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Temples, welfare highlight Sunday conference topics

Published: Monday, April 4 2011 10:30 a.m. MDT

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve addressed the spirit of revelation and its patterns.

"As you appropriately seek for and apply unto the spirit of revelation, I promise you will 'walk in the light of the Lord,' he said. "Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, other times subtly and gradually, and often so delicately you may not even consciously recognize it.

"But regardless of the pattern whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding and direct and protect you and your family."

SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Sharing tender experiences with and memories of his late wife, Jeanene, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve called marriage and family "two of the vital pillars" that sustain God's plan of happiness.

"Jeanene's kindness taught me so many valuable things. I was so immature, and she was so disciplined and so spiritual," he said. "Marriage provides an ideal setting for overcoming any tendency to be selfish or self-centered. I think one of the reasons that we are counseled to get married early in life is to avoid developing inappropriate character traits that are hard to change.

"I feel sorry for any man who hasn't yet made that choice to seek an eternal companion, and my heart weeps for the sisters who haven't had the opportunity to marry. Some of you may feel lonely and unappreciated and cannot see how it will be possible for you to have the blessings of marriage and children of your own family. … Have faith in those promises and live worthy of them so that in his time the Lord can make them come true in your life. With certainty, you will receive every promised blessing for which you are worth."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve underscored the teaching provided in general conference, calling the speakers "mortal messengers with angelic messages."

"If we teach by the spirit and you listen by the spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle directly to you," he said. "Brothers and sisters, in general conference we offer our testimonies in conjunction with other testimonies that will come, because one way or another God will have his voice heard."

Speaking of one's willingness to accept and even seek correction, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve said divine chastening has at least three purposes — to persuade to repent, to refine and sanctify, and to redirect life's course to what God knows as a better path.

"Eventually, much of our chastening should come from within — we should become self-correcting," he said, saluting the late Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin and his self-analysis in every assignment task. "In his desire to please God, he resolved to learn what he could have done better, and then he diligently applied each lesson learned."

In his conference-concluding address, President Monson expressed his love for the Savior, mindful of the upcoming Easter commemorations.

"I believe that none of us can conceive the full import of what Christ did for us in Gethsemane, but I am grateful every day of my life for his atoning sacrifice in our behalf," he said. "He could have turned back. But he did not. He passed beneath all things that he might save all things. In doing so, he gave us life beyond this mortal existence."

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