President Russell M. Nelson again declared during Saturday afternoon’s session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference that the Church’s rising generation form a “youth battalion” engaged in the greatest cause on earth.
The certainty of their cause anchors the historic adjustments announced Saturday.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced the adjustments for Aaronic Priesthood holders, quorums and quorum presidencies. Young Men presidencies at the ward level, he announced, will be discontinued. That adjustment will emphasize the responsibilities of Aaronic Priesthood quorum presidencies and their direct reporting line to the bishopric. Young Women presidents will report directly to the bishop. The word “Mutual” will be retired. And at all levels — ward, stake and general — the term “organization” will replace “auxiliary.”
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles warned of evil’s “beguiling disguises” that can appear to be attractive and desirable. Constantly focusing one’s life on the Savior offers protection. Stay awake, alert and prepared, he said, and understand the relentless persistence of Satan.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that individuals must live true to their sacred promises in order to walk the “covenant path” back to Heavenly Father. Christ is the “great exemplar” of making and keeping promises and covenants. A key step along the covenant path is ministering to others and standing as a witness of God.
President Dallin H. Oaks conducted Saturday afternoon’s sessions.
Additional talks were shared by Elder Rubén V. Alliaud , Elder L. Todd Budge and Elder Jorge M. Alvarado, General Authority Seventies, and Brother Mark L. Pace, Sunday School general president. Prayers were offered by Elder Matthew L. Carpenter and Elder Craig C. Christensen, General Authority Seventies.
Music was provided by a combined choir from stakes in Provo, Utah. The choir was directed by Jim Kasen, with Joseph Peeples at the organ.