Elder Hugo Montoya, a General Authority Seventy, spoke during the Saturday morning session of the October 2022 general conference. He spoke about following the eternal principle of love as manifested in the two great commandments, to love God and love your neighbor. The following is a summary of what he said.
Elder Montoya’s conference talk summary
The eternal principle of love is demonstrated in living the two great commandments — loving God and loving one’s neighbor.
As ministering brothers and sisters, Latter-day Saints should willingly help one another because they love each other as children of Heavenly Father, regardless of needs, nationality or language spoken.
“We love each other because we are brothers, children of the same father.”
We love God because of what He means to us — we depend on Him for our welfare and His protection, despite our mistakes. He “provides a Savior so we can be redeemed and return to the presence of God.”
The adversity of life can cause doubt about the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises, but we can “trust in our Father. He always keeps his promises and we can learn what He wants to teach us.”
It’s most important to be there for family members, under any condition or circumstance, just as Heavenly Father is for us.
“Our Heavenly Father’s love for each of His children is real; He is there for each one. I don’t know how He does it, but He does.”
Notable quotes from Elder Montoya’s conference talk
“It is not enough to avoid being a stumbling block for others; it is not enough to notice the needy on the road and pass by. Let us take advantage of every opportunity to help our neighbor, even if it is the first and only time we meet him in this life.”
“Bless your children whether they are 5 or 50 years old. Be with them, be for them. Although providing is a responsibility established by divine design, we must not forget to share joyful time with our children.”
“I have noticed that the small portion that I can understand of the Atonement of Jesus Christ increases my love for the Father and His Son, decreases my desire to sin and to be disobedient, and increases my willingness to be better and do better.”
Who is Elder Montoya?
- Elder Hugo Montoya has served as a General Authority Seventy since April 2015.
- Elder Montoya, born in California and raised in Mexico, is a great-grandson of Rafael Monroy, a Latter-day Saint leader who was martyred during the Mexican Revolution in 1915.
- Elder Montoya last spoke in general conference about helping others face trials and temptations, in October 2015.
What has Elder Montoya done recently?
- Elder Montoya and other leaders recently played a role in the Church sending humanitarian aid to the northern Mexican state of Sonora where people have been affected by recent heavy rains and flash flooding.