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181st Annual General Conference – Post-conference notes

Another General Conference, another 10 hours. This was the first time we had watched all of the sessions at home (other than Priesthood Session), and we loved it. We missed seeing some of the other members, but being able to watch it on our 46″ flat screen TV in HD at home was fantastic!

I made it through the first 3 general sessions and the priesthood session without any problem. I got a little sleepy during the last session. However, I still managed to watch every minute of each session, and here are a few thoughts:

  • My favourite talk was probably Elder Kent F Richards from the first session. He spoke about the purpose of pain
  • When I heard that this was the 75th anniversary of the welfare program of the Church, I was a little worried that every talk was going to be about that topic. I think that there was a good balance.
  • I think most people agree, but President Uchtdorf is a great speaker
  • I enjoyed the Saturday Morning and Sunday Afternoon sessions the most

Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

So we’re getting settled in for the last session of conference. I had a brief nap between sessions, so I should be good for these last 2 hours :-)

During the few minutes before conference when they are showing different views of the Conference Center, I noticed that Elder Hales wasn’t there. I guess we won’t be hearing from him this session.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang I Saw a Mighty Angel Fly

Elder José A. Teixeira offered the invocation

The choir sang I’m Trying to Be like Jesus

Elder Richard G Scott

  • shared how he felt when he and his wife were sealed to each other
  • after a mission, the highest priority for a young man is getting married
  • are you loyal to your spouse?
  • tell your wife you love her
  • express gratitude for what your spouse does for you
  • he shared several other very touching memories of his wife
  • righteous love leads to successful marriages and happy children
  • “It is so rewarding to be married”, “Marriage is wonderful”

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • “I would that ye should be perfect”
  • the God of the bible deals with life and death, not niceness
  • we need to meet Heavenly Father’s high expectation
  • we need to accept correction
  • “he that will not bear chastisement is not worthy for my kingdom”
  • all of us can meet God’s expectation

Elder Carl B Pratt

  • he is grateful for righteous ancestors
  • we need to pay our tithing
  • we are all indebted to the Lord
  • let us not be accused of robbing God
  • integrity in paying our debts to the Lord will help us to be honest with our fellow men
  • pay your tithing first

The choir and congregation sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Elder Lynn G Robbins

  • “To be or not to be” is actually a very good question
  • “What manner of men ought ye to be?”
  • to be and to do are inseparable
  • people often have “to do” lists, not “to be” lists
  • discipline involves patience
  • teach your children well
  • we need to compliment their “be” and “do”

Elder Benjamin De Hoyos

  • loves being with the saints
  • humble members who are dedicated become saints
  • the saints come to know the Savior through their trials

Elder C Scott Grow (I love his name)

  • his brother recently died
  • shared some information about his brother who had fallen away, and came back
  • the Savior’s atonement is available for each of us, always
  • as we repent, the Savior removes the guilt

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • Before leaving Nauvoo, President Young had a dream of the Salt Lake Valley
  • reflect on the unique phenomenon that General Conference is
  • we testify to every nation, kindred, tongue and people, that God not only lives, but also speaks
  • with rare exception, no one is given a topic
  • the general authorities and officers of the church are mortal messengers with angelic messages
  • the church is not a fast food outlet; we can’t always have it our way
  • if you teach by the Spirit and listen by the Spirit, one of the speakers will touch on your circumstances and send a personal prophetic epistle just to you
  • one way or another God will have His voice heard

President Thomas S Monson

  • expressed appreciation for those who participated in the conference
  • expressed gratitude for his counselors, the Twelve, and the Seventy
  • may we be examples of honesty and integrity
  • none of us can fully comprehend what Christ did for us

The choir sang More Holiness Give Me

Elder Kent D Watson offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

One of the best things about conference Sunday is having all that time in the morning! Where we are, the first session starts at noon. So this morning we got up and had a nice breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. After cleaning up the kitchen we went out for a walk. It is another beautiful spring day.

We watched a bit of Music and the Spoken Word, and are now settled down to watch today’s first session of conference. The kids will be watchings the entire session with us.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang O Thou Rock of Our Salvation

President Henry B Eyring conducted. It was noted again the anniversary of the Church Security Plan (the Church Welfare Program). It was announced 75 years ago by President Heber J Grant

The choir sang Sabbath Day (there was a guy who kind of looked like Conan O’Brien in the choir)

Elder Gary E Stevenson offered the invocation

The choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • the story of Saul
  • there are those who feel that unless they have an experience like Saul or Joseph Smith, they cannot believe
  • instead of taking small steps on the path of discipleship, they want something that will compel them
  • those who diligently try to find the Master will come to know Him
  • to better hear the Spirit, we need to turn down the volume control of the noise of the world
  • some of the most powerful promptings we receive are not just for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others
  • the answer to our prayers often comes when we are on our feet, serving others

Elder Paul V Johnson

  • affliction is part of our mortal experience
  • a trial of our faith is necessary
  • it is through sorrow that we obtain the education we came here to acquire
  • personal growth is an intended outcome of our trials
  • often the darkest times are immediately followed by the brightest
  • after much tribulation, come the blessings

