Another conference session comes to a close for the LDS Church

By Glen Mills

Published 10/06 2013 08:50PM

Updated 10/07 2013 12:59PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The 183rd Semiannual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in the books.

During the five sessions, millions of church members learned of major milestones and heard messages of faith.

The church also used the stage to confirm where it stands on some controversial issues.

They came to the Conference Center by the thousands to hear first hand from those they believe to be called of God.

Millions of others caught conference on television, radio or online all around the world.

Over the weekend church members celebrated a major milestone for the man they call Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.

"Even as a kid I remember listening to him speak and how he always put a smile on my face and knew how to relay a message to me," said church member, Dallin Stardling.

Monson has touched many lives since he was first ordained an apostle in October, 1963.

In that time the church has seen historic growth. He announced membership has reached the fifteen million mark and there are now more than eighty thousand missionaries serving across the globe.

Members also received counsel and guidance on how to live their lives.

One message members are talking about came from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf., encouraging them to reach out to those who have fallen away from the church.

"That one just hit me. The words he spoke I’ve heard them before in my own soul," said church member, Marie Sorensen.

Another was from Elder Jeffery R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles about mental illness and depression.

He told members not to be ashamed and admitted he too suffered from the debilitating condition.

"By him coming forward and saying that he struggled with it himself, that helps others to come forward saying that's something I’ve struggled with and I kind of need some help in that area," said church member, Brian Fleming.

The church also took a stand on some controversial issues. They turned away women from the priesthood session Saturday night, women who believe they should be ordained to the priesthood.

Church leaders also spoke out against gay marriage that is now legal in many states.

"Laws legalizing so called same gender marriage do not change God's law of marriage or his commandments and our standards concerning it," said Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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