Saturday, October 1, 2011

General Conference ReCap Oct 2011-Sat am

While waiting with enthusiastic excitement for General Conference to begin this morning, I thought I’d share the following from the CHOIR NOTES:  Choir_Sings
The Choir Loves to Sing at General Conference      

“For centuries, choirs have sung praises to God in their church meetings. Large and small, these gatherings have benefitted from the reverence and honor for the Almighty expressed in music. General conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is no different. Ask any member of the Choir to describe a favorite experience and the answer comes back – singing at general conference. They point to the spirit, the hymns, the Saints gathered around the world, the hall, the Church leadership, and the presence of angels.”
Here’s my recap from the Saturday morning session where I felt ‘the spirit, the beauty of the hymns, the unity of the Saints gathered around the world, the magnificence of the hall, the power of the Priesthood from the Church leadership, and the presence of angels’:

Elder Richard G. ScottQuorum of the Twelve ApostlesSCOTT_Elder richard-g-scott

The Scriptures – Solutions for Heavenly Father’s Children

Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds. They are the Key to open the channel with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. Great power can come from memorizing a scripture and can be a source of inspiration for LDS_Scripturesneeded change. The scriptures can form a foundation of support and provide a resource of willing friends.
Pondering a scripture can be the key to unlocking revelation.  Scriptures can take on new meanings and become insightful.
Precious jewels of truth are spread throughout the Old Testament (and all of the Standard Works.) The New Testament is also a source of diamond truth.  Scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants enriches life greatly. And The Book of Mormon teaches doctrine with unique clarity and power.

Sister Barbara Thompson, 2nd Counselor Relief Society General Presidency:
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We need the divine help that come from the Holy Spirit. The account of Lehi in the Book of Mormon demonstrates how Nephi received personal revelation to guide him. Whereas his brethren didn’t know how to receive personal revelation. Nephi taught his brethren Jesus Peace on earth_GregOlsenthat we need to desire, not harden our hearts, ask in faith – truly believing that we will receive an answer, and be diligent in keeping the  commandments. If we are diligent in keeping the commandments and ask in faith, the Lord  will answer our prayers in His own way and in His Own time.

The Doctrine and Covenants teaches us several ways we can receive revelation: through Peace to our mind and heart, by feeling a burning in the bosom, receiving enlightenment to our mind, and the filling of our soul with joy. Inspiration can come from a scripture, a conference talk and even a Primary song! The Holy Ghost satisfies and fills our souls.

We need to seek the light of personal inspiration to help us get through these times of trial and hardship. During trial, we may find that it is our Testimony that sustains and keeps us. 

Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy:
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Remarkable Church Growth

In the Old Testament, Daniel asked God to reveal the dream of the King: Gospel will roll forward across the earth like a stone rolling down the mountain. Church Logo This Church will fill North and South America and the whole earth. The Kingdom of God will spread across the earth and be known the world over.

The Church will progress across international borders and penetrate Hearts of people everywhere. Prophecies are now being fulfilled and happening before our eyes. The sun never sets on the work of the Lord. We have scarcely scratched the surface.

The fulfillment of a Book of Mormon prophecy is about to come to close: The Marvelous Work and Wonder that is progressing everywhere. The Church has miraculous growth!  In the Book of Mormon, we learn that the Knowledge of the Savior shall spread to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. It is the work of Almighty God and His Son, The Prince of Peace. The TIME has come when the knowledge of the Savior IS spread to every nation, kindred, tongue and people!

President Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church
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Conference marks 48 years since being called as an Apostle. Time moves too quickly. The Dedication and Re-Dedication of Temples have provided an abundance of the Spirit. The building of our Temples goes uninterrupted! Temples are blessing to the lives of all Latter-Day Saints.

Provo Tabernacle 2011
2nd Temple in Provo, Utah! The Provo Tabernacle will be converted into a Temple!!
Also, Baranquilla, Columbia; Durban, South Africa; Kinshasa,Congo; and  Star Valley, Wyoming where there is good fishing! And the building is progressing for the Temple in Paris, France.
Church now has a Temple Assistance fund to help those who struggle with means to attend the Temple.

Elder Jose L Alonso, of the Presidency of the Seventy ALONSO_ Elder jose-l-alonso-70


Our Savior is the perfect example of service. Jesus Rescues Me As we love our Savior and give service, we become more like Him and our Heavenly Father.
Each day we have the opportunity to give help and service.

Do it and don’t delay.
Follow our Prophet and his example: “To The Rescue”. There is great safety in following our Prophet.

Our Savior never loses sight of the ‘one’. The Lord needs us to help those not enjoy activity and fellowship.

Pres. Boyd K Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
War in Heaven – Lucifer Wages War on the Youth

Despite the opposition, we need not fail nor fear. The Gospel plan is the Great Plan of Happiness with the Family, the Center of that Family. All were created in the image of God. We have a Divine Nature. Lucifer was denied a mortal body. We have power to create bodies and have power OVER the adversary and his angeJesus Council Heavenls.

We have Patriarchs have the Spirit of prophecy and Spirit of revelation to give us our personal Patriarchal blessing. Answers can be found in our Patriarchal blessing.

In the Book of Mormon we learn that Angels speak by the Holy Ghost and speak the words of Christ. The voice of the Spirit comes as a feeling rather than a voice that is heard. Spiritual communication is best described as a ‘feeling’. The spiritual voice comes into your mind and you feel it in your heart.

You won’t make a major mistake without FIRST being warned by the Holy Ghost. We hold a key to unlock the prison door: we can be washed clean through the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus, Our Savior. Assert our agency to listen to the voice of the Spirit. Our youth are being raised in enemy territory, but we have the Holy Ghost to guide us, to help us, and to lead us through the battle and Lucifer will lose. We have 15 men sustained as Apostles. We trust the Lord to guide the way to do His will. We must be trustworthy and we will be watched over and protected, and will know by the Holy Ghost which way to go.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency
We Matter To The Lord

We are blessed to have a True and Living Prophet on the earth today. Pres. Monson has showed us how the Church is pressing forward, by his announcing the new Temples to be built.  Another prophet, Moses, learned about the universe through his great visions and learned of the greatness and infinite glory of God and His creations. Enoch also learned of the vastness of God’s creations. King Benjamin also taught us of the greatness of God and yet, the worth of souls is, also, great.
All of God’s creations were created for us, God’s sons and daughters. Jesus white as snow gregolsenWe are everything to God. We may appear to be nothing as mortal man, but we have the divine inheritance within our breast. Disciples of Jesus Christ know that our space in time is only a mere moment.

Those who will inherit the Kingdom of God are those who “will becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father”, and know that “when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are in the service of our God”.  Satan tells us that we are forgotten by God. But, we know that God knows our hearts. The Lord knows where we are, no matter how humble our circumstances. He is near for those who incline their hearts towards Him. The Lord uses our skills very differently than the world sees us. 

It may be true that man is nothing in compared to the greatness of the universe; but remember these four truths:

God loves the humble and meek.

The Lord entrusts the fullness of His gospel to be proclaimed the weak and simple.

No matter where we live, how humble, how ordinary, we are not invisible to our Heavenly Father. He Knows our Heart.

Now is not what forever will be. We have the faithful promise of God that will not forget nor forsake. Hold on. Believe in Him. Be Faithful in keeping the commandments. Then we will hear the promise that we can’t comprehend the things that God has prepared for us.


Felicia said...

Amazing. I don't know how you get this posted so fast! I loved that the choir sang one of my favorite lesser-known hyms, "With Songs of Praise".

Anonymous said...

Thank-you! I felt badly that I didn't get my posts translated into Spanish, but I was a bit under-the-weather and exhausted. Loved "With Songs of Praise"! Beautful! Love, Aunt Hollie

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