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Elder Kevin W. Pearson: ‘Are You Still Willing’

‘How many times have we witnessed unto God that we are willing?’

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, speaks during the Saturday evening session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, speaks during the Saturday evening 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 Kevin W. Pearson: ‘Are You Still Willing’

‘How many times have we witnessed unto God that we are willing?’

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, speaks during the Saturday evening session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 1, 2022.

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, speaks during the Saturday evening 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 Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy, spoke during the Saturday evening session of October 2022 general conference. Expounding on a phrase from the sacrament prayers, he asked whether people are willing to witness unto God that they are willing. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Pearson’s conference talk summary

Partaking of the sacrament is a reminder of Christ’s Atonement and the need to always remember Him and keep His commandments. 

The sacramental blessing on the bread reads, “‘And witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son.’ … How many times have we witnessed unto God that we are willing?”

Willingness is proportionate to the amount of time people commit to be in holy places where the Holy Ghost is present. Spend time in prayer and less time seeking other opinions. Change daily news feeds to the words of Christ and living prophets. 

Honoring the Sabbath, paying tithing, attending the temple and honoring covenants are all powerful indicators of willingness. “Heavenly Father loves us perfectly, but that love comes with great expectations.”

Focusing on the Savior and on covenants brings lasting joy. This is a day foretold by ancient prophets. The most powerful spiritual influence in a child’s life is that of parents and grandparents who keep their covenants. 

“Casual and inconsistent covenant keeping leads to spiritual casualty. The spiritual damage is often greatest on our children and grandchildren. Parents and grandparents, are we still willing?”

Notable quotes from Elder Pearson’s conference talk

Willingness to focus on the Savior is so crucial, it is the central message of the two most quoted scriptures in the Church — the sacrament prayers.

Are we willing to put forth more than a superficial effort into strengthening our faith in Christ?

True discipleship leads to a fullness of Joy. Are we willing to pay the price of discipleship?

Who is Elder Pearson?

Élder Kevin W. Pearson, Setenta Autoridade Geral

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, General Authority Seventy

A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias

What has Elder Pearson done recently?

Read more of Elder Pearson’s general conference addresses.

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