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186th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session


We went to the chapel tonight to watch the broadcast. It is my middle child/youngest son’s first time at conference. There was a bit of a social beforehand where we could have subs and chips.

Afterwards we went to Boston Pizza for more food. It’s a great tradition!

President Henry B Eyring conducted

A choir made up of Melchizedek priesthood holders from stakes in West Valley City, Utah and Magna, Utah sang Ye Elders of Israel

The invocation was offered by Elder Paul B Pieper

The choir sang Love at Home

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • Home teaching… we struggle anywhere near an acceptable level of performance
  • Some people have 18-20 families
  • In the best of all worlds, a monthly visit in each home is still the ideal we’re striving for
  • Read from a First Presidency letter from 2001
  • Use the resources available
  • Visit the house of each home, no matter how many months it would take us
  • Prioritize our time with those who need us the most
  • If you can’t visit, make contact in any way you can
  • Watch for them at Church, make calls, send emails/texts
  • Lift your visit of home teaching
  • In newer, better ways, see youselves as emmisaries of the Lord

Elder Le Grand Curtis Jr

  • Told the story of how the Church had been “freeze’d” out of Ghana
  • Shared several stories of how some Ghana members found the Church
  • Some people have experiences like Parley P Pratt, while most people have smaller, but still powerful experiences
  • A testimony of the Book of Mormon can come slowly

The choir and congregation sang Now Let Us Rejoice

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • He recounted the story of Alma the younger
  • What can I learn from Alma?
  • How am I like Amulek?
  • Like Alma, to be successful, you must find your Amuleks
  • Who needs a call to action?
  • Who has the Lord been preparing? Find them by seeing with your heart!
  • Listen with your heart and follow the promptings of the Spirit
  • If the Lord calls, will I hear?
  • Seek out, find, inspire, and rely upon the Amuleks

President Henry B Eyring

  • The Lord grants his power to those of all priesthood offices who worthily serve in their duties
  • The Aaronic Priesthood is an appendage of the Melchizedek Priesthood. They are connected.
  • The AP prepares YM for a more sacred trust

President Thomas S Monson

  • Spoke of the Word of Wisdom
  • Told a story about someone in the war who had been given added strength and stamina
  • The Word of Wisdom is a divinely provided plan

The choir sang You Can Make the Pathway Bright

The benediction was offered by Elder Bruce D Porter

Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

186th Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session


In between sessions we watched Once I Was a Beehive. We’d never seen it before, and we quite enjoyed it. My wife is going to girls camp this year to be the craft leader, so the movie got her quite excited.

We’re ready to start the final session. Here we go…

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Elder C Scott Grow offered the invocation

The choir sang For I Am Called By Thy Name

Elder Robert D Hales

  • the Holy Ghost is a remarkable gift
  • the Light of Christ is given to everyone
  • the Holy Ghost guides us in all that we do
  • he shared several examples of how the Holy Ghost has guided him

Elder Gerrit W Gong

  • there are 3.6 billion who live in the Asia area
  • remembering and forgetting are part of every day life
  • 6 ways to always remember Him
  • have confidence in his covenants
  • trusting when the Lord assures that when we repent we are forgiven
  • remember that he always welcomes us home
  • partake of the sacrament
  • we are invited to always remember Him as He always remembers us

Elder Patrick Kearon

  • he currently serves in Europe and sees the refuges that are arriving
  • the Church is working with 75 organizations in 17 countries to
  • we shouldn’t expect the Church to organize projects for us

The choir and congregation sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • opposition is part of life
  • spoke of the opposition in trying to get the Book of Mormon printed
  • exercise faith and put reliance on the Savior’s teaching that by their fruits ye shall know them

Elder Kent F Richards

  • surely in today’s times we need the temple more than anything else
  • we need to be obedient to the temple ordinances

Elder Paul V Johnson

  • Easter was last week
  • the resurrection is real
  • we need to have faith in the resurrection
  • all other promises in the gospel are just as real
  • we will see our family members who have died

The choir sang The Day Dawn is Breaking (a gorgeous arrangement!)

