Saturday Morning Session
Pre-thoughts: This morning I thought about the central role of the repentance process in my personal conversion to the Gospel of Christ, His atonement, Priesthood Authority, and so forth. Because repentance works, I have few other questions or issues with the general march and progress of the Church and its leadership.
Elder Ulisses Soares
The divine mandate to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others.
Parents have a sacred responsibility to teach morality to our children. Immersion in the scriptures will help us to recognize the voice of the Savior. This doesn’t happen by chance.
Our actions must reflect what we are learning.
Teach your children to always observe to keep the commandments of God. How shall our children learn save we should guide them. Seek to learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sister Becky Craven
Happiness for $15. Store selling trinkets.
Train accident illustrates the gospel track that leads us to our intended destination.
There is not a right way to do the wrong thing. Are we careful or casual?
Listening to Sister Craven’s remarks causes me to consider the division that sometimes comes to Rachel and I when I am trying to encourage greater obedience to commandments and doctrines.
Elder Brook Hales
God knows us and our timing.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Missionary work. Dragging your feet in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 5 guilt-free things to do to be a better missionary.
- Draw closer to God. Others will see your light.
- Fill your heart with love for others.
- Strive to walk the path of discipleship.
- Share what is in your heart. Look for opportunity to share your faith in natural and normal ways.
(Missed Bishop Waddell’s Remarks)
Pres. Henry B. Eyering
The Church was organized in 1830 in a family home. The feeling that we want in our homes. Contention, pride, and sin have to be kept at bay to have these feeling in our homes.
The pattern of decline: Pride crept in. Stopped sharing. Organized into classes.
The underlying cause is Satan trying to lead good people to do good things. Growing in Faith in Jesus Christ will be better than calling to repentance
Alma recalled the words that his father spoke to the people, when he was repenting.
Worried about decisions of extended family members: You are worrying about the wrong thing.
Pres. M. Russell Ballard
Pres. Henry B. Eyering
The Lord will some day interview each of us personally. Where else is this doctrine found?
Do I regularly pray for preisthood leaders by name with a feeling of love.
Tendency to be critical. God has chosen his servants.
- Pray for them as they speak.
- Listen for answers to prayers in their words.
Father to son: “Son, I am with you all the way. The Lord loves you, and with his help you can make it back, and I know you will make it back. I love you!”
Pres. Dallin H. Oaks
The Gospel teaches us to think about the future. Contrary, enjoy it today, spend it today, take no thought for the future.
Parable of the English Setter and the Squirrel. Where will this lead? We should offer a voice of warning.
Playing video games, textings, etc. has opportunity costs, meaning that there a cost for doing something and it takes away from other activities.
Making a present sacrifice to achieve a far away goal. Rewarded with the growth that comes with sacrifice.
Pres. Russel M. Nelson
Lord’s Instruction to Joseph Smith, Say nothing but Repentance unto this generation. Does everyone need to repent? Yes. Repentence is seen as
Change our mind, our knowledge, our spirit, our breath, teaching our children, love our wives, treat our bodies.
Regular daily focus on repentence. Doing and being a little better each day. Transforming into the
The adversary is quadrupling his efforts to thwart
Personal purity bring us power. We need this power to Gather Israel.
Prayerfully seek to identify what is standing in the way of our repentance, then change.
Change, improve the way we treat our bodies. Bodies are a
Your body is your personal temple,
How we honor our women. Your first duty is to love your wife. Her input will improve your output.
As servants of the Lord, we cannot be asleep now.
I need to rescue my family from their spiritual slumber. Set the goal to have all 4 of your sons with you at the next General Priesthood Session. That would be nothing short of a miracle.
How are blessings obtained? Blessings are never earned. Faith Inspired actions on our part are essential.
Until the match is struck, the energy is not released. If not applied to the woodpile, full energy is not released.
We don’t earn blessings but we do have to qualify for it.
Blessings come on God’s time table, sometime not until the next life. Do all things in our power and then stand still. (Keep your journals, becuase the family life that you want, may not be realized until after you pass this life.)
Staying connected to the source of light. Satan works hard to isolate us and tell us we are the only ones experiencing hardship. Jesus reaches out to the exception.
Make and keep sacred covenants. Keep Jesus Christ in the center of your life. This will strengthen your flickering light.
Elder Quinen L. Cook
Those who desire to serve in the work of Lord, must qualify for it in through faith, hope and charity. `
Example of sharing love demonstrated toward the Hawleck family in American Samoa.
If we show love, kindness and humilty our efforts to gather Israel will improve.
The home is now our primary family history centers. Home is a sanctuary from the storms of the world.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Reflect upon the Lord’s pending return. Important to relieve suffering, but also important to prepare for the 2nd Coming of the Lord. Even death shall be done away.
Devote to the preparations needed for Christ’s Return. The church has the unique commission to prepare for His coming.
Publication of the Book of Mormon was the initiation of the Gathering of Israel in our time.
Tad D. Callister
What was the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
The Savior overcame the four obstacles:
- Sin – How do I know I am being forgiven? Feeling the influence of the Spirit means you have been forgine or in the process of being forgiven.
Gifts of the Spirit – Attributes of God. Tools for us to become perfect.
Pres. Russell M. Nelson
A recap of recent events.
Discussion of the passing of his daughter, Wendy.
Where is my family?
Savation is an individual matter. Exaltation is a family matter. What is required for a family to be exalted forever. Making covenants and keeping commandments.
Pres. Dallin H. Oaks
Lord said unto Adam, teach it unto your children, no unclean thing can inheret the kingdom of God.
This time is the time to repent. Not waiting until the next life.
Elder Juan Pable Villar
Our muscles grow only when we use them. Spiritual Gifts are the same also. They need to be exercised.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong
The Good Shepherd doth call you by his name.
Elder David A. Bednar
“What did you learn about the Savior and his Gospel in your home this week?”
What Joseph Smith learned in his home paved the way for the restoration. After having the first vision, Joseph’s response to his mother was “I have learned for myself.”
If all we know about Jesus Christ is built upon what other people tell us our foundation is built upon sand.
Gospel learning is becoming home centered.
Elder Kyle McKay
The immediate goodness of God.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband
Take these things home and ponder over them in your homes. Building homes up as fortresses.