October 2003Saturday Morning SessionSaturday Morning SessionGordon B. HinckleyThe State of the ChurchThis is only the beginning. We have scarcely scratched the surface. We are engaged in a work for the souls of men and women everywhere.Sheldon F. ChildA Sure FoundationOur testimonies … must be built on a sure foundation, deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.Lynn A. MickelsenThe Atonement, Repentance, and Dirty LinenThe promise of the Lord is that He will cleanse our garments with His blood. … He can redeem us from our personal fall.Anne C. PingreeSeeing the Promises Afar OffFaith, the spiritual ability to be persuaded of promises that are seen “afar off” … , is a sure measure of those who truly believe.M. Russell BallardLet Our Voices Be HeardLet us speak out and encourage a more uplifting, inspiring, and acceptable media.James E. FaustLord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine UnbeliefSustaining faith can be the ultimate comfort in life. All of us must find our own testimonies.Saturday Afternoon SessionSaturday Afternoon SessionJames E. FaustThe Sustaining of Church OfficersMy brothers and sisters, President Hinckley has requested that I now present to you the General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, and general auxiliary presidencies of the Church for your sustaining vote.Boyd K. Packer“The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected”However out of step we may seem, however much the standards are belittled, however much others yield, we will not yield, we cannot yield.Robert D. HalesReceiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus ChristFollow the example of Joseph Smith and the pattern of the Restoration. Turn to the scriptures. Kneel in prayer. Ask in faith. Listen to the Holy Ghost.Shirley D. ChristensenThe Clarion Call of ProphetsProphets and apostles stand at the head of this work today as it goes forth to all the world.W. Craig ZwickThe Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy HandIf we will … walk hand in hand with Him in His paths, we will go forward with faith and never feel alone.Dallin H. OaksRepentance and ChangeRepenting means giving up all of our practices—personal, family, ethnic, and national—that are contrary to the commandments of God.Richard G. ScottRealize Your Full PotentialWith all my capacity I encourage you to discover who you really are. … I urge you to discern through the Spirit your divinely given capacities.Priesthood SessionPriesthood SessionRussell M. NelsonPersonal Priesthood ResponsibilityWhen ordained to an office in the priesthood, you are granted authority. But power comes from exercising that authority in righteousness.Monte J. BroughYoung Men—Holders of KeysWe need young men to stand up in their calling, knowing of their ordained right to act in the office to which they are appointed.Merrill J. BatemanPriesthood, Keys, and the Power to BlessIt is expected that worthy holders of the Melchizedek Priesthood will use the power delegated to them to bless others, starting with their own families.James E. FaustThe Phenomenon That Is YouBegin to unlock the knowledge of who you really are by learning more about your forebears.Thomas S. MonsonBring Him HomeWe can, with the Lord’s help, reach out and rescue those for whom we have responsibility.Gordon B. HinckleyThe Shepherds of IsraelI thank the Lord for good bishops in this Church. … May you know that peace which comes alone from God to those who serve Him.Sunday Morning SessionSunday Morning SessionThomas S. MonsonThe Bridge BuilderJesus Christ … has built the bridges over which we must cross if we are to reach our heavenly home.Jeffrey R. HollandThe Grandeur of GodIn word and in deed Jesus was trying to reveal and make personal to us the true nature of His Father, our Father in Heaven.Charles A. DidierThe Message of the RestorationThe message of the Restoration is [an] invitation to know why the gospel of Jesus Christ and His true Church have been restored by a prophet in modern times.Sydney S. ReynoldsHe Knows Us; He Loves UsThe Lord … knows who we are and where we are, and He knows who needs our help.Joseph B. WirthlinThree ChoicesI would like to offer my own self-improvement program. It consists of three steps that have been useful to me.Gordon B. HinckleyAn Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the WorldIf we are to [be] an ensign to the nations and a light to the world, we must take on more of the luster of the life of Christ.Sunday Afternoon SessionSunday Afternoon SessionL. Tom PerryWe Believe All That God Has RevealedGod continues to reveal His will to mankind, as He has in all periods of time when He has had authorized servants upon the earth.Henry B. EyringAn Enduring Testimony of the Mission of the Prophet JosephThe Prophet Joseph is an example and a teacher of enduring well in faith. … I thank and love him as the Lord’s prophet of the Restoration.William W. Parmley“Come, Follow Me”The admonition to “Come, follow me” and the question “What would Jesus do?” provide powerful guidelines for living.Quentin L. CookAre You a Saint?If we are to be Saints in our day, we need to separate ourselves from evil conduct and destructive pursuits that are prevalent in the world.Richard C. EdgleyThe Empowerment of HumilityThe strength of the Church is in the millions of humble members striving every day to do the will of the Savior.Neal A. MaxwellHow Choice a Seer!If Joseph Smith had been the conduit for only one such divine revelation, it would be, standing alone, sufficient to ensure his prophetic greatness.Gordon B. HinckleyLet Us Live the Gospel More FullyWhat a tremendous work you are doing, you faithful Latter-day Saints all across the world, who carry in your hearts a firm and unswerving testimony.General Relief Society MeetingGeneral Relief Society MeetingBonnie D. ParkinChoosing Charity: That Good PartI invite you to not only love each other more but love each other better.Kathleen H. HughesIn Covenant with HimOur sisterhood includes all ages and backgrounds; we are connected by the covenants we have made.Anne C. PingreeChoose Ye Therefore Christ the LordWhen a woman chooses to have Christ at the center of her own heart, … she brings the Lord into the core of her home and family.Gordon B. HinckleyTo the Women of the ChurchThank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. May the blessings of heaven rest upon you.