With new temples announced and messages of hope, kindness, inclusion, and strong foundations, we are excited to study the important topics discussed during general conference and refocus our personal lives and actions. Here are just a few of the themes we picked up on alongside some great resources to help further your personal studies of the topics covered.
In the Sunday afternoon session, Elder David A. Bednar spoke about the importance of the messages of conference and encouraged us to use the principles taught in conference to govern our lives.
The General Conference Addresses, Journal Edition will have all the text of the general conference addresses from April 2021 in one spiral-bound paperback and include extra-wide, lined margins to give you space to record your impressions and document insights you receive as you revisit the messages of conference.
Elder Neil L. Andersen said in his Saturday afternoon talk, “How grateful we are for the divine gifts of repentance and forgiveness.”
Study more of Elder Andersen's insights and wisdom on forgiveness and repentance. With powerful doctrine, stories, and experiences, The Divine Gift of Forgiveness will help you better understand this important principle and become a more devoted disciple of the Savior.
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With the announcement of 20 new temples and President Russell M. Nelson's admonition to “do all you can . . . so that your temple opportunities can increase,” many of us are anxiously looking forward to the day when we can return to the temple. President Nelson also said:
“Temples are a vital part of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. The ordinances of the temple fill our lives with power and strength—available in no other way. We thank God for those blessings.”
For the first time, the beloved gospel classic, The Holy Temple, is available in a new journal edition. This timely and valuable book can you focus on the purpose, beauty, and blessings of the temple.
Sister Reyna I. Aburto shared the story of losing her brother in a devastating earthquake, and that through the redeeming Atonement and glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ, “broken hearts can be healed, anguish can become peace, and distress can become hope. He can embrace us in His arms of mercy, comforting, empowering, and healing each of us.”
In her new book, Reaching for the Savior, Sister Aburto addresses more specific ways 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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Each of the speakers from the Sunday morning session was from a different country.
From prophets to pioneers, from songwriters to scientists, Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World presents the fascinating true stories of women and men from Church history, including lesser-known heroes from around the world such as Hu Wei-I, who miraculously translated the Book of Mormon into Chinese, and Mere Mete Whaanga, a prominent Maori woman who helped the Church spread into New Zealand.
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On Saturday morning, President Nelson said, “The gospel is a message of joy! Our spirits rejoice with every small step forward we take.”
Fill your everyday life with more joyful messages from our beloved prophet with Daily Joy. This pocket-sized book of thoughts contains 365 quotations from President Nelson and accompanying scriptures for daily reading.
President Nelson said, “As faith and holiness decrease in this fallen world, your need for holy places will increase. I urge you to continue to make your home a truly holy place, ‘and be not moved.’”
The Gathering Home from Emily Belle Freeman is a great resource to help you do just that—make your home a refuge of goodness and joy. By bringing the Spirit of Christ into your everyday gatherings, weekly rhythms, deliberate celebrations, and seasonal gatherings, you can invite people in and instill an important sense of belonging.
Many of the messages on Sunday morning—Easter Sunday—were appropriately focused on the Savior, Jesus Christ, His Atonement, and His Resurrection.
John Hilton's newest book, Considering the Cross, highlights what prophets, both ancient and modern, have taught about the Savior's Crucifixion as a central part of our redemption from sin.