Bishop H David Burton

  • gave history of welfare work in the church (hard to write notes for, but very touching)
  • shared several touching stories
  • learn to distinguish between needs and wants, and live accordingly
  • “be kind to the poor”
  • “go and do thou likewise”

The choir and congregation sang Let Us All Press On

Sister Silvia H Allred

  • The Relief Society has always been at the heart of welfare
  • our combined efforts bring relief, thereby saving souls
  • as we achieve more self-reliance ourselves, we are more able to help others

Elder David A Bednar

  • compared how we deal with different types of light and the spirit of revelation
  • most revelation is like a sunrise; the light gradually increases

The choir sang Have I Done Any Good

President Thomas S Monson

  • the welfare program of the Church is inspired of Almighty God
  • this conference marks 3 years that he has been the President of the Church
  • 1821-1980 21 temples were built
  • 1980-2010 115 were built and dedicated
  • with yesterday ann 26 under construction or in pre-construction stages
  • these numbers will continue to grow
  • they want to make the temple as accessible as possible
  • temples bring joy wherever they are built
  • temples are more than stone and morter; they are built of trials and testimonies; they are sanctified by sacrifice and service
  • 85% of the membership live within 200 miles of a temple
  • have a picture of the temple in every bedroom
  • we will find peace in the temple

The choir sang The Spirit of God

Elder Tad R Callister offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

After the afternoon session, while the kids were eating dinner, we watched Joseph Smith The Prophet of the Restoration. It was very well done. My kids seemed to enjoy it. We live close enough to some of the sites (Palmyra and Kirtland) that we told them we’d visit the sites this summer.

I go to Church a little before 8 pm. A YM has just returned from his mission. While he was away, his parents moved, so he won’t be staying in the area. Tonight was the only chance to catch up with him.

Afterward, my father and I continued a tradition we’ve had for probably 20 years… We went out for food. We went to Boston Pizza where I got a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and a smoothie. Great times!


The Priesthood Choir was made up from Ogden and Logan Utah Institutes

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang See the Mighty Priesthood Gathered

Elder Rafael E Pino offered the invocation

The choir sang Guide Me to Thee

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Spoke to 12 to 25-year-olds
  • These are your days
  • Told story about a 19 year old future rugby star, Sid Going, in New Zealand served a mission instead of joining the All Blacks. He felt that sharing the gospel was more important
  • Sid Going The sun never sets on missionaries sharing their testimony In the years before your mission, consider the sacred assignment ahead of you

Elder Steven E Snow

  • Hope is an emotion which brings richness to our lives
  • Hopes brings a calming influence
  • Our hopes leads us to dreams, which inspires us
  • Don’t let hope be displaced by despair
  • The spiritual journeys today require great hope

Brother Larry M Gibson

  • Went over responsibilities of a Deacon
  • Go to the scriptures and discover what your duties are

The choir and congregation sang Redeemer of Israel

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Are we living below our priesthood privileges?
  • In our daily lives, our actions indicate our understanding is little more than a rehearsed definition
  • Set your “Do it” switch to “Now” not “Later”
  • Read the owner’s manual, the scriptures and handbooks
  • Re-read sections 20, 84, 107, and 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants
  • Become an expert in the doctrines of the gospel
  • Seek the revelations of the Spirit
  • Find joy in priesthood service
  • Our religion is a joyful one

President Henry B Eyring

  • 3 aids to growing in the priesthood
    1. Listen and council together
    2. Have love for each other
      • Discord inhibits the Spirit
    3. Labour for the salvation of men

President Thomas S Monson

  • Wants to discuss a few personal worthiness things
  • The moral compass of the masses has shifted to an almost anything goes direction
  • There is a wide chasm between us and the world
  • Do not subject yourself to the filth that is found
  • Do not do anything that you wouldn’t be proud of
  • Avoid pornography, alcohol, tobacco
  • A strong testimony will help see you through to safety
  • Don’t postpone marriage
  • The saddest thing he has to do is a cancellation of sealings
  • Be fiercely loyal one to another
  • “Choose your love. Love your choice”
  • A happy marriage isn’t so much because of marrying the right person, but in BEING the right person
  • We are married for time and all eternity, and then must put forth the effort to make it so
  • The gift of the priesthood is priceless

The choir sang For the Strength of the Hills

Elder Joseph W Sitati offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

During the time between the two sessions, my family went for a walk in the ravine behind our house. Spring is slowly making its appearance :-)  I also cleaned up (showered and shaved). Lastly, I watched the April 2011 edition of the World Report. I love getting some of that “behind-the-scenes” information that show report shares.

Now we’re all gathered together again in the living room ready for the second session.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted.

