Just a quick thought/note here…
Recently the Atonement Blog posted some remarks that Neal A Maxwell offered in his first address as an Apostle. We are all familiar with Moses 1: 39:
For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
The Atonement Blog highlighted the fact that Elder Maxwell said that WE are God’s work, and His glory.
We can love Him, we can honor Him, we can worship Him! We can keep His commandments, and we can feast upon His scriptures! Yes, we who are so forgetful and even rebellious are never forgotten by Him! We are His “work” and His “glory,” and He is never distracted!
A very nice thought! Thanks to the Atonement Blog for sharing this…
Back in 2009, Sister Julie B Beck (the RS General President at the time) spoke to seminary and institute teachers. Her talk was called Teaching the Doctrine of the Family. I watched the video for the first time the other day, and have since skimmed over the talk. I need to make some more thorough notes, but here is what I have so far (I used my notes to find the exact quotes in the talk):
- When we speak of qualifying for the blessings of eternal life, we mean qualifying for the blessings of eternal families. This was Christ’s doctrine, and this is some of what was restored that had been lost—understanding and clarity about family. Without these blessings, the earth is wasted…
The promises of the children made to the fathers was that their hearts would turn to their fathers. Their hearts would be turned to the blessings of eternal life that they could have. This is talking about temple blessings—temple ordinances and covenants without which “the whole earth [is] utterly wasted.”
So, if we teach about what is in every section of the Doctrine and Covenants, if we teach so that our students know all the rivers in the Book of Mormon, if they can name all the prophets of the Old Testament, if they can describe to you the pioneer trek and the history of the Latter-day Saints in the restored times but they don’t understand the promises made to the fathers and their part in it, it is “utterly wasted.” I would submit that all of our teaching is utterly wasted if they don’t understand the context that all of this is taught within.
- Korihor was an anti-Christ. Anti-Christ is antifamily. Any doctrine or principle our youth hear from the world that is antifamily is also anti-Christ. It’s that clear. They need to know
that if it’s antifamily, it’s anti-Christ. An anti- Christ is antifamily.
- Teach the students so that they don’t misunderstand (3 times she used the phrase)
When speaking of Isaac and Rebekah, she said: She needed to see that her righteous son got the blessings. Rebekah used her influence to see that the priesthood blessings and keys passed to the righteous son. It’s a perfect example of the man who has the keys and the woman who has the influence working together to ensure their blessings.
- Let’s go to the question “What is it we hope this rising generation will understand and do because of what you will teach them?” Teach so they don’t misunderstand that every doctrine, every principle, everything you’re teaching leads them to the fulness of the gospel.
- So, what I submit to you as one of your responsibilities—besides teaching those doctrines so your students don’t misunderstand
- Your role in this is to teach them so they don’t misunderstand, to be very clear on key points of doctrine, which you find in the proclamation on the family.
Powerful, but great, stuff!
Note: If you would like to read the talk, you can download a PDF of the talk here.
Well, here we go into the last session of conference. It has been good so far. I haven’t started to fall asleep even once 🙂
Between these two sessions on Sunday, we watched several of the Mormon Messages that the Church has put out. I highly recommend The Sting of the Scorpion and Watch Your Step. Both are very powerful!
President Henry B Eyring conducted
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Arise, O God, and Shine
Elder F Michael Watson offered the invocation
The choir sang I Feel My Savior’s Love
Elder Russell M Nelson
- spoke about his recent trip to Russia
- temple covenants are sacred and powerful
- we are children of the covenant
- He is our God, we are His people
Elder Dallin H Oaks
- What think ye of Christ?
- When you consider all of the things the Saviour has done for us, don’t you have many reasons to come back to church?
Brother Matthew O Richardson
- when I left my mission, my mission didn’t leave me
- we need to be “real” in every area of our life
- real life requires real learning which requires real teaching
The choir and congregation sang Now Let Us Rejoice
Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita
- spoke about missionary work and the missionaries who serve around the world
- missionaries are a treasure to this great church
Elder Randall K Bennett
- he shared a story about how he almost drowned as a child
- that day he made a poor choice that almost permanently separate him from his family
- you can’t make eternal decisions without eternal consequences
- in our choices we make every day, are we choosing eternal life
- we essentially only have two choices
- are you choosing to be busy and apathetic that you don’t take time to study the words of Christ?
- are you choosing to follow the prophets or the world?
- your eternal destiny will not be an accident. It will be a choice
Elder J Devn Cornish (President Eyring had a hard time pronouncing his name)
- in His mercy, the God of heaven hears our prayers
- Why would God concern himself with small things?
- He loves us so much, what is important to us becomes important to him
- it is contrary to the economy of heaven for God to do something for us we can do for ourselves
- do not forget to ask the Lord to protect you and be with you
- when we think we are too sinful to pray, that is like someone saying they are too sick to go to the doctor
Elder Quentin L Cook
- something stirs within us when tragedy strikes innocent people.
- why are righteous people not immune
- we can exercise our faith
Cool story of missionaries cancelling trip on Titanic
have a spirit of gratitude in our hearts
we prosper when we have the spirit in our lives
some challenges give us experience and purify us and prepare us to meet God
God has enough lifeboats for everyone
- God loves and understands us perfectly
- The atonement compensates
- The plan of salvation provides for eternal life
President Thomas S Monson
- expressed gratitude and appreciation for a variety of things
- Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face
The choir sang Lord, We Ask Thee Ere We Part
Elder Gregory A Schwitzer 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:
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Well, conference is over now for another 6 months. As is usually the case, there were some excellent talks. I definitely have a lot to think about.
President Henry B. Eyring conducted
Elder Dallin H. Oaks ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- unselfish service
- lose yourself in the service of the Lord
- we serve in our families
- no one can duplicate the records/efforts of this church
- we don not serve God well if we fear men more than God
- we cannot do as others do
- great quote from C.S. Lewis about man wanting to be God
- entitlement is generally selfish
- we are promised eternal life for our service
Elder David A. Bednar ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- serving in the temple can expand our vision
- everything points to temple covenants
- the garner is the temple
- this is a great day of temple building
- temple ordinances provide protective power
Elder Gary E. Stevenson
- you are never lost when you can see the temple
- all are encouraged to go to the temple even if you can’t go inside
- the most holy place on earth
Elder Jose A. Teixeira
- bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man
- we are not left alone
- use the spiritual gifts you’ve been given
- don’t lose the “signal” from the divine
Elder F. Michael Watson
- we can’t always find the way before us
- we have guides if we let them “have the reins”
- highlighted some teachings of the last 7 prophets who he worked closely with
- the Lord reveals to his prophets
Elder L. Tom Perry
- where is the shepherd?
- there is no substitute for a member-oriented proselyting program
- the missionaries are spending too much time finding
- we should be warning our neighbours ourselves
- “open your mouths”
- declare our belief in Jesus Christ
- tell in our own words the story of the First Vision
- testify of the Book of Mormon
President Thomas S. Monson
- we’ve been richly blessed
- appreciates all those who participated
- love and appreciate his counselors and the apostles
- cautioned that the adversary is using every means possible to ensnare us
- the Internet can be used for good and evil
- we are a blessed people
Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference:
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I ended up going to the Church this morning sans family for the first session. Two of our three kids are sick, and so my wife stayed home with them. I left a little early as I had an interview before. I also had an interview afterward. It was nice being able to refer to the talks in providing some counsel. Overall, we had 100 people at Church for the broadcast.
President Thomas S. Monson conducted
The choir music was awesome!
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- today is Palm Sunday
- the flame of new theories fade
- the gospel is the ultimate formula for happiness and success
- stay with it
- we don’t go after eternal life in a sprint… we endure
- for some, spectator discipleship is preferred
- we need to get off the sidelines and practice what we preach
- gospel has the power to fill any emptiness
Elder Neil L. Andersen
- knows with perfect clarity that Jesus is the Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost
- note: he was very humble while speaking
- he knows he is not what he must become
- expressed gratitude and bore testimony
Elder Steven E. Snow
- get on with life
- change is an essential part of life
- follow the prophets
- have faith
- be of good cheer
Sister Barbara Thompson
- the time is far spent
- increase our faith
- no matter what our families look like, we can strengthen our own families, or help strengthen other families
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- spoke of those who are lonely
- recounted Christ’s last week
- Christ said “why has thou forsaken me”, but the Father was probably closer than at any other time
President Thomas S. Monson ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- since last conference, the world has changed
- moral footing is slipping
- would be easy to become discourage
- blessings as members of the Church
- how do we have joy despite the challenges we face?
- though the storm clouds gather, our love of the gospel will sustain us
- fear not, be of good cheer, the future is as bright as your faith
Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference:
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