Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gen Conf Re-Cap–Sun Aft–Oct 2012

Elder Robert D Hales:
The Godhead is three separate and distinct beings. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in The Holy Ghost.
Can there be any doubt that we are Christian?
How are we doing in our quest to follow Christ?
As Christians today, we have the obligation to go and do immediately.
We’re called to forsake our sins.
Another use of the account of the Apostles fishing and the Savior calling to them: “Come and Hear”. “Come and Dine”  and then he said, “Feed my Lambs,
Feed my Sheep” – He asks us to “Share MY Gospel” with the young and old, lifting and encouraging and blessing and comforting His Lambs.   We feed His lambs by how we follow the Gospel. We feed His sheep by being good Christian neighbors, by visiting the widows and serving all those in need.
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The Savior has promised that He will make us equal to His work. FOLLOW ME and I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS of MEN!
Some of the many ways we follow Him are by rescuing those who are spiritually lost, loving the prodigal, enduring missed understandings. We answer “I’ll go where you want me to go, I’ll say what you want me to say, I’ll do what you want me to do, and I’ll be what you want me to be.”
To be who Heavenly Father wants us to be, we Follow Jesus Christ.
The Savior constant reached our to rescue, love, and nurture those around Him.
Jesus Christ is the Light and Redeemer of the World. He is calling to us today, “COME FOLLOW ME!”
Elder Richard G Scott: 
There are two sides to doing the Work for the Dead: The actual Temple Work and the Family History Work that supports it.
Every Prophet has taught the need of us to perform the Ordinances for our deceased ancestors.
We MUST accomplish the necessary Priesthood work for our own salvation; then we must do the necessary work by proxy for those who did not have the opportunity.
Father in Heaven wants us to receive BOTH parts of the blessings of this work. Any work you do in the Temple is time well worth spent. But, doing the work for one of our own ancestors will bless us far greater.
Prepare the names of our ancestors to receive the ordinances of the Temple and then go to the Temple to do their work.
Ancestors who have been found are happy when their names are reserved; but most likely very unhappy at the long wait for reserved names not having the ordinances completed.
Decide to do something that will have eternal consequences. You don’t have to be a genealogist. Look around, there is someone who can help you. It all begins with love and sincere desire to do something to help some else.

Help is given on both sides of the veil. Begin now. You can make a powerful contribution.

Elder Russell T Osguthorpe:
First Presidency has approved new resources to enable Youth to Love, Learn and Share the Gospel.
The new resources will enable the youth to accept the Savior’s invitation to “Come Follow Me”
It is our lifelong quest to become more like the Savior.
True conversion involves Knowing, Doing and Becoming.
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We need to accelerate our learning of teaching the Gospel in the Savior’s Way.
Take the step to learn the Gospel in the Savior’s Way.
Come and Follow in His Footsteps. Learn, teach and live in His Way and become truly converted.

Elder Marcus B Nash:
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Faith is strong and like the Rock of our Redeemer, our Faith will help us climb and follow the example of the Savior. Our Faith will help us through times of sacrifice!
Miracles confirm our faith.
Story of faithful sister who prayed with Faith and was miraculously given food to feed her children.

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom;    

Lead thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home;

Lead thou me on!


Elder Daniel L Johnson: 
Why would they come to the Temple and serve when they have lost all of their revenue for the coming year?
Because they have made covenants to be a disciple of Christ and do as He would do.
Making a covenant to be a disciple of Christ is not always easy.
Tests and trials vary to see if we will do all of things the Lord commands.
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We don’t want to aspire to the riches and glory of men; for such take us away from the powers of heaven.
Our discipleship will be developed and proven by how we endure our trials.
We must choose the right during the storms of life. Obedience and submission to His will bring about the blessings of the Holy Ghost. 
Becoming like Him and becoming One with Him is the ultimate goal of our discipleship.



Elder Don R Clarke:
At the Savior’s Feast of the Passover, the Savior instituted the Ordinance of the Sacrament. He did again with His visit to the Nephites.
Five principles that can bless our lives with the ordinance of the Sacrament:
1.  Have a Feeling of Gratitude. Have a desire to communicate with heaven to feel that joy that comes from God;
2.  Remember that we are renewing our Baptismal covenants;
3.  Feel forgiven of our sins through repentance;
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4.  Receive solutions to our problems; Study it out in our minds and ask the Lord.
5.  Partaking of the Sacrament worthily will help us be filled with the Holy Ghost.
It will always be a great Sacrament Meeting if the Sacrament is the center of our worship.


Elder David A Bednar: 
 We can learn about Testimony and Conversion from the ministry of Peter.
A testimony is personal knowledge of spiritual truth obtained by revelation. A testimony is a gift from God.
It requires seeking, asking and knocking to know that the Savior lives.
‘When thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren”. 
The essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ entails a permanent change in our very beings.
True conversion brings about a change in one’s belief and heart and to become a disciple of Christ.
Conversion is an offering of self, love and loyalty. We give to God gratitude for the gift of Testimony.
Conversion requires all of our heart, all of our might, all of our mind, and all of our strength. Become a deeply faithful soul converted deeply to the Savior and His teachings.
1. Believing in the teachings of the Holy Prophet;
2. Exercising Faith in Jesus Christ;
3. Repentance;
4. Experiencing the mighty change of heart;
5. Becoming firm and steadfast in faith and heart.
Testimony is a foundation upon which conversion is established, Testimony will not protect us; but not sufficient to provide the spiritual strength we need.
Conversion to the Savior and to His Gospel. The power of both Testimony and Conversion unto the Lord provide the strength to endure. Knowing that the Gospel is True is the essence of testimony. Consistently being true is the essence of Conversion.

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RE: The Parable of the 10 Virgins who took the ‘lamps of testimony’; the ‘oil of conversion’ cannot be borrowed or given to another person. 


Each of us must keep our own lamp of testimony burning and obtain our own vessel of oil of conversion. Be Faithful having you lamps trimmed and burning and oil with you that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom.



President Thomas S Monson:

“I, personally, have been spiritual fed and uplifted.”
Take the messages into our hearts and lives and we will be blessed.
Even though we may be far removed, we fill of your spirit.
Grateful for each year the Lord has granted.
”I have felt His hand in directing my efforts as I have tried earnestly to serve Him and to serve all of you.”
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Let’s not be critical and judgmental. May we willingly serve one another. May we pray for the inspiration to know the needs for those around us and the go and offer that assistance.
The Lord is always on our side when we do what is right.  The purpose of mortality is to learn to grow to be more like our Father, and it is often during the difficult times that we learn the most. Our lives can also be filled with joy as we follow the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He lived for us. He died for us. He paid the price. Live lives that will qualify us to one day live with Him.


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[Hollie has loved her personal notes re-capping the messages from General Conference; however, now it seems the Church News Department has finally joined the bandwagon in FINALLY offering LIVE and UP-TO-THE-MINUTE updates for the Talks and Announcements given at General Conference! Click the link for excellent summaries of all the talks given. They’re GREAT – and much better than my simple notes!!]

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