“True Disciples of the Savior” by Terrence M. Vinson

General Conference, October 2019 – Saturday Morning Session – “True Disciples of the Savior” by Elder Terrence M. Vinson, Of the Presidency of the Seventy

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:6-7

These verses emphasize the futility of prioritizing the things of no eternal consequence above the things of the Lord. I especially love the image of putting coins into a bag with holes in it, what a futile activity!

We need to be committed about living the gospel.

We won’t be continually enveloped in blessings or have constant success, but we will have joy when we are giving our all. The Lord values our sacrifices and efforts more than our successes!

“There is no treasure, nor any hobby, nor any status, nor any social media, nor any video games, nor any sport, nor any association with a celebrity, nor anything on earth that is more precious than eternal life.” (Vinson, 2019)

I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.

2 Nephi 33:6

“The Message, the Meaning, & the Multitude” by Jeffrey R. Holland

General Conference, October 2019 – Saturday Morning Session – “The Message, the Meaning, and the Multitude” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Holland began his talk by sharing a story from the New Testament

“It came to pass, that as [Jesus] was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the wayside begging:

“… Hearing [a] multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.

“… They told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.

“And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”

Matthew 20:30-34 and Mark 10:46-52

Though the crowd tried to silence him, the blind man continued to call out to Jesus, who heard him and healed his sight.

The blind man was surrounded by spiritually sensitive people who identified Christ as the “reason for the commotion.”

General conference will mean little or nothing to us unless we are able to find Christ at the center of it. Past the hustle and bustle of it all, we must find the true meaning of it all, the beating heart of the eternal gospel.

We are to seek, above all else, the meaning of Jesus in the temple.

For behold, I say unto you there be many things to come; and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all–for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people.

Alma 7:7

Christ is at the center of our lives and our service. This is the true meaning.