Saturday, April 05, 2008

General Conference Priesthood Session April 5, 2008

Elder Quentin L. Cook - Apostle We go through fires in our lives. Some are small. Some are large. Some we can deal with on our own. Some require emergency intervention.

He talked about how his grandfather was involved in the rescue of the Willie and Martin handcart company.

Naaman- Prophet Elisha - Naaman did not like having to bathe in river Jordan. Servant asked if he had been asked to some great thing, would he not have done it. He then conceded and washed.

He stated, "Prophets are inspired to give us prophetic priorities."

At the time the word of wisdom was given and when it was made a requirement of attending the temple it was socially acceptable to smoke and was hardly thought anything of it as a health concern.

Bishop H. David Burton - Presiding Bishop The Church responded to 170 disaster events in 52 countries this year. 3.9 million people in 85 countries received humanitarian assistance from the Church this year.

He detailed parts of several of the projects that we have worked on this year.

Dean R. Burgess - First Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency He was asked when he was young by a member of the bishopric, "Do you know who you are? You are the son of Reed Burgess." We should know who we are and who we represent. Our family name and also the name of Christ.

How to come to a knowledge and receive a witness of who you are?
1. Do you know that you are a son of God? 1 John "What manner of love..." - find reference.
2. Do you know who you are in God's plan? John 3:16
3. Honor and respect those names you bear.
4. Live divine standards.
5. Do you know who you are as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Follow the prophet.

He quoted President Monson. I found it in a couple of different talks he has given. The latest one I found was in a talk from October 2007 General Conference talk. "We have been entrusted to bear the priesthood and to act in the name of God. We are the recipients of a sacred trust. Much is expected of us."

Elder John M. Madsen - Seventy President Kimball ("Boys Need Heroes Close By," Ensign, May 1976, 45) - "We are rearing a royal generation . . . who have special things to do."

Jesus was protected from the temptations of Satan by his strict obedience to the will of His Father.

Elder Dieter F. UchtDorf - Second Counselor in the First Presidency. He related a story of a flight to Antarctica that was off by a few degrees in their flight plan. It ended up making them be off by 28 miles. They ended up flying into the side of a volcano where they thought they were over flat ground.

Small errors can have a large impact on our lives.

He related Saul not holding to the counsel of Samuel the Prophet and offered the sacrifice without priesthood authority.

The early recognition of danger and course correction can avert destruction.

President Henry B. Eyring - First Counselor in the First Presidency Taking on the responsibility of the priesthood can seem daunting, but rejecting the opportunity is foregoing great blessings.

President Thomas S. Monson - Prophet The evils of today often hide behind the mask of tolerance.

We should not permit ourselves to do anything we would not want to see our children do.

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