Sunday, October 05, 2008

General Conference Sunday Morning Session 10-5-08

President Henry B. Eyring - First Councilor in the First Presidency (Audio, Video)
Our Hearts Knit as One
He spoke of unity.

He watched recently a conflict where two people started contending about what was true and it turned into contending about who was right.

He stated that the children of God have more in common than they have differences.

He talked of being judgmental. He said we are often asked what we think of a person. He say that most time the admonition of our mothers are probably best. If you can't saying anything nice then don't say anything at all.

He talked of the way that our people reach out in times of disaster. He receives praise from people on how organized the Church is. He says that it is the hearts of the people that are most helpful in being organized.

Elder Robert D. Hales - Apostle (Audio, Video)
Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship
He talked about how to respond when we are attacked for our beliefs. He asked us to reflect on how Christ responded to his accusers. At times he was silent. At times he bore his testimony.

True disciples of Christ see opportunities in the midst of opposition.

What sort of image does it give of the Church when we respond in an unChristlike way?

We should teach the principles of the Gospel and not debate them. Our heart felt testimonies are our most powerful teaching tool.

Some encounters with opposers can do nothing but bring us harm personally and it is best to walk away from such confrontations.

Bishop Keith B. McMullin - Second Councilor in the Presiding Bishopric (Audio, Video)
God placed in Adam and Eve the ability to create children in their image.

We would do well to not speak of the Savior as if He is the friend next door.

Elaine S. Dalton - Young Women General President (Audio, Video)
A Return to Virtue
Perhaps it was important for the saints to finish the Nauvoo temple and have their temple work done before they left since they were going to be many that would die in the trek. Perhaps the people needed the strength of having their families with them forever.

Lohanti was coaxed out of his high strong hold and then poisoned by degree. Are we being coaxed away from our standards and poisoned by degree.

She talked of women being enticed to be focused on themselves and their clothes and appearance rather than the things of God. Men being enticed to focus on themselves through pornography rather than the things of God.

Now is the time to become more fit for the kingdom.
D&C 121: 45
45 Let thy abowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let bvirtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy cconfidence wax strong in the dpresence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the edews from heaven.

Elder M. Russle Ballard - Apostle (Audio, Video)
The Truth of God Shall Go Forth
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).

He detailed some of the points of the growth of the Church since it was organized. In 2004 we reached one million members in Mexico.

Today Brazil has over one million members.

We have had over one million missionaries called since the Church we organized.

President Thomas S. Monson - Prophet (Audio, Video)
Finding Joy in the Journey
He reflected on how he joined the quorum of the twelve when there were 14 men more senior to him. One by one they returned home and when President Hinckly died he found that he had become the senior apostle.

He talked about doing our best with today and not procrastinating.

You pile up enough tomorrow's, and you will find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays" - Professor Harold Hill - The Music Man

He encouraged us to expressed gratitude.

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