General Conference

The concluding session of conference is about to begin.  I know I have been spritually filled with powerful messages and testimonies of the prophets and apostles who have spoken during the conference.  I am certain millions more around the globe have been likewise filled.  I am sure this last session will be as uplifiting as the others have been.  Open threads are at Mormon Mentality, Mormon Matters, Times and Seasons, and By Common Consent, where Steve Evans prays for a minor, or major miracle.

1:00 p.m. Choir

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf1:01 p.m. Conducting President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor First Presidency (I’ll have to look back, but I don’t think President Eyring conducted any sessions this weekend.  And, I believe I saw him with a cane at some point.)

1:02 p.m. Choir For The Beauty of The Earth

1:05 p.m. Invocation C. Scott Grow Quorum of the Seventy

1:08 p.m. Choir Called To Serve

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland1:11 p.m. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Note of personal privilege directed to President Monson, cannot help but feel the most important privilege is to personally witness the settling of the sacred prophetic mantle by the hands of angels on your shoulders.

We have all been eye witness to this event. Expresses gratitude for this moment.

Last October, he said two reasons accused of not being Christian.  He address one at that time.  Scriptural based view of Godhead.

Today addresses the other.  The bold assertion that God continues to speak His word, and an open cannon of scriptures.

Some Christians because of love for the  Bible have pronounced the cannon closed and thereby shut the door on Divine expression.  The Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of Great Price are all part of an open cannon.

We reject an unscriptural representation, ie., closed cannon, of Christianity.  One argument by Christians is the admonition at the end of Revelations.   But, the consensus now is that this applies only Revelation, not the whole Bible.  It is also settled that many other New Testament books were written post Revelations.

The whole Bible as we know it, did not exist when that verse was written.  The individual books of the New Testament were in circulation singly, not as a collection back at the time this was written.

Virtually every prophet in both Old and New Testaments added scripture upon his predecessors.  What justifies continued revelation is that Christ’s works are without end, and never cease.  On what Biblical and historical grounds is the Word of God confined only to the Bible?

Continuing revelation does not demean or discredit existing revelation.  Were other early saints offended to receive later passages by Matthew, Luke, and John?  We rejoice further revelation testifies of Christ.

The Bible is the Word of God.  It is always identified first in the Standard Works.  The Prophet Joseph pointed out that the ministers of his time were always contending one with another.  The only thing they had in common was a belief in Bible.  But they understood the same scriptures so differently, it destroyed all confidence to determine the true Church by a Biblical appeal.

One of the great purposes of revelation is to declare to the world with additional witnesses that the Bible is true.  This is one of the reasons for the Book of Mormon.  The prophet Joseph did not bring forth the Book of Mormon to destroy the Bible, but to build it up.

The Bible does not make one a Christian.  The Risen Jesus doesn’t say all authority on heaven on earth is given to the books you will write.  Rather, all authority is given to Christ.  Scripture points away from itself, and points to Christ.  The scriptures are not the ultimate source of knowledge.  The ultimate source is the Living God.

This doctrine lies at the very heart of our Church.  Dramatizes the significance of the Solemn Assembly yesterday.  We believe in a God engaged in our lives, not on vacation.  We believe all that God has revealed, does reveal, and will yet reveal.

We pray we will never be arrogant or insensitive.  Since we know God lives, the next question is does he speak?  We claim he does.

Joseph Smith and his successors answer Emerson’s charge.  We teach that God is, not was.  We teach that God speaks, not did speak.

Testifies of Christ living, and Thomas Monson is God’s Prophet today. Christ’s ministry is on the earth, and is found in our Church.  Thanks that His words never end.

Elder David A. Bednar1:27 p.m. Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Asking in Faith in meaningful prayer.  Emphasizes meaningful.  Prayer essential for our spiritual development.  We can all improve our prayers.

Joseph Smith is the classic example of an earnest prayer.   We must ask in faith.  We must not only express, but also do.  Not only must we plead, but we must perform.  Joseph’s prayer not just which church was right, but which should he join–an action.

Faith is the first principle in revealed religion.  Action alone is not faith in Christ.  Faith without works is dead.

Faith not only the principle of action , but of power in all intelligent beings.  Faith in Christ leads to righteous action.  It inspires us to use our moral agency in truth.

Meaningful prayer requires holy communication and consecrated work.  Prayer is a form of work to obtain the highest blessings.  We act upon the things we have expressed to God.

If we pray and ask in faith, then proclaiming the Gospel would move forward in a remarkable way.  A sample prayer toward that end.

Give thanks for the restored Gospel

Ask for courage and boldness to open our mouths

Help us identify individuals

Pledge to do our part.

Seek discernment.

Pray that we act as we should.

Close in the name of Christ.

Invites all of us to pray in faith about our mandate to spread the Gospel.

Importance of preserving in the trial of our faith.  We need to continue to act.  We must preserve and do what is required for blessings to be honored.  We receive no witness until after the trial of our faith.

Importance of recognizing and accepting the will of God in our life.  Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire.   not my will, but Thine be done.  God hears and answers our prayers.  Let’s strive with greater resolve for more meaningful prayers.

1:43 p.m. W. Craig Zwick Quorum of the Seventy

When the Prophet Joseph told of his experience in the Grove he was ridiculed and met with resistance.  Evil and designing men and conspired to destroy the innocent.  Today there are those to misunderstand and misrepresent our doctrine.

That which is wrong is often made to look right.  Peer pressure very strong in teenagers.  Mom do I need to lower my standards to keep my friends asked Ethan, a teenager?  Are we lowering our standards to fit into our neighborhoods?  The answer is NO.

Don’t do it Ethan.  Never forget you are a son of God.  God loves you.  Live by your standards.  Stand up for what you believe in.  Pray for guidance and protection from the Lord.  Related the Great and Spacious Building story of Book Mormon.  The folks inside the great building were having a great time.  The laughter of the world is loneliness trying to reassure itself–Neal Maxwell.

We cannot yield.  Do we recognize temptation when it is so well hidden?   We must take an unyielding stand.  Listen to the prophets and follow their counsel.  Be not ashamed of the testimony of Christ.

Lord will help us choose the right during difficult times.  The Restored Gospel must firmly be implanted in our hearts.

Abinidai stood for truth when it was unpopular, and placed his own life in jeopardy.   I will not recall the words which I have spoken, he told the phony priests of King Noah.

Christ is our Savior, the Son of God.  He Lives and loves us.  We will be able to keep our covenants as we follow Him.

1:52 p.m. Choir and Congregation Guide us O Thou Great Jehovah

1:53 p.m. Robert R. Steuer, 70

Discovered power of a flashlight when just a boy.  To observe the physical properties is exciting.  We live in a marvelous times.  Spiritual light must burn within us during these times where peace taken from the world.

1.  Learn True doctrine.

Preaching the word had more power on the minds of man than anything else.   Doctrine can open the minds of people to God.  In 1832 God revealed truth about the Light of Christ.  It is in all things.   The Light of Christ also described as spirit of Jesus Christ.  It can enlighten all to produce great and wonderful things for the benefit of all.

Light is a carrier or messenger or mediator per today’s scientists.

2.  Gain Pure testimony

Can learn much through physical senses.  We can learn more spiritually though.  Spiritual knowledge not just there for the taking.  It must be discerned.  All things denote there is a God said Alma to Korihor.

3.  Live Gospel with courage.

He that received light and continues will receive more light.

2:02 p.m. Dennis B. Neuenschwander Quorum of the Seventy

Christ felt the power go out of him when the afflicted woman touched Him becoming immediately whole, through her faith.  The crowd must have been fairly large.  It may even have been a noisy crowd.  Why were they even there?  His fame preceded him, including miracles.  Perhaps they came for that.  Likely there were Pharisees in the crowd.  Some perhaps even came to mock Christ.

This was an exhausted and impoverished woman, desperate for help.  No one tried to stop her from approaching Christ.  But, something set her apart from all others in the crowd.  She quietly pressed forward with a single purpose.  She had faith He would and could heal her.  The crowd came to see, but the woman came to be healed.

Alma was one of Noah’s phony and wicked priests.  Another crowd was the great and spacious building crowd.  They mocked those who partook of the fruit of the tree.  Some listened to the crowd and fell away.  Others paid not attention to the crowd.  But the stories are not about the crowds, but about us.  Struggling through the world’s crowds can be difficult.

Christ can rescue the one in the crowd.  There is no beauty in Christ according to the world.  The world shall judge Christ to be a thing of naught.   Prays we can pass safely through the crowds of this world.

2:10 p.m. Lance B. Wickman Quorum of the Seventy

Speaks about today.  Recently visited Vietnam on behalf of the Church.  He had served there 40 years ago in the military.  Visited the killing fields of Vietnam.  Found instead of war ravaged people, found a youthful generation.  Jungle growth was new.  He expected to find yesterday, but found today and the promise of a bright tomorrow.

As he was in the jungle he heard the gunfire and remembered the friends who gave their life there.  Recalls a Palm Sunday in 1966.  They can’t kill, but in fact they did.  Mortality is fragile.  A single breath separates this world from the next.  None of us knows when death will occur.  Misguided notion that mortality goes on forever.  Or, that we can put off until tomorrow that what we should do today.

The same spirit that possess our body now will have power to posses our body in the next.  Our live is a small vapor.  The person we are as we depart this life will the the person we will be in the next.  Repenting and forgiving are what God requires of us.

2:19 p.m. Craig C. Christensen Quorum of the Seventy

Prophets speak are they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost, which is scripture.  We benefit from living scriptures, in those we sustain as prophets.  We also have written scriptures as in our cannon of scripture.

Presented a set of scriptures to an associate, not a member.  He examined the scriptures.  They turned him to the title page of the Book of Mormon.  We need a clarifying voice for the Bible.  Reading Christ’s words strengthens us.

The Book of Mormon is additional evidence God loves us.  Reviewed the Book of Mormon with his friend.   It comes with a promise.  Should be read under the influence of the Holy Ghost.  We invite all to read the Book of Mormon.  Then ask God if it is true, in Christ’s name.  Those who are sincere will gain a testimony through the Holy Ghost.

Book of Mormon has a purpose.  Convinces everyone Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.   Book of Mormon teaches the plan of happiness and the purpose of life here.  We gain a brightness of hope.  Book of Mormon testifies Jesus is the Christ.  Book of Mormon tangible evidence Joseph Smith restored the  Church.

The Book of Mormon has blessed the lives of millions.

Elder Russell M. Ballard2:27 p.m. Elder M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Women live in homes under differing circumstances.  God has a plan for all his daughters to receive all His blessings.  Address primarily for younger mothers.

Related a struggle with his kids while watching them at Church while his wife was in a choir.  Appreciated even more the sacrifices his wife made in rearing their children.  Knows no role in life or more eternal than motherhood.  No one perfect way to be a good mother.  Each situation is unique.  The choice is different and unique for each mother and family.  Many are full time stay at home mothers.  Others must work.

What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply.  Impressed by mothers who have learned how important it is to do things in a particular season of life.    It’s crucial to focus on our children while we have them with us.  This falls to both mothers and fathers equally.

Moments of great joy in motherhood, but also moments of inadequacy.  At times husbands have no ideas of the demands on their wives.  The  Church has great admiration for you.

Four Questions and Answers

1.  What can you do as a young mother to reduce pressure?

Recognize motherhood comes in moments.  Don’t rush pass the fleeting moments.  We don’t live in the moment enough.  We all make this mistake.  Don’t be in such a hurry to get on to the next thing.  Live in the moment.

Don’t over schedule your selves or your children.  If not careful all our time will be filled.  Families need unstructured time where parenting can take place.

Find some time for yourself.  Cultivate your gifts and interests things that will enrich your lives.  Water cannot be drawn from an empty well.   Avoid any substance abuse, thinking it will help you accomplish more.   Don’t be caught up in mind wasting television and surfing the Internet.

Pray, study and teach the Gospel.  There is great power in prayer.  Pray to God to help you raise them.

2.  How can the husband help?

Show appreciation.

Regular time to speak with wife about each child’s needs

Give your wife a break from her duties.

Come home from work and take active role family.

3.  What can kids do?  Kids can help as well.  Pick up, say thank you.  Tell your mom you love her.

4.  What can the Church do?  Be wise about the time commitments of the young mothers.   We love and respect you young mothers.

The family is central to the creator’s plan for his children.

Has known President Monson 58 years.  Knows he is a Prophet of God.

President Thomas S. Monson2:44 p.m. President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet, Seer, Revelator

Has been attending conferences for a long time.  Feels richly blessed though from this session.  All speakers have hit important counsel. Let’s incorporate it in our lives.

His father’s father from Sweden.   Married shortly after arriving to Salt Lake City.  Then was called on a mission back to Sweden 14 days later.  He went.   Related stories of his father’s ancestors.  Very good use of humor in his stories.

Earlier this year his wife had a serious fall.  She was in a coma for 27 days.  Let’s treat our wives with dignity and respect.  Sisters honor your husbands, they need expressions of true love.

The conference has been wonderful.  We have all been edified.  Uplifted by beautiful music.  We are abundantly blessed in the Church by those who share their musical talents.  Show love to your children.  Let them know you love them.  Pray for help each day.   Go often to the temple.  It will strengthen marriages and families.  Try to help each other with our needs. He loves us and prays for us.  Please pray for him.  This work is true.

2:55 p.m. Choir God Bless Our Prophet Dear

2:59 p.m. Benediction Bruce C. Haven Quorum of the Seventy