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186th Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

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Normally we go to the sub-sational dinner before the Priesthood Session of conference, but tonight we went out to dinner at a local Chinese food place instead. It was a buffet, so I ate way more than I should have, but it was good!


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

A choir comprised of students from Institute in the Logan area sang In Hymns of Praise

Elder Stanley G Ellis offered the invocation

The choir sang I Stand All Amazed

President Russell M Nelson

  • we all have divine roles as men of God
  • he told a story of two girls that he did heart surgery on who died. It haunted him for close to 60 years
  • the father and brother held a grudge against him
  • he had a dream/vision that the girls needed to be sealed to someone so he approached the less-active father and brother
  • we need to forgive and let go of old hurts
  • we need to listen to counsel
  • we need to be worthy to hold the priesthood
  • too many have have authority but lack priesthood power
  • laziness, dishonesty, immorality block the power
  • only men who have paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bless their family
  • priesthood power can heal fractures in the earth, and can calm the hearts of your family

Brother Stephen W Owen

  • went hunting with his father. His father knew where he was going. Brother Owen thought “If I follow him I’ll be ok”
  • Jesus Christ in the perfect/greatest Leader
  • He is also the greatest Follower

The choir and congregation sang Come, O Thou King of Kings

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • saw an old couple holding hands at the Frankfurt temple and was impressed that they were still affectionate
  • we have a disposable society
  • strong marriages don’t just happen because we are members of the Church
  • if there were a perfect woman, what makes you think she’d be interested in you
  • great marriages are built brick by brick
  • if you are flat right now, you eventually will build something majestic
  • remember why you fell in love
  • every family needs saving as there are no perfect families
  • whatever problem you have, the solution is charity
  • charity never faileth
  • pride has no place among priesthood holders
  • build bridges, don’t destroy them

President Henry B Eyring

  • he quoted Joseph Smith when he said that the Church would fill North and South American and fill the world
  • we all need to strive to achieve a Celestial marriage
  • our priesthood obligation is to put our family and families around us at the fore of our concerns
  • lead your family with the Spirit

President Thomas S Monson

  • Note: it was only a few minutes
  • we hold the priesthood
  • may we always be worthy to call upon its power

The choir sang Redeemer of Israel

Elder Craig A Cardon offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

186th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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We’re gathered in our family room. My daughter and I have some maple candies we got at the sugar bush this morning. My one son is drinking some milk and the other son is giving me shifty eyes (I’m not sure why). We’re settled in and ready to go…


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang How Wondrous and Great

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Sister Linda K Burton offered the invocation

The choir sang I Feel My Savior’s Love

President Henry B Eyring (President Thomas S Monson did NOT open the conference)

  • technology lets us meet together as if in one great hall
  • we meet in His name
  • the Lord is in our midst
  • we have all had seeds planted in our hearts
  • we can choose to have our hearts softened so we can nourish the seed
  • we need to listen to the Spirit during the conference

Sister Mary R Durham

  • told a story about a man rescuing his children but feeling dragged down by the shoes he still had on
  • what can we do when we feel like we are being dragged down?
  • children learn a language best when in an immersion program
  • we need to do the same thing with the language of the Spirit

Elder Donald L Hallstrom

  • one of God’s most sacred names is Father
  • this is so basic, it can seem ordinary, but in reality it is one of the most extraordinary knowledge we can gain
  • it is foundational to understanding the Plan of Salvation
  • mortal life can be agonizing, but our hardships have eternal significance
  • “you can have what you want, or you can have something better”

The choir and congregation sang Secret Prayer

Elder Gary E Stevenson

  • without car keys, a fully functioning car will not work
  • we never have to question where are the keys?
  • keys are necessary for the saving ordinances
  • attend the temple to experience keys in action

Elder Kevin R Duncan

  • there is not a soul alive who not be a victim of someone else’s sinful conduct
  • we can forgive
  • our hearts can be softened
  • most of us want to forgive, but we find it hard to do
  • to forgive is not to condone

Elder Steven E Snow

  • hymns create a feeling of reverence and unite us as members
  • he quoted from Be Thou Humble
  • we must be humble
  • pride can break of marriages and friendships
  • think of the heartache you can avoid by humbling yourself and saying sorry

Choir sang The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare

Elder Dale G Renlund

  • for those who need welfare help, the further the distance between the giver and the receiver, the more the giver has a sense of entitlement
  • murmuring is like childish whining
  • the closer we are to Jesus, the more we appreciate his innocent suffering

The choir sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

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:

185th Annual General Conference – Priesthood Session

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Tonight we went to the annual “sub-sational”. My brother and his family is visiting for my daughter’s baptism, so he came with my father, my son and me. We had a nice time, but left room for our tradional post-priesthood session trip out. I’m pretty sure we’re going to Boston Pizza again.

There were about 40 priesthood holders in attendance tonight at the church as the meeting started.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

A choir made up of fathers and sons from the Orem, Utah area sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder Larry S Kacher offered the invocation

The choir sang Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • How does the Savior see your faith?
  • Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven
  • Faith is either getting stronger or getting weaker
  • The priesthood makes us different
  • Faith never demands an answer to every question
  • Answers from the faithless and the unfaithful weaken our faith
  • The Book of Mormon, First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve can guide and protect our faith
  • President Monson said our future is as bright as our faith

Elder Randall K Bennett

  • We are not alone
  • We have heaven’s help
  • 3 principles that will help us on our journey back to Heavenly Father
    1. With child-like humility we take steps toward or Savior and Father in Heaven
    2. the Lord meets and exceeds our expectations for promised blessings
    3. we must counter the natural man’s tendency to procrastinate or put off

The choir and congregation sang Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

President Dieter F Uctdorf

  • Told story of Daniel
  • Daniel probably had to work for his testimony like we do
  • Do we stand loyal to God? Do we practice what we preach? Do our actions reflect what we claim to believe? Do we help the poor and needy? Do we just talk the talk, or do we walk the walk?

President Henry B Eyring

  • When you do your part, the Lord adds his power to your efforts
  • Told a story of his great grand father
  • Reach out in faith to rescue those that you are responsible for

The choir sang Lord, I Would Follow Thee

President Thomas S Monson

  • Keep the commandments
  • Be strong and alert of anything that would rob you of the blessings of eternity
  • Disregard of the commandments has brought about the plagues of our day… permissiveness, pornography, abortion
  • Isaiah 32:13
  • Remain worthy to possess the priesthood

The choir sang We’ll Bring the World His Truth

Brother Stephen W Owen 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 Afternoon General Session

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In between sessions we finished our Game of Life. Our daughter one, and she was quite excited. The rest of time was spent cleaning up a LEGO bomb that exploded in our playroom in the basement (or at least it looks like LEGO shrapnel everywhere!)

Here we go ready for the last session…


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Lo, the Mighty God Appearing

The invocation was offered by Elder David F Evans

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • Compared white water rafting to our lives
  • Sometimes the water is smooth, sometimes it is like white water
  • Some of the challenges we face are physical/mental health issues, death of a loved ones, dashed dreams and hopes, a crisis of faith
  • we have been given a boat, supplies and experienced guides to help us make it down the river of life
  • 3 rules for safety when going through the white water
    1. Stay in the boat
    2. Always wear a life jacket
    3. Hold on with both hands

Elder Richard G Scott

  • Shared the account of The Fall
  • We are to be tested, tried, and stretched
  • We would face evil
  • 4 tools to help us
    1. Prayer – Family Prayer should be a non-negotiable priority
    2. Study the scriptures and the words of the living prophets – this is more important than sleep, games, social media, TV and more
    3. Weekly Family Home Evening – it should not be an afterthought. Monday your family should be together at home for the evening. Don’t let employment, sports, homework, or anything else become more important than that time you spent together at home with your family. The structure is not as important as the time invested
    4. Go to the temple – there is no more peaceful place on this earth than in the temples of God

Elder Carlos A Godoy (in Portuguese)

  • We all have to make great decisions in our lives
  • We need to consider our options with the end in mind

The choir and congregation sang Count Your Blessings

Elder Allan F Packer (Wow! He looks a lot like his father… President Packer)

  • We can be distracted on some things, and focus on just a couple of things
  • Qualifying for exaltation is a quest for a lifetime
  • Family History isn’t just the past. It includes the present as we shape our own
  • We must not sacrifice our exaltation for less important interests

Elder Hugo E Martinez (in Spanish)

  • He who serves in something, is good for something; he who serves in nothing, is good for nothing
  • The Savior focuses on the individual
  • Discover needs, then meet those needs. Observe then serve
  • The Good Shepherd will gather all of His sheep

The choir sang I Am a Child of God

Elder Larry S Kacher

  • The decisions we make in this life affect our eternal life
  • He told a story about getting caught in a riptide
  • There are many currents in this earthly life, some safe, some not
  • Do our choices? Do they affect only us?
  • Are our decisions firmly planted in the rich soil of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Elder David A Bednar

  • The Church has always been a missionary church
  • He is explaining to non-members why we are missionaries
  • Shared a story about one son getting hurt, and the other son helping. After the son had been helped, he went to help his friends who had been hurt

President Thomas S Monson

  • Let us resolve to be kinder and more thoughtful
  • Let us reach out to everyone and be more helpful
  • May we show our respect for them
  • He thanked us for our prayers on his behalf

The choir sang We Ever Pray for Thee

The benediction was offered by Brother John S Tanner


Read the recaps and other notes from the 184th 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


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

184th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

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My son and I were picked up by my father to go to the Church for the semiannual sub-sational. We enjoyed the food, and it was great seeing my son enjoying himself with the other YM. We then watched the session at the Church.

Following the session, we headed to Boston Pizza for some more food. I’m stuffed!


President Henry B Eyring conducted

A choir made up of missionaries from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah sang Rise Up, O Men of God

The invocation was offered by Elder Bruce A Carlson

The choir sang a medley of missionary songs from The Children’s Songbook.

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • Decisions and choices
  • Told a brief Charlie Brown story. Lucy always had an excuse for when she dropped the baseball
  • Rise above any rationalizations that prevent us from making righteous decisions
  • Social media can be very distracting
  • Many activities are good, but require moderation

Elder Craig C Christensen

  • Do you know for yourself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true?
  • There is nothing more important than receiving and maintaining a testimony
  • A testimony isn’t like a light switch. It is more like a tree. It starts with a tiny seed, they grow and develop

Bishop Dean M Davies

  • We need to care for the needy
  • The law of the fast should be followed. It applies to all members
  • Get the Aaronic Priesthood involved

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

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • The business of beams and motes seems to be tied to the fact that we don’t see ourselves clearly
  • When we think we are better than we are, we are blinded, and miss opportunities
  • We may appear to be disciples, but on the inside we can be separated from the Savior
  • Look inside your heart and ask yourself if you are one who would betray the Savior
  • We need teachable hearts

President Henry B Eyring

  • The Lord’s plan is full of preparation
  • The Aaronic Priesthood is a preparatory priesthood
  • Leaders and companions can help prepare the young men
  • We need to live by example to show the young men how to live
  • We need to trust the young men

President Thomas S Monson

  • Told story if the Bismark ship
  • Each of us is a miracle of engineering
  • God bestows us with special gifts
  • We need to street an undeviating course forward
  • Wherever we go, our priesthood goes with us
  • Are we standing in holy places?

The choir sang Ye Elders of Israel

The benediction was offered by Elder James B Martino


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

184th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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The family is gathered together and we are set to get started. Since my oldest is now 12, he is going to watch all of the sessions with us. The younger two will watch half an hour of each session, all of Sunday morning, and then President Monson’s conclusion on Sunday afternoon.

Let’s get going…


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang The Morning Breaks

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang High on the Mountain Top

Sister Bonnie L Oscarson offered the invocation

President Thomas S Monson

  • 90-year anniversary of radio broadcast
  • 65-year anniversary of tv broadcast
  • 1 new temple dedicated (Florida Fort Lauderdale) by President Uchtdorf
  • 1 temple rededicated (Utah Ogden) by President Monson
  • New Phoenix temple will be dedicated next month
  • In 2015 there will be 5 temples dedicated or rededicated, with more possible depending on how things go
  • When all previously announced are done there will be  170 operating temples
  • No new temples to announce
  • The Church continues to grow
  • Over 88,000 missionaries serving

The choir sang Beautiful Zion, Built Above

President Boyd K Packer (he looked good, but seemed to have a hard time speaking)

  • Told story about giving Oxford a copy of the scriptures, and pointing out the 18 pages about Christ in the Topical Guide
  • Our scriptures are full of references to the Savior
  • The mercy and grace of Chris is available to all
  • No matter how large the Church becomes, the true success of the Gospel will be measured by the spiritual strength of its individual members

Elder Lynn G Robbins

  • Which way do you face?
  • We should not flip/reverse the first two great commandments
  • We should not try to please others instead of pleasing God
  • If we are facing the wrong way, we can turn around
  • Lowering our standards to meet the world is apostacy

Sister Cheryl A Esplin

  • What do you wish you had known when you were younger?
  • I wish I had understood the significance of the Sacrament
  • Spoke all about the Sacrament

The choir and congregation sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Elder Chi Hong Wong (spoke in Cantonese)

  • Reach out and rescue
  • He compared the story of the man with palsy being lowered through the roof to our efforts to rescuing
  • There are sometimes obstacles, but we can’t give up
  • With so many missionaries in our units, we need to get them involved
  • Our combined faith can help others

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • We see God’s love through His commandments
  • The Gospel opens the path to what we may become
  • Christ died not to save indiscriminately, but to offer repentance
  • Freedom comes not from resisting it, but from applying it

The choir sang If I Listen With My Heart

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • A century ago, we thought we were alone in the universe, that the Milky Way was the only galaxy
  • With greater light, we have been introduced to glorious vistas we had never before imagined
  • If people haven’t experienced things, received the more complete light of truth, then they don’t believe new truth
  • As humans we believe we are right, even when we are wrong
  • We can know truth for ourselves
  • Read the scriptures, ponder, and be grateful
  • Ask Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to manifest the truth of the Church unto you
  • Put the Gospel and Church teachings to the test in your life
  • Spiritual truth will fill your heart

The choir sang From All That Dwell below the Skies

The benediction was offered by Bradley D Foster


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

184th Annual General Conference – Post-conference notes

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Well, it’s over. It was quite good. I think my overall favourite session this time was the Priesthood Session. Each session had a talk I enjoyed, but that had more that I enjoyed in just the one session.

Overall, here are the talks I particularly enjoyed:

  • Jeffrey R Holland from Saturday Morning General Session
  • Russell M Nelson from Saturday Afternoon General Session
  • Dallin H Oaks from Priesthood Session
  • Randall L Ridd from Priesthood Session (probably my favourite talk of the whole conference)
  • Dieter F Uchtdorf from Priesthood Session
  • Henry B Eyring from Priesthood Session
  • Dieter F Uchtdorf from Sunday Morning General Session
  • Thomas S Monson from Sunday Morning General Session

I hope that all who participated in the conference will ponder the feelings they’ve had, and go forth and be better Church members, friends, and family members.


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

184th Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

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I can’t believe that conference is almost over. We’re just about to start the last session. In between these two Sunday sessions we watched Angels in the Outfield. It probably isn’t the typical movie that we would watch on a Sunday, but my wife and I both have fond memories of it from when we were dating, and hey, it has an “angel” in it, so it can’t be that bad. All of my kids said it was awesome 🙂

As the session is about to start, I see that President Packer is there for the first time. I presume we will hear him speak. We also need to \hear from Elder Christofferson and Elder Perry.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Sweet Is the Work

The invocation was offered by Bishop Dean M Davies

The choir sang I Stand All Amazed

President Boyd K Packer **NOTE: President Packer had a very hard time speaking. A couple of times he paused and seemed to be trying to keep in a cough (or maybe something worse)

  • God lives
  • He knows the Holy Ghost is real
  • Arms empty will be filled and hearts now hurting will be healed

Elder William R Walker

  • Do you know your Church history, how your family came into the Church?
  • The two-pound note has “Standing on the shoulders of giants” on it
  • Do not forget the experiences you have

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Shared a story of how he used to speak with his grandfather after taking care of the lawns
  • He compared the way horses are trained to the way we learn obedience
  • We need to have absolute faith in the driver of the team, Jesus Christ
  • Obedience is not just passive
  • Obedience is an emblem of our faith

The choir and congregation sang Hark, All Ye Nations!

Elder Lawrence E Corbridge

  • Recounted the First Vision
  • Opposition, criticism & antagonism are companions to the truth

Elder Michael John U Teh

  • Spoke about the Philippines Typhoon
  • The material we work to acquire can quickly not matter
  • Do not spend money for that which is of no worth, no your labor for that which cannot satisfy – 2 Ne. 9:51
  • Lay up treasures in heaven

Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis

  • We can find truth in a world of garbage
  • We invite all to study the works and fruits of this Church
  • We can all receive revelation if we ask in faith

Elder D Todd Christofferson

  • Recounted the resurrection of Jesus
  • The Savior makes all things right
  • He restores life
  • He will come again and reign personally on the earth
  • In due course, all will know, indeed every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ

President Thomas S Monson

  • May we resolve to do better
  • May we be kind and loving who do not share our beliefs
  • May we ever follow His example
  • May heaven’s blessing be with each of us

The choir sang Come, Let Us Anew

The benediction was offered by Elder Benjamín De Hoyos


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