The final session of the 179th General Conference is about to begin. For links and Twitter feeds, please see my introductory remarks here. This has been a very moving, spirit filled conference with some of the most timely prophetic counsel available–good for members and non-members of the Church.
1:00 p.m. Choir-Tabernacle
1:01 p.m. Conducting President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor First Presidency
Greetings to all attending via radio, TV, Internet, or satellite.
1:02 p.m. Choir Now We’ll Sing With One Accord
1:06 p.m. Invocation Spencer V. Jones Quorum of the Seventy
1:08 p.m. Choir O My Father (one of the most moving, and theologically advanced hymns on the planet)
1:14 p.m. President Eyring
1:15 p.m. Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. We should deny ourselves and take up His Cross and follow Him. Whosoever loses his life for Christ shall find it. Every year thousands put forth their paperwork to serve full time missions. Younger people put work and school on hold to serve full time missions. Same for Temple workers and all others who serve in the Church.
Not easy to give up our personal desires. Forget your self and go to work, Elder Gordon B. Hinckley was told. He gave sigh to the blind, legs to the lame, and life to the dead. We can never love the Lord until we serve His people.
Lose our selves in the service to others. Fathers adjust their lives to support a family. Gap between those who are and are not willing to do this is widening in this world. One couple decided to have a dog rather than children–supposedly easier.
LDS uniquely committed to sacrafice. Taking sacrament we renew our committment to serve God and fellow man. In Temple we covenant to serve God and fellow man as well.
LDS have united in elections to preserve marriage, some at a high cost personally. LDS volunteers in great demand education, local government, and countless other efforts.
No outside copying of Church or blind obedience can duplicate efforts of this Church.
Some LDS forego service to pay heed to selfish wants of the world. We should, however, be salt of the world. Don’t serve Savior if we fear man more than God. Should not seek praise of world. We are called to establish Lord’s standards, not the world’s.
Can’t walk, talk, or do as other men. Must fit ourselves to the task.
Can’t be lifesaver, if you look like all the other swimmers on the beach. For those who seek world’s praise reject love one another injuction by Christ. Moment we have a self at all, possiblity of putting ourself first. This is sin of Satan, which he taught human race.
Satan said man could be like Gods, be their own masters, and invent their own happiness outside of God. Since then to today this philosophy has pervaded the world.
Live in a time when sacrafice is out of fashion. This is the “me” generation. It asks, what’s in it for “me”? World says we should get something for nothing. We are “entitled” to this or that because of who I am. Entitlement is selfish–demands much and gives nothing.
Evident in multi million $$ bonuses of Wall Street, but also excessive debt and spending. Gambling is also selfish concern. Getting something for nothing contrary to Gosepl law of harvest. That which we sow so shall we reap. It’s all about me produces no growth, and is against God’s plan for his children.
Unselfish service example was Mother Theresa, go have service to the poorest of the poor. We can no great things, only small things with great love.
I go to church to be active, not passive. We are happier when we act and serve for what we give, not what we get. Christ teaches us to follow him and lose ourself in unselfish service. We will obtain Eternal Life, greatest of all gifts. Testifies of Christ.
1:32 p.m. David A. Bednar Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Opens with how to be a good stake president. Do a better job to shepard Saints to go to the Temple. Teach of temple ordinances and covenants. Goal as stake presidency to get everyone Temple worthy. Speaks today of importance of Temple attendance and covenants.
In all ages purpose of gathering people is to build temples. Gathering and building of temples highlighted in Book of Mormon. Elder Maxell, when we baptise we should gaze toward the Temple.
Taking sacrament we express willingness to take Christ’s name upon us, but we don’t actually do that at that time. We do that, at a later time, in the temple–same with baptism.
Taking upon us Christ’s name from initial steps of baptism increases in the temple. When we are baptized we look to the temple. When we take the sacrament we look to the temple. In the temple ordinances we completely and fully take Christ’s name upon us.
Temple building accompanied by protests and criticism from the world. The bells of Hell begin to ring when we build temples. As faithful saints have received Lord’s tender mercies. God will not let his enemies destroy his work.
Come to better understand protection from temple covenants. Difference between those who rush into temple and those who consistently and truly worship in side the temple. Which are we?
Should not be surprised by Satan’s efforts to discredit temple worship (Can you say BIG Love and HBO’s attempts?)
Satan despises the purity of the Temple. Fresh courage take. Temples dot the earth today, sacred places of ordinances and covenants. Must gather together people.
Young people get yourselves worthy to attend the temple. Cast away things in your life standing in your way. Repent and prepare to worship in the Temple. More fully honor your sacred covenants. Commend those who use Temple recommends.
Fire of covenant burn strongly for those who worship in God’s Holy House.
1:48 p.m. Gary E. Stevenson Quorum of the Seventy
Look, Grandpa, you are never lost when you can see the Temple. You are never lost when you can see the Temple. It will fill your life with guidance in a world of chaos. King Benjamin asked his Saints to gather toward the Temple. If we follow counsel of prophets today our doors will face the Temple. Replace some leisure activities with Temple service.
Always a place for gospel priorites in our homes no matter how large or small. There is a righteous unity between the temple and the home. In Temple foundations of family sealed in place.
