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185th Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

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I spent most of the time between sessions watching whatever came on the Mormon Channel. I love watching the World Report and found it interesting (as always). I also cleaned up more around the house in preparation for the family visiting tomorrow after my daughter’s baptism.

We’re back in the family room again ready for this session to start…


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A choir made up of Primary children from stakes in the Riverton, Utah area sang Beautiful Savior

Elder Terence M Vinson offered the invocation

President Henry B Eyring conducted the sustaining of Church officers. The new apostles are:

The choir sang a medley of Search, Ponder, and Pray and I Think When I Read That Sweet Story

Elder Robert D Hales

  • Much has been written about the younger generation today that isn’t interested in religion and doesn’t consider marriage important
  • Try not to go into debt
  • No one marries for perfection, we marry for potential
  • Don’t date just to have a good time
  • Dating and marriage aren’t final decisions… they are the gateway to where you want to go
  • When seeking friends, reach up not across

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • No one in mortality comes closer to that of Jesus Christ than the selfless love of a mother
  • Mothering is a staggering feat
  • Most mothers know intuitively that theirs is a sacred trust
  • Elder Holland shared stories about the love of mothers

The choir and congregation sang Come, Follow Me

Elder Bradley D Foster

  • Spoke to and about children in the Church
  • They were God’s children before they became our children
  • We should always be in their corner

Elder Hugo Montoya

  • Help others when required
  • Smile
  • Express compassion
  • Invite others to come to Church

Elder Vern P Stanfill

  • He shared a story about a bike ride through a pitch black tunnel
  • The lights they had were inadequate
  • Everyone relied on the light of a friend, and the light that was off in the distance
  • No matter how intense the darkness of doubt, we choose how long it will influence us
  • Trust in the Lord to develop spiritual strength in ourselves

Elder James B Martino

  • Be converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Our response to life will influence our testimony
  • Be strong to the knowledge of truth
  • Our testimony of truth gets us closer to the Savior

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • We have the certainties of death and sin
  • Christ suffered of “every kind” for us
  • He willingly experienced this and because of this the atonement empowers him to bear it all
  • We face lots of “infirmities” and troubles in our lives that are NOT caused by sin
  • His healing is available to all of us

The choir sang I Feel My Savior’s Love

Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

184th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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The family is gathered together and we are set to get started. Since my oldest is now 12, he is going to watch all of the sessions with us. The younger two will watch half an hour of each session, all of Sunday morning, and then President Monson’s conclusion on Sunday afternoon.

Let’s get going…


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang The Morning Breaks

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang High on the Mountain Top

Sister Bonnie L Oscarson offered the invocation

President Thomas S Monson

  • 90-year anniversary of radio broadcast
  • 65-year anniversary of tv broadcast
  • 1 new temple dedicated (Florida Fort Lauderdale) by President Uchtdorf
  • 1 temple rededicated (Utah Ogden) by President Monson
  • New Phoenix temple will be dedicated next month
  • In 2015 there will be 5 temples dedicated or rededicated, with more possible depending on how things go
  • When all previously announced are done there will be  170 operating temples
  • No new temples to announce
  • The Church continues to grow
  • Over 88,000 missionaries serving

The choir sang Beautiful Zion, Built Above

President Boyd K Packer (he looked good, but seemed to have a hard time speaking)

  • Told story about giving Oxford a copy of the scriptures, and pointing out the 18 pages about Christ in the Topical Guide
  • Our scriptures are full of references to the Savior
  • The mercy and grace of Chris is available to all
  • No matter how large the Church becomes, the true success of the Gospel will be measured by the spiritual strength of its individual members

Elder Lynn G Robbins

  • Which way do you face?
  • We should not flip/reverse the first two great commandments
  • We should not try to please others instead of pleasing God
  • If we are facing the wrong way, we can turn around
  • Lowering our standards to meet the world is apostacy

Sister Cheryl A Esplin

  • What do you wish you had known when you were younger?
  • I wish I had understood the significance of the Sacrament
  • Spoke all about the Sacrament

The choir and congregation sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Elder Chi Hong Wong (spoke in Cantonese)

  • Reach out and rescue
  • He compared the story of the man with palsy being lowered through the roof to our efforts to rescuing
  • There are sometimes obstacles, but we can’t give up
  • With so many missionaries in our units, we need to get them involved
  • Our combined faith can help others

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • We see God’s love through His commandments
  • The Gospel opens the path to what we may become
  • Christ died not to save indiscriminately, but to offer repentance
  • Freedom comes not from resisting it, but from applying it

The choir sang If I Listen With My Heart

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • A century ago, we thought we were alone in the universe, that the Milky Way was the only galaxy
  • With greater light, we have been introduced to glorious vistas we had never before imagined
  • If people haven’t experienced things, received the more complete light of truth, then they don’t believe new truth
  • As humans we believe we are right, even when we are wrong
  • We can know truth for ourselves
  • Read the scriptures, ponder, and be grateful
  • Ask Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to manifest the truth of the Church unto you
  • Put the Gospel and Church teachings to the test in your life
  • Spiritual truth will fill your heart

The choir sang From All That Dwell below the Skies

The benediction was offered by Bradley D Foster


Read the recaps and other notes from the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

I gave myself a haircut, shaved, and had a shower between the sessions. I’m now refreshed for the next session 🙂


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A Primary choir provided the music

The choir sang a song I didn’t catch the name of and I Thank Thee, Dear Father

Elder Won Yong Ko offered the invocation

The choir sang Families Can Be Together Forever

President Henry B Eyring did the sustaining of church officers

Elder David A Bednar

  • Sequence can be important
  • Spoke of Elijah
  • The restoration of the sealing authority was necessary to prepare for the Saviour’s second coming
  • Encouraged the youth to get involved in family history

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Spoke about the family and children
  • You don’t have children because you have time, that is what you time for
  • Struggling financially is ok, and may even be good for you
  • Jesus was born without a fancy nursery to sleep in

Elder Ian S Ardern

  • Preach My Gospel speaks of wise time management
  • Time is never for sale
  • Wisely used, it’s value is immeasurable
  • Time flies on wings of lightning, we cannot call it back
  • Let us be as quick to kneel as we are to text
  • The scales of time need to be correctly balanced

The choir and congregation sang Praise to the Man

Elder Carl B Cook

  • “It’s better to look up”
  • Why is it hard to look up when we need help?
  • In order to be guided in life’s journey, we must look up and step up, and as we do we will cheer up

Elder LeGrand R Curtis Jr

  • Talked about the word redeem
  • “how great, how glorious, how complete, redemption’s grand design”

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • Spoke of Nehor
  • The people didn’t believe the message of repentance
  • The prophetic call to repent should be received with joy
  • Repentance is a divine gift
  • Rather than interrupting celebration, it should be cause for celebration
    1.  The invitation to repent is an expression of love
    2.  Repentance means striving to change
    3.  (I missed what this was specifically)
    4.  We need to persevere through repentance
    5.  Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in forgiveness
  • The pain of repentance is less than what we have to suffer for unrepentant sin

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Spoke about new temples
  • Visitors to the open houses are impressed with the members they meet
  • Spoke about the media attention the church has received
  • There are still many people who misunderstand us
    1. We must be bold in our declaration of Jesus Christ
    2. Be righteous examples to others
    3. Speak up about the Church

The choir sang My Heavenly Father Loves Me and I Know My Father Lives

Elder Bradley D Foster offered the benediction


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

180th Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon Session

Well, another General Conference has come to a close. I know I comment on this every time, but it’s hard for me to get through 10 hours worth of meetings over two days. I don’t know how the General Authorities manage to do get through it in the Conference Center without falling asleep.

We watched this last session at home in the comfort of our living room.

Overall, it was much like other General Conferences. There certainly weren’t any talks that I thought were terrible, but that isn’t to say that I loved every one. There are obviously ones that I liked more than others. Out of all of the talks, the one I’ll probably remember the most was Elder Holland’s about pornography. He was definitely bold. I also thought Sister Beck’s talk was excellent. I’ll have to watch/read them again and see if I still feel the same way.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, O Thou King of Kings

The invocation was offered by Christoffel Golden, Jr

The choir sang Jesus, Once of Humble Birth

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • When we sense the love we have for our family, we can imagine the love Heavenly Father has for us
  • The Church protects the truth that family is central to God’s plan
  • This church brings hope and help to this sacred institution of the family
  • No matter your situation, you can make family history a part of your life
  • New FamilySearch is creating one pedigree we all work on

Elder Robert D Hales

  • There is no substitute for seeing the gospel lived in our daily life
  • The stripling warriors didn’t have to wonder what their parents believed
  • Do our children know what we know?
  • When we sit down at the dinner table, is the whole family there?
  • Mother, Father, Grandma, Grandpa, are you there?
  • Being there means understanding their hearts and connecting with them
  • Teach them to walk in the light, but it can’t be borrowed light

Elder Bradley D Foster

  • There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood
  • By diving design, nurturing is part of mothers
  • A distraction doesn’t need to be evil to be effective
  • In a world where everyone is granted agency, some of our loved ones may stray for a season, but we must never give up
  • We never know when a heart will be turned

The choir and congregation sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Elder James B Martino

  • We’ll all face trials
  • How we react determines are success
  • We need to humble ourselves before God and learn from him
  • Learn from Christ
    1. Remain committed
    2. Learn to not complain
    3. Seek greater help from God
    4. Learn to serve and think of others
    5. Forgive others, and do not blame others
  • As we pass through the trials of life, keep an eternal perspective

Elder Gregory A Schwitzer

  • Do not judge others, but use excellent judgment
  • Good judgment guidelines
    1. Align yourself to the gospel
    2. Listen to the messages of the living prophet
    3. Have a listening relationship with the Holy Spirit
    4. Keep the commandments

Elder Francisco J Vinas

  • Spoke of natural disasters
  • Dying to spiritual things is worth than death
  • The Leadership Training Emphasis wants each family member to read, pray, and live the gospel
  • These things are works of righteousness
  • He who doeth the works of righteousness will receive his reward

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • The harmony in the talks is a miracle
  • We have heard and felt the mind and will of the Lord
  • The rising generation is the very best ever
  • “Tell me the stories of Jesus”
  • Are the life and teachings of Jesus Christ embedded in the hearts of our children?
  • Do they know that Jesus taught “Ask, and ye shall receive”?
  • If the child is not listening with a believing heart, your testimony will stay.
  • If a child is not listening, do not despair. Time and truth are on your side
  • Two men can do anything, as long as one of them is the Lord

President Thomas S Monson

  • Trust in the Lord and lean not unto thine own understanding
  • That is the story of his life
  • We’ve been richly blessed
  • The world seems to have slipped from the moorings of safety
  • The problems in the world cause people to be tossed about in a sea of sin and crushed on the jagged reef of missed opportunities and shattered dreams
  • There is no one so lost that can’t be saved by the lighthouse of the Lord
  • Thank you for your prayers
  • May His promised peace be with you

The choir sang Abide with Me; ‘Tis Eventide

The benediction was offered by Bishop Richard C Edgley

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