“Two Glorious Days of Inspired Messages,” Ensign, November 2014, 125
“We have experienced two glorious days of inspired messages,” President Thomas S. Monson said at the conclusion of the 184th Semiannual General Conference on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Those messages included the importance of developing a testimony that will enable you to endure all circumstances; following the path of the Savior and becoming a devoted disciple; following and sustaining the prophets; using agency wisely; and making the home a place of love, safety, example, and gospel learning.
In his opening remarks on Saturday, President Monson noted that the Church continues to grow. “We are now more than 15 million strong and increasing in numbers,” President Monson said. “Our missionary efforts are going forward unhindered. We have over 88,000 missionaries serving, sharing the gospel message the world over.”
At the Saturday afternoon session, Elder Carlos H. Amado and Elder William R. Walker of the First Quorum of the Seventy were released and granted emeritus status. Elder Arayik V. Minasyan and Elder Gvido Senkans were released as Area Seventies.
For the first time in general conference, some speakers whose primary language is not English delivered their addresses in their native tongue. Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong spoke in Cantonese, Elder Eduardo Gavarret and Elder Hugo E. Martinez in Spanish, and Elder Carlos A. Godoy in Portuguese.
Crowds filled the 21,000-seat Conference Center and overflow areas on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, for each of the conference sessions, which were translated into more than 90 languages and broadcast to more than 170 countries and territories. In addition, proceedings were available on television, radio, satellite transmission, and the Internet, including mobile devices. This conference marked the 90-year anniversary of radio broadcasts and the 65-year anniversary of television broadcasts of conference.