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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: ‘Jesus Christ Is the Strength of Youth’

‘The best guide you can possibly have for making choices is Jesus Christ’

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: ‘Jesus Christ Is the Strength of Youth’

‘The best guide you can possibly have for making choices is Jesus Christ’

merlin_2942577.jpg

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Saturday morning session of October 2022 general conference. In his message directed to those of the rising generation, he reminded youth that Jesus Christ is their strength. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Uchtdorf’s conference talk summary

At the heart of God’s plan of happiness is the power to choose. Amid the confusion in the world about what is right and wrong, those who earnestly seek truth — eternal, unchanging truth — can see much clearer. Truth is contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ and taught in His Church. 

“When you have important choices to make, Jesus Christ and His restored gospel are the best choice. When you have questions, Jesus Christ and His restored gospel are the best answer. When you feel weak, Jesus Christ is your strength.” 

The Church has prepared a revised version of “For the Strength of Youth” to point young men and young women to Christ. This new guide is subtitled “A Guide for Making Choices” and focuses on values, principles and doctrine rather than specific behavior. Through His prophets, the Lord has been guiding His people in that direction, to increase their spiritual capacity and follow Him in higher and holier ways. 

The Savior has “very high standards” for those who follow Him — the highest of which is the invitation to earnestly seek His will and live by His truths. Confidence, peace, safety, happiness and belonging can be found in Jesus Christ, His gospel and His Church. 

Notable quotes from Elder Uchtdorf’s general conference talk

My dear friends, if the Savior were here right now, what would He say to you? I believe He would start by expressing His deep love for you.

The best guide you can possibly have for making choices is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the strength of youth.

Is it wrong to have rules? Of course not. We all need them every day. But it is wrong to focus only on rules instead of focusing on the Savior. You need to know the whys and the hows, and then consider the consequences of your choices.

Who is Elder Uchtdorf?

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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What has Elder Uchtdorf done recently?

Read more of Elder Uchtdorf’s general conference addresses, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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