Saturday, April 03, 2010

Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference April 3, 2010

Elder L. Tom Perry - Mothers Teaching Children in the Home
Speaking of his mother, "...there was too much in her notebooks on any single topic to ever share in a single class session, but what she didn’t use in her class she used to teach her children."  "...she recognized that what she learned from preparing her lessons could be used repeatedly for a higher purpose—teaching her sons and her daughters."

"Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time"

“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. . . . 
“ . . . By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World”,Liahona, Oct. 2004, 49; Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).

Elder D. Todd Christofferson - The Blessing of Scripture
"Those who either don’t have or ignore the recorded word of God eventually cease to believe in Him and forget the purpose of their existence."

"His commandments are the voice of reality and our protection against self-inflicted pain.

Elder Koichi Aoyagi - Helping Hands, Saving Hands
“remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple” (D&C 52:40)
 “My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us." (Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2009, 86.)

Elder Bruce A. Carlson - When the Lord Commands
“The safety of the Church lies in the members keeping the commandments. . . . As they keep the commandments, blessings will come." (Harold B. Lee, quoted in Stephen W. Gibson, “Presidency Meets the Press,” Church News, July 15, 1972, 3.)

"When we choose to disobey a commandment, it is usually because (1) we have convinced ourselves that the commandment does not apply to us; (2) we do not believe that it is important; or (3) we are certain that it is too difficult to obey."

Elder David A. Bednar - Watching with All Perseverance
"This early warning system applies to children of all ages and contains three basic components: (1) reading and talking about the Book of Mormon with your children, (2) bearing testimony of gospel truths spontaneously with your children, and (3) inviting children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon. Parents who do these things faithfully will be blessed to recognize early signals of spiritual growth in or challenges with their children and be better prepared to receive inspiration to strengthen and help those children."

"...a testimony need not always begin with the phrase 'I bear you my testimony.' Our witness can be declared as simply as 'I know I was blessed with inspiration at work today' or 'The truth in this scripture always has been a powerful source of direction for me.'"

"Giving a man a fish feeds him for one meal. Teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime. As parents and gospel instructors, you and I are not in the business of distributing fish; rather, our work is to help our children learn 'to fish' and to become spiritually steadfast." (Emphasis added)

Elder Jeffery R. Holland - Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul
"Above all, start by separating yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you."  "...when fleeing the scene of temptation, do not leave a forwarding address."

"Along with filters on computers and a lock on affections, remember that the only real control in life is self-control."

"Like thieves in the night, unwelcome thoughts can and do seek entrance to our minds. But we don’t have to throw open the door, serve them tea and crumpets, and then tell them where the silverware is kept!"

"Cultivate and be where the Spirit of the Lord is."
"Most people in trouble end up crying, 'What was I thinking?' Well, whatever they were thinking, they weren’t thinking of Christ."

"... the father of lies and lust, who will do anything he can to counterfeit true love, to profane and desecrate true love wherever and whenever he encounters it."

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