President Eyring conducted the Saturday afternoon session, featuring talks by Elder Oaks, Elder Hales, Elder Zeballos, Elder Callister, Elder Watson, Elder Anderson, and President Packer. Direct quotations (based on my notes) are given in quotes; phrases without quotes are my summary of the remarks given.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Twelve, on God’s love and law:
- Despite mortal confusion over the relationship between love and law, love does not supercede or render inapplicable law or God’s commandments. Mercy cannot rob justice.
- Counsels a balanced response rather than extreme reactions (ignoring it or bringing harsh family disapproval) to “cohabitation” by adult children.
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Twelve, against secularism and atheism:
- “Atheism … is spreading across the world.”
- “Without God, … our mortal experiences would have no purpose.”
- Bore a moving testimony that God lives.
Elder Jorge F. Zeballos of the Seventy, on the Atonement:
- “God will not require more than the best that we can give.”
Elder Tad R. Callister of the Seventy, on the Restoration:
- Joseph Smith restored knowledge of four fundamental facts not recognized by contemporary Christianity.
- Some people get sidetracked and lose their faith over minor issues: “There will always be some intellectual crisis looming on the horizon.”
Elder Kent D. Watson of the Seventy, on being temperate:
- Temperance (avoiding anger and pride) is a divine attribute of Jesus Christ, a spiritual gift available through the Holy Ghost.
- Like tempered glass or tempered steel, a tempered soul is one that has gained increased spiritual strength.
Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Twelve, on repentance:
- Testifies of the Savior’s overpowering love for a repentant soul.
- Apart from the rare unforgiveable sin against the Holy Ghost, “there is no sin that cannot be forgiven.”
President Boyd K. Packer of the Twelve, on hearing the guidance of the Spirit:
- “We are given our agency; we must use it wisely.”
- “One of the adversary’s sharpest tools is convincing us that we are no longer worthy to pray.”