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Latest News from the LDS General Conference: Repent to make heavenly judgment, says Oaks



The 189th Annual Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was resumed on Sunday for its two final sessions.

Humanity is at war with the devil for human souls, said the apostle Ronald A. Rasband: But a "Christ-centered home" is a fortress for the Kingdom of God on earth.

"Satan knows that his days are numbered and this time is getting shorter," Rasband said. "As smart and cunning as he is, he will not win. His fight for each of our souls rages, however.

Rasband, whose remarks came shortly before the end of the two-day General Conference this weekend, echoed many of the previous speakers who promote the value of a new home center focus on the Latter-day Saint Gospel. His remarks, however, also highlighted the threat posed by Satan, whom Rasband called a "subtle serpent".

"He lures us with flattery, a promise of lightness, comfort or a temporary high when we are low," said Rasband. A testimony of the gospel and family and church membership can be a personal fortress against "the power of evil".

God's time and point are different from ours, said Kyle S. McKay of the Seventy.

Relief from problems and difficulties may not be "immediate" to people, McKay said, but it will come eventually.

"Patience is the key," he said. "Without them we can neither develop nor prove faith in God for life and salvation."

While waiting for relief, he said divine comfort is here.

"No matter what, no matter where, in Christ, and through Christ there is always hope that smiles radiantly before us, right before us," he said. "Above all, God's love is immediate. [the Apostle] Paul, I show, that nothing "separates us from the love of God who is in Jesus Christ."

The apostle David A. Bednar focused his remarks on the recent changes to the sunday school curriculum intended to complement home study and family discussions. and the importance of home-based members preparing to enter one of the Temples of Faith and participate in the most sacred rites of faith.

Bednar said the home was the best place for missionary education with "important but secondary" meetings on issues that take place in assembly houses of the Church.

"Our personal responsibility b It is about learning what we should learn to live the way we know we should live. and to become to whom we had become the master, "he said. And our homes are the ultimate environment for learning, living and becoming.

Bednar encouraged his members to avail themselves of church-produced informati on the temples of faith while offering guidelines on how, when, and whether information on sacred ordinances outside the temples can be discussed.

Members should not disclose or describe any symbols or particular promises associated with the covenants received at temple ceremonies, Bednar said, but they can and should, especially with their children, discuss the fundamental goals and tenets of the principles associated with these covenants.

"There is a rich reservoir of resources in print, audio, video, and other formats that make learning easier. Initiatives, foundations, marriages, and other seal regulations," said Bednar. "There is also information about the Savior's observance through receiving and observing of covenants to the law of obedience, the G The sacrifice of the gospel, the law of chastity, and the law of consecration. "

His comments come just three months after the church changed its temple rituals to promote women more prominently and use more gender-inclusive language.

Bednar recommended that parents use rich church materials to help their children prepare for temple worship.

He said, "Your son or daughter asks," Someone told me strange clothes are worn in the temple. Is that correct? "A short video is available on temples.churchofjesuschrist.org titled" Holy Temple Clothing. "This excellent source explains how men and women from time immemorial declare sacred music, various forms of prayer, symbolic religious clothing, gestures, and rituals to their innermost feelings to express our devotion to God. "

Bednar said parents would be" blessed to achieve in our homes the necessary balance between what is and what is inappropriate to discuss sacred temple ordinances and covenants. "

Gerrit W. Gong, the first Asian American apostle, explored the idea of ​​Jesus as the" Good Shepherd "and" Lamb of God. "

These two titles and symbols "complement each other powerfully," Gong said. "Who better should stand up for every precious lamb than for the good shepherd, and who better should be our good shepherd than the Lamb of God?"

As a shepherd, Jesus "reaches out to one and the 90s and nine, often to the same time, "said the apostle. "While we serve, we acknowledge the 90s and 9s who are steadfast and immovable, even as we long for the evasive."

The Savior "seeks and delivers us from all places in the four quarters of the earth," Gong said. "He gathers us by the Holy Covenant and His Atonement of the Blood."

Jesus asked his disciples "to feed my lambs … to feed my sheep."

Shepherds must not "slumber or scatter or move the sheep Aberration, do not look our own way for our own gain, "said Gong, but instead must" strengthen, heal, bind, expel the displaced, seek the lost "(1

9659002), Jesus Christ is" our perfect shepherd "The Apostle explained," Because he laid his life for the sheep and is gloriously resurrected, Jesus Christ is also the perfect Lamb of God. "

The human body has more than 600 muscles, many of which require physical activity Doing daily activities, said Juan Pablo Villar, a general authority of the Seventy, that's similar, he said, with the spiritual gifts one needs to grow. [1 9659003] "Just as reading and learning about muscles is not enough to build muscle," he said, "you read and learn about faith without doing anything inadequate to build faith. "

Villar told a personal story from his teenage years when he visited his older brother, who had converted to Mormonism and was on a mission mission.

Unfamiliar with the missionary service, Villar expected him to spend his day on the beach, instead accompanying his brother and brother as missionaries during their proselytizing sessions.

A crying Villar said he saw people change as they were taught and how they "received spiritual light in their lives". "He said he also learned, although he was never the direct teacher of his brother's teaching."

"Looking back, I realize that my faith grew that day because my brother gave me the opportunity to teach him Villar said, "I practiced reading from the scriptures, looking for people to teach, testify, serve, and so on."

Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor of Nelson and former Supreme Court Justice of Utah, compared mortal judgments to divine judgments.

He offered everyone a message of hope, including "those who have lost their membership of the Church through excommunication or deprivation of name," Oaks said are all sinners who can be cleansed by repentance. "

In recent years, more and more Latter-day Saints have quit their resignation, especially since the adoption of an LGBTQ policy from the N November 2015, which the Church rejected last week

As part of the Gospel Plan, Oaks said, "We are accountable to God and His chosen servants, and this accountability includes both lethal and divine judgments."

Looking in the Church Guide for "divine instructions". how to judge "members or potential members," he said. "It is their responsibility to direct persons who seek to come to Christ to receive the power of His Atonement on the path of the covenant to eternal life."

You must decide if a person is worth a visit to visit the temple. Has a person whose name has been removed from the records of the church repented to be received again through baptism?

"Ultimate responsibility, including the ultimate cleansing of repentance," said Oaks, "lies between each of us and God."

The Latter-day Apostle, who led the faith in the next rank, assured his audience that Jesus "opens his arms to receive all men and women for his children."

  (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) President Russell M. Nelson speaks in the morning of the 189th Annual Meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Saints Latter-day Saint Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

"We miss our daughter very much," he told the assembled believers. "However, because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, we are not worried about them. As we continue to honor our covenants with God, we live in anticipation of being with her again. Meanwhile, we serve the Lord here and she serves him there – in paradise.

Everyone longs to be with their loved ones after death, and some "mistakenly believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ provides a solution for them. Promise that all people will be with their loved ones after death.

Not true, the leader of Latter-day Saints.

"The Savior Himself Revealed It During His Resurrection We assure you that every person who ever lived will actually be resurrected and live forever, "said Nelson. Much more is needed if we want the high privilege of exaltation "and want to live as families in the hereafter.

He cries for friends and relatives who" have decided not to make alliances with God, "he said. They have not received the ordinances that will elevate them with their families and hold them together forever. "

As President of the Church of Christ, Nelson said," I implore you to distance yourself from the Church, and you, the one you have not really sought to know that the Savior's Church has been restored, do the spiritual work to find it out yourself, and please do it now, time is running out. "

  (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Tad R. Callister speaks in the morning of the 189th Annual Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday. April 7, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Tad R. Callister speaks in the morning of the 189th Annual Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on April 7, 2019.

During the Commenting on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Outgoing Director-General Tad R. Callister compared the sin at Sunday School with a person who hastily made the decision to jump out of a plane.

Callister said the man could beat his arms trying to fly or promise never to jump out of a plane, but the law of gravity knows no mercy and makes no exceptions.

"When we sin, we are like the stupid man who jumped out of the plane," Callister said. "No matter what we do on our own, only a crash landing awaits us. We are subject to the law of justice, which, like the law of gravity, is exacting and unyielding. "

To complete the metaphor, Callister said, the man's friend had felt his stupidity and jumped a parachute on his back. The falling man can land safely, he said, even though the law of gravity was in effect.

Für die Sünde sagte er, dass Fallschirm verfügbar sei, weil Christus Sünde und Tod überwunden habe und den Gläubigen Glauben, Buße und Recht geben könne seelisch unverletzt sein.

„Weil der Erretter seine Versöhnung vollbracht hat, gibt es keine äußere Kraft, kein Ereignis oder keine Person – keine Sünde oder Tod oder Scheidung -, die uns von der Erhebung abhalten können“, sagte Callister, „vorausgesetzt, wir halten Gottes Gebote . ”

 (Trent Nelson | Die Tribüne von Salt Lake) Elder D. Todd Christofferson spricht am Vormittag der 189. Jahrestagung der Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzten Tage in Salt Lake City am 7. April. 2019.

Apostel D. Todd Christofferson wandte sich an die Notwendigkeit, sich auf das Zweite Kommen Christi vorzubereiten.

„Die Kirche Jesu Christi der Heiligen der Letzten Tage hat eine einzigartige Vollmacht und wird beauftragt, die notwendigen Vorbereitungen für das Zweite Kommen des Herrn zu treffen“, sagte Christofferson. „In der Tat wurd e es zu diesem Zweck wiederhergestellt.“

Was müssen also die Heiligen der Letzten Tage tun, bevor der christliche Erlöser kommt?

„Wir können uns als Volk vorbereiten; wir können das Volk des Herrn sammeln, und wir können helfen, das Versprechen der Erlösung, das wir den Vätern geben, unsere Vorfahren einzulösen, sagte er. “All of this must occur in some substantial degree before the Lord comes again.”

This last dispensation “is building steadily to its climax — Zion on earth, being joined with Zion from above at the Savior’s glorious return.,” Christofferson said. “The Savior’s return will fulfill all that his resurrection has promised for mankind. It is the ultimate assurance that all will be put right. Let us be about building up Zion to hasten that day.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Quentin L. Cook speaks during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Quentin L. Cook speaks during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

The recent switch to a two-hour block of Sunday worship services and a home-based study curriculum, apostle Quentin L. Cook said, are an opportunity for Latter-day Saints to focus their missionary, family history a nd temple work around “love.”

“When it comes to gathering Israel,” he said, “we need to align our hearts with this kind of love and move away from feelings of mere responsibility or guilt to feelings of love and participation in the divine partnership of sharing the Savior’s message, ministry and mission with the world.”

Cook said shorter Sunday services may make it easier for members to invite family and friends to visit the church. Other changes, he said, like allowing some 11-year-old children to participate in the faith’s vicarious baptisms for the dead, have correlated with spikes in participation at many temples.

The apostle also referred to the “unique and pivotal time in history” in which members are living. The world is becoming increasingly evil, he said, but lovingly performing vicarious temple ordinances for their ancestors will strengthen youths and families.

He urged parents to limiting the use of distracting media in the home, and to make sure that the media content their children encounter is wholesome, age-appropriate and consistent with a loving atmosphere.

“One adjustment that will benefit almost any family is to make the internet, social media, and television a servant instead of a distraction or, even worse, a master,” Cook said. “The war for the souls of all, but particularly children, is often in the home.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society, speaks during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society, speaks during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Sharon Euba nk, first counselor in the all-women Relief Society, discussed the ways that Jesus Christ is a light to the world.

“One of the fundamental needs we have in order to grow is to stay connected to our source of light — Jesus Christ,” Eubank said. “He is the source of our power, the light and life of the world. Without a strong connection to him, we begin to spiritually die.”

Eubank, director LDS Charities, the faith’s global humanitarian organization, acknowledged that some believers feel overwhelmed by modern life, weighed down by grief, sorrow, obligations or exhaustion. They feel unaccepted, unworthy or outside of traditional society.

In every case, she said, Jesus reaches them and helps them pull their personal yoke. He heals wounds. He provides rest.

“Our mortal brains are made to seek understanding and meaning in tidy bundles,” she said. “I don’t know all the reasons why the veil over mortality is so thick. This is not the stage in our eternal development where we have all answers. It is the stage where we develop our assurance (or sometimes hope) in the evidence of things not seen. Assurance comes in ways that aren’t always easy to analyze, but there is light in our darkness.”

To those who feel their faith faltering, Eubank was reassuring. “Take courage. Keep your promises to God. Ask your questions. …Turn to Jesus Christ who loves you still.”

It can be tough to “get the lights back on by yourself,” she said. “We need friends. We need each other.”

God knows how hard each person is trying, Eubank said. “You are making progress. Go on. He sees all your hidden sacrifices and counts them to your good and the good of those you love. Your work is not in vain. You are not alone. His very name, Emmanuel, means God With Us. He is surely with you."

Eubank was the second woman to speak at the two-day conference.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Dale G. Renlund speaks during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Dale G. Renlund speaks during the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Heavenly blessings are not received by collecting “good deed coupons” or by helplessly waiting to win a divine lottery, said apostle Dale G. Renlund.

“The tru th is much more nuanced but more appropriate for the relationship between a loving Heavenly Father and his potential heirs — us,” Renlund said. “Restored truth reveals that blessings are never earned, but faith-inspired actions on our part, both initial and ongoing, are essential. … You do not earn a blessing; that notion is false, but you do have to qualify for it. Our salvation comes only through the merits and grace of Jesus Christ."

Renlund compared blessings to the building of a large fire, with kindling and wood chips covered by progressively larger logs.

The wood pile may be ready to burn, Renlund said, but it still requires a person to strike a match, light the kindling, and a constant supply of oxygen to grow and maintain the blaze.

“I invite you to faithfully activate heavenly power to receive specific blessings from God,” he said. “Exercise the faith to strike the match and light the fire. Supply the needed oxygen while you patiently wait on the Lord.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Attendees are seated before the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday April 7, 2019.
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Attendees are seated before the morning session of the189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday April 7, 2019.

Saturday’s sessions focused on living a Christian life and loving in a Christian way. No major announcements were unveiled, but the twice-yearly gathering came just a couple of days after the church publicly reversed a controversial policy on LGBTQ members.

Church President Russell M. Nelson spoke Saturday night in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City — and to members around the world — encouraging male Latter-day Saints to repent and pay more attention to their families. The 94-year-old leader is expected to speak again Sunday.


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