General Conference: Sunday morning session

Pres. Eyring conducts.
Pres. Monson presides.

Choir sings: “The Morning Breaks.”

Invocation: Anthony D. Perkins of the Seventy

Choir sings: “I Will Follow God’s Plan.”

President Monson.

Four new temples: Quito, Ecuador; Harare, Zimbabwe; Belem, Brazil; Lima, Peru.

Now 150 temples.

Choices we make determine our destiny. Alice in Wonderland. She comes to two paths. She is confronted by the cat. Which path? That depends where you want to go. Unlike Alice, we know where we want to go, and it does matter. May we choose to build up great faith, defense against the designs of the adversary.

Sometimes we still make foolish choices. Repentance allows us to return to the path. Make the right choice.

Choir sings: “Sunshine in Your Heart.”

Bonnie L. Oscarson, YW General President

Tells story about a friend receiving confirmation that families are forever and the truth of the Gospel.

Do we sometimes become so accustomed to the blessings we have been given that we fail to understand discipleship in the Lord’s true Church? We believe that this Church is more than just a social club. More than just a great set of ideas. The Church is infinitely more than this.

We believe that the Church of JC when he was alive has been restored. We believe we have received additional scriptures. Only true church on the Earth. It is the Church of Jesus Christ. These distinguishing features can be found in no other place.

We have a knowledge of these things, but do we believe them?

We should choose faith over doubt.

W. Christopher Waddell, 2nd counselor to the presiding bishopric

Everyone must experience sorrow. Whether we are in peace depends on how we respond.

Learn, listen and walk — three steps with a promise.

First, learn of Jesus. Temple learning. Each time we attend the temple, we are pointed to Jesus Christ. We feel peace. Commune with Him.

Second, listen to my words. From days of Adam to today, the Lord has spoken through authorized representatives. Those who choose to listen and give heed will find safety and peace. As we listen to the Lord through his authorized servants, we stand with the prophets and cannot be moved. Words of a prophet, keep the commandments, in this there is safety and peace.

Third, walk with Jesus. Observe and apply his atoning sacrifice. Repent. Obtain peace. We will find peace to our soul as we walk with Jesus Christ and apply the atonement to our lives.

We cannot control what happens around us, but we can control the pattern of peace.

Choir: “Rejoice, the Lord is King.”

Elder Christofferson

American society is fundamentally divided about the fatherhood idea. As a Church, we believe in fathers, the ideal of a man who puts his family first. Fathers are to preside over families in love and righteousness. Fathers are unique and irreplaceable.

Fatherhood is much more than a social construct or the product of evolution. It is of divine origen. Our Heavenly Father is our ideal. Fatherhood requires sacrifice, but it is a source of joy.

Fathers manifest love by laying down lives, laboring in service and support for their families. Turn the hearts of his children to their heavenly Father. Can show what fidelity to God looks like. Read scripture to and with his children. in 1833, Lord reprimanded Church leaders for now teaching the Gospel to their children. Fathers are to teach God’s law to each generation.

In discipline, fathers must be careful not to do anything close to abuse. His guide must be the holy spirit. A man should not neglect his family for his career, but should also not give up his responsibilities to work. But there is no shame for those who cannot find work.

Single fathers, step fathers, fosters fathers — we honor all of those who do what they can in self-sacrifice. God entrusted his own Son to a foster father, Joseph.

We call on media to portray fathers who love their wives and their fathers rather than the bumblers and buffoons who cause problems.

To young men, we say prepare now. Don’t just perfect your texting skills.

Make up your mind to honor your father by your life.

Tells a story about a father praying over his son every morning, showing concern for the son and asking for him to be protected.

Elder Cook

In 1963, there were 12 temples, there will be 177 when all announced temples are dedicated. This is cause for use to humbly rejoice.

Excitement over a new temple in Thailand. “See yourself in the temple.” Challenge is: see yourself in the temple, each of us wherever you live.

We live in a sacred, holy time. We want all members to be worthy of a temple recommend.

Choir: “Press Forward Saints.”

President Uchtdorf

Haunting memory: air raid sirens. Run to bomb shelter. Four years old. Witness to a world at war.

Dresden: massive firestorms. 90 percent of the city destroyed. The city was no more. In one night, the city was utterly destroyed.

When I was a child I did not imagine how the destruction could ever be overcome. Returned to Dresden recently. The city is restored and improved. An important church was reconstructed. Monument to hope. A symbol of man’s ability to create new life from ashes.

If man can restore such a building, how much more can our Heavenly Father restore us after sin. Even those who are without hope can be rebuilt.

During the Savior’s ministry, pharisees didn’t want Jesus to spend time with “sinners.” Jesus told the story of the sheep: go after the one lost sheep. Rejoice over finding the one lost sheep. More to this story. Jesus’ purpose was to teach about the work of the Good Shepherd. Testifying of God’s love for his wayward children. God is fully aware of those who are lost, and He will find them. He will reach out to them, He will rescue them.

What must the sheep do? The sheep is worthy of divine rescue simply because it is loved by the Good Shepherd. The Savior knows and loves us. The Savior knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. It matters not how you are lost.

Because he loves you, he will find you. He will place you on his shoulders rejoicing. But God will not rescue us against our will. He wants us to turn to Him. Draw near to Him and he will draw near to you.

Desire to believe. Act on that hope. Reach out to Heavenly Father. Over time, you will recognize His hand in your lives.

It is by obedience that we gather light into our souls. Obedience is a means to an end. Not just a call to repentance. Obedience is the process by which we discover what we are truly made of. Obedience is not as a punishment, but as the liberating path to our divine destiny. Eventually, the priceless, eternal spirit of the heavenly being within us is revealed.

God sees us as we truly are. He sees us as worthy of rescue. You may feel that you life is in ruins. But if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will rescue you. He will carry you home.

Choir: “Oh Thou Rock of Our Salvation.”

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Geoff B graduated from Stanford University (class of 1985) and worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. He has held many callings in the Church, but his favorite calling is father and husband. Geoff is active in martial arts and loves hiking and skiing. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

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  1. Wow! A great session. I especially appreciate Elder Christofferson’s and Pres. Uchtdorf’s sermons.

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