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186th Semiannual General Conference – General Session Women’s Session

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I finally got around to watching the General Women’s Session. It was exceptional.


Sister Linda K Burton conducted

The choir made up of Young Women from stakes in Ogden, Huntsville, and Morgan Utah sang Arise, O Glorious Zion

The invocation was offered by Denise P Lindberg

The choir sang If I Listen with My Heart

Sister Jean B Bingham

  • Since last conference much charitable work has been done with refugees
  • You must have charity to be saved
  • Be generous in your thoughts and words
  • We look at others with incomplete or inaccurate views
  • A compliment or smile can be like a wind in our sails
  • Choose to say what is positive
  • Don’t compare ourselves to others
  • The great beauty is the reality of eternal progression
  • Will we commit to bless others in Jesus’ name?

Sister Carole M Stephens

  • We need to understand the doctrine of Christ
  • She has met people who are desperate for help but who won’t turn to the One (Christ)
  • All of us need the same infinite atonement
  • He is might to save
  • Helps i not found in screete. It is found in the Light of CHrist
  • She told story of a YW named Josie who suffers from bipolar disorder who felt the power of the atonement. As her mother said she wished she could take the pain away, Josie said, “You don’t have to, someone already has”
  • You don’t have to carry burdens and pains alone

Sister Bonnie L Oscarson

  • We live in perilous times
  • Moroni asked “Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ?
  • We are at risk of being led astray by false teachings
  • We live in perilous times, but they are also the fulness of times
  • 3 foundational areas of a strong testimony include Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are central, the need for a restoration, and to study and understand temple ordinances
  • many have questions, but there are answers
  • we are afraid to cause offense, so we fail to teach the correct doctrine
  • “All women need to see themselves as essential participants in the work of the priesthood. Women in this Church are presidents, counselors, teachers, members of councils, sisters, and mothers, and the kingdom of God cannot function unless we rise up and fulfill our duties with faith. Sometimes we just need to have a greater vision of what is possible.”
  • Be bold and straightforward as we teach

The choir sang How Firm a Foundation

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • President Monson loves you sisters
  • He summarized the woman of influence in his life
  • This same thing is repeated millions of times across the Church
  • Faith is a conviction that moves us to action
  • Faith confuses non-believers
  • There are more ways to see than with your eyes
  • When trying to help others, telling them to try harder may not be the best way
  • The better advice is to do it differently
  • No matter how much faith we have, we cannot violate others agency
  • Faith cannot force our will upon God’s
  • The purpose of faith is not to change God’s will, but to empower us to act on God’s will
  • He told the store of how the missionaries found his wife Harriett and her family. They were on the top floor of the building, and the last door.
  • God rewards those who seek Him, but He is usually not behind the first door
  • Continue in faith until the fourth floor, last door

The choir and congregation sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives

The benediction was offered by Bonnie H Cordon




Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

185th Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

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Here we go on the last session. It has been good so far, and there have definitely been several talks that really touched me. Obviously we’ll get to hear from Elder Bednar.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice

Elder Jörg Klebingat offered the invocation

The choir sang Our God is a God of Love

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • Why does God use a Church to carry out his work?
  • A community of saints can sustain one another on the strait and narrow path
  • We strive to help one another come to the knowledge of the son of God
  • We are prone to excuse and rationalize our faults
  • The Church has leaders who can reprove betimes with sharpness, after showing for an increase in love
  • We are not converted to the Church, but to Christ and His gospel
  • The Church was the family in the beginning. Today, they support one another
  • Together in the Church our ability to care for the poor and needy is broadened

Brother Devin G Durrant

  • By profession, he is an investor. He is also a disciple of Christ
  • He works by sound financial principles and lives by sound spiritual principles
  • Save money each week
  • Ponderize one verse each verse
  • Ponderize means 80% extended pondering, 20% memorization

Elder Von G Keetch

  • Told a story about some surfers wanting to surf some big waves
  • A barrier was stopping them, but an old local surfer helped them see the sharks in the distance
  • The commandments are sometimes viewed as barriers
  • Those barriers protect us from spiritual predators

Sister Carole M Stephens

  • Told story about taking her grand-daughter out and she didn’t want to wear her seatbelt
  • We can choose to see commandments as limitations
  • As we seek for greater understanding, we will see that His laws are a manifestation of His love for us

The choir and congregation sang Rejoice, the Lord Is King

Elder Allen D Haynie

  • It doesn’t matter how far into the pit we have sunk
  • What does matter is that Jesus Christ suffered so he knows how to succor us
  • He was willing to condescend
  • Repentance is real and it works
  • The Saviour’s atonement leaves not tracks or traces. What it heals, it heals. It’s fixed

Elder Kim B Clark

  • We need greater spiritual power and eyes to see more clearly
  • We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better
  • Life may get hard, confusing and discouraging
  • Through the companionship HG, the light of Christ’s gospel will cut through the confusion, the pain and the darkness.
  • We need eyes to see and ears to hear

Elder Koichi Aoyagi

  • Experienced earthquake in Tokyo
  • Why do we face such trials?
  • Was in a car accident that caused him pain for 10 years. Why did he have to suffer?
  • We are here on earth to go through trials
  • We leave the rest up to the Lord
  • When we face trials, we need to turn to God
  • He could have died in his accident. He survived, and his suffering has been for his learning and growth.

The choir sang Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Elder David A. Bednar

  • Why is it wonderful we have older men leading the Church?
  • When you can’t do what you used to be able to do, you do what matters most
  • He shared lots of teachings of the various apostles who he has served and who have passed away to demonstrate how wise they are

The choir sang Love One Another

Elder Scott D Whiting 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:

2012 Canada-wide Stake Conference

On Sunday, May 27, 2012 we had what appears to be a bi-annual Canada-wide Stake Conference. The Saturday portion of Stake Conference was still a local event, but the Sunday morning session was broadcast from one of the studios at the Conference Centre.

In the morning while still at home, my 9-year-old son offered our family prayer, and he prayed that the speakers at the conference wouldn’t be nervous speaking in front of a lot of people. Cool!

Elder William R Walker conducted and President Boyd K Packer presided. They were accompanied by D Todd Christofferson and Sister Carole M Stephens.

A couple of days before the conference I asked my wife which of Elder Ballard or President Monson would be speaking. She said Elder Ballard for sure, but thought both of them would be there, seeing as they have such a connection to Canada. Well, neither of them was there.

Apparently there was something like 47 stakes and 3 districts participating in the conference.

The opening and closing of the conference were done locally.

Here are my notes from the meeting:

Elder William R Walker

  • We need to point our children to the temple
  • In 1912 there were 7,000 members in Canada, most of them from Southern Alberta
  • The Alberta Temple was announced in October 1912 and the ground-breaking ceremony was on July 27, 1913 by Joseph F Smith
  • The temple was dedicated by Heber J Grant in August 1923
  • There are now temples in Cardston, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Calgary will be open soon, and Winnipeg has been announced
  • There will soon be 9 temples in Canada, the same number of temples that were in all the Church in 1955
  • The temple should be the great symbol of our membership

Sister Carole M Stevens

  • We need to prepare our children for the evil world ahead of them
  • We need to act with faith, not fear
  • Don’t waste time with “I wish I would have…” Start today!

The intermediate/congregational hymn was “How Firm a Foundation

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • He recounted his connection to Canada
  • Service is the very fiber of which an exalted life is made
  • Why must we be commanded to serve one another?
  • Even though President Monson can’t reach everyone, he still does what he can
  • We are a church of service
  • The most crucial services is in our own home
  • The Savior is the great Exemplar of service

President Boyd K Packer
Note: President Packer did NOT sound good. He was hard to understand, and didn’t seem to be able to remember things. He would try to speak without looking at his notes, but then had to refer back to them

  • He spoke of his experiences of Canada
  • He was President of the New England Mission, and that involved trips to Eastern Canada
  • We have to remember the Gospel is true
  • When we get that feeling in our hearts, we know what we need to know
  • It’s not an easy thing to be a member, but it is easier than anything else if we do what is right
  • Never be ashamed of the Church
  • He blessed us to “take faith”