April 2000 Saturday Morning Session Saturday Morning Session Gordon B. HinckleyTo All the World in TestimonyIn this great hall … the voices of prophets will go out to all the world in testimony of the Redeemer of mankind. Boyd K. PackerThe Cloven Tongues of FireIn every language, the Spirit of God—the Holy Ghost—guides, or can guide, every member of the Church. Harold G. HillamFuture LeadersI pray that you young people will develop a reverence for sacred things, a respect for your elders, and a willingness to keep the commandments. I pray that you will learn to know of the Savior. Coleen K. MenloveLiving Happily Ever AfterThe Savior, Jesus Christ, showed us the way to happiness and told us everything we need to do to be happy. Dallin H. OaksResurrectionResurrection is much more than merely reuniting a spirit to a body. … The resurrection is a restoration that brings back “carnal for carnal” and “good for that which is good” (Alma 41:13). James E. FaustThe Shield of FaithNever before in the history of the world has the need for faith in God been greater. Saturday Afternoon Session Saturday Afternoon Session Thomas S. MonsonThe Sustaining of Church OfficersMy brothers and sisters, President Hinckley has requested that I, Brother Monson, now present to you the General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, and general auxiliary presidencies of the Church for your sustaining vote. Ted E. DavisThe Church Audit Committee Report F. Michael WatsonStatistical Report, 1999Brothers and sisters, at the direction of the First Presidency the following statistical report represents the membership growth and status of the Church for the year ending 31 December 1999. This information is based on reports that were received prior to general conference: L. Tom Perry“Thou Shalt Give Heed unto All His Words”The continued expansion of technology will only bring the messages to us. … [But it is] the challenge of each individual and family … to internalize the messages of the gospel. Glenn L. PaceA Temple for West AfricaIt has been inspiring to see the Lord’s hand in bringing the forces together which will lead to an inevitable victory. There will be a temple in West Africa. Jay E. JensenKeep an Eternal PerspectiveIf we can help people first understand the plan, they will find a deeper and more permanent motivation to keep the commandments. Gary J. Coleman“Are You Still Here?”I have learned from the scriptures and the living prophets that this life is the time to prepare ourselves to meet God and one day enjoy eternal life with Him. M. Russell Ballard“How Is It with Us?”The most important thing every one of us can do is to examine our own commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. David B. HaightFaith, Devotion, and GratitudeI hope that we have grateful hearts for the knowledge that we have and the testimonies we have and for the feelings we have. Priesthood Session Priesthood Session Richard G. ScottThe Sanctity of WomanhoodEach of us absolutely must help each daughter of God we can to realize what sacred characteristics Father in Heaven has given her. H. David BurtonHonoring the PriesthoodPriesthood isn’t something we take off during the week and put on for Sunday. It is a 24-7 privilege and blessing—that is, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Angel AbreaYour Own Personal TestimonyThe Holy Ghost has the power to bring light and understanding to our lives, but we must pay the price to seek and win His companionship. James E. FaustThe Power of Self-MasterySelf-mastery … is the ultimate test of our character. Thomas S. MonsonYour Eternal VoyageLet us consider our callings, let us reflect on our responsibilities, let us determine our duty, and let us follow Jesus Christ our Lord. Gordon B. HinckleyThe Stake PresidentStake presidents have been called under the same inspiration under which the General Authorities were called. I pray for these, my beloved brethren, that the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon them. Sunday Morning Session Sunday Morning Session Thomas S. MonsonYour Eternal HomeIn a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade—not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully. Joseph B. WirthlinFinding a Safe HarborIn our own storms in life the Savior is our solace and our sanctuary. If we seek peace, we must come unto Him. Earl C. TingeyThe Widows of ZionThe Lord loves widows. … [We] should care for and assist the widows within our family, home, ward, and neighborhood. Mary Ellen W. SmootWe Are CreatorsCreate homes filled with love and serenity. Relieve suffering. Create enduring testimonies of eternal truths in ourselves and others. Henry B. EyringWatch Over and StrengthenThe Savior will let you feel the love He feels for those you serve. The call is an invitation to become like Him. Gordon B. HinckleyMy TestimonyOf all the things for which I feel grateful … , one stands out preeminently. That is a living testimony of Jesus Christ. Sunday Afternoon Session Sunday Afternoon Session Neal A. MaxwellContent with the Things Allotted unto UsLife’s necessary defining moments come within our allotments. … Our responses are what matter. Sufficient unto each life are the tests thereof! Jeffrey R. HollandAs Doves to Our WindowsMay we do as much with the blessings we have been given as [our ancestors] did out of the deprivations so many of them faced. In such abundance may we never “forget the Lord.” Yoshihiko KikuchiHeavenly Father Has a Special PlanI know that your Heavenly Father has a special plan for you and your family to return to live with Him. Let’s go home. Loren C. Dunn“Because My Father Sent Me”A father succeeds when he steps forward and accepts his commitment as a father, always loving, praying for and doing what he can for his family, and never giving up. John B. DicksonA Brief Introduction to the ChurchWe declare that the great restoration that the ancient prophets spoke of began in 1820 when the Lord called a young man named Joseph Smith to reestablish the Church. Russell M. NelsonThe CreationGrand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be. Gordon B. HinckleyA Time of New BeginningsLet us take a little time to meditate, to think of what we can do to improve our lives and to become better examples of what a Latter-day Saint should be. General Young Women Meeting General Young Women Meeting Sharon G. LarsenStanding with GodWhat does it mean to stand as a witness of God? It means we will not bow down or give in or be persuaded to do anything contrary to God’s will. Carol B. ThomasIntegrityIntegrity makes you whole and complete. Margaret D. NadauldStand as a WitnessYou have all you need to stand strong and firm and true because you have the Lord on your side. James E. FaustWomanhood: The Highest Place of HonorI promise you dear young sisters that if you live the standards of personal worthiness contained in the Young Women program, great will be your happiness and endless will be your joy.