182nd Semiannual General Conference (Sun PM)
Posted by kirkcaudle on October 7, 2012
So here we go with the 5th and final session of General Conference!
Robert D. Hales
-An important verse of this talk, Mark 1:17, “And Jesus said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Elder Hales sees this as our call as Christians.
-“The word Christian denotes taking upon the name of Christ.”
-Elder Hales is using much of the same material as Elder Holland used in his talk earlier today. He is also talking about John 21 and “feeding his sheep.”
-If we follow Christ then he will make us adequate for the work. Christ will allow us to get out of our comfort zones and “do things that we never thought possible.”
-Christian service does not see race, culture, or religion. *LIKE*
-Christ promoted peace and told Christians that they could not afford to contend with other Christians. I think that this is an excellent point. I believe that we can get so wrapped up in being “right” in church they we lose the main reason that we are there in the first place.
-It first I thought that this was going to be another talk on why Mormons are true Christians. I guess I thought this because it seems like we have had quite a few of those in the past few years. This was not a talk about whether or not Mormons are true Christians though; it was a talk about how we become better Christians than we already are.
Richard G. Scott
-The main scripture here comes from John 3:3, “Jesus, answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” We can do this for ourselves today, but most people in the history of the world cannot. Today, people receive this blessing through temple work.
-Although many people do temple work, they nevertheless do not participate in family history work. Elder Scott believes that although doing temple work is good, we will get more out of it if we do work for our own ancestors. Doing the work for our own ancestors is what we have been called to do.
-Elder Scott shared a short story about a boy like loved playing video games. When this boy started indexing he no longer had time for video games. The boy ended up falling in love with what he was going and video games faded into the background. I think that this is true for most things in the gospel. In my experience, when I serve in the church the other interests in my life fad into the background. As President Hinckley would say, we can lose ourselves in the work.
-We only need two things in order to participate in family history work: love and desire.
-While listening to this talk my wife turned to me and asked, “Why is it that when they give examples of those that do family history work the examples are always women?” I’ve never even noticed before now, but now that I come to think of it, women do seem to always be the family history examples in talks. Huh.
Russell T. Osguthorpe
-I have a great passion for teaching, because of this; my ears always perk up when I hear a talk by a member of the Sunday School Presidency.
-The scripture to ponder with this talk is found in 3 Nephi 17:3, “Go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand.” When Elder Osguthorpe referred to this scripture it made me think of the primary song, “Search, Ponder, and Pray.” Which is one of my favorite primary songs, btw!
-The Savior taught us what to teach and how to teach. Christ listened to questions and helped his learners find their own answers.
-Conversion consists of three components: knowing, doing, and becoming. Knowledge is never enough.
-Elder Osguthorpe made the point that the atonement will become important to us when we learn how to apply it to our own lives. This happens when we ask the right questions and sincerely search for answers. I think that this is great. I think that one of the reasons that the atonement is so hard to understand is that the atonement is so personal to each of us. We are all completely different from each other. Therefore, we each understand its importance in a different way. I’d like to think we each understand different aspects of this atonement, and none of us are necessarily right or wrong.
Marcus B. Nash
-The main scripture here is Alma 32:21, “Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”
-Life is like a large mountain that is impossible to climb without God. Faith gives us something to hang onto as we climb that mountain. “Faith brings us the power of the Lord.”
-When we live our lives with a great sense of personal sacrifice God will bless us with faith and take care of us. Satan will always tempt us to let go of faith.
-The following are some weapons that Satan will use against us:
- Unbelief and doubt will cause us to resist the Spirit. We need faith and reason. Do not discard either of them.
- Fear distracts us from the Savior.
- Without the Holy Ghost we will lack the stamina to keep faith.
-Always remember that God is a God of miracles.
-Elder Nash quotes President Monson as saying, “The future is as bright as your faith.” I really like this quote. It is something that I personally struggle with doing. I am much more pessimistic about things than I should be often times.
Daniel L. Johnson
-The scripture to remember during this talk is from 3 Nephi 27:27, “Therefore, what manner of men ought you to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” Becoming like Christ is the very definition of discipleship.
-“Discipleship is all about doing and becoming.” This piggybacks on the talk that we just had by Elder Osguthorpe.
Don R. Clarke
-Matthew 26:26-27, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it.” This talk is all about the importance of the sacrament.
-5 principles that can bless your life while worthily partaking of the sacrament”
1. Having a feeling of gratitude for the atonement of Jesus Christ.
2. Remember that you are renewing your baptismal covenants. Therefore, you should know what those covenants are. The sacrament prayer can help remind us what those are.
3. We can feel forgiven of our sins. We can leave sacrament meeting feeling clean and pure.
4. We can receive inspiration for solutions to our problems.
5. We can be filled with the Holy Ghost.
-“It will always be a great sacrament meeting if the sacrament is the center of our worship.” This is one of the things that I really enjoy about attending Catholic Mass. I love having the sacrament last, everything in the Mass leads up to communion as the “main event.”
David A. Bednar
-The question of this talk come from Matthew 16:15, “Whom say ye that I am?” Elder Bednar talks about testimony and conversion in relation to this question. He contrasts the similarities and diffences between testimony and conversion.
-Having a testimony gives us a sense of purpose.
-Elder Bednar says that a testimony consists of 3 components: That God lives, Jesus Christ is our Savior, and the fullness of the Gospel has been restored in the latter-days. I hope that we can all remember this during fast and testimony meetings.
-A true conversion includes a change in a person’s belief, heart, and life. “Conversion is an offering of self . . . we give to God for the offering of testimony.” Beautiful!
-If we are truly converted then we will be like those in Mosiah 5:2 we said, “we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.”
-Elder Bednar points out that Samuel the Lamanite lays out 5 ways to become converted:
1. Believing in the teaching of the prophets in the scriptures
4. Having a change of heart
5. Becoming firm and steadfast in the faith.
-“Knowing is the gospel is true is the essence of a testimony, being true to the gospel is the essence of conversion.” I am great at the first part of this! J
-Spiritual strength cannot be given or borrowed. The peace that the gospel brings cannot be transferred to another person. We must all gain a testimony of these things for ourselves. Elder Bednar makes these points while talking about the parable of the 10 virgins that you can find in Matthew 25.
President Monson: Final Remarks
-President Monson leaves us with one final scripture in John 16:33, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” He chose a good one!
-“The purpose of mortality is to learn to grow”
Theme of this session: Becoming and happiness
I hope that all of you that watched conference this weekend feel as spiritual feed as I feel. Maybe it is just my imagination, but it seemed to me that the amount of scripture usage increased dramatically following the Saturday morning session. The Sunday sessions were especially chalk full of them.
I always feel a bit reenergized after these conferences and I always feel like I can do just a little better than I am doing right now. I’d love to hear from any of you out there and any of your own impressions that you might have had throughout the weekend.
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