Sunday, October 05, 2008

General Conference Sunday Afternoon Session 10-5-08

President Boyd K. Packer - President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Audio, Video)
The Test
He talked of the trials that the early members of the Church went through the requests for assistance that the Church sent to state and federal officials. He talked about that even though the government would not help them they were still patriots.

Elder Russell M. Nelson - Apostle (Audio, Video)
Celestial Marriage
He spoke of fidelity in marriage and the importance of eternal marriage, rather than "till death do us part" marriage.

All church quorums and classes are for obtaining the goal of an eternal exalted family.

We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

Marriage is not only an exalting principle, but a commandment.

Each marriage starts with two handicaps, two imperfect people.

He related eternal marriage to a fine item purchased at the store. He related marriage not done by the authority of God as an item purchased that was a cheap knock off. He related infidelity in marriage to shoplifting.

William D. Oswald - Sunday School Presidency (Audio, Video)
Gospel Teaching—Our Most Important Calling
He talked about effective teachers.

He talked of the spiritual preparation that the sons of Mosiah did before teaching. They had been taught well and they themselves fasted and prayed in addition to their learning.

He shared three principles for good teaching from Moroni's first visit to Joseph Smith:
  1. Show love to those you teach and call them by name.
  2. Teach from the scriptures.
  3. Encourage the pondering of gospel truths.
Elder Eduardo Gavarret - Seventy (Audio, Video)
Returning Home
He talked about some of the progress of the Church in Peru.

35 For I was an ahungred, and ye bgave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a cstranger, and ye took me in:

Elder Carlos A. Godoy - Seventy (Audio, Video)

Testimony as a Process
He talked about testimony. He shared that it is not necessary to have some grand spiritual experience to gain a testimony of the gospel.

The spirit is a still small voice. It is not in the sound of the whirlwind.

Elder Quentin L. Cook - Apostle (Audio, Video)

"Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time"
He talked of his three year old talking to his mom after he and his dad had been in a car crash. He told her they had a hard time and received comfort from talking to her. We can receive the same comfort when we call home to Heavenly Father.

People will prosper in the land if they keep the commandments.

He talked of the sin of ingratitude.

President Thomas S. Monson - Prophet (Audio, Video)
Until We Meet Again
He encouraged us to be good members of our communities in the nations where we live.

He talked of taking care of those around us.

Continuous revelation is the life blood of the gospel.

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