Choir: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
1:01 p.m. Conducting Thomas S. Monson First Counselor First Presidency
1:03 p.m. Choir Beautiful Zion
1:07 p.m. Invocation Robert S. Wood, Second Quorum of the Seventy
1:09 p.m. Choir Our Prayer to Thee
1:14 p.m. Robert D. Hales, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
We do pray and give gratitude for blessings given. Gratitude for the sustaining of the newest general authorities. They are called of God by revelation and prophecy. This is the subject of his talk. These events teach us of the importance of revelation. Personal revelation teach us the important truths of our own existence, including God’s purpose and direction for us.
Elder Romney once told him of how revelation would work in helping them choose a new stake president. Each sent to earth by God to merit Eternal Life. How do we know the Father and Son ourselves? By personal revelation. How do we seek personal revelation? We begin with prayer. We must also study it out in our mind, as Oliver Cowdrey learned. Revelation moves forward on God’s timetable.
We may receive personal revelation more frequently than we realize. The more we receive it, the more our testimonies grow. Thankful for the spirit in their home. Adam and Eve called upon the Lord and received revelation, as did Abraham, Enoch and Moses. Virtually all the Bible and Book of Mormon Prophets received revelation.
After much prayer in the Temple, President Kimball received revelation about the priesthood to be extended to all worthy males. President Hinckley likewise received revelation to build small temples. President Hinckely has received revelation recently in filling the vacancies of the current Church leadership.
We received revelation also by fasting, studying, and building faith, as do and did the prophets. Joseph Smith started this way. Miracles not always physical demonstrations of God’s power. Most miracles are spiritual demonstrations of God’s power through ideas, impressions, and comfort. They come to us as we endure a trial of our faith. The answer may be not now, be patient and wait. Ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.
Revelation will come line upon line, precept upon precept.
1:30 p.m. Richard G. Scott, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Truth the only foundation upon which we can make wise decisions. How can we know the truth? We are constantly bombarded with information and messages in today’s society, offering opposing solutions. Other’s persuade us our decisions must be socially acceptable and politically correct. Social and political structures differ over the world, which shows the folly of this manner of decision making.
Two ways to obtain the truth.
1. Scientific method. Requires analysis of scientfic method to confirm data. This is a valuable way of truth seeking. One limitation is that we can’t be sure we have identified absolute truth. At times we can get the wrong answer, not matter how careful we are.
2. The best way to obtain truth is to go to the source of all truth, God the Father and Christ.
b. Keep God’s commandments.
These are required to obtain revelation to ascertain the truth.
Much has been learned about the structure of matter in the last 70 years. But we still don’t have full explanations of matter and/or creation. The scientific method has brought about significant discoveries over the years.
Truth through revelation. God has permitted some prophets to review His creations by the spirit. “This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the eternal life of man.”
Enoch saw these creations, and saw God weep. He has given man his agency, with commandments we should love one another. Unfortunately we do the opposite.
Moses noted God’s creations unlimited. Truth is of little value unless we use it for making wise decisions. Identifying truth necessitates great effort. Righteous character is what we want to become. It provides the foundation and spiritual strength to make difficult and important decisions correctly.
No power can weaken our character. Only we can do that through disobedience. Exercising faith builds chacter. Better character allows us to exercise greater faith, thereby continuing the cycle over and over to greater heights.
1:47 p.m. Daniel K. Judd First Counselor Sunday School Presidency
What can we to provide increased doctrinal and spiritual nourishment to those we serve? We have an obligation to provide spiritual nourishment to others. D & C section 50 helps provide counsel here. To preach the gospel by the spirit is our charge.
1. Preach my Gospel–not the world’s wisdom, but Christ’s truths. His Gospel is His Atoning sacrifice. Focus on fundamental doctrines emphasized in the scriptures. A discussion on the Atonement of Christ more significant than discussing the location of the ancient city Zarahemla. If we teach by some other way, other than by the Spirit, it is not of God.
2. Preach the Gospel by the Spirit. It is the most effective teacher than any other. Teachers must speak out of their hearts, not their books.
1:55 p.m. Octoviano Tenorio Quorom of the Seventy
Discussed importance of sealing power for families. His father would take the family to Church, but not stay. Devised a plan to use his grandchildren to invite him to Church. His heart was softened, and he returned to Church and was eventually sealed to his family.
Discussed plan of salvation and the loss of a new born child. Thanks to the sealing ordinances he will be with his lost newborn daughter. Turning of the hearts of the father to the children and the children to the fathers exemplified through the sealing power in the Temple.
2:04 p.m. Choir We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet
2:05 p.m. Claudio Zivic Quorum of the Seventy
It is our right to be out of the ordinary, successful, unique and outstanding. As members of the Church we have chosen not to be ordinary. It is not enough just to go through the motions of baptism. We must honor the commitments we have made. It is by Grace that we are saved after all we can do.
Once shame is lost, it will never be recovered.
(this one small truth is what is most wrong with contemporary American society and pop culture)
We must do all we can do until the end of our mortal probation. We have President Hinckley’s example of this. Awake my soul, no longer droop in sin!
2:13 p.m. Douglas L. Callister, Second Quorum of the Seventy
There only needs to be one witness: you. None of us can endure on borrowed light. We must gain our own witness. Truth is not dependent on the numbers who embrace it. In 1820, only Joseph Smith knew of the true nature of God, yet it remained true nonetheless.
Everyone must exercise faith in Christ to be saved. If we casually read and pray about the Book of Mormon we will not know it’s truth. If we want to know that we know, we alone must pay the price. There are proxy’s for ordinances, but none for the acquisition of a testimony. Once we have a testimony, there is an urge to bear it to others.
The opportunity for testimony bearing exists first and foremost in the family. There only needs to be one witness, yourself.
2:24 p.m. Steven E. Snow Presidency of the Seventy
Spoke of his own mother in like terms of Abraham Lincoln describing his own. We need to look for opportunities to serve. We have an obligation to serve in callings to which we are called.
2:35 p.m. Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Some things are better, others are best. Not everything that is good is a sufficient reason to do it. Don’t exhaust our time on that which is only good. We should concentrate on what is better or best. Christ’s example with Martha and Mary in the scriptures is a prime example. We become careful and troubled about many things, but don’t always concentrate on that which is best.
We should preserve time for prayer, scripture study, and togetherness. Do not over schedule our children. What your children really want is you. Men, take stock of yourself as the head of your house. Pray for guidance and direction as counseled by the first presidency.
Adjust your activities to be consistent with your resources. Don’t magnify the work, simply it. Don’t complicate our work, simply our work. It isn’t the statistics that are important, but what individuals are touched.
If Church leaders reduced Church meetings for families to be together it will be lost if we don’t spend better quality time with our families. It is best when we home teach to improve the lives of those we visit. Same when having meetings. It’s good to have a meeting, but best if lives are improved by having that meeting.
2:47 p.m. President Gordon B. Hinckley, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator
We conclude a Great Conference, where we have been edified and uplifted. We now return to our homes. All the proceedings will appear in the Ensign (he also mentioned Liahona–which I think was a slip of the tongue). I’m 97, but I hope I’m going to make it to the next conference in April. (As do we).
2:49 p.m. Choir: Sing We Now At Parting
2:54 p.m. Benediction