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181st Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

Between the afternoon session and the priesthood session, my father, my brother-in-law, and I went out for dinner together. I ate so much Chinese food I thought I was going to burst! Not a good idea when you have to sit down for two hours.

Even after eating for an hour and a half, we made it to the church on time for the broadcast.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A Melchizedek Priesthood choir provided the music

The choir sang Rise Up, O Men of God

Elder Richard G Hinckley offered the invocation

The choir sang I Need Thee Every Hour

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • We sometimes gloss over the menacing confrontation before the First Vision
    1. Satan is real
    2. He is eternally opposed to the love of God, the atonement, and peace
  • In this battle you need to be more morally clean than you are now
  • We need YM already on the team to stay on the team
  • Be active and be clean. If required, get active and get clean
  • From every priesthood holder I ask for a stronger voice

Bishop Keith B McMullin

  • Duty, properly carried out, affects our destiny
  • Spoke to the YM about being born again and developing priesthood power

Elder W Christoper Waddell

  • The Lord knows where he wants each missionary to serve
  • You learn things for the rest of your life
  • In order for the blessings to continue, you need to remain faithful
  • Arrive on your mission with a testimony of the Book of Mormon
  • Arrive on your mission knowing how to have the Spirit with you
  • Arrive on your mission ready to work

The choir and congregation sang the intermediate hymn. I sang it but didn’t write it down, and now I can’t think of it.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Experienced the church welfare program when he was a child
  • This year marks the 75th anniversary of the church welfare program
  • We care for the poor and needy because we love God and love our fellow man
  • Our spiritual life is that, a life. It is to be lived
  • This very hour there are many members of the church who need help
  • Do not think this is someone else’s responsibility. It is yours and mine.
  • It will take all of us

President Henry B Eyring

  • Priesthood preparation
  • Am I prepared?
  • Be an example of the word in deed
  • You can work harder than you think you can

President Thomas S Monson

  • The young people today think morals are a matter of personal taste
  • We should not have any question about what is moral
  • These laws are unchanging
  • Do we have the courage to stand strong in the face of opposition?
  • Dare to be a Mormon!

The choir sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Elder Koichi Aoyagi 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:

179th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session


Before the Priesthood Session, we had our annual sub-sational. This is where YM and their fathers gathered for a dinner of submarine sandwiches. It’s always a good time.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang “High on the Mountain Top”

The invocation was offered by Dennis B Neuenschwander (released from the Seventy today). Note: He said “Uh” in his prayer at one point.

The choir sang another song but I missed it as I went into the kitchen to see if the clean up was almost done.

Elder M Russell Ballard ** a great talk, but not one that would translate well for the RS to use in a 4th Sunday lesson)

  • Seeing the priesthood together is a visual reminder of two important parts of our theology: priesthood and family
  • Sons
    1. Trust your father
    2. Take an interest in your father’s life
    3. Ask your father for advice
  • Fathers
    1. Listen to your sons
      • There should be at least monthly focused conversation
      • Conversations where you do 90% of the talking is not a conversation
    2. Pray with and for your sons
    3. Dare to have the big talks with your sons
      • Talk about sexual matters
  • Return Missionaries
    • Be where you can meet the right kind of friends
    • Rediscover courting
    • Do not drift to the ways of the world

Elder Walter F Gonzalez

  • Be a more powerful priesthood holder by using the Book of Mormon
  • 3 ways to use Book of Mormon
    1. Feast upon the words of Christ
    2. Apply in our lives what we learn of Christ
    3. Teach the doctrines and principles found in the Book of Mormon

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi

  • Told story as young men when he was a bishop
  • There leaders and wives became like mothers and fathers
  • Be obedient, even if you don’t know why yet
  • Attending their church meetings was very important
  • Teach our boys to change their lives
  • Be goodly parents to the rowdy boys

The choir and congregation sang “Praise to the Man”

President Dieter F Uchtdorf ** Might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Winter will surely give way to spring
  • We must remain steadfast in hope
  • 2 principles to get through tough times
  • Work
    • The Lord loves the labourer
    • Thrust in your sickle and your sins are forgiven you
    • Work to your capability
    • Cultivate a reputation of excellence
    • There is no retirement in the kingdom
    • Working diligently in the kingdom bolsters your “resume”
  • Learn
    • Education is not just a good idea, it’s a commandment
    • Intelligence rises with us in the resurrection

President Henry B Eyring ** a great talk, but not one that would translate well for the RS to use in a 4th Sunday lesson)

  • The call to give a blessing can come unexpectedly
  • The preparation is far more than having oil at hand
  • The preparation begins in families and quorums, but mostly in personal lives
  • You must have faith that you have won his confidence
  • Faith does not come in the moment. It is earned.
  • Have pure motives

President Thomas S Monson ** Might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Much in the news is a result of anger
  • Cease from anger and forsake wrath
  • Anger doesn’t solve anything. It doesn’t build anything, but it can destroy everything
  • No one can make us angry; it is our choice

The choir sang “Rise Up, O Men of God”

Elder Lance B Wickman offered the benediction. Strangely enough, he also said, “Uh” during his prayer.

Read the recaps and other notes from the 179th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

179th Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session


It has been tradition for 8 years or so that before the Priesthood Session of General Conference, the Young Men have a “sub-sational”. It’s for the young men and their father’s, their home teacher, or some other priesthood holder who brings them. There are several kinds of meat (including meat balls), chips, cookies, and pop. It’s a good time. Last night, the missionaries (who are of course always invited) even had an investigator. He is older than 18, but he was still welcome.

Actually, the missionaries had 2 investigators attend the session. This is the first time I can ever remember the missionaries having investigators at the Priesthood Session. It’s kind of hard to commit people to attend Church on a Saturday night for 2 hours. Overall, we had 48 people attend the session.

President Thomas S. Monson conducted

President Boyd K. Packer

  • priesthood authority
  • many accounts in scriptures of young men serving
  • “let no man despise thy youth”
  • don’t be discouraged about your physical features as you are a child of God
  • treasure the masculine part of who you are
  • don’t neglect learning the practical
  • a life of fun and games has come to an end
  • learn to be content

Bishop Richard C. Edgley

  • many natural disasters over the last few years
  • we are prepared, organized, have empathy, and have charity
  • no organization more prepared for the challenges of humanity than the Church
  • priesthood quorums can and must make a difference
  • rise up and let the brotherhood of the priesthood fulfill their duties
  • this is our “phone call”

Elder Claudio R. M. Costa

  • President Hinckley taught us we have 4 responsibilities
    • families
    • employers
    • Lord’s work
    • ourselves
  • preserve opportunities to strengthen our families
  • need to keep Monday night free
  • be a good employee
  • home teaching is one of great responsibilities

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • know for a few months what he wanted to say
  • story of plane crash in Everglades
  • plane was fine, but a light bulb burned out which distracted them
  • we often will focus on the insignificant things in life instead of what is most important
  • what matters most?
  • don’t be distracted from our sacred duties
  • put away childish things
  • become true representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • “I’m doing a great work and cannot come down”

President Henry B. Eyring

  • be brave and bold in your service
  • there has been conflict since the beginning
  • “no man left behind”
  • spiritual wounds can only be seen by inspired eyes
  • “none but fools will trifle with the souls of men”
  • have joy in your priesthood service

President Thomas S. Monson

  • priesthood is a great responsibility
  • 3 suggestions to live safely
  • study diligently
    • have daily scripture study
  • pray fervently
    • with God, all things are possible
  • live righteously
    • touch no unclean thing
  • chart your course and be cautious

Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference: