From the Church

President Nelson asked us to listen for 'pure truth' and 'pure doctrine' at conference. Here are examples from each talk

Image credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

In his opening remarks at the October 2021 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson said, “I invite you to listen for three things during this conference: pure truth, the pure doctrine of Christ, and pure revelation.”

And while the “pure revelation” that came from each speaker’s message may have been unique to individual listeners, here’s our list of one powerful statement of pure truth, or pure doctrine of Christ, from each talk given.

Saturday Morning

The Greatest Possession | Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“If we love God enough to try to be fully faithful to Him, He will give us the ability, the capacity, the will, and the way to love our neighbor and ourselves.”

Come Unto Christ and Dont Come Alone | President Bonnie H. Cordon
“This invitation from the Lord is still extended today. Young women and young men, start now, where you are—in your own home. Pray and ask Heavenly Father how you can support your parents as they continue to come unto Christ and strive to live His gospel. They need you just as much as you need them.”

The Savior’s Abiding Compassion | Elder Ulisses Soares
“My dear friends, I testify that as we strive to incorporate the Savior’s compassionate example into our lives, our capacity to compliment the virtues of our neighbors will increase and our natural instinct to judge their imperfections will decrease.”

The Love of God | Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“As we strive toward Zion, we remember the promise in Revelation: ‘Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the [holy] city.’”

Becoming One in Christ: The Parable of the Slope | Elder Clark G. Gilbert
“Whether we start in abundant or difficult spiritual circumstances, let us keep our sights and our slopes pointed heavenward. As we do, Christ will lift us to a higher place.”

► You may also like: One-third of the October 2021 general conference speakers were new to the pulpit. Learn more about them

A Faithful Search Rewarded | Elder Patrico M. Giuffra
“I invite us all to continually increase our faith in Christ, who has changed the lives of my beloved mother and me and continues to change the lives of all who seek Him.”

The Need for a Church | President Dallin H. Oaks
“Church attendance gives us the strength and enhancement of faith that comes from associating with other believers and worshipping together with those who are also striving to stay on the covenant path and be better disciples of Christ.”

Saturday Afternoon

With the Power of God in Great Glory | Elder David A. Bednar
“I testify and promise that honoring covenants arms us with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.”

Faith to Act and Become | Elder Ciro Schmeil
“Prophets, seers, and revelators. . .are the watchmen on the tower. They see things that we do not see. I testify that through their words we can become better followers of the Savior Jesus Christ and achieve our potential. Jesus Christ lives and knows each one of us individually.”

God’s Love: The Most Joyous to the Soul | Sister Susan H. Porter
“May we open our hearts to receive the pure love that God has for us and then shed forth that love in all we do and are.”

Addressing Mental Health | Elder Erich W. Kopischke
“Learning will lead to more understanding, more acceptance, more compassion, more love. It can lessen tragedy, while helping us develop and manage healthy expectations and healthy interactions.”

► You may also like: This mental health resource was recommended during general conference—read about it here

The Things of My Soul | Elder Ronald A. Rasband
“When we are heavy laden with mistakes, heartaches, feelings of inadequacy, disappointment, anger, or sin, the power of the Savior’s Atonement is, by divine design, one of the things that lifts the soul.”

Preparing for The Second Coming of Christ | Elder Christoffel Golden
“For those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to feel, more than ever before, we are required to confront the reality that we are getting ever closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. True, great difficulties yet await those on the earth at His return, but in this regard, the faithful need not fear.”

Favored of the Lord in All my Days | Elder Moises Villanueva
“Our Savior Jesus Christ understands our pains and our afflictions. He wants to ease our burdens and comfort us. We must follow His example, by serving and ministering to those with even greater burdens than our own.”

Simple Beautiful—Beautifully Simple | Elder Gary E. Stevenson
“May we keep the gospel simple as we take upon us our divinely appointed responsibilities to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. . . . Doing so will surely bring joy and peace.”

Saturday Evening

“Lovest Thou Me More Than These?” | President M. Russell Ballard
“One way to demonstrate our love is by joining family, friends, and neighbors in doing some small things to better serve each other. Do things that make this world a better place.”

I Pray He’ll Use Us | Sister Sharon Eubank
“As baptized members of the Church, we are under covenant to care for those in need. Our individual efforts don’t necessarily require money or far-away locations; they do require the guidance of the Holy Spirit and a willing heart to say to the Lord: ‘Here am I, send me.’”

► You may also like: 16 simple ways to be a humanitarian from Sister Eubank

Is There No Balm in Gilead? | Elder Brent H. Nielson
“The Savior’s redeeming and healing power can cover any sin, wound, or trial, no matter how large or how difficult—and there are leftovers. His grace is sufficient. With that knowledge, we can move forward with faith knowing that when difficult times come, and they surely will, or when sin encompasses our lives, the Savior stands with ‘healing in His wings’ inviting us to come unto Him.”

Deepening Our Conversion to Jesus Christ | Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela
“As we study the scriptures, we will better understand God’s plan of salvation and exaltation, and we will trust in the promises that He has made to us in the scriptures, as well as in the promises and blessings of modern prophets.”

Worthiness Is Not Flawlessness | Brother Bradley R. Wilcox
“When you feel like you have failed too many times to keep trying, remember Christ’s Atonement—and the grace it makes possible—are real.”

To Be a Follower of Jesus Christ | Elder Alfred Kyungu
“Let us have the courage to do what is right, even when it is unpopular; the courage to defend our faith and to act by faith. Let us have the courage to repent daily; the courage to accept God's will and obey His commandments. Let us have the courage to live righteously and to do what is expected of us in our various responsibilities and positions.”

Hold Up Your Light | Elder Marcus B. Nash
“Joy. Hope. Sustaining power from God. Protection from temptation. Healing. All of these—and more (including forgiveness of sins)—distill upon us from heaven as we share the gospel.”

The Faith to Ask and Then to Act | President Henry B. Eyring
“As our faith in Jesus Christ will have led us to ask the Father for answers, that faith will also have brought the Savior’s softening touch enough for us to hear His direction and be determined and excited to obey.”

Sunday Morning

Daily Restoration | Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“We can navigate our way through the darkness and trials of this life and find our way back to our loving Heavenly Father if we seek and accept the spiritual landmarks He has provided, embrace personal revelation, and strive for daily restoration. This is how we become true disciples of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Invite Christ to Author Your Story | President Camille N. Johnson
“Why do we want the Savior to be the author and the finisher of our stories? Because He knows our potential perfectly, He will take us to places we never imagined ourselves. He may make us a David or an Esther. He will stretch us and refine us to be more like Him. The things we will achieve as we act with more faith will increase our faith in Jesus Christ.”

The Peace of Christ Abolishes Enmity | Elder Dale G. Renlund
“If we are not one, we are not His. My invitation is to be valiant in putting our love of God and discipleship of the Savior above all other considerations. Let us uphold the covenant inherent in our discipleship—the covenant to be one.”

A House of Sequential Order | Elder Vaiangina Sikahema
“We’ve come to earth to learn and gain experience we would not otherwise have. Our growth is unique to each of us individually and a vital component of Heavenly Father’s plan. Our physical and spiritual growth begins in stages and develops slowly as we gain experience sequentially.”

Personal Peace in Challenging Times | Elder Quentin L. Cook
“I assure you that the joy, love, and fulfillment experienced in loving righteous families produces both peace and happiness. Love and kindness are at the center of having Zion in our hearts and homes.”

The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation | President Russell M. Nelson
“Whenever any kind of upheaval occurs in your life, the safest place to be spiritually is living inside your temple covenants!”

Sunday Afternoon

Trust Again | Elder Gerrit W. Gong
“Trust becomes real when we do hard things with faith. Service and sacrifice increase capacity and refine hearts. Trust in God and each other brings heaven’s blessings.”

Giving Holiness to the Lord | Bishop L. Todd Budge
“As we observe our covenants by sacrifice, we are made holy through the grace of Jesus Christ, and at the altars of the holy temple, with broken hearts and contrite spirits, we give our holiness to the Lord.”

Remember Thy Suffering Saints, O Our God | Elder Anthony D. Perkins
“When we keep our sacrament covenant to always remember Him, He promises that His Spirit will be with us. The Spirit gives us strength to endure trials and do what we cannot possibly do on our own.”

One Percent Better | Elder Michael A. Dunn
“It is He who knows when a sparrow falls that is likewise focused on the minute as well as the momentous moments in our lives and who is ready right now to assist you in whatever your 1 percent quest is coming out of this conference.”

Facing Our Spiritual Hurricanes by Believing in Christ | Elder Sean Douglas
“Doubt is an enemy of faith and joy. Just as warm ocean water is the breeding ground for hurricanes, doubt is the breeding ground for spiritual hurricanes. Just as belief is a choice, so is doubt. When we choose to doubt, we choose to be acted upon, yielding power to the adversary, thereby leaving us weak and vulnerable.”

Miracles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ | Elder Carlos G. Revillo Jr.
“As we live and obey the principles and ordinances of the gospel, we are blessed, changed, and converted to becoming more like Jesus Christ.”

Look Down the Road | Elder Alvin F. Meredith III
“Focusing on Christ requires discipline, especially about the small and simple spiritual habits that help us become better disciples. There is no discipleship without discipline.”

The Name of the Church Is Not Negotiable | Elder Neil L. Andersen
“When we willingly follow the counsel of the Lord as revealed through His living prophet, especially if it runs counter to our initial thinking, requiring humility and sacrifice, the Lord blesses us with additional spiritual power.”

Make Time for the Lord | President Russell M. Nelson
“The voices and pressures of the world are engaging and numerous. But too many voices are deceptive, seductive, and can pull us off the covenant path. To avoid the inevitable heartbreak that follows, I plead with you today to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life—each and every day.”

Stay in the loop!
Enter your email to receive updates on our LDS Living content