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187th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

As seems to happen often, I’m at work today. Luckily, I’m able to arrange my schedule so that I can watch the session during an extended lunch. I’ll be home by 3:30 or so, so can watch the next session at home with my family.

For the last couple of weeks we have been down in Florida relaxing physically. It is going to be kind of nice this weekend to “relax” spiritually. I don’t mean to avoid or get away from spiritual things, but to be refreshed and recharged.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang The Morning Breaks

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

The invocation was offered by Elder Kim B Clark

The choir sang Do What Is Right

President Henry B Eyring (President Thomas S Monson did NOT open the meeting)

  • General Conference is a time of gathering
  • Spoke of the gathering of the Family of God
  • Parental love is the closest thing to Heavenly love
  • Hearts have turned to fathers since Elijah came
  • The Lord always provides a way
  • Technology can never replace revelation

Brother M Joseph Brough

  • Righteous grandparents are a blessing
  • Heavenly Father gives each of us a care package to help us in this life which includes parents and bishops
  • His Son is the greatest part of the care package
  • 3 ways we can be the car package for someone else
    1. Be with the youth
    2. To guide youth, we need to connect them to heaven
    3. Let youth leader
  • Let your covenants be paramount

Elder Weatherford T Clayton

  • Our mortal birth is not the beginning, it is just a milestone
  • The pillars of God’s plan are:
    1. Creation of the Earth
    2. The Fall of Adam of Eve
    3. The Savior and His atonement
  • You can find peace and purpose in this mortal experience

The choir and congregation sang Glory to God on High

Elder Dale G Renlund

  • The Savior’s compassion, love and mercy draws us towards Him
  • God doesn’t want mindless obedient followers
  • He wants us to knowingly and willingly choose to be like Him
  • We can all express our opinion, but we cannot be hateful
  • Follow the Golden Rule
  • If we want respect, we must respect others
  • Our conversion brings meekness, which invites the Holy Ghost which fills us with perfect love for others
  • Our perfect Shepherd feels the same way towards us

Elder Ulisses Soares

  • We can received strength and hope from the Savior
  • We need to press forward in faith
  • We often feel that we are burdened and some leave the Church

Elder Mark A Bragg

  • Take comfort that there is Light available to us
  • There are places where you can always find light
    1. The Light of the Church
    2. The Light of the Gospel
    3. The Light of Christ

The choir sang Teach Me To Walk in the Light

President Russell M Nelson

  • We live in turbulent times
  • How can we draw into our lives the power of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ
  • We cannot be saved in ignorance. We must learn and know about Him
  • We should be careful that the terms we use do not take away from the living reality of our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ
  • There is no amorphous being called The Atonement. Jesus Christ is the source
  • Those sacred terms describe what the Savior did so that we may live with hope
  • Study “The Living Christ”
  • Our covenants bind us to Him

The choir sang Rejoice, the Lord is King!

The benediction was offered by Elder Jorge F Zeballos


Read the recaps and other notes from the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

185th Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

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Tonight we went to the annual “sub-sational”. My brother and his family is visiting for my daughter’s baptism, so he came with my father, my son and me. We had a nice time, but left room for our tradional post-priesthood session trip out. I’m pretty sure we’re going to Boston Pizza again.

There were about 40 priesthood holders in attendance tonight at the church as the meeting started.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

A choir made up of fathers and sons from the Orem, Utah area sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder Larry S Kacher offered the invocation

The choir sang Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • How does the Savior see your faith?
  • Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven
  • Faith is either getting stronger or getting weaker
  • The priesthood makes us different
  • Faith never demands an answer to every question
  • Answers from the faithless and the unfaithful weaken our faith
  • The Book of Mormon, First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve can guide and protect our faith
  • President Monson said our future is as bright as our faith

Elder Randall K Bennett

  • We are not alone
  • We have heaven’s help
  • 3 principles that will help us on our journey back to Heavenly Father
    1. With child-like humility we take steps toward or Savior and Father in Heaven
    2. the Lord meets and exceeds our expectations for promised blessings
    3. we must counter the natural man’s tendency to procrastinate or put off

The choir and congregation sang Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

President Dieter F Uctdorf

  • Told story of Daniel
  • Daniel probably had to work for his testimony like we do
  • Do we stand loyal to God? Do we practice what we preach? Do our actions reflect what we claim to believe? Do we help the poor and needy? Do we just talk the talk, or do we walk the walk?

President Henry B Eyring

  • When you do your part, the Lord adds his power to your efforts
  • Told a story of his great grand father
  • Reach out in faith to rescue those that you are responsible for

The choir sang Lord, I Would Follow Thee

President Thomas S Monson

  • Keep the commandments
  • Be strong and alert of anything that would rob you of the blessings of eternity
  • Disregard of the commandments has brought about the plagues of our day… permissiveness, pornography, abortion
  • Isaiah 32:13
  • Remain worthy to possess the priesthood

The choir sang We’ll Bring the World His Truth

Brother Stephen W Owen 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:

183rd Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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The two General Conference Sundays have to be the best Sundays of the year! We can sleep in a bit, spent time together as a family, go for a walk, and listen to the beautiful music of Music and the Spoken Word together. This morning was particularly great as the weather was beautiful. Spring is truly here!

We don’t usually hear or watch Music and the Spoken Word (unless it is before General Conference). Their performance of Praise to the Lord, the Almighty was fantastic. They also sang I Feel My Savior’s Love and my kids sang along. That was pretty nice to hear my kids singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir 🙂

We’re hoping for a great session of conference to top it all off.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir saing Go Forth With Faith to open the session

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder Steven E Snow offered the invocation

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • We sometimes feel as if we are surrounded by darkness
  • Darkness exists, but we don’t want to dwell there
  • Light also exists, and we should dwell there
  • God’s light is real
  • The darkness may not dissipate at once but it will eventually
  • With Christ darkness cannot success
  • Darkness cannot gain victory over the Light of Christ

The choir sang Come, Follow Me

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • The mortal life of Jesus Christ was full of miracles
  • We are few in number, but we are still filling the whole earth
  • Our day is a remarkable time of miracles

Sister Rosemary M Wixom

  • Everyone can increase a child’s confidence and faith
  • Don’t let technology get in the way of talking to your children
  • Disconnect each day

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

Elder L Whitney Clayton

  • We can learn a lot from watching and learning from others
  • He has seen the following common characteristices of successful marriages
    1. Both husband and wife hold their marriage is a priceless treasures
    2. Faith
    3. Repentance and humility
    4. Respect
  • Marriage is a gift from God
  • The quality of our marriage is a gift to God

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Secularism is beginning to be the norm
  • Next to life itself, free agency is God’s greatest gift to mankind
  • Men are free according to the flesh
  • Obedience to law is liberty

The choir sang Where Love Is

President Thomas S Monson

  • Truth is knowledge of things as they were, are, and are to come
  • Answers come as we are obedient to the commandments of God
  • Told a good story about he and a friend trying to clear a field by burning it
  • Be obedient

The choir sang Come, Come Ye Saints

Elder O Vincent Haleck offered the benediction


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

181st Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

During the time between the two sessions, my family went for a walk in the ravine behind our house. Spring is slowly making its appearance 🙂  I also cleaned up (showered and shaved). Lastly, I watched the April 2011 edition of the World Report. I love getting some of that “behind-the-scenes” information that show report shares.

Now we’re all gathered together again in the living room ready for the second session.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted.

A combined choir from BYU-Idaho sang How Firm a Foundation

Elder Kevin W Pearson offered the invocation

Sustainings presented by President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • During the sustainings of the apostles, Elder Robert D Hales had a huge knee brace on. He also had small clear tubes on his lap. They looked like they were oxygen tubes. Did anyone see him with them on, or were they for something else?
  • A bunch of  Area Seventies were released and sustained
  • (at one point during the sustainings, the Internet feed paused and my 3-year-old daughter said it was scratched)
  • There were a total of 10 new General Authorities sustained
  • There were no changes to any of the auxiliary presidencies

Robert W Cantwell Managing Directory of the Church Auditing presented the Church Auditing Department Report

  • Council of the Disposition of the Tithes consists of the First Presidency, Quorum of 12, Presiding Bishopric
  • Things are being administer

Brook P Hales, Secretary to the First Presidency presented the Statistical Report of the Church for the year 2010

The choir sang How Great the Wisdom and the Love

President Boyd K Packer (he was sitting down)

  • 400 years since the publishing of the bible
  • We should use the full name of the Church whenever possible
  • Ordinances are done through the authority of Jesus Christ
  • We have the same organization as Jesus Christ had
  • If someone is looking for a church that requires very little, this is not the one
  • Regardless of what happens in the world, no power can stop this work
  • Do a lot of forgiving, and a little repenting, and you will be blessed

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • thank you for your uplifting service
  • our faith now becomes part of our posterity’s faith later
  • the forces of evil will ever be in opposition to the forces of good
  • to prepare to meet God, one keeps all of God’s commandments
  • when we are faithful, He and His angels will bear us up
  • God will hear your sincere prayers

The choir and congregation sang Press Forward, Saints

Elder Richard J Maynes

  • the principle of eternal families is an essential element in God’s plan
  • the family is ordained of God
  • establish celestial traditions
  • kids don’t remember the FHE topic, but they remember having FHE
  • kids don’t remember what was read in the scriptures that morning, but they remember that they read them
  • Shared a poem by C C Miller

Elder Cecil O Samuelson Jr

  • he has worked with the young people in the Church for many years
  • who is entitled to have a testimony? anyone who is willing to pay the price
  • everyone has worth because we are all children of God

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • what do we really desire?
  • desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, choices determine our actions
  • desire, labour, and faith brought Enos the blessings he wanted
  • told story of Aron Ralson, the guy who cut off his own arm to save his life
  • we need to cut and carve ourselves free from addictions and other things that prevent our eternal progress
  • the desire to receive and keep a marriage for eternity should be paramount (priority efforts)
  • we cannot follow the politically correct but eternally false concept that we don’t need to be married and have children

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • told a nice story about a person who wanted gold; he was looking for nuggets, and missing the flecks of gold that would fill his pouch
  • by small and simple things are great things come to pass
  • we should keep our lives simple
  • charity begins at home
  • practice the golden rule
  • we need to serve
  • the most important attribute that we should seek to possess is charity, the pure love of Christ

The choir sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder ??? offered the benediction (President Uchtdorf didn’t announce who it was going to be)


Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

180th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

Here we go…

Wait, what’s up with the audio? I can hear the choir, but no voiceover, and nothing from President Eyring (who is conducting)…

Phew! There is audio now.

In general (and not because of the audio problem that has been resolved), I prefer the Move Networks plugin that the Church used to use for these broadcasts. I find this Flash (Brightcove) plugin is choppy.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

President Henry B Eyring conducted the session

The choir sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder Octaviano Tenorio offered the invocation

President Thomas S Monson

  • 4 temples have been dedicated since April
  • Laie, Hawaii temple will be rededicated next month
  • Announced 5 new temples in
    • Lisbon, Portugal
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Urdaneta, Philippines
    • Hartford, Connecticut
    • Tijuana, Mexico
  • The ordinances performed in our temple are vital for salvation
  • spoke of need for worthy missionaries
  • Sisters and senior missionaries are also needed

The choir sang We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • Thank you for sustaining us
  • We sustain you in return
  • Can’t express the gratitude the brethren have for the members
  • members make the gospel what it is, a power manifestation of the life Christ gave bringing peace and salvation to other people

Sister Rosemary M Wixom

  • take my hand and hold on tight
  • help children understand Plan of Salvation
  • if we don’t teach our children, others will
  • if we want them to know something in 5 years, we need to teach them now
  • the Savior has marked the path and led the way

Elder Claudio R M Costa

The choir and congregation sang Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Brother David McConkie

  • what matters most is the attitude or spirit by which a teacher teaches
  • successful gospel teachers love the gospel
  • a teacher’s attitude is not taught, it’s caught
  • suggestions for effective teaching
    • before we teach the gospel, we need to know the gospel
    • apply in your life the things you learn
    • seek heaven’s help
    • exercise our agency and act on promptings

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

  • we have freedom to use our time
  • our life is a stewardship of time and choices
  • we should live a consecrated life
  • one who lives a consecrated life does not seek to take advantage of another

The choir sang Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (it had a verse I’ve never heard before)

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • started off by talk about a tree, then said that most of us were probably wondering what that had to do with an airplane. The crowd laughed, as did I. I was actually think that exact thing! 🙂
  • you don’t necessarily go faster through turbulence
  • this life seems to have us moving faster despite the turbulence we face
  • it’s easy to be busy
  • focus on the fundamentals, don’t get distracted
  • ** partway through his talk he started coughing, and cleared his throat a bunch of times. He said that he’d lost his voice and that it was one of the fundamental things he needed 🙂
  • we would do well to slow down and proceed at the optimum speed
  • some important fundamental relationships include
    • our relationship to God
    • our relationship to our family
    • our relationship to our fellowman
    • our relationship to ourself

The choir sang The Morning Breaks

Elder Eduardo Gavarret 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: