I almost didn’t make it home from work on time. I have to cross a canal on the way home, and there is a website where you can check when the bridge will be up. I left work and it was supposed to be up in about an hour. Then 30 minutes later when I got there the bridge was up. Frustrating!
Regardless, as a family we are gathered in our family room watching the broadcast.
President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted
A choir made up of missionaries from the Provo Missionary Training Center sang Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (it was beautiful!)
The invocation was offered by Elder Daniel L Johnson
President Henry B Eyring did the sustaining of Church officers. As is usual now, there were those who opposed during the sustaining of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. There were a few General Authority Seventies released (Daniel L. Johnson, Jairo Mazzagardi, Kent F. Richards and Francisco J. Viñas) but no new ones called. There was also one Area Seventy released and two sustained. There were no other changes.
The choir sang Baptism
Elder Quentin L Cook
- Eternal life is the greatest gift from God
- There are obstacles that can stop of us from receiving that gift
- The philosophies of men can lead people astray
- We have to beware of gospel extremism, where we raise one gospel principle above another
Elder Gary E Stevenson
- Told story of Mary Rollins
- No one is ever too young to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon
- He read recently that teenagers spend 7 hours a day looking at screens
- He asked that they reduce some of that time and spend it reading the Book of Mormon
The choir and congregation sang Called to Serve
Elder D Todd Christofferson
- The bible tells us that God is love
- The scriptures use terms other than “unconditional” to describe love
- What matters is how we respond to His love
- God will always love us, but He cannot save us in our sins
- As we trust, not resist, our divine Teacher, we will learn from Him
Elder W Mark Bassett
- He and his brother had replica gold plates when they were kids
- They tried really hard to get at the “sealed” portion
- They spent all their time trying to read something hidden when they
- We need to focus on the things that matter
- Keeping our life in harmony with God will allow Him to guide us in our spiritual development
Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita
- We need to be ambitious for Christ
- Missionaries are a great example of focus and faith
- He told a story about a missionary who served in his mission (when he was president) and his challenges with a prosthetic leg
The choir sang I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
Elder Dallin H Oaks
- We need to share the gospel with everyone
- We have a lot of modern technology that helps us
- Are we using them to maximum effect?
- Ideas that will work everywhere
- We can all pray for desire to help in this work
- We can keep the commandments ourselves
- Faithful members are the most persuasive and they always have His spirit with them
- We can pray for inspiration on what we can do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel with others
- Invite people to learn about the gospel and about Jesus Christ, not just to learn about our Church
The choir sang Hope of Israel
The benediction was offered by Elder Allen D Haynie
Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
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I thought I would nap between sessions, but I ended up watching the season finale of Star Wars Rebels with my kids. It was pretty awesome!
The first session today was pretty good. This afternoon I guess we’ll get the sustainings and statistics, which are always interesting.
We’ve had great weather this winter and spring, yet today it is snowing now as I sit here. We shouldn’t be having snow at this time of year!
President Henry B Eyring conducted
A choir comprised of students from BYU Idaho sang Sing Praise to Him
Elder Hugo E Martinez offered the invocation
President Dieter F Uchtdorf presented the general authorities and general officers of the Church for a sustaining vote.
Kevin R Jergensen read the audit report. All is ok.
Brook P Hales, the secretary to the First Presidency, read the statistical report for 2015
- 3,174 stakes
- 418 missions
- 558 districts
- 30.016 wards and branches
- 15,634,199 total members
- 114,550 children of record were baptized
- 257,402 convert baptisms
- 74,079 full-time missionaries
- 31,779 church service missionaries
- 5 temples dedicated in 2015
- 2 temples rededicated in 2015
- 149 in operation as of the end of the year
The choir sang Israel, Israel, God Is Calling
Elder Ronald A Rasband
- sustaining is a privilege
- as we follow our leaders we follow the Lord
- (my daughter spilled her smoothie, so we mised much of this talk)
Elder Neil L Andersen
- children are entitled to be born to mothers and fathers
- we need to remember that not everyone comes from a picture perfect family
- knowing someone’s name can make a difference
- the greatest influence on our youth can be other righteous youth
- we need to reach out to the youth who seem alone or outside the fence
The choir and congregation sang Now Let Us Rejoice
Elder Mervyn B Arnold
- the Savior understood the need to rescue Heavenly Father’s children
- his mother was a good example of reaching out
- we must be organized, but we not must delay going to the rescue
- sometimes many weeks pass talking about people who have needs, meanwhile our lost brothers and sisters are needing help
Elder Jairo Mazzagardi
- he attended the Sao Paolo temple open house and afterwards received a clear answer that the church was true
- keep searching for your testimony
- if you lack wisdom, ask of God
Elder David A Bednar
- quoted from King Benjamin
- we will always rejoice and always retain a remission of our sins
- holy ordinances are essential to the gospel plan
- the sacrament is critical to help us feel the power of godliness
- the blessings of retaining a remission of our sins help us understand that baptism is a point of departure. It is not a destination we should yearn to visit over and over again.
- The Gift of the Holy Ghost and the Sacrament are elements in an additive plan of redemptive progress
Elder M Russell Ballard
- he feels strongly about the importance of councils
- family councils have always been needed
- 4 types of family councils
- general family council (everyone)
- executive family council (mother and family)
- limited family council (parents and one child)
- one-on-one family council (one parent, one child)
- it used to be that shutting the doors and locking the gates kept you safe. Today it is much harder with the ways that bad influences can enter our home
The choir sang I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
Brother Tad R Callister offered the benediction
Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
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A while back I posted some notes from a discussion we had with the youth about the Word of Wisdom. We had asked them what topics they wanted to discuss, and along with Word of Wisdom, they had general questions about why they need to sing, go to seminary, etc. We combined all of those things into a topic about participation. We were going to be addressing this topic at some point, but weren’t sure when. Since I am no longer the YM President, I won’t have an opportunity to discuss this with the youth, but I figured I’d still share my notes. Remember, these are just notes. I’m sure I wasn’t going to share everything, and I would have allowed the youth to direct the discussion in a certain way if it was going well.
From the youth topic survey, people wanted to discuss:
- skipping classes
- getting up for seminary
- singing in Church
- See D&C 25:12 – the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.
- See Mark 14:26 – Jesus and his disciples sang
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
- false ideology
- people focus too much on one thing but not another
- what if you don’t know the church is true
- not exactly participation, but we figured that we could cover this as part of this topic since participation is a result of and leads to stronger testimonies
What is the purpose of the Church?
- Mosiah 18: 8-9
And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
- Mosiah 18: 19-21
And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets.
Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people.
And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.
- 4 Nephi 1: 12
And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
- Moroni 6: 5-6
And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus.
- D&C 20: 75
It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus
- D&C 43: 8
And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other, that ye may know how to act and direct my church, how to act upon the points of my law and commandments, which I have given.
3 main purposes of coming to Church
- Partake of the Sacrament
- Learn the Gospel
- Help others
Parking of the Sacrament
- The bread and water help us to remember Jesus
- We take upon ourselves His name
- It helps us to remember Him
- We commit to follow Him
- Sacrament prayers are located in D&C 20: 77, 79
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
Learn the Gospel
- Listen to talks
- Prepare for lessons
- Be open to the Spirit
- Don’t disrupt others
- Even principles we’ve heard before can be interesting if we have the right attitude
- Classes are as good as you make them
- We should be edified together
- See D&C 50: 17-25
Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
And if it be by some other way it is not of God.
And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?
If it be some other way it is not of God.
Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?
Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.
And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.
That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.
And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;
- Hymn 270 – I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
- Perhaps there are things we need to do and say that will help others
- What we say/do, how we act, and our body language has a profound impact on others
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The Sunday morning of Genetal Conference is awesome. I’m in the Eastern time zone, so conference doesn’t start until noon. We have all morning to relax. We went for a walk in the rain, watched part of Pocahontas, and then had the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast on. We’re all set now for the first session.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Lead Me Into Life Eternal
President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted
The choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah
Elder Paul K Sybrowsky offered the invocation
The choir sang Consider the Lilies
President Henry B Eyring
- members recently did a day of service
- spoke of the baptism commitment we read about in the Book of Mormon near the Waters of Mormon
- charity is the pure love of Christ
- feelings of charity can become part of your nature
Elder Robert D Hales
- How sad to see Elder Hales to look the way he did. I wonder what is wrong with him. I don’t mean to be disrespectful in speaking about him, but his face seemed kind of “puffy”, but spoke well. He had the same small oxygen tubes that came around the side of his nose that President Packer did. It appears to be a neat contraption that hooked up to his glasses.
- He spoke of the atonement
- To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith
- To wait upon the Lord is planting the seed of faith
- Sometimes I don’t receive an answer to prayers because the Lord knows I am not ready
- Too often we want patience, but we want it right now
- Be kinder to one another, and kinder to ourselves
- We are not alone in our Gethsemane
- the Book of Mormon is either of God or of the Devil
- feast upon the words of Christ
- come unto Christ and be perfected in Him
- shared a great analogy about a dot. You can draw an infinite number of lines through the point. That is the bible and different interpretations. Add a second dot, the Book of Mormon, and there is only one line between the dots.
- How do we raise girls?
- The most important thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother
- join with us in leading the world in returning to virtue
- the importance of a name
- the church was given a specific name
- we take upon us the name of Christ
- do we realize how blessed we are to take upon us His name? It is the only name under heaven by which man will be saved
- went over the name of the church, and how it in some ways seems long, in another way it is a beautifully short and specific name
President Thomas S Monson
- recounted how life has changed since he was born
- along with technology changes, the morals of society have changed almost as rapidly
- we’ve been spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandon as our financial capital
- we can rely on God’s constancy
- we need to reject anything that does not conform to our standards
The choir sang I Believe in Christ
Elder James B Martino 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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