GCBC Week 21: “Teachings of Jesus” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

I love Jesus Christ.  What has he done for me?  Everything.  All the goodness of His life, all the pain of His sacrifice– all for me.  And you.  All of us really.  The more sorrow and suffering I see and experience in the world around me, the more I have learned how important He is to me.  I love Elder Oak’s testimony of the Savior’s invaluable roles and contributions to our happiness and salvation.

Teachings of Jesus by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

“There is no middle ground. We are followers of Jesus Christ. Our citizenship is in His Church and His gospel, and we should not use a visa to visit Babylon or act like one of its citizens. We should honor His name, keep His commandments, and ‘seek not the things of this world but seek … first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness.’”

What think you of Christ?  What are some of your thoughts and testimony after reading this talk?  Share your thoughts or insights in the comments below.

I saw this video message today and absolutely LOVED it.  It would be worth 3 minutes to watch this message and hear the testimonies of modern-day prophets and apostles about the divine nature of Jesus Christ and His power to heal us and lift our burdens.


As a side note, we only have FIVE talks left.  And then it’s General Conference AGAIN.  ALREADY.  Yay!  Thanks to all of you who have participated in GCBC, especially to those of you who have hung in there since the beginning.  I hope it has strengthened you to study these talks each week.

To anyone who is checking out GCBC for the first time, the goal is to read one General Conference talk a week and discuss it together as an on-line “book club.” If you want to learn more, go here, and join the discussion here each week.


10 thoughts on “GCBC Week 21: “Teachings of Jesus” by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

  1. I honestly got a thrill as I turned the page in the conference issue and saw the title of this talk. I don’t remember it from conference. As I started reading it with my kids – I was once again so thankful for my Heavenly Father and Savior. All the different titles that our Savior has haven’t changed from the beginning. He is still the only begotten, still the creator and etc. Why and how they love me and everyone so much is a mystery to (some more than others) – but I know that they do love me and that that love is given to each child on this earth. Beautiful, beautiful talk!!!!

  2. When E. Oaks shared that woman’s question, (What has He done for me?) it felt like a knife in my heart. It is so sad that there are people who cannot see the Savior’s love manifest in their lives. I feel like every day I can see the blessings of His love and Atonement in my life–and even then I worry that I’m not seeing everything that He has done. I am so grateful for the understanding I have of His divine life and mission–and even more grateful that my understanding continues to grow.

  3. I think this talk was easier to listen to than to read because the text was broken up with so many subtitles! But I loved this talk either way.

    I especially liked the references to Babylon at the end and the quotation of the scripture “The Apostle Paul challenged the Corinthians to “examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith”” I find that I don’t examine myself often enough, and when I do, I find a lot of places for improvement in how dedicated I am to the gospel.

    I love the Savior, and I am grateful for Elder Oaks’ powerful testimony of Him.

  4. What are we doing because of our belief? Where is our ultimate loyalty?

    I hope that I am doing the things daily that show that I am a citizen of His Church. This is a great reminder of why the daily struggle is worth it.

    Reading these talks weekly helps me refocus on what is important and pulls me back from the things of the world.

  5. “The most important knowledge on earth” wow! That really hit me. I think that we all get caught up in our lives and forget that we have it!

    I loved the image of visiting Babylon with a visa. I had to think about my life and question my actions, habits and motives.

    Loved this one!

  6. I’m a little behind, as I finally just read this one this morning… But I loved it so much I blogged about it! 😮 Hopefully my readers aren’t all your readers! 😮 Anyhow, thank you so much! Hugs for doing this…
    Corine 😀

  7. I thought this was such a simple and beautiful teaching: “The way is desire and obedience.” I also love how he talked about Christ being the Bread of Life. That has always been such a powerful image for me and I always feel the Spirit when I think about that. I love hearing and reading about Christ’s life.

  8. I’m late, but wanted to chime in anyway.

    Such a beautiful, powerful testimony of the Savior. I loved that he used the Savior’s own words from the bible. This will be a powerful resource for talking with nonmembers.

    One scripture that struck me: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). How am I allowing the atonement to make my life more abundant?

    I also loved the video, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing!

  9. My heart also ached for that woman who didn’t know what Jesus had done for her. What a sad life she must be leading. And it made me even more determined to always recognize my Savior and never forget him.

    We were just discussing “middle ground” or “sitting on the fence” behavior last night as a family. We have to choose sides. Fortunately, as President Kimball taught, there are some decisions we only have to make once. I’m so grateful that I chose the Savior’s side of the fence. Now I just have to stay there! Thanks for continuing these posts which gives me great encouragement in that quest.

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