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183rd Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session


So, here I am with my father, sitting in our family room. This is weird! But I think I like it. The pizza and wings have been ordered and should be here mid-session. Like I mentioned earlier, I think we’ll do this in April as well, and then head back to the Church for when my oldest son joins us next October.

I wonder how many women are watching…

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir made up of Aaronic Priesthood holders from the Murray, Utah area sang Sing Praise to Him

Elder Paul E Koelliker offered the invocation

The choir sang Like Ten Thousand Legions Marching

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Memorizing the Articles of Faith is just a bunch of words unless we understand the doctrine in each of them
  • He reviewed each of them briefly
  • Priesthood is a vital source of power and will last beyond the veil
  • A church that doesn’t teach truth is like a phone without a battery

Bishop Gérald Caussé

  • A promise has been made to everyone in the Church… we are no more strangers, but fellow citizens
  • We may feel like outsiders in the world
  • Jesus went beyond the obligation of hospitality and tolerance
  • All received an equal part of his teachings and ministry
  • Fellowshipping is an important priesthood responsibility
  • Reach to anyone who appears at the door of your meetings

Elder Randy D Funk

  •  He was a mission president in India
  • Told a story about a missionary who couldn’t understand much English at all, but became a great missionary
  • If you are humble, you will want to be obedient
  • Look at what good can come from breaking things…
  • You break ground to plant something
  • You break wheat to make bread
  • You break bread to partake of the Sacrament

The choir and congregation sang Do What Is Right

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Told a story about falling while skiing. He couldn’t get up, and his grandson came and said “You can get up now!”
  • No one likes to fail, but we don’t become champions without first falling down first
  • We need to repent
  • If see goals as only the leaders goal, we won’t be successful, but as we make it our goal, we will accomplish it in a goal that will bless others and ourselves
  • Rise up and be men of God
  • “You should hear President Monson pray for you”
  • Your paths will at times be difficult
  • Rise up and follow in the footsteps of our Savior and Redeemer
  • No matter how many times you have slipped and fallen, rise up, stand tall, and walk in the light of the restored gospel

President Henry B Eyring

  • All of us are blessed with responsibility for others
  • Shares a story about an EQ President getting a last-minute call to help someone move
  • Remember, we should be the Samaritan, not the Levite
  • You can’t know all of your quorum members well, but the Lord does
  • Don’t be hardened to the pains of others

President Thomas S Monson

  • Christ is the perfect shepherd
  • Home teaching is inspired, a response to modern revelation
  • It is our duty to bring the gospel to every home and every heart
  • Learn about each family member
  • Home teaching is more than a mechanical visit once a month
  • We teach, inspire, and motivate and bring to activity the sons and daughters of God
  • “If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend” – Abraham Lincoln
  • A friend is more concerned about helping people, then getting credit
  • If you have become complacent in your home teaching, there is no time like the present to rededicate yourself to fulfilling your home teaching duties

The choir sang God of Our fathers, Whose Almighty Hand

Elder Walter F. González offered the benediction

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

182nd Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

We had a great morning! We got up after 7 am, had a nice big breakfast (regular bacon, peameal bacon, eggs, pancakes, bagels and toast) and then went for a long walk. When we got back, the kids watched a cartoon movie, and I watched the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast.

We’re all set now to watch the Sunday Morning General Session. The whole family will watch the session together.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Oh Say, What is truth?

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang The Morning Breaks (a gorgeous arrangement!)

Elder Marlin K Jensen offered the invocation

President Henry B Eyring

  • many of us feel that God is far from us
  • in moments of pain, confusion, we do not need to see Jesus to know that he is there to help
  • don’t let things of life stop of us from seeing the things of God
  • we can’t insist on our time table when God has his own
  • His time should be enough for us since he wants only what is best
  • some delays seem long, but they are always calculated to bless
  • we can be assured the Lord keeps his promises

President Boyd K Packer (spoke from his chair)

  • told a story about going to American Samoa years ago
  • there was a horrible storm and along the coast there was a light above on land, and a light below
  • quoted from Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy
  • we need to repent and turn away from sin
  • guilt can be wiped out

The choir sang Does the Journey Seem Long?

Sister Linda K Burton

  • we are surrounded by people who need us
  • we need to love one another
  • it isn’t easy, but we can do better with practice
  • observe then serve

The choir and congregation sang Called to Serve

Elder Walter F. González

  • we need to come unto Christ
  • navigating millions of pages on the Internet will not be enough
  • we have another source for greater knowledge
  • we need to navigate the celestial web in our hearts and minds
  • iniquity hampers our ability to love

Elder Jeffrey R Holland (he always speaks with such passion!)

  • we forget how inexperienced the original apostles were and how much they depended on the Savior
  • when Jesus left them, the apostles must have asked “What do we do now?”
  • they went fishing, and saw the Savior again
  • the Savior asks, “Do you love me?”
  • Christ needs disciples and needs them forever
  • at judgement day, we very well may be asked if we loved God
  • we can’t quit and we can’t go back
  • the commission to a missionary as he baptizes people changes the convert, but it was to change the missionary as well
  • love God and remain clean from the blood and sins of this generation
  • our Father in Heaven expects our loyalty and love

The choir sang If the Savior Stood Beside me

President Thomas S Monson

  • an apostle for 49 years
  • take an inventory and recognize the blessings you have received
  • our prayers are heard and answered
  • the more we act on impressions and inspiration, the more the Lord will trust us with his errands
  • never postpone a prompting
  • shared a few stories of ways he had responded to a prompting to find out the person had been praying for help
  • the opportunity to be a blessing in the life of another comes rather expectantly
  • the Lord is in the details of our lives

The choir sang If the Way be Full of Trial, Weary Not

Elder Keith R Edwards offered the benediction

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

181st Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

The first session of conference had the traditional announcement of new temples. One of them is in Canada, so we were excited. We also pointed out the kids that President Monson thanked them for paying their tithing.

We enjoyed our lunch during the first part, and then we let the kids go and play. We’re going to have them watch some of each session, and all of the Sunday Morning General Session.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Rejoice, the Lord is King!

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted. He noted that this conference marks the 75th anniversary of the welfare program of the Church.

The choir sang Glory to God on High

Elder Allan F Packer offered the invocation

President Thomas S. Monson

The choir sang We Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

Elder L Tom Perry

  • Christ had dual citizenship, in heaven and on earth
  • the world is saturated with the doctrines of men
  • keep the sabbath holy
  • it is a glorious thing to be a Christian
  • now is the time to teach your children to be examples of the believers

Sister Jean A Stevens

  • children are the first to love, and the first to forgive
  • the Savior has a special appreciate for little children
  • “behold” the little ones, don’t just glance at them. Embrace them, see and appreciate them

Elder Walter F Gonzalez

  • anyone from any background can learn that Joseph Smith saw God
  • followers of Christ are loving people
  • followers of Christ make and keep covenants
  • following Christ might mean forsaking certain things
  • the power of our covenants is greater than an trial we may face

The choir and congregation sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Elder Kent F Richards

  • thought abut the purpose of pain
  • people cope differently
  • pain is a gauge of the healing process
  • sometimes a healing lifts our burdens; other times we are healed by being able to cope
  • all souls can be healed by His power; all pain can be soothed

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • LDS women are incredible
  • spoke a lot about how female members of the church are
  • they succor the weak, lift up the hands that hang down, strengthen the feeble knees
  • no woman should apologize because she is devoting her time to raising her children
  • we should all be careful not be judgmental if a woman chooses to work out side the home (we don’t know people’s circumstances)
  • the errand of angels is given to women

The choir sang I Know That My Savior Loves Me

President Henry B Eyring

  • consecrate your time and means to join with God in serving others
  • gave examples of people helping others
  • everyone is happier when they can provide for themselves
  • when we join hands to serve people in need, the Lord unites our hearts

The choir sang High on the Mountain Top

Elder Dale G Renlund offered the benediction

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

179th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session


Before the Priesthood Session, we had our annual sub-sational. This is where YM and their fathers gathered for a dinner of submarine sandwiches. It’s always a good time.

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang “High on the Mountain Top”

The invocation was offered by Dennis B Neuenschwander (released from the Seventy today). Note: He said “Uh” in his prayer at one point.

The choir sang another song but I missed it as I went into the kitchen to see if the clean up was almost done.

Elder M Russell Ballard ** a great talk, but not one that would translate well for the RS to use in a 4th Sunday lesson)

  • Seeing the priesthood together is a visual reminder of two important parts of our theology: priesthood and family
  • Sons
    1. Trust your father
    2. Take an interest in your father’s life
    3. Ask your father for advice
  • Fathers
    1. Listen to your sons
      • There should be at least monthly focused conversation
      • Conversations where you do 90% of the talking is not a conversation
    2. Pray with and for your sons
    3. Dare to have the big talks with your sons
      • Talk about sexual matters
  • Return Missionaries
    • Be where you can meet the right kind of friends
    • Rediscover courting
    • Do not drift to the ways of the world

Elder Walter F Gonzalez

  • Be a more powerful priesthood holder by using the Book of Mormon
  • 3 ways to use Book of Mormon
    1. Feast upon the words of Christ
    2. Apply in our lives what we learn of Christ
    3. Teach the doctrines and principles found in the Book of Mormon

Elder Yoon Hwan Choi

  • Told story as young men when he was a bishop
  • There leaders and wives became like mothers and fathers
  • Be obedient, even if you don’t know why yet
  • Attending their church meetings was very important
  • Teach our boys to change their lives
  • Be goodly parents to the rowdy boys

The choir and congregation sang “Praise to the Man”

President Dieter F Uchtdorf ** Might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Winter will surely give way to spring
  • We must remain steadfast in hope
  • 2 principles to get through tough times
  • Work
    • The Lord loves the labourer
    • Thrust in your sickle and your sins are forgiven you
    • Work to your capability
    • Cultivate a reputation of excellence
    • There is no retirement in the kingdom
    • Working diligently in the kingdom bolsters your “resume”
  • Learn
    • Education is not just a good idea, it’s a commandment
    • Intelligence rises with us in the resurrection

President Henry B Eyring ** a great talk, but not one that would translate well for the RS to use in a 4th Sunday lesson)

  • The call to give a blessing can come unexpectedly
  • The preparation is far more than having oil at hand
  • The preparation begins in families and quorums, but mostly in personal lives
  • You must have faith that you have won his confidence
  • Faith does not come in the moment. It is earned.
  • Have pure motives

President Thomas S Monson ** Might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • Much in the news is a result of anger
  • Cease from anger and forsake wrath
  • Anger doesn’t solve anything. It doesn’t build anything, but it can destroy everything
  • No one can make us angry; it is our choice

The choir sang “Rise Up, O Men of God”

Elder Lance B Wickman offered the benediction. Strangely enough, he also said, “Uh” during his prayer.

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