5:00 p.m. Priesthood Choir Logan and Ogden Institutes
5:01 p.m. Conducting President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet, Seer, Revelator, First Presidency
5:02 p.m. Choir Rise Up O Men of God
5:03 p.m. Invocation Mervin B. Arnold Quorum of the Seventy
Nice supplication for the armed forces and the widows and orphans.
5:07 p.m. Choir An Angel From on High
5:10 p.m. Elder Quentin L. Cook Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Grateful to be at this session. We admire those who risk their lives to rescue those in danger. The Church came to assistance to those in need during the fire season last year. The hot Santa Ana’s carry the fires up to 70 mph. Homeowners admired the firefighters to stood between their homes and the fires. They were able to rescue both people and homes.
As individuals and a Church we go through periods of danger. Some are obvious like fires, others less obvious. They way we respond is crucial. It is important to heed the Prophet’s words. One way to respond to these dangers.
Some recall the Willie Martin Handcart Company. Brigham Young organized an heroic rescue contingent. He instructed those at General Conference to drop everything and go rescue those Saints. They did.
His grandfather participated in this rescue when he was only 17 years old. They carried many of the pioneers over the icy waters. These were dramatic acts. They were instructed to save the handcart company, even at the peril of their own lives. Persistent dedication to the Prophet is the real lesson we should take from this story.
Today it is still important to follow the Prophet’s counsel. The young Priesthood holders may yearn for some dramatic rescue. Rather you should resolve to follow the Prophet. Prepare to worthily serve a mission and proclaim the Gospel to spiritually rescue God’s children.
God and Christ have provided us Prophets to guide us through danger. Today we had the privilege to sustain in Solemn Assembly President Thomas S. Monson as Prophet, Seer, and Revelator of the Church.
Prophets provide us with priorties to protect us from danger. President Grant stressed the Word of Wisdom, and directed Bishops to review the Word of Wisdom in Temple recommend interviews. President Grant counseled with great vigor and we became known as a people who abstained from tobacco.
The 60’s saw a dramatic increase in the use of illegal drugs. The vast majority of LDS youth avoided that danger through adhering to the Word of Wisdom.
President McKay emphasized the family. He taught no worldly success can compensate for failure in the home. Because of this we strengthened our commitment to family.
President Monson has been prepared from his youth to serve as a Prophet. At 32 he as a mission president in Canada. At 36 President McKay called him to be a Apostle, the youngest in the last 98 years. He has served in the First Prsidency for decades.
Be faithful in counsel, the First Presidency is instructed.
Proclaim the Gospel is another instruction. He has served in missionary work for decades as well. He has contributed to the new missionary guide, Preach My Gospel. He is a great missionary.
Third instruction, wherefore be faithful. Succor the weak, and strengthen the people. Many of us face devastating problems in our lives. President Monson’s rescue efforts have been spectacular. He has reached out to those in need in various ways both to members and non members of the Church. He has done his best to heed this instruction, and in remarkable ways. He has testified of Christ in all the world.
5:25 p.m. H. David Burton, Presiding Bishop
As ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me. We appreciate those who are the good Samaritans of today. In 2007 the Church responded to major earth quakes in 5 countries, massive earth quakes, flooding, and storms in over 170 major events over the year. It was a busy year with many opportunities to serve. Thousands of public health initiatives were implemented. Many benefited from clean water or wheel chairs or other benefits throughout the year.
In 11 countries over 54,000 enjoy improved vision. Thousands of health care professionals were trained in neo natal care. Many received measles vacinations. Over 4,000,000 were touched all over the world.
In Southern Peru there was a major devastating quake. Plans are underway to rebuild lives, homes, and communities.
Late in the year, dry weather and winds fueled wild fires in Southern California. The church provided cleaning kits, hygene kits, and food. Many cleaned, cooked, and comforted those in need. One noted, in gratitude, the Mormons have been here constantly.
The things we do for ourselves are gone when we are gone. The things we do for others, remain forever. Ethiopia the Church helped with clean new water sources, including drilling new wells.
Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
5:35 p.m. Dean R. Berrges First Counselor Young Men Presidency
Felt excitement as a newly ordained deacon. As a primary boy, watched the Aaronic priesthood brethren closely. Do you know who you are? This question has given him inspired direction throughout his life.
To the Aaronic Priesthood holders, he asks, do you know who you are? King Lamoni story related and Ammon describing himself as the King’s servant. He asked Ammon, who art thou? Ammon explained I am a man, called by God’s Holy Spirit to teach this people.
Finding out who we are is one of life’s greatest questions. As parents we try to help our children know who they are. How do we receive a witness of who we are:
1. Do you know you are a Son of God? We are literally spiritually sons of God. We have a divine potential, and God will help us reach this potential. This gives us strength and comfort to go through mortality. We are important to God. Pray always. Prayer will help you know you are a son of God.
