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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: D. Todd Christofferson Talk

Saturday Session 2, Talk 2, D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
  • Scriptures
  • Translations and making it widely available.
  • Gratitude to those who wrote the scriptures.
  • We were not there, but know these things since we have the scriptual references of what happened.
  • It helps us not forget what earlier generations and us have learned.
  • Scriptures are standards for truth and knowledge


LDS First and Second Resurrection

A few times each year my wife asks me: “When Christ died, was everyone who had died up to that point resurrected?” My answer always has been: “I don’t know, but we should find out.”  I finally did some research and discovered the following:

    • When Christ died, all the righteous dead who had lived and died up to that point were resurrected.
      • Matthew 27:52-53 -> “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
      • D & C 133:55 -> “And from Moses to Elijah, and from Elijah to John, who were with Christ in his resurrection, and the holy apostles, with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, shall be in the presence of the Lamb.”
    • At the beginning of the millennium, all righteous people who have lived since Christ was resurrected will be resurrected. This is the morning of the first resurrection.
      • Revelation 20:6  -> “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
      • Luke 14:14 -> “And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
      • 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17 -> “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
      • D & C 88:97-98 -> “And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—  They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.”
    • The afternoon of the first resurrection is when all people who were good but not worthy enough to receive a full inheritance in the kingdom of God will be resurrected.
      • D & C 88:99 -> “And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ’s at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh.”
    • The second resurrection is when the wicked will be resurrected. This happens at the end of the millennium.
      • Revelation 20:5 -> “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. “
      • D & C 88:100-101 -> “And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation;  And these are the rest of the dead; and they live not again until the thousound years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth.”
    • The resurrection of damnation is the resurrection of those who gained a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost and then denied it, chose Satan, and came out in rebellion against Christ.
      • John 5:29 -> “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
      • D & C 100:102 -> “And another trump shall sound, which is the fourth trump, saying: There are found among those who are to remain until that great and last day, even the end, who shall remain filthy still.”


LDS Church Advises a Three Month Supply of Food

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints advises its members to have a three month supply of food stored in their homes. For years, member of the church have been counseled to have a full year’s supply of food. The year’s supply counsel still stands but members should begin by establishing a three month supply. Doing this makes it easier to get started. The three month supply is food you normally eat, whereas the year supply is long-term foods that store well over time such as wheat, rice, nuts, etc.

Before we go on let’s review some scriptures and counsel about being prepared.

In the October 2005 LDS General Conference Priesthood session, President Gordon B. Hinckley gave a talk called “If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear.” President Hinckley discussed some of the natural disasters that have occurred over the course of time, from the flood of Noah’s day to Hurricane Katrina.

He then quoted the following scripture:

“For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and not be able to stand.

And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.

And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people.” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:89-91)

President Hinckley noted the Asian tsunami and the recent hurricanes as “interesting” in respect to the previous scripture saying that the waves of the sea would have themselves beyond their bounds.

He then said: “What we have experienced in the past was all foretold, and the end is not yet. Just as their have been calamities in the past, we expect more in the future, what do we do?

Someone has said it was not raining when Noah built the ark. But he built it, and the rains came.”

President Hinckley then noted some things we can do to be prepared, noting that “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30)

He said the primary preparation is set forth in the in following scripture: “Wherefore, stand ye in Holy Places and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come.” (Doctrine and Covenants 87:8)

He further said: “We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for his protection and guidance. This is a first priority. We cannot expect his help if we are unwilling to keep his commandments…the best storehouse is the family storeroom.”

So, basically we need to be both spiritually and temporally prepared for what may come.

In the LDS church-published pamphlet All is Safely Gathered In, the First Presidency of  the LDS Church shares the following.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.

We realize that some of you may not have financial resources or space for such storage. Some of you may be prohibited by law from storing large amounts of food. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.

May the Lord bless you in your home storage efforts.

The First Presidency

The LDS church encourages a three-month supply of food. Why? 

There are some practical reasons for having a three month supply of food:

  • If the amount of money coming into a household is reduced (such as through job loss, medical emergency, or illness), a supply of food can ease the economic burden that descends upon the family.
  • If the price of gas ever had an abrupt and drastic shift which carried over into other economic sectors, we may only be able to buy a fraction of groceries that we could on our current budgets.
  • Imagine something like an avian pandemic flu outbreak. This could severely limit the transportation food. Since most areas of the United States are not self-sufficient in the production of food, it’s reasonable to think that food prices could rise drastically.
  • It may be needed in the event of a natural disaster.

How to get a three month supply:

  • Start with a one week supply. Buy a few extra items next time you go shopping.
  • Plan. Make it simple. What foods do you typcially use? How can you have more of those foods on hand. Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a few extra items.
  • Once you start getting some food storage on-hand, remember to rotate it. Spoilage is wasteful and will defeat the purposes of the program.
  • Be persistent. With a little planning and continued thought, you can consistently have a three-month supply of food.

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Physical or Virtual

I’ve always wondered what other people prefer / practice when reading the Book of Mormon or Holy Bible:

  • Sit down with a physical, tangible book to read and turn pages.
  • Sit in front of a computer or hand held device to read.  Scrolling down to read further.

What do you prefer?

Initially I opted for the physical method of sitting down with the actual book.  Something lacks from sitting in front of a laptop that can’t be duplicated in electronic form.  Reading a real book involves touch of the paper and the ability to hold the scriptures in your hand.  Having the actual book with you on Sundays seems to be the better option, as in the case when you’re taking classes the electronic device, in my mind, shouldn’t be used as it can be distracting.

These days I find myself more so using the online scriptures at scriptures.lds.org.  Its easier to access than carrying around my quad around and I really don’t like to take that into work.  When I first started investigating and more recently when trying to get back into a strong habit of reading / studying in the morning and evening and doing it daily.  In the morning I’ll try to take the first 5 or 10 minutes of the day to read a chapter.

Occasionally when I have an extra 5 minutes I also utilize the free eBooks I found on the internet that fit on my blackberry.

The convenience factor is a large factor in using the electronic form of the scriptures.  Besides convenience, it is also easier to find a phrase or word in a chapter by searching the page.  The search features in scriptures.lds.org also work well.

One trick that I use to harness the search power of google is to do the following:

In the search bar of my browser or at google.com‘s home page I search the scripture site by typing in the search box “site:scriptures.lds.org [insert word or phrase here]”  Make sure that you have quotes around a phrase if you are searching for a phrase.   For example, if I want to search for “Spiritual Eyes” on scriptures.lds.org I would do this search.

Also, the functionality built in to the scripture site, like clicking on footnotes and the cross-referencing is very useful as well and can be done with great speed than using an actual book.

Either way, I suppose it doesn’t matter about the delivery of the book as long as it is understood and taken in with an open mind and an open heart.




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