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

by | Mar. 22, 2021

Makes You Think

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 Addresses, Journal Edition  

The General Conference Addresses, Journal Edition will have all the text of the April 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 April 2021 General Conference Workbooks 

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 the Hands of the Lord: The Life of Dallin H. Oaks

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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Reaching for the Savior

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

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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Be Not Troubled

We know from scripture and the words of modern-day prophets that these latter days are a time of great turmoil—but also a time of great miracles. In this timely book, Elder Ronald A. Rasband shares a beautiful message of hope and light, reminding us what we can do to fortify ourselves and receive heavenly guidance. As Elder Rasband teaches, "By divine design, we have been called to the Lord's service leading up to His Second Coming." His apostolic counsel helps us recognize the ways the Lord guides us through the troubled times in our lives to build a greater sense of hope and peace with our foundation fixed on Christ, that ultimately we might accept the Savior's invitation: "Be not troubled" (D&C 45:35).

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Considering the Cross

With this year's Sunday sessions of general conference falling on Easter Sunday, we are positive the messages will be centered around what Elder Uchtdorf has called “the most important day in history.” So why not deepen your understanding of that final selfless act of the Savior's mortal life?  

Through scriptures, quotes, and stories, Considering the Cross shows that prophets, both ancient and modern, have taught that the Savior's Crucifixion is a central part of our redemption from sin. What the cross means for Christians in general and Latter-day Saints, in particular, has sometimes varied, but one meaning is constant—Christ was crucified for the sins of the world because of His love for us. Jesus is both the living Christ and, as manifested through His death, the loving Christ.

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The Divine Gift of Forgiveness, Journal Edition

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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Women and the Priesthood, Revised Edition

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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The Holy Temple, Journal Edition

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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