2. Do you know who you are in God’s plan? God sent Christ to Atone to our sins. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten Son. Honor and respect the names you bear. Live the commandments and standards of God as outlined in the Strength of Youth.
3. Do you know who you are as a member for the restored Church of Jesus Christ? We have a Prophet to direct and guide us. We should listen to our modern day prophets. We have been ordained to hold God’s priesthood. We have been entrusted with a sacred trust, the priesthood. Honor the priesthood.
5:44 p.m. John M. Madsen Quorum of the Seventy
Remarks directed to each twelve year old deacon attending tonight.
President Hinckley attended his first stake priesthood meeting with his father, though he felt out of place. Heard the brethren sing Praise to the Man, which moved him greatly. There came into his heart a conviction that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. He knew by the Holy Ghost that Joseph was a prophet.
Hopefully the experiences you are having you will remember the rest of your life. Deacon’s bench, five deacons caught in a candid moment in the front bench. What can or do you see?
Our young people are the nobility of heaven. They have a divine destiny. They have been reserved for this day and age. We are rearing a royal generation who have special things to do. If we expand our vision beyond five deacons to all Aaronic Priesthood bearers we see them going forth preaching the gospel to the nations of the earth, and eventually valient fathers.
Who was this Christ, at 12 years old? The Son of the Living God who came to cleanse the world from unrighteousness. As a youth he increased in wisdom and stature. He grew up with his brethren and waited for His ministry. He was tempted as we are. But, he gave them no heed.
Christ was protected not only by his knowledge of the scriptures but also by his absolute obedience to the Father. When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I am He. The Father has not left Christ alone.
Each of us as sons of God can fulfill our mission and destiny.
5:53 p.m. Choir and Congregation Ye Elders of Israel.
5:57 p.m. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf Second Counselor First Presidency
I feel your strength and goodness as we assemble as the Priesthood of God. Thank you for your willingness to serve the Lord. It has been two months since his called to the First Presidency. He was the second most surprised person, with his wife the first most surprised. When President Monson announced his name, he wondered if he had heard correctly. Once again, his life was about to change.
1979 a large passenger jet left New Zealand on a site seeing trip to Antarctica. But the flight coordinates were modified just a slight two degrees. This placed them off course by some 28 miles. Neither had made this flight before. The change of coordinates placed them in the path of a volcano. By the time the instruments sounded the alarm, it was too late. The plane crashed into the volcano killing everyone on board. It was brought on by a very minor error, but with great and catastrophic consequences.
King Saul’s life is also an example. He was personally chosen by God to be King. God promised to always be with Saul. When he had God’s help he was a magnificent King. The young king needed help against the Philistines. Samuel the Prophet advised the king to wait. Saul grew tired of waiting, and offered the sacrafice himself, without the property authority.
If Saul had waited his kingdom would have continued, but it was not too be. When pressured by outside influences, Saul did not have the self dicipline to stay on course.
Small errors can have a large impact on our lives. Over time small errors over time can make a dramatic impact in our lives.
Take off from equator. But if your course is off only by one degree, by the time you circle the globe you will be off 500 miles of course. This is one hour of jet flight. Often we set out on an exciting journey only to realize too late that we are headed for a spiritual disaster. Minor drifts from the Gospel and bring sorrowful consequences into our life.
We cannot hope that errors will somehow correct themselves. We have been entrusted with a great responsibility. God trusts the young men with the keys of the ministering of angels.
Unto whom much is given, much is required. Those who bear the priesthood have greater responsibility. When we listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we can make course corrections.
Be cautious of new technologies, they can bring evil and ungodliness into our homes, even though they can also bring great good into our homes as well. It is the course corrections that will keep us on the right course.
Minor choices can bring great and serious consequences. God requires the heart and a willing mind. We have the responsibility and power of self direction. It is not meet that I should command in all things. Man should be engaged in a good cause. The power is in them, where they are agents unto themselves.
God knew negative forces would tempt us. All of us have sinned and come short. That is why God allows us to make course corrections. Through Christ’s Atonement and our repentance we can stay on course.
The commandments and covenants are navigational instructions from celestial heights and will lead us safely to our eternal destination. It is worth while to make these course corrections. Heaven will be filled with those who did make mistakes, but recognized that, and made the requisite course corrections.
Some believe they are too far off course. To them we proclaim the Good news of redemption. No matter how far you have strayed, the way back is certain and clear. Have faith in the infinite Atonement of Christ.
It may not be an easy path. It requires self discipline and determination. You are not doomed to a tragic end. God understands our sorrows and grief. You are choice sons of God. Do not drift off course, even a few degrees. Hearken unto the Lord. He will give you a new heart, and make of you a new man. He will always be with you.
6:16 p.m. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor First Presidency
Purpose to help us grow in confidence in Oath and Covenant of Priesthood, which brings us Eternal life.
