The Teachings of Jesus Christ – Church of Jesus Christ
April 2023 general conference
Saturday Morning Session
The Greatest Easter Story Ever Told
Gary E. Stevenson
Never Give Up an Opportunity to Testify of Christ
Bonnie H. Cordon
Just Keep Going—with Faith
Carl B. Cook
Gerrit W. Gong
Safely Gathered Home
Quentin L. Cook
A Living Prophet for the Latter Days
Allen D. Haynie
Finding Personal Peace
Henry B. Eyring
Saturday Afternoon Session
Sustaining of General Authorities, Area Seventies, and General Officers
Dallin H. Oaks
Church Auditing Department Report, 2022
Jared B. Larson
Accessing God’s Power through Covenants
Dale G. Renlund
He Could Heal Me!
Peter F. Meurs
Your Patriarchal Blessing—Inspired Direction from Heavenly Father
Randall K. Bennett
“There Can Be Nothing So Exquisite and Sweet as Was My Joy”
Craig C. Christensen
Trusting the Doctrine of Christ
Evan A. Schmutz
The Work of the Temple and Family History—One and the Same Work
Benjamín De Hoyos
Jesus Christ Is the Strength of Parents
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Saturday Evening Session
Mark A. Bragg
Focus on Jesus Christ
Have I Truly Been Forgiven?
K. Brett Nattress
The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Minister
Juan A. Uceda
Sunday Morning Session
One in Christ
D. Todd Christofferson
Jesus Christ Is Relief
Camille N. Johnson
Followers of the Prince of Peace
When to Receive Your Patriarchal Blessing
My Mind Caught Hold upon This Thought of Jesus Christ
Neil L. Andersen
A Voice of Gladness!
Kevin R. Duncan
Russell M. Nelson
Sunday Afternoon Session
The Teachings of Jesus Christ
Dallin H. Oaks
Remember What Matters Most
M. Russell Ballard
Hosanna to the Most High God
Ronald A. Rasband
The Imperfect Harvest
Vern P. Stanfill
After the Fourth Day
W. Mark Bassett
Do You Know Why I as a Christian Believe in Christ?
Ahmad S. Corbitt
“Abide in Me, and I in You; Therefore Walk with Me”
David A. Bednar
The Answer Is Always Jesus Christ
Russell M. Nelson
By President Dallin H. Oaks
First Counselor in the First Presidency
We are given the scriptures to direct our lives. My message today consists of a selection of the words of our Savior—what He said.
We believe in Christ. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we worship Him and follow His teachings in the scriptures.
Before the Fall, our Heavenly Father spoke directly to Adam and Eve. Thereafter, the Father introduced His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Redeemer and gave us the command to “hear Him.”1 From this direction we conclude that the scriptural records of words spoken by “God” or the “Lord” are almost always the words of Jehovah, our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.2
We are given the scriptures to direct our lives. As the prophet Nephi taught us, we should “feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.”3 Most of the scriptures reporting Jesus’s mortal ministries are descriptions of what He did. My message today consists of a selection of the words of our Savior—what He said. These are words recorded in the New Testament (including the inspired additions of Joseph Smith) and in the Book of Mormon. Most of these selections are in the sequence in which our Savior spoke them.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”4
“Blessed are … they [which] do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.”5
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”6
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”7
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”8
“If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”9
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”10
“Wherefore, seek not the things of this world but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”11
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”12
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.”13
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”14
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”15
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.
“And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments.”16
“Therefore, forsake the world, and save your souls; for what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”17
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”18
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”19
“Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”20
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”21
“[The great commandment in the law is this:] Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”22
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”23
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”24
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”25
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”26
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”27
After His ministry in the Holy Land, Jesus Christ appeared to the righteous on the American continent. These are some of the words He spoke there:
“Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name.”28
“I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
“And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings.
“And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost. …
“Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin.”29
“And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.”30
“Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.”31
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him.”32
“Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name.”33
“Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name.”34
“Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me.
“And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me … to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.”35
“Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.”36
We believe in Christ. I conclude with what He said about how we should know and follow His teachings:
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”37
I affirm the truth of these teachings in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
See Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 3:46 (in the Bible appendix); Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; 3 Nephi 11:7; Joseph Smith—History 1:17.
See “The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and the Twelve,” Improvement Era, Aug. 1916, 934, 939.
2 Nephi 32:3.
3 Nephi 12:6; emphasis added.
Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 6:38 (in the Bible appendix).
Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 16:25–26 (in the Bible appendix).
Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 16:29 (in the Bible appendix).
3 Nephi 9:15.
3 Nephi 9:18–21.
3 Nephi 11:38.
3 Nephi 12:48; emphasis added.
3 Nephi 18:15; emphasis added.
3 Nephi 18:19.
3 Nephi 27:7.
3 Nephi 27:13–14.
3 Nephi 27:20.