10 of the most indispensable LDS talks ever given (2022)

The April 2014 General Conference was inspiring and relevant, as all such conferences are. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are counseled to study the words of the prophets and find in that study ways to become better disciples.

But there arethousands moreaddressesin the archives of the Church from previous conferences, most readily available online. There are countless notable talks that are worth reviewing, but here are 10 classic addresses from general authorities and officers of the Church—some from General Conference and some from other devotionals and meetings—that are worth a second look.

“The Purifying Power of Gethsemane”

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By Bruce R. McConkie

When: April 1985 General Conference

Note: This talk is frequently referred to colloquially as “Bruce R. McConkie’s Final Testimony.”

Notable quotes: “And now, as pertaining to this perfect atonement, wrought by the shedding of the blood of God—I testify that it took place in Gethsemane and at Golgotha, and as pertaining to Jesus Christ, I testify that he is the Son of the Living God and was crucified for the sins of the world. He is our Lord, our God, and our King. This I know of myself independent of any other person.
“I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears.
“But I shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God’s Almighty Son, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way.”

“Beware of Pride”

Ezra Taft Benson, who wrote the talk, asked that Gordon B. Hinckley read it in General Conference.

By Ezra Taft Benson

When: April1989 General Conference

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Note: Ezra Taft Benson, who wrote the talk, asked that Gordon B. Hinckley read it in General Conference.

Notable quotes: “Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves. Most of us consider pride to be a sin of those on the top, such as the rich and the learned, looking down at the rest of us. There is, however, a far more common ailment among us—and that is pride from the bottom looking up. It is manifest in so many ways, such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitudeand praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous.”

“The proud depend upon the world to tell them whether they have value or not. Their self-esteem is determined by where they are judged to be on the ladders of worldly success. They feel worthwhile as individuals if the numbers beneath them in achievement, talent, beauty, or intellect are large enough. Pride is ugly. It says, ‘If you succeed, I am a failure.'”

“An High Priest of Good Things to Come”

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By Jeffrey R. Holland

When: October 1999 General Conference

Note: Years later, the Church made a popular Mormon Message out of this address

Notable quotes: “Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. … My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us,especially in times of need. There is help. There is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and MorningStar, the ‘light that is endless, that can never be darkened.’ It is the very Son of God Himself.

“No, it is not without a recognition of life’s tempests but fully and directly because of them that I testify of God’s love and the Savior’s power to calm the storm. Always remember in that biblical story that He was out there on the water also, that He faced the worst of it right along with the newest and youngest and most fearful. Only one who has fought against those ominous waves is justified in telling us—as well as the sea—to ‘be still.’”

“Stand Strong against the Wiles of the World”

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By Gordon B. Hinckley

When: September1995 General Relief Society Meeting

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Note: In this address, President Hinckley read the historic document “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Notable quotes: “It is the home which produces the nursery stock of new generations. I hope that you mothers will realize that when all is said and done, you have no more compelling responsibility, nor any laden with greater rewards, than the nurture you give your children in an environment of security, peace, companionship, love and motivation to grow and do well.”

“With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much of deception concerning standards and values, with so much of allurement and enticement to take on the slow stain of the world, we have felt to warn and forewarn. In furtherance of this we of the First Presidency and the Council of the TwelveApostles now issue a proclamation to the Church and to the world as a declaration and reaffirmation of standards, doctrines and practices relative to the family which the prophets, seers, and revelators of this church have repeatedly stated throughout its history. I now take the opportunity of reading to you [The Family: A Proclamation to the World”].”

“The Mediator”

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By Boyd K. Packer

When: April 1977 General Conference

Note: In this talk, a young Boyd K. Packer taught about the atonement using thenow-familiar parable of “The Mediator.”

