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“…the shaping sounds of lullabies…”

A couple of weeks ago I filled in again as a teacher in the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class. I taught lesson 32 which covered Alma 53-63. This is the part of Alma where we read about the “army of Helaman”, those 2,000+ young men who fought in the war. There was obviously a lot of great material to cover, but I figured I’d share one quote inparticular that I love. When talking about how their mothers had taught them, I shared this quote from Elder Maxwell:

“Women… rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing them by, because they know they hold tomorrow tightly in their arms. . . .

“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire — or the shaping sounds of lullabies?”

Neal A Maxwell, Woman [1979], 96

This reminded me of an experience from 10+ years ago. My parents family has been renting a cottage for years and years for a week in the summer. When my first child was born, we went up to the cottage with our baby boy who was only a coule of weeks old. One night my wife got up to feed our son, and was singing quietly to him. My father was awake and heard it, and to this day he talks about how special that was. He said it was like the voice of an angel. It’s not that my wife is a professional singer (she sings fine), it’s that here was a mother, all alone with her child, singing to her feeding baby. “The shaping sounds of lullabies” indeed!

A 48-year long experiment of faith?

I taught the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class this past week and we were covering Alma 3235 (lesson 28). We spent a majority of the time discussing faith and the experiment we are to do.

One thing that has always frustrated me is that people are willing to “experiment” with all sorts of things… drugs, alcohol, alternative lifestyles, etc. However, they often aren’t willing to experiment with the things that matter most. From a Church point of view, they won’t try to keep the Word of Wisdom, or they won’t try to stay morally clean. It’s as if the experiment isn’t worth doing.

I brought up the recent sort-of discovery of the Higgs boson particle (the so-called “God particle”). The existence of such a particle was first proposed in 1964. In July of this year, it was announced that they have probably found it, but they can’t prove it yet. That means that there have been scientists around the world trying to prove the existince of this particle for 48 years. They are getting close (very close), but they still haven’t gotten there yet. Isn’t that amazing?! Can you imagine feeling so strongly about something that for decades you are working towards that goal? Well, that is exactly what we should be doing in the gospel.

The whole chapter is great, but here are a few key points about the experiment:

Alma 32: 27 …awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith…

Alma 32: 40 …looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof…

Alma 32: 41 …nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof…

Alma 32: 42 …because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it…

Do you have a testimony of the Law of Tithing? If not, obey it, then keep obeying it. If you haven’t felt the blessings being poured out on you from the windows of heaven, keep obeying the law. Exercise a particle of faith; look forward to the blessings; be patience; be diligent.

If we are willing to put in the effort, whether it be 48 minutes, 48 days, 48 weeks, or 48 years, God will help us find the results we seek from our experiment. We will be able to get the fruit “which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.” It is a beautiful promise!

182nd Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

Just in case you are wondering how I do these, I usually write the comments as the session starts. Then I take notes during the session and post it when it is done. That explains why at the beginning of the last session I guessed we’d hear from Elder Hales and but when it was posted, Elder Hales had already spoken.

There have been two pretty good sessions of conference so far. I can’t pick a favourite, but there has definitely been lots to think about.

I’ll be leaving shortly to go to the Priesthood Session with my father, and then I think we’re going to Boston Pizza afterward.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The music was provided by a combined choir from the Salt Lake university Institutes

The choir sang Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi offered the invocation

The choir sang Carry On

Elder David A Bednar

  • in one sentence say what the most distinguishing feature of the church is
  • it is the authority of the priesthood
  • worthiness and willingness is what is required to receive the priesthood
  • the priesthood is active, not passive
  • priesthood holders need authority and power
  • me who bear the priesthood should be different

Brother Richard C Edgley

  • we need to take part in the rescue effort
  • loved ones are on their knees daily pleading with the Lord
  • we have less-actives who are trying
  • less actives need to be treated as equals
  • he has an ancestor who went inactive, and he figures that over 6+ generations it could be as many as 3,000 people who are lost
  • when he sees one person who is lost, he sees 3,000 people

Brother Adrián Ochoa

  • many young men don’t understand the good they can do
  • stand up boldly for what is true

The choir and congregation sang Ye Elders of Israel

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • holding the priesthood is no small blessing
  • the basic gospel principles need to be part of our life’s fabric
  • gospel doctrine becomes more precious when it is put to use

President Henry B Eyring

  • the sealing keys reside in the church today and will till the end of time
  • connections to our family are sure because of sealings
  • nothing is more important than honouring marriage and family covenants made in the holy temple
  • 4 things to lift and lead your family home again
    1. gain and keep a sure witness that the keys are with us
    2. love your wife
    3. enlist the entire family to love each other
    4. lead your family in the Lord’s way when discipline is needed

President Thomas S Monson

  • shared quotes from several past prophets about the priesthood
  • “I love and cherish the noble word of duty”
  • time marches on, and duty keeps cadence with that march
  • when God speaks and man obeys, that man will always be right
  • do your duty that is best, leave unto the Lord the rest
  • the world is in need of our help

The choir sang Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

The benediction was offered by Elder Larry R Lawrence


Read the recaps and other notes from the 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: