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Neil L. Andersen’s talk "You Know Enough" from October 2008 is a favorite.
At the time, I was struggling with doubts and concerns related to my beliefs about God and the church — and my place within the church and within God’s plan for the eternities. As he spoke, it was comforting and validating to hear this soon-to-be LDS apostle recognize that having doubts is a common experience. Often I’ve felt like an outsider when I’ve had doubts about the church, like I wasn’t a good person or member because my faith was failing in some respect. But as he said those words, "you know enough," and then repeated those same words throughout the talk, I felt like it was one of those cosmic-whoosh-past-present-future moments, when my understanding was enlarged and everything just made sense again, in a way that was comforting and reassuring.
"We each have moments of spiritual power, moments of inspiration and revelation," Andersen said. "We must sink them deep into the chambers of our souls. As we do, we prepare our spiritual home storage for moments of personal difficulty."
Andersen’s words have come back to me on numerous subsequent occasions when my faith has grown weak. I know enough, and I can keep going, in the hopes that those moments of spiritual clarity will increase in frequency.
Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics
My favorite LDS conference talk changes frequently — depending on my questions and needs — but one that is always at or near the top is "Good, Better, Best" by apostle Dallin H. Oaks in October 2007.
I read the talk frequently, because it is always applicable and inevitably helps me better structure my priorities, schedule and passions.
"We have to forgo some good things," Oaks advised, "in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families."
More succinctly, he said, "Just because something is good is not sufficient reason for doing it."
We can all find ourselves overwhelmed with potentially worthy quests (not to mention unworthy time-killers). As the pressures and prospects on each day mount, the key to finding true joy is using your precious time on the best pursuits — ones that will really matter. Being with my family, strengthening my spirituality and working on projects that can improve the lives of others are always the best use of my time. I am grateful for this talk to help me keep life’s demands and opportunities in perspective.
Thomas B. Griffith, adjunct professor, BYU and Stanford law schools and former LDS stake president
The conference sermons that touch me most and to which I return most often for inspiration and guidance are invariably apostolic teachings about the atonement of Christ. Here we see the apostolic witness at its zenith.
The talk by apostle Boyd K. Packer, "The Mediator," given in April 1977, has had a profound impact on my thinking about what we as a people should be doing when we gather in our meetings and lessons and when we reach out to serve others.
Speaking of the atonement of Christ, Packer said, "This truth is the very root of Christian doctrine. You may know much about the gospel as it branches out from there, but if you only know the branches and those branches do not touch that root, if they have been cut free from that truth, there will be no life nor substance nor redemption in them."
When our talks and lessons make a direct and express connection to the atonement of Christ, they are filled with life, substance and redemption. By contrast, when they neglect the atonement, they fall far short of what they can and should be.
The same holds true on a personal level. When my life in the church is focused on the atonement of Christ, it is a rich experience.
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