I love to see the Temple–I’m going there some day. I love to see the Temple, I’ll go inside someday. The Temple is a holy place. A family is forever. The principles will turn our doors toward the Temple.
You are never lost when you can see the Temple. (Powerful Temple sermon, just as Elder Bednar)
1:59 p.m. Choir Guide Us O Thou Great Jehova
2:02 p.m. Jose A. Teixiera Quorum of the Seventy
God has a plan for all of us. Bring to pass immortality and Eternal Life of Man–God’s work and glory. He has given us gifts to help us in mortality. These gifts help us navagate through mortality. God won’t force us to do what is right, nor will he impede us to make stupid choices.
Choices have consequences attached, not always immediately discernable. Recently used a GPS. Keeps folks from getting lost while driving. Mankind has always tried to keep itself from getting lost. With GPS has sense of security. Will get him where he wants to go; but, when he went into an underground parking he was told, he has lost satellite signal. When he came back out, the signal was aquired again–but it took some time.
Good choices result in good consequences. Another gift is to believe words of Jesus Christ. Those who follow prophets receive God’s promises. God does nothing except he reveals his secrets to the prophets. Will we be able to reach our eternal destiny? We have been taught by prophets this weekend.
2:12 p.m. F. Michael Watson Quorum of the Seventy
Give the horse the reigns and he will get you to camp. Wisdom of those who have gone before will be our guide if we give them the reigns. Search the commandments, they are true and faithful. God’s words will not pass away, but will be fulfilled, even those of his servants.
Joseph Fielding Smith: Who shall ascend hill of Lord? He that hath clean hands and pure heart. He shall receive blessings from God.
Harold B. Lee, give heed to prophets. May not like it. May contradict social views and interrupt your social life.
Do you believe prophets knew what they were talking about? Too close to brethren and only think they are just guessing?
As members heed prophets and follow today’s prophet, we understand God works through prophets and reveals them His secrets.
2:22 p.m. L Tom Perry Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Related traffic jam in Provo Canyon. Search and Rescue holding up traffic for an animal. Where was the shepard? Wouldn’t he have the best chance of approaching the sheep? He was missing in action. As members of Church we are missing in action at times. No substitute for member oriented prosetlying program. Member missionaries are shepards. Full time missionaries are like search and rescue team, doing something impossible for them to do alone.
1. Section 88 says warn your neighbors. Over half people in U.S and Canada have no idea of LDS beliefs and practices. When members interact with non members then attitudes postive and open. Full time missonaries not best used for finding people, but for teaching. Missing golden opportunities if we wait for full time missionaries to warn our neighbors.
We can give people hope and courage in a changing world. Gospel centered on Atonement of Christ. Faith, repentence, baptism, holy ghost, with enduring to end. All mankind invited to be rescued back to the fold of Christ.
Restoration–God speaks to His people. No other message has such eternal significance to everyone living on the Earth today.
2. We must open our mouths, D&C 33:7-8. Prepare the way of the Lord and make His paths straight. What would we say if we opened our mouths? First, declare belief in Jesus Christ and Atonement, which blesses all mankind. Second we should tell in our own words Joseph Smith’s first vision. Third, testify of Book of Mormon. It is convincing evidence Joseph Smith prophet of God. If Book of Mormon then there is a restoration of Church and Priesthood. Savior is Good Shepard. We are in His service. We would all leave the 99 and go after the lost one. We should ponder what it means to be lost.
3. D&C 18–even if we bring only ond soul how great will be our joy.
2:38 p.m. President Eyring, appreciates all the choirs which have participated, and conductors and organists. Thanks to all who have participated in anyway.
2:40 p.m. President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet, Seer, Revelator
May we long remember what we have heard in this conference. Messages will be reprinted next month. We should ponder read, and then apply these mesages in our lives. Counselors to Pre. Monson inspired. Newest apostle is the man God wanted to fill this position at this time.
Strive to live closer to the Lord. Pray always. Love your children, pray for them. Pray they will grow in faith. Pray they will pursue lives of goodness. Children appreciate your parents.
Caution to all: We live when adversary uses every means possible to ensnare us. Many pathways upon which we are enticed, and they can lead to our destruction. Advances that can be used for good can destroy us.
Internet provides limitless opportunites. Church has great website. But, alarming are reports who use Internet for evil and degrading purposes. Viewing pornography largest such use will destroy the spirit. Avoid this at all costs. Don’t transmit pornography via cell phones. Pornography is most effective of Satan’s tools. Change now, and take steps necceary to get to straight and narrow and stay there.
Temple we can find peace. We become saviors on Mount Zion through Temple attendance and service. Greatful Church continues with humanitarian needs around the world.
We are a blessed people. We know God lives and Jesus is the Christ. Prays heaven’s blessings on our homes. Nourish your testimony to be a protection to you against adversary.
Conference is over. Return home safely. He loves and prays for us. Please remember all general authorities in your prayers. Invokes Lord’s blessings on us all. Powerful, powerful, powerful conference and messages.
2:50 p.m. Choir God Be With You . . till we meet at Jesus’ feet.
2:54 p.m. Benediction. Robert C. Oaks Quorum of the Seventy