Jean Valjean visits Temple Square: 4 Stories from ‘Les Mis’ told at General Conference

Jean Valjean visits Temple Square: 4 Stories from 'Les Mis' told at General Conference Still of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (2012) © 2012 - Universal Pictures

I hope you enjoy and feel uplifted by these short clips of stories from Les Mis told in General Conference (GC).

The musical Les Misérables is one of the most universally loved musicals of all time. The themes of faith in God, redeeming love, the dignity and the suffering of the poor, honor, and righteousness make it a wonderful source for General Conference speakers to draw from. When it was released as a movie on Christmas Day, 2012, it was one of the most popular movies ever released during the holiday season. I went to it on Christmas that year, and since then it’s always been a Christmas story to me.

Bring Him Home

President Thomas S. Monson uses part of the song ‘Bring Him Home’ in his October 2003 GC talk. It’s so touching to hear his voice reading Jean Valjean’s humble, plaintive cry to God for the protection of Marius. Valjean even offers to lay down his own life, if it would save the life of Marius.

How appropriate that President Monson, after reading the excerpt, reminds us that Heavenly Father whispers to our hearts the same plea of ‘Bring Him Home’.


Elder D. Todd Christofferson used the story of Bishop Bienvenu, Valjean, and the silver candlesticks to illustrate the power of redemption in this GC talk given in April 2013.

Ye Are No More Strangers

Bishop Gérald Caussé discusses Valjean’s arrival at the home of Bienvenu in this October 2013 GC talk. It’s nice to hear Bishop Caussé’s French accent when telling the story; Bishop Caussé was born and raised in France.

Be an Example of the Believers

In his October 1991 GC talk, Elder M. Russell Ballard uses the powerful moment of choice when Valjean must either reveal his identity, or allow an innocent man to go to prison.


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