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180th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

We watched this last session in the comfort of our own home. Our oldest son (8 years old) watched some of it with us.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Rejoice

Elder Lawrence E Corbridge offered the invocation

The choir sang Lead, Kindly Light

Elder L Tom Perry

  • talked about how he had brought his grandson to the pulpit years ago
  • YM have priesthood responsibilities
  • children need to learn of the blessings of holding the priesthood
  • bishops have the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood
  • be certain the YM are worthy, and that they understand the obligations and blessings
  • give them important assignments

Elder David A Bednar

  • actually receive the Holy Ghost
  • revelations are conveyed through the Holy Ghost
  • the simplicity of the ordinance may make us not realize the importance of it
  • all gospel activities are based on helping us feel the Holy Ghost in our lives

Elder Larry R Lawrence

  • parents who love their children cannot afford to be intimidated by them
  • young people understand more than we realize

The choir and congregation sang I Am a Child of God

Elder Per G Malm

  • told a story about a hollow tree; it looks solid, but up close you could see it was hollow; it took years to get that way
  • we need to be solid and filled from the inside out
  • we need to handle the small things in a proper way
  • beware of things that would destroy from the inside out

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

  • sins are intentional disobedience
  • forms of sin are everywhere
  • pornography destroys character
  • if we sin, we must look for help quickly

Elder Mervyn B Arnold

  • what have you done with my name?
  • as we partake of the sacrament, we take upon us the name of Christ
  • his parents gave them something more precious than gold. They left their testimony and taught them to be honest
  • before you act, picture the Savior standing by your side, would you think it, would you say it or do it knowing he was there, for surely he is there

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • talked about fly fishing
  • the use of artificial lures to catch fish is like Lucifer trying to capture us
  • he captures us with counterfeit lures
  • Lucifer does NOT catch and release
  • Lucifer is a clever and cunning intelligence
  • addictions can control us

President Thomas S Monson

  • he appreciates the truths that have been taught
  • we should carefully study the messages when we get the magazine issues

The choir sang Sing We Now at Parting

Bishop H David Burton offered the benediction

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

Addiction Recovery Program

Obviously the Church produces some fantastic material that is used as part of the regular Church curriculum. However, they also have a lot of “other” material that is equally impressive, that many members might not know about. Obviously the Church does a great job on their web sites. I’ve also enjoyed the Institute manuals. But one of the resources I am most impressed with is the Addiction Recovery Program that is offered by LDS Family Services.


First of all, let me say that I am not a therapist of any kind. I haven’t run the course myself. What I have done, is to use it myself. Not because I have any substance abuse problems, but because I wanted to know how it could be used with some of the members of my ward.

It is phenomenal. There are 12 steps that are adapted from the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 steps (credit is given at the front of the booklet), but they are entirely Church principle focused. There are quotes from general authorities, scriptures, and lots of questions to ask yourself. I’ve been using this as my daily scripture study recently, and I’m quite enjoying it.
The book/program are introduced in this way:

Whether you yourself struggle with addiction or associate with someone who does, this guide can be a blessing in your life. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been adapted into a framework of the doctrines, principles, and beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are presented in this guide as key principles at the beginning of each section. This guide will help you learn how to apply these key principles; they can change your life…

Church leaders and counseling professionals have also been involved in writing and developing this guide. The combined wisdom and experience of these many authors stands as yet another witness of the reality of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the possibility of recovery from addiction.

It mentions that there are recovery support groups and the booklet is meant to be used by those attending the groups, but it can be used by those who are not near a support group, or who want to work on things on their own or with their bishop.

The 12 steps/principles that are taught are:

  1. Honesty
  2. Hope
  3. Trust in God
  4. Truth
  5. Confession
  6. Change of Heart
  7. Humility
  8. Seeking Forgiveness
  9. Restitution and Reconciliation
  10. Daily Accountability
  11. Personal Revelation
  12. Service

You can download a PDF of the book on the Provident Living web site, or you can order it from the Distribution Centre.

LDS Family Services web resources

As I’m sure many of you know, the Church has significant resource available to help people who need emotional counseling, adoption support, and addiction support (among other things). This is generally done through LDS Family Services. I’ve recently come across a few web sites pertaining to LDS Family Services:

  • http://LDSFS.org/ – This would be the main domain for LDS Family Services. It redirects to a page on the ProvidentLiving.org site
  • http://ItsAboutLove.org/ – This is another domain that redirects to a page on the ProvidentLiving.org site. This specifically deals with adoption.
  • https://LDSFSStaff.BlueStep.net/ – This is a site that only LDS Family Services staff have access to. It is hosted by BlueStep.net, a data collection, publishing, and management company. On this site staff can find articles, links, and other resources.

I’ve updated the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page with this information.