This post is part of the General Conference Odessey This week covers the Saturday afternoon session of the April 1997 conference.
I couldn't discern a theme for this session; all of the talks were wonderful, and spiritually filling.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke of bishops and how we can sustain or help them.
Elder Henry B. Eyring spoke of listening to and following prophetic counsel.
Elder Monte J. Brough spoke about knowing your calling is from God.
Elder Sheldon F. Child spoke about honesty being the only policy.
Elder Dennis E. Simmons talked about how Jesus' peace is different from the world's.
Elder Jerald L. Taylor expressed gratitude and bore his testimony.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave his now classic address on motherhood.
So take your pick! Any of the talks could have been given at this last conference. I especially felt comforted by Elder Simmons, "It should be noted that Jesus promised His peace--not the peace that the world gives. The world cries out for freedom from war, from violence, from oppression, from injustice, from contention, from disease and distress. That the Savior did not expect such worldly peace is clear from His concluding remark as He finished His special teaching to His Apostles: 'These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.'" (John 16:33; emphasis added)
Elder Simmons also said, "His peace is that peace, that serenity, that comfort spoken to our hearts and minds by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, as we strive to follow Him and keep His commandments."
We can't have peace following the ways of the world, we must follow the Savior and keep His commandments to have His peace! What a much needed concept in today's world.
Marilyn has more at Light in Leaves.