General Conference Concepts

General Conference Concepts

Mason Longhurst, Staff Writer

General Conference is a semiannual event that many people know and love. This fall session, which took place on October 3rd and 4th, was an interesting meeting. With thirty-six talks and many exciting topics, it was an event to remember.

Elder Quentin L. Cook called for us to live righteously and be united like never before, stating, “Righteousness and unity are profoundly significant. When people love God with all their hearts and righteously strive to become like Him, there is less strife and contention in society”. 

Elder Dieter F. Uchdtorf taught us about challenges and the importance of being prepared in his talk “God Will Do Something Unimaginable”. “(I)f there is one thing I do know, it is that this virus did not catch Heavenly Father by surprise. He did not have to muster additional battalions of angels, call emergency meetings, or divert resources from the world-creation division to handle an unexpected need. My message today is that even though this pandemic is not what we wanted or expected, God has prepared His children and His Church for this time.”  

President Russell M. Nelson shocked many by calling 2020, “ (A) glorious age, foreseen by prophets for centuries”. He explained by saying, “This is the dispensation when no spiritual blessing will be withheld from the righteous. Despite the world’s commotion, the Lord would have us look forward to the future ‘with joyful anticipation.’ Let us not spin our wheels in the memories of yesterday. The gathering of Israel moves forward. The Lord Jesus Christ directs the affairs of His Church, and it will achieve its divine objectives.” 

Becky Craven inspired us to change by saying, “(W)hat can we give to Him, who paid the incalculable price for our sins? We can give Him change. We can give Him our change. It may be a change of thought, a change in habit, or a change in the direction we are headed. In return for His priceless payment for each of us, the Lord asks us for a change of heart. The change He requests from us is not for His benefit but for ours.”

Finally, after welcoming us to the 190th General Conference, President Nelson announced the building of six new temples; one each in Guatemala, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Brazil, and Bolivia, as well as one in Lindon, Utah. With these new announcements, there is a grand total of 231 temples either active, in construction, or announced.