Sunday, April 1, 2012

General Conference Sun am 1 Apr 2012 Recap

Pres. Dieter F Uchtdorf
We simply have to stop judging others and replace judgmental thoughts and feelings with a heart full of love for God and His children.
Two-Word Sermon:  When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm; please apply the following: Stop it!
The minute we judge others, we condemn ourselves.  Refusing to forgive is a grievous sin and one that the Savior warned against. When the Lord requires that we forgive all men, that includes forgiving ourselves, too.
we all depend on the mercy of God, how can we deny to others any measure of the grace we so desperately desire for ourselves?”
Forgiving is not easy.  It requires a major change in our attitude and way of thinking, even a ‘Change of Heart’. The good news is that this mighty change of heart is exactly what the gospel of Jesus Christ brings.
It is easier to love others with the Pure Love of Christ when we allow the Love of God to govern our minds and emotions. Jesus Christ Consolator BlochCarl-
The Pure Love of Christ can remove resentment and wrath from our eyes, allowing us to see others the way Heavenly Father sees us.  Because God loves us so much, we too must love and forgive each other.
Let us put down our stones. Let us be kind. Let us forgive. Let us talk peacefully with each other. Let us let the Love of God fill our hearts. Let us do good unto all.
Let us be known as a people who have love one to another.
Allow Christ’s Atonement to change and heal your heart.

Elder Russell M Nelson
Too many are like the fish in the tank; oblivious to how they are cared for and fed.  Many are living today without an awareness of God and His Goodness. Oh, that more could be aware of God’s Love and express gratitude to Him!
God is the Father of our Spirits. He created us physically in His image with a body.
All things to sustain us are heaven-sent: air, food, water – are all gifts from a Loving Heavenly Father.
Marriage and family are ordained of God.
Central to God’s Eternal Plan is the Mission of His Son Jesus Christ.  Jesus came to Redeem us. Because of His Atonement, eternal life is a possibility for all of us who qualify.
Our Loving God has provided us, His Children, with physical and spiritual gifts.
Jesus Perfect love fixedDeath and birth are both a part of life. Death is the gateway that we return to God and is a Joy for those who love Him and are prepared to meet Him.
We will all be judged one day by our spiritual attributes: Love, Virtue, Integrity, Compassion, and Service to others.  Our Spiritual Progress is attained through Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. This includes the Endowment and Sealing Ordinances of the Holy Temple.
It is our challenge to access the Power of the Atonement – each day – to become more Christ-like and live eternally with God, Jesus Christ and our family.

Elder Ronald A Rasband
We need to trust in God’s Will.  With faith in Him, we draw upon the power of Christ’s Atonement at those times when our questions abound and our answers are few.
Pres. James E. Faust said, “I have a great appreciation for those loving parents who stoically bear and overcome their anguish and heartbreak for a child who was born with or who has developed a serious mental or physical infirmity. This anguish often continues every day, without relief, during the lifetime of the parent or the child.”

We have been surrounded by countless heavenly and earthly ministering angels. Jesus He Loves Me Too_McNaughton b
We continue to learn the important value of being aware and interested in the lives of those around us; learning not only the importance of giving help, but also the overwhelming joy that comes from helping others.
Though many people face trials, adversities, disabilities, heartaches, and all manner of afflictions, a loving Savior will always be there. He has promised:  “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you…Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14: 18, 27)
Continue to bear nobly our burdens.  Reach out to those among us who are suffering and in need of being lifted and encouraged.

Sister Julie B Beck
Faith, Family, Relief.  Three simple words that express the vision of Prophets for the Sisters in the Church. We can increase faith, strengthen families, and homes and provide relief comes as we seek, receive, and act on revelation.
Prophets have spoken of the essential need for sisters to be full participants in the Lord’s work.  Prophets have shared their vision of strong, faithful, purposeful women who understand their eternal value and purpose.
Relief Society is not a program.  It is an official part of the Lord’s Church that is Divinely ordained of God; to Teach, Strengthen, and Inspire Sisters in their purpose regarding Faith, Family, and Relief.

Relief Society follows the pattern of female Disciples who served WITH the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
Relief Society is meant to help sisters avoid problems and establish righteous patterns in their lives. It helps us to learn Spiritual and practical skills to make our homes a sacred center of Gospel living.
We are to seek Revelation.  The friendship and unity are sweet results of serving together WITH the Lord in His Work.

Elder D Todd Christofferson
The purpose of the Lord and the labor of His Prophets IS to proclaim God’s Plan of Redemption. After centuries of occasional rays of gospel light, the Restoration of the gospel in its fullness illuminated the earth. A brilliant dawn of Restoration broke upon the world and the gospel of Christ, full and complete, was once again on the earth.  This glorious day began when, in a pillar of light above the brightness of the sun, God the Father and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ visited young Joseph Smith and initiated what would become a virtual flood of revelation linked with divine power and authority.
Jesus Christ declared: “I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and I bear record of it from the Father; and whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.  And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one.  And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and become as a little child, and be baptized in my name, or ye can in nowise receive these things.  And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.” ( 3 Nephi 11: 35-39)
The Church today, just as anciently, establishes thFirst_Presidency_Monsone Doctrine of Christ by Revelation to those the Lord endows with Apostolic authority.  We value scholarship that enhances understanding, but in the Church today, just as anciently, establishing the Doctrine of Christ or correcting Doctrinal deviations is a matter of Divine Revelation to those the Lord endows with Apostolic authority.

The Savior may act by messenger or in His own person to Reveal His Will and Doctrine to Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. The Savior may speak by His own voice or by the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Savior may direct Himself to His servants individually or in council.
The President of the Church may announce or interpret Doctrines based on Revelation to him.
Quorum of 12 Apostles cDoctrinal exposition may also come through the council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
In the end, just as in the New Testament Church, the objective is not simply consensus among council members, but Revelation from God. It is a process involving both reason and Faith for obtaining the Mind and Will of the Lord.

President Thomas S Monson
Eternal Truths will enrich our lives and see us safely home.  Pause for moments of meditation; even thoughts of timeless truths.
Moments of clarity come to all of us at one time or another. We see clearly what it is that really matters in our lives and how we should be living.
In our times of deepest reflection or greatest need, the soul of man reaches heavenward, seeking a divine response to life’s greatest questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after we leave this life?
These questions transcend mortality. They embrace eternity.
The spirits of all men are literally His begotten sons and daughters.
A primary purpose of our existence upon the earth is to obtain a body of flesh and bones. We have also been given the gift of agency. We are privileged to choose for ourselves. We discern between good and evil. We differentiate as to the bitter and the sweet. We discover that there are consequences attached to our actions.
Unlike toy boats, we have been provided divine attributes to guide our journey. We enter mortality not to float with the moving currents of life, but with the power to think, to reason, and to achieve.
Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal voyage without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him guidance to ensure our safe return. I speak of Prayer. I speak of the whisperings from that Still, Small Voice; and I do not overlook the Holy Scriptures, which contain the Word of the Lord and the Words of the Prophets, provided to us -- to help us successfully cross the finish line.
Death is not the end.  “Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.  And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.” (Alma 40:11-12)
Jesus He Lives simon_deweyAs the result of Christ’s victory over the grave, we shall all be resurrected. This is the redemption of the soul.

It is the celestial glory which we seek. It is in the presence of God we desire to dwell. It is a forever family in which we want membership. Such blessings are earned through a lifetime of striving, seeking, repenting, and finally succeeding.
Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep His Commanments and He is also concerned for the lost, the tardy, the wayward and the delinquent. Tenderly the Master speaks to these, and indeed to all: “Come back. Come up. Come in. Come home. Come unto me”.

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