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181st Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

Between the afternoon session and the priesthood session, my father, my brother-in-law, and I went out for dinner together. I ate so much Chinese food I thought I was going to burst! Not a good idea when you have to sit down for two hours.

Even after eating for an hour and a half, we made it to the church on time for the broadcast.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A Melchizedek Priesthood choir provided the music

The choir sang Rise Up, O Men of God

Elder Richard G Hinckley offered the invocation

The choir sang I Need Thee Every Hour

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • We sometimes gloss over the menacing confrontation before the First Vision
    1. Satan is real
    2. He is eternally opposed to the love of God, the atonement, and peace
  • In this battle you need to be more morally clean than you are now
  • We need YM already on the team to stay on the team
  • Be active and be clean. If required, get active and get clean
  • From every priesthood holder I ask for a stronger voice

Bishop Keith B McMullin

  • Duty, properly carried out, affects our destiny
  • Spoke to the YM about being born again and developing priesthood power

Elder W Christoper Waddell

  • The Lord knows where he wants each missionary to serve
  • You learn things for the rest of your life
  • In order for the blessings to continue, you need to remain faithful
  • Arrive on your mission with a testimony of the Book of Mormon
  • Arrive on your mission knowing how to have the Spirit with you
  • Arrive on your mission ready to work

The choir and congregation sang the intermediate hymn. I sang it but didn’t write it down, and now I can’t think of it.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Experienced the church welfare program when he was a child
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of the church welfare program
  • We care for the poor and needy because we love God and love our fellow man
  • Our spiritual life is that, a life. It is to be lived
  • This very hour there are many members of the church who need help
  • Do not think this is someone else’s responsibility. It is yours and mine.
  • It will take all of us

President Henry B Eyring

  • Priesthood preparation
  • Am I prepared?
  • Be an example of the word in deed
  • You can work harder than you think you can

President Thomas S Monson

  • The young people today think morals are a matter of personal taste
  • We should not have any question about what is moral
  • These laws are unchanging
  • Do we have the courage to stand strong in the face of opposition?
  • Dare to be a Mormon!

The choir sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Elder Koichi Aoyagi 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:

178th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning Session

  • President Monson conducted
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was excellent
  • There were about 100 people at church for this
  • President Henry B. Eyring * might be used as a 4th Sunday lesson *
    • a great day of unity is coming
    • unity will be needed more in the days ahead
    • the reason we pray for unity is the same reason why God grants us… he loves us and it brings joy
    • revelation is needed to know how to follow the Lord together
    • be humble
    • pride is the great enemy of unity
    • be a peacemaker
    • no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens
    • NOTE: I took my son to the bathroom and so I missed the last bit of his talk
  • Elder Robert D. Hales
    • one of mortality’s greatest test is when our beliefs are questioned
    • Christian courage
    • when we don’t retaliate, we stand with the Saviour
    • true disciples of Christ see opportunity
    • seasons of opposition can help the Church
    • criticism creates interest in the Church
    • learn respect for others
  • Bishop Keith B. McMullin
    • God lives and lives in the heavens
    • the Church welfare plan is God inspired
    • pray for help
  • Sister Elaine S. Dalton
    • in the strength of the Lord I can do all things
    • the temple is the reason for all we do in the Church
    • virtue is the accumulation of lots of small decisions
    • poisoned by degrees
    • a slippery slope: tolerate, accept, then follow
    • return to virtue
    • stand in holy places
  • Elder M. Russell Ballard
    • the truth of God goes forth boldly
    • Joseph Smith had a prophetic vision
    • the growth of the Church was recounted
    • the works and designs and purposes of God cannot be frustrated
    • it is a great time to live
    • we must continue to move the work forward
  • President Thomas S. Monson
    • nothing is as constant as change
    • he’s been an apostle for 45 years
    • this is our only chance at mortal life
    • find joy in the journey, now
    • there is nothing to remember tomorrow if we do nothing today
    • relish life as we live it
    • in everything give thanks

Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference: