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In preparation for the 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this weekend, we went through the addresses given at October's conference last year and highlighted one quote from each talk — including those given at the Priesthood and General Relief Society meetings. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to reflect on the recent words of LDS prophets, apostles and church leaders. You can learn more about how to attend, view and listen to this weekend's conference here.

Elder Richard G. Scott
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"Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ."

"The Power of Scripture," Saturday morning session

Sister Barbara Thompson
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"The way to receive personal revelation is really quite clear. We need to desire to receive revelation, we must not harden our hearts, and then we need to ask in faith, truly believe that we will receive an answer, and then diligently keep the commandments of God."

"Personal Revelation and Testimony," Saturday morning session

Elder L. Whitney Clayton
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"This work of the Lord is indeed great and marvelous, but it moves forward essentially unnoticed by many of mankind’s political, cultural, and academic leaders. It progresses one heart and one family at a time, silently and unobtrusively, its sacred message blessing people everywhere."

"The Time Shall Come," Saturday morning session

President Thomas S. Monson
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"First, may I mention that no Church-built facility is more important than a temple. Temples are places where relationships are sealed together to last through the eternities. We are grateful for all the many temples across the world and for the blessing they are in the lives of our members."

"As We Meet Again," Saturday morning session

Elder Josè L. Alonso
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"There are many who need to once again experience the sweet savor of happiness and joy through activity in the church. That happiness comes from receiving the ordinances, making sacred covenants, and keeping them. The Lord needs us to help them. Let us do the right thing at the right time, without delay."

"Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time, without Delay," Saturday morning session

President Boyd K. Packer
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"I say again that youth today are being raised in enemy territory with a declining standard of morality. But as a servant of the Lord, I promise that you will be protected and shielded from the attacks of the adversary if you will heed the promptings that come from the Holy Spirit."

"Counsel to Youth," Saturday morning session

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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"The Lord doesn’t care at all if we spend our days working in marble halls or stable stalls. He knows where we are, no matter how humble our circumstances. He will use — in his own way and for his holy purposes — those who incline their hearts to Him."

"You Matter to Him," Saturday morning session

Elder David A. Bednar
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"The Lord has made available in our day remarkable resources that enable you to learn about and love this work that is sparked by the Spirit of Elijah. … It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord — not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation. I invite the young people of the Church to learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah. I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead. And I urge you to help other people identify their family histories."

"The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn," Saturday afternoon session

Elder Neil L. Anderson
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"Families are central to God’s eternal plan. I testify of the great blessing of children and of the happiness they will bring us in this life and in the eternities."

"Children," Saturday afternoon session

Elder Ian S. Ardern
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"We must devote our time to the things that matter most."

"A Time to Prepare," Saturday afternoon session

Elder Carl B. Cook
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"If we, like President Monson, exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life."

"It is Better to Look Up," Saturday afternoon session

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.
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"Through Christ, people can and do change their lives and obtain redemption."

"Redemption," Saturday afternoon session

Elder Todd D. Christofferson
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"Only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ."

"The Divine Gift of Repentance," Saturday afternoon session

Elder L. Tom Perry
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"If you will respond to the invitation to share your beliefs and feelings about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, a spirit of love and a spirit of courage will be your constant companion."

"Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear," Saturday afternoon session

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
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"From every man, young and old, who bears the priesthood, I ask for a stronger and more devoted voice, … a voice for good, a voice for the gospel, a voice for God."

"We are all Enlisted," Priesthood session

Elder Keith B. McMullin
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"You and the Aaronic Priesthood office you hold are essential to Heavenly Father’s work with His children and the preparation of this earth for the Second Coming."

"The Power of the Aaronic Priesthood," Priesthood session

Elder W. Christopher Waddell

"Through your devoted service and willing sacrifice, your mission will become holy ground to you."

"The Opportunity of a Lifetime," Priesthood session

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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"The welfare principles of the church are not simply good ideas; they are revealed truths from God — they are his way of helping the needy."

"Providing in the Lord's Way," Priesthood session

President Henry B. Eyring
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"Don’t worry about how inexperienced you are or think you are, but think about what, with the Lord’s help, you can become."

"Preparation in the Priesthood: 'I Need Your Help,'" Priesthood session

President Thomas S. Monson
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"May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven."

"Dare to Stand Alone," Priesthood session

President Henry B. Eyring
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"The Book of Mormon is the best guide to learn how well we are doing and how to do better. … Your copy of the Book of Mormon may be hidden from your view by cares and attention to all you have accumulated in your journey. I plead with you to drink deeply and often from its pages. It has in it the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the only way home to God."

"A Witness," Sunday morning session

Elder Robert D. Hales
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"Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now! … We may not know when or how the Lord’s answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come. For some answers we may have to wait until the hereafter. This may be true for some promises in our patriarchal blessings and for some blessings for family members. Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary."

"Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will be Done," Sunday morning session

Elder Tad R. Callister
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"How many straight lines can you draw through a single point on a piece of paper? The answer is infinite. For a moment, suppose that single point represents the Bible and that hundreds of those straight lines drawn through that point represent different interpretations of the Bible and that each of those interpretations represents a different church.

"What happens, however, if on that piece of paper there is a second point representing the Book of Mormon? How many straight lines could you draw between these two reference points: the Bible and the Book of Mormon? Only one. Only one interpretation of Christ’s doctrines survives the testimony of these two witnesses."

