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The 180th Annual General Conference: Henry B. Eyring Talk

Saturday Session 1, Talk 7 – Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor of the First Presidency
  • Exercise faith in Jesus Christ, have a broken heart, repent and be: cleansed, changed and strengthened through the Lord’s atonement.
  • Harder to do so, than to exercise faith early in your life.
  • Assigned to help and rescue, strengthen and lead those who have been lead away, back to safety.
  • Family has an opportunity at the start of a child’s life to lead and guide them.
  • Primary workers help strengthen the children.
  • Aaronic Priesthood, during sacrament prayer hears the promise of the holy ghost they will receive one day.
  • We can all help, formal callings are not necessary.


The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Henry B. Eyring Talk

Sunday Session 4, Talk 1 – President Henry B. Eyring, 1st Counselor of the First Presidency

My Notes:

  • Become Better than you are now
  • Do not feel like you are good enough.
  • Do not give up trying to be better.
  • The message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we CAN and we must expect to become better as long as we live.
  • We believe that through living the Gospel, we can become like the saviour who is perfect.
  • “I’m trying to be like Jesus” Primary Song
  • Family is the testing ground for learning Love
  • Love is putting others above ourselves.
  • Sorrow comes primarily from selfishness, which is the absence of love.
  • The idea God holds for us is to form families in a way that is most likely to lead to happiness and away from sorry.
  • A man and a woman are to make sacred covenants that they will put the welfare and happiness of the other at the center of their lives.
  • Children are to be born into a family where parents hold the needs of the children equal to their own in importance.
  • Children are to love parents and each other.
  • That is the idea of a loving family.
  • Choices to qualify that there will be no empty chairs in our families in the world to come:
    1. Pray for the love that allows you to see the good in your companion. Pray for the love that makes the weaknesses and mistakes seem small. Pray for the love to make your companions joy your own. Pray for the love to want to lessen the load and soften your sorrows of your companion.
    2. Council to the parents of a wandering child. The savior is the perfect example of persisting in love. Story of Jesus re-inviting the Nephites to come to him. Story of the Prodigal Son gives us hope.

      Elder Orson F. Whitney, General Conference in 1929, to the faithful parents that honor temple sealings to their children:

      “Though some of the sheep may wonder, the eye of the Shepard is upon them and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of divine providence reach out after them and drawing them back to the fold…Pray for your careless and disobedient children, hold on to them with your faith. Hope on, trust on ’till you see the salvation of God. You can pray for your children. Love them. Reach out to them with confidence that Jesus reaches for them with you. When you keep trying, you are doing what Jesus does.”

    3. Council to the children. Lord gave you a commandment with a promise. The only commandment with a promise… Honor thy Father and Mother.
  • “Try to show kindness in all that you do. Be gentle and loving in deed and thought.”


