182nd Semiannual General Conference (Sun AM)
Posted by kirkcaudle on October 7, 2012
I really love General Conference. When it comes to Church, it is my favorite time of the year. Conference always reminds me how fortunate that we all are to live in a time that we have modern-day prophets and apostles that we teach us true doctrine and give us so much guidance for our lives.
In my notes for this conference I am, more than anything, trying to focus on the scriptures that the speakers are using. That is why I usually list a scripture first in my notes for each speaker.
I was watching on BYUTV and the channel went dead with about 15 minutes left in the conference…it came back on after about 5 minutes.
Henry B. Eyring
-The main scripture came from D&C 124. I missed the verse because that I wanted to write down because I was wrestling with kids! If anyone knows that one that I am referring to let me know.
-Sometimes it feels like God is far away. “God is never hidden, but sometimes we are.”As we become more childlike we will feel closer to God. “He never hides from his faithful children.”
-Always listen to that simple small voice. As you do this you will know that God feels deeply for your happiness. Sometimes we create a barrier to knowing God’s will.
-When you are having problems, ask for a divine errand. Do not just ask for an answer on your own terms.
-“His time is not always our time, but He always keeps his promises.”
-When we become like God we start to anticipate His coming with joy.
-Elder Eyring challenged us all to approach someone that we have offended and show them love and forgiveness. This will make us more like our Savior. What an awesome challenge. I think that this is hard for many of us.
Boyd K. Packer
-Main scripture: Mosiah 3:19, “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticing of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict up on him, even a child doth submit to his father.”
-Elder Packer started his talk by declaring that he was speaking to those who are suffering from feeling such as guilt and failure. He knows that many of us are feeling lost and looking for the light.
-The atonement is the light shining in the darkness for those who have lost their way.
-Elder Packer quotes many scriptures that have to do with the atonement. If you are looking for a Christ-centered talk, this is it. This talk is about NOTHING but CHRIST and the ATONEMENT. Can anyone think of a better focus for a talk than these?
-I get the feeling that many of us will be using this talk in our third hour lessons within the next six months.
Linda K. Burton
-Two main scriptures for this talk. The first one comes from the sacrament pray found in D&C 20:77, “always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them.” She followed this up with a second scripture from John 13:34,”Love one another as I have loved you.”
-She has us to remember four words, First observe, then serve. She provided many great examples of how we can serve though who do not always serve us. When we serve others we become living examples of the Savior’s teachings.
-We are the Savior’s hands when we serve the one.
-Sometimes we are tempted to serve in the way that we want to serve and not necessarily in the way that is needed. Service should never be for us.
-As we serve we are keeping covenants.
-A great talk on real Christlike service!! This might be my favorite talk so far.
-Like me book mark these notes with one more scripture quoted by Sister Burton that should not be forgotten. Matthew 5:44, “I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
Walter F. Gonzalez
Come unto me that you might come and see. As we come unto Christ we can know with our hearts and our minds that Jesus is the Christ. We should learn truth with our hearts.
-We must see with our hearts essential things. Flesh and blood as not Peter
“Take time to be still and feel the promptings.”
-“The honest seeker of truth will know the truth of all things by the Holy Ghost.” I think we have a tendency to down play the power the Holy Ghost can give us when it comes to knowledge. I believe that we can be capable of understanding much more than we often think that we are capable of understanding. Nothing is possible when it comes to the Spirit.
-We must all be like Peter in Matthew 16:17, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Jeffrey R. Holland
-Let me start off by saying that Elder Holland is my favorite speaker, so I am bias. It is really impossible for me to pick out one central scripture in this talk because the talk is littered with scripture after scripture.
-“For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.” Elder Holland adds that the disciples of Jesus either could not, or would not, believe him. I think that we are prone to miss this just these facts just as much as they were.
-In his own words, Elder Holland described (in awesome detail) how the Apostles must have felt during their time with Christ and how they must have felt after his death. He sure does know how to paint a picture!
-Elder Holland sees John 21:15-17, “Peter do you love me?” As the crux of the entire Apostolic ministry. His elaboration on passage is amazing. I can’t do it justice here so I will not try. Needless to say, Christ needs us to teach and testify, otherwise, why are we here? Christ does not need our fish.
-Elder Holland believes that Christ will ask us exactly what he asked Peter during the final judgment, “Did you love me?” “The crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty.” Exactly!!!!!
-After we encounter Christ we can never go back. No matter what happens we will never be the same after the experience.
-Like Elder Packer’s talk, this talk is Christ centered to the MAX. In my lifetime, I have never heard a speaker that I “feel” every time that I hear speak. This talk was spectacular.
-How would you like the job of following Elder Holland at conference? LOL.
Thomas S. Monson
-I guess the prophet is a good person to follow Elder Holland J He notes that this is his 49th year as an Apostle.
-The guiding scripture of this talk comes from 2 Nephi 2:25,“Men are that they might have joy.” President Monson says that this joy comes from a knowledge that we can commune with God.
-President Monson taught that we should not dwell on the negative aspects of our lives. We each have small blessings in our lives that are easy for us to miss. He compels each of us to “take an inventory of your life” and search for the blessings, large or small, that you have received.
-The more we act upon the inspirations that we receive the more errands the Lord will send us on.
-I am watching on BYUTV. About mid-way through this talk the channel went dead. Did this happen to everyone else????
-Back on now.
-“The Lord is in the details of our lives.”
-This was a more of a classic President Monson style talk, lots of stories.
The themes of this session? Christ, service, love and the atonement.
8 hours down, 2 hours to go.