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Countdown to Conference: Follow President Nelson’s 5 suggestions to increase faith and trust

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In the Sunday morning session of April 2021 general conference, President Nelson issued a direction invitation with a powerful promise: 

My dear brothers and sisters, my call to you this Easter morning is to start today to increase your faith. Through your faith, Jesus Christ will increase your ability to move the mountains in your life, even though your personal challenges may loom as large as Mount Everest. Your mountains may be loneliness, doubt, illness, or other personal problems. Your mountains will vary, and yet the answer to each of your challenges is to increase your faith. That takes work. Lazy learners and lax disciples will always struggle to muster even a particle of faith. To do anything well requires effort. Becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ is no exception. Increasing your faith and trust in Him takes effort.

He then gave us five suggestions to increase our faith and trust: 

  • • Study 
  • • Believe 
  • • Act 
  • • Partake of sacred ordinances 
  • • Ask 

The next session of general conference is coming soon, and what better way to show the Lord that you value revelation than by following through on the prophet’s previous counsel? To set you on your way, we’ve created a four-week study guide to help you act on each of President Nelson’s suggestions. Whether you have an hour to study each day or only a few minutes, there is something in this guide for you. 
Find links to the specific weekly prompts in the guide below. Download a printable PDF of the schedule here.

You can also find past LDS Living countdowns to conference here.



Week 1 

Day 1, Study: Read “A Reservoir of Living Water” by Elder David A. Bednar.

Day 2, Believe: Listen to “Believer” performed by Calee Reed. 

Day 3, Act: Think about President Nelson’s question, “What would you do if you had more faith?” Then do as the prophet invited us to do, “Think about it. Write about it.”  

Day 4, Partake of Sacred Ordinances: Ask a family member or loved one about their baptism day and record their answer.  

Day 5, Ask: What is a mountain you currently face? Pray and tell Heavenly Father about that mountain. Then, pause and listen to how He would suggest you can begin to move it together.  


Week 2 

Day 1, Study: Watch John Hilton III’s 5-Minute Fireside “The Living and Loving Christ” and consider the significance of the phrase “Christ Lives” in your life. 

Day 2, Believe: Read “Lord, I Believe,” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. 

Day 3, Act: Remember what President Nelson said, “Do not minimize the faith you already have.” Make a list of the ways you regularly exercise faith. 

Day 4, Partake of Sacred Ordinances: Listen to “The Lord’s Supper” from the concert film Lamb of God.  

 Day 5, Ask: Pray to know how you can best prepare for general conference. Consider creating a plan that will help you create a sacred space.  

Week 3  

Day 1, Study: Ponder the Savior you know. Who is He? What do you imagine it will be like when you meet Him? How have you felt His presence or influence in your life? 

Day 2, Believe: Watch the clip of Jesus healing the leper from The Chosen

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Day 3, Act: Make a deliberate effort to do something that requires faith today. 

Day 4, Partake of Sacred Ordinances: Read “Saving Ordinances Will Bring Us Marvelous Light” by Elder Taniela B. Wakolo. 

Day 5, Ask: Listen to “My Little Prayer” by David Archuleta. 


Week 4

Day 1, Study: Write in your journal or in a letter to a loved one your personal witness of Jesus Christ. 

Day 2, Believe: Take time to kneel and ask God a question that has been on your mind recently. Be sure to also take the time to listen. 

Day 3, Act: Share your experiences with acting over the last three weeks with someone you love.

Day 4, Partake of Sacred Ordinances: Watch the short video “Ready to Believe” for a touching true story of making sacred covenants. 

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Day 5, Ask: Read “Prayer: A Small and Simple Thing” by Sister Virginia H. Pearce. 


This workbook was designed to guide you in preparing your hearts and homes for the timely messages of general conferences and engage in the words of our leaders. Through prompted note pages for each address you are invited to actively listen as you record personal revelation and meaningful impressions in a beautifully designed space that will encourage you to revisit your notes often. After the conclusion of conference weekend, it will guide you to reflect on overall themes, recurring promptings, and set goals to act! This workbook will become an essential tool and blessing to you as you capture the inspiration of general conference and welcome the teachings into your daily life!

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