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185th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session


We had a nice morning. We slept in a bit and after breakfast spent a couple of hours cleaning the house, and then the kids

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Press Forward, Saints

President Henry B Eyring conducted. He opened by noting the passing of Boyd K Packer, L Tom Perry and Richard G Scott.

The choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Sister Mary R Durham offered the invocation

The choir sang I Know that My Savior Loves Me

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Tell a man there are trillion of stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him there is wet paint on the wall, and he’ll touch it just to be sure
  • Sometimes the truth is too straightforward and plain to appreciate
  • We put away what we know in search of mysterious information
  • When we chase after shadows, we are going after things of little substance
  • Are my efforts leading to my highest spiritual goals
  • Is my experience in the Church working for me? Is it bringing me closer to Christ? Is it blessing me and my family with peace and joy?
  • Some feel the Church experience is not what they had hoped for
  • Why does it work for some, and not for others?
    1. Are we making our discipleship too complicated?
      1. We need to simplify
    2. Start where you are
      1. God will take you as you are at this very moment as you start
      2. You just need a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord
  • Discipleship is our journey

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • Too many people think Church leaders need to be perfect
  • Our leaders have the best intentions, but sometimes we make mistakes
  • Looking for weakness in others is rather easy
  • We make a mistake if we see human nature and fail to see God working through those people
  • We need to keep the Sabbath holy
  • Sacrament Meeting is the Lord’s and should be rooted and grounded in his teachings
  • Stay on the old ship Zion
  • It is a vehicle to take us to a destination.. the full blessings of the gospel

Elder Richard J Maynes

  • We need to live a Christ-centred life
  • Shared story about making pottery, and the problem when the clay is not in the centre of the wheel
  • Elder Maynes shared several stories to illustrate this point
  • We need to be centred with exactness

The choir and congregation snag We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet

Sister Neill F Marriott

  • We need to reform our lives
  • How can we continue to believe when things don’t always work out?
  • We need to yield to the Lord’s will

Elder Larry R Lawrence

  • He investigated the Church and was baptized as a convert
  • The journey of discipleship is not easy
  • We must be willing to act when we receive answers
  • The Holy Ghost really does give customized counsel
  • The Holy Ghost doesn’t tell us to improve everything at once
  • We need to ask what is stopping us from progressing

Elder Francisco J. Viñas

  • Some suffering and affliction will enter our lives
  • This can be caused by a lack of repentance
  • With the influence of the Holy Ghost we will not be offended or offend others

The choir sang Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer (a gorgeous arrangement!)

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • Ship-shape and Bristol fashion
  • The storms and temptations in life are unpredictable, but we know they will come
  • The following will help us survive the storms
    1. Righteous self-control and control and conduct
    2. Honor the sabbath
    3. Divine protection is provided when we are righteous

The choir sang Come, Come, Ye Saints (another gorgeous performance!)

Elder Adrian Ochoa 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:

182nd Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

Just in case you are wondering how I do these, I usually write the comments as the session starts. Then I take notes during the session and post it when it is done. That explains why at the beginning of the last session I guessed we’d hear from Elder Hales and but when it was posted, Elder Hales had already spoken.

There have been two pretty good sessions of conference so far. I can’t pick a favourite, but there has definitely been lots to think about.

I’ll be leaving shortly to go to the Priesthood Session with my father, and then I think we’re going to Boston Pizza afterward.

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The music was provided by a combined choir from the Salt Lake university Institutes

The choir sang Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi offered the invocation

The choir sang Carry On

Elder David A Bednar

  • in one sentence say what the most distinguishing feature of the church is
  • it is the authority of the priesthood
  • worthiness and willingness is what is required to receive the priesthood
  • the priesthood is active, not passive
  • priesthood holders need authority and power
  • me who bear the priesthood should be different

Brother Richard C Edgley

  • we need to take part in the rescue effort
  • loved ones are on their knees daily pleading with the Lord
  • we have less-actives who are trying
  • less actives need to be treated as equals
  • he has an ancestor who went inactive, and he figures that over 6+ generations it could be as many as 3,000 people who are lost
  • when he sees one person who is lost, he sees 3,000 people

Brother Adrián Ochoa

  • many young men don’t understand the good they can do
  • stand up boldly for what is true

The choir and congregation sang Ye Elders of Israel

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • holding the priesthood is no small blessing
  • the basic gospel principles need to be part of our life’s fabric
  • gospel doctrine becomes more precious when it is put to use

President Henry B Eyring

  • the sealing keys reside in the church today and will till the end of time
  • connections to our family are sure because of sealings
  • nothing is more important than honouring marriage and family covenants made in the holy temple
  • 4 things to lift and lead your family home again
    1. gain and keep a sure witness that the keys are with us
    2. love your wife
    3. enlist the entire family to love each other
    4. lead your family in the Lord’s way when discipline is needed

President Thomas S Monson

  • shared quotes from several past prophets about the priesthood
  • “I love and cherish the noble word of duty”
  • time marches on, and duty keeps cadence with that march
  • when God speaks and man obeys, that man will always be right
  • do your duty that is best, leave unto the Lord the rest
  • the world is in need of our help

The choir sang Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

The benediction was offered by Elder Larry R Lawrence

Read the recaps and other notes from the 182nd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

180th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

We watched this last session in the comfort of our own home. Our oldest son (8 years old) watched some of it with us.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Rejoice

Elder Lawrence E Corbridge offered the invocation

The choir sang Lead, Kindly Light

Elder L Tom Perry

  • talked about how he had brought his grandson to the pulpit years ago
  • YM have priesthood responsibilities
  • children need to learn of the blessings of holding the priesthood
  • bishops have the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood
  • be certain the YM are worthy, and that they understand the obligations and blessings
  • give them important assignments

Elder David A Bednar

  • actually receive the Holy Ghost
  • revelations are conveyed through the Holy Ghost
  • the simplicity of the ordinance may make us not realize the importance of it
  • all gospel activities are based on helping us feel the Holy Ghost in our lives

Elder Larry R Lawrence

  • parents who love their children cannot afford to be intimidated by them
  • young people understand more than we realize

The choir and congregation sang I Am a Child of God

Elder Per G Malm

  • told a story about a hollow tree; it looks solid, but up close you could see it was hollow; it took years to get that way
  • we need to be solid and filled from the inside out
  • we need to handle the small things in a proper way
  • beware of things that would destroy from the inside out

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

  • sins are intentional disobedience
  • forms of sin are everywhere
  • pornography destroys character
  • if we sin, we must look for help quickly

Elder Mervyn B Arnold

  • what have you done with my name?
  • as we partake of the sacrament, we take upon us the name of Christ
  • his parents gave them something more precious than gold. They left their testimony and taught them to be honest
  • before you act, picture the Savior standing by your side, would you think it, would you say it or do it knowing he was there, for surely he is there

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • talked about fly fishing
  • the use of artificial lures to catch fish is like Lucifer trying to capture us
  • he captures us with counterfeit lures
  • Lucifer does NOT catch and release
  • Lucifer is a clever and cunning intelligence
  • addictions can control us

President Thomas S Monson

  • he appreciates the truths that have been taught
  • we should carefully study the messages when we get the magazine issues

The choir sang Sing We Now at Parting

Bishop H David Burton 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: