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186th Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

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Normally we go to the sub-sational dinner before the Priesthood Session of conference, but tonight we went out to dinner at a local Chinese food place instead. It was a buffet, so I ate way more than I should have, but it was good!


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A choir comprised of students from Institute in the Logan area sang In Hymns of Praise

Elder Stanley G Ellis offered the invocation

The choir sang I Stand All Amazed

President Russell M Nelson

  • we all have divine roles as men of God
  • he told a story of two girls that he did heart surgery on who died. It haunted him for close to 60 years
  • the father and brother held a grudge against him
  • he had a dream/vision that the girls needed to be sealed to someone so he approached the less-active father and brother
  • we need to forgive and let go of old hurts
  • we need to listen to counsel
  • we need to be worthy to hold the priesthood
  • too many have have authority but lack priesthood power
  • laziness, dishonesty, immorality block the power
  • only men who have paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bless their family
  • priesthood power can heal fractures in the earth, and can calm the hearts of your family

Brother Stephen W Owen

  • went hunting with his father. His father knew where he was going. Brother Owen thought “If I follow him I’ll be ok”
  • Jesus Christ in the perfect/greatest Leader
  • He is also the greatest Follower

The choir and congregation sang Come, O Thou King of Kings

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • saw an old couple holding hands at the Frankfurt temple and was impressed that they were still affectionate
  • we have a disposable society
  • strong marriages don’t just happen because we are members of the Church
  • if there were a perfect woman, what makes you think she’d be interested in you
  • great marriages are built brick by brick
  • if you are flat right now, you eventually will build something majestic
  • remember why you fell in love
  • every family needs saving as there are no perfect families
  • whatever problem you have, the solution is charity
  • charity never faileth
  • pride has no place among priesthood holders
  • build bridges, don’t destroy them

President Henry B Eyring

  • he quoted Joseph Smith when he said that the Church would fill North and South American and fill the world
  • we all need to strive to achieve a Celestial marriage
  • our priesthood obligation is to put our family and families around us at the fore of our concerns
  • lead your family with the Spirit

President Thomas S Monson

  • Note: it was only a few minutes
  • we hold the priesthood
  • may we always be worthy to call upon its power

The choir sang Redeemer of Israel

Elder Craig A Cardon 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:

Making the transition from seminary to institute

One of my responsibilities in our stake is to work with the young single adults, our YSA branch presidency, and the Institute Teacher. One of our biggest challenges is in getting the YSA to attend institute.

When you are a youth in the Church, it is generally expected that you will attend seminary. Not everyone goes, but there is definitely that expectation. If you are from an active family and plan on serving a mission (male or female), you are almost definitely going to attend seminary. However, in our area, Institute is just not a big thing. We want it to be, but when there isn’t that “critical mass” of YSA in one area, there just isn’t that momentum.

Anyway, that is just background as to why I’m sharing this article. The Deseret News recently had a nice article about making the transition from seminary to institute.

As an 18-year-old freshman at Utah State University, Bradon Capener registered for classes at the Logan Institute of Religion for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he admits he didn’t see the value and rarely attended.

It wasn’t until Capener returned from serving a Mormon mission a few years later and “decided to get involved” that he realized what he had been missing.

It’s a good read…

Using our time wisely

I don’t have any quotes from a General Authority to share, but I do have a quote to share from my wife (who in my life carries as much or more influence as the GAs). A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School we were talking about King Benjamin and his admonition to serve others. The teacher got a discussion going about having time for service, and how hard it can be. Among the comments made, my wife said the following:

“If we use our time properly, the things that don’t matter will fall out of the way or we’ll find a way to get things done. We won’t feel like we’re busy. If we find that we are busy, it is because we are focusing on the wrong things.”

I think that is one of the most profound things she has ever said, and I totally agree. If I feel myself getting bogged down with things, it is almost always because I am focused on things that don’t really matter. On the other hand, I can have a really “busy” week of Church things (my wife out on a Tuesday for a Relief Society activity, my wife out Wednesday for a YW activity, my teaching Institute on Wednesday, Ward Temple Night on a Thursday, etc), but it doesn’t feel busy. It just feels like life, and it is a good life.

“The greatest guarantor of inward peace”

For a short spring semester of Institute we are doing “The Gospel and the Productive Life” course. There are 15 lessons and we are only doing it for 8 weeks, so we need to do 2 a week. This past Wednesday we covered The Plan of Salvation for Heavenly Father’s Children and The Guidance of the Spirit. There is nothing “new” in these lessons, but it is nice to have a good discussion about some of these important principles/doctrines.

My favourite quote from this week was one from President Faust about the Holy Ghost:

“The Spirit of the Holy Ghost is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our unstable world. It can be more mind-expanding and can make us have a better sense of well-being than any chemical or other earthly substance. It will calm nerves; it will breathe peace to our souls. This Comforter can be with us as we seek to improve. It can function as a source of revelation to warn us of impending danger and also help keep us from making mistakes. It can enhance our natural senses so that we can see more clearly, hear more keenly, and remember what we should remember. It is a way of maximizing our happiness”

James E. Faust in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 41; or Ensign, May 1989, 32–33

What a powerful statement! I haven’t wasted my life in “riotous living”, but I certainly can tell the difference between having the Spirit with me and being left alone. I can definitely testify that the Holy Ghost is indeed the greatest guarantor of inward peace. The enlightenment and pure intelligence it bestows are worth any sacrifice it takes to live worthy of His companionship.

Scriptures that make you think of mothers

I’ve mentioned before that I am a Stake Institute Teacher right now. I went to an in-service meeting last Thursday, and the area Seminaries & Institutes guy asked us (there were only 4 of us) each to share our favourite scripture that makes us think about mothers. Here is what was shared:

  • Jeremiah 18 – the potter made something that wasn’t good, and tried again. We are like this in the Lord’s hands. We are also like this in our mother’s hands. They build us and shape us and help us become who we are
  • No particular verse was given, but one person talked about the women in Christ’s life
  • 1 Nephi 1: 1 – hopefully we can all say we were born of goodly parents
  • Joseph Smith – History 1: 20 – after having the First Vision, Joseph Smith went home. As Elder Bednar said, Joseph’s mother was in the right place at the right time asking the right questions

I thought it was interesting that no one mentioned the strippling warriors and how their mothers had taught them.

181st Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

After the afternoon session, while the kids were eating dinner, we watched Joseph Smith The Prophet of the Restoration. It was very well done. My kids seemed to enjoy it. We live close enough to some of the sites (Palmyra and Kirtland) that we told them we’d visit the sites this summer.

I go to Church a little before 8 pm. A YM has just returned from his mission. While he was away, his parents moved, so he won’t be staying in the area. Tonight was the only chance to catch up with him.

Afterward, my father and I continued a tradition we’ve had for probably 20 years… We went out for food. We went to Boston Pizza where I got a Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and a smoothie. Great times!


The Priesthood Choir was made up from Ogden and Logan Utah Institutes

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang See the Mighty Priesthood Gathered

Elder Rafael E Pino offered the invocation

The choir sang Guide Me to Thee

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Spoke to 12 to 25-year-olds
  • These are your days
  • Told story about a 19 year old future rugby star, Sid Going, in New Zealand served a mission instead of joining the All Blacks. He felt that sharing the gospel was more important
  • Sid Going The sun never sets on missionaries sharing their testimony In the years before your mission, consider the sacred assignment ahead of you

Elder Steven E Snow

  • Hope is an emotion which brings richness to our lives
  • Hopes brings a calming influence
  • Our hopes leads us to dreams, which inspires us
  • Don’t let hope be displaced by despair
  • The spiritual journeys today require great hope

Brother Larry M Gibson

  • Went over responsibilities of a Deacon
  • Go to the scriptures and discover what your duties are

The choir and congregation sang Redeemer of Israel

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Are we living below our priesthood privileges?
  • In our daily lives, our actions indicate our understanding is little more than a rehearsed definition
  • Set your “Do it” switch to “Now” not “Later”
  • Read the owner’s manual, the scriptures and handbooks
  • Re-read sections 20, 84, 107, and 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants
  • Become an expert in the doctrines of the gospel
  • Seek the revelations of the Spirit
  • Find joy in priesthood service
  • Our religion is a joyful one

President Henry B Eyring

  • 3 aids to growing in the priesthood
    1. Listen and council together
    2. Have love for each other
      • Discord inhibits the Spirit
    3. Labour for the salvation of men

President Thomas S Monson

  • Wants to discuss a few personal worthiness things
  • The moral compass of the masses has shifted to an almost anything goes direction
  • There is a wide chasm between us and the world
  • Do not subject yourself to the filth that is found
  • Do not do anything that you wouldn’t be proud of
  • Avoid pornography, alcohol, tobacco
  • A strong testimony will help see you through to safety
  • Don’t postpone marriage
  • The saddest thing he has to do is a cancellation of sealings
  • Be fiercely loyal one to another
  • “Choose your love. Love your choice”
  • A happy marriage isn’t so much because of marrying the right person, but in BEING the right person
  • We are married for time and all eternity, and then must put forth the effort to make it so
  • The gift of the priesthood is priceless

The choir sang For the Strength of the Hills

Elder Joseph W Sitati 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:

Seminary and Institute sub-domains at LDS.org

The LDS Media Talk blog recently posted about some excellent Flash-based scripture mastery pages. I assumed this would be on the LDS-CES.org site. I As I followed the link, I found that it had its own Seminary.LDS.org sub-domain. Not only is there information about scripture mastery, but there are links to the manuals, scriptures, and even some of the songs.

I naturally tried Institute.LDS.org, and sure enough, it exists as well with comparable information for the YSA crowd.

I’ve added both of these to the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page…