Notable quotes: “Both [justice and mercy], it seemed, could not be served. They are two eternal ideals that appear to contradict one another. Is there no way for justice to be fully served, and mercy also? There is a way! The law of justice can be fully satisfied and mercy can be fully extended—but it takes someone else. …

Unless there is a mediator, unless we have a friend, the full weight of justice untempered, unsympathetic, must, positively must fall on us.The full recompense for every transgression, however minor or however deep, will be exacted from us to the uttermost farthing.

But know this: Truth, glorious truth, proclaims there is such a Mediator.”

“A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth”

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By Gordon B. Hinckley

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When: Nov. 12, 2000, special broadcast

Note: President Hinckley’saddress to youth became a landmark address for a generation and inspired a popular book (that included three extra “be”s).

Notable quotes: “Tonight I am going to let your teachers give you the A’s that I hope you earn. I want to talk about some B’s. You get the A’s; I will give you the B’s.

  1. “Be grateful.
  2. “Be smart.
  3. “Be clean.
  4. “Be true.
  5. “Be humble.
  6. “Be prayerful.”

“O God, our Eternal Father …. Please help them to walk in paths of truth and righteousness and keep them from the evils of the world. Bless them that they shall be happy at times and serious at times, that they may enjoy life and drink of its fulness. Bless them that they may walk acceptably before Thee as Thy cherished sons and daughters.”

“AreWe Not All Mothers?”

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By Sheri L. Dew

When:Sept. 2001 General Relief Society Meeting

Note:Sheri Dew’s popular talk teaches of the importance of motherhood from an eternal perspective, regardless of whether awoman has physically borne children.

Notable quotes: “Motherhood is not what was left over after our Father blessed His sons with priesthood ordination. It was the most ennobling endowment He could give His daughters, a sacred trust that gave women an unparalleled role in helping His children keep their second estate. As President J. Reuben Clark Jr. declared, motherhood is ‘as divinely called, as eternally important in its place as the Priesthood itself.’”

“Recent horrifying events in the United States have underscored the fact that we live in a world of uncertainty. Never has there been a greater need for righteous mothers—mothers who bless their children with a sense of safety, security and confidence about the future, mothers who teach their children where to find peace and truth and that the power of Jesus Christ is always stronger than the power of the adversary. Every time we build the faith or reinforce the nobility of a young woman or man, every time we love or lead anyone even one small step along the path, we are true to our endowment and calling as mothers and in the process we build the kingdom of God. No woman who understands the gospel would ever think that any other work is more important or would ever say, ‘I am just a mother,’ for mothers heal the souls of men.”

“But if Not …”

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By Dennis E. Simmons

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When:April 2004 General Conference

Note: Elder Simmons’ words emphasizea little-discussed aspect of faith—the faith to not have prayers answered the way we might hope.

Notable quotes: “The Lord has given us agency, the right and the responsibility to decide. He tests us by allowing us to be challenged. He assures us that He will not suffer us to be tempted beyond our ability to withstand. But we must understand that great challenges make great men. We don’t seek tribulation, but if we respond in faith, the Lord strengthens us. The but if nots can become remarkable blessings.”

“Our scriptures and our history are replete with accounts of God’s great men and women who believed that He would deliver them, but if not, they demonstrated that they would trust and be true. He has the power, but it’s our test.”

“Of Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments”

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By Jeffrey R. Holland

When:Jan. 12, 1988 BYU devotional address

Note: Elder Holland gave this address on human intimacy before he was called to the Twelve.

Notable quotes: “In this latter sense, human intimacy is a sacrament, a very special kind of symbol. For our purpose here today, a sacrament could be any one of a number of gestures or acts or ordinances that unite us with God and his limitless powers. We are imperfect and mortal; he is perfect and immortal. But from time to time—indeed, as often as is possible and appropriate—we find ways and go to places and create circumstances where we can unite symbolically with him, and in so doing gain access to his power. Those special moments of union with God are sacramental moments—such as kneeling at a marriage altar, or blessing a newborn baby, or partaking of the emblems of the Lord’s supper. This latter ordinance is the one we in the Church have come to associate most traditionally with the wordsacrament,though it is technically only one of many such moments when we formally take the hand of God and feel his divine power.”

