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180th Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

Before the Priesthood Session, the Young Men and their fathers met at the Church for our semi-annual “sub-sational” dinner. We had cold/deli meat and/or meatball subs along with pop and chips. As always, we had a great time.

We had a little less than 50 people attend the session.

Also, as is a tradition in my family, afterward my Dad took me out for some more treats. We tried to go to Swiss Chalet but they were closed. We headed to Dairy Queen, but of course they were closed too. We ended up just going to 7-11 and getting Slurpees.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

A Priesthood choir from Brigham Young University sang God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son

The invocation was offered by Elder Keith K Hilbig. It was kind of weird as at the end of his prayer, it didn’t sound like he said Amen.

The choir sang Choose the Right

Elder Dallin H Oaks
(Note: I missed the first half of the talk as there was a problem I had to tend to)

  • Spoke about priesthood blessings, such as administering to the sick
  • We are all affected by increases and decreases in sensitivity to the Spirit
  • If faith is sufficient, then the words of the blessings don’t necessarily dictate the outcome
  • Faith and healing power of priesthood can’t trump the Lord’s will

Elder Ronald A Rasband

  • Missionary service
  • Be worth to serve a mission
  • Told a great story explaining how the apostles choose where missionaries serve
  • The call comes from the Lord

Brother David L Beck

  • The Aaronic Priesthood is a sacred gift
  • The new Duty to God books will be available in June
  • “Behold thou art my son and I have a great work for you to do”

The choir and congregation sang Glory to God on High

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Patience is not passive resignation
  • Patience means active waiting and enduring
  • Impatience is a symptom of selfishness
  • As the Lord is patient with us, let us be patient with those we serve
  • Give me patience to wait until I can comprehend it for myself

President Henry B Eyring

  • Diligence in the Lord’s service
  • A calling may end, but priesthood service never ends
  • Let every man learn his duty… in all diligence
  • Ponder deeply and diligently the scriptures
  • Persist in prayer

President Thomas S Monson

  • He commented that this was one of the finest General Priesthood Meetings he’s ever attended
  • “Come all ye sons of God who have received the priesthood”
  • He reminded us of many of the standards
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Avoid pornography at all costs

The choir sang The Iron Rod

The benediction was offered by Michael J Teh

Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Meeting with Brother Adrian Ochoa

In April, the YM General Presidency was changed. Brother David L. Beck was called as the general president of the Young Men, with Brother Larry M. Gibson as first counselor and Brother Adrian Ochoa as second counselor. I had the opportunity to attend a training meeting with Brother Ochoa a few weeks ago. For the last several years there has been a Regional Youth Conference here in Southern Ontario, and Brother Ochoa came up to speak at the conference. On the first night, he held a training meeting for all those who work with young men.

The following are my notes from the meeting. These are NOT direct quotes from Brother Ochoa. The notes consist of the general sense of what he was saying, the input from others, as well as my own thoughts/interpretations. I did get the sense that the Brethren are aware of how important it is for our youth to be “connected”, and especially to be connected to each other. This applies to youth around the world, not just in North America.


  • “they” sent him here
  • There is a lot at stake
  • There is a formidable enemy. Many laugh and say he is not real
  • His #1 charge is to stop the work of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
  • There are some difficult questions
  • Read from the CHI about the Aaronic Priesthood. It should be our #1 training tool. We should be familiar with it. It is a tremendous teaching tool, and is like scripture (came through revelation)
  • We have the best leader, Jesus Christ
  • What can I do to not only prevent YM from falling away, but to bring them back
  • What are we going to do to save our youth?
  • As leaders, we might need to “parent” them a bit
  • Get the quorums involved
  • We need to be effective teachers
  • Main agents for change
    • Love them with a Christ like understanding
    • Teach parents and leaders
    • Take responsibility
  • How much are we condescending? (talking to them at their level)
  • What are the main challenges facing our youth?
    • LDS youth feel isolated
      • Only member in school
      • Attend mutual and other activities in small group
      • Aren’t are of LDS youth around the world who share the same experience
    • LDS youth feel pressure
      • Confusion about moral choices
      • Drink, view pornography, violate law of chastity
      • Common for people my age to
        • Use illegal drugs – 50%
        • Be sexually active – 50%
        • View pornography – 50%
        • Drink alcohol – 60%
      • Pressure increases with age
        • 12-13 – 39%
        • 14-16 – 45%
        • 17-18 – 50%
  • Isolation + pressure = risk
  • Reducing the risk
    • Youth feel less pressure to sin if parents:
      • Know their friends and know what they are doing
      • Set/reinforce high moral expectations
      • Are both active
      • Hold regular family prayer and scripture study
    • 3/4 of parents expect youth to choose friends with good moral standards
    • 1/2 encourage their youth to always listen to music with clean lyrics
    • 1/3 have regular family scripture study and prayer
  • Brother Ochoa didn’t bring answers. Our own mantle will bring us the answers
  • A great leader is able to focus on the things that make a difference
  • Active youth feel less pressure to sin when they feel connected
    • To their covenants through spiritual experiences (Scouts is here to stay)
    • To one another through formal/informal experiences with each other and leaders
  • In what kind of world do today’s LDS youth live?
    • A connected world
    • Technology (iPhone, Blackberry, etc)
    • YouTube
    • Texting (texting is not dating)
    • Virtual reality
  • From interviews with LDS youth we know they want opportunities to:
    • Make new friends with LDS youth
    • Feel part of a “Zion” community (share experiences)
    • Have a safe place to meet and interact
    • Feel connect to Church leaders
  • What helps? Events
  • What youth need:
  1. Sufficient companionship time with parents and family members
  2. examples of and opportunities to feel positive emotions
  3. sense of accountability
  4. clear distinction between good and evil
  5. accurate and realistic view of themselves and of the world
  6. have adult mentors
  7. hope for the future (Moroni 7:41)
  • Make a plan of 5 things you are going to do