Fill homes with love, Pres. Monson says as LDS general conference closes
"Those who rely solely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow God and tap into his insight, power and gifts," Elder Perry said. "Strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak or passive. It is the means by which we declare our faith in God and qualify ourselves to receive the powers of heaven.
"Obedience is a choice. It is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and God's unlimited wisdom and omnipotence."
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve spoke about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which he said was witnessed by many in or near Jerusalem and by another 2,500 in the Western Hemisphere, as recorded in the Book of Mormon.
"By his Atonement and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has overcome all aspects of the Fall," he said. "Physical death will be temporary, and even spiritual death has an end, in that all come back into the presence of God, at least temporarily, to be judged.
"We can have ultimate trust and confidence in his power to overcome all else and grant us everlasting life."
Elder Christofferson said the "fact of his Resurrection" makes "doubts about the omnipotence, omniscience and benevolence of God the Father groundless."
"Faith truly is more than imagination or psychological invention," he added. "There is ultimate and universal truth, and there are objective and unchanging moral standards as taught by him."
He called repentance an urgent matter and said the Savior's miracles are real.
Finally, as did President Packer, Elder Christofferson added his voice as an apostle to that of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith and his fellow church leader Sidney Rigdon, who testified "That he lives! For we saw him."
"Under the glance of his all-seeing eye, I stand myself as a witness that Jesus of Nazareth is the resurrected Redeemer, and I testify of all that follows from the fact of his Resurrection."
Other speakers at Sunday's sessions included Elder William R. Walker of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Michael John U. Teh, Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge and Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis of the Seventy. (See talk summaries on accompanying pages.)
Prayers at Sunday's two sessions were spoken by Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the presidency of the Seventy; Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency; Bishop Dean M. Davies, second counselor in the presiding bishopric; and Elder Benjamin De Hoyos of the Seventy.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir provided the music at both Sunday sessions.
In the morning, the choir sang "Come We That Love the Lord," "On this Day of Joy and Gladness," "Let Us All Press On," "Teach Me to Walk in the Light," "A Child's Prayer" and "Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah."
Hymns in the afternoon session included "Sweet is the Work," "I Stand All Amazed," "Hark, All Ye Nations" and "Come, Let Us Anew."
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