Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sunday April 2, 2006

General Conference
We have now passed 12.5 million.

Elder Hales talked about Agency. He quoted something President Kimball said to him, "Robert, the adversary can never have joy unless you and I sin." Elder Hales then cited 3 Ne 9:2 "Wo, wo, wo unto this people; wo unto the inhabitants of the whole earth except they shall repent; for the devil laugheth, and his angels rejoice, because of the slain of the fair sons and daughters of my people." and pointed out that, "It is our sins that make the devil laugh, our sorrow that brings him counterfeit joy." He also talked about, as the scriptures say, acting for ourselves instead of being acted upon.

President Monson talked about things that like fishing lures to us. We grab after them without thinking about the consequences.

President Faust gave a talk in the priesthood session. He is an interesting paragraph from it:
I would like to say a word about the ministering of angels. In ancient and modern times angels have appeared and given instruction, warnings, and direction, which benefited the people they visited. We do not consciously realize the extent to which ministering angels affect our lives. President Joseph F. Smith said, "In like manner our fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters and friends who have passed away from this earth, having been faithful, and worthy to enjoy these rights and privileges, may have a mission given them to visit their relatives and friends upon the earth again, bringing from the divine Presence messages of love, of warning, or reproof and instruction, to those whom they had learned to love in the flesh."6 Many of us feel that we have had this experience. Their ministry has been and is an important part of the gospel. Angels ministered to Joseph Smith as he reestablished the gospel in its fulness.

Elder Uchtdorf talked in the priesthood session about seeing the End from the Beginning. We have trouble seeing what we are going through at the moment as being for our god. He told about when he was eleven and had to peddle this old bike around town delivering laundry to help his family make money. It was intense work for him. Years later he went in for a physical to enter the air force that he had had a lung disease in his early teenage years. Had he not worked his lungs so hard delivering that laundry he might have not overcome the disease and not have had his dream come true of becoming a pilot.
We complain about our trials or we make choices for immediate gratification and don't think about the future.

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