General Conference October 2014 summary

General Conference October 2014:

at the end of each sermon, the speaker testified that his words were in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

These are brief notes, not a comprehensive summary.

Boyd K Paker:

-The topical guide found in the standard works of the LDS are perhaps the most comprehensive reference guide to the scriptures that has ever been made.

-“We preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies that our children may know where to look for a remission of their sins.” Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25.

-“In me shall all have life, and that eternally, even those who believe in my name, and they shall become my sons and my daughters.” Teaches the bible. There are many other such references.

-Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we are redeemed from the fall.

-Corinthians says “as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

-“Atonement must be made, or all must perish. For all are hard and lost and must perish except there be an infinite and Atoneing sacrifice.” teaches the Book of Mormon

-Before we came to earth we agreed to live according the the law of God.

-The Atonement of Jesus Christ provides a way to become clean.

-Jesus Christ is resurrected.

-He suffered for each of us when in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross.

-Those who will repent and forsake sin will find that his merciful arm is stretched out still.

-Those who listen to his servants will find peace and understanding even in the midst of trials.

-With no redemption we could never be forgiven, and that would make for a difficult world.

-The Atonement of Christ is for us to have not only forgiveness but peace.

-When something terrible happens to us, we may cry out someone must pay for this wrong! But someone has already paid. It is Christ.

-The guilt that accompanies mistakes can be washed away.

-The LDS church is designed to move throughout the world and give knowledge of the Savior.

-This conference is going to 195 countries.

-we have over 3000 stakes.

-Total church membership has passed 15 million.

-These stats show that the stone that was cut out of the mountain continues to roll forth and will fill the whole earth (as Daniel prophecies).

-No matter our size as a church, the strength of it’s individuals is what determines it’s strength.

-A testimony of the hope of the holy redemption is something that cannot be measured.

-We teach the gospel to young old rich poor married single and people of every nation.

-We need to seek out those who have strayed and bring them to the fold.

-We need every members’ insight.

-The body of the church is one, and there are many members, but one body, so also as Christ.

-Each member serves as a testimony of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

-The adversary is against us, we need each of us if we are to succeed.

-What can we do since we are only one person? Joseph Smith felt very alone, but he prayed about which church to join. His faith in the Savior grew as ours must grow, little by little. Joseph knelt to pray, and what marvelous things have come from that prayer!

-As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bare witness that he lives.

-As we move into the future with quiet confidence, he will be with us.

-There is no limit to how much he can bless those who seek him.

Lynn Robins of the Seventy:

-A seventy does not represent the people facing the prophet, but the prophet facing the people. Beware which way you face, don’t fear men. This taught President Packer.

-We don’t tolerate or condone wickedness.

-Isaiah warns us, “fear ye not the reproach of men”

-When the fear of men tempts us to condone sin it becomes a snare.

-Some missionaries won’t report flagrant disobedience to their mission president because of the fear of men.

-We don’t tolerate or participate in what has been condemned by God.

-Decisions of character are made by remembering the order of the first two great commandments.

-At age 22 Joseph Smith even forgot which way he was to face when he shared to record with Martin Harris. Whatever Joseph’s reasons were the Lord did not excuse him but rebuked him saying “You should not have feared man more than God.”

-When one tries to condone disobedience of man yet says he serves God is serving two masters and can’t be done.

-Courage is the gift of the God fearing who have said their prayers.

-Courage is the form of every virtue at the breaking point.

-Many in the scriptures almost did the right thing but then feared the people and did the wrong thing.

-Perfect love casteth out all fear

-Nephi said he writes what is pleasing to God not man

-Moroni said he seeks to pull power down and help his country

-Book of Mormon says if all men were like Moroni the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men

-The guilty taketh the truth to be hard for it cutteth them to the center says the Book of Mormon

-President Lee taught “the hit bird flutters”

-People try to get the Lord to lower his standards to what the world expects. Such is apostasy and makes us worse not better.

-Many churches profess to know the Christ but minister that which is sacred to those that are not worthy, says the Book of Mormon, and so it is in our day.

-Bishops today boldly defend the temple standard of who can enter for the Savior said he will bless us as we don’t pollute his house; he cleansed the temple chasing people out.

-Jesus tried to not be popular: he oft told people not to tell others about what he did for them; he condemned others for liking to pray in public.

-163 times Jesus used the title father in the Book of Mormon.

-New Testament Jesus refers to his father at least 50 times.

-Jesus is the only one who has always faced the right direction.

-May we go about doing good as anonymously as possible.

-Put the first commandment where it belongs, before the second commandment.

Sister Esplin Primary General Presidency:

-The sacrament is about doing what God wants rather than what we want.

-The sacrament prayer reminds us that Jesus said “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15.

-We repent when we take the sacrament, and we recall Jesus’ enabling power, helping us to serve beyond our capacity. Seeing this can help us get through the repentance part.

-Thanking God for the enabling power in our lives he gives us helps us look forward to the sacrament.

-All of us make mistakes from Sabbath to Sabbath.

-We receive forgiveness by repairing the damages we have done to the best of our ability. Bring this to the sacrament table, and you’ll be forgiven.

-There is a spirit of warmth that attends the sacrament from head to foot, helping us feel our spiritual wounds heal.

-The sacrament reminds us that Christ will ALWAYS be our bread of life and our living water.

-The sacrament is the way that our souls will never hunger or thirst, but will always be filled.

-Multitudes are filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ as they take the sacrament.

-Christ says whoever comes to him he will receive; and blessed are those who come unto him.

-Aaronic Priesthood holders represent the Savior as they prepare the sacrament.

-When Priesthood holders extend their arm to offer you the sacrament, it’s like the Savior’s arm of mercy offering you his help.

-The more we take the sacrament the more we appreciate it, even into our old age.

-Those who are deaf and blind still benefit from going to church because of the sacrament.

-The sacrament is holy, and renews our souls.

-We feel of the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as we take the sacrament.

Elder Chi Hong Wong of The Seventy:

-Our rescue efforts to bring people to Christ are just like that of accounts in the New Testament like when they brought the man on the stretcher through the roof. We need to coordinate like they did, and work together like they did. There are many spiritually paralyzed who just aren’t able to come back to the church alone, we can help them, particularly through councils of the church.

-Missionaries love to have lists of people to work with from the ward council.

-The man on the stretcher was brought in by several people, and verse 5 says “when Jesus saw THEIR faith” he healed the man. This could include people praying for him, those who carry him there, church leaders who organize and carry this out, or far away friends.

-When we help save souls with Jesus Christ we will be saved in the process.

Elder Christofferson:

-Who bares responsibility for what happens in our lives? Us. Not our governments etc. Every man is accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment. God doesn’t live our lives for us, or puppet for us like Lucifer wanted to do, nor will the church leaders puppet for us. Brigham Young taught that none should be satisfied with what he does unless they get the spirit of revelation concerning it.

-Our very being on earth is because we obeyed God in the premortal life. We are expected to continue to obey God here.

-Not living up perfectly to God’s Celestial Law can be erased by Jesus Christ.

-It’s because he is just that God makes mercy. Each exercise their part.

-People are born into this world innocent because of Jesus Christ.

-We can choose who we want to be. We aren’t to be acted upon, we are to act for ourselves. We can even choose to become like God.

-Denying God’s supremacy will result in achieving far less than we otherwise could have in life.

-A God who makes no demands upon us, and it’s like there is no God at all if such were the case.

-Some say they don’t think there is a right or wrong concerning what is true, it’s just whatever they think.

-Some feel pressured to think that there is right and wrong, and not just whatever they think. They set themselves up as their own “higher power/diety” setting all the rules for themselves.

-Resenting the law of gravity won’t keep a person from falling if he steps off a cliff, and the same applys to the rest of God’s laws.

-Freedom can be applied when we apply it, not when we rebel against it.

-There was a man who would not work; he had paid his tithing and his taxes, now he thought it someone elses duty to do everything for him. They drove him to the cemetery thinking nothing else could be done for him. One man said “wait we can’t do this, I have some corn we can give him”. the man responded “is there husks on it?” Yes, there were, so the man said simply, “Well then, drive on.”

Song, “If I listen with my heart I can hear the Savior’s voice”

President Deiter Uchdorf:

-In a very short period of time our understanding of things can change very quickly.

-Like discovering more than one galaxy before unknown to us, people of the past would not understand us attempting to explain to them cell phones microwaves internet etc.

-Often people are well meaning only mislead, or uninformed.

-God has given us his children the promise that we can know truth for ourselves. He will speak in a way that is unmistakable and that transcends human experience, and will give us answers for our personal lives.  Some say this is impossible and that God has better things to do, but I tell you this, God cares about you and he will listen to your questions. His answers will come in his own way and time and therefore you need to learn to listen to his voice. His Savior is the way.

-Answers come from our attempts to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

-We need to search the ancient and modern day prophets’ words with desire to learn not criticize.

-Continue desiring to learn about God.

-You must consider how merciful God has been in providing prophets to lead his church to help lead his children back to him.

-You must ask God weather the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

-Finally, you must do God’s will in order to “know of the doctrine weather it be of God or weather I speak of myself.” Aka, to find out if the church teachings are true, you must first live them. Put them to the test in your own life. Do this with faith in God, and you have his PROMISE that light will be given you, incomprehensible to mortal sight.

-Some say this is not worth the effort or too hard, but a testimony of the gospel and of this church is the most important thing you can gain in your life. It will guide you not only in this life but throughout eternity.

-If you want to come to knowledge of spiritual truth, you need to use spiritual instruments that can discern it (*like scriptures and living gospel principals, not just by reading scholarly books or scientific reviews).

-If we remove ourselves from the gospel, the light begins to dim over time until we look back and can’t believe why we ever believed the gospel is true. What once was clear seems hazy. Paul teaches this in the New Testament.

-The Church of Jesus Christ is a place for uniting us not separating us.

-When we come closer to the Lord, that vision of truth can become clear once again, the haze departing.

-Get a testimony and you can keep it worlds without end to guide you.

Saturday Afternoon Session:

Elder Oaks:

-The world hates Christ’s teachings because his teachings are not of the world.

-Love is the center of the gospel.

-Can’t be leaven to raise the lump if we only associate with those who share our beliefs.

-Christ makes his teachings clear so we don’t have to contend with each other. His doctrine causes contention to cease, and it is his doctrine that such should be done away.

-Even those that keep the commandments need to be sure that they don’t cause contention.

-Mildness, meekness, with all humility, reviling not against revilers. This is how to share the gospel.

-We must not surrender our position.

-There is no middle ground in the context of what our doctrine is.

-When we hold out for right and wrong today we are sometimes called biggots and fanatics.

-Teach the commandments as plainly and as throughly as we understand them. Such is our constitutional guarantee, and is allowed in private conversation in other countries.

-Followers of Christ should be examples of civility.

-Though we may disagree we should not be disagreeable.

-Speech on controversial topics should not be contentious.

-Others we ask you to respect LDS religion. We respect others.

-Accept failed attempts to share the gospel graciously.

-No need to distance ourselves from those who believe differently than we do; let your children also play with other children not of our faith.

-No hateful communications in politics.

-We don’t need to facilitate or condone cohabitation. There are other ways to deal nicely to them.

-A woman whose husband was not baptized for ten years though he attended the church, then his wife chose to be very kind to him for a month, and he was baptized. She chose to continue to be extra nice, seeing as they were working on getting a temple marriage. He later became bishop.

-We are commanded to love ALL men.

Elder Anderson:

-Christ was called gluttonous and a wine bibber.

-Joseph Smith was destined to have people rage against him, but wise people to seek blessings after his hand.

Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers from God.

-People say it’s impossible for angels to appear to Joseph Smith, or for an angel to give gold plates to Joseph Smith containing the Book of Mormon!

-Studying the church through the eyes of it’s defectors is like interviewing Judas to find out more about Jesus. Defectors always tell more about themselves than about the people from whom they have defected.

-To who question about Joseph Smith, we ought ask the people who lived with him, and who gave their lives for his cause. John Taylor for example, who was shot 4 times at the time Joseph Smith was martyred, testified later that Joseph Smith was simply a good man.

-Things on the internet or the news aren’t always true. There have been numerous occasions where blatantly false things have occurred to put down the LDS church.

-Often people use the truth to impose a false impression.

-We don’t say something is true based on things we don’t understand.

-Several men along with Joseph Smith testified that angels did appear to them, giving them work to do for the Savior.

