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185th Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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The baptism was beautiful this morning. My daughter was thrilled to be baptized and confirmed, and the turnout from the ward was great. The entire service was probably only about 40 minutes long, and then we had some light refreshments until about 11:30. We’re all back at home now to watch the first Sunday session.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Arise, O God, and Shine

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Redeemer of Israel

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong offered the invocation

The choir sang If the Savior Stood Beside Me

President Thomas S Monson

  • We have lost 3 apostles since last conference
  • The new apostles are well qualified
  • Let your light shine
  • Be thou an example of the believers
  • Word and Conversation – the words we use can inspire or harm
  • Charity – the pure love of Christ
  • Spirit, Faith, Purity
  • An abiding faith is an anchor to our lives

Elder Ronald A Rasband

  • Read from I Stand All Amazed
  • President Monson told him that this call comes from Jesus Christ
  • He committed to serve with all his heart, might, mind, and strength

Elder Gary E Stevenson

  • Was called on Tuesday morning
  • One of his sons is on a mission in Taiwan right now

Elder Dale G Renlund

  • The fullness of the gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and simple
  • You are called because what the Lord will do through you
  • Told a nice story about a heart transplant patient he had
  • We must see people through a parent’s eyes

The choir and congregation sang verses 1, 2, 3, and 7 of How Firm a Foundation

President Russell M Nelson

  • Spoke lovingly about his three apostle friends who he misses dearly
  • Their wives were great examples
  • Covenant keeping women can make such a difference
  • Good women in the world will be drawn to the Church
  • We need the strength, conversion, conviction, ability to lead, wisdom and voices of covenant keeping women
  • We need women to speak up and speak out

Elders Gregory A Schwitzer

  • Told story about his grandson practising the piano
  • One man or woman who testifies can make a difference
  • Something changes in us… we take his countenance upon us
  • True disciples of Christ are not looking to make excuses for the doctrine
  • We should be more concerned about inspiring others rather than impressing them

Elder Claudio R M Costa

  • Partake of the sacrament in honour of the Savior
  • The sacrament is a time for su to receive revelation about the atonement

The choir sang There Is Sunshine in My Soul

President Henry B Eyring

  • At baptism we received the Gift of the Holy Ghost
  • We need the companionship of the Holy Ghost throughout our lives
  • Our hearts need to be full of charity in order to feel the Spirit
  • The most valuable information to receive is to know what God would have you do

The choir sang The Spirit of God

Sister Cheryl A Esplin offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

184th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again… I love General Conference Sunday! Normally I’m up at about 6 am, but this morning I slept past 7, and didn’t get out of bed until after 8. We had a nice breakfast of eggs, waffles, bagels, bacon, and sausage patties, then we played the Game of Life together. We haven’t finished it yet, so it is on hold why we watch Music and the Spoken Word. I assume we’ll play some more during the break.

Since it is the Sunday Morning General Session, each of the kids will watch the whole session with us.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Sing Praise to Him

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice

The invocation was offered by Elder Don R Clarke

The choir sang Praise to the Man

President Henry B Eyring

  • his hope is that we will all feel hope and light from God today
  • we can receive revelation for the areas that we have responsibility for
  • as a counselor at various leveled, he has seen those leaders receive revelation

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • what does it mean to sustain the prophet?
  • when we sustain someone, we are invoking the law of Common Consent
  • all leaders in the Church are called by proper authority
  • he reviewed the way that the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve lead
  • he reviewed how the Church handles it when the President is not able to function fully

Sister Carol F McConkie

  • there is never but one on the earth who has all the keys
  • we need to sustain the prophet
  • it shows that we have faith
  • we need to heed prophetic counsel
  • the Lord will feed those who trust him
  • the words of prophets are like manna to our souls

The choir and congregation sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Elder Robert D Hales (still does not look very good, but was able to sit on a stool at the main podium)

  • Heavenly Father loves Jesus Christ deeply, and Jesus shows his love through his obedience
  • Do you remember the first time you knew there was a God and could feel His love?
  • A home that prays to God is a house of glory

Elder James J Hamula

  • The Sacrament is one of the most holy ordinances in the Church
  • It reminds us of His sacrifice and redemption
  • Christ has the power to redeem us all

The choir sang Softly and Tenderly

President Thomas S Monson

  • Decisions determine destiny
  • God did not send us here without direction and guidance
  • He’s given us the tools we need
  • Walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as Jesus walked
  • Each of us will walk the path of disappointment
  • The end result of disobedience is captivity
  • The end result of obedience is liberty

The choir sang How Firm a Foundation

The benediction was offered by Sister Rosemary M Wixom


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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.


