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187th Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

Between sessions, I napped for a bit while my kids watched Moana in the background. We’re all gathered around now for the last session of conference. It looks like President Thomas S Monson is not in attendance for this final session.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Rejoice

The invocation was offered by Elder Eduardo Gaverret

The choir sang More Holiness Give Me

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • We should have a desire to warn others, to share the gospel with our neighbour
  • Parents need to warn their children
  • In a moral system, life is based on who is included and not included
  • It is a culture of sensitivity and panic
  • The modern shame culture is supposed to include everyone, but is unmerciful to those who disagree
  • As watchmen and disciples, we cannot be neutral

Elder Joaquin E Costa

  • Things he learned as he met with the missionaries
    • Meet with the missionaries
    • Attend Church
    • Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it
    • Experience repentance
  • If you are investigating or a friend of the Church, you are very close. We invite you to go and be baptized

Elder S Mark Palmer

  • How can we be filled with Christ-like love so we can help others to change
  • As we learn to see others as the Lord see them, a love for them will grow and so will our desire to help them
  • No teaching or learning will ever occur when done in frustration or anger
  • Love should never be withdrawn when someone fails to live up to our expectation
  • Because He loves us, the Lord expects much from us

The choir and congregation sang The Iron Rod

Elder Gary E Stevenson

  • How does the Holy Ghost help you?
  • The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead
  • The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit
  • The Gift of the Holy Ghost comes by the laying on of hands
  • He told the story about how missionaries were safe after the Fukushima Japan earthquake because a leader was prompted to have the missionaries attend a meeting inland

Elder C Scott Grow

  • We can begin to know God through prayer
  • As you read the scriptures, you will hear his voice
  • We do the will of the Father by keeping our covenants and keeping
  • As we strive to become like God, he can make of us more than we can make of ourselves

Elder Benjamín De Hoyos

  • We can be a light or ensign to other people
  • We can be an ensign by doing family history work
  • We can be an ensign by teaching in the Savior’s way
  • We can be an ensign as we keep the Sabbath holy

The choir sang Keep the Commandments

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • Spiritual guidance is received when needed and according to the Lord’s time
  • The Urim and Thummim and the seer stones may have been like training wheels that were only necessary until Joseph had the confidence to do it himself
  • Weekly participation in weekly Sacrament Meeting has spiritual ramifications we do not understand
  • Faith is a principle of power
  • What are the blessings of faith? Our sins are forgiven, we have communion with the Holy Spirit, salvation comes, we receive strength according to our faith, we can enter into His rest, prayers are answered, God can do miracles
  • Our faith in Jesus Christ is the eseential foundation for our salvation

The choir sang How Firm a Foundation

The benediction was offered by Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis


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

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:

186th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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I say this each time we have General Conference, but I love the Sunday morning of General Conference. The session doesn’t start until noon, which gives us lots of time to relax. I got woken up at 6:30 by a call from work and was unable to get back to sleep, so that was unfortunate. Other than that, it was a great morning. We had a nice walk, worked together in the kitchen, and just generally “chilled”.

I’m sitting here in our family room on my own watching Music and the Spoken Word. The rest of the family will be joining me soon, and we’ll watch the session together. We have homemade cinnamon rolls, apple cider, and cheese Bugles (the kids request).


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang  My Redeemer Lives

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang In Hymns of Praise

The invocation was offered by Elder Christoffel Golden

President Thomas S Monson

  • Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where do I go when I leave this life?
  • Those who accept the life, their lives are forever changed
  • We can’t just have an admission that we follow Jesus. We need to live His laws
  • We’re blessed to have the truth
  • This is the one perfect plan to peace and happiness

President Russell M Nelson

  • The world is corrupt and scriptures are being fulfilled that it will be in commotion
  • A key to our spiritual survival is understanding that men are that they might have joy
  • Saints can be happy under any circumstance

The choir sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

Elder Peter F Meurs

  • The sacrament is a sacred ordinance. It can make us holy.
  • Prepare in advance
  • Arrive early
  • Sing and learn from the words of the Sacrament Hymn
  • Spiritually participate in the Sacrament prayers
  • Ponder and remember Him as the Sacrament emblems are passed

Sister Linda S Reeves

  • President Packer looked back on his life and found no trace of past sin. Almost as if he had never experienced them
  • The same can be true for all of us
  • We need to confess and repent
  • Whatever the cost of repentence, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness

The choir and congregation sang I Am a Child of God

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • If you are faltering in faith, to whom shall you go?
  • Choosing to walk away has long-term consequences that cannot be seen now
  • Things have a way of working out
  • The restoration is not an event, but it continues to unfold
  • Never abandon the great truths revealed by the Prophet Joseph Smith
  • Not everything can be learned by study only, sometimes it comes by faith and learning from others

Bishop Dean M Davies

  • We need to learn true worship
  • If we fail to find Christ in our hearts, we will look for him in incorrect places
  • Spiritual experiences have less to do with what is around us but what is happening with what is happening in our hearts
  • Church meetings can be spritual feasts

Elder Lynn G Robbins

  • Jesus is the Righteous Judge
  • We all need to judge righteously
  • To remember a child’s true identity is a gift
  • Never let a problem to solve be more important than a person to be loved
  • We need to be righteous judges of our children

The choir sang My Heavenly Father Loves Me

President Henry B Eyring

  • Count your blessings
  • We should be thankful on the Sabbath
  • We partake of the sacrament

The choir sang Come, Ye Thankful People Come

The benediction was offered by Brother Devin G Durrant




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

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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:

186th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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We’re gathered in our family room. My daughter and I have some maple candies we got at the sugar bush this morning. My one son is drinking some milk and the other son is giving me shifty eyes (I’m not sure why). We’re settled in and ready to go…


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang How Wondrous and Great

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Sister Linda K Burton offered the invocation

The choir sang I Feel My Savior’s Love

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

  • technology lets us meet together as if in one great hall
  • we meet in His name
  • the Lord is in our midst
  • we have all had seeds planted in our hearts
  • we can choose to have our hearts softened so we can nourish the seed
  • we need to listen to the Spirit during the conference

Sister Mary R Durham

  • told a story about a man rescuing his children but feeling dragged down by the shoes he still had on
  • what can we do when we feel like we are being dragged down?
  • children learn a language best when in an immersion program
  • we need to do the same thing with the language of the Spirit

Elder Donald L Hallstrom

  • one of God’s most sacred names is Father
  • this is so basic, it can seem ordinary, but in reality it is one of the most extraordinary knowledge we can gain
  • it is foundational to understanding the Plan of Salvation
  • mortal life can be agonizing, but our hardships have eternal significance
  • “you can have what you want, or you can have something better”

The choir and congregation sang Secret Prayer

Elder Gary E Stevenson

  • without car keys, a fully functioning car will not work
  • we never have to question where are the keys?
  • keys are necessary for the saving ordinances
  • attend the temple to experience keys in action

Elder Kevin R Duncan

  • there is not a soul alive who not be a victim of someone else’s sinful conduct
  • we can forgive
  • our hearts can be softened
  • most of us want to forgive, but we find it hard to do
  • to forgive is not to condone

Elder Steven E Snow

  • hymns create a feeling of reverence and unite us as members
  • he quoted from Be Thou Humble
  • we must be humble
  • pride can break of marriages and friendships
  • think of the heartache you can avoid by humbling yourself and saying sorry

Choir sang The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare

Elder Dale G Renlund

  • for those who need welfare help, the further the distance between the giver and the receiver, the more the giver has a sense of entitlement
  • murmuring is like childish whining
  • the closer we are to Jesus, the more we appreciate his innocent suffering

The choir sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela 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 – Sunday Afternoon General Session

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Here we go on the last session. It has been good so far, and there have definitely been several talks that really touched me. Obviously we’ll get to hear from Elder Bednar.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice

Elder Jörg Klebingat offered the invocation

The choir sang Our God is a God of Love

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • Why does God use a Church to carry out his work?
  • A community of saints can sustain one another on the strait and narrow path
  • We strive to help one another come to the knowledge of the son of God
  • We are prone to excuse and rationalize our faults
  • The Church has leaders who can reprove betimes with sharpness, after showing for an increase in love
  • We are not converted to the Church, but to Christ and His gospel
  • The Church was the family in the beginning. Today, they support one another
  • Together in the Church our ability to care for the poor and needy is broadened

Brother Devin G Durrant

  • By profession, he is an investor. He is also a disciple of Christ
  • He works by sound financial principles and lives by sound spiritual principles
  • Save money each week
  • Ponderize one verse each verse
  • Ponderize means 80% extended pondering, 20% memorization