-Millions of LDS live caring for the poor and serving others, and sharing the gospel. Jesus said that a good tree cannot bring forth corrupt fruit, nor vice versa. By their fruits ye shall know them.

-You won’t be of much help to others if your own faith is not in place. Like on a plane in an emergency, you need to adjust your own safety mask before that of others.

-Lies about the character and mission of Joseph Smith will continue to increase. Now is the time to prepare for that.

-Through Joseph Smith, the holy sealing power was restored to the earth. Such is available in temples (that is, marriage that is sealed to last not just till death do you part but forever and ever).

-You may get wet in this water fight, but never let it put out the fire of your faith.

-Find scriptures acknowledging Joseph Smith’s mission, and materials on such.

-Listenning to _____ in your own voice will help you.

-“Dispite what comes, this great work will go forward.” -Thomas S. Monson.

-God chose a righteous man, Joseph Smith, to restore his gospel on the earth.

-Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God.

-Once dead, we will understand the sacred mission of the prophet Joseph Smith.

-In a not too distant day, we shall all know brother Joseph Smith again.

Elder Ted R. Callister:

-Successful people have libraries. They read.

-One parent had her children only watch 3 TV shows a week, and were to read 2 books a week, and to give a report on such. This mother wanted her children to change their lives. One of her children became a world renowned neurosurgeon at age 34. This is because she was a woman who took her duty to teach her children seriously. The children contested her rules but it was to no avail. She was determined.

-It’s up to parents, not church leaders, to be responsible for the teaching of their children.

-One girl who didn’t have the church in her community knew all the answers to gospel questions because her mother taught her.

-Keep in your shirt pocket quotes from scripture and Shakespeare and so forth and have those be discussion at dinner table.

-One 90 year old cooked and took a tray of food out the door. When asked where she was going, she said, to take food to the elderly.

-Ted’s mother when Ted was 12, asked him if he was prayed for the Lord to help him find a good wife as that would be the most important decision in his life he would make. He then prayed for such for the next 6 years.

-Parents, don’t send your children out to battle against Satan in the world without helping them put on the armor on.

-In many cases, gaming monopolizes the lives of our children. There may be complaining but we need to put our foot down. If we don’t do this, who will?

-Do our children get our best, or do our callings and workplace take our best?

-In the next life titles of church callings may not continue with us, but certainly the title of parent or spouse shall survive worlds without end.

Elder Jorg Klebingat:

-On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your confidence before the Lord were you to have a one on one interview with him right now?

-Stop making excuses for why you are not choosing to be obedient.

-God knows weather you’re just choosing not to live the gospel. If so, be honest enough to admit it.

-Control your diet and excursive for physical fitness. Our body and mind are interconnected. Pay special attention to what we eat. Give your body the exercise it needs and deserves.

-Embrace wholehearted obedience in your life. Acknowledge that you can’t disobey God’s commandments and still love God.

-Chosing something bad instead of something extremely bad is still sin.

-You won’t feel good about a bad movie you watch just because it’s not a terrible movie.

-The Atonement of Jesus Christ never runs out.

-Use Christ’s commandments daily like a physicians orders.

-Don’t expect the world to cheer you on as you seek to obey the gospel.

-Voluntarily and joyfully repent of sins constantly, then your confidence before the Lord will be great.

-Forgive everyone for everything all the time. Forgive and forget quickly, and don’t ever think that you are exempt from this commandment. Confidence before the Lord increases as we know that he knows that we have no ill feelings for any person.

-Expect trials to come.

-Some trials just come for the sake of life. Devils say it’s because we sinned, ignore that.

-Often trials come because we are being righteous.

-Constantly putting yourself down is listening to the wrong voice, as if you think you need to do that before someone else beats you to it.

-Be fully clean and acceptable before God all the time.

-The Savior is loving and expects us to live his commandments.

-The Savior rejoices daily seeing that we are facing in the right direction.

Elder Edwardo Gavarret:

-The voice beckoning us to the wrong path and that beckoning us to the right path are very similar in sound at times, but The Lord’s voice cannot be confused.

-The Lord uses verbs in his invitations to us, follow me, walk with me. It’s not a passive thing.

-He said come unto me, and I will give you rest.

-Those of you who are not members of this church will hear the voice of the Savior calling to you by missionaries asking you, “will you read the Book of Mormon? Will you come to church with us? Will you be baptized?” How will you respond today? Yea Lord, I will follow thee.

-The missionaries taught a girl the word of wisdom, which outlaws coffee. The girl said “No more coffee with milk for me mom. Just milk.” She and her whole family were baptized.

-Jesus said follow thou me. Nephi asks, can we follow Christ without being willing to keep the commandments of the Father?

-Missionaries always ask people to follow Christ.

-As you accept the gospel, you’ll experience a powerful inner change that will help you be happier.

-Following, walking with, coming after the Savior, we will loose desire to do evil.

-Feed the desire to be a better follower of Christ.

-Pray for more desire to follow Christ.

-Decide today to say “Yes Lord, I will follow thee.”

-Knowing the truth won’t change our world, but obeying it will.

-May our response to the Savior be loud and clear.

Elder Holland:

-Jesus’ first and foremost Messianic duty was to bless the poor, including the poor in spirit. This is seen as his first Messianic declaration was quoting Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah would do such.

-Jesus Christ, the creator of all things, was, at least in his adult life, homeless.

-Join with Christ to lift people from their poverty. Jehovah said he would judge the people harshly because they neglected their poor, “grinding the face of the poor.”

-Scripture says that who won’t care for the needy will cry and not be heard.

-Shall is language God uses when he means business, and he said the poor shall not want.

-Mother Theresa said her work was about love not statistics. She said she could keep the commandment to love God and her neighbor by loving those within her reach.  She said what we do may be like a drop in the ocean but without us it would be one drop less.

-God said he rejoices more in the one who repents than in 100 just persons, so we see God is not preoccupied with percentages.

-Are we not all beggars, who cry out for forgiveness and answers.

-We seek mercy to outweigh justice in at least our case.

-We retain a remission of our sins by attending to the poor.

-the two conditions of being poor of the world and poor of the heart almost always go together.

-Whatever privileges are denied you you can always pray.

-After you have prayed if you don’t help the poor you deny the faith. Your prayer is vain. You are as hypocrites.

-Industry thrift self reliance and ambition are sure; we’re always expected to help others before ourselves.

-God knows how to guide you in passionate discipleship if you’re constantly looking for ways to keep a commandment he has given us again and again.

-All who are physically able are to observe the law of the fast. Part of this entails serving the poor says Isaiah. Spiritual and temporal blessings come to those who live this law.

-Those who find relief at your hand will call your name blessed forever.

-I am my brother’s brother and need help him.

-President Thomas S Monson gives away his extra clothes when he visits poor countries, and even has come back in his house slippers having given the shoes off his feet.

-More than any man Elder Holland knows, President Monson has tried to help the poor and the widows.

-This is the true church of Jesus Christ.

-Do all we can to get people out of the poverty that holds them captive and stops them from fulfilling their dreams.

-Elder Holland is as committed to the principals of welfare self reliance etc. as any other person in the world.

Elder Perry:

-Who we emulate shapes us.

-The only way to find lasting peace is to look to Christ and to worship him.

-Christ was born in a stabble, worked as a carpenter, ministered for three years, then died on a cross. His life was written by ordinary men. He is the Son of God.

-Satan has found all kinds of ways to sow tares among the wheat, even into the sanctity of our own home. Through air, wires, etc. The wheat and tares are grown so close together! The wheat will be so beautiful that the tares will have no appeal.

-Our challenge is on how we will prepare for these events

-Protect the family as the basic unit of society for now and through the eternities.

-As people watch us, let us be certain our example will sustain the Lord’s plan.

-The greatest blessings in all the world come to and are experienced in, righteous families.

-The greatest teaching a child will ever receive will be from their parents.

-Those who make a house a home will make far greater impact on the world than will a business owner etc.

-We can’t begin to measure or calculate the value of a woman who sows good principals.

-The mothers of today have no greater opportunity, no more serious challenge, than to do all they can to strengthen the home.

-The role of fathers is to give blessings to their children, lead the family in prayer, daily family scripture study, family home evenings, planning outings that will involve all family members. These will never be forgotten by their children. Fathers teach their children the value of work, and help them to set goals.

-Being a father is a man’s most important calling, and he is never released from such.

-A successful parent should never bee too busy to capture a moment in a childs life when a lesson can be taught.

-Never have children needed parents more than they do today.

-We have a legacy of people who have given up everything they have to be able to raise their children in a better environment.

Sunday Morning Session:

President Eyring:

-Good judgement and logical thinking aren’t enough to help us in our most important decisions.

-We need not just one flash of light and comfort, but continuing light from God.

-Young Joseph Smith knew he couldn’t decide which church to join, but he knew that God could guide him in that decision. God called him to lead has church, and enabled thereby the Holy Ghost to be conferred upon people to help them with more deceptions for all who join God’s Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

-Nephi, responding to the prophet’s council (his father), said I’ll go do what the Lord would have me do, not what my father would have me do.

-The revelation of a parent has a lasting effect that continues in the personal revelation as a child, like a daughter who when she moves out on her own, sets a curfew of her own and keeps the Sabbath because her mother had her do so.

-A mother awaiting to speak to a child coming home tardy, prays like a patriarch does before giving a blessing, that her words will reach the heart of who she speaks to.

-Try to go and do as our parents hope we will.

-When you love the prophet you’ll be more able to follow his council, although it be hard to accept oft times. The Adversary tempts us to therefore disbelieve his prophetic calling.

-The father of a family gets revelation for his family, and an individual gets revelation for him/herself.

Elder Nelson of the 12 Apostles:

-President Kimball, then leader of the 12 Apostles, chose to do a medical procedure that his Dr. did not advise because the First Presidency of the church did advise. This shows how much he honored his leaders, the presiding council of the Church.

-If the restoration did anything, it shattered the age old myth that God had stopped talking to his children. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

-The leaders of the Church don’t just come in, they are regularly sustained and recognized by the membership of the church.

-No prophet or leader in this church has ever called themselves, or been elected. The Lord said “Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you and ordained you.”

-Members do not vote for their leaders on any level, but they can sustain them.

-Our sustaining of prophets is our promise that we will do all we can to uphold their decisions.

-Their call to be a prophet is binding upon us as it is upon them.

-Sustaining the prophet means we will stand behind him, pray for him, defend his good name, and carry out his instructions as the Lord shall direct.

-The living Lord leads his living Church through the current prophet.

-Having 12 Apostles and 3 in the Presiding Council make 15 prophets in our day. This is a protection for us, for their decisions must be unanimous. They pray to God, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

-There are counterbalances in place so that no one man can ever lead the church astray.

-President Hinckley said the leaders of the Church have the duty to expound upon the doctrine of the church.

-Matters of great importance are considered deliberately and carefully by the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 Apostles.

-Follow the Prophet with consecration.

Carol F. McConkie 1st Councilor in Young Womens General Presidency:

-In the Lord’s true church, there is never but one on earth at a time that has all the keys to guide and direct his church. Today that man is Thomas S. Monson.

-The Lord commands His Church to give heed to all the words of the Prophet, as if from the Lord’s own mouth. If we do such, the gaits of hell will not prevail against us.

-When the Apostles speak, it is scripture, and the power of God unto salvation. Weather it’s spoken by the Lord, or his servants, it is the same.

-The Lord’s house is a house of order, and we need never be deceived about where to look for true doctrine.

-God calls his prophets for the work of the ministry, the edifying of the Saints, and bringing them into one body.

-The Lord’s Prophet Elijah was instructed to ask food from a poor widow. God could have provided food for his prophet by other miraculous means, but he used the widow. It ended up saving the widow of Zeraphath’s life, she receiving more food from having chosen to follow the prophet.

-Following the prophet may be politically incorrect or socially unacceptable, but we trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding.

-Elder McConkie taught that the Lord gives direction to his people in their time of need always. There will come a time when all that can save us are the words of the Prophet.

-We need to study the words of ancient and modern prophets.

-This is how to build on the rock of Christ, and to hence have a sure foundation whereupon we cannot fall.

-those who don’t will be cut off from the Lord’s covenant people according to his word.

-In President Monson, we are lead by a true Prophet today.

Elder Robert D Hales:

-The final words of all LDS prophets illustrate how much Heavenly Father loves his first son Jesus Christ, and how obedient Jesus Christ was to his Father in Heaven.

-Recall the first time you knew there was a God and could feel his love.

-Exploring the beauty of this earth, we see that God loves us.

-Read the scriptures diligently.

-As we read the scriptures and keep the commandments, the Holy Ghost will testify that what we are learning is true. That is how Elder Hales knows that this church is true.

-God the Father and the Son are literally Father and Son. They are separate people. They each have a body.

-there was a life before this one where we lived with God. We call this premortality.

-When Jesus was a young man, he told his mother that he must be about his Father’s business.

-At Jesus’ baptism, God declared “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

-Jesus prayed “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

-Jesus prayed to his Father, “not my will but thine be done.”

-Jesus appeared to Mary Magdelene and said “I ascend to my father and to your father.”

-When Jesus appeared to the people in America in the Book of Mormon ancient record, his Father announced his arrival, “Behold my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

-When Jesus taught he said “This is the doctrine that the Father hath given me.”

-These scriptures show they are individuals, united in purpose, equally dedicated to bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of man.

-Jesus is a God, yet distinguishes himself as an individual by praying to and obeying his Father.

-The restoration of the gospel came with 2 glorified beings. Joseph Smith said that “one of them spake to me, calling me by name, and said pointing to the other, this is my beloved Son. Hear him!”

-The restoration of the gospel beginning with this appearance to Joseph Smith is for the purpose of restoring lost knowledge that will lead us to God forever.

-The third member of the Godhead, a personage of spirit we know as the Holy Ghost, is the way that we can know for ourselves that this message is true. See Moroni 10:4-5, about praying with a sincere heart about this in order to know by the power of the Holy Ghost, the truth of all things.

-Our Heavenly Father wants us to seek this knowledge (about weather this church is the true church) now.

-This will help us build our lives upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, and then we will not fall no matter what happens in life.

-Jesus Christ The Savior lives.

-Our Father in Heaven loves us and is watching over us.

-Knowledge of these truths will come to each who go and seek it.

Elder James J. Hamula of the Seventy:

-The sacrament Jesus started is the cessation of animal sacrifice, and beginning of remembering what the animal sacrifice was pointing toward, namely, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the bread and water represent his flesh and blood, which was shed so that we can have Eternal Life.

-When visiting the people in the America’s in the ancient record “The Book of Mormon”, the Lord also taught them to take the sacrament, and commanded them to continue doing such.

-The sacrament ordinance needs to become more sacred and holy to us, for it’s one of the most sacred and holy ordinances in the church.

-We remember Jesus’ body, a body which resisted every temptation. Which was torn by it’s enemies. Which rose from the grave never again to have disease. By taking the bread, we recall that our bodys will also rise from the grace and not experience weakness more.

-Taking the water in the sacrament we remember the agony of Gethsemane, where he spilled his blood taking upon himself the sins of the world,” how sore and exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.” Christ said to Joseph Smith about his suffering in D&C 19.

-By the power of the resurrection, ALL of us will be restored to the presence of God. So the question for us is not weather we will live after death, but who we will live with after death. Not all of us will remain with God after this life.

-Jesus made this perfectly clear- no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God.

-Alma in the Book of Mormon record, said we was so full of sin he wanted to be extinct both soul and body to hide from God.

-Jesus Christ offers to make us clean if we will accept his ordinances beginning with baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost.

-Nothing enters into the rest of the Lord unless they wash their garments in his blood by doing these things.

-We must repent and do these things. This is the doctrine of Christ.

-When we take the sacrament we declare we will always remember his son.

-When we take the sacrament we commit to keep his commandments, that includes repenting, hence if in the prior week we have said things or viewed things that are not worthy of us, by taking the sacrament we commit to STOP, and not do so again in the coming week.

-We must keep the commandments after baptism, including taking the sacrament regularly, and repenting regularly, to be able to live with God. This pattern will enable us to grow like the Savior did, “grace for grace”.

President Thomas S Monson:

-Mortality is a stage. Our home is the place we came from in premortality.

-Purposes of life are to obtain a body, and to obey God.

-God’s great gift to us is our agency.

-Here we learn from the harsh task master of experience.

-Here we learn that decisions determine destiny.

-In premortality we wanted very much to go back to our Father in Heaven.

-He did not send us here without tools and guidance.

-Strive to do all in our power to endure the the end and obtain Eternal Life.

-Jesus Christ is the perfect example to follow.

-Jesus said “that which ye have seen me do, that shall ye do also.”

-Jesus said “what manner of men ought ye to be? Veryily I say unto you, even as I am.”

-Follow in Jesus Christ’s path, and we can live with him forever.

-Nephi the prophet said unless we follow Jesus Christ we cannot be saved.

-Walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking AS he walked.

-Come follow me means live Jesus’ teachings.

-Jesus went through many of the same challenges we do in life, like disappointment, as seen in his lament over Jerusalem as they had rejected him.

-Jerusalem killed the prophets, and Jesus would have gathered them but they would not.

-Jesus did not succumb as Satan tempted him. He said “Get thee hence Satan!”

-The path of disappointment and temptation will be to each of us as well.

-Were it not so that Satan tempts us, we could not be free to choose for ourselves.

-In the midst of our sorrow, we can also find great happiness.

-As Samuel the prophet said, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

-Jesus Christ healed the sick.

-He taught us how to pray with “The Lord’s Prayer” and his prayer in Gethsemane.

-Sermon on the mount teaches us to stand up for what we believe even though we may be persecuted and ridiculed.

-Jesus teaches us to improve ourselves and strive for perfection.

-Jesus teaches us to seek the lost sheep.

-Learning of Jesus’ teachings lead us to Eternal Life. There is no higher end than this.

-No other choice we can make can make us what he can.

-Those who are not blessed with children may be Christlike by nurturing all who come into their home.

-Those with little money can be like Christ by sharing all they have.

-the home of the faithful is a heaven on earth. A spirit of goodness radiates therein.

-“Ponder the path of thy feet.” This inspires us to put ourselves where Jesus is.

-The path of Jesus Christ will take us safely home.

Priesthood Session:

Song: have done with lesser things; serve the King of Kings; we are brothers of the Son of God.

Elder Quinton L. Cook:

-Lucy in Peanuts dropping the ball rationalized her dropping the ball; we can’t rationalize not serving Jesus.

-We need unequivocal commitment to keeping the commandments.

