General Conference – Sunday Afternoon

Presiding: President Monson
Conducting: President Uchtdorf

Prelude – Choir: He is Risen

Choir: My Redeemer Lives
Invocation: Elder S. Gilford Nielson
Choir: He Sent His Son

Elder Hales:

Because of the choices we made in the premortal existence, we have many blessings in this life. We chose then to follow Jesus, and we can now choose to make the same choice.

Spiritual liberty requires having religious freedom. We believe that all people should have the right to believe as he/she will without being attacked for it. Some are offended when we bring our religious faith into the public square, however those same people insist on freedom to express their own beliefs freely.  Such is turning into political intolerance towards people of faith. We need to work with others who believe as we do on important religious and belief concept.

Elder Pearson

Sometimes when we go through difficult times, we are encouraged to “hang in there”. “Hang in there” is not a doctrine of the gospel. Instead, we are to endure to the end.  Many of our struggles occur because we are not enduring, but instead are struggling with making the decision to obey.

We all go through difficult and dark times. It is during those times we must pray. By coming unto Christ, we have the hope to receive eternal life and live with our families forever.

Listening to those who do not believe in Christ will not help you find Him. Nor can one return from his mission, focus on video games and not expect to fall asleep spiritually.  Prayerfully begin to study the Book of Mormon and it will help you regain your testimony.

Elder Pino

Heavenly Father taught Adam and Eve the plan of redemption and then gave them commandments to follow. This is the process God uses to teach us. As we understand the gospel plan, we are able to make proper decisions and manage the trials of life. We should not make eternal decisions based on mortal concepts, but base our decisions on the great plan of happiness God has given us.

Elder Anderson

We celebrate Easter this day. However, we also can look forward to the great promise of the Lord’s Coming. As the Lord establishes his kingdom and work on earth, we can see how He works miracles in our own lives.  His 2nd Coming will be breathtaking. We know he will not come again in swaddling clothes, but come down from the heavens in great power and glory.

Elder Zeballos

Our main responsibilities in life is to seek our own salvation and the salvation of others. And not just regular salvation, but exaltation in God’s highest kingdom. We must do His will. We must learn, understand, accept and live the commandments according to His will.  The path is narrow that we’ve chosen to follow. Often we will go through trials and difficulties, which we do not understand why we must go through. But we do so with patience and faith in doing God’s will.

Choir: Tell me the stories of Jesus

Elder Sitati

We are here on this earth for certain purposes. The first purpose is so that we may gain a body. As part of this, God has given us the commandment to be fruitful and replenish the earth.

Prophets have encouraged us to enter into the temple and be sealed for eternity. We should not put this important commandment off simply to fulfill worldly goals. Nor should we place our standards for a companion so high that all prospects do not qualify.

Subduing the earth means to properly use the things of earth for the righteous benefit of God’s children. This includes gaining master over our own bodies, desires and wants. Many have turned themselves over to the will of the devil, who causes mankind to misuse the earth and ourselves.

Elder Nelson

The Sabbath was made for man as a delight, so we may rest from the struggles of daily life, and to gain spiritual rest.

I use to make lists of things I can and cannot do on Sunday. What we do and our attitude on the Sabbath denotes a sign between God and us. Later in my life I no longer needed to make long lists, but would just ask myself, “what kind of sign would this activity show the Lord?”

There are some wonderful things we can do on the Sabbath.  It is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen family ties, and teach our children the gospel,  Nothing is better than intentional parenting. And as you teach the gospel, you will also learn more.

In paying tithes, we give 1/10th to the Lord. With Sabbath observance, we give one day in seven to the Lord as a sign of our faithfulness, and it increases our love for God.

Choir:  Lord, I would follow Thee

Benediction: Elder Aoyagi

The Family – The Fourth Pillar of Eternity

During Conference there were a lot of talks about marriage and family. While the talks briefly mentioned current events such as same-sex marriage, they mostly focused on something somewhat different. Elders Christofferson and Perry in particular had very similarly titled talks which focused on the doctrine or the why of family (“Why marriage, why family” and “Why Marriage and Family Matters” respectfully). President Packer likewise talked about “The Plan of Happiness” and in doing so focused heavily on the doctrine of the family.

Twenty years ago, the Family a Proclamation the World declared powerfully to the world our unique theology and doctrine of family. In the interceding years, that vision has only become more and more essential. Yet, we often focus on the details of the proclamation such as teachings about the roles of men and women and lose sight of what this inspired doctrine taught about the nature of significance of the Family in God’s plan.

