Elder Moisés Villanueva: ‘Favored of the Lord in All My Days’

Elder Moises Villanueva, a General Authority Seventy, spoke during the Saturday afternoon session of October 2021 general conference. He taught about Christ’s love and compassion. The following is a summary of what he said.

Notable quotes from Elder Villanueva

“I unite my testimony with those of many other saints, that God is our loving Heavenly Father.”
“Jesus Christ showed us that during times of trial and adversity we can recognize the difficulties of others.”
“Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, want us to have joy.”

Summary of Elder Villanueva’s talk

The pain of losing a loved one in mortality is felt and understood by the Lord.

“The Savior has perfect compassion for us. He doesn’t fault us for our shortsightedness, nor for being limited in visualizing our eternal journey. Rather, He has compassion for our sadness and suffering.”

Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, want all to have joy. As President Russell M. Nelson has taught, joy can be felt regardless of life’s circumstances.

By His example, the Savior provides direction on how to react to afflictions and avoid murmuring. “Our Savior, Jesus Christ, gave us the example during His earthly ministry. In moments of difficulty and trial, there are few things that bring us greater peace and satisfaction than serving our fellow man.”

As latter-day prophets have taught, the best medicine for despair is service. The Lord’s infinite love can offer illuminating hope during even the darkest days.

“Our Savior Jesus Christ understands our pains and our afflictions. He wants to ease our burdens and comfort us. We must follow His example, by serving and ministering to those with even greater burdens than our own.”

About Elder Villanueva

  • Elder Moisés Villanueva was sustained as a General Authority Seventy on April 4, 2020, at age 53.
  • Elder Villanueva presided over the California Arcadia Mission from 2014 to 2017, serving with his wife, Sister Leticia Villanueva.
  • He was baptized as a 10-year-old boy after being taught by the missionaries in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Read more October 2021 general conference coverage