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October 2012 World Report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

One of my favourite things about General Conference weekend is seeing The World Report. This is a “news” program that the Church puts together highlighting what has happened in the last 6 months. Normally I watch the broadcast between sessions of conference, but didn’t have a chance to. I just watched it earlier this week. As usual, it had the “standard” items, as well as some items that you sometimes don’t hear about.

The broadcast included segments on:

  • President Monson’s 85th birthday celebration
  • Elder Holland’s visit to Harvard
  • Elder Bednar’s trip to Mexico
  • Elder Oaks’ trip to India to create the first stake
  • Elder Christofferson’s trip to Eastern Europe and the Middle East
  • An update on the construction of the Rome temple including information about the visitors centre that will house the Christus and the apostle statues
  • Information on the dedication of the Kansas City Temple and the associated cultural celebration
  • Information on the Brigham City Temple dedication
  • Elder Holland doing the groundbreaking for the Provo City Center Temple
  • Information on the dedication of the Manaus Brazil Temple and the associated cultural celebration
  • Information on the Pioneer Day concert with Katherine Jenkins
  • Information about a new Family History Centre in Nauvoo
  • Elder Oaks’ visit to Notre Dame
  • Information about the candidacy of Mitt Romney for US President
  • Gail McGovern’s trip (President of the American Red Cross) to Salt Lake City
  • Pocatello Idaho brush fire and Mormon Helping Hands
  • London Olympics and Hyde Park Chapel and Visitors Centre
  • More information on the Christus and the apostle statues that will be in the Rome Temple Visitors Centre. The marble comes from Carrara Italy

The Mormon Newsroom has links to the full video, as well as individual segments. There are also links to other stories that the Newsroom has released about the segments.

Scriptures that make you think of mothers

I’ve mentioned before that I am a Stake Institute Teacher right now. I went to an in-service meeting last Thursday, and the area Seminaries & Institutes guy asked us (there were only 4 of us) each to share our favourite scripture that makes us think about mothers. Here is what was shared:

  • Jeremiah 18 – the potter made something that wasn’t good, and tried again. We are like this in the Lord’s hands. We are also like this in our mother’s hands. They build us and shape us and help us become who we are
  • No particular verse was given, but one person talked about the women in Christ’s life
  • 1 Nephi 1: 1 – hopefully we can all say we were born of goodly parents
  • Joseph Smith – History 1: 20 – after having the First Vision, Joseph Smith went home. As Elder Bednar said, Joseph’s mother was in the right place at the right time asking the right questions

I thought it was interesting that no one mentioned the strippling warriors and how their mothers had taught them.

Elder David A. Bednar Talks about the Ministry of an Apostle

Did you see this? Apparently someone sat down with Elder Bednar and did an interview with him. He talked about his life as an apostle, what he has learned, and more. I watched the 11-minute video last night. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a real “interview”. I cause that’s why the title says that Elder Bednar “talks” about things. I think it would have been nicer to have him actually interacting with someone.

Anyway, the point of this posting isn’t to talk about what was said, it was to talk about what was in his office 🙂  I wished we would have gotten some sort of tour of his office. He has a laptop, a larger screen above it, a snazzy desk phone, a clock radio (with what appeared to be an MP3 player sitting on top), and candy jars (I think). Did you notice anything else in his office, or did I see something that wasn’t there?

180th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

We watched this last session in the comfort of our own home. Our oldest son (8 years old) watched some of it with us.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Rejoice

Elder Lawrence E Corbridge offered the invocation

The choir sang Lead, Kindly Light

Elder L Tom Perry

  • talked about how he had brought his grandson to the pulpit years ago
  • YM have priesthood responsibilities
  • children need to learn of the blessings of holding the priesthood
  • bishops have the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood
  • be certain the YM are worthy, and that they understand the obligations and blessings
  • give them important assignments

Elder David A Bednar

  • actually receive the Holy Ghost
  • revelations are conveyed through the Holy Ghost
  • the simplicity of the ordinance may make us not realize the importance of it
  • all gospel activities are based on helping us feel the Holy Ghost in our lives

Elder Larry R Lawrence

  • parents who love their children cannot afford to be intimidated by them
  • young people understand more than we realize

The choir and congregation sang I Am a Child of God

Elder Per G Malm

  • told a story about a hollow tree; it looks solid, but up close you could see it was hollow; it took years to get that way
  • we need to be solid and filled from the inside out
  • we need to handle the small things in a proper way
  • beware of things that would destroy from the inside out

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

  • sins are intentional disobedience
  • forms of sin are everywhere
  • pornography destroys character
  • if we sin, we must look for help quickly

Elder Mervyn B Arnold

  • what have you done with my name?
  • as we partake of the sacrament, we take upon us the name of Christ
  • his parents gave them something more precious than gold. They left their testimony and taught them to be honest
  • before you act, picture the Savior standing by your side, would you think it, would you say it or do it knowing he was there, for surely he is there

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • talked about fly fishing
  • the use of artificial lures to catch fish is like Lucifer trying to capture us
  • he captures us with counterfeit lures
  • Lucifer does NOT catch and release
  • Lucifer is a clever and cunning intelligence
  • addictions can control us

President Thomas S Monson

  • he appreciates the truths that have been taught
  • we should carefully study the messages when we get the magazine issues

The choir sang Sing We Now at Parting

Bishop H David Burton 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:

179th Annual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon Session

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Well, conference is over now for another 6 months. As is usually the case, there were some excellent talks. I definitely have a lot to think about.

President Henry B. Eyring conducted

Elder Dallin H. Oaks ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • unselfish service
  • lose yourself in the service of the Lord
  • we serve in our families
  • no one can duplicate the records/efforts of this church
  • we don not serve God well if we fear men more than God
  • we cannot do as others do
  • great quote from C.S. Lewis about man wanting to be God
  • entitlement is generally selfish
  • we are promised eternal life for our service

Elder David A. Bednar ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **

  • serving in the temple can expand our vision
  • everything points to temple covenants
  • the garner is the temple
  • this is a great day of temple building
  • temple ordinances provide protective power

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

  • you are never lost when you can see the temple
  • all are encouraged to go to the temple even if you can’t go inside
  • the most holy place on earth

Elder Jose A. Teixeira

  • bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man
  • we are not left alone
  • use the spiritual gifts you’ve been given
  • don’t lose the “signal” from the divine

Elder F. Michael Watson

  • we can’t always find the way before us
  • we have guides if we let them “have the reins”
  • highlighted some teachings of the last 7 prophets who he worked closely with
  • the Lord reveals to his prophets

Elder L. Tom Perry

  • where is the shepherd?
  • there is no substitute for a member-oriented proselyting program
  • the missionaries are spending too much time finding
  • we should be warning our neighbours ourselves
  • “open your mouths”
  • declare our belief in Jesus Christ
  • tell in our own words the story of the First Vision
  • testify of the Book of Mormon

President Thomas S. Monson

  • we’ve been richly blessed
  • appreciates all those who participated
  • love and appreciate his counselors and the apostles
  • cautioned that the adversary is using every means possible to ensnare us
  • the Internet can be used for good and evil
  • we are a blessed people

Read the recaps from the other sessions of General Conference: