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”
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I’m at home now. I can’t say enough about how great the Move Networks player is. I watched it through my laptop on my 26″ HD TV, and it was perfect. Very impressive. The only thing is that the stream seems to be a few minutes behind the live broadcast (even when you are showing it “live”).
I liked watching all of the various leaders sit down before the session started. There is a lot of smiles, a lot of hand-shaking, and a lot of talking. I know people who are so uptight about reverence, and that when you walk into the chapel it should be silent. I know the Conference Center isn’t a chapel, but for the purposes of General Conference, it is, and it is great to see people being so friendly with each other. It’s also nice to see everyone (including the leaders) stand as the First Presidency walks in. I also liked seeing President Eyring whisk something off of President Monson’s shoulder. Maybe something from lunch? 🙂
President Henry B Eyring conducted the session.
The choir sang “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise”.
Elder Carlos H Amados offered the invocation.
The choir sang “Know This, That Every Soul Is Free”
President Eyring conducted the business. Several members of the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy were released, but no one was called to replace them.
Elder Dallin H Oaks ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- God’s love and God’s commandments
- The love of God does not supersede his commandments.
- His commandments do not diminish the love of God
- Every parent knows you can love a child and be angry and disappointed
- The love of God is so universal, even those who are rebellious benefit
- Where do parents draw the line with children that are not following the commandments. Don’t go to extremes (shunning the person, or totally ignoring the disobedience)
- Real love does not support self-destructive behaviour
Elder Robert D Hales ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- We live in a time where secularism is deepening
- We declare We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost
- Why is belief in God so important?
- Without God, life would end at the grave, and life would have no purpose
- Cultivate a diligent desire to know God lives
Elder Jorge F Zeballos
- From a purely human point of view at first, the commandment to be perfect seems to be an impossible task
- The command to become perfect encourages us to achieve the best of ourselves
- God will not require more than the best we can give
- Let us with enthusiasm do all that is within our reach
- It is possible to achieve the impossible. We can receive eternal life. We can be happy now
President Eyring forgot 3 other names that are being released from the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy
The choir sang “Come, Ye Children of the Lord”
Elder Tad R Callister ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- Joseph was the Lord’s anointed
- He learned 4 fundamental truths
- God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ are two separate, distinct beings
- The Father and Son have glorified bodies of flesh and bones
- God still speaks to man today; the heavens are not closed
Does God love us as much today as before?
Does God have the same power today as then?
Do we need him as much today as then?
- The full and complete Church of Jesus Christ was not on the earth
- Hard to believe Joseph Smith saw angels? Were there not angels before? Mary, Joseph, Peter, James, John, Cornelius, Paul, Stephen all saw angels
- There will always be an intellectual crisis, but there will always be faith that can strengthen us
- Attempts to intellectualise salvation will never find the answers they seek. At some point, one must trust in God.
Elder Kent R Watson
- Exercise self-control
- Peace of mind and security and happiness do not come from buying things we can’t afford
- Security from our families comes from learning self-control
- Peace of mind comes from faith in Jesus Christ
- Happiness comes from being diligent in keeping covenants
Elder Neil L Andersen ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- I have felt His love in sacred and unforgettable ways
- Spiritual arms of mercy, safety, love
- We rejoice in repenting and the joy of forgiveness
- There is no sin that cannot be forgiven (other then turning away)
- “Will ye not now return unto me… that I may heal you?”
- Repentance is more of a journey than an event
- “You can’t feel what I have felt” – I don’t fully understand, but there is One who does. He does. He has felt your pain. He has said “I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands”
- I promise you, relief will come
- Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance
President Boyd K Packer (spoke from a chair)
- We must use our agency wisely
- Pure intelligence can be spoken into the mind
- The Spirit can protect you
- The Gift of the Holy Ghost operates with men, women and children
- Keep your mind clean and free from the clutter of the world
- No matter who you are and what you may have done, you can always pray
- Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven and the lock is on your side of the veil.
- He has learned to conclude all prayers with “Thy will be done”
The choir sang “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”
The benediction was offered by Robert S Wood (who was released today)
Read the recaps and other notes from the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
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