This morning’s session of the 179th Semiannual LDS General Conference will begin shortly. Warming up for the Prophet’s Seers and Revelators will be the World Famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the longest running radio program in the United States, Music and the Spoken Word.

I will be live blogging the Sunday Sessions–perhaps squeak out a tweet or two as well.  There are an abundance of excellent Internet resources to follow General Conference.  For those who tweet, By Common Consent’s Twitter Feed is an excellent source.  I was out of town yesterday and kept abreast of conference by following By Common Consent on Twitter.

LDS Media Talk has links to follow conference as well.  Various Blogs in the Bloggernacle will also have live feeds or open threads.  By Common Consent has an open live thread.  BCC also has some incredible photos up of the Conference.

8:50 a.m. Tabernacle Choir singing Come Thou Font of Every Blessing–very powerful hymn.

8:57 a.m. Choir now leaving us again from within the shadow of the ever lasting hills.

9:00 a.m.

Tabernacle Choir Sing Praise to Him

9:01 a.m.

Conducting President Thomas S. Monson, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator

Greetings to all participating Radio, Television, Internet and the like.

9:02 a.m. Choir I Need Thee Every Hour

9:07 a.m. Invocation Glen L. Pace of the Seventy

9:08 a.m. Choir, Beautiful  Zion Built Above

9:14 a.m. President Henry B.  Eyring, First Counselor First Presidency.

Blessed to speak this Sabbath Day.  We share a desire to be better than we are.  Some feel they are good enough.  Some have given up.  Restored Gospel message is to expect to become better as long as we live.  Moroni: Pray unto the Father so we may be filled with His love.  Any believing Latter-day Saint is an optimist no matter how difficult the present is.  We belive we may become like the Savior.  Even the most humble takes hope in the invitation to become like Christ.  Song, I’m trying to be like Jesus, enlightens us.  Try to show kindness in all that you do.

Savior has prepared the way through His example and Atonement.  Love is motivating principle by which Lord leads us to become like Him.  Our way of live hour by hour must be filled with Love, as it is the First and Great Commmandments.  It is Love of God that leads us to keep his commandments.   Parents to love children and children to love parents.  This is the ideal of all families.   Depending on whether families will be together depend on the choices each family member makes.

Hopes we make choices, even if difficult to make certain no empty chairs in our families in the eternities to come.

1.  Pray for love to see good in our companion.  Pray for love that makes weaknesses and mistakes seem small.  Pray for love to soften sorrows of companions.

2.  Parents of wandering child.  Savior perfect example of patience and love.  How oft will I gather you Israel?  Prodigal son story gives us all hope.  Our children will feel our love and will come back.   Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepard is upon them.  Pray for careless and disobedient children, hope on, trust on, pray for your children, love them,  reach out to them in confidence.

3.  Children.  Honor thy father and mother.  You owe your parents your  life.    Christ asked his disciples to bring the children unto him, for such is the Kingdom of God.  Look for opportunities to Love as Christ did.

. I leave unto you said Christ.  None is perfect yet, but, the way lies through Christ.  Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the Restoration.

9:29 a.m. Elder L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Attended Manti Pageant with wife this summer.   Over 800 cast members, most under age 18.  Inspiration to see how well organized taking care of all details.  Setting is beautiful in hills around Manti.  Some 15,000 viewed that night.  Also attended Temple session.  Is an older temple and has a special spirit.  Brought back great memories.  Review lessons of the past to face the future, particularly the past of our Mormon Pioneers.  They left everything behind when they embraced the Gospel which literally changed their lives.  They must have been shocked when Brigham declared “this is the place.”   They built the great old Temples of early Utah without power equipment or contractors.

They went to work to make a kingdom.  Yet, the continued to work and leave home as called by the Prophet to continue to build the ..

Recounts building of Manti Temple.  Some were called to build the roof of the Manti Temple.  None were skilled in roofing.  But, they used the lessons of the past and shipbuilding to build a roof.  They began building a ship, which they knew how to do, and then turned the plans upside down to comprise the roof.   This is how we can use the lessons of the past for the future.

We have special access and insight to the Truths of God.  These early pioneers sacrificed everything to build the Kingdom of God.

The Church has turned the missionary program upside down.  They went from emphasis on stake missionary work to a ward based system, which has worked better.  Members more inclusive now.  Members become excited as friends accept Gospel.  Members have opportunity to share testimony with full time Missionaries.

Restoration, Salvation and Gospel of Christ are the three basic areas the full time missionaries teach.  They use inspired manual of Preach My Gospel.

9:43 a.m. Bishop H. David Burton

Let virtue garnish thoughts unceasingly.   Graduating from primary required him to memorize and repeat 13th Article of Faith, which was difficult for him to do, but was successful with the help of a patient a loving primary teacher.   Virtue traits form basis of Christ life.

Civility all but absent in our political discourse.  Fidelity and honesty all but disappeared.  Humility rare.  Many in society feel little responsibility for their own well being.  We need not be a part of the virtue malaise that infects our society.   Need to stand tall and firmly fixed in virtue.  Teaching virtue begins with parents with good parental example.  Poor example gives license for the opposite. Responsibility and accountability critical.   Integrity absent, civility impaired.

Most people won’t commit desperate acts if they know respect and kindness give better chance of success in life.  Virtuous traits must never be forgotten or set aside.  If virtue lost families will be weakened.  Virtue broadly practiced can loosen Satan’s grip on society.   Our society will be strengthened.  God expects his children to be integrity, civility, morality, and all the good virtues.  May be have humility to act on our reponsbility to demonstrate our ablity to live with integrity.

9:57 a.m. Choir and Congregation How Firm a Foundation (For I am Thy God, and will Still give the aid!)

10:00 a.m. Sister Ann M. Dibb Second Counselor Young Women Presidency

Related story of painters who clung to scaffolding after an accident.  They had safety equipment, but chose not to use it.  Many lessons to be learned.  Most won’t face a life situation like this, but many of us feel we are going through scary times.  We may face possibility of failure even in Church callings.  Society’s tolerance of sin has been prophesied by ancient prophets.   These are just as real dangers as falling from scaffolding.  We learn and grow by overcoming challenges with faith and personal righteousness.

God has given us all the safety equipment we need to return:  Prayer, scriptures, prophets.  It may not be popular, but it is important to choose to use it in our lives.   The Rod of Iron is another piece of safety equipment.  Those who hold fast to the Iron Rod will and can over come temptations.  Read again the vision of the Tree of Life and apply its principles to our lives.  “Get a Grip.”  Hold on and don’t let go.

Sometimes we let go and think we can find our way back, later.  Lehi saw many who let go, and were lost wandering in strange roads.  We may find ourselves wandering in strange roads if we let go.  We can find our way back through repentance.  We can re commit.   Repent, hold on, and don’t let go.

10:10 a.m. Elder Russel M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Grateful for each of the Saints.  Grateful for miralce of modern communication allowing conference to the world.  Texting technology also allows us to communicate instantly even the world away.  Also impressive is our ability access information from heavy without service fees, hardware or software of any kind.  Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.  This is extended to all God’s children.

Keeps pencil and paper at bedside to capture inspiration.  First you must have firm faith and a desire.  Have Faith in Christ and real intentOne really must really intend to follow Divine direction given.  Doctrine and Covenants tells us we must study it out first in our mind.  Then we will be shown that it is right.

Natural man knows little of God and even less of God’s prophets.  They are foolishness to the natural man, because they are spiritually discerned.  The change from natural man to spiritual one is a mighty one.  Natural man is an enemy of God unless he yields to the enticing of the Spirit and comes submissive, humble, meek, patient.

Recently observed such a mighty change in a man.  A father who came to witness his son called to Stake Presidency.  This man was not a member of the Church.  Told him that the day would come when he would want to be sealed to his son, and that Elder Nelson would be pleased to seal them in the Temple.  Over a decade later after losing his hearing the man converted and was in fact sealed by Elder Nelson.

Discern means to sift or distinguish.  Spiritual discernment allows us to see things not visible, and hear things not audible.  It allows Bishops to operate in their callings.

Revelation may be incrimental.  He gives us line upon line here a little and there a little.  He who receives will get even more.  This is how we gain wisdom.

Prophets have described revelation.  Veil taken from minds and the eyes of understanding were opened.  Spirit of Lord rests upon them.  Every saint merits revelation.  We all have the right to divine revelation in our own lives.

10:24 a.m. Choir Love is Spoken Here

10:28 a.m. President Monson, Prophet, Seer and Revalator

Beautiful singing.  Greets Saints with love in his heart.  Related story of Dr. Jack McConnell very successful but well taught by his father to serve others.  We can’t all be the same, but the needs of others are ever present and we can do something to help someone.  When we are in the service of our fellow beings we are only in the service of our God.  Unless we lose our selves in the service of others we live lives not worth livings.  If we serve others we save our lives.

How often have we intended to help, but that day to day living interfered?  We become so caught up in the business of our lives.  We have immersed ourselves in the thick of thin things.  We are neglecting the more important causes in life.   Have we ever felt the tinge of regret for being too kind?

I can barely make it though each day–how can I serve others?  Relates story of interview with Deseret News asking that each member find someone who needs help and render some service.  Members all over the world did this and wrote him of their service in various ways.

We have to live a long time to see how a lonely a room can be that is filled only with furniture.  Do it unto the least of these my brethren, and you have done it unto Christ.

Ask our selves Dr. McConnell’s question, what have I done for someone today?  Remember the Hymn, Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

10:46 a.m. Choir: Have I done Any Good?

10:50 a.m. Benediction Enrique Farabella