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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:

184th Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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I think that conference Sunday are my two favourite Sundays in the year. I haven’t lived in an area where I go to Church in the afternoon, so for us to have the morning available is a real treat. We got up this morning, had toaster waffles, watched The Pirate Fairy (the latest Tinkerbell movie… it was excellent!) and then went for a walk. We’re all getting settled now to watch the session.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, We That Love the Lord

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

The invocation was offered by Elder L Whitney Clayton

The choir sang Let Us All Press On

President Dieter F Uchtdorf  ** one of my favourites

  • We all will at some point feel alone and adrift. No one is immune
  • There is something that will take away the bitterness… gratitude
  • We need to lift the goblet of gratitude and drink of the peace that comes
  • Most scriptural references do not refer to gratitude FOR things, but an overall attitude of gratitude
  • We can choose to be grateful not matter what
  • Be grateful IN our circumstances
  • There are no endings, only everlasting beginnings

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • Told of how he met and courted his wife and how that taught him to follow-up
  • He is following up on a couple of his past talks
  • We need to call the Church by its proper name
  • We can all be more consistently involved in missionary work
  • Invite someone once a quarter to be taught by the full time missionaries
  • Everyone should have a copy of and study from Preach My Gospel

Sister Jean A Stevens

  • We are not alone
  • We receive promptings to help other people
  • Our prayers are answered in the way that will help us the most

The choir and congregation sang Teach Me to Walk in the Light

Bishop Gary E Stevenson

  • Told the story of Noelle Pikus Pace
  • She had urgency and knew the 4 minutes of her runs would affect her life. Every second counted.
  • In our lives, certain things are essential, checkpoints that help us along the way
  • Self discipline is needed
  • Mentioned a couple of other LDS olympians

Elder David A Bednar

  • Told a story about his friend wanting a truck, and getting stuck when in snow
  • The heavy load helped him get traction
  • Each of us carry a load. Is it producing the spiritual traction that will allow us to press forward?
  • It is a mistake to think that happiness is the absence of a load

The choir sang A Child’s Prayer ** Awesome! The best song so far in the conference.

President Thomas S Monson ** one of my favourites

  • We cannot love God if we do not love our fellowman (and vice versa)
  • Christ’s life was a legacy of love
  • The opportunities to show our love come unexpectedly
  • Love should be the very heart of family life
  • President Hinckley asked, “Why is the ones we love the most become the targets of our harsh words?”
  • Forgiveness should go hand in hand with love
  • Blame keeps woulds open; forgiveness heals

The choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

The benediction was offered by Sister Neill F Marriott


Read the recaps and other notes from the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

183rd Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

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Wow! Wasn’t President Uchtdorf‘s talk this morning awesome?! Hopefully there is another awesome one this session.

As I make my notes, I’m also following the #ldsconf tag on Twitter. As was expected, the hashtag was trending after the first session.

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In between sessions I watched The World Report, and then played some Mario Kart Wii with my son. Fun stuff!

We settle down to watch this next session…


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A family choir made of members from the Roy, Kanesville, Hooper and West Haven, Utah stakes sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

Elder Paul B Pieper offered the invocation

Persident Henry B Eyring read the sustaining of Church officers

  • A few members of the 1st quorum of seventy were released
  • A few Area Seventy were released and a few sustained
  • There is a new 2nd Counselor in the General YM Presidency

The choir sang I Know That My Savior Loves Me

President Boyd K Packer

  • A gospel-centred home is a safe place
  • “In the last days perilous times shall come”
  • Perilous times are present
  • The cure for most mistakes can be found in forgiveness through personal prayer

Elder D Todd Chistofferson

  • Society has relied on the moral force of women
  • A woman’s noble influence is felt at home
  • There is no better setting to raise the rising generation
  • Your moral authority is vital, and we may be taking you for granted

Elder S Gifford Neilsen

  •  What would you do if the prophet called you?
  • They do call us. Are we listening?
  • We have been called to do more missionary work
  • We need to serve with enthusiasm next to the full-time missionaries

The choir and congregation sang Press Forward, Saints

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela

  • By small and simple things are great things brought to pass
  • We need to teach in simple ways
  • The small and simple means often bring greater results

Elder Timothy J Dyches

  • Recounted several bible stories of Christ’s compassion and miracles
  • There is opposition, and this helps us see Christ’s healing power

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • “After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the gospel” – Joseph Smith
  • It is impossible for us to fail if we do our best
  • Pray
  • If we all reach out to just one between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and what a wonderful gift to the Saviour
  • You will have many opportunities

The choir sang Love at Home

Sister Carol F McConkie offered the benediction


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

182nd Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

I’m at home for the afternoon session. My kids are bundled up in their blankets (as is my wife) and we will watch at least the first half hour or hour together. The kids will probably then go off and play while my wife and I watch the rest. We also have a friend from Church (one of my institute students) who came to see it with us.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Arise, O Glorious Zion

Elder Gerrit W. Gong offered the invocation

The choir sang I Am a Child of God

President Henry B Eyring did the sustainings

Elder L Tom Perry

  • turned 90-years-old this summer
  • some values today are slipping and need to be defended
  • read a letter he wrote to his mother when he was in WWII
  • lessons taught at home are increasingly important
  • the adversary is attacking commitments to family life
  • parents must resolve that teaching in the home is the most sacred responsibility
  • strengthen our family cultures in these ways:
    1. parents can pray in earnest that love, understand guide their children
    2. hold Family Home Evening, scripture study, and eat together
    3. fully avail themselves of the Church support network  (talk to teachers, leaders, presidencies) to provide essential understanding
    4. share testimonies with their children and commit them to keep the commandments of God
    5. organize our families based on clear simple family rules and expectations, traditions, rituals, and economics
  • teach at the cradle-side

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • said that Elder Perry must be the youngest 90-year-old in the Church
  • spoke about how his father had bees to help pollinate peach trees
  • to produce 1 lb of honey, the average hive of 20,000-60,000 bees must collectively visit millions of flowers and travel the equivalent of 2x around the world
  • a single bees contribution is a mere 1/12 of 1 teaspoon
  • although seemingly insignificant, each bees contribution is vital to the life of a hive
  • they depend on each other
  • the beehive has long been a symbol in our Church
  • great things are brought about and burdens are lightened by the action of many hands
  • our troubled world needs the love of Christ
  • our minds and our hearts need to be anxiously engaged throughout the week
  • we don’t need religious fanaticism; we need to assimilate the doctrines deep within our hearts
  • in your morning prayer each new day ask Heavenly Father to recognize opportunities to serve

Elder Larry Echo Hawk

  • told a story about his marine sergeant; the sergeant was ridiculing everyone, but when he saw his Book of Mormon, he left him alone
  • shared his feelings about the  Book of Mormon; he felt it was a history of his people
  • the Book of Mormon is sacred scripture

The choir and congregation sang Let Us All Press On

Elder Robert C Gay

  • would you sell your soul for a nickel?
  • does one drink really matter?
  • Satan tries to get us to justify what we’ve done
  • we are to give up all of our sins, big or small
  • we must always hearken to the voice of the Spirit within us, wherever it takes us

Elder Scott D Whiting

  • told a story about the work on the Hawaii temple
  • the contractor had to fix some things that were very minor because they were not up to temple standards
  • the temples are built for our use, but there should be no doubt as to whose house it is
  • we are each made of the finest materials, however our own temple can come in need of renovation and repair

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • told story about the Marriott family losing their daughter
  • the gift of faith is a priceless spiritual endowment
  • our faith is protected in the Church (as we participate in the various programs/ordinances/meetings)
  • when you tested, stay within the security of the household of God
  • no trial is so large we can’t overcome it together
  • God’s ways are higher than our ways

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • all children are children of God
  • worldwide there are millions of children victimized by adults
  • one of the most serious abuses of children is to deny them of birth
  • low birthrates is not just a religious issue; cultures and nations will be hollowed out and disappear
  • worldwide there are 40 million abortions per year
  • making a child feel worthless or unloved can hurt them for life
  • marriage isn’t just about the adults; the children are impacted for good or bad
  • divorcing parents teach a negative lesson
  • the family structure that produces the best outcome is two biological parents who remain married
  • 41% of all births in the US were to unwed mothers
  • for children, the stability of marriage matters

The choir sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

Elder José L Alonso 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:

182nd Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

Well, here we are at the last session. I didn’t go into the conference with any particular question in mind, but wow, I have felt the Spirit through so many talks, and especially during the music in the session this morning. It is going to be tough to top Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing!


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

Elder W Craig Zwick offered the invocation

The choir sang Come unto Jesus

Elder L Tom Perry (Note: Can you believe Elder Perry is 89 years old, turning 90 this year?!?! Wow! I hope I look that good at that age)

  • the Book of Mormon is the most correct book
  • it is important for the world to have both the Bible and the Book of Mormon
  • we can be delivered from evil by turning to the teachings of the scriptures
  • “It’s a great book”
  • much of the greatness comes from its harmony with the Book of Mormon

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • the Liahona was a ball of curious workmanship
  • compared it to a GPS
  • 100 years ago Joseph F Smith connected happiness and the family. There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home
  • when people make the family and religious commitments to gospel principles they being to do better spiritually and often temporally as well
  • commitments to family and values are the basic cause. Nearly everything else is effect
  • society at large is strengthened as families grow stronger
  • prioritize… put everything outside your own in subjection to what happens inside your home
  • do things in the right order… marriage then family
  • to the YM bachelorhood carries to the superficial mind the idea that it is desirable because it brings with it a minimum of responsibility.
  • to the YW you must also not lose sight of this responsibility. No career can bring you as much fulfillment as raising a family
  • husbands and wives are equal partners… no one owns their spouse or children
  • use the family resources of the church… the church is the scaffolding with which we build eternal families

Elder O Vincent Haleck

  • where there is no vision the people perish
  • we must see ourselves as the Savior sees us
  • focus on the things that matter most

The choir and congregation sang Hope of Israel

Elder Larry Y Wilson

  • we must lead with principles of righteousness
  • compulsion builds resentment
  • women too may exercise unrighteous dominion
  • if parents hold onto all decision-making power they severely limit the growth and development of their children
  • prepare children to get along without you

Elder David F Evans

  • what can I do to build up the Lord’s church?
  • the most important work is within our own home and family
  • we must be faithful ourselves so our children can see our joy in the gospel
  • it is the worth of souls, no matter their condition, that is great in the sight of God and our Savior
  • was it worth it? Was all the effort over all the years worth it to have just one baptism. The answer is yes!

Elder Paul B Pieper

  • our experiences with the diving may not be like a prophet, but our strength to endure faithfully depends on holding sacred that which we receive from above
  • finding things to be sacred takes an act of agency
  • we can’t be affected by secular things
  • the sacred cannot be selectively abandoned in life
  • those who chose to abandon sacred things will have their minds darkened

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • what think you of Christ? what thinks Christ of me?
  • being a discipline in these days of destiny will be a badge of honor throughout the eternities
  • we receive customized direction from the Holy Ghost
  • discipleship is not a competition, but an invitation to all
  • wherever you are on the road of discipleship, you are on the right road
  • whether in this life or the next, all will be made right

President Thomas S Monson

  • he thanked everyone who helped make the conference possible
  • the gospel gives our lives meaning, purpose and hope
  • settle contentions now

The choir sang I Need Thee Every Hour

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi offered the benediction


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

180th Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning Session

I know that in areas where the Church has a lot of members, General Conference is shown on TV, but where I am for years we’ve only been able to get GC at Church. Many years ago it was only at the Stake Centre, but now we can get it at our own Ward Meetinghouse. Now with the amazing Internet broadcast, we don’t have to go, but we still feel like you have to on Sunday morning, kind of like it is “regular” Church. So, off we went.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang On This Day of Joy and Gladness

The session was conducted by President Henry B Eyring

The choir sang Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

The invocation was offered by Elder Kenneth Johnson

The choir sang This is the Christ

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Told story of a statue of Christ in Germany that was damaged in the war. It was fixed, but the hands were shattered. A sign was put up that said “You are my hands”
  • It is not good to make others feel as though they are deficient
  • We are all in need of mercy
  • In our zeal, we confuse the sin and sinner
  • Every person we meet is a VIP to our Heavenly Father
  • A friend loveth at all times and a brother is born in adversity
  • True love requires action
  • Love is the grand motive of the Plan of Salvation

Elder Richard G Scott

  • Easter should bring peace and joy
  • He rose with healing in His wings
  • Saviour’s atonement allows us to repent
  • Heavenly Father didn’t forsake Him. The atonement had to happen with Christ on His own
  • Learn about the atonement at the temple
  • “I love and adore him”

Elder Donald L Hallstrom

  • In the difficult parts of life, there is only one source of peace
  • He shared several examples of people who chose to be bitter rather than choosing peace
  • We need to choose peace

The choir and congregation sang Rejoice, the Lord Is King!

Sister Cheryl C Lant

  • We need to bring our children to Christ
  • Learn to love the Lord and our families
  • Become worthy examples
  • Teach them truths of the gospel

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • If we are to be His disciples, we must reverence the sacrament
  • He didn’t teach a class in ethical behaviour. He was the Son of God
  • You can disagree, but don’t be disagreeable
  • We live in a noisy, contentious world
  • If we want the Holy Ghost, we must slow down
  • None is exempt from the storms of life
  • Get to higher ground and cling to the saving ordinances

The choir sang When He Comes Again

President Thomas S Monson

  • Referenced the painting “A Hopeless Dawn
  • “If a man die, shall he live again?”
  • If there is a design, there must be a designer
  • Man alone has capacity of faith
  • He recounted Christ’s life
  • He passed beneath all things that he might save all things

The choir sang He Is Risen

The benediction was offered by Wolfgang H Paul

Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: