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Elder Jörg Klebingat: ‘Valiant Discipleship in the Latter Days’

Elder Jörg Klebingat: ‘Valiant Discipleship in the Latter Days’

Elder Jörg Klebingat, a General Authority Seventy, spoke during the Sunday afternoon session of April 2022 general conference. He encouraged Latter-day Saints to be valiant disciples of Christ. The following is a summary of what he said.

Notable quotes from Elder Klebingat

“While some would prefer to be selective in the commandments they follow, let us joyfully accept the Savior’s invitation to ‘live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.’”

“We can accept and respect others without endorsing their beliefs or actions that do not align with the Lord’s will. There is no need to sacrifice truth on the altar of agreeableness and social desirability.”

“If we really want to be valiant disciples of Christ, we will find a way.”

Summary of Elder Klebingat’s talk

Today it is almost impossible to courageously live faithfully without opposition and scorn. But faith in Christ means one need not fear the reproach of men. 

“With the Savior at the helm and living prophets to lead and guide us, ‘who can be against us?’ Let us be confident, not apologetic, valiant, not timid, faithful, not fearful as we hold up the Lord’s light in these last days.”

Zion and Babylon are incompatible. Demonstrate love for the Lord through wholehearted, voluntary obedience. The adversary offers enticing alternatives, but faithful disciples need not apologize for their beliefs nor back down from that which they know to be true. Valiant disciples of Christ will find a way. 

Many today say there is no sin, or say to ignore the Prophet and Apostles. But the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve love God and His children. “Their words we should receive as if from the Lord’s own mouth, ‘in all patience and faith.’” 

“Don’t be fooled or intimidated by the loud adversarial noises emanating from the great and spacious building. Their desperate decibels are no match for the serene influence of the still, small voice upon broken hearts and contrite spirits.”

About Elder Klebingat

  • Elder Jörg Klebingat was born in December 1967 to Klaus-Peter and Doris Elke Klebingat, and grew up in Zweibrücken, Germany. As a teenager, he became friends with a Church member and soon gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith before being baptized.
  • He was sealed to Julia Poltorak in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 21, 1992. They are the parents of three children.
  • Elder Klebingat was serving as president of the Ukraine Kyiv Mission when he was sustained as a General Authority Seventy in April 2014.

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