The 179th Semiannual General Conference: President Deter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday Session 1, Talk 6 – President Deter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, First Presidency.
– Church is growing around the world.
– Most think of us as honest, helpful and hard working.
– Some have images of clean cut missionaries, loving fa miles and friendly neighbors who don’t smoke or drink.
– People who attend church every Sunday for 3 hours.  Where everyone is a brother or a sister.  Where the children sing songs about streams that talk, trees that produce popcorn and every child that wants to become sun beams.
– Of all the things we want to be known for? Disciples of Jesus Christ.
– How do we become true disciples of Jesus Christ?
– If ye love me, keep my commandments.
– Keep it simple.
– When asked the greatest commandment? Jesus said to “thou shalt love the lord thy god with all thy heart, all thy soul and all thy might.”
– When we truly understand what it is to love as Jesus Christ love us, our confusion clears and our priorities align.  Our walk as disciples of Christ becomes more Joyful.  Our lives take on new meaning.  Our relationship with Heavenly Father becomes more profound. Obedience becomes a joy, rather than a burden.
– Why should we love God?  God does not need us to love him, but, O, how we need to love God.  For what we love determines what we seek, what we seek determines what we think and do.  What we think and do determines who we are and who we will become.  We are created in the image of our Heavenly Parents, we are God’s spirit children.
Therefore, we have a vast capacity of love.  It is part of our spiritual heritage.  What and how we love not only defines us as individuals, it also defines us as a Church.
– Love truly is a defining characteristic of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
– We are important to God not because of our resume but because we are His children.
– How can we increase our love for God? Because he is love, the closer we get to him, the more profoundly we experience love.
– What attribute should define us as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. Let us be known as a people who love God with all our heart, soul and mind.  And who love our neighbors as ourselves.
Saturday Session 1, Talk 6 – President Deter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, First Presidency
This was one of my favorite talks for the morning!  I love hearing from Uchtdorf!  Always!
My Notes:
  • Church is growing around the world.
  • Most think of us as honest, helpful and hard working.
  • Some have images of clean cut missionaries, loving fa miles and friendly neighbors who don’t smoke or drink.
  • People who attend church every Sunday for 3 hours.  Where everyone is a brother or a sister.  Where the children sing songs about streams that talk, trees that produce popcorn and every child that wants to become sun beams.
  • Of all the things we want to be known for? Disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • How do we become true disciples of Jesus Christ?
  • If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • Keep it simple.
  • When asked the greatest commandment? Jesus said to “thou shalt love the lord thy god with all thy heart, all thy soul and all thy might.”
  • When we truly understand what it is to love as Jesus Christ love us, our confusion clears and our priorities align.  Our walk as disciples of Christ becomes more Joyful.  Our lives take on new meaning.  Our relationship with Heavenly Father becomes more profound. Obedience becomes a joy, rather than a burden.
  • Why should we love God?  God does not need us to love him, but, O, how we need to love God.  For what we love determines what we seek, what we seek determines what we think and do.  What we think and do determines who we are and who we will become.  We are created in the image of our Heavenly Parents, we are God’s spirit children.
  • Therefore, we have a vast capacity of love.  It is part of our spiritual heritage.  What and how we love not only defines us as individuals, it also defines us as a Church.
  • Love truly is a defining characteristic of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • We are important to God not because of our resume but because we are His children.
  • How can we increase our love for God? Because he is love, the closer we get to him, the more profoundly we experience love.
  • What attribute should define us as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. Let us be known as a people who love God with all our heart, soul and mind.  And who love our neighbors as ourselves.


The 178th Annual General Conference

The First PresidencyThis weekend was the 178th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I could remember it like it was only yesterday that it was General Conference in October and it was all new to me.  This time around it felt like old hat.  I actually woke up at 9am to watch the conferences.  I enjoyed all the messages that were given and I have found a new appreciation for our first presidency.  I really didn’t know anything about the first presidency a year ago and I didn’t know Gordon B. Hinckley.

I’m glad I got to know Hinckley during the last conference before he passed.  I’ve come to appreciate all that he’s done for the Church.

It was the first time I’ve seen the calling and sustaining of a Prophet and his First Presidency.  I felt the Spirit as Utchdorf read off the names of our new leaders.  Even though I was at home, watching in my bedroom at 9am in the morning in my t-shirt and shorts, I was engaged enough to stand and sustained each and everyone of them by raising my right hand.  It was a wonder to me knowing that members around the world must be standing as well raising their right hand to sustain as well.

I am so impressed with the new First Presidency!  I never really knew Thomas S. Monson before this general conference.  He had also surprised me with his humor and his stories.  I remember Henry B. Eyring from before and loved hearing what he had to say.  And Dieter F. Uchtdorf is so likable and has such a friendy and welcoming characteristic about himself.

I’ve felt my testimony strengthened watching this conference and seeing the leadership of this Church.  These men are absolutely called of God.  Their words are divinely inspired without a doubt.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is absolutely the church of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  This is his Church.



Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson was named the 16th Church President on Monday.

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He also called to serve with him in the First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring as his first counselor, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, as his second counselor.

It was also announced that President Boyd K. Packer, 83, is the new president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

All I’ve really known was Hinckley as the prophet. I am not too familiar with President Monson but from what I’ve heard from my good friends I am excited to see where the Church goes from here.




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