Come Unto or Seek Jesus Christ

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“Sisters, when we have become distracted, doubtful, discouraged, sinful, sorrowful, or soul-stretched, may we accept the Lord’s invitation to drink of His living water, as did the certain woman at the well, inviting others to do the same as we bear our own certain witness: ‘Is not this the Christ?’”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Certain Women,” April 2017 General Conference

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“I love the testimony of our poetess and friend Emma Lou Thayne. In words we now sing as a hymn, she wrote:

Where can I turn for peace?
Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart,
Searching my soul?
Where, when my aching grows,
Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” 2015 General Conference

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“I have struggled to banish the mortal desire to have things my way, eventually realizing that my way is oh so lacking, limited, and inferior to the way of Jesus Christ…Can we love Jesus Christ and His way more than we love ourselves and our own agenda?”

Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Yielding Our Hearts to God,” October 2015 General Conference

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“What does it mean to seek the face of the Savior? Surely it means more than just recognizing His picture. Christ’s invitation to seek Him is an invitation to know who He is, what He has done for us, and what He has asked us to do. Coming to Christ, and eventually seeing His face, comes only as we draw close to Him through our faith and our actions. It comes through a lifetime of effort.”

Cheryl C. Lant, Primary General President
That Our Children Might See the Face of the Savior,” April 2010 General Conference

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“What will help you to press forward and continually hold fast to the iron rod? Center your life on the Savior and develop daily habits of righteous living.

“Come to know the Savior and all He has done for you. I find it interesting that when this last group arrived at the tree of life, they fell down. They were humble. They realized that they could not have arrived without the Savior’s help.

“Remember, it is the cleansing power of the Atonement that makes it possible for us to be virtuous.”

Mary N. Cook, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Virtuous Life—Step by Step,” April 2009 General Conference

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“Brothers and sisters, as a mother and a Primary leader, I know this work with children is not easy. Protecting, teaching, and loving children can be demanding, often discouraging, sometimes exhausting, and occasionally the fruits of our efforts are long delayed. But it is precisely because it is not easy to bring children to the Savior that we must come to Him ourselves.

“As we seek Him and His Spirit to help us, we will see a miracle. We will recognize that our own hearts are changing and we too are becoming ‘submissive, meek, humble, patient, [and] full of love.’ We too will reflect the light of the gospel in our own countenance. We will come to understand these words of the Savior: ‘And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.’ ”

Margaret S. Lifferth, First Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Behold Your Little Ones,” October 2006 General Conference

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“That very will to go forward toward our Savior sometimes requires on-the-spot repentance. It’s recognizing we’ve made mistakes or haven’t done what we could to encourage or help someone. These personal course corrections in thought, action, or word are essential for all who desire to come unto Christ. They represent individual choices about how we will touch each other literally and figuratively.

“We draw closer to the Savior as we encircle others in loving arms. Or we don’t. We balm emotional or physical wounds. Or we don’t. We look at each other with a loving rather than a critical eye. Or we don’t. We ask forgiveness for harm we have caused, even if it was unintended. Or we don’t. We do the hard spiritual work of forgiving those who have given us offense. Or we don’t. We quickly correct our errors or oversights in personal relationships when we become aware of them. Or we don’t.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ,” October 2006 General Conference

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“If we are seeking the Lord and His guidance, if our direction is to return to our Father in Heaven, the sweet moments will come.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Sweet Moments,” October 2005 General Conference

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“The spiritual plight of some children in the world today is depicted in a painting by the Danish artist Carl Bloch. This painting beautifully illustrates a scriptural account found in John, chapter 5. Christ, the healer and comforter, is the focus of the painting. He is lifting a covering from a man who has had infirmities since birth. The man is waiting for the miracle of healing in the pool of Bethesda, but he has no one to assist him. As the man waits, hoping for a miracle, Christ stands in his presence with the power to heal him.

“The painting includes several figures in the background, none of whom are looking directly at Christ. The Lord is in their midst, yet only one man sees Him as such. All the others appear to be going about their daily business, oblivious to the great power of Jesus and the miracle about to occur in their presence. A young child and a woman, perhaps his mother, are in view of Jesus; yet like the others, their eyes are focused elsewhere. In the very presence of the Savior, this woman fails to direct the child to the Savior. I wonder, would we, too, have missed this opportunity to come unto Christ? Are life’s experiences distracting us and dulling our spiritual view so we are not focusing on that which matters most? I wonder, do we miss opportunities to learn of the Lord and feel His love? Do we miss opportunities to share with others—especially children—that which matters most, the gospel of Jesus Christ? We have all seen children and youth standing in the crowds confused and wanting to know what matters most.”

“I can almost hear this child and other children crying out the words so many of us have sung, ‘Teach me to walk in the light.’ Remember the words:

Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
Teach me to pray to my Father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference

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“I testify that connections forged among covenant women in Relief Society can indeed enlighten, enliven, and enrich the journey of life because we can help each other learn how to put the Lord first in our hearts and in our lives.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Walking towards the Light of His Love,” October 2004 General Conference

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“The Samaritan woman looked into the face of Christ, listened to His voice, and recognized Him at a time when most others rejected all He taught. We know Him too, or we can, if we allow His healing power, His nourishing strength, His peace and joy, to flow through us like ‘a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’ ”
 
Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Blessed by Living Water,” April 2003 General Conference
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“As covenant women living in many nations, it is essential to have Christ at the core of our lives. In these ‘perilous times,’ oh, how we need Him! He is the source of strength and safety. He is light. He is life. His peace ‘passeth all understanding.’ As our personal Savior and Redeemer, He invites us, one by one, with outstretched arms to ‘come unto him’ in the most personal ways. Sisters, when a woman accepts the Savior’s invitation, she is strengthened individually, and others are blessed through her righteous influence.

“I believe when a woman chooses to have Christ at the center of her own heart, at the nucleus of her personal world, she brings the Lord into the core of her home and family, be it a family of one or a family of many. Wherever she lives and whatever her circumstances, as the heart of the home and the family, what is in each woman’s heart is reflected in the environment and spirit of her home.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Choose Ye Therefore Christ the Lord,” October 2003 General Conference

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“Our lives reflect that for which we seek. And if with all our hearts we truly seek to know the Savior and to be more like Him, we shall be, for He is our divine, eternal Brother. But He is more than that. He is our precious Savior, our dear Redeemer. We ask with Alma of old, ‘Have ye received his image in your countenances?’.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
The Joy of Womanhood,” October 2000 General Conference

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“I like exclamation marks! I use them often when writing notes to myself and to others. It is a way to show enthusiasm and commitment. One of my favorite scriptures is punctuated with an exclamation mark:

” ‘Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness!’ There are 14 more exclamation marks in the rest of the verse and the next four verses that follow. They read in part:

” ‘A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth … a voice of … glad tidings of great joy. …

” ‘… Glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation … !’—with an exclamation mark.

“We can hear a voice of gladness that brings exclamations of hope and joy into our lives. The joy of our testimonies of the Savior can punctuate every aspect of our lives as we seek to come unto Christ.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
Living Happily Ever After,” April 2000 General Conference

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“The only way that we may overcome the world is by coming unto Christ. And coming unto Christ means walking away from the world. It means placing Christ and Christ only at the center of our lives so that the vanities and philosophies of men lose their addictive appeal. Satan is the god of Babylon, or this world. Christ is the God of Israel, and His Atonement gives us power to overcome the world.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Women of God,” October 1999 General Conference

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“We no longer have the luxury of spending our energy on anything that does not lead us and our families to Christ. That is the litmus test for Relief Society, as well as for our lives. In the days ahead, a casual commitment to Christ will not carry us through.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Women of God,” October 1999 General Conference

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“We are the ones who determine whether or not we will come unto Him. The drawing near, seeking, asking, and knocking are up to us. And the more we know about the Lord—meaning the more we experience His mercy, devotion, and willingness to guide us even when we may not feel worthy of His direction—the more confident we become that He will respond to our petitions.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Are You The Woman I Think You Are?” October 1997 General Conference

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“Our offerings embrace both the work we do and the heart with which we do it. The Lord calls this ‘a broken heart and a contrite spirit.’ This union constitutes the soul. Amaleki spoke of offering ‘your whole souls’ to Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, the time is past when we can merely believe in this gospel; we must be passionate in our belief and in our commitment to Jesus Christ and His plan. We must know, unequivocally, that He is with us, that He will guide and direct us. In His name we shape our offering.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
A Small Stone,” April 1997 General Conference

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“The purpose of the Relief Society organization of the Church, stated in our handbook, is to help women and their families come unto Christ. This means bringing the influence of Jesus Christ into our homes. It means we focus on his gospel and we find joy in living his commandments. It means we reexamine our time commitments, and give emphasis to becoming a family that is united and at peace.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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“Sometimes when we try hard to make changes—good changes—we have a lot of distractions and obstacles…What are the things that distract us from the Savior, that turn our hearts and our minds away from Him? It may be thinking more about pleasing our friends or other people than we do about pleasing God. It may be the loud and confusing voices we hear on TV, in videos, in music. Sometimes we just don’t care. Our hearts are hard. There will always be distractions, winds boisterous, but if we choose to turn to the Lord, to believe in Him, to follow Him, we can increase our faith.”

Patricia P. Pinegar, Second Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Increase in Faith,” April 1994 General Conference

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“Seek to know the will of the Lord in your life, and then say, as did that wonderful exemplar Mary, the mother of Jesus, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ (Luke 1:38.)”
 
Howard W. Hunter, President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

To the Women of the Church,” October 1992 General Conference

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“Jesus Christ is our Savior, our brother, our friend. He is as near as we allow him to be. Our only ultimate joy and happiness is predicated upon our relationship with him. Our only peace, through disappointments, sorrow, and challenges, will come as we draw nearer unto him. With such love for our Redeemer, every difficult experience may be met with courage, acceptance, and even gratitude. His love for us is a gift beyond price. What does he ask in return? ‘Love one another; as I have loved you.’(John 13:34)”
 
Ruth Funk, Young Women General President
Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice,” October 1978 General Conference
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