I found it interesting in this past general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that even though the theme was honoring the 200th anniversary of Jospeh Smith’s First Vision, the mission of the Savior remained at the center.
Here are a handful of quotes from some of the speakers who discussed Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His eternal sacrifice made in our behalf:
“Not only does the Savior heal and restore those who sin in ignorance, but also, for those who sin against the light, the Savior offers healing on the condition of repentance and faith in Him.” – James R. Rasband
“Elder James E. Talmage tenderly reminded us, ‘The world’s greatest champion of woman and womanhood is Jesus the Christ.’ In the final analysis of women’s continuing roles in the Restoration, and for us all, what role is preeminent? I testify that it is to hear Him, to follow Him, to trust Him, and to become an extension of His love. I know He lives.” – Joy D. Jones
“You might think of your spiritual memories this way. With constant prayer, a determination to keep our covenants, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, we navigate our way through life.
“When personal difficulty, doubt, or discouragement darken our path, or when world conditions beyond our control lead us to wonder about the future, the spiritually defining memories from our book of life are like luminous stones that help brighten the road ahead, assuring us that God knows us, loves us, and has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to help us return home.” – Neil L. Andersen
“As followers of Christ, we are not spared challenges and trials in our lives. We are often required to do difficult things that, if attempted alone, would be overwhelming and maybe impossible.
“As we accept the Savior’s invitation to ‘come unto me,’ He will provide the support, comfort, and peace that are necessary, just as He did for Nephi and Joseph. Even in our deepest trials, we can feel the warm embrace of His love as we trust Him and accept His will. We can experience the joy reserved for His faithful disciples, for ‘Christ is joy.’” – John A. McCune
“When we take repentance as a joyful opportunity because of our growing faith that Jesus is the Christ, when we understand and believe that Heavenly Father hears our every prayer, when we strive to obey and live the commandments, we grow in our power to receive continuing revelation. The Holy Ghost can be our constant companion. A feeling of light will stay with us even as the world around us becomes darker.” – Henry B. Eyring
“The statue of the Christus, which adorns the grounds of the Paris Temple and other Church properties, testifies of our love for the Savior. The original marble statue is the work of the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen, who sculpted it in 1820 — the same year as the First Vision. The statue stands in stark contrast to most of the artistic renderings of that period, which largely portray the suffering Christ on the cross.
“Thorvaldsen’s work presents the living Christ, who gained victory over death and, with open arms, invites all to come unto Him. Only the prints of the nails in His hands and feet and the wound in His side testify of the indescribable agony He endured to save all mankind.” – Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé
“If you feel the need to eliminate something from your life, reach out to a trusted leader who can help you get on the right path. Your leaders can help you to access the full power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” – Laudy Ruth Kaouk
Charlie Roberts and his wife Janna are preparing to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zambia.