Editor’s note: “This week from the pulpit” highlights recent messages by General Authorities, General Officers, and leaders of the Church.
Nearly a week has passed since the October 2021 general conference, and Elder Neil L. Andersen has shared a fun way your family can begin studying the messages: conference jeopardy! On his Facebook page, Elder Andersen explained:
“For several years, my daughter Kristen has prepared this general conference game for our family to help us revisit some of the important messages from conference. . . Because I consider you to be like family, I enjoy sharing it with you every conference as well.”
See Elder Andersen’s post below for a link to download his family’s game and for full instructions on how to play.
But Elder Andersen isn’t the only one eager to help Church members dive into conference messages. Many of the speakers took to Facebook to share a portion of their message complemented by a video clip, graphic, or photo. See a sampling of the beautiful artwork, photographs, and instructive images below.
President Henry B. Eyring
President M. Russell Ballard
Elder Quentin L. Cook
Elder Ronald A. Rasband
President Bonnie H. Cordon
Brother Brad R. Wilcox
Sister Amy A. Wright, Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, didn’t speak at this year’s conference, but she did closing the prayer for the first session—an opportunity she took seriously. On Facebook this week, she shared a bit about her experience preparing to pray.
“Almost immediately after I was invited to offer the closing prayer for the first session of #GeneralConference, I wondered if I would be able to adequately express what was in my heart and, more importantly, what was in the hearts of all our Heavenly Father’s precious children,” she said.
Sister Wright shared that she then began to pray about her upcoming prayer. Among other things, she asked Heavenly Father to guide her words and to help her discern the needs of those attending conference. But to her surprise, the one thing she prayed the hardest for did not materialize.
“. . .the one thing that I prayed the hardest for did not come to fruition: peace. Instead of feeling peace at the pulpit, my Heavenly Father blessed me with a feeling of familiarity. Isn’t that interesting? Why would something of this magnitude feel even remotely familiar? The miracle of it all is that familiarity, not peace, was exactly what I needed to help keep my head clear and my heart calm.”
See her full post below.
A few days after general conference, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf offered the concluding remarks at the 2021 Chaplain Ecclesiastical Endorsement Training for Latter-day Saint chaplains. See a summary from Church News of his remarks below.
By Jason Swensen, Church News
Church-endorsed chaplains serving worldwide work daily with a variety of people marked by both physical and emotional scars.
“You chaplains are a wonderful source of healing because you know where the Master Healer is who has the answers for every concern in life,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Uchtdorf’s instructive, uplifting counsel on Tuesday, Oct. 5, concluded the 2021 Chaplain Ecclesiastical Endorsement Training for Latter-day Saint chaplains. More than 200 Church-endorsed chaplains and their spouses participated, in person or virtually, in the annual seminar traditionally held in conjunction with October general conference.
The gathering is sponsored by the Church’s Military Relations and Chaplain Services office.
This year’s participants wore a variety of uniforms — including those of several branches of the United States Armed Forces, the U.S. Border Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies and fire departments. Church-sponsored civilian chaplains ministering in hospitals, prisons, schools, and other locations also participated.
“Let me just express my gratitude to all of you for your marvelous work and for what you are doing for the Church and for the people around the globe who very much rely on your insights and your willingness to offer time, talents, and love,” said Elder Uchtdorf.
Read more at Church News.