Saturday, October 03, 2009

Saturday Morning Session of General Conference October 3, 2009

Saturday Morning Session of General Conference

President Thomas S. Monson - 
Welcome to Conference

"83 percent of our members live within 200 miles (320 km) of a temple. That percentage will continue to increase as we construct new temples around the world. Currently there are 130 temples in operation, with 16 announced or under construction. This morning I am pleased to announce 5 additional temples for which sites are being acquired and which, in coming months and years, will be built in the following locations: Brigham City, Utah; Concepción, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Sapporo, Japan."

Elder Richard G Scott - 
To Acquire Spiritual Guidance

"Spirituality yields two fruits. The first is inspiration to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do it. These two capacities come together. That’s why Nephi could say, 'I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded.'(1 Nephi 3:7) He knew the spiritual laws upon which inspiration and power are based. Yes, God answers prayer and gives us spiritual direction when we live obediently and exercise the required faith in Him."

"I believe that you can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard because you do not respond to, record, and apply the first promptings that come to you."

"The inspiring influence of the Holy Spirit can be overcome or masked by strong emotions, such as anger, hate, passion, fear, or pride. When such influences are present, it is like trying to savor the delicate flavor of a grape while eating a jalapeño pepper. Both flavors are present, but one completely overpowers the other. In like manner, strong emotions overcome the delicate promptings of the Holy Spirit."

"Because the Spirit is often described as a still, small voice,(See 1 Kings 19:12; 1 Nephi 17:45; D&C 85:6) it is also important to have a time of quiet in our lives as well. The Lord has counseled us to “be still, and know that I am God.”(Psalm 46:10; see also D&C 101:16). If we provide a still and quiet time each day when we are not bombarded by television, computer, video games, or personal electronic devices, we allow that still, small voice an opportunity to provide personal revelation and to whisper sweet guidance, reassurance, and comfort to us."

Elder L. Whitney Clayton - 
That Your Burdens May Be Light

"In a general sense, our burdens come from three sources. Some burdens are the natural product of the conditions of the world in which we live. Illness, physical disability, hurricanes, and earthquakes come from time to time through no fault of our own. We can prepare for these risks and sometimes we can predict them, but in the natural pattern of life we will all confront some of these challenges.

"Other burdens are imposed on us by the misconduct of others. Abuse and addictions can make home anything but a heaven on earth for innocent family members. Sin, incorrect traditions, repression, and crime scatter burdened victims along the pathways of life. Even less-serious misdeeds such as gossip and unkindness can cause others genuine suffering.

"Our own mistakes and shortcomings produce many of our problems and can place heavy burdens on our own shoulders. The most onerous burden we impose upon ourselves is the burden of sin. We have all known the remorse and pain which inevitably follow our failure to keep the commandments."

"Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues that contribute to eventual perfection. They invite us to yield 'to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and [put] off the natural man and [become] a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and [become] as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.'(Mosiah 3:19.) Thus burdens become blessings, though often such blessings are well disguised and may require time, effort, and faith to accept and understand."

Russell T. Osguthorpe - 
Teaching Helps Save Lives

"Our son saves lives by sharing his knowledge of medicine; missionaries and teachers in the Church help save lives by sharing their knowledge of the gospel."

Elder David A. Bednar - 
More Diligent and Concerned at Home

"I want to suggest three ways each of us can become more diligent and concerned in our homes."

"Suggestion Number One: Express Love—and Show It"
"Sometimes in a sacrament meeting talk or testimony, we hear a statement like this: 'I know I do not tell my spouse often enough how much I love her. Today I want her, my children, and all of you to know that I love her.'

"...spouse and children should not be hearing this apparently rare and private communication in public at church!"

“If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)

"Suggestion Number Two: Bear Testimony—and Live It"
"Brethren and sisters, when was the last time you bore testimony to your eternal companion? Parents, when was the last time you declared your witness to your children about the things you know to be true? And children, when was the last time you shared your testimony with your parents and family?"

"We should remember that bearing a heartfelt testimony is only a beginning. We need to bear testimony, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to live it. We need to both declare and live our testimonies."

"Suggestion Number Three: Be Consistent"
 "Today if you could ask our adult sons what they remember about family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening, I believe I know how they would answer. They likely would not identify a particular prayer or a specific instance of scripture study or an especially meaningful family home evening lesson as the defining moment in their spiritual development. What they would say they remember is that as a family we were consistent."

“Do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not” (Matthew 23:3)

"...children often are the most alert and sensitive when it comes to recognizing hypocrisy."

"The commandment 'Thou shalt not bear false witness' (Exodus 20:16) applies most pointedly to the hypocrite in each of us. We need to be and become more consistent. 'But be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity' (1 Timothy 4:12)."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf - 
The Love of God

"...those who receive Christ Jesus walk with Him. (See Colossians 2:6)

"But this may present a problem for some because there are so many 'shoulds' and 'should nots' that merely keeping track of them can be a challenge. Sometimes, well-meaning amplifications of divine principles—many coming from uninspired sources—complicate matters further, diluting the purity of divine truth with man-made addenda. One person’s good idea—something that may work for him or her—takes root and becomes an expectation. And gradually, eternal principles can get lost within the labyrinth of 'good ideas.'"

"Love should be our walk and our talk."

"What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become."

"The first step to walking in righteousness is simply to try." 

"Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship."

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