Another conference has come and gone. It was excellent. I enjoyed almost all of the talks, and definitely felt the Spirit. In fact, when President Monson announced the change in the missionary service age, I felt a rush of the Holy Spirit. I wasn’t hoping for a change and therefore wasn’t expecting a change, but it was a welcome change. The feeling of the Spirit I felt was quite unexpected, but wonderful!
It always good to hear from all 15 of our prophet, seers, and revelators. Some of the men are obviously suffering with health challenges, but it is wonderful to see them and hear them. President Packer looked pretty good. Elder Hales looked way better than he did a year ago. At that time he seemed incredibly frail, and kind of puffy. I’m not sure if he was taking some steroids for something, but he looks more like his normal self than before. It was nice to see.
Elder Oaks sure spoke with authority when he spoke about caring for children, and Elder Holland sure spoke with passion about Christ and the need for disciples.
Probably my favourite line in conference was Elder Andersen who said that doctrine is taught by all 15 prophets, seers, and revelators, not in one line in one talk to one group. It was a good definition.
There has definitely been lots for me to think about over the coming months. I resolve to do better.
Read the recaps and other notes from the 182nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
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We had planned on going to the Church to watch the first session of conference, but two of our children are sick, so we stayed at home. On the one hand, it’s nice relaxing at home, but on the other hand, it can be very distracting. However, given a choice, I’d probably rather watch at home.
It was reported to me that we had about 40 people attend the session at Church.
President Thomas S. Monson conducted
President Thomas S. Monson
- opened the conference
- noted the absence of Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Announced Neil L. Anderson as new apostle
- He said to him it would be “the longest walk you’ll ever take!”
- They rededicated the Mexico temple
- 87000 there for cultural night
- also dedicated the Draper Utah temple
- The Church is doing very well
- We have 53,000 missionaries in 348 missions
- Perpetual Education Fund is moving forward. 35,600 young men and women enrolled. 18,900 finished.
Elder Robert D. Hales
- children growing up in time of uncertainty
- excess debt and addiction have caused problems, undermined family relationships
- our success is never measured by how strong the temptation, but how faithful the response
- need to be provident providers
- joyfully live within our means
- keep basic command of “thou shalt not covet”
- pay tithing
- donate fast offerings
- evaluate whether something has temporary or eternal value
Margaret S. Lifferth
- respect one another
- learn it at home, in sports, when discussing religion
- each of us is a child of God and are brothers and sisters
- respect for others is close to reverence for God
- address leaders properly
Brother Michael A. Neider
- commended YW for adding virtue to their values
- don’t underestimate the youth and their abilities
Elder Alan F. Packer
- tough times, but still a great time to be a live
- learn to recognize the Spirit
- we will receive answers and learn how the Spirit works in us
- we will know, and know that we know
D. Todd Christofferson ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- told story of earthquake in Chile and the commitment of a branch president and his wife
- we need strong Christians who can persevere and sustain hope
- we need strong Christians who make important things happen because of their faith
- we need to protect against militant atheism
- follow the covenant path
President Eyring ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- How could this happen?
- we have opportunities to face affliction
- Remember, the Savior suffered as well
Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference:
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