April 2002 Saturday Morning Session Saturday Morning Session The Church Goes ForwardNo other church to come out of the soil of America has grown so fast nor spread so widely. … It is a phenomenon without precedent. ChildrenThere is in what we believe, there is in what we teach, counsel, commandments, even warnings that we are to protect, to love, to care for, and to “teach [children] to walk in the ways of truth.” The Law of TithingThe Lord has established the law of tithing as the law of revenue of His Church. … It is also a law by which we show our loyalty to the Lord. Developing Inner StrengthHow do you and I become so converted to the truth, so full of faith, so dependent on God that we are able to meet trials and even be strengthened by them? “Follow Me”Those who, in faith, leave their nets and follow the Savior will experience happiness beyond their ability to comprehend. Hidden WedgesLet’s not pass to future generations the grievances, the anger of our time. Let’s remove any hidden wedges that can do nothing but destroy. Saturday Afternoon Session Saturday Afternoon Session The 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. Church Auditing Department ReportTo the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Statistical Report, 2001Brothers and sisters, the First Presidency has issued the following report concerning the growth and status of the Church as of 31 December 2001: Full Conversion Brings HappinessYour happiness now and forever is conditioned on your degree of conversion and the transformation that it brings to your life. True FriendsAll of us will be tested. And all of us need true friends to love us, to listen to us, to show us the way, and to testify of truth to us. Faith Obedience“Faith obedience” is a matter of trust. The question is simple: Do we trust our Heavenly Father? Do we trust our prophets? Being TeachableBy being teachable, we activate the full force and blessings of the Atonement in our lives. The Gospel in Our LivesHe has given us His Atonement, His gospel, and His Church, a sacred combination that gives us the assurance of immortality and the opportunity for eternal life. Consecrate Thy PerformanceIn pondering and pursuing consecration, understandably we tremble inwardly at what may be required. Yet the Lord has said consolingly, “My grace is sufficient for you” (D&C 17:8). Priesthood Session Priesthood Session Becoming Men in Whom the Spirit of God IsThe Lord is bound by solemn covenant to bless our lives according to our faithfulness. Only He can turn us into men in whom the Spirit of God, namely the Holy Ghost, is. This Road We Call LifeAs you stay on the right path, the reward at the end of life’s journey is well worth the moments of adversity you experience along the way. Becoming a Great Benefit to Our Fellow BeingsI pray that you wonderful young men will not only be worthy to receive ministering angels, but that you … will become a ministering angel in the lives of others. It Can’t Happen to MeYour future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity. They Pray and They GoLet us, as a mighty body of priesthood, be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Let us pray, then let us go and do. Personal Worthiness to Exercise the PriesthoodOur behavior in public must be above reproach. Our behavior in private is even more important. It must clear the standard set by the Lord. Sunday Morning Session Sunday Morning Session The Lifeline of PrayerEach of us has problems that we cannot solve and weaknesses that we cannot conquer without reaching out through prayer to a higher source of strength. The Other ProdigalNo one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us—insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. For Thy GoodOut of our adversity we might seek our greatest triumphs, and the day may well come that from our challenges we will understand the familiar words “for thy good.” The Language of LoveEvery child needs regular reports affirming, “You are known. You are valued. You have potential. You are good.” Out of Darkness into His Marvelous LightThe emblems of the Savior’s Atonement remind us that we need not stumble in darkness. We can have His light with us always. We Walk by FaithWe reach toward the unknown, but faith lights the way. If we will cultivate that faith, we shall never walk in darkness. Sunday Afternoon Session Sunday Afternoon Session How Firm Our FoundationThe foundation of one’s individual faith, if anchored firmly to eternal truth, allows each of us to reach upward with an eternal perspective. Eternal Life through Jesus ChristTo know the Lord Jesus Christ, we and all mankind must receive Him. And to receive Him, we must receive His servants. Some Basic Teachings from the History of Joseph SmithConversion is a personal and spiritual process. Every individual must examine these principles for himself. Charity: Perfect and Everlasting LoveAs we increasingly think and act like Him, the attributes of the natural man will slip away to be replaced by the heart and the mind of Christ. Feel the Love of the LordIf I could have one thing happen for every woman in this Church, it would be that they would feel the love of the Lord in their lives. The Opportunity to ServeI know how deeply He loves us and how perfectly compelling His love is for us. I’ll Go Where You Want Me to GoI love Him. I want to do all that I can to serve as He would have me serve. The Peaceable Things of the KingdomPeace—real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being—comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We Look to ChristLike the polar star in the heavens, … there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. General Young Women Meeting General Young Women Meeting Standing in Holy PlacesStanding in holy places is all about being in good company, whether you are alone or with others. Strengthen Home and FamilyThree principles that will help you strengthen your home and family are nurturing, sacrifice, and prayer. Hold High the TorchDevelop the divinity that is within you. Don’t dull the brightness of the spirit you came with from heaven. The Lord needs your goodness and your influence in this world. Pathways to PerfectionExemplify in your lives four tested, specific virtues: an attitude of gratitude, a longing for learning, a devotion to discipline, and a willingness to work.