Sunday, October 14, 2007

General Conference

The Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was last weekend. Yay! Which talks did you like the best?? I wrote down a few important points on index cards as I watched (although during 3 out of 4 sessions there were noisy kids around us, in addition to ours). Here are the best of them:

Bishop Richard C. Edgley:
  • "What happens to a few happens to all" - he meant particularly in your own neighborhood. Be visiting teachers and home teachers!
  • Adversity can increase our gratitude for Christ's Atonement and for prayer, and "can bring us closer to God."
  • We can each be more compassionate.
Mary N. Cook:
  • The Young Women theme applies to ALL youth.
  • "The Lord is depending on you to bring the blessings of the gospel into your family. . . Who in my family can benefit from my personal prayers?"
  • Jesus Christ will bless our family.
Elder Enrique R. Falabella:
  • Why am I a member of the only true church?
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
  • Do we live with joy?
  • The message of the gospel made all the difference for his family -- they looked around "with an elevated viewpoint."
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:
  • Said that the contemporary Christian "trinitarian notion [was] never set forth in the scriptures because it is not true."
President Henry B. Eyring:
  • Excellent talk on keeping a journal -- we must write down our spiritual experiences because in the future they will help someone who needs it! Write about general conference feelings.
Elder Quentin L. Cook:
  • Live by faith, not by fear.
  • "We can raise righteous children anywhere in the world."
  • Preach My Gospel
Claudio R. M. Costa:
Sister Julie B. Beck:
  • "Mothers who know desire to bear children."
  • "Attributes you gain here will rise with you."
  • During sacrament meeting covenants are renewed.
  • Keep your home clean.
  • "Plan for the future of your organization. . . . Maximize your influence where it matters most."
  • For your kids, the "MTC [should] be a review, not a revelation."
  • Do less. "Don't try to choose it all."
Christoffel Golden, Jr.:
  • He and his wife read 1 chapter from The Book of Mormon together each day.
  • Sacrament meeting is holy.
  • The power of daily prayer.
Elder David A. Bednar:
  • "Repentance is the sweet fruit that comes from faith in the Savior."
  • Sacred covenants / recognizing the Holy Ghost
  • "Clean hands alone will not be enough when" we stand before Christ.
  • Deny ungodliness.
President Gordon B. Hinckley:
Elder Robert D. Hales:
Claudio Zivic:
  • Talked about his conversion . . . and how happy he was because of temple sealings.
Douglas L. Callister:
  • Bear testimony!
  • Early church leaders paid a great price to establish this dispensation. (Which reminds me that I still need to write in my journal about the Pioneer Trek we went on this past July.)
Steven E. Snow:
  • As his mom was dying, he asked her what she regretted. She said, "I wish I had served more." He reminded her of service she had done throughout her life. Still she said, "I could've done more."

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