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184th Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes


Well, here we are again… another General Conference. Once again I am at work for the first session, so I’ll watch it from there. Then I’ll be home for the rest of the sessions. This is the last General Conference before my oldest turns 12. My father and I are going to watch the priesthood session from home again, but in October we’ll go to the Church with my son and then go out with him later.

I’m interested to see what the membership number is. With all these missionaries, have the baptisms gone up? If not, does that mean anything? We are certainly strengthening the missionaries serving, but if we haven’t increased baptisms, does that mean that there is a problem?

A friend of mine has a friend who lives in Utah, who said there will be a big announcement this conference, but we’ll wait and see. The only thing I’ve heard is about the policy regarding getting married and sealed in the temple (we do that here in North America). Apparently there is talk in standardizing on a policy for the world. Again, we’ll wait and see…

I’ve been looking forward to conference more this spring than at other times. I’m looking forward to feeling the Spirit.

Enjoy the conference!

Read the recaps and other notes from the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

182nd Semiannual General Conference – Post-conference notes

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:

182nd Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

In between sessions, I went out with my father to a Chinese food buffet. Usually the women and children at home do something together. Since they were going to be spending money on food, my father suggested that we all go, so that’s what we did. There were 9 of us all together, and it was nice. In case you are interested, my fortune was “Get to the point and keep it clear and simple.”

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A priesthood choir from the Ogden Utah area sang Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Elder Jay E Jensen offered the invocation

The choir sang Love One Another

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • in the world today men and boys get conflicting advice on how they should be
  • some thing that life is a competition between man and woman
  • some take the negative signals and use them as an excuse
  • it cannot be this way with us
  • we must be men that women, children, and God can trust
  • whatever you do, be proficient
  • be worthy models and help the rising generation
  • we need strong quorums
  • the Church, the world and women are calling for us
  • rise up, o men of God

Bishop Gary E Stevenson

  • spoke of Helaman’s stripling soldiers
  • be valiant for courage
  • have the conviction to courageously do what is right
  • story of a friend named John who went to Japan for school; attended a party where marijuana was about to be used but left; those “caught” were expelled and sent home
  • teens are 3x to 5x more likely to use drugs or alcohol if seen on social media
  • to click or not to click
  • what you do and where you go shapes who you become

Elder Anthony D Perkins

  • young men need to prepare
  • don’t squander priesthood power
  • deep personal conversion and family relations keep is on the path
    1. pray always
    2. study ancient and modern scriptures to connect us to God
    3. worthily participate in ordinances prepares us to take the Holy Spirit as our guide
    4. showing genuine love is at the heart of personal conversion and family relations
    5. obeying the law of tithing is an essential element
    6. fully living the Law of Chastity gives us the confidence to stand in the presence of God with the Holy Ghost as our constant companion
  • obeying these principles prepares us to make and keep temple covenants
  • if our soul is drifting to an edge of a spiritual cliff, stop and steer back in the right direction

The choir and congregation sang Guide Us O Thou Great Jehovah

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • years ago he and a couple of friends restored an old airplane
  • recently got to fly in a fighter jet
  • these experiences were very similar, yet very different
  • our individual service in the gospel can be quite different
  • some live in areas that are fully staffed; others in areas with very few people
  • no matter your circumstances you and I know there is joy from dedicated priesthood service
  • it is easy to find things to complain about, but as His servants, we need to act in His name
  • as a pilot, he touched the sky; as a member of the Church he has felt heaven’s embrace
  • know the doctrine
  • be wise and act up on the gained knowledge
  • deepen your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

President Henry B Eyring

  • help your children understand the spiritual gifts they were born with
  • shared story of height boards he carved for his sons
  • we all have gifts to serve Him

President Thomas S Monson

  • there is nothing that will provide more comfort than a testimony of the truth
  • there are those without a testimony who would have one if we shared ours
  • we all need to be told we amount to something
  • mentioned the story of Warden Duffy (see my notes Leadership Training Conference with Elder Ballard post)
  • we need to see men as what they will become
  • to each of us comes the mandate to share the gospel of Jesus Christ

The choir sang Hope of Israel

Elder Patrick Kearon offered the benediction

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

179th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning Session


As mentioned in my pre-conference post, I watched this session at work. I pulled up the web site about 20 minutes early, and the transmission was flawless all the way through.

President Henry B. Eyring conducted.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang “Glory to God on High” to start the conference. Following President Eyring’s introduction, the choir sang “Rejoice, the Lord Is King!” and then Elder John M. Madsen offered the invocation.

President Monson opened the conference

  • Oquirrh Utah temple was dedicated in August
  • 14,000 youth participated in 2-night cultural celebration
  • 83% of members live within 200 miles of a temple
  • There are 130 operating temples
  • 16 have been announced or are under construction
  • 5 new temples announced
    • Brigham City, Utah
    • Concepción, Chile
    • Fortaleza, Brazil
    • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • Sapporo, Japan
  • President Joseph F Smith said that through our efforts in their behalf, their chains of bondage will fall
  • All members should befriend new converts
  • Continue to pray that ares of the world will be opened

The choir sang “Choose the Right”

Elder Richard G. Scott ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Communication with the Spirit
  • Inspiration to know what to do
  • Power, to be able to do it
  • Sometimes truth is revealed when you are not actively seeking it
  • Pornography is one of the most damning influences on earth, and is overpoweringly addictive
  • Commit to overcome it now
  • If you pray with all your heart, you can learn to be consistent with the guidance of the Holy Spirit

Sister Vicki F Matsumori

  • The influence of the Holy Ghost
  • Help others understand
  • The Spirit will not dwell in unholy temples
  • We should find ways to feel the Spirit every day and weekly at Church
  • “Be still and know that I am God”

Elder L Whitney Clayton ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Life presses all kinds of burdens on us
  • Generally burdens come from 3 sources
    1. Natural product of the conditions of the world
    2. Imposed on us by the misconduct of others
    3. Imposed on us by our own mistakes and shortcomings
  • Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues
  • Adam was told the ground would be cursed. Work is a burden but a blessing.
  • Alma observed the Zoramites had been humbled. Economic challenges help us prepare to hear the word of the Lord
  • Because of the length of their war, the Nephews and Lamanites were softened. Political and social unrest may humble and motivate us to seek heavenly shelter
  • Joseph smith was told that his sufferings would give him experience. The suffering we experience is a valuable, if painful, school for improving our behaviour
  • We need to bear one another’s burdens

The choir and congregation sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”

Brother Russell T Osguthorpe

  • A good teacher can help save lives
  • Teaching involves sharing the key doctrine, an invitation to action, and then the promised blessings
  • Teachers can inspire their students to change, to do better, to set sights higher

Elder David A Bednar ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • “More diligent and concerned at home”
    1. Express love and show it
      When was the last time you told your spouse, your child, your parents you love them
      Testimonies that express love might be appropriate, but the public statement shouldn’t be the only time they hear it
      Feeling the constancy of love is a rich blessing
    2. Bear testimony and live it
      When was the last time you bore your testimony to your spouse, your children, or your parents
      We need to bear it, we need to mean it, and most importantly, we need to live it
    3. Be consistent
      Results don’t come each time
      The consistency of our intent and work is the great lesson
      A single paint brush stroke is not critical, but all of the strokes together create a beautiful painting
      Each family prayer, scripture study, each Family Home Evening is a brush stroke of the canvas of our souls

The choir sang “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”

The choir sang “Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee”

President Dieter F Uchtdorf ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Of all the things we are known for, are there things we should seek to be known for?
  • How do we become true disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • Love God
  • God doesn’t need us to love Him, but we need to love God
  • God loves us completely and perfectly
  • Don’t get discouraged. Keep trying
  • Try to believe, learn of God, study the scriptures, follow the prophets, listen to the Father, do the things He asks of us
  • Try and keep on trying until that which seems difficult becomes possible, and that which seems possible, becomes a habit.
  • How can we hear the Father’s voice?
  • Why is love the great commandment?
  • If learn to love, all else will fall into place
  • Love is the way of the disciple
  • Let us be known as a people who love God

The choir sang “Come, Come, Ye Saints”

The benediction was offered by Elder Clate W. Mask

Read the recaps and other notes from the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: