Notes from Priesthood Session of General Conference

This post will be updated as the session continues.

Hymn: “Nearer My God to Thee.”

First speaker: Elder Robert D. Hales

Bearers of the priesthood have the responsibility to stand strong. We must protect God-given inalienable rights and freedoms.

Elder Hales’ father drew a picture of a knight with the armor, shield, sword, etc. Loins: truth, breastplate of righteousness. Shield of faith. Helmet of salvation. Sword of the Spirit.

If we are faithful in the priesthood, this armor will be given to us as a gift from God. Young men face more temptations now. You are living in the last days. If your father wanted to get in trouble, he had to go searching for it. Not anymore. Temptation finds you. The way to resist is to put on the whole armor of God.

What we and our children and our grandchildren have to remember is that the Church will remain constant. The world will keep moving. Therefore, be very careful. If you judge your actions and the standards of the Church on the basis of where the world is and where the world is going, you will be lost.

The standards of the Church have not moved. The truth abideth forever and ever. We are prepared to face the social pressure, ridicule and discrimination that will come from the world.

A true friend does not ask us to choose between the Gospel and his or her friendship. From such turn away. A true friend strengthens us.

In the temple we are prepared and we promise to live the law of consecration. Young men live this law by seeking a mission call. Use your agency to develop yourself personally. Choose and act for yourself. Be motivated from within. Above all, have faith in the Savior. Fear not. As we diligently live the Gospel, we are able to reject the anti-Christ who justifies a little sin. In the strength of the Lord, we are able to stand against any philosophy that denies the Savior.

We may not be afraid if we are grounded in the doctrine of the Lord. We are never alone. Our Savior was despised, rejected of men. It is our sacred privilege to stand with Him. All of the prophets before us stood strong in their day. Lists many prophets. These prophets stood strong because they stood with the Savior.

Elder Tad R. Callister, Presidency of the Seventy

The priesthood in the boy is just as powerful as the priesthood in the man. Aimed at Deacons quorum.

Young men became more spiritual during mission years. Put up a graph. Spirituality peaks during the mission years.

How to increase spirituality earlier?

If you expect more from deacons, they will rise to the expectation. Give them an increased vision.

Deacons quorum presidents have a right to receive revelation. Teach them these principles.

Boys and men will respond to a call when they know the Lord is calling them. We must have the resolve to go get the lost and bring them back. Adult leaders do best when they step back and allow the young men to lead their quorums.

Elder David L Beck, president of the Young Men

Starts with the story of a young woman who was bullied. A leader on the football team befriended her and the bullying ended. The example of the young men on the football team motivated others in the school to be kinder to the young woman. Angels in disguise.

The young men experienced the joy of ministering. The young men will become fulltime missionaries. There are thousands of people who need support. Virtually everyone you know could be blessed in some way by your ministering.

The priesthood gives you the power and authority to minister to those in need. The next time your mother asks you do do something, say, “thanks for asking mom, I would love to help.” You minister as you speak kind words to family members. Young men minister by assisting their fathers in his role as spiritual leader of the family.

You also have a duty to minister in your quorum. Tells the story of a young man in Bangalore who called young men to get them back to Church. It worked.

Mocking and teasing have no place in a quorum meeting. Presidencies must take the lead to make sure the meetings have the right atmosphere. Priesthood holders never use vulgar or demeaning language.

Hymn: “Hope of Israel.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We all have titles. Father, son, occupations, titles of people within in the church.

Four titles for priesthood holders.

1)Son of Heavenly Father. We are God’s literal spirit children. This should change the way we look at ourselves and our brothers and sisters. Satan would rather you define yourself by your sins than by your divine potential. No father punishes a toddler for stumbling. Compared to the perfection of God, we mortals are awkward, faltering toddlers. Our Heavenly Father wants us to become more like Him, and this should be our goal. God understands we get to Him by taking one step at a time. Even when we stumble, God encourages us not to be discouraged.

2)Disciples of Jesus Christ. Followers of our master and king. The Church is not built for perfect people. Discipleship is a lifelong journey.

3)Healer of Souls. We must practice the healer’s art. We must follow the Savior’s example and reach out to those who suffer. Bind up the wounds of the afflicted. Strengthen the feeble knees. As home teachers, we are healers, as fathers, priesthood leaders, we are healers. We carry in one hand a vial of consecrated oil to heal the sick, and in the other hand we carry a loaf of bread to feed the hungry.

4)Heirs to all that the Father has. If we are children, we are heirs, joint-heirs with Christ. How beautiful to be joint-heirs with Christ. Don’t pursue newest electronic gadgets, prestige in jobs, things of the world. We should serve the Lord and our fellow man. This is the most noble labor for us.

If you are waiting on the sidelines, I encourage you to get in the game. As a priesthood holder, you are already called to the work. Live what you learn, first in your family but also in all situations of your life. Rise up to your true potential as a son of God.

Elder Henry B. Eyring

Tells a story of a boy who lives in a country where missionaries arrived just a year ago. The boy was an orphan, he was not baptized. He was walking on the street in March a year ago, and felt he should speak with a woman he did not know. She was a nurse sent by the Church. She told the missionaries. The boy was baptized, first baptism. He was ordained a priest, he baptized the second convert to the Church. The Church has six members in that city now. On some Sundays, he is the only local member in the city.

He served in New Mexico on a military base. He was called to missionary work in the branch. The church grew in Albuquerque.

He encourages missionary work.

President Monson

65000 missionaries in the field, and many thousands more waiting to go.

The scriptures say: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”

This is our watchword today as it was in the Meridian of time. Missionary work is an identifying feature of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Young men, are you prepared to respond? Are you willing to work? The challenge is to be more profitable servants in the Lord’s vineyard.

Formula for success.

1)Search the scriptures with diligence.
2)Plan your life with purpose.
3)Teach the truth with testimony. Great story about two missionaries who responded to a person who met them with derision. They gave their testimonies with the power of the Spirit. The inexperienced missionary testified that Joseph is a prophet, he did translate the Book of Mormon. The man could not sleep. He was a skeptic but the testimony touched him. He heard in his ears the words, “Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.” Their testimony changed the lives of this man and his family. He became a member of the Church.

(note: very touching story by Pres. Monson. Brought tears to my eyes.)

4)Serve the Lord with love. Ask yourself: have I increased in faith in virtue, in love, in godliness?

Told a great story about a missionary converting his nonmember father by writing to him every week. He baptized his own father. Love had won its victory.

(note: amazing spirit during Pres. Monson’s talk. He truly is a prophet of God).

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About Geoff B.

Geoff B has had three main careers. Some of them have overlapped. After attending Stanford University (class of 1985), he worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. In 1995, he took up his favorite and third career as father. Soon thereafter, Heavenly Father hit him over the head with a two-by-four (wielded by the Holy Ghost) and he woke up from a long sleep. Since then, he's been learning a lot about the Gospel. He still has a lot to learn. Geoff's held several Church callings: young men's president, high priest group leader, member of the bishopric, stake director of public affairs, media specialist for church public affairs, high councilman. He tries his best in his callings but usually falls short. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

7 thoughts on “Notes from Priesthood Session of General Conference

  1. Thank you very much for this notes. I wasn’t able to attend an it’s always good to know what was the Session about since many times, there are references to these talks on Sunday Sessions.

  2. Here are my notes, what I thought was important…

    Hales
    Bad Language – Put on the Armor of God.
    Danger in judging your righteousness (or wickedness) wrt world bcz it changes.
    A true friend doesn’t ask us to choose between their values and the gospel.
    We are not authorized to negotiate the terms/rules of that plan…
    His doctrine is sacred and will not change in the social and political wings of today.

    Uchtdorf
    Satan would rather have you define yourselves by your sins rather than your divine potential
    HF. rejoices in our every effort to stand tall and walk towards him.
    We do not use the fact that we are not perfect to delay our repentance or refuse to grow or to make excuses…
    Atonement is meant to make us all like Christ, but not all the same.
    United by desire to keep God’s commandments.
    Getting newest gadgets is a waste of time…
    Your ability to serve is not limited by your calling in the church.
    Don’t wait for a particular calling before becoming engaged.

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