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179th Semiannual General Conference – Post-conference notes

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Well, another General Conference has come and gone. There were no “Wow!” talks for me this year. This isn’t to say that they were boring or that they wouldn’t have affected anyone. There are definitely things that I will work harder on now. I’ve made my notes (obviously), and we’ll have lots to choose from for the 4th Sunday lessons.

I loved Elder Ballard’s talk during the Priesthood Session (suggestions for sons and fathers to get along better). As always, I also enjoyed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing was beautiful, as was O, Divine Redeemer.

One last time I’ll comment on how great the Move Networks player is. Perfect! It just amazes me that I can sit in my living room and watch General Conference in something close to HD on my living room TV. This might be normal for many parts of the United States, but not here.

It was neat hearing Sister Dibb mention our city by name. I drive by or over the Garden City Skyway almost every day. It is kind of neat to think that I’m the bishop of the ward whose city was mentioned by name in General Conference.

Watching/participating in General Conference reaffirms my testimony. I love the Church, and love its teachings and principles. It is true!

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: