateful for
your sustaining prayers. We can feel their effect. Thank you! We are grateful for
your tremendous efforts to follow through with counsel
given at general conference six months ago. Stake presidencies
throughout the world have sought revelation necessary
to reorganize elders quorums. Men of those quorums, along with
our dedicated Relief Society sisters, are working
diligently to minister to our brothers and sisters
in a higher, holier way. We are inspired by your goodness
and extraordinary efforts to bring the Savior’s love
to your families, neighbors, and friends and to minister
to them as He would. Since April conference,
Sister Nelson and I have met with members
on four continents and on islands of the sea. From Jerusalem to Harare,
from Winnipeg to Bangkok, we have experienced your
great faith and the strength of your testimonies. We are overjoyed with
the number of our youth who have joined the Lord’s
youth battalion to help gather scattered Israel. We thank you! And as you continue to
follow my invitations offered at our worldwide
youth devotional, you are setting a standard
for the rest of us to follow. And what a difference
you youth are making! In recent years, we in
the presiding councils of the Church have wrestled
with a fundamental question: how can we take the gospel
in its simple purity and the ordinances with
their eternal efficacy to all of God’s children? As Latter-day Saints,
we have become accustomed to
thinking of “church” as something that happens
in our meetinghouses, supported by what
happens at home. We need an adjustment
to this pattern. It is time for a home-centered
Church, supported by what takes place inside
our branch, ward, and stake buildings. As the Church continues to
expand throughout the world, many members live where we
have no chapels–and may not for the foreseeable future. I remember a family who,
because of such circumstances, was required to
meet in their home. I asked the mother
how she liked going to church in her own home. She replied, “I like it! My husband uses better
language at home now, knowing that he will bless
the sacrament each Sunday.” The long-standing
objective of the Church is to assist all members
to increase their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ
and in His Atonement, to assist them in
making and keeping their covenants with God,
and to strengthen and seal their families. In this complex world
today, this is not easy. The adversary is
increasing his attacks on faith and upon
us and our families at an exponential rate. To survive spiritually, we need
counterstrategies and proactive plans. Accordingly, we now
want to put in place organizational adjustments
that will further fortify our members and their families. For many years
Church leaders have been working on an
integrated curriculum to strengthen families
and individuals through a home-centered
and Church-supported plan to learn doctrine, strengthen
faith, and foster greater personal worship. Our efforts over these recent
years to hallow the Sabbath–to make it a delight and a
personal sign to God of our love for Him–will be augmented by
the adjustments we will now introduce. This morning we will announce
a new balance and connection between gospel instruction in
the home and in the Church. We are each responsible for our
individual spiritual growth. And scriptures make
it clear that parents have the primary
responsibility to teach the doctrine to their children. It is the responsibility
of the Church to assist each member in
that divinely appointed role of increasing his or
her gospel knowledge. Elder Quentin L.
Cook will now explain these important adjustments. All members of the Council
of the First Presidency and Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles are united in
endorsing this message. We gratefully acknowledge
the inspiration from the Lord that
has influenced the development of the
plans and procedures that Elder Cook will present. My dear brothers and sisters,
I know that God lives! Jesus is the Christ! This is His Church
that He directs by prophecy and revelation
to His humble servants. I so testify in the name
of Jesus Christ, amen.

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