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • he asked if we had any idea how much they love us
  • it has been a great conference
  • none of us want tomorrow or the day after that, to destroy the feelings we’ve had this weekend
  • we want to hold fast to the spiritual impressions we’ve had
  • if in the days ahead you see limitations, don’t be cast down in spirit. Don’t give up
  • the first great truth of eternity is that God loves us
  • if we do our best to follow God, then tomorrow will be magnificent

The choir sang Sing We Now at Parting

Elder Shayne M Bowen 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:

185th Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session


I spent most of the time between sessions watching whatever came on the Mormon Channel. I love watching the World Report and found it interesting (as always). I also cleaned up more around the house in preparation for the family visiting tomorrow after my daughter’s baptism.

We’re back in the family room again ready for this session to start…

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A choir made up of Primary children from stakes in the Riverton, Utah area sang Beautiful Savior

Elder Terence M Vinson offered the invocation

President Henry B Eyring conducted the sustaining of Church officers. The new apostles are:

The choir sang a medley of Search, Ponder, and Pray and I Think When I Read That Sweet Story

Elder Robert D Hales

  • Much has been written about the younger generation today that isn’t interested in religion and doesn’t consider marriage important
  • Try not to go into debt
  • No one marries for perfection, we marry for potential
  • Don’t date just to have a good time
  • Dating and marriage aren’t final decisions… they are the gateway to where you want to go
  • When seeking friends, reach up not across

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • No one in mortality comes closer to that of Jesus Christ than the selfless love of a mother
  • Mothering is a staggering feat
  • Most mothers know intuitively that theirs is a sacred trust
  • Elder Holland shared stories about the love of mothers

The choir and congregation sang Come, Follow Me

Elder Bradley D Foster

  • Spoke to and about children in the Church
  • They were God’s children before they became our children
  • We should always be in their corner

Elder Hugo Montoya

  • Help others when required
  • Smile
  • Express compassion
  • Invite others to come to Church

Elder Vern P Stanfill

  • He shared a story about a bike ride through a pitch black tunnel
  • The lights they had were inadequate
  • Everyone relied on the light of a friend, and the light that was off in the distance
  • No matter how intense the darkness of doubt, we choose how long it will influence us
  • Trust in the Lord to develop spiritual strength in ourselves

Elder James B Martino

  • Be converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Our response to life will influence our testimony
  • Be strong to the knowledge of truth
  • Our testimony of truth gets us closer to the Savior

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • We have the certainties of death and sin
  • Christ suffered of “every kind” for us
  • He willingly experienced this and because of this the atonement empowers him to bear it all
  • We face lots of “infirmities” and troubles in our lives that are NOT caused by sin
  • His healing is available to all of us

The choir sang I Feel My Savior’s Love

Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita offered the benediction

Read the recaps and other notes from the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

184th Semiannual General Conference – Post-conference notes

Well, it’s over. I think my favourite session was the Saturday Afternoon General Session.

I mentioned that I had some things that I was hoping to get some inspiration for. I can’t say that I received any particular answers, but I have definitely felt the Spirit, which helps me to have some clarity. I appreciate that.

There were several talks that I quite liked. Here are a few of them:

  • Lynn G Robbins from Saturday Morning General Session
  • Cheryl A Esplin from Saturday Morning General Session
  • Dieter F Uchtdorf from Saturday Morning General Session
  • Dallin H Oaks from Saturday Afternoon General Session
  • Tad R Callister from Saturday Afternoon General Session
  • Jörg Klebingat from Saturday Afternoon General Session
  • Jeffrey R Holland from Saturday Afternoon General Session
  • Quentin L Cook from Priesthood Session
  • Henry B Eyring from Priesthood Session
  • Henry B Eyring from Sunday Morning General Session
  • M Russell Ballard from Sunday Afternoon General Session

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

184th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session


Immediately following the first session, we had some birthday cake for our daughter. She wanted an ice cream cake, so we got one from the local Dairy Queen.

We then went outside in our back yard to do some work. It was a little chilly, but when working it just felt like a beautiful Fall day. After about an hour, it started to rain, so we came back inside.

I didn’t do much Twitter or blog reading during the first session, but I did take a quick glance at By Common Consent. Someone left a comment asking if we could get Liam Neeson to do voiceovers for the foreign language talks. That would be awesome!