We will have the blessing of being sealed with our family for eternity. All also all they who receive this Priesthood, receive me sayth the Lord. All the Father has will be given unto him.
All who receive this priesthood receive this oath and covenant.
We should be confident about the oath and covenant. Our best course is to receive the Holy Priesthood and try to keep its covenants. We will gain Eternal life if we succeed.
Blessings we will receive as we go forward in faith.
1. God has chosen us and knows us since the pre earth life.
2. We are promised Christ’s personal help. There will I be also. We may need reassurance.
3. Given the power to bear testimony, thereby being cleansed of our sins. Go ye unto all the world, and bear testimony.
4. Priesthood service will prepare us to live in an Eternal family. It will change our hearts as we feel our faith grow. It happened to Parley P. Pratt. They will help us achieve Charity and prepare us to live in an Eternal family.
Decide tonight to go forward in faith. See your brothers in your quorum as your family in God. Study the word of God, increasing your power to teach the Gospel. You will be able to draw back lost sheep. Humble yourselves before God. God lives. We have covenanted with Him. He offers you an oath of Eternal Life which He cannot break. God wants you to succeed to come home to Him.
God knows your capacities. They are sufficient to achieve Eternal Life.
6:31 p.m. President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet, Seer, Revalator
We have heard inspired messages this evening. I endorse everything that has been said. As he looked in the conference center isles he was reminded of the little boy who was hesitant to give his testimony, went up, stood at the pulpit, and then turned around and went back to his seat.
He appreciates the sustaining votes of today. This is the largest gathering of the Priesthood ever to assemble. We are part of the largest brotherhood in the world.
As Priesthood bearers we are on earth in troubled times. Political machinations ruin the stability of nations. (I wonder if this includes America’s political machinations in Iraq?) Despots grasp for power. We who are ordained to the Priesthood we can make a difference. We can accomplish miracles in His Holy service.
We are strengthened by the truth. The power of God is the greatest power on earth. We are entitled to God’s divine help, predicated upon our worthiness. Are my hands clean. Is my heart pure? Am I a worthy servant of the Lord? We are surrounded by that which is unworthy.
I speak to all ages. Temptations come in various forms. Are we qualified at all times to perform the ordinances of the Priesthood? Are we worthy to bless, prepare, and/or pass the Sacrament. Are we spiritually qualified to do these duties?
Be strong. The philosophies of men are around us. The ideas of today wear the Halloween mask of tolerance. (great–this is a good call by the prophet. I especially like the reference to a Halloween mask.)
Do you strive diligently each day? Are you kind and loving to your wife and children? Are you honest in your dealings with those around you? If you have slipped there are those who will help you along the way. Your bishop and stake president will help you in the repentance process. You can then stand again in righteousness before the Lord.
Be an influence for good. We have all been foreordained for some work. Always remember that people are looking to you for influence. As Priesthood holders it is our duty to live our lives in such a way for others to follow.
Story of the young man who mimicked Brother Monson, from crossing his legs, folding his arms, to everything he did. Then Monson got him when he wiggled his ears. The boy couldn’t do that. The young tend to imitate our parents, leaders, peers.
We should never permit ourselves to do anything we are not willing to see our children do. Set an example we want our children to imitate. Strive to be the example your boy needs.
There is also the boy who has no father, or the one who does not provide the example needed. The Church helps provide this help, home teachers, scout masters, teachers.
Christ is the ultimate example. Christ turned his back to the sophistry of Satan. He gave his sinless selfless life for us all. Jesus loved, testified, and set the prime example for us all to follow. Cast off forever our old self, defeat, doubt, and disbelief. We welcome a life of faith, hope, courage. All things become possible.
Thomas Michael Wilson story. Stricken with cancer. The family looked for religion to help him get through this time of tribulation. At 23 Michael Wilson was called to the Salt Lake City Mission. He had unquestioning faith. He was an example to all. After 11 months of missionary service, the cancer returned. It required his arm and shoulder to be amputated. He persisted as a missionary. This touched his non member father, and eventually became a member. An investigator he baptized went to his hospital bedside to be confirmed. There with his remaining hand at his bedside, he confirmed a member of the Church.
Elder Wison’s physical condition deteriorated. He asked to serve an additonal month. His parents came to Salt Lake to come home to Alabama. The family invited President Monson to the Jordan River Temple to the sealing ceremonies.
It doesn’t matter what happens in this life, as long as we have the Gospel and live it. The Wilsons returned home, where Elder Wilson slipped from here to Eternity. He was buried with his missionary tags in place. Let us be determined to honor our priesthood through the service we render. We are a chose generation, a royal priesthood. We can make a difference.
6:54 p.m. Know This That Every Soul is Free
6:57 p.m. Larry W. Givens Quorum of the Seventy
Very, very powerful messages from all, but particularly President Monson and President Uchtdorf. A very spiritually filled meeting.