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184th Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

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So, I’m at home now with my family. The kids went out to the backyard to shot a few baskets (I think it’s too cold for basketball, but I’m glad they got some fresh air) in between sessions.

I’m interested to see/hear the statistical report this afternoon


President Henry B Eyring conduct

A combined choir from the Orem Utah Institute sang Glory to God on High

The invocation was offered by Elder Ian S Ardern

The choir sang I Lived in Heaven

President Dieter F Ucthdorf did the sustainings

  • Tad R Callister was released as a general authority and from the Presidency of the Seventy, and then was called to be the General Sunday School President
  • Lynn G Robbins was called to the Presidency of the Seventy
  • Our former stake president who became an Area Seventy last year is moving out of the area. He wasn’t released, so I guess he’ll be an area authority where he is moving to. I didn’t recognize any of the new names sustained, so I guess I don’t know (of) the Area Seventy who will replace him

Kevin R Jergensen, Managing Director, Church Auditing Department Annual Report

  • Every has been record/administrated according to policies/procedures

Brook P Hales, Secretary to the First Presidency, shared the statistical report for the year 2013.

  • CHURCH UNITS
    • Stakes 3,050 (In 2012 it was 3,005)
    • Missions 405 (In 2012 it was 347)
    • Districts 571 (In 2012 it was 591)
    • Wards and branches 29,253 (In 2012 it was 29,014)
  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
    • Total membership 15.082,028 (In 2012 it was 14,782,473)
    • New children of record 115,486 (In 2012 it was 122,273)
    • Converts baptized 282,945 (In 2012 it was 272,330)
  • MISSIONARIES
    • Full-time missionaries 83,035 (In 2012 it was 58,990)
    • Church-service missionaries 24032 (In 2012 it was 22,961)
  • TEMPLES
    • Temples dedicated 1 (In 2012 it was 4)
    • Temples rededicated 0 (In 2012 it was 2)
    • Temples in operation 141 (In 2012 it was 140)

Elder Russell M Nelson ** one of my favourites

  • Our faith will be tested and challenged
  • Celebrity can fade
  • Let your faith show
  • Truth is truth; it is not divisible
  • Even if everyone is doing it, wrong is never right
  • Let your faith show

Elder Richard G Scott

  • We can help others in righteousness
  • Our influence can help bring to pass God’s purposes
  • Sometimes our mundane responsibilities consume us, and we miss the God’s greater purpose

The choir and congregation sang We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet

Elder Robert D Hales – NOTE: Elder Hales is very thin, but ultimately seems to have much more strength in his voice than the last couple of years

  • No lesson is as clear from the Savior as is obedience
  • Be careful who you follow
  • The natural man only wants their own “wisdom”

Elder Claudio D Zivik

  • It would be great to keep the commandments without having to be asked to
  • We need to follow the right path

Elder W Craig Zwick ** one of my favourites

  • Told a story about his wife jumping out of a moving truck out of fear that the engine was on fire
  • They gave each other the silent treatment, and then talked
  • It could have been a disaster for their marriage
  • Destructive words can take a situation of dangerous to fatal
  • A soft answer is a reasoned response
  • Words can be firm in information but soft in spirit
  • We need to cultivate respect

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • When we die, we will live again
  • The doctrine of uniting families came forth line upon line
  • Baptism for your dead (D&C 127:5); our responsibility is to our own family
  • The Family History Centre is in your home
  • The youth are being called upon to help with this work

The choir sang High on the Mountain Top

The benediction was offered by Sister Linda K Burton


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

183rd Annual General Conference – Post-conference notes

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Well, 10 hours are done (10 3/4 hours if you count The World Report). Usually there is a session that I love, and maybe a session that I find kind of dull. For this conference, there wasn’t one particular session that was my favourite. Each session had a speaker or two that I really enjoyed. This probably made it easier for me to stay away; I didn’t fall asleep during any of the sessions 🙂

Online there has been all sorts of buzz about having women pray at General Conference. It wasn’t really something that was on the radar for me, but if it helps some people then it’s all good. I certainly see no reason why women can’t pray or speak in General Conference or any other meeting.

Ultimately probably the most interesting thing for me was that our Stake President was called to be an Area Authority. President David P Homer is a good man. He was serving as a bishop at the same time that I was when Elder Russell M Nelson came to our Stake Conference. I didn’t really know Bishop Homer very well, but my brief interactions with him were positive. Elder Nelson was inspired to call him to be the Stake President, and he has served faithfully for 5 1/2 years. I emailed him yesterday and told him that I was sure he’d inspire many people.