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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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Talk repeats by General Authorities

If you are lucky enough to go to enough meetings, chances are you’ve heard the same story told numerous times by a General Authority. This came to mind the other day when in the Institute class I teach we were talking about Elder Jeffrey R. Holland powerful talk (The First Great Commandment) from the Sunday Morning Session of General Conference. One of the students said that he had heard the talk about a year or more before. He was a missionary in one of the missions in Russia, and apparently Elder Holland had given that talk to mission presidents in Europe with a slightly different twist (it was more about missionary work than about love/commitment).

I had the same sort of experience when I was a YSA. I had attended a few different regional conferences over a period of a year. Vaughn J Featherstone spoke at each one of them and gave the same talk at each one of them.

Whenever I hear or experience that, my first reaction is, “That stinks. Why didn’t they write a new talk?” But then I think about the number of times a year that these leaders speak, and this goes on for anywhere from 5-50 years (depending on what position they hold). There is no way they could come up with hundreds or thousands of new talks and topics over their “career”. Even President Hinckley’s invitation to read the Book of Mormon a few years ago was a repeat of the same invitation he had given years before that.

Ultimately I’m ok with this. I guess in a way it is just like a lot of other things in the Church. We are always taught the same general principles because the Gospel doesn’t change and because we haven’t kept the commandments as we should. Maybe when we are more on the ball we’ll hear some new things.

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.


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182nd Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

The Sunday morning of General Conference is the best! I’m in the Eastern time zone, so General Conference starts at noon. We got up late, had a nice breakfast, and then relaxed for the rest of the morning. Nice!

The family is gathered together now, and we’ll watch the session together. The other sessions we ask the kids to watch the first half hour, but they watch the entire Sunday morning session with us.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord (I love this hymn)

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (my wife loves this hymn… she attended a meeting where she first felt that the Church was true and this song was sung at the meeting, so it has a special place in her heart)

Elder Brent H Nielson offered the invocation

The choir sang Teach Me to Walk in the Light (a beautiful arrangement)

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • everyone has been affected by resentment
  • we feel hurt, angry or envious and judge other people
  • Christ’s atonement is infinite and eternal
  • The Lord will forgive whom he will forgive, but we are required to forgive all (that includes ourselves)
  • If you are gossiping, criticizing, judging, just STOP IT
  • He saw a bumper sticker that said “Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you”
  • We need to forgive others, as we want to be forgiven
  • the pure love of Christ can remove the scales of resentment from our eyes
  • the merciful will receive mercy
  • let us be know as a people who have love one to another
  • there is enough heartache and sorrow in the world than to have us add to it

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • are we like fish, and are oblivious to the source of our food (the bread of life)?
  • our degree of gratitude is a measure of our love for him
  • we are not required to have a perfect body in order to achieve our divine potential
  • could an explosion in a printing shop create a dictionary? It is remote, but it couldn’t heal itself if the pages were torn (Note: What a great analogy!!)
  • just as the body needs food, our spirit needs nourishment

Elder Ronald A Rasband

  • he spoke of his grandson who is missing a chromosome
  • some people are born with physical ailments
  • with infinite love and ever last compassion God loves your afflicted one and he loves you
  • this life is training for eternal exaltation
  • trusting in God’s will is central to our mortality
  • the worth of souls is great in the sight of God
  • do we offer to help a drowning person, or do we jump in to save them?
  • The offer of “let me know if I can help” is really no help at all

The choir and congregation sang Rejoice, the Lord Is King!

Sister Julie B Beck

  • the Relief Society increases faith
  • the Relief Society strengthen families and homes
  • the Relief Society seeks those in need
  • faith, family, and relief have come to express the vision of prophets for the sisters of the Church
  • Relief Society is not a program, it is part of the Church
  • there is no other organization to match the Relief Society

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • we’ve seen a growing interest in the Church as of late
  • there is still some confusion with our doctrine and how it is established
  • establishing the doctrine of Christ is not done through scholarship
  • the Lord communicates with his servants by personal visits, but messengers, by voice, and by feeling
  • the prophet is a prophet only when acting as such
  • the fundamental principles of our religion are the testimonies of the prophets and apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ

The choir sang Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words

President Thomas S Monson

  • he will speak of eternal truths
  • we are so busy, and often are worried about the trivial things of life
  • we get caught up in the race of life
  • we need to reach heavenward for assistance
  • the prize belongs to him who belongs to the end
  • we enter mortality not to float with the current of life, but with the power to think and reason and to achieve

The choir sang Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Elder Per G Malm offered the benediction


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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!


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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…

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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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