Saturday, April 6, 2013

183rd Annual General Conference--Saturday morning session

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Redeemer of Israel
President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted
The choir sang In Hymns of Praise
Elder Randall K Bennett offered the invocation
President Thomas S Monson
  • Traveled to Germany and Idaho in the past six months  to dedicate temples.
  • Didn’t attend cultural celebration in Calgary because it was Sister Monson’s birthday
  • President Uchtdorf dedicated Honduras temple
  • Announced new temples in Cedar City Utah and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • In October changes to missionary age announced
  • As of April 4, there are 65,634 full-time missionaries with 58 new missions
  • We were invited to donate to the general missionary fund of the church
The choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!
President Boyd K Packer
  • He shared a short poem he wrote in 1992 at age 68 (he updated it at 78 and again at 88).
  • He is getting older. Although he loses physical ability, there are “great spiritual gains” that come with age.
  • We need to protect our homes. The priesthood has been given to protect the home
  • There are few things more powerful than the prayers of a righteous mother.
Bishop Dean M Davies
  • Talked about experiencing the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco.  Many buildings collapsed because they were not built on a sure foundation.
  • Just as buildings need to use the right material, we need to be built properly spiritually on a sure foundation to be safe (Helaman 5:12)
Sister Elaine S Dalton
  • spoke about the first line in the YW theme… we are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us and we love him
  • we need to understand "we are daughters of an exalted being"
  • women have a significant role to play in building the kingdom of God.
  •  Was comforted by remembering What e'er thou art, act well thy part.
The choir and congregation sang Let Us All Press On

Elder Craig A Cardon
  • The Savior forgives sin on earth, not just in the eternities
  • In this forgiveness the enabling power of the Atonement helps us
  • False faith does not justify sin
  • The Savior knows our weakness; however, “Notwithstanding your sins, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you”
Elder M Russell Ballard
  • “And worlds without number have I created” (Moses 1:33)
  • The Milky Way is just one of 200 billion galaxies which for most of us is difficult to grasp.
  • The priesthood is power by which these were created and the source of this power is God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ
  • While men administer the priesthood, they are NOT the priesthood.  Just as a woman cannot have a child without a man, a man can’t properly use his priesthood without a woman
  • Shared an analogy of growing a tomato plant, its potential, and what happens when it is neglected (it wilts).
  • Those who hold the priesthood but don’t honour it will wilt spiritually
  • Spoke of the recent Worldwide Leadership Training videos about the role of priesthood and strengthening the family
The choir sang Faith

President Henry B Eyring
  • This is the Church of Jesus Christ and we take His name upon us as we enter it.
  • The Savior tells us, “I will encircle thee in the arms of my love.” (D&C 6:20)
  • Recounted much of the life of Christ
  • Great blessings come from faithful service
  • Christ has shown us how to hear our Heavenly Father
The choir sang My Redeemer Lives

Sister Jean A Stevens offered the benediction

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