Monday, April 05, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference April 4, 2010

Elder Russle M. Nelson - Generations Linked in Love
New Family Search

"An equally important part of fulfilling our parental duty to God is teaching our children the gospel and preparing them to participate fully in the Savior’s restored Church. Remember the lesson of King Benjamin’s people. As a result of his teachings, many of the adults had a mighty change of heart (see Mosiah 5:2). But then it says that “there were many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of King Benjamin, being little children at the time he spake unto his people; and they did not believe. . . . And their hearts were hardened” (Mosiah 26:1, 3)."

Elder Bradley D. Foster - Mother Told Me
“There is no greater good in all the world than motherhood. The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation” (President James E. Faust, “Fathers, Mothers, Marriage, Liahona andEnsign, Aug. 2004, 3)

"After several hours of gathering up stray calves and with sweat running down my face, I yelled to the calves in frustration, 'Just follow your mothers! They know where they’re going! They’ve been down this road before!' Their mothers knew that even though the road was hot and dusty now, the end would be better than the beginning."

Elder James B. Martino - All Things Work Together for Good
"We may never know in this life why we face what we do, but we can feel confident that we can grow from the experience."

"First, He sought not to do His will but only the will of His Father. He remained committed to His sacred mission even through the trial. As He fell to His face in the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”3 Sometimes we pass through pain and sorrow that we might grow and be prepared for potential trials in the future. I ask a question to you mothers: “Would you ever do something that would cause pain and bring tears to your children when they have done nothing wrong?” Of course you would! When mothers take young children to the doctor to receive immunizations, almost every child leaves the doctor’s office in tears. Why do you do that? Because you know that a small amount of pain now will protect them from possible pain and suffering in the future. Our Father in Heaven knows the end from the beginning. We need to follow the example of the Savior and trust in Him."

Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer - Developing Good Judgment and Not Judging Others"There are many characteristics of people who have developed good judgment. I would offer four guides for developing such judgment in making important decisions.

First, put your own personal standards in alignment with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Second, listen to the messages of the living prophet.
Third, cultivate with the Holy Spirit a relationship of listening.
Fourth, keep the commandments."

"How many poor financial judgments would have been avoided had we listened to the years of advice given through our prophets about avoiding risky speculation and following a careful budget to avoid consumer debt? How many marriages would have been saved by using good judgment in avoiding media that lead to pornographic addiction and heartache?"

Elder Francisco J. Viñas - Things Pertaining to Righteousness
"Parents play an essential role in helping their children to understand the things pertaining to righteousness. In the Book of Mormon we find that Alma the Younger, being grieved because of the iniquity, the wars, and the contentions that existed and distressed by the hardness of heart of his people, 'caused that his sons should be gathered together, that he might give unto them every one his charge, separately, concerning the things pertaining unto righteousness' (Alma 35:16; emphasis added).

"It is interesting to notice that he taught and gave his children their charge separately, adapting his instructions to each son, according to that son’s needs. He bore testimony and taught them doctrine and principles, preparing them to preach those same principles to others."

Elder Neal L. Anderson - Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

"After her husband passed away, Sister Stella Oaks raised her three young children (including Elder Dallin H. Oaks35) as a single mother. She once said: 'I was given to know that the Lord loved me and that I would be made equal to my mission. I felt an encircling love . . . [and knew] he [would sustain us] through the opposition that [would] arise.'36"

"If a child is not listening, don’t despair. Time and truth are on your side. At the right moment, your words will return as if from heaven itself. Your testimony will never leave your children."
“Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, . . . [he] shall have no power over you to drag you down . . . because of the rock upon which ye are built.” (Helaman 5:12)
He shared a two quotes from Elder Daniel Forrest's father.  One of them was, "Two men can do anything as long as one of them is the Lord"

President Thomas S. Monson - A Word at Closing
Proverbs 3:5–6

  5 ¶ aTrust in the Lord with all thine bheart; and lean not unto thine cown dunderstanding.

  6 In all thy ways aacknowledge him, and he shall bdirect thy cpaths.

"My counsel for all of us is to look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. The lighthouse of the Lord sends forth signals readily recognized and never failing."

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