Elder Von G Keetch

  • Told a story about some surfers wanting to surf some big waves
  • A barrier was stopping them, but an old local surfer helped them see the sharks in the distance
  • The commandments are sometimes viewed as barriers
  • Those barriers protect us from spiritual predators

Sister Carole M Stephens

  • Told story about taking her grand-daughter out and she didn’t want to wear her seatbelt
  • We can choose to see commandments as limitations
  • As we seek for greater understanding, we will see that His laws are a manifestation of His love for us

The choir and congregation sang Rejoice, the Lord Is King

Elder Allen D Haynie

  • It doesn’t matter how far into the pit we have sunk
  • What does matter is that Jesus Christ suffered so he knows how to succor us
  • He was willing to condescend
  • Repentance is real and it works
  • The Saviour’s atonement leaves not tracks or traces. What it heals, it heals. It’s fixed

Elder Kim B Clark

  • We need greater spiritual power and eyes to see more clearly
  • We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better
  • Life may get hard, confusing and discouraging
  • Through the companionship HG, the light of Christ’s gospel will cut through the confusion, the pain and the darkness.
  • We need eyes to see and ears to hear

Elder Koichi Aoyagi

  • Experienced earthquake in Tokyo
  • Why do we face such trials?
  • Was in a car accident that caused him pain for 10 years. Why did he have to suffer?
  • We are here on earth to go through trials
  • We leave the rest up to the Lord
  • When we face trials, we need to turn to God
  • He could have died in his accident. He survived, and his suffering has been for his learning and growth.

The choir sang Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Elder David A. Bednar

  • Why is it wonderful we have older men leading the Church?
  • When you can’t do what you used to be able to do, you do what matters most
  • He shared lots of teachings of the various apostles who he has served and who have passed away to demonstrate how wise they are

The choir sang Love One Another

Elder Scott D Whiting 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:

185th Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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The baptism was beautiful this morning. My daughter was thrilled to be baptized and confirmed, and the turnout from the ward was great. The entire service was probably only about 40 minutes long, and then we had some light refreshments until about 11:30. We’re all back at home now to watch the first Sunday session.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Arise, O God, and Shine

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Redeemer of Israel

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong offered the invocation

The choir sang If the Savior Stood Beside Me

President Thomas S Monson

  • We have lost 3 apostles since last conference
  • The new apostles are well qualified
  • Let your light shine
  • Be thou an example of the believers
  • Word and Conversation – the words we use can inspire or harm
  • Charity – the pure love of Christ
  • Spirit, Faith, Purity
  • An abiding faith is an anchor to our lives

Elder Ronald A Rasband

  • Read from I Stand All Amazed
  • President Monson told him that this call comes from Jesus Christ
  • He committed to serve with all his heart, might, mind, and strength

Elder Gary E Stevenson

  • Was called on Tuesday morning
  • One of his sons is on a mission in Taiwan right now

Elder Dale G Renlund

  • The fullness of the gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and simple
  • You are called because what the Lord will do through you
  • Told a nice story about a heart transplant patient he had
  • We must see people through a parent’s eyes

The choir and congregation sang verses 1, 2, 3, and 7 of How Firm a Foundation

President Russell M Nelson

  • Spoke lovingly about his three apostle friends who he misses dearly
  • Their wives were great examples
  • Covenant keeping women can make such a difference
  • Good women in the world will be drawn to the Church
  • We need the strength, conversion, conviction, ability to lead, wisdom and voices of covenant keeping women
  • We need women to speak up and speak out

Elders Gregory A Schwitzer

  • Told story about his grandson practising the piano
  • One man or woman who testifies can make a difference
  • Something changes in us… we take his countenance upon us
  • True disciples of Christ are not looking to make excuses for the doctrine
  • We should be more concerned about inspiring others rather than impressing them

Elder Claudio R M Costa

  • Partake of the sacrament in honour of the Savior
  • The sacrament is a time for su to receive revelation about the atonement

The choir sang There Is Sunshine in My Soul

President Henry B Eyring

  • At baptism we received the Gift of the Holy Ghost
  • We need the companionship of the Holy Ghost throughout our lives
  • Our hearts need to be full of charity in order to feel the Spirit
  • The most valuable information to receive is to know what God would have you do

The choir sang The Spirit of God

Sister Cheryl A Esplin 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:

185th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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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: