David E. Sorensen

Presidency of the Seventy (August 15, 1998 – August 15, 2005)

First Quorum of the Seventy (April 1, 1995 – October 1, 2005)

Second Quorum of the Seventy (June 6, 1992 – April 1, 1995)

General Conference Addresses

  • April 2005 General Conference
    • Faith Is the Answer
      • “From this simple story—and many more like it over the course of my life—I have learned faith and obedience are the answers to our concerns, cares, and suffering. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is truly the power that can change our lives and lead us to salvation.”
  • April 2003 General Conference
    • Forgiveness Will Change Bitterness to Love
      • “Nowhere does this principle apply more than in our families. Your specific concern may not be water, but each of us on earth, living under the stress and strain of this telestial climate, will have reason—real or perceived—to take offense. How will we react? Will we take offense? Will we find fault? Will we let the passions of the moment overcome us?”
      • “In much of today’s popular culture, the virtues of forgiveness and kindness are belittled, while ridicule, anger, and harsh criticism are encouraged. If we are not careful, we can fall prey to these habits within our own homes and families and soon find ourselves criticizing our spouse, our children, our extended family members. Let us not hurt the ones we love the most by selfish criticism! In our families, small arguments and petty criticisms, if allowed to go unchecked, can poison relationships and escalate into estrangements, even abuse and divorce. Instead, just like we learned with the poisonous venom, we must “make full haste” to reduce arguments, eliminate ridicule, do away with criticism, and remove resentment and anger. We cannot afford to let such dangerous passions ruminate—not even one day.”
      • “The Savior asks us to forsake and combat evil in all its forms, and although we must forgive a neighbor who injures us, we should still work constructively to prevent that injury from being repeated.”
  • April 2001 General Conference
    • You Can’t Pet a Rattlesnake
      • “Pornography, though billed by Satan as entertainment, is a deeply poisonous, deceptive snake that lies coiled up in magazines, the Internet, and the television. Pornography destroys self-esteem and weakens self-discipline. It is far more deadly to the spirit than the rattlesnake my father warned me not to pet. The Bible records that King David was gifted spiritually, but he stood where he should not have stood. He watched what he should not have watched. Those obsessions became his downfall.”
      • “Knowingly petting a poisonous spiritual snake is doubly dangerous.”
      • “Don’t be like that shortsighted boy. Those who plan to sin, thinking they can repent before they receive the sacred covenants and ordinances of the temple, risk losing their spiritual health. They find it is a painful process to come back to the right path.”
      • “Brethren of the priesthood, can you join me right here, right now, once again to commit and to take upon you the name of Christ? With this priesthood which you hold, can you rise up and wield the power of God to defend righteousness? Can you stand in holy places?”
  • October 1998 General Conference
    • Small Temples—Large Blessings
      • “As we see the increased commitment President Hinckley and others have made to building new temples, we might pause and ask ourselves why temples are of such importance. Indeed, nonmembers of the Church may not even understand the distinction between our regular meetinghouses, of which there are many thousands, and these very special buildings we call temples.”
      • “Temples stand as a constant physical reminder of the grace and the goodness of the Father. This helps communities of Saints strengthen themselves.”
      • “Each ordinance is calculated to reveal to us something about Christ and our relationship to God.”
  • April 1993 General Conference
    • Prayer
      • “Christ taught that prayer is indispensable at each step of the perfection process, but especially at the very beginning.”
      • “At each level of our progression toward becoming like our Heavenly Father, prayer is a necessary step.”
      • “Christ taught the Nephites that prayer is more than just a means to receive our Father in Heaven’s generosity; rather, prayer itself is an act of faith as well as an act of righteousness.”
      • “Rather, the reason He asks us to pray is that the process of learning to communicate effectively with Him will shape and change our lives as much as we are changed by learning to communicate as children.”
      • “As we humble ourselves to approach our God and thoughtfully consider His grace and great love for us, we will become a more holy and reverent people, more able to receive the blessings He will willingly pour out on us. Truly, the prayer of faith is the secret of the strength of the Church.”

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