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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 ūüôā


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


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 Morning General Session

I helped a woman in the ward move this morning, and I got back just before noon… just in time to setup the laptop and get everything working on the TV.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir opened the conference by singing The Morning Breaks

President Henry B Eyring conducted.

The choir sang With Songs of Praise

Elder Gary J Coleman offered the invocation

NOTE: President Thomas S Monson did NOT open the conference with any remarks

Elder Richard G Scott

  • We don’t need to be concerned about the truth of the scriptures as the Holy Ghost prompted the writers
  • The scriptures are like packets of light
  • To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship
  • Scriptures can provide a foundational support

The choir sang We Ever Pray for Thee

Sister Barbara Thompson

  • As we grow we have challenges that help us know we need divine help
  • “have ye inquired of the Lord?”
  • The way to receive personal revelation is quite clear; we need to have desire, not harden our hearts, ask in faith
  • A woman said that she didn’t keep a testimony during trials, the testimony kept her

Elder L Whitney Clayton

  • The gospel is filling the earth
  • The work is great and marvelous

The choir and congregation sang Redeemer of Israel

President Thomas S Monson

  • Time flies when we are busy
  • Recounted recent temple dedications
  • The building of temples continues uninterrupted
  • No church built facility is more important
  • Announced
  • There is a new fund for people who still aren’t near a temple to help them financially to go

Elder Jose L Alonso

  • The Saviour’s life was a life of service
  • There are many who are lost who do not know they are lost

President Boyd K Packer

  • NOTE: President Packer spoke from a chair (sitting down). He had very small oxygen tubes going around his no. They were hardly noticeable.
  • The youth of today are better than the youth of his day
  • The youth are being raised in enemy territory
  • You may feel uncertainty in your life
  • The family is the centre of the great plan of happiness
  • Perhaps the single greatest thing he’s learned from reading the Book of Mormon is that the Holly Ghost helps you feel spiritual things
  • If you are associating with people who will pull you away, use your agency and heed the promptings of the Holy Ghost

The choir sang I Am a Child of God (they also sang the fourth verse in the Children’s Songbook)

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Talked of Moses
  • Moses knew of the grandeur of a worldly kingdom
  • Years later he spoke to God face to face
  • “I know that man is nothing”
  • Even though man is nothing, the worth of souls is great
  • the great Deceiver uses extremes to get to us
  • compared to God we are nothing, but to God we are everything
    1. God loves the humble and meek
    2. The Lord entrusts the fulness of his gospel to declare the gospel
    3. No matter where you live, no matter how humble your circumstances, how meager your employment, you are not invisible to your Heavenly Father
    4. Please understand that what you see and experience now is not what forever will be

The choir sang Press Forward, Saints

Elder Lowell M Snow 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:

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:

179th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon Session

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We watched the last session of conference at home again. As before, the transmission was perfect. My parents came over to watch with us, and we then had dinner together.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang “In Hymns of Praise”

Elder Marlin K Jenseon offered the invocation

The choir sang “O, Divine Redeemer”. Beautiful!

Elder Jeffrey R Holland ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Even those in the covenant could be deceived by the enemy of truth
  • The rod marks the way of that redeeming trail
  • “As one of a thousands elements of my testimony…”
  • In Joseph’s and Hyrum’s last hours, they marked a scripture in the Book of Mormon as their testimony
  • “I lie not!”
  • Shared his testimony by oath and his office of the Book of Mormon
  • These are the words of Christ and they teach all men to do good
  • God always provides safety for the soul

Elder Quentin L Cook ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • We live in perilous times where people feel they are not accountable to God
  • We do welfare work because we are doing what we believe God wants us to do
  • We try to do what is right because we love and want to please our Father in Heaven, not because someone is forcing us to obey
  • It is our responsibility to teach the Saviour’s standard of morality
  • “What happens in Sevier County, you can share with your friends”
  • See that all these things are done in wisdom and order
  • In all of our stewardship efforts we follow Jesus Christ
  • Review our stewardships and know we are accountable to God