“The Seven Deadly Heresies”

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By Bruce R. McConkie

When:June 1, 1980 BYU devotional address

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Note: Elder McConkie’s list reminds Church members that we must always seek a correct understanding of doctrine.

Notable quotes: “Heresy one: There are those who say that God is progressing in knowledge and is learning new truths. …
“Heresy two concerns itself with the relationship between organic evolution and revealed religion and asks the question whether they can be harmonized. …
“Heresy three: There are those who say that temple marriage assures us of an eventual exaltation. Some have supposed that couples married in the temple who commit all manner of sin, and who then pay the penalty, will gain their exaltation eventually. …
“Heresy four: There are those who believe that the doctrine of salvation for the dead offers men a second chance for salvation. …
“Heresy five: There are those who say that there is progression from one kingdom to another in the eternal worlds or that lower kingdoms eventually progress to where higher kingdoms once were. …
“Heresy six: There are those who believe or say they believe that Adam is our father and our god, that he is the father of our spirits and our bodies, and that he is the one we worship. …
“Heresy seven: There are those who believe we must be perfect to gain salvation.”


What LDS is most important? ›

The most important thing is to partake of the fruit of the tree of life—to be forgiven of your sins and be endowed with the power of the Holy Ghost. These gifts of the Atonement, along with the gift of eternal life, are the greatest of all the gifts of God. We should want to receive these gifts more than anything else.

What lack I yet meaning? ›

A perfect time to ask, “What lack I yet?” is when we take the sacrament. The Apostle Paul taught that this is a time for each of us to examine ourselves. In this reverent atmosphere, as our thoughts are turned heavenward, the Lord can gently tell us what we need to work on next.

What matters most in life LDS? ›

As we turn to our Heavenly Father and seek His wisdom regarding the things that matter most, we learn over and over again the importance of four key relationships: with our God, with our families, with our fellowman, and with ourselves.

How do you get answers to prayers LDS? ›

Receiving answers to prayers has been described as a process: first you study your question in your mind; then you ask God if your answer is right. If your answer is right, the Lord will “speak peace to your mind” (D&C 6:23).

What are the flaws of Mormonism? ›

Academic critics have questioned the legitimacy of Smith as a prophet as well as the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham. Criticism has expanded to include claims of historical revisionism, homophobia, racism, and sexist policies.

What is the average life expectancy of a Mormon? ›

Life expectancy was 77.3 for LDS males, 70.0 for non-LDS males, 82.2 for LDS females, and 76.4 for non-LDS females. For those alive at age 80, the remaining years of life expected were 8.2 for LDS males, 6.5 for non-LDS males, 10.3 for LDS females, and 7.1 for non-LDS females.

What does I'm nothing if not Mean? ›

Definition of nothing if not

: to an extreme degree : very He is nothing if not persistent.

What is the meaning of I'm not into? ›

When you're "into" something, it means that you like it. So when you don't like something, you can say that you're "not into" it: I've never been into baseball.

What is the difference between yet and not yet? ›

''Not yet (You are still reading it). Yet: We use this word in negative and interrogative sentences and we place it at the end. It means more or less the same as 'not yet'. For example: I have not finished reading my book yet (You are still reading it).

What are the three things that remain? ›

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

What good must I do to inherit eternal life? ›

No man can obtain the gift of eternal life unless he is willing to sacrifice all earthly things in order to obtain it” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed.

What are the 4 goals for LDS youth? ›

Sit down with your children one-on-one and ask them about the goals they would like to set in each of the four areas of personal development: spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual.

What hinders God from answering prayers? ›

Loving Sin

Psalm 66 points out another issue that restricts the reception of our prayers: “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18). Our prayers won't be heard if we “cherish iniquity,” holding unrepentantly to some sin.

When prayers are not answered LDS? ›

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that when “prayers … seem to go unanswered and unanswered and unanswered, … you need faith.” That faith, he said, needs to be “powerful faith, faith that sustains us here and now, not just on the day of judgment or somewhere in celestial glory.”

