Have you seen the Latter-day Apostles web site? It is a cool site that someone has put together that shows all of the First Presidencies and Apostles that we’ve had since the Church was organized. You can pick a date in time or you can view a bit of a slide show and watch the changes happen over time.
I spent a little bit of time the other day looking at the changes. I wondered what was the greatest number of future presidents that were in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the same time. This is what I’ve seen. I may have missed someone, but these are definitely going to be among the highest:
- In March 1945 there was the President of the Church (Heber J Grant) with a future president as a counselor (David O McKay), and 5 future presidents in the quorum together (George Albert Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B Lee, Spencer W Kimball, and Ezra Taft Benson)
- In October 1968 there was the President of the Church (David O McKay) and 7 future presidents in the quorum together (Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B Lee, Spencer W Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W Hunter, Gordon B Hinckley, and Thomas S Monson)
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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 go for a 3-4 km walk every day at lunch. While I’m walking, I like to listen to podcasts, talks, etc. One that I’ve read and listened to is by President Monson. On September 15, 2009 he gave a BYU Devotional address called Principles From Prophets. I remember reading about it when it first was given, but it took me a while to finally listen to it.
During the devotional, President Monson shares stories about the prophets that have been alive while he has been alive. He shares a characteristic, favourite food, song, and some personal anecdotes about Heber J Grant, George Albert Smith, David O McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B Lee, Spencer W Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W Hunter, and Gordon B Hinckley. I love to hear some of the “behind-the-scenes” stuff that was shared. I wish we heard this sort of thing more often.
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One of the best things about conference Sunday is having all that time in the morning! Where we are, the first session starts at noon. So this morning we got up and had a nice breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. After cleaning up the kitchen we went out for a walk. It is another beautiful spring day.
We watched a bit of Music and the Spoken Word, and are now settled down to watch today’s first session of conference. The kids will be watchings the entire session with us.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang O Thou Rock of Our Salvation
President Henry B Eyring conducted. It was noted again the anniversary of the Church Security Plan (the Church Welfare Program). It was announced 75 years ago by President Heber J Grant
The choir sang Sabbath Day (there was a guy who kind of looked like Conan O’Brien in the choir)
Elder Gary E Stevenson offered the invocation
The choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!
President Dieter F Uchtdorf
- the story of Saul
- there are those who feel that unless they have an experience like Saul or Joseph Smith, they cannot believe
- instead of taking small steps on the path of discipleship, they want something that will compel them
- those who diligently try to find the Master will come to know Him
- to better hear the Spirit, we need to turn down the volume control of the noise of the world
- some of the most powerful promptings we receive are not just for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others
- the answer to our prayers often comes when we are on our feet, serving others
Elder Paul V Johnson
- affliction is part of our mortal experience
- a trial of our faith is necessary
- it is through sorrow that we obtain the education we came here to acquire
- personal growth is an intended outcome of our trials
- often the darkest times are immediately followed by the brightest
- after much tribulation, come the blessings
Bishop H David Burton
- gave history of welfare work in the church (hard to write notes for, but very touching)
- shared several touching stories
- learn to distinguish between needs and wants, and live accordingly
- “be kind to the poor”
- “go and do thou likewise”
The choir and congregation sang Let Us All Press On
Sister Silvia H Allred
- The Relief Society has always been at the heart of welfare
- our combined efforts bring relief, thereby saving souls
- as we achieve more self-reliance ourselves, we are more able to help others
Elder David A Bednar
- compared how we deal with different types of light and the spirit of revelation
- most revelation is like a sunrise; the light gradually increases
The choir sang Have I Done Any Good
President Thomas S Monson
- the welfare program of the Church is inspired of Almighty God
- this conference marks 3 years that he has been the President of the Church
- 1821-1980 21 temples were built
- 1980-2010 115 were built and dedicated
- with yesterday ann 26 under construction or in pre-construction stages
- these numbers will continue to grow
- they want to make the temple as accessible as possible
- temples bring joy wherever they are built
- temples are more than stone and morter; they are built of trials and testimonies; they are sanctified by sacrifice and service
- 85% of the membership live within 200 miles of a temple
- have a picture of the temple in every bedroom
- we will find peace in the temple
The choir sang The Spirit of God
Elder Tad R Callister offered the benediction
Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
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