SALT LAKE CITY — A day after addressing timely topics ranging from racism to the recession and politics to the pandemic, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints returned Sunday for the final two sessions of the faith’s 190th Semiannual General Conference.
The all-virtual gathering, taking place under the direction of church President Russell M. Nelson, is being broadcast around the world from a theater in downtown Salt Lake City’s Conference Center.
Church President Russell M. Nelson, who has met several times with leaders of the NAACP and has called on members to repent of their racism, forcefully and pointedly repeated his plea in his Sunday sermon.
Russell M. Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called on people of all faiths to “pray for your country and for your national leaders.”
Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the general presidency of the children’s Primary, spoke about maintaining faith in the face of challenges.
Apostle Ulisses Soares urged Latter-day Saints not to yield to temptation and resist when “inappropriate thoughts may penetrate our mind.”
Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Presidency of the Seventy said there are “angels that walk among us in our everyday lives,” including several who helped him when he converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his native Brazil.
Apostle Neil L. Andersen discussed the declining faith in Christ in Europe and in the United States, and encouraged Latter-day Saints to speak proudly of their belief in Jesus.
Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the governing First Presidency, discussed relying on Christ while enduring trials.