I, like many of you, follow quite a few Mormon blogs. Ardis over at Keepaptichinin always has fascinating historical postings. A couple of months ago she posted something about President Joseph Fielding Smith’s last testimony. There is a line in his remarks where he says:
Now, my young friends, as I stand at the edge of eternity, I want you to know that in my many years on the earth, I have found great joy and happiness.
Who knows if he really knew he would die shortly after making those remarks, but in hindsight he certainly seems to foresee it.
That made me think of other final testimonies. Perhaps the most “famous” one was from Bruce R McConkie. He spoke in April 1985 General Conference and said this (and then passed away two weeks later):
I am one of his witnesses, and in a coming day I shall feel the nail marks in his hands and in his feet and shall wet his feet with my tears.
But I shall not know any better then than I know now that he is God’s Almighty Son, that he is our Savior and Redeemer, and that salvation comes in and through his atoning blood and in no other way.
Maybe it’s just me, but it almost seemed like President Boyd K Packer was saying goodbye during the Work of Salvation broadcast. I wonder how much time he has left.
I still have very much to learn. I don’t know how long I’ll be learning for, but when it’s over I’ll go to the new realm and being a new school. I express my testimony to you that the Lord lives, that the restoration is true, that it was managed and determined beyond the veil for our benefit. I know the Lord lives, and I know the Lord.
After the morning session of General Conference I watched The World Report (I like their new logo and theme). I then had a nap for about an hour. I awoke to some of the Bible videos being played. I haven`t seen them before, and they looked pretty good.
Well, here we go with the final session…
President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord
Sister Carol M Stephens offered the invocation
The choir sang Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
Elder Jeffrey R Holland
- All things are possible to him that believeth
- When facing the challenge of faith, the father in the scripture exerts his faith first, then acknowledges his weakness
- The size of your faith is not the issue; it is the integrity you show when your faith is tested
- When questions arise, don’t start your quest by saying you don’t have faith
- Be as candid as you need to be, but if you need to be healed, don’t let your questions stay in the way of faith and its miracles
- Imperfect people are all God has to work with (other than Jesus)
- When doubt comes, do not be afraid to ask for help
Elder Dallin H Oakes
- Come, Follow Me
- All of the messages in conference help us to follow Christ
- He compared many things that Christians do and how we fit that description
Elder Christoffel Golden Jr
- We are to inherit all that the Father has
The choir and congregation sang Now Let Us Rejoice
Elder Enrique R Falabella
- There is no special school for parenting, but we have our homes
- Marriage in the temple is for time and all eternity
- “In order to contend, you always need two people, and I will never be one of them”
- “I need you to hug me”
- A child who sings is a happy child
- I love the Book of Mormon and my Savior Jesus Christ
- It is not enough to know the scriptures; we have to live them
Elder Erich W Kopischke
- We all want acceptance
- Unfortunately we sometimes try to get acceptance from the wrong sources
Elder Bruce D Porter
- The apostles didn’t know that the Passover meal was the Last Supper
- We need not fear the future
- God is with us
Elder D Todd Christofferson
- Spoke about how Jesus Christ is our Redeemer
President Thomas S Monson
- Study the messages given at conference
- We are a world-wide church
- Be tolerant and kind
- May we ever follow his example
- Be aware of the needs of those aware us
The choir sang Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
Elder Larry Y Wilson 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:
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