Janna and I chuckled a few weeks ago when we heard Elder Henry B. Eyring of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say, “Welcome to the Saturday morning session of General Conference.”
It was definitely different to watch the morning session of conference live at 6 p.m. in a Lusaka, Zambia, chapel.
What a wonderful conference! It seemed obvious to me that the theme of this conference was putting an end to divisiveness and treating everyone like the brothers and sisters we truly are. I loved the no-nonsense approach President Russell M. Nelson and Dallin H. Oaks directed to members of the Church concerning the current issues of today.
Here are some notable quotes of their’s and other speakers from the October 2020 General Conference:
“Each of us has a divine potential because each is a child of God. Each is equal in His eyes. The implications of this truth are profound.
“Brothers and sisters, please listen carefully to what I am about to say. God does not love one race more than another. His doctrine on this matter is clear. He invites all to come unto Him, ‘black and white, bond and free, male and female.’
“I grieve that our black brothers and sisters the world over are enduring the pains of racism and prejudice. Today I call upon our members everywhere to lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice. I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.”
– President Russell M. Nelson
“This country should be better in eliminating racism not only against black Americans, who were most visible in the recent protests, but also against Latinos, Asians, and other groups. This nation’s history of racism is not a happy one, and we must do better.”
– President Dallin H. Oaks
“As with all gifts the Father so willingly offers, seeing deeply requires us to ask Him—and then act. Ask to see others as He does—as His true sons and daughters with infinite and divine potential. Then act by loving, serving, and affirming their worth and potential as prompted. As this becomes the pattern of our lives, we will find ourselves becoming ‘true followers of… Jesus Christ.’”
– Michelle D. Craig
“As leaders, we are not under the illusion that in the past all relationships were perfect, all conduct was Christlike, or all decisions were just. However, our faith teaches that we are all children of our Father in Heaven, and we worship Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is our Savior. Our desire is that our hearts and minds will be knit in righteousness and unity and that we will be one with Them.”
– Elder Quentin L. Cook
“In the household of faith there are to be no strangers, no foreigners, no rich and poor, no outside ‘others.’ As ‘fellow citizens with the saints,’ we are invited to change the world for the better, from the inside out, one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.”
– Elder Gerrit W. Gong
“No matter where you live, what language you speak, or the challenges you face, God hears and answers you in His own way and in His own time. Because we are His children, we can approach Him to seek help, solace, and a renewed desire to make a positive difference in the world.”
– President M. Russell Ballard
Our experiences here in Zambia — after only one quick month — re-affirm our beliefs every day that we truly are all brothers and sisters.
Charlie Roberts and his wife Janna are currently serving in the Zambia Lusaka Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.