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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:

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 ūüôā

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:

182nd Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

We had a great morning! We got up after 7 am, had a nice big breakfast (regular bacon, peameal bacon, eggs, pancakes, bagels and toast) and then went for a long walk. When we got back, the kids watched a cartoon movie, and I watched the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast.

We’re all set now to watch the Sunday Morning General Session. The whole family will watch the session together.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Oh Say, What is truth?

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang The Morning Breaks (a gorgeous arrangement!)

Elder Marlin K Jensen offered the invocation

President Henry B Eyring

  • many of us feel that God is far from us
  • in moments of pain, confusion, we do not need to see Jesus to know that he is there to help
  • don’t let things of life stop of us from seeing the things of God
  • we can’t insist on our time table when God has his own
  • His time should be enough for us since he wants only what is best
  • some delays seem long, but they are always calculated to bless
  • we can be assured the Lord keeps his promises

President Boyd K Packer (spoke from his chair)

  • told a story about going to American Samoa years ago
  • there was a horrible storm and along the coast there was a light above on land, and a light below
  • quoted from Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy
  • we need to repent and turn away from sin
  • guilt can be wiped out

The choir sang Does the Journey Seem Long?

Sister Linda K Burton

  • we are surrounded by people who need us
  • we need to love one another
  • it isn’t easy, but we can do better with practice
  • observe then serve

The choir and congregation sang Called to Serve

Elder Walter F. Gonz√°lez

  • we need to come unto Christ
  • navigating millions of pages on the Internet will not be enough
  • we have another source for greater knowledge
  • we need to navigate the celestial web in our hearts and minds
  • iniquity hampers our ability to love

Elder Jeffrey R Holland (he always speaks with such passion!)

  • we forget how inexperienced the original apostles were and how much they depended on the Savior
  • when Jesus left them, the apostles must have asked “What do we do now?”
  • they went fishing, and saw the Savior again
  • the Savior asks, “Do you love me?”
  • Christ needs disciples and needs them forever
  • at judgement day, we very well may be asked if we loved God
  • we can’t quit and we can’t go back
  • the commission to a missionary as he baptizes people changes the convert, but it was to change the missionary as well
  • love God and remain clean from the blood and sins of this generation
  • our Father in Heaven expects our loyalty and love

The choir sang If the Savior Stood Beside me

President Thomas S Monson

  • an apostle for 49 years
  • take an inventory and recognize the blessings you have received
  • our prayers are heard and answered
  • the more we act on impressions and inspiration, the more the Lord will trust us with his errands
  • never postpone a prompting
  • shared a few stories of ways he had responded to a prompting to find out the person had been praying for help
  • the opportunity to be a blessing in the life of another comes rather expectantly
  • the Lord is in the details of our lives

The choir sang If the Way be Full of Trial, Weary Not

Elder Keith R Edwards offered the benediction


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

Music and the Spoken Word

The only time I ever see Music and the Spoken Word is right before the Sunday Morning session of General Conference. I always listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the morning off my MP3 player, but never think to see if it available anywhere on the radio dial. Well, I checked out the Music and the Spoken Word web site today to see if it is available in my area. It’s not. So I guess it is still MP3’s for me for now.

Anyway, the main reason for this post was to let you know the web site for the program. It has information on the broadcasters that do have the program. If you have some sort of satellite TV, then you can always get it. If you are dependent on your local cable company, then you probably need to live in an area with a lot of members.

181st Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

The Sunday morning of Genetal Conference is awesome. I’m in the Eastern time zone, so conference doesn’t start until noon. We have all morning to relax. We went for a walk in the rain, watched part of Pocahontas, and then had the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast on. We’re all set now for the first session.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Lead Me Into Life Eternal

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Elder Paul K Sybrowsky offered the invocation

The choir sang Consider the Lilies

President Henry B Eyring

  • members recently did a day of service
  • spoke of the baptism commitment we read about in the Book of Mormon near the Waters of Mormon
  • charity is the pure love of Christ
  • feelings of charity can become part of your nature

Elder Robert D Hales

  • How sad to see Elder Hales to look the way he did. I wonder what is wrong with him. I don’t mean to be disrespectful in speaking about him, but his face seemed kind of “puffy”, but spoke well. He had the same small oxygen tubes that came around the side of his nose that President Packer did. It appears to be a neat contraption that hooked up to his glasses.
  • He spoke of the atonement
  • To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith
  • To wait upon the Lord is planting the seed of faith
  • Sometimes I don’t receive an answer to prayers because the Lord knows I am not ready
  • Too often we want patience, but we want it right now
  • Be kinder to one another, and kinder to ourselves
  • We are not alone in our Gethsemane
  • the Book of Mormon is either of God or of the Devil
  • feast upon the words of Christ
  • come unto Christ and be perfected in Him
  • shared a great analogy about a dot. You can draw an infinite number of lines through the point. That is the bible and different interpretations. Add a second dot, the Book of Mormon, and there is only one line between the dots.
The choir and congregation sang We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
  • How do we raise girls?
  • The most important thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother
  • join with us in leading the world in returning to virtue
  • the importance of a name
  • the church was given a specific name
  • we take upon us the name of Christ
  • do we realize how blessed we are to take upon us His name? It is the only name under heaven by which man will be saved
  • went over the name of the church, and how it in some ways seems long, in another way it is a beautifully short and specific name
The choir sang I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go¬†(the choir sang it beautifully!)

President Thomas S Monson

  • recounted how life has changed since he was born
  • along with technology changes, the morals of society have changed almost as rapidly
  • we’ve been spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandon as our financial capital
  • we can rely on God’s constancy
  • we need to reject anything that does not conform to our standards

The choir sang I Believe in Christ

Elder James B Martino 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:

181st Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

One of the best things about conference Sunday is having all that time in the morning! Where we are, the first session starts at noon. So this morning we got up and had a nice breakfast of bacon, eggs, and pancakes. After cleaning up the kitchen we went out for a walk. It is another beautiful spring day.

We watched¬†a bit of Music and the Spoken Word, and are now settled down to watch today’s first session of conference. The kids will be watchings the entire session with us.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang O Thou Rock of Our Salvation

President Henry B Eyring conducted. It was noted again the anniversary of the Church Security Plan (the Church Welfare Program). It was announced 75 years ago by President Heber J Grant

The choir sang Sabbath Day¬†(there was a guy who kind of looked like Conan O’Brien in the choir)

Elder Gary E Stevenson offered the invocation

The choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • the story of Saul
  • there are those who feel that unless they have an experience like Saul or Joseph Smith, they cannot believe
  • instead of taking small steps on the path of discipleship, they want something that will compel them
  • those who diligently try to find the Master will come to know Him
  • to better hear the Spirit, we need to turn down the volume control of the noise of the world
  • some of the most powerful promptings we receive are not just for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others
  • the answer to our prayers often comes when we are on our feet, serving others

Elder Paul V Johnson

  • affliction is part of our mortal experience
  • a trial of our faith is necessary
  • it is through sorrow that we obtain the education we came here to acquire
  • personal growth is an intended outcome of our trials
  • often the darkest times are immediately followed by the brightest
  • after much tribulation, come the blessings

Bishop H David Burton

  • gave history of welfare work in the church (hard to write notes for, but very touching)
  • shared several touching stories
  • learn to distinguish between needs and wants, and live accordingly
  • “be kind to the poor”
  • “go and do thou likewise”

The choir and congregation sang Let Us All Press On

Sister Silvia H Allred

  • The Relief Society has always been at the heart of welfare
  • our combined efforts bring relief, thereby saving souls
  • as we achieve more self-reliance ourselves, we are more able to help others

Elder David A Bednar

  • compared how we deal with different types of light and the spirit of revelation
  • most revelation is like a sunrise; the light gradually increases

The choir sang Have I Done Any Good

President Thomas S Monson

  • the welfare program of the Church is inspired of Almighty God
  • this conference marks 3 years that he has been the President of the Church
  • 1821-1980 21 temples were built
  • 1980-2010 115 were built and dedicated
  • with yesterday ann 26 under construction or in pre-construction stages
  • these numbers will continue to grow
  • they want to make the temple as accessible as possible
  • temples bring joy wherever they are built
  • temples are more than stone and morter; they are built of trials and testimonies; they are sanctified by sacrifice and service
  • 85% of the membership live within 200 miles of a temple
  • have a picture of the temple in every bedroom
  • we will find peace in the temple

The choir sang The Spirit of God

Elder Tad R Callister offered the benediction


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 – Sunday Morning General Session

I went to Church a little early today. I had to do an interview before the main broadcast. I went with my sons who sat and watched the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast while I was in the interview. By the time I was done my wife was there with my daughter, and we all got to sit together (one of those few times in the year).


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Truth Eternal

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth

Elder Gerald Caussé offered the invocation

President Henry B Eyring

  • the Lord grants unto all nations to teach His words
  • trust comes from knowing God
  • be still and know that I am God
  • he has revealed himself that we may trust him
  • Latter-day Saints can be a light to the people

The choir sang Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

President Boyd K Packer

  • the Family Proclamation is 15 years old
  • it is revelation and members would do well to follow it
  • the devil can deceive or fool, but can’t force us to do anything
  • the dreadful sin of pornography is like a plague
  • the effects can be spiritually fatal
  • the priesthood has authority to stamp out evil influences
  • don’t look back, ahead of you is peace and happiness

Elder Jay E Jensen

  • the gift of the Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts
  • quote from President Gordon B Hinckley‘s 4 cornerstones
    • First Vision
    • Restoration of Priesthood
    • Testimony of Jesus Christ
    • Book of Mormon

Sister Mary N Cook

  • we must be examples of the believers
  • be an example in faith
  • strengthen your own faith
  • we need to show youth how to strengthen their own faith
  • be an example in purity
  • For the Strength of Youth is a beautiful tool

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • we have 2 lines of communication with God, personal and priesthood
  • the personal channel is based on worthiness
  • priesthood line is usually for governing the kingdom
  • people should get their own communication in the personal line, not the priesthood line
  • the two lines are connected
  • you cannot have communication in the personal line if you are disobedient to the priesthood line
  • some members fail to understand the importance of the priesthood line
  • the voice of the Lord’s servants is the voice of the Lord
  • the priesthood line doesn’t mean we do not need the personal line

The choir sang Love One Another

President Thomas S Monson

  • do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive?
  • we need to focus on what we have instead of what we lack
  • while there are many things wrong in the world, there are many things which are good and right
  • not showing gratitude is like wrapping a present and not giving it

The choir sang Now Let Us Rejoice

Elder Carlos A Godoy 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: