Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
This week, several Church leaders shared their testimonies through social media and virtual addresses. On Facebook, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared spiritual parallels he learned from a lens replacement surgery, and Elder Quentin L. Cook shared a message for those who are waiting for desired blessings.
At Brigham Young University, President Dallin H. Oaks addressed students regarding “Racism and Other Challenges.” Elder Ulisses Soares also spoke to an interfaith audience, affirming religion’s role in overcoming weaknesses and fighting injustices.
It is our hope that these messages strengthen your faith in Christ and help you find clarity and peace.
2020 Annual DFW Summit on Religious Freedom
This week, Elder Ulisses Soares participated as the opening keynote speaker for the 2020 Annual DFW Summit on Religious Freedom. In his address which was prerecorded and streamed online, Elder Soares highlighted the importance of human dignity in respecting differences. He said:
We need to see a reflection of ourselves in each other—our dreams, hopes, hurts, fears and despairs. Otherwise, we all become strangers and foreigners. Our differences are often used as barriers to divide us, when they are actually an opportunity to enrich our lives. Dignity is a moral obligation we feel toward people, not merely a legal requirement we comply with. We discover our dignity in relating with others.
Elder Soares also acknowledged the pivotal role religion plays in achieving this objective. “Religion teaches us to overcome the weaknesses within us and fight the injustices outside us,” he said.
Find more of Elder Soares’s remarks at Church News. You can also find more thoughts from Church leaders this week below.
Pacific Youth Devotional
Three leaders of the Church addressed youth in the Pacific area through a virtual devotional this week.
President Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, spoke first, affirming that the new youth themes were inspired from the Lord. She asked youth what stood out to them in the new themes, then she added an insight of her own:
“Something that stood out to me is with both of them, one of them for the Young Women, it says, ‘I will strive,’ and the other one says, ‘I will.’ I love as it says, ‘as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I strive to become like Him.’ And then the Young Men’s says, ‘with all my heart, might, mind, and strength, I will love God.’ So, I love those two action words.”
President Steven J. Lund, Young Men General President, encouraged youth to be focused on the Lord’s purposes. “I hope that with every breath of your life, you’re striving to be in search of that mission that the Lord has for you and that you’ll be great followers of His,” he said.
Elder Ian S. Ardern, General Authority and Pacific Area President, acknowledged the trials that many young men and young women may currently face, such as increased difficulties in their classes, bullying, and loneliness. To comfort those burdened by trials, he reminded, “We must overcome to become what the Lord intended us to be.”
To hear more inspired counsel from these leaders, watch the Pacific Youth Devotional here or below.
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President Dallin H. Oaks
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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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President Bonnie H. Cordon