Sunday, October 03, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference October 3, 2010

Text in quotes are from the talk being noted, unless otherwise indicated.  Text without quotes are my own commentary.

Elder L. Tom Perry, The Priesthood of Aaron
I also taught my grandson Terry four lessons based on the story of Daniel in the Old Testament. I told him to (1) keep his body healthy and clean, (2) develop his mind and become wise, (3) be strong and resist temptation in a world filled with it, and (4) trust in the Lord, especially when you need His protection.”

Elder David A. Bednar, Receive the Holy Ghost
Doctrine and Covenants 88:33
33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.

We more readily receive and recognize the Spirit of the Lord as we appropriately invite Him into our lives. We cannot compel, coerce, or command the Holy Ghost. Rather, we should invite Him into our lives with the same gentleness and tenderness by which He entreats us

Elder Larry R Lawrence, Courageous Parenting
Joshua 1:9
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the aLord thy God iswith thee whithersoever thou goest.

“...what the world really needs is courageous parenting from mothers and fathers who are not afraid to speak up and take a stand.”

Elder Per G Malm, Rest unto Your Souls
Alma 37:6–7
6 Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
7 And the Lord God doth work by ameans to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very bsmall means the Lord doth cconfound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

What we say, how we act, and how we choose to react will influence not only ourselves but also those around us.”

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi, Avoiding the Trap of Sin
"Often, becoming prey to sin starts with someone choosing friends whose standards are not consistent with the gospel; and in order to be popular or to be accepted by peers, the person then compromises gospel principles and laws, going down a path that will bring only pain and sadness to this person and to his or her loved ones."

Elder Marvin B Arnold, What Have You Done with My Name?
"Someday each of us will have to account to our Savior, Jesus Christ, for what we have done with His name."

Proverbs 22:1
"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold"

Proverbs 10:7
"The [name] of the just is blessed."

Elder M Russell Ballard, O That Cunning Plan of the Evil One
2 Nephi 2:18
"And because he [Lucifer] had fallen from heaven and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind"

"The battle over man's God-given agency continues today.  Satan and his minions have their lures all around us, hoping that we will falter and take his flies so he can reel us in with counterfeit means.  He uses addiction to steal away agency.  According to the dictionary, addiction of any kind means to surrender to something, thus relinquishing agency and becoming dependant on some life-destroying substance or behavior.

2 Nephi 2:27
"Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man.  And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil"

Moroni 7:48
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with his love...; that ye may become the sons of God; ... that we may be purified even as he is pure"

John 8:12
"I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"

President Thomas S Monson, Till We Meet Again
"Endure to the end we must, for our goal is eternal life in the presence of our Father in Heaven."

Mosiah 5:2
"...cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent."

"How blessed we are to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  It provides answers to questions concerning where we came from, why we are here, and where we will go when we pass from this life.  It provides meaning and purpose and hope to our lives.”

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