The messages of the Sunday morning session of the 189th Semiannual General Conference focused on the Savior, Jesus Christ, with themes of covenants, missionary work, ministering and pressing forward with faith.
President Nelson expressed gratitude to members for their contributions and said this kind of service is the very essence of ministering. “And you are the ones who make all this possible,” he said. “Our greatest joy comes as we help our brothers and sisters.”
Three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also spoke during the session –– Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Gary E. Stevenson –– as well as Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez, a General Authority Seventy, also spoke.
Elder Gong spoke of making and keeping promises with God and the blessing of “covenant belonging.” He taught, “To belong with God and to walk with each other on His covenant path is to be blessed by covenant belonging.”
Both Sister Franco and Elder Ucthdorf’s messages centered on the the simplicity of sharing the gospel. As members pray and ask for the Lord’s help, they can be guided to those who need the gospel, Sister Franco said.
“We talk about our journey with others in normal and natural ways,” Elder Uchdorf said, encouraging members to help others progress in their gospel adventure. “That’s what friends do — they talk about things that are important to them.”
Speaking of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Elder Gonzalez said comfort and peace can be enjoyed by all who faithfully seek the Savior’s healing touch.
Elder Stevenson discussed the ways the adversary tries to deceive God’s children: “May we recognize Satan’s deceptions for what they are.”
“We are the Saints of Almighty God, the hope of Israel! Will we falter? ‘Shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!” Elder Stevenson said quoting the hymn “True to the Faith.”
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Elder O. Vincent Haleck, who was released yesterday as a General Authority Seventy, offered the invocation and the benediction was offered by Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency.
The music performed for the session was performed by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, directed by Mack Wilberg with Brian Mathias and Richard Elliott as the organists.