What I believe we are witnessing today is a great clarification and sharpening of the doctrine of the family brought about by current events and the global effort to redefine marriage. These challenges have led our leaders to ponder and reflect on the true meaning of the family. These challenges have deeply enriched our understanding of the gospel as a familial matter. Much more so than twenty years ago, our leaders today teach not merely what families should be like, but why this is so essential.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie famously taught of the three pillars of eternity as being the creation, the fall, and the atonement. Today, instead of three pillars Elder Christofferson put forward four things essential for realizing God’s plan of happiness. The first three were the same as Elder McConkie’s pillars—creation, fall, and redemption, but the fourth of these pillars is the Family “the setting for physical birth and subsequent spiritual rebirth in God’s kingdom.” Elder Christofferson explained that this is essential, because in marriage we are able to create “in partnership with God, the physical bodies that are key to the test of mortality and essential to eternal glory with Him.” It is in marriage that we become co-creators with God and therefore enter the path towards exaltation.

President Packer also discussed this theme in his remarks. He emphasized that “The power of procreation is not an incidental part of the plan of happiness; it is the key to happiness.” It is through this power, that “we may come close to our Father in Heaven and experience a fullness of joy, even Godhood.” Being able to responsibly use our power of procreation responsible is the great test of mortality.
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April 2015 Conference: Sunday morning session

Pres. Eyring conducts
Pres. Monson presides

MoTab Choir sings: “He Is Risen.”

Invocation: Sister Linda S. Reeves

Choir: “Consider the Lilies.”

President Monson

Seven years since he was sustained as president of the Church. Dedicates and re-dedicates temples. The building of temples is a clear indication of the growth of the Church. 144 temples, five renovated, 13 under construction. This year re-dedicating two temples, and five new temples.

Three new temples:

Ivory Coast
Bangkok Thailand

Told story of a troubled missionary. Went to the temple, went to the Celestial Room. Another RM approached him, told him about his own mission. Had enthusiasm for his mission. Landon had served in the same mission. The troubled missionary was helped because of prayer and faith.

“In the temple we can find peace.”

He and his wife will be together again.

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April 2015 General Conference: Priesthood session

Pres. Monson presides
Pres. Uchtdorf conducts

BYU Choir sings: “For the Strength of the Hills.”

Invocation: David L. Beck of the YM

Choir sings: “On This Day of Joy and Gladness.”

Elder Ballard

We need the greatest generation of missionaries in the history of the Church. World is more challenging. Young people have many more distractions. Technology has expanded and almost everyone has access to handheld devices for good and ill.

I speak to missionaries now serving, future missionaries, returned missionaries and all single adults.

Interviewed by bishops and stake presidents. You may not be interviewed by a GA. But a member of the Quorum of the 12 assigns every missionary to a specific mission. Your photograph comes up on a computer screen together with specific information. We review your answers to the missionary recommendation questions. For that moment, it seems like you are responding to us. Then we assign you. It is not the same as a face to face interview, but it is close.

We also do videoconferencing.

We need your whole heart and soul. We need young adults who are willing to listen to the Spirit. It is time to raise the bar for your entire generation.

Answer these questions:

–Do you read the scriptures?
–Do you kneel in prayer?
–Do you fast and donate a fast offering each month?
–Do you think deeply about the Savior during the Sacrament?
–Do you try to keep the Sabbath day holy?
–Are you honest at home, church and work?
–Do you avoid looking at pornography and photos that might embarrass you?
–Are you careful with your time? (Avoid Tinder and Snapchat).
–Is there anything in your life you need to change and fix beginning tonight?

Please courageously repent if you are lacking anything in these areas.

Additional counsel: RM does not mean retired Mormon. Do things of your own free will. Visit people who are lonely, sick and discouraged. Continue to learn and grow and receive inspiration.

Four new courses in Institute. Young Single Adults need to date and marry. Don’t text, use your own voice to introduce yourself. To actually hear a voice may shock her, perhaps into saying yes.
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April 2015 General Conference: Saturday afternoon session

Some notes from the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference. They are very incomplete, because as it always happens Mom, that’s me, was on duty most part of the time.

For a better summary follow the link to the Conference summary provided by the Church, HERE.

In this session the statistical reports and sustaining of Church officers were taken care of.

The General Young Men’s presidency was released and a new presidency was called. The new Presidency is:
Steven W. Owen, President
Douglas D. Holmes, 1st Councilor
Monte J. Brough, 2nd Councilor

There was also a change in the General Primary Presidency. Sister Jean Stevens was released in anticipation for going to serve with her husband as a mission president. Sister Cheryl Esplin was also released. Sister Esplin was then called to be the new first councilor, and Sister Mary L. Durham is the new second councilor. Continue reading