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186th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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I wish I was at home watching this, but I’m working today, so I’m watching this during my lunch break (and then some). I’ll be able to get home before the next session, and then my sons and I will go out with my father and my brother-in-law for tonight’s session. We’ll watch both sessions at home tomorrow.

It is a brisk Fall day today, so it’s kind of nice to be inside. I’m looking forward to the warmth of the Spirit as we hear from the various leaders.


It looks like the First Presidency has changed the side they are sitting on. They used to sit on the left of the pulpit (when watching from the congregation). They are now on the right side. I wonder if that is so President Monson doesn’t have so far to walk.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Sweet Is the Work

President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang With Songs of Praise

The invocation was offered by Sister Joy D Jones

President Dieter F Ucthdorf

  • computer analogy
  • see, that’s how you do it
  • 22 years later, he is comfortable with it
  • The more adept I get, the more I take it for granted
  • We can take the gospel for granted
  • We have been given by so much
  • we get distracted
  • we tread a path covered with diamonds, but we can’t tell the
  • ifference between them and pebbles
  • what shall we give for the flood of light and truth we have received
  • live by the truth we have received

The choir sang We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet (it sounded wonderful!)

Elder Robert D Hales

  • Elie Wiesel‘s grandson asked him, “If I loved you more, would I hurt less?”
  • If we loved the Savior more, would we suffer less
  • We may not be able to eliminate our physical suffering, but we can suffer less spiritually
  • Teach your family. Don’t let the time slip by
  • We cannot pray away another’s agency

Sister Carol F McConkie

  • We can commune with God personally
  • Prayer is a gift from god
  • We are never alone
  • Every moment of prayer can be holy time

The choir and congregation sang Redeemer of Israel

Elder Craig C Christensen

  • We don’t need to be timid about Joseph Smith’s mission
  • If any of us lack wisdom, we can ask too
  • We have prophets to this day
  • The priesthood authority of God is on the earth

Elder Juan A Uceda

  • Told a story about how he almost fell off a cliff when he was a missionary
  • Always pray with a sincere heart
  • Let us pray as Jesus taught us to pray

Elder J Devn Cornish

  • Others believe in us when we sometimes don’t believe in ourselves
  • We must stop comparing ourselves to others
  • Yes, you are good enough and yes, you will make it
  • God is not a heartless referee looking to toss us out of the game
  • The atonement is both for sinners and saints
  • This doesn’t mean sin is ok. It always has consequences
  • True repentence is not easy
  • Do not rationalize rather than repenting

The choir sang Take Time to Be Holy

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • Shared story of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream
  • This church is the stone cut of out of the mountain
  • We have a great missionary responsibility
  • The gospel must go to everyone

The choir sang If the Way Be Full of Trial

The benediction was offered by Elder Marcus B Nash




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

185th Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

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We had a nice morning. We slept in a bit and after breakfast spent a couple of hours cleaning the house, and then the kids


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Press Forward, Saints

President Henry B Eyring conducted. He opened by noting the passing of Boyd K Packer, L Tom Perry and Richard G Scott.

The choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Sister Mary R Durham offered the invocation

The choir sang I Know that My Savior Loves Me

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • Tell a man there are trillion of stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him there is wet paint on the wall, and he’ll touch it just to be sure
  • Sometimes the truth is too straightforward and plain to appreciate
  • We put away what we know in search of mysterious information
  • When we chase after shadows, we are going after things of little substance
  • Are my efforts leading to my highest spiritual goals
  • Is my experience in the Church working for me? Is it bringing me closer to Christ? Is it blessing me and my family with peace and joy?
  • Some feel the Church experience is not what they had hoped for
  • Why does it work for some, and not for others?
    1. Are we making our discipleship too complicated?
      1. We need to simplify
    2. Start where you are
      1. God will take you as you are at this very moment as you start
      2. You just need a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord
  • Discipleship is our journey

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • Too many people think Church leaders need to be perfect
  • Our leaders have the best intentions, but sometimes we make mistakes
  • Looking for weakness in others is rather easy
  • We make a mistake if we see human nature and fail to see God working through those people
  • We need to keep the Sabbath holy
  • Sacrament Meeting is the Lord’s and should be rooted and grounded in his teachings
  • Stay on the old ship Zion
  • It is a vehicle to take us to a destination.. the full blessings of the gospel

Elder Richard J Maynes

  • We need to live a Christ-centred life
  • Shared story about making pottery, and the problem when the clay is not in the centre of the wheel
  • Elder Maynes shared several stories to illustrate this point
  • We need to be centred with exactness

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

Sister Neill F Marriott

  • We need to reform our lives
  • How can we continue to believe when things don’t always work out?
  • We need to yield to the Lord’s will

Elder Larry R Lawrence

  • He investigated the Church and was baptized as a convert
  • The journey of discipleship is not easy
  • We must be willing to act when we receive answers
  • The Holy Ghost really does give customized counsel
  • The Holy Ghost doesn’t tell us to improve everything at once
  • We need to ask what is stopping us from progressing

Elder Francisco J. Viñas

  • Some suffering and affliction will enter our lives
  • This can be caused by a lack of repentance
  • With the influence of the Holy Ghost we will not be offended or offend others

The choir sang Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer (a gorgeous arrangement!)

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • Ship-shape and Bristol fashion
  • The storms and temptations in life are unpredictable, but we know they will come
  • The following will help us survive the storms
    1. Righteous self-control and control and conduct
    2. Honor the sabbath
    3. Divine protection is provided when we are righteous

The choir sang Come, Come, Ye Saints (another gorgeous performance!)

Elder Adrian Ochoa 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 – 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 Annual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

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So, I’m at home now with my family. The kids went out to the backyard to shot a few baskets (I think it’s too cold for basketball, but I’m glad they got some fresh air) in between sessions.

I’m interested to see/hear the statistical report this afternoon


President Henry B Eyring conduct

A combined choir from the Orem Utah Institute sang Glory to God on High

The invocation was offered by Elder Ian S Ardern

The choir sang I Lived in Heaven

President Dieter F Ucthdorf did the sustainings

  • Tad R Callister was released as a general authority and from the Presidency of the Seventy, and then was called to be the General Sunday School President
  • Lynn G Robbins was called to the Presidency of the Seventy
  • Our former stake president who became an Area Seventy last year is moving out of the area. He wasn’t released, so I guess he’ll be an area authority where he is moving to. I didn’t recognize any of the new names sustained, so I guess I don’t know (of) the Area Seventy who will replace him

Kevin R Jergensen, Managing Director, Church Auditing Department Annual Report

  • Every has been record/administrated according to policies/procedures

Brook P Hales, Secretary to the First Presidency, shared the statistical report for the year 2013.

  • CHURCH UNITS
    • Stakes 3,050 (In 2012 it was 3,005)
    • Missions 405 (In 2012 it was 347)
    • Districts 571 (In 2012 it was 591)
    • Wards and branches 29,253 (In 2012 it was 29,014)
  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
    • Total membership 15.082,028 (In 2012 it was 14,782,473)
    • New children of record 115,486 (In 2012 it was 122,273)
    • Converts baptized 282,945 (In 2012 it was 272,330)
  • MISSIONARIES
    • Full-time missionaries 83,035 (In 2012 it was 58,990)
    • Church-service missionaries 24032 (In 2012 it was 22,961)
  • TEMPLES
    • Temples dedicated 1 (In 2012 it was 4)
    • Temples rededicated 0 (In 2012 it was 2)
    • Temples in operation 141 (In 2012 it was 140)

Elder Russell M Nelson ** one of my favourites

  • Our faith will be tested and challenged
  • Celebrity can fade
  • Let your faith show
  • Truth is truth; it is not divisible
  • Even if everyone is doing it, wrong is never right
  • Let your faith show

Elder Richard G Scott

  • We can help others in righteousness
  • Our influence can help bring to pass God’s purposes
  • Sometimes our mundane responsibilities consume us, and we miss the God’s greater purpose

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

Elder Robert D Hales – NOTE: Elder Hales is very thin, but ultimately seems to have much more strength in his voice than the last couple of years

  • No lesson is as clear from the Savior as is obedience
  • Be careful who you follow
  • The natural man only wants their own “wisdom”

Elder Claudio D Zivik

  • It would be great to keep the commandments without having to be asked to
  • We need to follow the right path

Elder W Craig Zwick ** one of my favourites

  • Told a story about his wife jumping out of a moving truck out of fear that the engine was on fire
  • They gave each other the silent treatment, and then talked
  • It could have been a disaster for their marriage
  • Destructive words can take a situation of dangerous to fatal
  • A soft answer is a reasoned response
  • Words can be firm in information but soft in spirit
  • We need to cultivate respect

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • When we die, we will live again
  • The doctrine of uniting families came forth line upon line
  • Baptism for your dead (D&C 127:5); our responsibility is to our own family
  • The Family History Centre is in your home
  • The youth are being called upon to help with this work

The choir sang High on the Mountain Top

The benediction was offered by Sister Linda K Burton


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

181st Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

The Sunday morning of Genetal Conference is awesome. I’m in the Eastern time zone, so conference doesn’t start until noon. We have all morning to relax. We went for a walk in the rain, watched part of Pocahontas, and then had the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast on. We’re all set now for the first session.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Lead Me Into Life Eternal

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

Elder Paul K Sybrowsky offered the invocation

The choir sang Consider the Lilies

President Henry B Eyring

  • members recently did a day of service
  • spoke of the baptism commitment we read about in the Book of Mormon near the Waters of Mormon
  • charity is the pure love of Christ
  • feelings of charity can become part of your nature