So that’s it. Conference is done. Hopefully we’ve all heard something that is making us think more deeply about our faith and our commitment. I definitely have some things I need to review.


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

183rd Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

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Here we are at another April, and General Conference is here. I’m not sure how this happened again, but I’m working today, so I’ll have to watch the first session while at work. I think I’ve worked 5 out of the last 6 conferences (or something like that). Otherwise, the plan is the same as last time. We’ll watch the other general sessions at home, and I’ll go with my father to the Priesthood session broadcast at Church. Since I’m now the YM President, I’m also in charge of our “sub-sational” that we have beforehand. Even though we are eating, I’m sure my father and I will find some excuse to still go out together afterward.

I have no predictions about anything. The stats will be interesting. This is the first General Conference since the big “Mormon Moment” (Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House, the Book of Mormon musical, etc). That moment seems to be passing, so it will be interesting to see if it led to increased baptisms. It will also be interesting to hear how many missionaries are currently serving.

Enjoy the conference!


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182nd Semiannual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

So here we are at another General Conference. I’m not sure how the dates usually work out, but the April conference was as early as it could be (the first Sunday in April was the 1st) and the October conference is as late as it can be (the first Sunday in October is the 7th). I wonder how often that happens…

Our family rituals are going to be the same as always. I’m at work right now, so I’ll watch the first session at work. I’ll join my family at home for the second session at home. Tonight my Dad and I will go out. We usually go out after the Priesthood session, but we’re going to go out beforehand to a Chinese food buffet by my house. Good stuff! Then we’ll go to the Priesthood session together.

Sunday morning of conference is the best! We normally go to Church for 9:30 am weekly, but General Conference Sunday allows us to sleep in. We usually have a big breakfast and then go for a walk. Then we’ll watch both sessions at home.

One thing that is different this year, is that because of the way the dates lined up, this is actually the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving. We’d normally have our big dinner on Sunday, but obviously that can’t really happen now. The plan is to do it Monday at dinner (most people are off on Monday).

I don’t have any particular expectations for conference and I don’t have any particular questions in my heart that need answering. However, I’m looking forward to being inspired and motivated by the leaders of the Church.


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 – Pre-conference notes

It is amazing that another 6 months has gone by, and another General Conference is upon us. In a way, not much has changed since last conference… the economy still isn’t great; the Church has been in the news lots; there have been no “scandals” that have rocked the church. I guess it is “steady as she goes”. That is mostly a good thing. Instead of having to put out fires, the Church can focus on the doctrine.

The only thing I’m kind of wondering about is the health of some of the apostles. Last conference President Packer and Elder Hales both had oxygen tubes in place. I wonder if their conditions have improved, or worsened.

We’ll be watching General Conference from home again. I’m not working this weekend, so we’ll watch all 4 regular sessions, and then I’ll go with my father to the Priesthood session at Church. We’ll go out to eat afterwards.

Enjoy the conference!


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

181st Semiannual General Conference – Post-conference notes

Before General Conference starts, I always wonder how I’m going to make it through. By the time it is done, I can’t believe how fast it has gone by. There were several talks that I really enjoyed, and lots to think about it. Here are a few random notes/thoughts:

  • President Monson is a great story teller. The story he told Sunday morning was a simple story about leaving money in his pants pockets, but he made it last for 5 minutes and was suspenseful. He also seemed to be a little “wired”. It was fun to see.
  • My favourite talks were probably from Saturday afternoon. I really enjoyed Elder Andersen’s talk about having children. He said that we don’t have children because we have time, he said that is what we’ve been given time for. I also really enjoyed Elder Ardern. He spoke about time management. He said the scales of time need to be correctly balanced.
  • It was sad to see Elder Hales. I have no idea what is wrong with him, but I hope he is not suffering. President Monson’s remarks to “Bob” indicated he’s doing better. Let’s hope so!
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was fantastic as always
  • Elder Cook’s Mormon connection to the Titanic was neat
Well, I guess that is it for this conference. Stay strong, and I’ll post again soon…

Read the recaps and other notes from the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

181st Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

I gave myself a haircut, shaved, and had a shower between the sessions. I’m now refreshed for the next session 🙂


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A Primary choir provided the music

The choir sang a song I didn’t catch the name of and I Thank Thee, Dear Father

Elder Won Yong Ko offered the invocation

The choir sang Families Can Be Together Forever

President Henry B Eyring did the sustaining of church officers

Elder David A Bednar

  • Sequence can be important
  • Spoke of Elijah
  • The restoration of the sealing authority was necessary to prepare for the Saviour’s second coming
  • Encouraged the youth to get involved in family history