-When we do things that get in the way of full time missions and temple marriage, those things can be particularly harmful.

-Some of us profess wanting to marry in the temple, but don’t date temple worthy women, or date at all.

-Neglecting to learn to work hard, read the Book of Mormon, do well in school and seminary, are contrary to mission preparation.

-Beware seemingly ordinary everyday situations where we need moderation balance and especially wisdom.

-with the internet we can get caught up in endless triviality which waste our time and demean out potential.

-in the media they present obsessive games as normal but it’s not.

-in media portray not just the smiles but the sorrows.

-pretending to be happier than we are makes us more sad.

-there is very little on social media that will assist us in our quest toward eternal goals

-ask, will this make you a better person?

-don’t be obsessed with every new thing.

-basic values have diminished, and along with them overall happiness on earth.

-see Elder Oak’s message on good better best.

-what absorbs all our time becomes insidious if it detracts us from the best goals.

-our daily conduct and choices should be consistent with our goals and covenants.

-We must not drop the ball of covenants for any reason.

-There is a seriousness of purpose that must accompany our approach to life.

-When things diminish Christ’s church and commandments they are tragic.

-Being valiant in the testimony of Jesus is the great divide in the difference between the Celestial and Terrestrial kingdoms. We want to be on the right side of that divide.

Elder Craig C. Christiensen:

-You can know for yourself that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

-Leaning on the testimonies of others will only take us so far.

-Like the stripling warriors in the Book of Mormon, you can start by relying on your parents’ testimonies. They said “we do not doubt that our mothers knew it.”

-Alma knew for himself the gospel was true by way of the witness of the Holy Ghost. He prayed and fasted much for that witness. See Alma 5.

-Nephi, though very young, wanted to know the truth. He wanted to know what his father the prophet knew, and he received a glorious witness of the birth of the Son of God by a virgin mother, The Saviors sacrifice, etc.

-Joseph Smith applied what he read in the scirptues about asking to know for yourself to find the truth, and hence look at all the good that has come from that.

-A witness of the truth is the calm assurance we receive as we live the gospel and study it.

-A testimony is not like a light switch, have it or you don’t; rather it’s like a tree that goes through various stages, like a redwood tree which grows from a tiny seed.

-Often a testimony begins with feelings that what we are hearing may be true. Don’t ignore or neglect these early spiritual promptings. We must continue to study and pray and seek more, or our feelings will fade and diminish.

-Read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. You’ll get a witness that it is. It follows that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that the church has been restored by him in these last days, and along with the the power of the Priesthood.

-Today is the day to learn for ourselves or to reaffirm that this is true.

-We must have the faith of scripture characters in order to develop our own testimonies.

-Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration, including the restoration of Priesthood authority on earth. This knowledge may come to us just like it has to Thomas S. Monson and myself.

Dean M. Davies; Second Counciler of the Presiding Bishopric:

-The church teaches us how to respond to temporal emergency.

-Resources to help members rebuild their homes doesn’t come free, they must develop skills, and help others to rebuild their homes. This helped them also to get employment in the future.

-“The poor shall never cease out of the land there fore thou shalt open thy hand wide to the poor and the needy in thy land” said Jehovah.

-Individual church members need to personally care for the poor and needy not just church government action.

-We fast for 24 hours (once a month), then give an offering of money to the church which goes toward caring to the needy.

-heath as the morning, glory of the Lord as thy rearward, will cry to the Lord and he will say here I am. These are blessings of fasting that Jehovah taught via the prophet Isaiah.

-There will be judgements poured out without mixture upon the whole earth Jesus Christ said in the D&C about a day soon to come.

-The amount of money we are to give at the fasts need not be excess of what we would expect to spend for the cost of those means skipped.

-Begin family fasts with a family prayer, thanking the Lord for what he has given us. When we fast it’s a family matter. Do it as a family.

-fast offerings are intended to support life not lifestyle

-Caring for the poor and needy has the power to bless hearts that are otherwise hard.

-Caring for the poor and needy is inherent in the ministry of the Savior; it’s in everything he does.

-Faithfully keep the law of the fast and give a generous fast offering; this is a sign of spiritual maturity, and brings great blessings.

President Uchdorf:

-When Christ said one of you will betray me, they didn’t look at Judas and say is it him? Or would we like those disciples of old would we look inward and ask those penetrating questions, is it I?

-This leads to personal conversion and lasting change.

-One man had a spotless yard except for one dandelion in the middle. Another had hundreds of dandelions, but was driveen crazy by why his neighbor with the perfect yard didn’t pluck the one from his yard.

-At times it’s amazing how unaware we can be at our own incompetence.

-those who do poorest on the test often think they are doing the best.

-successful people often overestimate their own contribution and underestimating that of others.

-we blind ourselves to blessings and opportunities that could help us improve when we think we are doing better than we are.

-sometimes wards that appear perfect have many divorces, many things going wrong. Some appear to live the gospel but inside they have moved away from the gospel and it’s teachings.

-some men say the gospel is good for women and children but not for them.

-we live in a day of narcissism, and it’s easy in our day to make excuses for not regularly studying the scriptures attending church meetings or having prayer. Ask yourselves, “Lord, is it I?”

-have you allowed the god of this world (Lucifer) to darken your minds to the glorious light of Christ?

-ask yourselves, where is my treasure?

-are you devoting sufficient time and energy to bringing happiness to your family?

-admit our faults, and God will make us instruments in his hand to bring many souls unto him.

-oft we look through our lives through the filter of excuses and justification.

-being able to see ourselves clearly is essential to our spiritual welfare and wellbeing.

-if we can’t see our weaknesses, we can’t be healed, nor get to the divine potential God wants to nourish in each of us.

– scriptures an effective mirror to hold up for effective self examination. Ignore feelings of what others do and ask self “Lord, is it I?”

-Commit to live the life Heavenly Father intends for you.

-Who try to be like Jesus and humble themselves as a little child will experience the miracles of the Savior’s Atonement.

-indescribable joy is the fruit of the meek and the humble of heart.

-I’m more impressed by souls who are truly good and without guile than by those who are educated and successful and applauded by men.

-“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.”  Humble yourself before God and he will lift you up.

-When God responds yes to our asking if it is us, accept this answer humbly then change our ways be becoming better members of our family.

-Seeing ourselves clearly is the beginning of wisdom. Then we will be made strong and blessed from on high.

President Eyring, First Councilor in the First Presidency:

-The preparation in the Aaronic Priesthood for the Melchizedik Priesthood is glorious.

-In Eternal Life we may live forever in families with God the Father and his son Jesus Christ.

-Death comes upon all. This life is the probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God.

-Leaders in the church do all they can to help us prepare to see God.

-Bishops can take time out of their lives to teach the Priest quorum themselves.

-Bishops can have carefully typed notes and well worn scriptures.

-Bishops can call their Priest quorum councilors and ask them to accompany them as partners.

-Bishops can show their Priest companions in the scriptures why they treat the widows as people who can care for themselves and will eventually care for others.

-Visits are good, as children will never forget that we came.

-Senior companion of hometeaching companionship uses careful prior study to determine the status of who they will go see.

-Senior hometeaching companion oft steps back and lets the Jr. companion teach, and call them to repentance at times.

-more powerful than our teaching the doctrine will be our example of living the doctrine.

-seeing what our leaders do motivates us to action.

-In Priesthood action, show me counts for more than tell me.

-When Joseph Smith was in the jail cell, and told that he was watched over and cared for, it must have been a cold cell.

-Fathers ask their sons for advice of things distpite their advanced experience.

-help others even when Dr.’s say the person is going to die

-Reprove at times with sharpness then show increased love; this means love was already there. They must have felt your praise before they will accept your correction.

-Teachers and Priests (young and old) pray with each other over their mandate to watch over the church, person by person.

President Thomas S. Monson:

-Like a ship, we need anchors in our lives. We need moral principals of what we will and won’t do.

-Men cannot bestow upon machines the power of judgement. This is a divine gift humans have from God.

-Our purpose is to sail an undeviating course to our desired goal, the Celestial Kingdom of God.

-God provides a clear map, and points the way toward our desired destination, and causions us to avoid the traps.

-There are clever pipped pipers who say come here or there to sin, but instead, WE GO TO PRAYER.

-There are those who will not obey and prefer to make their own way. Too often they succumb to the enticements to what is around us which is bad.

-Sophestries of men ring in our ears. We should listen to what our Father in Heaven has for us.

-Wherever we go, our Priesthood goes with us. Don’t stand in unholy places. Pause to consider the consequences.

-perosnal purity is what makes us examples for others to follow.

-We should let our lights shine.

-We can help to illuminate an increasingly dark world.

-Nothing will bring greater joy and success than to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Be an example. Be an influence for good.

-Every one of us has been foreordained to some work to act in the name of God.

-people are looking to you for leadership.

-Our influence, for good or bad, will be felt for generations to come.

-Cain was powerful of potential but weak in will. He committed greed envy then even murder.

-When Daniel was templed with great wealth and political power in reward for doing the things of the world, he said keep thy rewards to thyself. He would not do it.

-Daniel was taken out of the Lions den and no hurt came upon him “because he believed in God” the passage says.

Song: Oh Babylon, oh Babylon, we bid thee farewell! We’re going to the mountains of Ephraim to dwell!

Sunday Afternoon Session:

Song: Lo, a mighty angel of God descends!

Elder Ballard:

-boats rules are stay in the boat, wear life vest, hold on with both hands, and above all recall to stay in the boat.

-who leave this church are like a person who jumps off a boat after taking off their life jackets; they drown. This is a quote from President Brigham Young.

-song of redeeming love need be able to sing always.

-the leaders of the church will not and can not lead the church astray. Stay away from who thinks they can run the church better than the leaders of the church can.

-Who leave the church experience unintended short and long term consequences which effect their lives, and the lives of their families.

-The Apostles aren’t out of touch with our lives.

-stay focused

-love all, feast on scriptures, endure to the end => Eternal Life.

-Satan attempts to distract us from focusing on the gospel; he wants us to get preoccupied by less important teachings.

-if any of you have fallen out of the boat we will find and rescue you

-God and our Savior Jesus Christ are at the helm of the boat.

Elder Scott:

-the choice of Adam and Eve made it possible for all of us to come to this world to be tried and tested.

-the test of agency is that we are accountable for our feelings.

-the Fall made possible both feelings of happiness and sadness.

-Heavenly Father knew the Fall would occur and prepared a way through the life of his perfect Son for our salvation.

-we must take time to excursive our faith. then the power of Father in Heaven comes into our lives.

-tools of the gospel once fundamental habits, become best ways to discover peace in our lives.

-tell God everything that is important to you, your full range of experiences.

-we aren’t forced to pray, but as we do, we feel peace.

-parents arm your family with the power of daily family prayer.

-Family prayer should be a non-negociable priority in your daily life.

-Satan lies to you saying that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them.

-Studying the scriptures is more important than school studies, sleep, social media, sports, everything.

-If you need to reprioratize to be able to study the scriptures daily, DO IT.

-Peace will prevail in your life as you do this.

-Peace won’t come from the outside world, but from your heart, from your home, from the Spirit.

-Monday night Family Home Evening be a last though effort in the day

-Choose to be together as a family Monday evenings

-Don’t let work extra caricular activities or sports get in the way of weekly FHE.

-Testimony of the gospel and teachings there of should be born formally and informally during FHE.

-learn planning skills in FHE.

-talk to each other during FHE, and have a MARVELOUS time together.

-scripture study, prayer, and FHE are the very things that bring us peace in life, don’t let them be stresses, they are peace makers.

-set a regular time to be in the temple and don’t let ANYTHING in the way of that time.

-many more blessings come from providing your own family names in the temple than doing names they have prepared.

-don’t expect these things to take away all our difficulties, those difficulties are part of the very reason that we are here on earth.

Carlos A Godoy:

-Oft errors come from only a few degrees.

-Our chooses make a big difference in our lives.

-things may seem good in our lives, but if we continue to live in the way that we are, will the blessings in our Patriarchial Blessing be fulfilled?

-pondering may result in choices of best rather than better.

-Make decisions with the end in mind.

-Look at what our future would be like if we did certain things.

-Moses meeting with God helped him to understand his role. This helped him to endure many years in the desert and lead his people home.

-Use the temple to consider with decisions.

-The best paths in life are rarely the easiest, often they are the hardest.

-Moses Lehi and Joseph Smith did not have easy lives dispute their correct decisions.

-We need to be willing to get out of our comfort zones.

-Regardles of age or opportunity we have the ability to learn about the gospel and other topics; live to get the fullest potential extent of that.

plan things out with your wife so you can do your great plans together powerfully.

Allen Packer of the Seventy:

-Focus on all requirements for eternal life not just one or two of the requirements.

-Entering the kingdom of Heaven is like going to another country, we need to qualify for a spiritual visa or passport.

-The Church helps but cannot do it for it. This is the quest of a lifetime.

-Doing temple work is required, it is not optional.

-The book of life? is composed of the names in our family tree research

-Family History also includes the present as we make our own present, and includes the future as we teach our children of our ancestors.

-Parents who teach their children of their ancestors are doing family history work.

-This work can and should be done by all members of any age.

-We now have the doctrines, temples, and technology to do this work. It’s easier now dispute it’s difficultly.

-This requires a little time on a consistent basis. Such will yield the joy of this work.

-Ask others to help you, they will.

-There needs to be a change in our priorities. Don’t fight the change. It’s part of the plan of Happiness.

-This work need not be done for the sake of the church, but for the sake of ourselves and our ancestors.

-Simply find a name, take it to the temple. Then begin to help others to do it.

-Doing this will protect you from the intensifying work of the adversary.

-It’s time to take the cover off our hatchets and go to work. Don’t sacrifice the salvation of our families for less important works.

Hugo E. Martinez of the Seventy:

-He who serves in something is good for something, he who serves in no thing is good for nothing.

-The Savior focuses on the individual and the family.

-See that every individual is strengthened by the gospel.

-If you labor all your days and bring only one soul to God, your joy will be great.

-We are the children of God and have the potential to become like him.

-The teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ show us the way.

-Our personal ministry begins with discovering needs, then tending to them.

-Sister Burton said “First observe, then serve.”

-President Monson saw one standing alone and went to them. Turns out they were hoping to give him a letter they thought it would be impossible seeing how busy he is, but here he was, answering their prayer. He promised them he would attend to the matter contained in the letter.

-People saw some with children who needed clean drinking water and gave it to them, answering their prayers.

-People who serve provide what we need to reach our divine potential.

-Serving others is integral to keeping our baptismal covenants.

-Serving others is our best introduction letter to who we will share the gospel with.

-We can serve the dead by doing ordinances for them in the temple that they did not have the opportunity for in premortality.

-We can keep family records and journals to turn hearts to eachtother as well.

-Linking peoples’ hearts together is the work of being Saviors on Mt. Zion (as referenced in the bible).

-God will gather his people from all nations as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on his right hand and the goats on the left. He will tell those on the right to come to him because they served him according to his needs of food etc.

Song: “I am a child of God”

-Celestial glory shall be mine if I can but endure. I am a child of God.

Larry S. Kacher of the Seventy:

-what we learn in life effects us greatly.

-Sometimes divine intervention helps us in our lives.

-There is opposition in all things, and hence we need to act for ourselves, and not give our agency to others.

-We are little children and know not all things, we need to choose to stay in the church; accept the simple truths of the gospel. There is room for honest inquiry; see Joseph Smith praying for what church to join, hold the D&C in your hand, and you’ll see that most of it is from the questions Joseph Smith had and asked.

-The question is not weather there is room for sincere inquiry, but where we will turn for guidance. Turn to the Lord. The scriptures testify that he does not walk in crooked paths, or vary from that which he has said.

-When we have questions about Heavenly Father’s teachings, don’t rely on secular answers, or the pride of men. You’ll be cut off, and not find truth, but rather only loose your testimony.

-Our examples matter, for our children follow.

-Are my decisions planted firmly in the rich soil of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

-The covenants we make are sacred and holy. We must never trifle with sacred things.

Elder David A Bednar:

-To people who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

-Why are LDS so eager to tell me more about their church?

-Devoted disciples of Jesus Christ always have been and always will be valiant missionaries.

-A missionary is someone who follows Jesus Christ and testifies of him.

-Christ said to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them all things I’ve commanded you.

-LDS take seriously this call.

-We believe that the original church of Jesus Christ has been restored today.

-When we invite you to church or to meet with missionaries we aren’t trying to sell you anything, we don’t get perks, we aren’t merely trying to add numbers to this church, and most importantly we aren’t trying to coerse you to believe as we do, rather we are trying to share with you these things so you can try them out for yourself and ponder about them.

-Bring all that you know is true good and praiseworthy, and test our message.

-Just as Jesus beckoned two disciples to come and see, so we invite you to see if what we have to share enlarges what you have.

-We are carrying this message to all the world according to the commandment with over 88 thousand full time missionaries in over 150 countries around the world.

-We want to share this message not merely out of duty, but it’s a reflection of how important these truths are to us.

-Children immediately and intuitively want to give to others even as they’ve received.

-Adults act the same way. When they find a medication which alleviates them from a long time pain, for find a teaching that answers a long time had question, they are likely to share it freely and without coercion.

-1 Nephi 8: Lehi sees the fruit of the tree of life is the sweetest fruit he has ever had and the brightest,  he wants to give it to his family. This is symbolic of the ministry and sacrifice of Christ.

-As he turned to Christ, he also turned to his family to share what he found with them.

-Enos in the Book of Mormon: as he turned to the Lord will full purpose of heart, his desire for the welfare of his family and people increased simultaneously.

-Wanting to share the gospel is result of experience that goes far beyond merely going through the motions.

-We experience guidance that is only obtained by living and learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

-The gospel brings healing sav, and protection for good times, and bad.

-Absolute truth exists in a world that dismisses absolute truths.

-In a future day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. All will admit that Heavenly Father is His Father.

-Our desire to share the gospel comes from the good experience we have had with this church.

-We may be abrupt akward or relentless at times, but this is out of desire to share truths that have blessed our lives.

-As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I (Elder Bednar) invite you to come and see.

President Thomas S. Monson:

-The contribution of people in the work of the Lord is enormous and will be felt for generations.

-May the words of this conference make us a little better.

-Some struggle every day with challenges. Extend to them our concern as well as a helping hand.

-Remember the elderly and the homebound. Visiting them will help them to remember that they are valued.

-Try to do the right thing at all times and in all circumstances.

-Try to follow Jesus Christ in examples of righteousness, and thus become light unto the world.

-I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you.

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