What are the three answers to prayer? ›

I've heard it said that God answers prayers in one of three ways. God says “Yes,” and you receive what you ask for. God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on. Or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to be patient and wait.

What religion is most similar to Mormonism? ›

Islam and Mormonism have been compared to one another ever since the earliest origins of the latter in the 19th century, often by detractors of one religion or the other—or both.

Can the Book of Mormon be true? ›

Mainstream archaeological, historical, and scientific communities do not consider the Book of Mormon an ancient record of actual historical events.

Why the LDS Church is true? ›

The Church is true because it is the restored Church. The Lord taught His gospel, delegated His priesthood authority, and organized His Church when He was on the earth. But these blessings were lost through apostasy.

What is the divorce rate of Mormons? ›

About 14 percent of the Latter-day Saint men and 19 percent of the women have experienced divorce. Within each group, frequent church attenders are less likely to have been divorced. Among Latter-day Saints, marriage in the temple has a significant effect on the divorce rate, Brother Heaton and Sister Goodman reported.

What percentage of Mormons leave the religion? ›

Some can also become apatheist. A Pew Research report corroborated this, finding in 2015 that 36% of those born Mormon left the religion, with 21% of born Mormons (58% of ex-Mormons) now unaffiliated, 6% evangelical Protestant, and 9% converting to other Protestant, Catholic, or a non-Christian faith.

What is the average income of a Mormon? ›


What nothing but the truth means? ›

The absolute truth about something, without omission, embellishment, or alteration. Used to swear in witnesses while giving evidence in court, and used by extension in other contexts.

What's the meaning of nothing but net? ›

New Word Suggestion. In basketball the term implies that a player shoots the ball and gets the basketball inside the rim without touching the rim with the ball.

What does nothing will come of it mean? ›

: nothing results from We discussed plans for a new project, but nothing came of them.

How do you know when a guy is not interested in you anymore? ›

Look out for body language cues that signal that he is uncomfortable or disinterested in your interactions. He may try to move away from you, cross his arms in front of him, or turn away from you while you are talking. He may also try to avoid physical contact, like a hug or you touching his arm, he is not interested.

Is it normal to not be interested in relationships? ›

It's totally normal if you're not interested in dating. It could be that you're going through a breakup, are focused on other things in life, are aromantic, or are not interested in modern dating.

What does I just can't with you mean? ›

Yeah, it's a slang phrase. "I just can't with her anymore". Meaning the speaker is fed up with the person she's talking about. "I just can't with her being late all the time" - fed up, again. It is a shortening of "I can't deal with ... " but it's taken over as a phrase.

How can I talk yet? ›

How to use 'yet' and 'not yet' - Learners' Questions - YouTube

Does yet mean it will happen? ›

(yɛt ) adverb. You use yet in negative statements to indicate that something has not happened up to the present time, although it probably will happen. You can also use yet in questions to ask if something has happened up to the present time.

What part of speech is the word never? ›

never (adverb) never–ending (adjective)

What are the three things God requires? ›

"What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

What comes first faith or hope? ›

Faith would come first, then hope, and then charity.

What are the three things that last forever? ›

Three things last forever - faith, hope, love, and the greatest of these is love.

Who will not inherit eternal life? ›

Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

What is the difference between salvation and eternal life? ›

However, almost without exception, when the scriptures speak of salvation, they mean full salvation; they mean eternal life or exaltation; and all of these terms are completely, totally, and wholly synonymous. Eternal life is the name of the kind of life that God lives.

Who will enter the kingdom of heaven? ›

Jesus states in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of Heaven”, yet there are some who teach salvation by “faith only”, i.e. as long as someone believes, he/she will be saved.

What is the LDS youth theme for 2022? ›

All rights reserved. The Young Women and Young Men general presidencies have announced that the 2022 Youth Theme is “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

What percentage of LDS youth serve missions? ›

Some 32 percent of the young men in the United States and Canada actually go on missions, and 35 percent receive their temple endowments by age twenty-five. Often it is apparent years before mission age that a mission and Church activity are not a boy's goals, as his progress in the priesthood slows or stops.