"The Book of Mormon — a Book from God," Sunday morning session

Sister Elaine S. Dalton
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"How can a father raise a happy, well-adjusted daughter in today’s increasingly toxic world? The answer has been taught by the Lord’s prophets. It is a simple answer, and it is true — 'The most important thing a father can do for his [daughter] is to love [her] mother.' By the way you love her mother, you will teach your daughter about tenderness, loyalty, respect, compassion, and devotion. She will learn from your example what to expect from young men and what qualities to seek in a future spouse. You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less. Your example will teach your daughter to value womanhood. You are showing her that she is a daughter of our Heavenly Father, who loves her."

"Love Her Mother," Sunday morning session

Elder M. Russell Ballard
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I" have thought a lot about why the Savior gave the nine-word name to His restored Church. It may seem long, but if we think of it as a descriptive overview of what the Church is, it suddenly becomes wonderfully brief, candid, and straightforward. How could any description be more direct and clear and yet expressed in such few words? … Let us develop the habit within our families and our Church activities and our daily interactions of making it clear that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the name by which the Lord Himself has directed that we be known."

"The Importance of a Name," Sunday morning session

President Thomas S. Monson
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"Although the world has changed, the laws of God remain constant. They have not changed; they will not change. The Ten Commandments are just that — commandments. They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel. … It may appear to you at times that those out in the world are having much more fun than you are. Some of you may feel restricted by the code of conduct to which we in the Church adhere. My brothers and sisters, I declare to you, however, that there is nothing which can bring more joy into our lives or more peace to our souls than the Spirit which can come to us as we follow the Savior and keep the commandments."

"Stand in Holy Places," Sunday morning session

Elder Russell M. Nelson
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"When we realize that we are children of the covenant, we know who we are and what God expects of us."

"Covenants," Sunday afternoon session

Elder Dallin H. Oaks
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"Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten and Beloved Son of God. He is our Creator. He is the Light of the World. He is our Savior from sin and death. This is the most important knowledge on earth, and you can know this for yourself, as I know it for myself."

"Teachings of Jesus," Sunday afternoon session

Elder Matthew O. Richardson

"While we are all teachers, we must fully realize that it is the Holy Ghost who is the real teacher and witness of all truth. … All parents, leaders and teachers have the responsibility to teach "by the Spirit." They should not teach "in front of the Spirit" or "behind the Spirit" but "by the Spirit" so the Spirit can teach the truth unrestrained."

"Teaching after the Manner of the Spirit," Sunday afternoon session

Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

"I would now like to say a few words to the missionaries currently serving missions around the world. Your attitudes and the love that you show toward others are very significant messages. … Your message is a message of love, a message of hope and a message of faith. Your attitude and your actions invite the Spirit, and the Spirit enables us to understand the things that are important. What I want to convey to you is that through your love, you are imparting the love of God. You are a treasure of this Church. I am so very thankful to all of you for your sacrifice and your dedication."

"Missionaries are a Treasure of the Church," Sunday afternoon session

Elder Randall K. Bennett

"My dear brothers and sisters, your eternal destiny will not be the result of chance but of choice. It is never too late to begin to choose eternal life!"

"Choose Eternal Life," Sunday afternoon session

Elder J. Devn Cornish

"Little children, young people and adults alike, please believe how very much your loving Heavenly Father wants to bless you. But because He will not infringe upon our agency, we must ask for His help. This is generally done through prayer. Prayer is one of the most precious gifts of God to man."

"The Privilege of Prayer," Sunday afternoon session

Elder Quentin L. Cook
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"The refiner's fire is real, and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God."

"The Songs They Could Not Sing," Sunday afternoon session

President Thomas S. Monson
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"I bear my testimony to you that this work is true, that our Savior lives and that He guides and directs His Church here upon the earth. I leave you with my witness and my testimony that God our Eternal Father lives and loves us. He is indeed our Father, and He is personal and real. May we realize and understand how close to us He is willing to come, how far He is willing to go to help us, how much He loves us and how much He does and is willing to do for us."

"Until We Meet Again," Sunday afternoon session

Sister Julie B. Beck
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"One of the Lord’s purposes in organizing the sisters into a discipleship was to provide relief that would lift them above 'all that hinders the joy and progress of woman.' In every ward and branch, there is a Relief Society with sisters who can seek and receive revelation and counsel with priesthood leaders to strengthen each other and work on solutions that are applicable in their own homes and communities."

"What I Hope My Granddaughters (and Grandsons) Will Understand about Relief Society," General Relief Society meeting

Sister Silvia H. Allred
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"When we have charity, we are willing to serve and help others when it is inconvenient and with no thought of recognition or reciprocation. We don’t wait to be assigned to help, because it becomes our very nature. As we choose to be kind, caring, generous, patient, accepting, forgiving, inclusive, and selfless, we discover we are abounding in charity."

"Charity Never Faileth," General Relief Society meeting

Sister Barbara Thompson
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"I testify that as we have faith in Christ and cleave unto our covenants, we will receive the joy spoken of in the holy scriptures and promised by our latter-day prophets."

"Cleave unto the Covenants," General Relief Society meeting

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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"My dear Relief Society sisters, you are closer to heaven than you suppose. You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine. Continue to increase in faith and personal righteousness. Accept the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as your way of life. Cherish the gift of activity in this great and true Church. Treasure the gift of service in the blessed organization of Relief Society. Continue to strengthen homes and families. Continue to seek out and help others who need your and the Lord’s help."

"Forget Me Not," General Relief Society Meeting