I’m sure many of you watched the Work of Salvation broadcast this past Sunday. It was a good broadcast, but I’d read so much “hype” about it online that I guess I was a little disappointed that there was nothing earth-shattering about what was shared. I acknowledge that is my fault for falling for the hype.
Overall it was a nice meeting. There were a few lines that really stuck out for me, and I’ve bolded them below and added a couple of comments in italics.
Look at all those missionaries… what a sight!
A choir sang Hark. All Ye Nations!
Ten of the Apostles were there
Elder Jeffrey R Holland conducted
- You will never be part of a zone conference this large ever again
- We’ve been thinking “there they go” but we need to think “here they come”
The invocation was offered by Elder Ludlow
- At Church Headquarters we counsel widely; we hear from everyone on all vital issues
I loved the phrase (counsel widely)! I totally agree that leaders need to be open and discuss issues with everyone affected. Trust the other leaders that they have worthwhile things to say, and that they will keep the necessary confidences.
- There was a Mission (Washington), a Stake (Peru) and a Ward (Hawaii) via satellite to represent all the other councils
- The Seventy have clearly defined responsibilities for missionary work
Elder L Tom Perry (he almost jumped out of his seat… it’s hard to believe that he is 90 years old!)
- As all these missionaries go out we ask “what will they do?”
- They will do what they have always done
- The nature of missionary work must change in order for the work to move forward
- Missionaries will be able to use computers during less busy time
- This will be phased in over several months
- Internet safety is paramount
- Missionaries will give building tours
- 70,274 missionaries
- 52 new missions this year for 405 total
- 173 new mission presidents this year
- What we are being asked to do has not changed, but how we do it has changed
I think this is true for much of the gospel. The core doctrine does not change, but how we implement it in our lives can change depending on the time we live in.
- If or greatest and most important duty is to preach the gospel than we all have the responsibility to invite everyone to come unto Christ
- Every Ward should have a Ward Mission Plan
- We should be anxiously engaged
- An invitation that is born of our love for others and our love of the Savior will never be seen as offensive and judgmental
Elder Neil L Andersen
- Our work begins on our knees
- When we leave our meetings is when we bring about His most important purposes
Attending meetings isn’t as important as committing to action at the meetings and then going forth to do it
- He shared some stories from the Tampa Florida area. In the end, 32 men were sustained to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood at their recent stake conference
- We often receive different help from the Lord than expected; but it is always better
- There is a new section of LDS.org called “Hastening the Work of Salvation”
Elder Russell M Nelson
- He showed a video with Sister Neill F Marriott of the General Young Women Presidency about her conversion
- Too often we split the work into areas that seem unrelated
The work is indivisible
They are not separate but all part of the work of salvation
- The Bishop and Ward Mission Leader set the pace of missionary work
- Good leaders, like good parents, take actions because of love
President Boyd K Packer
- Everything comes down to teaching
- Live so you can depend on the Spirit
- The greatest teaching that goes on in the Church is done by mothers
I couldn’t agree more. My wife is a superb teacher to my children
- The Atonement is the mighty healer
- Just do it right; be better
President Thomas S Monson
- Now is the time for us to come together to bring souls unto Him
- Shared the story of how the St Thomas Branch in Ontario grew
- Have faith in the work
The choir sang Called to Serve
Sister Estorga offered the benediction
Posted in Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Hierarchy, Mormon Church Meetings, Mormon Church Missionary Work, Mormon Church on the Web (Official)
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The LDS Newsroom is reporting that after the new handbooks are released tomorrow, they will be available online:
The handbook includes two volumes, one of which will be provided to hundreds of thousands of men and women who shoulder significant responsibilities in administering local Church programs and congregations. It contains the vast majority of revisions and will be posted online Saturday at lds.org, the Church’s website for members, where anyone can view it. Complete video of the worldwide leadership training broadcast will also be posted online late Saturday evening, Mountain Time.
Apparently Book 1 will be available online for Bishops and Stake Presidents only
First off, I’m sorry for the lack of posts. As I mentioned before, we’ve moved, and I’ve been so busy patching/sanind/priming/painting/laying floor/changing outlets and of course, working at a job and serving in my calling, I just haven’t had a chance to post much. It seems that things are settling down now a bit, and so posts should become more regular.
Anyway, there have been an awful lot of posts over the last couple of days about the new Mormon Channel. This is a radio “service” that the Church has started up. It will be broadcast online, as well as via HDRadio in markets where the Church/Bonneville owns/runs regular stations.
The official site describes it this way:
The Mormon Channel is the official radio station of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The channel originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Content for the station comes from the vast archives of the Church, along with several new series created specifically for this station. The Mormon Channel also features great programming from various partner organizations, including Deseret Book, Bonneville International, Deseret News, LDS Business College, and the campuses of Brigham Young University.
I’m curious to see what kind of content they use. They of course have to be careful with using non-official material, as then they would in effect be approving it. It would seem that everything would have to be Church-produced. In some cases this is a good thing, in others it might make it a bad thing. Only time will tell.
The site runs on a sub-domain of the main LDS.org domain. I’ve added Radio.LDS.Org to the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page.
Mormon Times has a short, but good, article about how the Church has changed as media has changed. There is a link to a lengthy document (113 pages) by Associate Professor Sherry Baker that covers the period from 1827 to 2007. It covers printing the Book of Mormon, to creating a temple video, to using the Internet.
The timeline focuses on technological and organizational developments rather than on what is written or broadcast in the media. It charts the church’s adoption of new technologies including telegraph, film, radio, television and Internet. It also looks at the introduction of church-produced media such as Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts, Web sites like FamilySearch and the beginnings and endings of church newspapers and magazines. She also notes major events that received extensive coverage by non-Mormon media.
I haven’t had time to read the entire thing, but I’ve skimmed over it, and it looks very interesting.
Posted in Mormon Church History, Mormon Church on the Web (Official), Mormon Church Policy and Procedure
Tagged broadcast, familysearch, internet, magazines, media, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, mormon times, newspapers, radio, sherry baker, telegraph, video
I ended up going to the Church this morning sans family for the first session. Two of our three kids are sick, and so my wife stayed home with them. I left a little early as I had an interview before. I also had an interview afterward. It was nice being able to refer to the talks in providing some counsel. Overall, we had 100 people at Church for the broadcast.
President Thomas S. Monson conducted
The choir music was awesome!
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- today is Palm Sunday
- the flame of new theories fade
- the gospel is the ultimate formula for happiness and success
- stay with it
- we don’t go after eternal life in a sprint… we endure
- for some, spectator discipleship is preferred
- we need to get off the sidelines and practice what we preach
- gospel has the power to fill any emptiness
Elder Neil L. Andersen
- knows with perfect clarity that Jesus is the Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost
- note: he was very humble while speaking
- he knows he is not what he must become
- expressed gratitude and bore testimony
Elder Steven E. Snow
- get on with life
- change is an essential part of life
- follow the prophets
- have faith
- be of good cheer
Sister Barbara Thompson
- the time is far spent
- increase our faith
- no matter what our families look like, we can strengthen our own families, or help strengthen other families
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- spoke of those who are lonely
- recounted Christ’s last week
- Christ said “why has thou forsaken me”, but the Father was probably closer than at any other time
President Thomas S. Monson ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- since last conference, the world has changed
- moral footing is slipping
- would be easy to become discourage
- blessings as members of the Church
- how do we have joy despite the challenges we face?
- though the storm clouds gather, our love of the gospel will sustain us
- fear not, be of good cheer, the future is as bright as your faith
Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference:
Posted in Mormon Church Doctrine and Teachings, Mormon Church Hierarchy, Mormon Church Music, Mormon General Conference, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Tagged barbara thompson, broadcast, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, discipleship, elder andersen, elder holland, elder snow, eternal life, Jeffrey R. Holland, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, neil l andersen, palm sunday, president monson, president uchtdorf, priesthood, prophet, prophets, sister thompson, steven e snow, testimony, thomas s. monson
On Sunday I was in the car and turned the radio to the local AM radio station to see what was on. On the weekend they broadcast a lot of syndicated programs, and at that time they were broadcasting “The Good Life Show” with Jesse Dylan. I’m not really a fan of the show, but listened anyway as I wasn’t going to be in the car for very long. I’m not sure what that segment was about overall, but he did say something interesting. He said that when people call him, his answering machine says that it isn’t an answering machine, but a questioning machine. The questions are “Who are you?” and “What do you want?” He said the machine pauses so people can giggle, and then he continues, “No, seriously. Most people enter and leave this world without answering those 2 basic questions, “Who are you?” and “What do you want?”
In conjunction with a broadcast to California last night (about Proposition 8), the Church has started a new official web site called Preserving the Divine Institution of Marriage.
As you can tell, it is currently aimed at California residents. Once that vote is done, I would assume the Church would keep the site and make it more generic.
I have added this to the Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints page…