What is the main goal of the Mormon faith? ›

Mormons believe that one purpose of earthly life is to learn to choose good over evil. In this process, people inevitably make mistakes, becoming unworthy to return to the presence of God. Mormons believe that Jesus paid for the sins of the world and that all people can be saved through his atonement.

Why is LDS Primary important? ›

Primary is for children ages 18 months through 11 years. The Primary theme is “All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (3 Nephi 22:13). The purposes of Primary are to help children: Feel their Heavenly Father's love and learn about His plan of happiness.

What is the most important Mormon temple? ›

The Salt Lake Temple, operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the best-known temple. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, it is the centerpiece of the 10 acre (40,000 m2) Temple Square.

What percentage of LDS are Republican? ›

A 2012 Pew Center survey on Religion and Public Life indicates that 74 percent of U.S. Latter-day Saints lean towards the Republican Party.

Why is the gospel important LDS? ›

Sharing the gospel brings peace and joy into our own lives, enlarges our own hearts and souls in behalf of others, increases our own faith, strengthens our own relationship with the Lord, and increases our own understanding of gospel truths.

Is the LDS church gaining or losing members? ›

While the church enjoyed small gains in membership growth the past two years globally (up 0.8%) and nationally (up 0.6%) amid a worldwide pandemic, more than 40% of U.S. states (21 plus the District of Columbia) saw their numbers decrease during that time frame.

Why was James Hamula excommunicated from the LDS church? ›

At the time, the church said he was removed for "apostasy and other conduct unbecoming a member of the church." Before that, the last excommunication of a church leader was Richard R.

Why are Mormons so interested in family trees? ›

Mormons trace their family trees to find the names of ancestors who died without learning about the restored Mormon Gospel so that these relatives from past generations can be baptized by proxy in the temple. For Latter-day Saints, genealogy is a way to save more souls and strengthen the eternal family unit.

What is the busiest LDS temple? ›

Jordan River Utah Temple - Wikipedia.

What is the biggest LDS temple in the US? ›

The Salt Lake Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. At 253,015 square feet (23,505.9 m2), it is the largest Latter-day Saint temple by floor area.

What percentage of Utah is Mormon? ›

Utah, which has the highest Mormon population, has 5,229 congregations. About 68.55% of the state's total population is Mormon. Here are the 10 states with the highest Mormon populations: Utah - 2,126,216.

What religion is closest to Mormon? ›

Islam and Mormonism have been compared to one another ever since the earliest origins of the latter in the 19th century, often by detractors of one religion or the other—or both.

What percentage of LDS converts leave the church? ›

Some can also become apatheist. A Pew Research report corroborated this, finding in 2015 that 36% of those born Mormon left the religion, with 21% of born Mormons (58% of ex-Mormons) now unaffiliated, 6% evangelical Protestant, and 9% converting to other Protestant, Catholic, or a non-Christian faith.

What percent of Mormons are converts? ›

Three-quarters of Mormon adults (74%) say they were raised Mormon, while 26% say they were not raised in the faith. More than four out of five converts to Mormonism (84%) were raised in a different Christian religion.

What is the main gospel message? ›

The gospel or good news is a theological concept in several religions. In the historical Roman imperial cult and today in Christianity, the gospel is a message about salvation by a divine figure, a savior, who has brought peace or other benefits to humankind.

What is the difference between gospel and doctrine LDS? ›

Doctrine—The truths of the gospel in general. Instruction and confirmation in the truths of the gospel. Law (of the gospel)—The word of God; the doctrines and precepts of God, or his revealed will.

What do Mormons believe the gospel is? ›

We believe Jesus taught His gospel — the glad tidings or good news that salvation had come to earth through Him — in order that people might more clearly understand both their relationship to God the Father and their responsibility to each other.


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