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A choir made up of members from the  Grantsville, Stansbury Park, and Tooele areas of Utah sang Arise, O God, and Shine

The invocation was offered by Elder Wilford W Andersen

President Henry B Eyring did the sustaining

  • Carlos H Amado and William R Walker were released as members of the 1st Quorum of the Seventy and designated Emeritus General Authorities
  • Two Area Seventies were released
  • No new callings were sustained

The choir sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • Love one another
  • This is a unique challenge
  • Love is the very essence of the Gospel
  • We are warned against contention
  • We should not stir up the hearts of men to anger
  • As we strive to be meek, we should not dilute the truth we have
  • Kindness is powerful, especially in a family setting

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • It was said that Joseph Smith’s name would be used for both good and bad
  • He spoke about how to respond to people who question certain things about Joseph

Brother Tad R Callister

  • Parents have a duty to teach their children
  • Parents are to be the prime gospel teacher and example
  • Teach our children the power of prayer, not just the routine of prayer
  • We may have to restrict their online time

The choir and congregation sang Redeemer of Israel

Elder Jörg Klebingat

  1. Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being
  2. Take responsibility for your own physical well-being
  3. Embrace voluntary whole-hearted obedience as part of your life
  4. Become really really good at repenting thoroughly and completely
  5. Become really really good at forgiving
  6. Accept trials, setbacks, and surprises as part of your mortal experience

Elder Eduardo Gavarret

  • Do not follow the wrong voice
  • Christ is the good shepherd, and his disciples know his voice
  • It is a clear voice that can’t be confused
  • Be determined to follow the Lord
  • Feed the desire to be a better follower of Christ
  • Persevere in the desire to be a better follower

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • The great Redeemer has issued no more consistent call than to help the needy
  • What we do is nothing but a drop of the ocean, but if we don’t do it, the ocean would be one less drop than it is – Mother Theresa
  • God is not overly occupied with percentages
  • We retain a remission of our sins by compassionately responding to the poor
  • We should pray for those in need
  • More than 3/4 of a million members received fast offering assistance last year

Elder L Tom Perry

  • The gospel provides a sure foundation
  • The Savior is the master teacher; we follow him
  • We are blessed as members of the Church to have the Gospel

The choir sang Abide with Me; ‘Tis Eventide

The benediction was offered by Elder Edward Dube

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

184th Annual General Conference – Post-conference notes


Well, it’s over. It was quite good. I think my overall favourite session this time was the Priesthood Session. Each session had a talk I enjoyed, but that had more that I enjoyed in just the one session.

Overall, here are the talks I particularly enjoyed:

  • Jeffrey R Holland from Saturday Morning General Session
  • Russell M Nelson from Saturday Afternoon General Session
  • Dallin H Oaks from Priesthood Session
  • Randall L Ridd from Priesthood Session (probably my favourite talk of the whole conference)
  • Dieter F Uchtdorf from Priesthood Session
  • Henry B Eyring from Priesthood Session
  • Dieter F Uchtdorf from Sunday Morning General Session
  • Thomas S Monson from Sunday Morning General Session

I hope that all who participated in the conference will ponder the feelings they’ve had, and go forth and be better Church members, friends, and family members.

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

184th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session


It’s a cold, rainy day where I live, so it’s a great day to be inside. Here we go… the first session out of five (six if you could the women’s meeting last weekend). I’m sitting at work with two laptops in front of me. One is the full-screen video of the session, and the other is where I’m typing this. I’ll probably also follow some of the #ldsconf hashtag on Twitter.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang How Firm a Foundation

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Press Forward, Saints

The invocation was offered by Elder Carl B Cook

The choir sang Lead, Kindly Light

President Thomas S Monson

  • We’re united as a big family
  • The work of the Church moves forward unhindered
  • He recently dedicated the Gilbert AZ temple, the 142nd temple
  • There are no new temple announcements, but when all of the previously announced temples are completed, there will be 170 in operation

Elder Jeffrey R Holland ** one of my favourites

  • Someday you will be called on to defend your faith
  • There is a long history of rejection
  • You may ask if it is worth it to take a courageous moral stand… Yes it is!
  • The bumper sticker “What would Jesus do?” will not always bring a popular response
  • Defend your belief with courtesy and compassion

