I know we all share similar feelings at the close of every General Conference, but I think actually being here in Utah, so close to everything, made the Sunday afternoon, concluding session all the more bittersweet. Such feelings of gratitude filled my heart, as the closing prayer was being offered, while at the very same time I was saddened that this conference experience was now ended.

So many personal messages. So much light. So much to ponder...

I always come away from General Conference feeling that I have been lovingly chastised, wisely counseled, my testimony of living prophets and the truthfulness of the gospel strengthened. What more could one ask for? I do think it's interesting that, for me, the chastisements seem to stand out the most, and tend to linger longer. Which then emphasizes the great need for personal repentance, in order for progression to occur. Truly, the Lord chastiseth those whom He loveth. And I certainly felt His love through the many messages of this conference.

L. Tom Perry - The Power of Deliverance

"This year we are studying the Book of Mormon." 

"Many of the stories of the Book of Mormon are stories of deliverance."

"Prophecies foretelling the life and mission of Jesus Christ promise us the deliverance that He will provide. His Atonement and Resurrection provide all of us an escape from physical death, and, if we repent, an escape from spiritual death, bringing with it the blessings of eternal life."

""What a blessing it is to have the account of the mission of our Lord and Savior declared in the Book of Mormon to add a second witness to the doctrine declared in the Bible."

"Neither the Bible nor the Book of Mormon in and of themselves is sufficient. Both are necessary for us to teach and learn about the full and complete doctrine of Christ. The need for the other does not diminish either one of them. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are necessary for our salvation."

"We can be delivered from the ways of evil and wickedness by turning to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. The Savior is the great deliverer for He delivers us from death and sin."

"I declare that Jesus is the Christ, and we can draw close to Him by reading the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ.  The first testaments of Jesus Christ are the Old and New Testaments -- or the Bible.

M. Russel Ballard - That the Lost May Be Found

"We have available to us a tool even more remarkable than the best GPS. Everyone loses their way at some point. It is through the promptings of the Holy Ghost that we can be brought safely back onto the right path; and it is the atoning sacrifice of the Savior that can return us home."

"Being lost can apply to whole societies as well as to individuals. Today we live in a time when much of this world has lost its way, particularly with regard to the values and priorities within our homes."

"There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home…  "

"It is our homes and families that need reforming in this increasingly materialistic and secular world."

"Opposite of what many had thought, prosperity and education seem to be connected to a higher likelihood of having traditional families and values."

"When people make the family and religious commitments to gospel principles, they begin to do better spiritually and often temporally as well."

"The most important cause of our lifetime is our families. If we devote ourselves to this cause we will improve every other aspect of our lives and will become, as a people and as a Church, an example and a beacon for all the peoples of the earth."

"This is not easy in a world where hearts are turning in many directions and where the whole planet seems to be constantly moving and changing at a pace never before imagined."

"The spiritual divide gets even wider as evil becomes ever more deceptive and subtle and pulls people toward it like a dark magnet -- even as the gospel of truth and light attracts the honest in heart and the honorable of the earth who seek what is moral and good."

"The Church is a mooring in this tempestuous sea, an anchor in the churning waters of change and division, and a beacon to those who value and seek righteousness. The Lord uses this Church as a tool in pulling His children throughout the world toward the protection of His Gospel"

"Put everything you do outside the home in subjection to and in support of what happens inside of your home."

"Organize your personal lives to provide time for prayer and scripture and family activity."

"Marriage first and then family. Too much of the world has forgotten this natural order of things and thinks they can change or even reverse it. Remove any of your fear with faith. Trust the power of God to guide you."

"Husbands and wives, you should be equal partners in your marriage."

"As you seek to live the gospel and doctrines of Christ, the Holy Ghost will guide you and your family. You will have a spiritual GPS to tell you always where you are and where you are going."

"I bear witness that the resurrected Redeemer of mankind loves all of us, and He has promised if we will follow Him, He will lead us safely back into the presence of our Heavenly Father."

Neil L. Andersen - What Think Christ of Me?

"Even with His love for all mankind, Jesus reprovingly referred to some around Him as hypocrites, fools, and workers of iniquity. He approvingly called others children of the kingdom and the light of the world."

"He lamented that some were faithless and of the world but others He esteemed as chosen, disciples, friends."

"And so we each ask, "What think Christ of me?"

"In this turbulent environment, we rejoice in being disciples of Jesus Christ. We see the Lord's hand all around us. Our destination is beautifully set before us."

"Being a disciple in these days of destiny will be a badge of honor throughout the eternities."

"The messages we have heard during this conference are guideposts from the Lord on our journey of discipleship."

"Our journey of discipleship is not a dash around the track, or even a lengthy marathon. It is a life-long migration toward a more celestial world."

"We may not be at our very best every day but if we are trying, Jesus' bidding is full of encouragement and hope, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

"Discipleship is believing Him in seasons of peace, and believing Him in seasons of difficulty, when our pain and fear calmed only by the conviction that He loves us and keeps His promises."

"Miracles are not always immediate. At times we thoughtfully wonder why the miracle we have so earnestly prayed for does not happen here and now. As we trust the Savior, promised miracles will occur. Whether in this life or the next, all will be made right."

"I testify that as you love Him, trust Him, believe Him, and follow Him, you will feel His love and approval."

"As you ask, "What thinks Christ of me?" you will know that you are His disciple, you are His friend. By His grace He will do for you what you cannot do for yourself."

Thomas S. Monson - As We Close this Conference

"My heart is full as we come to the close of this glorious conference. We have been so richly blest as we have listened to the counsel and testimonies of those who have spoke to us."

"We have had unprecedented coverage of this conference, reaching across continents and oceans to people everywhere."

"How blessed we are, to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and in our hearts. It provides answers to life's greatest questions. It provides meaning and purpose and hope to our lives."

"We live in troubled times. I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face. He loves each of us and desires to bless us and to help us. May we call upon Him i prayer."

"May your homes be filled with love and courtesy and with the Spirit of the Lord. Love your families."

"My beloved brothers and sisters, I desire with all of my heart to do God's will and to serve Him and to serve you."

"I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you…  May you ponder the truths you have heard, and may they help you to become even better the you were when conference began two days ago."

"I ask the Lord's blessings to be upon you and indeed, upon all of us, and I do so in His holy name -- even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior."

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Kathryn Skaggs

Saturday Morning April 2012 General Conference Highlights
What a day in downtown Salt Lake City, to kick off the April 2012 General Conference. So many highlights! I'm kind of like a kid when it comes to being here in Utah. I love it! And I love the spring with all the blossoms on the trees, and the daffodils popping up everywhere. Life is everywhere!

Saturday Afternoon April 2012 General Conference Highlights
The Saturday afternoon session of the April 2012 General Conference brought with it plenty of Church business with, among other positions, the release and call of the Presiding Bishopric and the General Relief Society Presidency.

Sunday Morning April 2012 General Conference Highlights
The Sunday morning session of the April 2012 General Conference, here in Salt Lake City, brought with it a complete turnaround in the weather. Just the day before it was warm and sunny with evidence of Spring throughout the city.

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