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Spoke about the family and children
  • You don’t have children because you have time, that is what you time for
  • Struggling financially is ok, and may even be good for you
  • Jesus was born without a fancy nursery to sleep in

Elder Ian S Ardern

  • Preach My Gospel speaks of wise time management
  • Time is never for sale
  • Wisely used, it’s value is immeasurable
  • Time flies on wings of lightning, we cannot call it back
  • Let us be as quick to kneel as we are to text
  • The scales of time need to be correctly balanced

The choir and congregation sang Praise to the Man

Elder Carl B Cook

  • “It’s better to look up”
  • Why is it hard to look up when we need help?
  • In order to be guided in life’s journey, we must look up and step up, and as we do we will cheer up

Elder LeGrand R Curtis Jr

  • Talked about the word redeem
  • “how great, how glorious, how complete, redemption’s grand design”

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • Spoke of Nehor
  • The people didn’t believe the message of repentance
  • The prophetic call to repent should be received with joy
  • Repentance is a divine gift
  • Rather than interrupting celebration, it should be cause for celebration
    1.  The invitation to repent is an expression of love
    2.  Repentance means striving to change
    3.  (I missed what this was specifically)
    4.  We need to persevere through repentance
    5.  Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in forgiveness
  • The pain of repentance is less than what we have to suffer for unrepentant sin

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Spoke about new temples
  • Visitors to the open houses are impressed with the members they meet
  • Spoke about the media attention the church has received
  • There are still many people who misunderstand us
    1. We must be bold in our declaration of Jesus Christ
    2. Be righteous examples to others
    3. Speak up about the Church

The choir sang My Heavenly Father Loves Me and I Know My Father Lives

Elder Bradley D Foster offered the benediction


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181st Semiannual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

I can’t believe 6 months have gone by already. I haven’t even posted anything since the last General Conference. Yikes! Well, even though I’ve been a slacker on the blog, I’m still going to do my notes as usual.

Heading into this Conference, I haven’t heard any “rumours”, and there hasn’t been much talk that I’ve read on the Internet. I have no predictions myself. I’m going into it with an open mind, and I’m looking forward to receiving some direction. Getting through 10 hours of conference can be difficult, but it is always worth it.

One of my sons had a sleep over last night. This morning I was telling them that we had to get him home before General Conference started. Earlier we watched part of last night’s Star Wars The Clone Wars which had General Grievous in it. My 3-year-old daughter asked who General Conference was. I told her it was General Grievous’ friend, and she looked amazed, and asked if General Conference was from Star Wars 🙂

I’m pretty sure we are going to watch all 4 general sessions from home. In the past we’ve still gone to watch the first Sunday session at Church. We’ll see how it goes this time watching it at home with the kids. We generally have them watch half an hour of each session, and they watch the entire first Sunday session. Hopefully they won’t be too distracted at home.

The only other thing that is a little different this time will be the food after the priesthood session. Normally my Dad and I go out afterward. Since conference ends at 10 pm, it makes for a late night. This time my brother-in-law is also here, and we’ve decided to go out for dinner instead, so we’re going out to an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in between the Saturday afternoon and Priesthood sessions. It should be good.

Enjoy the conference!


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181st Annual General Conference – Post-conference notes

Another General Conference, another 10 hours. This was the first time we had watched all of the sessions at home (other than Priesthood Session), and we loved it. We missed seeing some of the other members, but being able to watch it on our 46″ flat screen TV in HD at home was fantastic!

I made it through the first 3 general sessions and the priesthood session without any problem. I got a little sleepy during the last session. However, I still managed to watch every minute of each session, and here are a few thoughts:

  • My favourite talk was probably Elder Kent F Richards from the first session. He spoke about the purpose of pain
  • When I heard that this was the 75th anniversary of the welfare program of the Church, I was a little worried that every talk was going to be about that topic. I think that there was a good balance.
  • I think most people agree, but President Uchtdorf is a great speaker
  • I enjoyed the Saturday Morning and Sunday Afternoon sessions the most

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181st Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

Well, another conference is upon us. My family is gathered in our living room, and we expect to watch all of the sessions at home. Of course, I’ll have to go to Church tonight for the Priesthood session. My father and I will continue our tradition of going out afterward. I think we’re going to Boston Pizza.

I don’t have any specific expectations, but I’m sure there will be many talks that I enjoy. I’m also looking forward to hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I enjoy most of their music.


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