Elder Ronald A Rasband

  • Currently 317 Seventies
  • Lots of us are also helping in this work
  • Take up the joyful burden of discipleship
  • Spoke of a tornado in Oklahoma, and how our worldly treasures can be taken in an instant

Elder Carlos H Amado

  • Christ was born in unusual circumstances
  • Elder Amado went on to describe various events in Christ’s life

The choir and congregation sang Choose the Right

Sister Linda S Reeves

  • Has 13 grandchildren in the congregation
  • We are concerned about pornography
  • Satan is attaching with unprecedented fury
  • We are here to manage the passions of the human body
  • Pornography overtakes lives, damages relationships, and consumes time, thought, and energy

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Told a story about the power of a tornado, and compared it to the power of sin
  • Challenges will come, but as you trust in God, it will strengthen your faith
  • Our foundation must be on the Savior

The choir sang A New Commandment I Give Unto You

President Henry B Eyring

  • When you choose to keep a covenant you choose to leave an inheritance of hope
  • We have a universal inheritance because of Jesus Christ and His atonement
  • There is a heritage of hope left for those who come after us

The choir sang Come, O Thou King of Kings

The benediction was offered by Elder W Christopher Waddell

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

George Albert Smith suffered from depression

Once again referring to Elder Holland’s talk from the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference, he mentioned that George Albert Smith suffered from depression. I’m fairly well versed in Church history, but didn’t realize how sever it was until I followed some links online. Apparently while an apostle he had a 3-year battle that at times saw him rarely leave his bed. He seemed to hit rock bottom, and then he started to get a bit better, and ultimately became President of the Church.

Jana Reiss at Religion News Service has a great summary of his struggles, as well as a link to a Journal of Mormon History article that has more details.

Mormon Message about Stephanie Nielson

During the Saturday afternoon General Conference session, Elder Holland spoke about depression, and shared a touching story about a woman who had been in a plane accident. I’ve never heard this story before, but the Church has had a Mormon Message up for 3 years with the story of Stephanie Nielson. Rather than give you the details here, just go and watch the video.

183rd Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session


Wow! Wasn’t President Uchtdorf‘s talk this morning awesome?! Hopefully there is another awesome one this session.

As I make my notes, I’m also following the #ldsconf tag on Twitter. As was expected, the hashtag was trending after the first session.


In between sessions I watched The World Report, and then played some Mario Kart Wii with my son. Fun stuff!

We settle down to watch this next session…

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A family choir made of members from the Roy, Kanesville, Hooper and West Haven, Utah stakes sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

Elder Paul B Pieper offered the invocation

Persident Henry B Eyring read the sustaining of Church officers

  • A few members of the 1st quorum of seventy were released
  • A few Area Seventy were released and a few sustained
  • There is a new 2nd Counselor in the General YM Presidency

The choir sang I Know That My Savior Loves Me

President Boyd K Packer

  • A gospel-centred home is a safe place
  • “In the last days perilous times shall come”
  • Perilous times are present
  • The cure for most mistakes can be found in forgiveness through personal prayer

Elder D Todd Chistofferson

  • Society has relied on the moral force of women
  • A woman’s noble influence is felt at home
  • There is no better setting to raise the rising generation
  • Your moral authority is vital, and we may be taking you for granted

Elder S Gifford Neilsen

  •  What would you do if the prophet called you?
  • They do call us. Are we listening?
  • We have been called to do more missionary work
  • We need to serve with enthusiasm next to the full-time missionaries

The choir and congregation sang Press Forward, Saints

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela

  • By small and simple things are great things brought to pass
  • We need to teach in simple ways
  • The small and simple means often bring greater results

Elder Timothy J Dyches

  • Recounted several bible stories of Christ’s compassion and miracles
  • There is opposition, and this helps us see Christ’s healing power

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • “After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the gospel” – Joseph Smith
  • It is impossible for us to fail if we do our best
  • Pray
  • If we all reach out to just one between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and what a wonderful gift to the Saviour
  • You will have many opportunities

The choir sang Love at Home

Sister Carol F McConkie offered the benediction

Read the recaps and other notes from the 183rd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: