The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Neil L. Anderson Talk

Saturday Session 2, Talk 6- Neil L. Anderson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

My Notes:

  • Repentance and the invitation is not chastisement, it is a loving appeal to turn around and return to God.
  • It is a beckoning of a Loving Father and Son to be more than we are.
  • Repentance is for all of us, no matter how righteous we are.
  • The Savior is able and eager to forgive our sins.
  • Except for those few who choose perdition after having known a fullness, there is no sin that cannot be forgiven.
  • To Change, petition the Father for what to do. He tells us in our mind and in our heart. Then we can choose to repent or we can pull the shades down over our open window into heaven.
  • Alma warned “Do not endeavour to excuse yourself in the least part.”
  • Realize where you need to change. Have sincere and heartfelt confession to the lord and when needed, to others. When possible, restore what was wrongfully harmed or partaken.
  • Weekly taken of Sacrament is so important. To come humbly, meekly before the lord, acknowledging our dependence on him, asking him to forgive and to renew us. And promising to always remember him.
  • The scriptures do not say that we will forget our forsaken sins in mortality, rather they declare that the lord will forget. The forsaking means “never returning.” This requires time.
  • Bishop has the power of discernment to help us repent.
  • Do not procrastinate the date of your repentance, but in this life, it is never too late to repent.
  • Story of a married couple who left the church 50 years ago, comes back and was sorry their children do not have the gospel.
  • Repentance always mean that there is greater happiness ahead.

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Kent D. Watson Talk

Saturday Session 2, Talk 5 – Kent D. Watson, of the Seventy

My Notes:

  • Talks on Temperance
  • Do not be lifted up.
  • Be Patient in all things
  • Carefully examine our expectations and desires.
  • Be diligent and patient in seeking righteous goals.
  • Told a story about a wheel hitting his car’s windshield. He was covered in glass but had not a scratch because of the tempered glass. Tempered glass, like steel, goes under a heating process that increases stress. When tempered glass is under stress, it will not easy break into shards that can injured. Tempered soul, which is humble and full of love has increased strength. With increased spiritual strength, we develop self mastery and to live with moderation. Control, temper, vanity and pride. With increased spiritual strength, we protect our selves of dangerous excesses and destructive additions of today’s world.

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Tad R. Callister Talk

Saturday Session 2, Talk 4 – Tad R. Callister, of the Seventy
– Apostle Paul was one of the greatest men to walk the earth.
– Joseph Smith, The Father and the Son is separate
– Joseph Smith, The Father and the Son have glorified bodies of Flesh and Bones
– Joseph Smith, God still speaks to man today, the heavens are not closed.
3 Questions to ask:
– Does God love us as much today as in New Testament Times?
– Does he have the same power now as he did then?
– Do we need him now today as they needed him anciently?
If the answer is YES, then it God does speak to men today.
– Joseph Smith, The full and complete Church of Jesus Christ was not on earth.  Of course there were good people and some components of the truth.
– Joseph Smith, rebuilt the Church commenced line upon line, precept upon precept.
– Joseph Smith – Three levels of Heaven.
– Paul spoke of a man caught up in the 3rd heaven.

Saturday Session 2, Talk 4 – Tad R. Callister, of the Seventy

My Notes:

  • – Apostle Paul was one of the greatest men to walk the earth.
  • – Joseph Smith, The Father and the Son is separate
  • – Joseph Smith, The Father and the Son have glorified bodies of Flesh and Bones
  • – Joseph Smith, God still speaks to man today, the heavens are not closed.
  • 3 Questions to ask:
    1. Does God love us as much today as in New Testament Times?
    2. Does he have the same power now as he did then?
    3. Do we need him now today as they needed him anciently?
  • If the answer is YES, then it God does speak to men today.
  • Joseph Smith, The full and complete Church of Jesus Christ was not on earth.  Of course there were good people and some components of the truth.
  • Joseph Smith, rebuilt the Church commenced line upon line, precept upon precept.
  • Joseph Smith – Three levels of Heaven.
  • Paul spoke of a man caught up in the 3rd heaven.

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Jorge F. Zeballos

Saturday Session 2, Talk 3 – Jorge F. Zeballos, of the Seventy
– Salvation and Eternal live is brought by the atonement.
– It is by Grace, we are saved after all we can do.
– Do all what is in our reach to achieve what is impossible.
– Partake Worthily the Sacrament and receive the ordinances of the restored gospel.
– Do the best you can in the role as spouses, children, brothers and sisters in our callings in sharing the gospel and rescuing those who has drifted.
– Be like the Apostle Paul “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” – If we do so, we will be fulling the requirements of our Father in Heaven to bless us in this life and our life in eternity.
– Heavenly Father yearns to give us all that we have.
Saturday Session 2, Talk 3 – Jorge F. Zeballos, of the Seventy
My Notes:
  • Salvation and Eternal live is brought by the atonement.
  • It is by Grace, we are saved after all we can do.
  • Do all what is in our reach to achieve what is impossible.
  • Partake Worthily the Sacrament and receive the ordinances of the restored gospel.
  • Do the best you can in the role as spouses, children, brothers and sisters in our callings in sharing the gospel and rescuing those who has drifted.
  • Be like the Apostle Paul “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” – If we do so, we will be fulling the requirements of our Father in Heaven to bless us in this life and our life in eternity.
  • Heavenly Father yearns to give us all that we have.

