In his first tackle of October 2022 common convention, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strongly reaffirmed the religion’s place on abuse.
“Let me be completely clear: Any form of abuse of ladies, youngsters or anybody is an abomination to the Lord,” President Russell M. Nelson mentioned throughout his remarks on the finish of the Saturday morning session.
“He grieves and I grieve each time anybody is harmed. He mourns, and all of us mourn, for every one who has fallen sufferer to abuse of any form. Those that perpetrate these hideous acts should not solely accountable to the legislation of man, however can even face the wrath of God.”
President Nelson’s assertion on abuse was heard by hundreds of folks within the Convention Heart and hundreds of thousands extra watching on-line worldwide.
President Nelson invited members to check abuse prevention assets on the Church’s web site and urged all to be alert to those that is perhaps in peril and act promptly to guard them.
“The Savior is not going to tolerate abuse, and as His disciples, neither can we,” he mentioned.
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor within the First Presidency, reemphasized the Church’s mission to work with different charitable organizations to offer on a world scale humanitarian support to these struggling.
“The Church of Jesus Christ is dedicated to serving these in want, and it’s also dedicated to cooperating with others in that effort,” he mentioned.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, launched a newly revised model of “For the Power of Youth: A Information to Making Selections,” designed to level younger males and younger girls to Christ. The brand new information focuses on values, rules and doctrine somewhat than particular conduct.
“To be very clear, the perfect information you possibly can presumably have for making decisions is Jesus Christ,” Elder Uchtdorf mentioned. “Jesus Christ is the power of youth.”
Copies of the brand new information have been handed out to attendees as they left the Convention Heart after the session.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband known as for members to comply with prophetic counsel to flood the earth with the E-book of Mormon, sacred scripture now simply shared electronically with a Gospel Library app.
One other Apostle, Elder Dale G. Renlund, taught about the necessity to perceive the framework inside which the Holy Ghost features to offer private revelation.
After describing her poor eyesight, Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor within the Main common presidency, inspired Latter-day Saints to enhance their religious imaginative and prescient and let the Savior be a compass and pilot whereas steering by way of life. She is the primary Black girl within the historical past of the Church to talk on the whole convention.
Customs and traditions could differ from nation to nation, however the “regular” issues of life, together with scripture examine, prayer, Church attendance and household historical past and temple work, ought to maintain members transferring ahead on the covenant path, mentioned Elder Rafael E. Pino, a Normal Authority Seventy.
Elder Hugo Montoya, additionally a Normal Authority Seventy, urged Latter-day Saints to show the everlasting precept of affection by residing the 2 nice commandments — loving God and loving your neighbor.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Sq. offered music throughout Saturday morning’s session of common convention. The music was directed by Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy, with Brian Mathias and Richard Elliott as organists.
The session was performed by President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor within the First Presidency. Prayers have been provided by Elder David P. Homer and Elder Taylor G. Godoy, each Normal Authority Seventies.