Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was the first to address the second session, telling the audience, especially the youth, not to be afraid—to believe.
“For nearly two years, a pandemic of biblical proportions has enveloped our planet, and while this plague has ended almost everything socially, it has obviously not ended the brutality, violence and politically cruel aggression,” Holland said. “As if that weren’t enough, we still face long-standing social and cultural challenges, ranging from economic deprivation to environmental desecration to racial inequality and more.”
Holland noted that President Russell M. Nelson said this generation of young people have the ability to have “more impact [for good] on the world than any previous generation.
He added, “Our children are the trustees in whose hands the destiny of this church will be placed.”
Holland taught that all have the light of Christ and all should recognize him.
“Leaders, advisors, friends, family — watch for signs of depression, hopelessness, or anything that portends self-harm. Offer your help. Listen,” he pleaded. “Make some kind of intervention, if necessary. For all of our struggling young people, no matter what your concerns or difficulties, death by suicide is clearly not the answer. It will not relieve the pain you are feeling or that you see yourself causing.
“In a world that desperately needs all the light it can get, please don’t belittle the eternal light that God put in your soul before this world was. Talk to someone. Ask for help. Don’t destroy a life that Christ gave his life for. You can endure the struggles of this mortal life because we will help you endure them. You are stronger than you think. Help is available, from others and especially from God. You are loved, valued and needed,” Holland added.
Patrick Kearon of the Seventy added to Holland’s thoughts, saying, “These are some of the powerful and comforting promises our family has found. Imagine that the Lord speaks these words to you—to you who survive—because they are for you: Do not be afraid. I know your sorrows, and I have come to deliver you. I will not leave you. My name is upon you and my angels have charge over you. I will do wonders among you. Walk with me; learn from me; I will give you rest. I am among you. You’re mine.”
Kearon has made it clear to those who have been abused of any kind that they are not guilty, it is not their fault.
“Even though it may seem impossible, seem impossible, healing can come from the miracle of redemptive power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, who rose again ‘with healing under his wings.’ Our merciful Saviour, victorious over darkness and depravity, has the power to right all wrongs, a life-giving truth to those wronged by others.
Kearon went on to say that there is no place for abuse in any home in the world, that no one “deserves” to be beaten.
“The Lord Himself is clear in His condemnation of all abuse: ‘But whoever shall offend one of these little ones…it would be better for him that a millstone hang around his neck and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea”. sea,” Kearon said.
In saying that the value of souls is great in the eyes of God, Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis said, “You were prepared before this life and are born now to participate in the great work of gathering Israel on both sides of the veil. , in these last days.
He encouraged young people to prepare to be missionaries, that the world tries to distract young people from this most sacred responsibility using fear and insecurities.
“Everyone will have their own set of challenges. Such distractions can arise precisely when embarking on the service of the Lord, and the choices that seem obvious later are not always so easy in the moment,” Aidukaitis said. “Serving a full-time mission can be difficult for us. Maybe it requires us to let go of important things for a while. The Lord certainly knows this and He will always be with us.
Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve posed a question to listeners: “Do you know your history?
“Born in 837 AD, my 30th great-grandfather, First Dragon Gong, founded our family village in southern China. The first time I visited Gong Village, people said, ” Wenhan huilaile’ (Gerrit is back),” Gong said. “On my mother’s side, our living family tree includes thousands of family names, with more to discover. We each have more family to connect with. If you think your great-aunt has completed your entire family genealogy, please find your cousins Connect your living memory surnames with the 10 billion searchable names FamilySearch now has in its online collection and 1.3 billion individuals in his family tree.
When asked where meaning in life comes from, most people put family first. This includes family life and the past. Of course, when we die, we don’t cease to exist. We continue to live on the other side of the veil, noted Gong.
“Discovering family and belonging to ancestors can change our lives in surprising ways. From their trials and achievements, we gain faith and strength,” Gong said. “From their love and their sacrifices, we learn to forgive and move on.”
Asking if the plan is working, Adrian Ochoa of the Seventy said: “We all face strong winds that can shake our faith and sink us. When this happens, remember that Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness has another name: the plan of redemption. The plan wasn’t for us to glide through life easily, never stumble, never sink, always with a smile on our face. Our Heavenly Father knew we would need to be redeemed. This is why He prepared the plan of redemption. That’s why He sent a Redeemer. When we struggle – for whatever reason – it doesn’t mean the plan isn’t working. This is when we need the plan the most! »
Kevin S. Hamilton of the Seventy added: “One of Satan’s greatest lies is that men and women cannot change. This untruth is told and retold in many different ways as the world says we simply cannot change. Or even worse, that we shouldn’t change. We are taught that our circumstances define us. We should ’embrace who we really are’, the world says, ‘and be authentic to our true selves.’
While it is indeed good to be authentic, we need to be authentic to our true selves, Hamilton said.
“If our goal is to be authentic to this divine nature and destiny, then we will all have to change,” Hamilton said. “The scriptural word for change is repentance. ‘Too many people,’ President Russell M. Nelson teaches, ‘view repentance as a punishment—something to be avoided except in the direst of circumstances…When Jesus asks you and me to leave’ repent’, he invites us to change’.
Hamilton notes three things that need changing. People are required to humble themselves, to have faith in Jesus Christ and by his grace he can make weak things strong.
Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the session’s final speaker, taught that an individual’s personal conversion includes the responsibility to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
“In the Lord’s Preface to the Doctrine and Covenants, a comprehensive statement of the Lord’s purpose for us was presented. He said: ‘Therefore I, the Lord, knowing the calamity which would befall the inhabitants of the earth, called my servant Joseph Smith, Jr., and spoke to him from heaven and gave commandments; … He further teaches: ‘That the fulness of my gospel may be proclaimed by the weak and the simple to the ends of the world…’ This includes full-time missionaries. This includes all of us,” Cook said.
Music for the Saturday afternoon session was provided by a combined BYU-Idaho student choir.