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Memorable Quotes from General Conference October 2017


Twice a year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a general conference where prophets, apostles, and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints address the world.

The latest general conference was held at the beginning of October, and we’ve gathered some of the most memorable quotes from the six-session conference.

The moment we set foot on the path of repentance, we invite the Savior’s redeeming power into our lives.” —Stephen W. Owen, Young Men General President

Brother Owen’s message about repentance is a great reminder of the power of Christ’s Atonement. Jesus experienced the Atonement so that you can repent when you make mistakes, and so you can eventually return to live with your Heavenly Father.

Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

Knowing that you have a way to erase your mistakes can be incredibly comforting, especially in today’s world where perfection seems to be expected of everyone in unrealistic ways.

If we sin, we are less worthy, but we are never worth less.” —Joy D. Jones, Primary General President

Sister Jones’s message centered on remembering how valuable you are, even if you feel like you’re not. When you make mistakes in life, love, or work, it’s easy to get down on yourself and feel like you’re not worth much.

Sister Jones rejects that notion and reminds you that even when you sin, you’re still a child of God and therefore have infinite worth in His eyes.

The greater the light in our lives, the fewer the shadows.” —Ian S. Ardern, member of the Quorum of the Seventy

It’s easy to dwell on the bad things in life: not having enough money, being stressed at work, dealing with marriage or family problems. They are all circumstances that distract from the good present in every day. Elder Ardern’s talk serves as a reminder to look for that light.

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” (Psalm 32:11).

Even when it seems like nothing is going quite as you’d like, remember to look at the little things the Lord has blessed you with. Then you can do as the Psalm says and “shout for joy” (Psalm 132:9,16).

Blessings will come not so much because of your abilities, but because of your choices.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

One of the more trying lessons you’ll learn in this life is that it takes work to earn the blessings that God keeps in store for you. As the scripture says, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). But as we study God’s will and work to obey it, we will be blessed.

A trek back to our Heavenly Father is the most important trek of our lives.” —M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

A fundamental belief of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that God has a plan for each one of His children. God created this earth so you could come here, experience the trials of life, and prove that you’re worthy of spending eternity with God in heaven.

Life gets monotonous at times. If you feel stuck, or feel that you’re not where you want to be, reflect on Elder Ballard’s quote. Are you doing all you can to make the trek back to Heavenly Father?

We cannot control all that happens to us, but we have absolute control over how we respond  to the changes in our lives.”  —W. Christopher Waddell, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

Happiness depends not so much on what happens to you but how you react to what happens to you. Bishop Waddell reminds you that you have the power to change your life for the better if you respond appropriately to the trials God places in your path.

As Jesus said to his Apostles, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Jesus experienced many things that He could’ve responded to negatively. When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He even asked Heavenly Father if there was any way to avoid the pain He knew He would face if He kept walking the path Heavenly Father had created.

O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).

Remember when difficult things happen that you can’t change, Jesus has experienced what you have and has suffered for you.

General Conference provides an abundance of spiritual experiences and quotes like the ones listed above. You can read or listen to more messages from the most recent General Conference here.