A little recap from the Sunday Session of Conference from this past weekend ||
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: | Grateful in Any Circumstances
△ sooner or later i believe that all of us experience times when the very fabric of our world tears at the seams, leaving us feeling alone frustrated and adrift. it can happen to anyone, no one is immune.
△ i have learned there is something that will take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. there is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, even joyful, and even glorious. we can be grateful.
△ being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we’re please with our circumstances. it does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present day challenges.
Elder M. Russell Ballard | Following up
△ obtain a copy of preach my gospel. it is a guidebook for all of us – read it, study it and apply what you learn.
Sister Jean A. Stevens | Fear not I am with thee
△ our father in heaven reaches out for each of us with His infinite love. he has power over all things and desires to help us learn, grow, and return to him.
△ we can trust that he will help us, not necessarily in the way we want but in the way that will best help us to grow. submitting our will to his may be difficult, but it is essential to becoming like him and finding the peace he offers us.
Bishop Gary E. Stevenson | Your four minutes [such a good one!]
△ i speak of these games this morning directing my thoughts to young men, young women —you who are in your critical years which set the course for your life. i feel a great sense of urgency in addressing you.
△ now, you may be thinking to yourself, ‘i already blew it. my four minutes are already a disaster. i may as well give up.’ if so, stop thinking that, and never think it again. the miracle of the atonement can make up for imperfections in our performance. as elder jeffrey r. holland has taught: ‘to those of you who may still be hanging back, i testify of the renewing power of god’s love and the miracle of his grace.’ it is never too late so long as the master says there is time.
Elder David A. Bednar | Bear up their burdens with ease
△ we are not and never need be alone
△ we can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. through the savior’s atonement we can receive capacity and strength beyond our own.
△ therefore continue in your journey and let your hearts rejoice. for behold and lo i am with you even until the end.
President Thomas S. Monson | Love The essence of the gospel
△ we cannot truly love god if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.
i have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to somebody’s need made me blind; but I never have yet felt a tinge of regret for being a little too kind.
Sunday Afternoon Session
President Boyd K. Packer | The Witness
△ to be faithfully devoted to jesus christ, we accept him as our redeemer and do all within our power to live his teachings.
△ like most things of great worth, knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering. these, joined with fasting and scripture study, will invite impressions and revelations and the whisperings of the holy spirit. this provides us with instruction from on high as we learn precept upon precept.
Elder William R. Walker | Live true to the faith
△ when we get the inspiration from heaven to do something, we do it now—we don’t procrastinate.
△ each of us will be greatly blessed if we know the stories of faith and sacrifice that led our forefathers to join the lord’s church. the more connected we feel to our righteous forefathers, the more likely we are to make wise and righteous choices.
Elder L. Tom Perry | Obedience through our faithfulness
△ when abraham demonstrated his unwavering faithfulness and obedience to god, even when commanded to sacrifice his son, god rescued him. similarly, when we demonstrate our faithfulness through obedience, god will ultimately rescue us.
△ those who rely solely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow god and tap into his insight, power, and gifts. it has been said that someone who is all wrapped up in himself or herself makes a very small package. strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak or passive. it is the means by which we declare our faith in god and qualify ourselves to receive the powers of heaven. obedience is a choice. it is a choice between our own limited knowledge and power and god’s unlimited wisdom and omnipotence.
Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge | The Prophet Joseph Smith
△ you are more than human. you are a child of god the eternal father and may become like him if you will have faith in his son, repent, receive ordinances, receive the holy ghost, and endure to the end // revelation has not ceased, and the heavens are not closed. god speaks to prophets today, and he will speak to you and me as well // there is more after this life than only heaven and hell. there are degrees of glory, and it matters a great deal what we do in this life // everything did not begin at birth. you lived before in the presence of god as his son or daughter and prepared for this mortal life.
△ marriage and family are not conventions of men until only death do us part. they are intended to be made eternal through covenants we make with god. the family is the pattern of heaven.
Elder Michael John U. Teh | For where your treasure is [loved this one!]
△ in times of calamity or tragedy, the Lord has a way of refocusing us and our priorities. All of a sudden, all the material things we worked so hard to acquire do not matter. All that matters is our family and our relationships with others.
△ out of necessity, most of us are involved in earning money and acquiring some of the world’s goods to be able to sustain our families. it requires a good part of our time and attention. there is no end to what the world has to offer, so it is critical that we learn to recognize when we have enough.
Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis | If ye lack wisdom
△ we must ask in faith and with an honest heart. but that is not all. we must also believe that we will receive the revelation. we must trust the lord and have hope in his promises.
△ asking with an honest heart is equally important in [the] process. if we are sincerely seeking the truth, we will do all in our power to find it, which can include reading the scriptures, going to church, and doing our best to keep the commandments of god. it also means that we are willing to do God’s will when we find it.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson | The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
△ did the Lord in reality die and rise again? yes. the fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the apostles and prophets, concerning jesus christ, that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it
President Thomas S. Monson | Until we meet again [oh I could just copy + paste the entire thing!]
△ i hope that we will take the time to read the conference messages,for they are deserving of our careful review and study.
△ as we ponder the messages we have heard, may we resolve to do a little better than we have done in the past. may we be kind and loving to those who do not share our beliefs and our standards. the savior brought to this earth a message of love and goodwill to all men and women. may we ever follow His example.
△ we face many serious challenges in the world today, but I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of us. he will guide and bless us as we put our faith and trust in him and will see us through whatever difficulties come our way.
△ god our eternal father lives and loves us. he is indeed our father, and He is personal and real. may we realize how close to us he is willing to come, how far he is willing to go to help us, and how much he loves us… i bid you farewell until we meet again in six months’ time.