Elder Robert D Hales

  • How sad to see Elder Hales to look the way he did. I wonder what is wrong with him. I don’t mean to be disrespectful in speaking about him, but his face seemed kind of “puffy”, but spoke well. He had the same small oxygen tubes that came around the side of his nose that President Packer did. It appears to be a neat contraption that hooked up to his glasses.
  • He spoke of the atonement
  • To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith
  • To wait upon the Lord is planting the seed of faith
  • Sometimes I don’t receive an answer to prayers because the Lord knows I am not ready
  • Too often we want patience, but we want it right now
  • Be kinder to one another, and kinder to ourselves
  • We are not alone in our Gethsemane
  • the Book of Mormon is either of God or of the Devil
  • feast upon the words of Christ
  • come unto Christ and be perfected in Him
  • shared a great analogy about a dot. You can draw an infinite number of lines through the point. That is the bible and different interpretations. Add a second dot, the Book of Mormon, and there is only one line between the dots.
The choir and congregation sang We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
  • How do we raise girls?
  • The most important thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother
  • join with us in leading the world in returning to virtue
  • the importance of a name
  • the church was given a specific name
  • we take upon us the name of Christ
  • do we realize how blessed we are to take upon us His name? It is the only name under heaven by which man will be saved
  • went over the name of the church, and how it in some ways seems long, in another way it is a beautifully short and specific name
The choir sang I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go (the choir sang it beautifully!)

President Thomas S Monson

  • recounted how life has changed since he was born
  • along with technology changes, the morals of society have changed almost as rapidly
  • we’ve been spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandon as our financial capital
  • we can rely on God’s constancy
  • we need to reject anything that does not conform to our standards

The choir sang I Believe in Christ

Elder James B Martino 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 Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

Here we go…

Wait, what’s up with the audio? I can hear the choir, but no voiceover, and nothing from President Eyring (who is conducting)…

Phew! There is audio now.

In general (and not because of the audio problem that has been resolved), I prefer the Move Networks plugin that the Church used to use for these broadcasts. I find this Flash (Brightcove) plugin is choppy.


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah

President Henry B Eyring conducted the session

The choir sang Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Elder Octaviano Tenorio offered the invocation

President Thomas S Monson

  • 4 temples have been dedicated since April
  • Laie, Hawaii temple will be rededicated next month
  • Announced 5 new temples in
    • Lisbon, Portugal
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Urdaneta, Philippines
    • Hartford, Connecticut
    • Tijuana, Mexico
  • The ordinances performed in our temple are vital for salvation
  • spoke of need for worthy missionaries
  • Sisters and senior missionaries are also needed

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

Elder Jeffrey R Holland

  • Thank you for sustaining us
  • We sustain you in return
  • Can’t express the gratitude the brethren have for the members
  • members make the gospel what it is, a power manifestation of the life Christ gave bringing peace and salvation to other people

Sister Rosemary M Wixom

  • take my hand and hold on tight
  • help children understand Plan of Salvation
  • if we don’t teach our children, others will
  • if we want them to know something in 5 years, we need to teach them now
  • the Savior has marked the path and led the way

Elder Claudio R M Costa

The choir and congregation sang Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Brother David McConkie

  • what matters most is the attitude or spirit by which a teacher teaches
  • successful gospel teachers love the gospel
  • a teacher’s attitude is not taught, it’s caught
  • suggestions for effective teaching
    • before we teach the gospel, we need to know the gospel
    • apply in your life the things you learn
    • seek heaven’s help
    • exercise our agency and act on promptings

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

  • we have freedom to use our time
  • our life is a stewardship of time and choices
  • we should live a consecrated life
  • one who lives a consecrated life does not seek to take advantage of another

The choir sang Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (it had a verse I’ve never heard before)

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • started off by talk about a tree, then said that most of us were probably wondering what that had to do with an airplane. The crowd laughed, as did I. I was actually think that exact thing! 🙂
  • you don’t necessarily go faster through turbulence
  • this life seems to have us moving faster despite the turbulence we face
  • it’s easy to be busy
  • focus on the fundamentals, don’t get distracted
  • ** partway through his talk he started coughing, and cleared his throat a bunch of times. He said that he’d lost his voice and that it was one of the fundamental things he needed 🙂
  • we would do well to slow down and proceed at the optimum speed
  • some important fundamental relationships include
    • our relationship to God
    • our relationship to our family
    • our relationship to our fellowman
    • our relationship to ourself

The choir sang The Morning Breaks

Elder Eduardo Gavarret offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

The song of the righteous…

First of all, let me say that I am not a musician, and not a singer. I took piano lessons when I was a kid, and can read basic music. I have an ok voice, but probably only because I sing a lot, not because I’m in any choirs (which I’m not).

I love to sing!

It doesn’t really matter what I’m singing, I just love singing. Since I’m at the front every Sunday, and generally close to the microphone at the pulpit, I’ve had numerous people tell me that when they are out in the hall, they distinctly hear my voice over the sound system.

I think the main reason that I love to sing, is that it gives me a great feeling. I almost always feel happy when I sing, and more often than not, I feel the Spirit when singing Church hymns. I thought the music from this past General Conference was tremendous. I downloaded Sweet Hour of Prayer, This Is My Beloved Son, and We Thank Thee , O God, for a Prophet from the Sunday Morning session and have listened to them several times.

The words of Doctrine and Covenants 25: 12 say it best:

For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.

My life has certainly been blessed because of the songs of the Church!