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The 180th Annual General Conference: David A. Bednar Talk

Saturday Session 2, Talk 5, David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • While driving, saw a sign stating ” Standing Water Ahead.” He was able to slow down and take the road safely.
  • Signs of danger
  • Early warning signals in many aspects of our lives.
  • We live in a day of warning.
  • “Watching with all perseverance.” – Apostle Paul (Ephesians 6:18)
    1. Reading and talking about BoM with Children
      • BoM is the complete gospel of Jesus Christ.  Most Correct upon the earth, restores plain and precious things taken away from the gospel.
      • Invites the 3rd member of the god head, the holy ghost.  Help us get nearer to go than any other book.  Discussions of gospel / principles of the BoM provide opportunity to learn from and teach our children.
    2. Bearing testimony of gospel truths spontaneously with children
      • Knowledge we receive from the HG is a result of revelation.  Need a sincere heart, real intent and faith in christ.
      • Personal testimony brings responsibility and accountability.  Bear testimony to their children spontaneously.
    3. Inviting children as gospel learners to act, not merely be acted upon.
      • Inviting children to act.  Our free agency makes us agents… agents to act, not to be acted upon.  Builds upon BoM and testimony.
      • Doing these things will give us spiritual discernment to enable us to stand as watchmen on the tower for our families.


The 180th Annual General Conference: L. Tom Perry Talk

Saturday Session 2, Talk 1, L. Tom Perry, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Reflecting on the training of his / our mothers.
  • Parents are entrusted with the education of their children.
  • Parents must ensure that their children are being taught what their heavenly father would have them learn.
  • A parent’s teachings must never be devalued.
  • Parents should teach their children in the home, it is increasingly important in today’s world.


A Humbling Fathers Day 2008

I woke up and found that my wife was sick and that she wasn’t going to make it to Church. I wanted to roll over and not go to Church either after being up late the night before. Despite my better judgment, I almost did just that – until my youngest son walked in the room and I looked at him in his sweet, big, round eyes.

At that moment I realized how important Church was and even if I didn’t want to go that moment, that it would benefit my children if I took them and if I tagged along. I felt humbled and shameful for even thinking that I should just sleep in. My priorities were jumbled. Then the verse “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3) came to my mind.

As President Gordon B. Hinckley read in The Family: A Proclamation to the World, he says:

“Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

I have that duty to:

  • Rear my children in righteousness.
  • Provide for their Spiritual Needs
  • Teach them to observe the commandments of God

In this case, I should observe the Sabbath day and take my children to church. I should teach my children by living a life as an example and going to Church every Sunday. These children, are not only mine, but of the Lord. And I have been given stewardship over them.

I can remember taking my children to church by myself at least one other time back in December. It is these times I appreciate my wife herding the children in the chapel and lobby. I feel lucky that both times the kids generally behaved and didn’t give me too much of a hard time.

Picking up my boys after class had its own rewards. The happiness and smiles from their faces after being in Sunday School made it more than worth it.



The 178th Annual General Conference: Elder Russell M. Nelson’s Talk

Elder Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Here are some important points I took away from the talk given by Elder Russell M. Nelson, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, during the 178th Annual General Conference this weekend:

  • Salvation is an individual matter.
  • Exaltation is a family matter.
  • Family is the  support for Salvation.
  • The home is a laboratory for learning the gospel.
  • Men need women to be exalted and visa versa.
  • We cannot be released in our calling as parents.
  • The Church is to assist, not replace parents in their responsibility to teach children.
  • Parents have a sacred responsibility to teach Children of God.
  • We’re taught to shun filth.
  • We’re taught to honor thy parents.
  • You can teach only by persuasion, long suffering, reproving, and more love.
  • We’re all responsible for our own salvation.

These key points from his talk should echo in our minds.  In the bigger scheme of things, we are merely stewards of our children on Earth.  Our children are children of God entrusted under our car to teach them, to protect them and to love.

I also like his point on how Church is to assist and not replace parents.  I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reinforces and strengthens our families.  It should reiterate what is learned in the home and not be something new when taught during our Sunday Schools.

I’m sure you’ve heard this many, many times before, but I think it makes sense to repeat these words of wisdom:

If you were to erase everything your children learn in Sunday School and Church and strictly rely on what is taught at home, would they still have the same level of knowledge of the Gospel as if they did attend Church and Sunday School?

I hope so.



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Statistics as of December 31, 2007

During the 178th General Conference, the following statistics were given about the Church:

  • Stakes: 2,790
  • Missions: 348
  • Districts: 618
  • Wards and Branches: 27,827
  • Members: 13,193,999
  • Children added to record in 2007: 93,698
  • Converts Baptized in 2007: 279,218 (Hey, I was one of those! :))
  • Full Time Missionaries: 52,686
  • Temples in operation: 124

These statistics seem to be more up to date than what is listed at the Official Church Website.

I look forward to helping and seeing these numbers increase for 2008!




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