April 26, 2014 - General Session of Stake/Regional Conference
Mervyn B Arnold Spoke to us. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mervyn_B._Arnold, http://www.gapages.com/arnolmb1.htm
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Wilderness equals confusing multitude or mass.
“All human beings are the offspring of God.” - Unknown
"Some ask in silence because their arms are too tired to raise up." - Unknown
"Members of all ages are called to..." - Unknown
The Church has a new web site on hastening the work https://www.lds.org/training/wwlt/2013/hastening/
Sister Cheryl A. Esplin spoke to us.
If we are prepared then the world's teaching will roll off us like water off a duck's back.
"We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e,time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. " (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, OF THINGS THAT MATTER MOST, October 2010 General Conference)
Sister Esplyn said, “When the gospel is woven into our daily conversations, we will more likely stay on the right path.”
Elder L Whitney Clayton spoke to us.
1 Samuel 16
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
“Elder Talmage tells us the covenants we make in the temple include the ‘promise to observe the law of strict virtue and chastity, to be charitable, benevolent, tolerant and pure; to devote both talent and material means to the spread of truth and the uplifting of the race; to maintain devotion to the cause of truth; and to seek in every way to contribute to the great preparation that the earth may be made ready to receive her King—the Lord Jesus Christ. With the taking of each covenant and the assuming of each obligation a promised blessing is pronounced, contingent upon the faithful observance of the conditions’ (The House of the Lord, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1978, p. 84).” (KATHLEEN LUBECK, PREPARING FOR THE TEMPLE ENDOWMENT, Ensign Feb 1987)
2 And they all 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, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
None of us have enough loaves or fishes to do what we need to do or to be all that we need to be. When we turn over what we have to Jesus, he makes it enough.
Modesty - do we receive the Lord in our countenance or do we try to display ourselves in our countenance?
Sister Kathy Andersen
Elder Andersen's wife shared her testimony.
Elder Neal L Andersen
41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
Faith diligence and patience.
People do not get stronger by watching other people exercise. The new youth curriculum is like that. The youth teach and participate in the lessons.
"Let us not give ourselves too many excuses." - Elder Andersen
April 26, 2014 - Adult Session of Stake Conference
This is the first adult session that 12 and up were invited to. At General Women's Conference they had 8 and up invited to that for the first time. It feels like perhaps it is like older times when young people are needed to take greater responsibility.
One of the members of the stake presidency shared experiences he had in the Ogden temple and what made it special to him. He encouraged each of us to set a goal as to how often we should go to the temple.
"For, generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others." (PRESIDENT GORDON B. HINCKLEY, “WHOSOEVER WILL SAVE HIS LIFE”, Ensign August 1982)
Doctrine and Covenants 15:6
6 And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.
One of the speakers talked about elder Nelson's general conference talk about not fearing.
They told us about a new web site the Church has for Easter http://Mormon.org/becauseofhim
52 And he also said unto him: If thou wilt turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, and believe, and repent of all thy transgressions, and be baptized, even in water, in the name of mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men, ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask, it shall be given you.
Doctrine and Covenants 121:45
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
When we neglect to do the everyday things to keep the spirit with us is like forgetting the password to access the Holy Ghost.
Doctrine and Covenants 46:7
7 But ye are commanded in all things to ask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.
1 Corinthians 12:4-10
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
What is your gift and what have you done with it lately?