Elder S. Mark Palmer: ‘Our Sorrow Shall Be Turned Into Joy’

General Authority Seventy

Notable quotes:

“This conference weekend, you will hear living apostles and prophets testify of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
“Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, and because of this, we too will live again after we die. This knowledge gives meaning and purpose to our lives.”
“I invite all who feel sorrow, all who wrestle with doubt, all who wonder what happens after we die, to place your faith in Christ.”

Summary points:

  • Because Jesus Christ was resurrected, everyone will live again after death. Knowing this gives meaning and purpose to life.
  • Families can be bound together forever through priesthood authority.
  • Those who feel sorrow, wrestle with doubt or wonder what happens to someone after they die, are invited to have faith in Christ.

Talk summary:

Because Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, everyone will live again after death. “This knowledge gives meaning and purpose to our lives.” By going forward in faith, one can endure any hardship.

When they were a young couple, Elder Palmer’s parents lost their 17-month-old daughter Ann, causing them unspeakable sorrow. “It also caused a yearning for answers to life’s most important questions.”

Years later, missionaries from the Church began teaching them truths from the Book of Mormon and Bible, including “the unique and remarkable doctrine that families can be bound together forever by the same priesthood authority Jesus Christ gave His chief apostle, Peter.”

His parents recognized truth, received a witness of the Spirit and were baptized, and their family was sealed in the temple. “Many years later Dad told me that if not for Ann’s tragic death, he would never have been humble enough to accept the restored gospel.”

All who feel sorrow, wrestle with doubt or wonder what happens after death are invited to have faith in Christ. “I promise that if you desire to believe, then act in faith and follow the whisperings of the Spirit, you will find joy in this life and in the world to come.”

About the speaker:

  • Elder S. Mark Palmer was born in New Zealand and served a mission in the New Zealand Wellington Mission.
  • Elder Palmer married Jaqueline Wood in the Salt Lake Temple in 1981. They are the parents of six children.
  • Before being called as a General Authority Seventy in April 2016, Elder Palmer was the founder and president of SMP Ventures, a real estate development company.
  • Elder Palmer currently serves as the president of the Africa South Area and was sustained on Saturday, April 3, to be in the Presidency of the Seventy, effective Aug. 1.