A combined choir from BYU-Idaho sang How Firm a Foundation

Elder Kevin W Pearson offered the invocation

Sustainings presented by President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • During the sustainings of the apostles, Elder Robert D Hales had a huge knee brace on. He also had small clear tubes on his lap. They looked like they were oxygen tubes. Did anyone see him with them on, or were they for something else?
  • A bunch of  Area Seventies were released and sustained
  • (at one point during the sustainings, the Internet feed paused and my 3-year-old daughter said it was scratched)
  • There were a total of 10 new General Authorities sustained
  • There were no changes to any of the auxiliary presidencies

Robert W Cantwell Managing Directory of the Church Auditing presented the Church Auditing Department Report

  • Council of the Disposition of the Tithes consists of the First Presidency, Quorum of 12, Presiding Bishopric
  • Things are being administer

Brook P Hales, Secretary to the First Presidency presented the Statistical Report of the Church for the year 2010

The choir sang How Great the Wisdom and the Love

President Boyd K Packer (he was sitting down)

  • 400 years since the publishing of the bible
  • We should use the full name of the Church whenever possible
  • Ordinances are done through the authority of Jesus Christ
  • We have the same organization as Jesus Christ had
  • If someone is looking for a church that requires very little, this is not the one
  • Regardless of what happens in the world, no power can stop this work
  • Do a lot of forgiving, and a little repenting, and you will be blessed

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • thank you for your uplifting service
  • our faith now becomes part of our posterity’s faith later
  • the forces of evil will ever be in opposition to the forces of good
  • to prepare to meet God, one keeps all of God’s commandments
  • when we are faithful, He and His angels will bear us up
  • God will hear your sincere prayers

The choir and congregation sang Press Forward, Saints

Elder Richard J Maynes

  • the principle of eternal families is an essential element in God’s plan
  • the family is ordained of God
  • establish celestial traditions
  • kids don’t remember the FHE topic, but they remember having FHE
  • kids don’t remember what was read in the scriptures that morning, but they remember that they read them
  • Shared a poem by C C Miller

Elder Cecil O Samuelson Jr

  • he has worked with the young people in the Church for many years
  • who is entitled to have a testimony? anyone who is willing to pay the price
  • everyone has worth because we are all children of God

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • what do we really desire?
  • desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, choices determine our actions
  • desire, labour, and faith brought Enos the blessings he wanted
  • told story of Aron Ralson, the guy who cut off his own arm to save his life
  • we need to cut and carve ourselves free from addictions and other things that prevent our eternal progress
  • the desire to receive and keep a marriage for eternity should be paramount (priority efforts)
  • we cannot follow the politically correct but eternally false concept that we don’t need to be married and have children

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • told a nice story about a person who wanted gold; he was looking for nuggets, and missing the flecks of gold that would fill his pouch
  • by small and simple things are great things come to pass
  • we should keep our lives simple
  • charity begins at home
  • practice the golden rule
  • we need to serve
  • the most important attribute that we should seek to possess is charity, the pure love of Christ

The choir sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder ??? offered the benediction (President Uchtdorf didn’t announce who it was going to be)


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

The first session of conference had the traditional announcement of new temples. One of them is in Canada, so we were excited. We also pointed out the kids that President Monson thanked them for paying their tithing.

We enjoyed our lunch during the first part, and then we let the kids go and play. We’re going to have them watch some of each session, and all of the Sunday Morning General Session.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Rejoice, the Lord is King!

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted. He noted that this conference marks the 75th anniversary of the welfare program of the Church.

The choir sang Glory to God on High

Elder Allan F Packer offered the invocation

President Thomas S. Monson

The choir sang We Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Christ had dual citizenship, in heaven and on earth
  • the world is saturated with the doctrines of men
  • keep the sabbath holy
  • it is a glorious thing to be a Christian
  • now is the time to teach your children to be examples of the believers

Sister Jean A Stevens

  • children are the first to love, and the first to forgive
  • the Savior has a special appreciate for little children
  • “behold” the little ones, don’t just glance at them. Embrace them, see and appreciate them

Elder Walter F Gonzalez

  • anyone from any background can learn that Joseph Smith saw God
  • followers of Christ are loving people
  • followers of Christ make and keep covenants
  • following Christ might mean forsaking certain things
  • the power of our covenants is greater than an trial we may face

The choir and congregation sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Elder Kent F Richards

  • thought abut the purpose of pain
  • people cope differently
  • pain is a gauge of the healing process
  • sometimes a healing lifts our burdens; other times we are healed by being able to cope
  • all souls can be healed by His power; all pain can be soothed

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • LDS women are incredible
  • spoke a lot about how female members of the church are
  • they succor the weak, lift up the hands that hang down, strengthen the feeble knees
  • no woman should apologize because she is devoting her time to raising her children
  • we should all be careful not be judgmental if a woman chooses to work out side the home (we don’t know people’s circumstances)
  • the errand of angels is given to women

The choir sang I Know That My Savior Loves Me

President Henry B Eyring

  • consecrate your time and means to join with God in serving others
  • gave examples of people helping others
  • everyone is happier when they can provide for themselves
  • when we join hands to serve people in need, the Lord unites our hearts

The choir sang High on the Mountain Top

Elder Dale G Renlund offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

Well, another conference is upon us. My family is gathered in our living room, and we expect to watch all of the sessions at home. Of course, I’ll have to go to Church tonight for the Priesthood session. My father and I will continue our tradition of going out afterward. I think we’re going to Boston Pizza.

I don’t have any specific expectations, but I’m sure there will be many talks that I enjoy. I’m also looking forward to hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I enjoy most of their music.


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: