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184th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… I love General Conference Sunday! Normally I’m up at about 6 am, but this morning I slept past 7, and didn’t get out of bed until after 8. We had a nice breakfast of eggs, waffles, bagels, bacon, and sausage patties, then we played the Game of Life together. We haven’t finished it yet, so it is on hold why we watch Music and the Spoken Word. I assume we’ll play some more during the break.

Since it is the Sunday Morning General Session, each of the kids will watch the whole session with us.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Sing Praise to Him

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice

The invocation was offered by Elder Don R Clarke

The choir sang Praise to the Man

President Henry B Eyring

  • his hope is that we will all feel hope and light from God today
  • we can receive revelation for the areas that we have responsibility for
  • as a counselor at various leveled, he has seen those leaders receive revelation

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • what does it mean to sustain the prophet?
  • when we sustain someone, we are invoking the law of Common Consent
  • all leaders in the Church are called by proper authority
  • he reviewed the way that the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve lead
  • he reviewed how the Church handles it when the President is not able to function fully

Sister Carol F McConkie

  • there is never but one on the earth who has all the keys
  • we need to sustain the prophet
  • it shows that we have faith
  • we need to heed prophetic counsel
  • the Lord will feed those who trust him
  • the words of prophets are like manna to our souls

The choir and congregation sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Elder Robert D Hales (still does not look very good, but was able to sit on a stool at the main podium)

  • Heavenly Father loves Jesus Christ deeply, and Jesus shows his love through his obedience
  • Do you remember the first time you knew there was a God and could feel His love?
  • A home that prays to God is a house of glory

Elder James J Hamula

  • The Sacrament is one of the most holy ordinances in the Church
  • It reminds us of His sacrifice and redemption
  • Christ has the power to redeem us all

The choir sang Softly and Tenderly

President Thomas S Monson

  • Decisions determine destiny
  • God did not send us here without direction and guidance
  • He’s given us the tools we need
  • Walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as Jesus walked
  • Each of us will walk the path of disappointment
  • The end result of disobedience is captivity
  • The end result of obedience is liberty

The choir sang How Firm a Foundation

The benediction was offered by Sister Rosemary M Wixom


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

180th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

As indicated in the write-up for the Saturday afternoon session, I watched that one at home. I had to be at the Church by 6:15 pm (Eastern time), so I left about halfway through Elder Scott’s address and picked up my father. We both had to be at the YM sub-sational which started at 7:00 PM (I had a meeting before then).

The sub-sational was great, with around 15 YM attending with their fathers. Include the YM leaders, the missionaries and the bishopric, and we probably had 30 people there. Good times for sure!

My father has always taken me out after the Priesthood Session of conference, and that tradition continues. Even after eating a couple of subs, we went out afterward to Boston Pizza and had some chicken wings and cactus cut potatoes. As to me as I dropped him off at home, “Good conversation, good company.” Thanks Dad!


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Priesthood Choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!

Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis offered the invocation

The choir sang Go, Ye Messengers of Heaven

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • we need to remember why we have missionaries
  • “go ye into all the world”
  • 52,000 missionaries in 340 missions
  • missionaries serve to make life better for all of God’s children

Elder Patrick Kearon

  • he told a story about growing up on the “Arabian peninsula” and got stung by a scorpion
  • he knew he was supposed to wear shoes, but didn’t
  • disregarding what we know to be right brings

Elder Juan A Uceda

  • story of a man and his daughter, the man yelled at his daughter because she didn’t want to read the scriptures with his family
  • after a short time both the daughter and father said they were sorry
  • our home has to be a place where the Spirit can dwell
  • the home is next to the temple in sacredness

The choir and congregation sang High on the Mountain Top

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • remembers President Ezra Taft Benson’s talk on Pride from 1989
  • there is a difference between being proud of something and being prideful
  • pride is self-elevation
  • pride is a gateway sin
  • there is a lot of pride in sports
  • in life, we all wear the same jersey
  • we are to encourage all people
  • we can be grateful, but when we obsess or focus on those things, that is when the trouble begins
  • pride is a switch that turns off priesthood power
  • humility is a switch that turns on priesthood power
  • there are so many people in need we could be thinking about other than ourselves

President Henry B Eyring

  • the power of a holder of the priesthood is magnified by the Holy Ghost
  • we should pray for the Holy Ghost in our service
  • pondering is the thinking and praying after reading and studying

President Thomas S Monson

  • the 3 R’s of choice
    • right of choice
    • responsibility of choice
    • results of choice
  • we cannot be neutral, there is no middle ground
  • we are bombarded by the messages of the adversary
  • the lies are endless
  • we cannot afford the luxury of a detour from which we may never return
  • it’s easier to keep the commandments 100% of the time than 98% of the time

The choir sang Called to Serve

Elder James J Hamula offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

178th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

It has been a tradition in our ward for quite some time now to have a “sub-sational” before the priesthood session of General Conference. This is a submarine sandwich dinner for the YM and their fathers.

  • President Monson was conducting
  • there was a choir from the MTC. There is a member from a neighbouring ward who is in the MTC right now and he was in the choir. Every time the choir sang we were looking for him, but he wasn’t on camera until the closing hymn
  • We had about 42 people there for the session
  • Elder Richard G. Scott
    • do we ponder the inestimable value of holding the priesthood?
    • the Saviour is the perfect example of how to hold the priesthood
    • Elder Scott did a “personal” interview with us
    • with regards to the idea that man is better than woman he said “nothing could be farther from the truth”
    • God will hold us accountable for how we treat his daughters
  • Elder Jay E. Jensen
    • the blessings of the atonement are “arms of safety”
    • this is demonstrated during the sacrament
    • true servants are properly dressed
  • Elder James J. Hamula
    • God’s kingdom will not be lost but will overcome the world
    • in doing the will of the Lord, our knowledge increases
    • youth, these are your days… do not squander them
  • President Dieter F. Uchtdorf * might be used as a 4th Sunday lesson *
    • “stand close together and lift where you stand”
    • some seek to lead, some seek to hid; both are selfish
    • our service should be motivated by charity, not selfishness
    • the Lord judges differently than we do
    • the Lord is pleased with noble service, not a self-serving Noble
    • he told the story of John R. Moyle, a stone worker on the Salt Lake Temple
    • cease to aspire, cease to retire
  • President Henry B. Eyring * might be used as a 4th Sunday lesson *
    • your priesthood duties will stretch you
    • God will increase our power to carry the load
    • to get that power, we need to take our service to the outer limits
    • when we give our all, he will give us all the courage we neeed
  • President Thomas S. Monson
    • the First Presidency is united as one under the direction of the Lord
    • in these trouble times, make sure that those we care for do not go hungry
    • to become God’s people we need to do three things to qualify
      1) Learn what we should learn
      2) Do what we should do
      3) Be what we should be

As a final note, I was reading a couple of other recaps, and read Jeff Lindsay’s comments about the MTC choir:

Toward the end of the Priesthood session, watching the missionary choir from the MTC was especially poignant with my own son in the MTC right now (his companion, Elder Excel, was in the choir). As I looked at the missionaries and contemplated all the good that they stand for and pondered all the powerful, inspiring, and Christ-centered messages we heard today, one thought crystallized: I love this Church. The wholesome, joyous, soul-lifting teachings, the goodness of its leaders, the rich Spirit that it brings, all make me so glad to be a part of it.

Well said, Brother Lindsay!

Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference: