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  • We are grateful to President Eyring and President Oaks

  • for their inspired messages, and to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

  • for the beautiful music they have

  • provided this Easter morning.

  • It will now be my privilege to speak

  • to you, brothers and sisters.

  • Following my remarks, the choir will sing "He Is Risen."

  • The benediction will then be offered by Elder Joaquin

  • Costa of the Seventy.

  • What a glorious privilege it has been

  • to celebrate Easter with you on this Sunday

  • of general conference!

  • Nothing could be more fitting than to commemorate

  • the most important event that ever occurred on this earth

  • by worshipping the most important being who ever walked

  • this earth.

  • In this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

  • we worship Him who commenced His infinite Atonement

  • in the Garden of Gethsemane.

  • He was willing to suffer for the sins and weaknesses of each

  • of us, which suffering caused Him "to bleed at every pore."

  • He was crucified on Calvary's cross

  • and rose the third day as the first resurrected being

  • of our Heavenly Father's children.

  • I love Him and testify that He lives!

  • It is He who leads and guides His Church.

  • Without our Redeemer's infinite Atonement, not one of us

  • would have hope of ever returning

  • to our Heavenly Father.

  • Without His Resurrection, death would be the end.

  • Our Savior's Atonement made eternal life

  • a possibility and immortality a reality for all.

  • It is because of His transcendent mission

  • and the peace He grants His followers that my wife, Wendy,

  • and I felt comfort late on January 2, 2018,

  • when we were awakened by a phone call telling us

  • that President Thomas S. Monson had stepped through the veil.

  • How we miss President Monson!

  • We honor his life and his legacy.

  • A spiritual giant, he left an indelible imprint

  • upon all who knew him and upon the Church that he loved.

  • On Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the upper room of the Salt Lake

  • Temple, the First Presidency was reorganized

  • in the simple yet sacred pattern established by the Lord.

  • Then at yesterday morning's solemn assembly,

  • members of the Church throughout the world

  • raised their hands to confirm the earlier

  • action taken by the Apostles.

  • I am humbly grateful for your sustaining support.

  • I am also grateful for those upon whose shoulders I stand.

  • It has been my privilege to serve

  • in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 34 years

  • and to know personally 10 of the 16 previous Presidents

  • of the Church.

  • I learned much from each of them.

  • I also owe much to my forebears.

  • All eight of my great-grandparents

  • were converts to the Church in Europe.

  • Each of these stalwart souls sacrificed everything

  • to come to Zion.

  • During subsequent generations, however, not all my ancestors

  • remained so committed.

  • As a result, I was not raised in a gospel-centered home.

  • I adored my parents.

  • They meant the world to me and taught me crucial lessons.

  • I cannot thank them enough for the happy home life they

  • created for me and my siblings.

  • And yet, even as a boy, I knew I was missing something.

  • One day I jumped on the streetcar

  • and went to an LDS bookstore to find a book about the Church.

  • I loved learning about the gospel.

  • As I came to understand the Word of Wisdom,

  • I wanted my parents to live that law.

  • So, one day when I was very young, I went to our basement

  • and smashed on the concrete floor every bottle of liquor!

  • I expected my father to punish me, but he never said a word.

  • As I matured and began to understand

  • the magnificence of Heavenly Father's plan,

  • I often said to myself, "I don't want one more Christmas

  • present!

  • I just want to be sealed to my parents."

  • That longed-for event did not happen

  • until my parents were past 80, and then it did happen.

  • I cannot fully express the joy I felt that day.

  • And each day, I feel that joy of their sealing and my sealing

  • to them.

  • In 1945, while I was in medical school,

  • I married Dantzel White in the Salt Lake Temple.

  • She and I were blessed with nine splendid daughters and one

  • precious son.

  • El ultimo.

  • Today our ever-growing family is one of the greatest

  • joys of my life.

  • In 2005, after nearly 60 years of marriage,

  • my dear Dantzel was unexpectedly called home.

  • For a season, my grief was almost immobilizing.

  • But the message of Easter and the promise of resurrection

  • sustained me.

  • Then the Lord brought Wendy Watson to my side.

  • We were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 6, 2006.

  • How I love her!

  • She is an extraordinary woman--a great blessing to me,

  • to our family, and to the entire Church.

  • Each of these blessings has come as a result

  • of seeking and heeding the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

  • Said President Lorenzo Snow, "This is the grand privilege

  • of every Latter-day Saint ... that it is our right to have

  • the manifestations of the Spirit every day of our lives."

  • One of the things the Spirit has repeatedly

  • impressed upon my mind since my new calling

  • as President of the Church is how willing the Lord is

  • to reveal His mind and will.

  • The privilege of receiving revelation

  • is one of the greatest gifts of God to His children.

  • Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost,

  • the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits.

  • I remember in an operating room, I have stood over

  • a patient--unsure about how to perform an unprecedented

  • procedure--and experienced the Holy Ghost diagramming

  • the technique in my mind.

  • To strengthen my proposal to Wendy, I said to her,

  • "I know about revelation and how to receive it."

  • To her credit--and, as I have come to learn,

  • typical of her--she had already sought and received her own

  • revelation about us, which gave her the courage to say yes.

  • As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,

  • I prayed daily for revelation and gave thanks to the Lord

  • every time He spoke to my heart and mind.

  • Imagine the miracle of it!

  • Whatever our Church calling, we can pray to our Heavenly Father

  • and receive guidance and direction,

  • be warned about dangers and distractions,

  • and be enabled to accomplish things we simply

  • could not do on our own.

  • If we will truly receive the Holy Ghost

  • and learn to discern and understand His promptings,

  • we will be guided in matters large and small.

  • When I recently faced the daunting task

  • of choosing two counselors, I wondered

  • how I could possibly choose just two from twelve men whom I love

  • and respect.

  • Because I know that good inspiration is

  • based upon good information, I prayerfully met one-on-one

  • with each Apostle.

  • I then sequestered myself in a private room in the temple

  • and sought the Lord's will.

  • I testify that the Lord instructed

  • me to select President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B.

  • Eyring to serve as my counselors in the First Presidency.

  • In like manner, I testify that the Lord inspired

  • the call of Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares

  • to be ordained as His Apostles.

  • I and we welcome them to this unique brotherhood of service.

  • When we convene as a Council of the First Presidency

  • and Quorum of the Twelve, our meeting rooms

  • become rooms of revelation.

  • The Spirit is palpably present.

  • As we wrestle with complex matters,

  • a thrilling process unfolds as each Apostle freely expresses

  • his thoughts and point of view.

  • Though we may differ in our initial perspectives,

  • the love we feel for each other is constant.

  • Our unity helps us to discern the Lord's will for His Church.

  • In our meetings, the majority never rules!

  • We listen prayerfully to one another

  • and talk with each other until we are united.

  • Then when we have reached complete accord,

  • the unifying influence of the Holy Ghost is spine-tingling!

  • We experience what the Prophet Joseph Smith

  • knew when he taught, "By union of feeling

  • we obtain power with God."

  • No member of the First Presidency

  • or Quorum of the Twelve would ever

  • leave decisions for the Lord's Church to his own best

  • judgment!

  • Brothers and sisters, how can we become the men and women--the

  • Christlike servants--the Lord needs us to be?

  • How can we find answers to questions that perplex us?

  • If Joseph Smith's transcendent experience in the Sacred Grove

  • teaches us anything, it is that the heavens are open

  • and that God speaks to His children.

  • The Prophet Joseph Smith set a pattern for us

  • to follow in resolving our questions.

  • Drawn to the promise of James that if we lack wisdom

  • we may ask of God, the boy Joseph

  • took his question directly to Heavenly Father.

  • He sought personal revelation, and his seeking

  • opened this last dispensation.

  • In like manner, what will your seeking open for you?

  • What wisdom do you lack?

  • What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand?

  • Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph.

  • Find a quiet place where you can regularly go.

  • Humble yourself before God.

  • Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father.

  • Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.

  • Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns,

  • your fears, your weaknesses--yes,

  • the very longings of your heart.

  • And then listen!

  • Write the thoughts that come to your mind.

  • Record your feelings and follow through with actions

  • that you are prompted to take.

  • As you repeat this process day after day, month after month,

  • year after year, you will "grow into the principle

  • of revelation."

  • Does God really want to speak to you?

  • Yes!

  • "As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop

  • the Missouri river in its decreed course ...

  • as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down

  • knowledge from heaven upon the heads

  • of the Latter-day Saints."

  • You don't have to wonder about what is true.

  • You do not have to wonder whom you can safely trust.

  • Through personal revelation, you can receive your own witness

  • that the Book of Mormon is the word of God,

  • that Joseph Smith is a prophet of this dispensation,

  • and that this is the Lord's Church.

  • Regardless of what others may say or do,

  • no one can ever take away a witness borne to your heart

  • and mind about what is true.

  • I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability

  • to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that

  • "if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon

  • revelation, knowledge upon knowledge,

  • that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable

  • things--that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life

  • eternal."

  • There is so much more that your Father in Heaven

  • wants you to know.

  • As Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, "To those who have eyes to see

  • and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son

  • are giving away the secrets of the universe!"

  • Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination

  • of increased purity, exact obedience,

  • earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ

  • in the Book of Mormon, and regular time

  • committed to temple and family history work.

  • To be sure, there may be times when you feel as

  • though the heavens are closed.

  • But I promise that as you continue to be obedient,

  • expressing gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you,

  • and as you patiently honor the Lord's timetable,

  • you will be given the knowledge and understanding you seek.

  • Every blessing the Lord has for you--even miracles--will

  • follow.