Fill homes with love, Pres. Monson says as LDS general conference closes

Published: Sunday, April 6 2014 11:10 p.m. MDT

Echoing that sentiment, Sister Jean A. Stevens, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, shared a poignant example of how spiritual promptings allowed her to be the answer to a lost child's prayer. said all people can face challenges by praying and trusting in the Lord.

"As we develop greater trust and faith in the Lord," she said, "we can access his power to bless and deliver us.

"We can trust that he will help us," she added, "not necessarily in the way we want but in the way that will best help us to grow. Submitting our will to his may be difficult, but it is essential to becoming like him and finding the peace he offers."

Afternoon session

President Packer, 89, spoke from his chair on the podium of the Conference Center during the afternoon session. He had not attended the previous four sessions of the conference in an effort to conserve his energy, church spokesman Cody Craynor said in a statement.

“Aside from when President Packer is speaking in general conference," Craynor said, "he will likely be preserving his energy by watching from home.”

President Packer described praying for a testimony while serving in the military more than 65 years ago on an island north of Okinawa during World War II. He said he wanted to share truths learned during nearly 90 years of life and more than 50 years as a general authority of the church.

One is that he has come to know that God lives. Another is that the Holy Ghost is real. A third is about Christ, whom he had represented as an apostle for exactly 44 years on Sunday.

"After all the years that I have lived and taught and served, after the millions of miles I have traveled around the world, with all that I have experienced, there is one great truth that I would share," President Packer said. "That is my witness of the Savior Jesus Christ …."

"I believe and I am sure that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He lives. He is the Only Begotten of the Father ….

"I bear my witness that the Savior lives," he continued. "I know the Lord. I am his witness. I know of his great sacrifice and eternal love for all of Heavenly Father's children. I bear special witness in all humility but with absolute certainty, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

President Packer also provided a message of comfort to unmarried and childless church members.

"The ultimate end of all activity in the church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home," he said, but those who don't marry or don't have children now are not excluded from eternal blessings.

"I give those in such circumstances a promise that there will be nothing essential to your salvation and exaltation that shall not in due time rest upon you. Arms now empty will be filled and hearts now hurting from broken dreams and yearning will be healed."

Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve said the way to success and strength and rescue is obedience.

He shared a lesson his grandfather taught him about working with a team of horses. If a member of a team believes it doesn't need to obey the team's driver, the team cannot pull together and maximize its ability.

"Too often we think of obedience as the passive and thoughtless following of the orders or dictates of a higher authority," Elder Perry said. "Actually, at its best, obedience is an emblem of our faith in the wisdom and power of the highest authority, even God."

He said disciples of Christ must be willing to completely alter course at the slightest tug on the reins from the Master.

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