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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President Thomas S. Monson announces five new temples as he speaks in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the Sunday morning session of the LDS Church’s 187th Annual General Conference on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Church members gathered in the conference center in Salt Lake City and in meetinghouses around the world, were delighted to hear President Thomas S. Monson speak, especially as he announced five new temples, during the Sunday morning session of the 187th Annual General Conference.

The temples "will be built in the following locations: Brasilia, Brazil; the greater Manila, Philippines area; Nairobi, Kenya; Pocatello, Idaho; and Saratoga Springs, Utah.

"This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply it's teachings in our lives," said President Monson, who presided at the meeting. "The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated."

These days are a time of great trouble and wickedness, he said. "I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, closed the session. He spoke on how Christ's love casts out all fear. "His love will enable us to recognize, trust, and have faith in our Heavenly Father's goodness, His divine plan, His gospel, and His commandments. Loving God and our fellowmen will turn our obedience to God's commandments into a blessing rather than a burden. Christ's love will help us become a little kinder, more forgiving, more caring, and more dedicated to His work."

He continued, "As we fill our hearts with the love of Christ, we will awaken with a renewed spiritual freshness and we walk joyfully, confidently, awake and alive in the light and glory of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ."

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke of the nature of the Godhead and the plan of salvation. "Because we have the truth about the Godhead and our relationship to them, the purpose of life, and the nature of our eternal destiny, we have the ultimate roadmap and assurance for our journey through mortality," he said.

"Attaining what the Apostle Paul described as 'the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ' requires far more than acquiring knowledge. It is not even enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the plan of salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ challenge us to become something."

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on the importance of the Holy Spirit. "The Holy Ghost binds us to the Lord. By divine assignment, He inspires, testifies, teaches and prompts us to walk in the Light of the Lord. We have the sacred responsibility to learn to recognize His influence in our lives, and respond."

Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary general president, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Yoon Hwan Choi, General Authority Seventy, also spoke.

President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, and Elder Richard J. Maynes, General Authority Seventy, offered the prayers.

Music was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Mack Wilberg with Richard Elliott and Andrew Unsworth at the organ.

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