Elder Brent H. Nielson ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Go ye into all the earth and teach all nations
  • Lengthen our stride and widen our vision
  • Every young man should serve an honourable full-time mission
  • Who are the labourers? They are prophets and apostles, stake presidents, bishops, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters
  • We have just begun to scratch the surface
  • The need has never been greater, the field has never been whiter

The choir and congregation sang “Hope of Israel”

Elder Dale G Renlund ** might use as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • If you feel good, all is NOT well
  • The ultimate operation is a spiritual change of heart
  • Our transgressions lead to our hearts that are hardened and diseased
  • Do not become casual with prayer and scripture study
  • Do not compromise our covenants or commitments

Elder Michael T Ringwood

  • Pray till you have faith
  • We need to allow the words to sink deep into our hearts
  • At some times, it is easier to believe the word of God
  • The teachings of this conference, if followed, will lead to an easiness in believing the good word of God

Elder Joseph W Sitati

  • The Church has become a global faith
  • Now, more than at any other time, we can more fully understand the gospel

Elder D Todd Christoffersen

  • We need moral discipline
  • The gospel of Jesus Christ provides moral certainty
  • Self-discipline has eroded
  • The lack of internal control in people, breeds external controls by governments
  • Moral discipline is learned at home

President Thomas S Monson

  • Study the addresses in the Ensign
  • We often find ourselves swimming against the current
  • We can survive this
  • We will be blessed as we do what is right
  • “I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you”
  • Leave this conference a better person

The choir sang “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing”

The benediction was offered by W Douglas Shumway (released yesterday)

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

179th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning Session

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It was so nice to sleep in this morning and then actually be able to help my wife with the kids. As we were driving to church today she said it was weird to be going together as a family. We also brought a YSA who lives with us (I saw her taking notes during the session) and an investigator.

We got to church for the last part of the Tabernacle Choir broadcast, just in time for Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing. A truly beautiful hymn!

The choir sang sing “Praise to Him Who Reigns Above”

President Thomas S Monson conducted

The choir sang “I Need Thee Every Hour”

The invocation was offered by Elder Glen L Pace

The choir sang “Beautiful Zion, Built Above”

President Henry B Eyring ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • We have a desire to be better than we are
  • By living the gospel we can become like the Saviour
  • “I’m trying to be like Jesus”
  • The greatest joys and sorrows come in the family
  • Pray for the love that let’s you see the good in your companion
  • Persist in love
  • Pray for your children. Love them and reach out to them
  • Honour thy father and thy mother
  • The only one of the 10 commandments with a promise
  • Look for opportunities to do what He did

Elder L Tom Perry

  • The pioneers left us a great heritage
  • Reviewing the lessons of the past help us face the challenges of the future
  • The missionaries teach about the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Bishop H David Burton

  • Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly, then shall thy confidence wax strong in the Lord
  • Virtue traits form the foundation of a Christ-like life
  • “Ity” virtues (charity, chastity, morality, etc)
  • We need not be part of the virtue malaise
  • Integrity is more important than revenge

The choir and congregation sang “How Firm a Foundation”

Sister Ann M Dibb

  • Shared a story about St Catharines, Ontario, Canada and the Garden City Skyway… I live in St Catharines! I’m the bishop of the St Catharines ward. There was quite a buzz in the chapel when she mentioned our city.
  • Workers fell because they didn’t have safety equipment
  • The iron rod brings us safety
  • If we are on strange roads, it is always possible for us to find our way back

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • Even more amazing than modern technology is the ability to get information directly from heaven without any special hardware or monthly service plan
  • Personal revelation can be honed
  • Develop faith, hope, charity, and love

The choir sang “Love is Spoken Here”

President Thomas S Monson

  • What did you do for someone today?
  • When you are in the service of your fellow being, you are serving God
  • Members responded to his request to serve others as a gift for his birthday last year

The choir sang “Have I Done Any Good?”

The benediction was offered by Enrique R Falabella

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