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Robert D. Hales

Saturday Session 2, Talk 2 – Robert D. Hales, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
-Testifies of God and Jesus Christ.  That he lives.
-God has a body.
-The father and son are distinct individuals.
-Know that God lives.  Ponder about it.
-Gaining the knowledge that God lives and that he loves us.
Saturday Session 2, Talk 2 – Robert D. Hales, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
My Notes:
  • Testifies of God and Jesus Christ.  That he lives.
  • God has a body.
  • The father and son are distinct individuals.
  • Know that God lives.  Ponder about it.
  • Gaining the knowledge that God lives and that he loves us.

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Dallin H. Oaks

Saturday Session 2, Talk 1 – Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
-God’s perfect and universal love are shown in all the blessings of his Gospel plan.  His choicest blessings are reserved for those who obey his laws.
-Talks about law and love and other deep doctrine.

Saturday Session 2, Talk 1 – Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

My Notes:

  • God’s perfect and universal love are shown in all the blessings of his Gospel plan.  His choicest blessings are reserved for those who obey his laws.
  • Talks about law and love and other deep doctrine.

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 179th Semiannual General Conference: Elder David A. Bednar

Saturday Session 1, Talk 5 – Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
-Joseph Smith – “More diligent and concerned at home”
Suggestion 1: Express love and show it.  Do it often.
-“I love you” From Spouse, Parent or Child is a rich blessing.
-Do it, even if you feel “unsure, awkward or embarrassed.”
Suggestion 2: Bare testimony and live it. Do it often.  Testimony is truth, witnessed by the Holy Ghost.
-Testimony From Spouse, Parent or Child is a rich blessing.
-Do it, even if you feel “unsure, awkward or embarrassed.”
Suggestion 3: Be consistent.
Scriptures read among outburst such as:
– He’s touching me!
– Make him stop looking at me!
– Mom he’s breathing my air!
Compares Family Home Evening, Scripture Study and Prayer as a brush strokes on the canvas of our souls…like his painting of a wheat field in his office.  Close up you only see individual brush strokes, but step back and you can see a beautiful painting.

Saturday Session 1, Talk 5 – Elder David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

My Notes:

  • -Joseph Smith – “More diligent and concerned at home”
  • Suggestion 1: Express love and show it.  Do it often.
    • -“I love you” From Spouse, Parent or Child is a rich blessing.
    • -Do it, even if you feel “unsure, awkward or embarrassed.”
  • Suggestion 2: Bare testimony and live it. Do it often.  Testimony is truth, witnessed by the Holy Ghost.
    • -Testimony From Spouse, Parent or Child is a rich blessing.
    • -Do it, even if you feel “unsure, awkward or embarrassed.”
  • Suggestion 3: Be consistent.
  • Scriptures at his home read among outburst such as:
    • He’s touching me!
    • Make him stop looking at me!
    • Mom he’s breathing my air!
  • Compares Family Home Evening, Scripture Study and Prayer as a brush strokes on the canvas of our souls…like his painting of a wheat field in his office.  Close up you only see individual brush strokes, but step back and you can see a beautiful painting.

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: Elder Russel T. Osguthorpe

Saturday Session 1, Talk 4 – Elder Russel T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School General President.
-missionaries save lives, spiritual lives.
-Joseph F Smith said “when we receive the truth, we will be saved by it, will be saved not merely because someone taught it to us, but because we received it and acted upon it”.
-When missionaries and teachers draw on the spirit they teach the appropriate principle, invite the learners to learn that principle and then bear witness of promised blessings which will follow.
-Elder David A. Bednar shared three simple elements of affective teaching:
– Key doctrine
– Invitation to action
– Promised blessings
-The guide “Preach My Gospel” helps missionaries teach key doctrine.
-The guide”Teaching, No greater call” helps parents and teachers do the same.
-President Monson has taught:
“The goal of gospel teaching is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members….The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles.”
-“Teaching Helps Save Lives”

Saturday Session 1, Talk 4 – Elder Russel T. Osguthorpe, Sunday School General President.

My Notes:

  • Missionaries save lives, spiritual lives.
  • Joseph F Smith said “when we receive the truth, we will be saved by it, will be saved not merely because someone taught it to us, but because we received it and acted upon it”.
  • When missionaries and teachers draw on the spirit they teach the appropriate principle, invite the learners to learn that principle and then bear witness of promised blessings which will follow.
  • Elder David A. Bednar shared three simple elements of affective teaching:
  1. Key doctrine
  2. Invitation to action
  3. Promised blessings
  • The guide “Preach My Gospel” helps missionaries teach key doctrine.
  • The guide”Teaching, No greater call” helps parents and teachers do the same.
  • President Monson has taught:

The goal of gospel teaching is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members….The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles.

-“Teaching Helps Save Lives”

The 179th Semiannual General Conference: L. Whitney Clayton

Saturday Session 1, Talk 3 – L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy
-How long can we carry burdens?
-Burdens form three sources:
– Natural product of the world we live in (illness, earthquakes, etc.) that we cannot control.
– Imposed upon us by the misconduct of others.  Abuse, additions, sin, incorrect traditions, repression, crime.  Gossip, unkindness can cause others genuine suffering.
– Our own mistakes and shortcomings produce many of problems and the most burden is sin.  Pain from keeping commandments.
-No matter our burdens, we are children of god who sent us to earth for growth and progress. our experiences prepare us to return him.
-Diversity and afflictions last (from heavens perspective) for a small moment, if we do bear it well, we will be exalted.
-Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues of perfection, invite us to yield to the Holy Spirit and put of the natural man and become a saint through atonement of  Christ.  Become a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things that the lord see fit to afflict to us, even as a child to the father.
-Burdens become blessings.  Need time, effort and faith to understand.
Adam told:
-Cursed by be the ground for thy sake.
-By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread.
-Work is a continual burden, but a blessing for our sake.  It teaches us lessons we can only learn by the sweat of our face.
Alma observed poverty and afflictions of the Zoromites humbled them to prepare them to hear the word.
-“because ye are compelled to be humbled, blessed are ye.”
-economic challenges can bless us to hear the word.
Because of the length of the way between Laminites and Nephites, were softened because of their inflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before god.
– political unrest, social disorder and modern Gadianton Robbers may humble us and motivate us to seek shelter from societal storms.
Joseph Smith was told that the terrible things he suffered for years from his enemies would give him experience and be for his good.
– the suffering we experience from the offences of others is a valuable and painful school to improving our own behavior.
– Bearing our burdens will develop a reservoir of empathy for the problems of others.
– Bear one an other’s burdens that they me light.
– Keeping baptismal covenants help us with our burdens and others.
– Matthew Quote (When did we clothe thee, etc…) ye have done it on my brethren, you have done it unto me.

Saturday Session 1, Talk 3 – L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy

My Notes:

  • How long can we carry burdens?
  • Burdens form three sources:
  1. Natural product of the world we live in (illness, earthquakes, etc.) that we cannot control.
  2. Imposed upon us by the misconduct of others.  Abuse, additions, sin, incorrect traditions, repression, crime.  Gossip, unkindness can cause others genuine suffering.
  3. Our own mistakes and shortcomings produce many of problems and the most burden is sin.  Pain from keeping commandments.
  • No matter our burdens, we are children of god who sent us to earth for growth and progress. our experiences prepare us to return him.
  • Diversity and afflictions last (from heavens perspective) for a small moment, if we do bear it well, we will be exalted.
  • Burdens provide opportunities to practice virtues of perfection, invite us to yield to the Holy Spirit and put of the natural man and become a saint through atonement of  Christ.  Become a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things that the lord see fit to afflict to us, even as a child to the father.
  • Burdens become blessings.  Need time, effort and faith to understand.

Adam told:

  • Cursed by be the ground for thy sake.
  • By the sweat of thy face thou shall eat bread.
  • Work is a continual burden, but a blessing for our sake.  It teaches us lessons we can only learn by the sweat of our face.

Alma observed poverty and afflictions of the Zoromites humbled them to prepare them to hear the word.

  • “Because ye are compelled to be humbled, blessed are ye.”
  • Economic challenges can bless us to hear the word.

Because of the length of the way between Laminites and Nephites, were softened because of their inflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before god.

  • Political unrest, social disorder and modern Gadianton Robbers may humble us and motivate us to seek shelter from societal storms.

Joseph Smith was told that the terrible things he suffered for years from his enemies would give him experience and be for his good.

  • The suffering we experience from the offences of others is a valuable and painful school to improving our own behavior.
  • Bearing our burdens will develop a reservoir of empathy for the problems of others.
  • Bear one an other’s burdens that they me light.
  • Keeping baptismal covenants help us with our burdens and others.
  • Matthew Quote (When did we clothe thee, etc…) ye have done it on my brethren, you have done it unto me.