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10 books and study resources to help you learn from Church leaders


Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has said of the Church's general conferences that “it is an institutional declaration that the heavens are open, that divine guidance is as real today as it was for the ancient house of Israel, that God our Heavenly Father loves us and speaks His will through a living prophet.”

If you, like us, can't get enough of the wisdom, counsel, guidance, and promises we hear from our Church leaders during general conference, here are a few great resources to help you continue learning from their wise words and their life-long examples.

general-conference-journal-edition oct 2021

The General Conference Addresses, Journal Edition will have all the text of the October 2021 general conference addresses in one spiral-bound paperback book. This awesome study resource will ship out after conference, and its extra-wide, lined margins provide space for you to record your impressions and document the insights you receive as you revisit the inspiring messages from general conference.

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Work + Wonder Oct 2021

The Work + Wonder workbooks were designed to help you engage in the words given by our leaders at general conference. Through prompted note pages for each address, you are invited to actively listen during the sessions and record meaningful impressions in a beautifully designed space that will encourage you to revisit your notes often. And after conference weekend, it will guide you through reflecting on overall themes, recording recurring promptings, and setting goals to act! This workbook will become an essential tool for your study of the messages of conference as you capture the inspiration and welcome the teachings into your daily life.

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In our rapidly changing world, our need for spiritual guidance has never been greater. As we seek to discern truth amidst the clamor of dissenting voiced in order to worship, minister, and lead our families effectively, we rely on the Spirit's help every day.

"The roles of both the mind and the heart in personal revelation are crucial," writes Elder David A. Bednar, "and no simple formulas or recommended action steps can guide us through this rigorous spiritual process. Indeed, this book is not an attempt to define how revelation works. Rather, it is a witness and a testimony that revelation does work—and in a multitude and variety of ways."

In this landmark book, Elder Bednar outlines several principles of revelation, then provides a host of examples in which we can observe these principles in action for ourselves. As we come to recognize the role of revelation in our lives, we can move forward in confidence that the Lord is guiding our steps. As Elder Bednar writes, "If we are striving to be and become good—not perfect right now, but gradually getting better,...then indeed we can have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. We are not 'preparing to receive revelation'; we are 'living in revelation.'"

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Anxiously Engaged: A Biography of M. Russell Ballard

When M. Russell Ballard was set apart as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 2018, it was another milestone in a lifetime of service to the Lord. Having set aside a variety of entrepreneurial ventures to serve as president of the Canada Toronto Mission at the age of forty-five, he then accepted a call to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy two years later, in 1976, and thus never ended up returning to the business world.

In Anxiously Engaged, accounts of this dedicated missionary, husband, father, business leader, and Apostle—accompanied by photos throughout—offer a close-up look at President Ballard’s life, faith, and testimony. As readers come to appreciate the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of the Lord’s children around the world, their own testimonies of his role as a prophet, seer, and revelator will grow.

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Dallin H. Oaks may not have seemed the likeliest choice to become an Apostle. He was only 7 years old when his mother became a widow, as a young adult he joined the National Guard, and he married at age 19. But all along that path, the Lord was preparing him for the call of Apostle that would eventually come. 

This engaging biography by noted historian Richard E. Turley, Jr. takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the life of an extraordinary leader. It is filled with stories and photographs detailing his boyhood, his family life, his education, and military experiences, and his distinguished academic and law career.

Most importantly, this biography details his willingness to set aside that career in favor of a higher responsibility. In 1984, when President Gordon B. Hinckley extended the call to the apostleship, Dallin H. Oaks replied, "My life is in the hands of the Lord, and my career is in the hands of His servants." His lifetime of dedication to the Lord's work gives truth to his words and offers inspiration and faith to all who read his story.

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Drawing upon her unique life experiences, Sister Reyna I. Aburto invites readers to join with her in strengthening Christ's Church. Through her relatable style and humble approach, Sister Aburto shares her insights about growing up in Nicaragua, losing her brother in a devastating earthquake, having a spouse struggle with addiction, dealing with divorce and single parenting, joining the Church, and developing a deep conviction of the Savior's love and the transcendent power of His atoning sacrifice. Each chapter addresses a specific way we can reach for the Savior, from studying the Book of Mormon to temple worship to strengthening our wards to ministering and more. Through trials and difficulties, personal darkness, and mental and emotional struggles, we can find small and simple ways of drawing closer to God.

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Insights from a Prophet's Life offers a candid view of President Russell M. Nelson, the seventeenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from childhood to the current day. More than a biography, this landmark volume invites readers to experience President Nelson's life through dozens of brief vignettes and hundreds of photographs. Each episode highlights an important lesson; taken together, they weave a captivating story of a man prepared in a unique way to lead the Church in our day.

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Now in Spanish and wide-margin journal editions

Elder Neil L. Andersen’s The Divine Gift of Forgiveness has brought hope, healing, and peace to thousands who have sought to better understand the power of repentance and forgiveness. Now you can study these thoughtful and inspired teachings in a whole new way with The Divine Gift of Forgiveness, Journal Edition.

“As surely as the sun will rise tomorrow,” Elder Andersen promises, “the Savior’s divine gifts of repentance and of forgiveness, offered in the beauty of His encompassing love, are certain for those who come unto Him with full purpose of heart.” In this book, Elder Andersen writes especially to those who are “awakening” unto God—those who are just beginning to discover or seek the divine gifts of repentance and forgiveness in their lives.

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Also available as a wide-margin journal edition

In Women and the Priesthood, Sheri Dew discusses the varying responsibilities of men and women in the context of key doctrine of the Church, including the eternal truths that women are vital to the success of the Lord's Church, that God expects women to receive revelations, and that both men and women have access to God's highest spiritual blessings. This newly-revised edition includes the most recent teachings from prophets and apostles.

This enlightening book shows how studying the doctrine of the priesthood will help you find the answers you seek about women and the priesthood, about women in the Church, and about the vital influence righteous women can have in the world.

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Enhance both your gospel study and your personal journaling efforts. For the first time, this beloved gospel classic is available in a new journal edition, providing you large, faintly lined margins to use as a canvas to express your thoughts, document insights you’ve received, or create your own visual art, illuminations, or calligraphy. Deepen your understanding and testimony of timeless gospel topics.

In President Boyd K. Packer’s characteristic warm and authoritative manner, he examines in appropriate detail the doctrines and practices surrounding the holy temples that dot the world. This timely and valuable book will help members at every stage of life as it focuses on a temple’s purpose, beauty, and the blessings it offers.

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