Evan A. Schmutz

General Authority Seventy (April 2, 2016 – present)

General Conference Addresses

  • October 2016 General Conference
    • God Shall Wipe Away All Tears
      • “When we view the difficult experiences of life through the lens of faith in Christ, we are able to see that there can be godly purpose in our suffering.”
      • “God invites us to respond with faith to our own unique afflictions in order that we may reap blessings and gain knowledge that can be learned in no other way.”
      • “When we find ourselves laboring through tribulation, it can be difficult to see our trials as signposts on our personal trail of discipleship. But whether we find ourselves at times in the dark valley of despair or on the high road of happiness, learning from and feeling compassion for the sufferings of others can be a blessing.”
      • “In sharing Brother Apilado’s story, I am concerned that the enormity of his loss may cause many to think their own sorrows and sufferings are of little consequence in comparison. Please don’t compare, but seek to learn and apply eternal principles as you wade through the furnace of your own afflictions.”
      • “To fully receive these gifts our Savior has so freely offered, we all must learn that suffering in and of itself does not teach or grant to us anything of lasting value unless we deliberately become involved in the process of learning from our afflictions through the exercise of faith.”
      • “We can take strength in knowing that all the hard experiences in this life are temporary; even the darkest nights turn into dawn for the faithful.”

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