Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gen Conf -Sat AM–1 Oct 2016 Session

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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O How Great the Plan of Our God!
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have been given so much. We are surrounded by … an astonishing wealth of light and truth…
Think of how you felt when for the first time you believed and understood that you are truly a child of God; that Jesus Christ willingly suffered for your sins so that you may be clean again; that priesthood power is real and can bind you to your loved ones for time and all eternity; that there is a living prophet on the earth today….
…Experience gratitude and awe for the sacred and sublime gifts God has granted us…
Life-changing truths are before our eyes and at our fingertips…
I invite each of us to consider this question. What shall we give in return for the flood of light and truth God has poured out upon us?…
Let us take courage and trust in the guidance of the Spirit. Let us in word and deed share with our fellowmen the amazing … message of God’s plan of happiness.

Elder Robert D. Hales
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“Come, Follow Me” by Practicing Christian Love and Service
Today I ask a …question of each of us: “If we love the Savior more, will we suffer less?” …
As the Savior’s latter-day disciples, we come unto Him by loving and serving God’s children. As we do, we may not be able to avoid tribulation, affliction, and suffering in the flesh, but we will suffer less spiritually. Even in our trials we can experience joy and peace…
Let us turn more towards forgiveness and kindness…
Our Christian love and service naturally begin in the home.…Teach your children to love one another and serve one another….
77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
I testify that the Savior’s true posture…..He continues to stretch forth His Hands. We follow Him by loving and serving one another and keeping His commandments.

Carol F. McConkie
The Soul’s Sincere Desire
In faith we pray, we listen and obey that we might one day become one with the Father….
We pray to our Father in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus engaging all three members of the Godhead in our utterances….
We pray to our Heavenly Father and Him only because He is “God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting … , the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them” [D&C 20:17]. …
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ because our salvation is in Christ. … He is our Advocate with the Father, and He does plead our cause. … Sincere prayers offered in the holy name of Jesus Christ are an expression of our devoted love, our eternal gratitude, and our steadfast desire to pray as He prayed, to do as He did, and to become as He is.
We pray by the power of the Holy Ghost because “he that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God” [D&C 46:30]. When we pray with faith, the Holy Ghost can guide our thoughts so that our words harmonize with the will of God.
The answers to our prayers may not be what we desire…
We pray always with full hearts drawn out to God for our welfare and for the welfare of others….
Prayer is a Gift from God. We may never feel lost or alone.
Precious time spent in prayer….


Elder Craig C. Christensen
“A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up”

We need not be timid about testifying of Joseph’s mission as prophet, seer, and revelator, for the Lord has always worked through prophets. Because of the truths restored through Joseph Smith, we know much more about our Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. We know of Their divine attributes, Their relationship to each other and to us, and the great plan of redemption that allows us to return to Their presence …
To any who may be questioning their testimony of Joseph Smith or are struggling with erroneous, misleading, or superficial information about his life and ministry, I invite you to consider the fruits—the many blessings that have come to us through the miraculous mission of Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration.…
… Because Joseph was a prophet, we have witness upon witness, testimony upon testimony, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world. … Joseph Smith was and is the Prophet of the Restoration. The priesthood and authority of God are again on the earth. May we fearlessly declare our witness and our gratitude for this wonderful prophet, seer, and revelator of the Lord is my prayer.

Elder Juan A. Uceda

The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Pray
[Jesus Christ] teaches you and me to pray as we see Him in our minds praying in Gethsemane and saying, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). When you pray, do you really, truly want that “not my will, but thine, be done”?…
… When you pray, are you really praying or just saying prayers? Are you superficial with your prayers?
… When you pray, do you feel like the heaven is open…ed? When was the last time that you felt that connection with the heaven?.…
I had heard the voice of the Spirit three times before…..There was a deep pain in my heart for not obeying; but there was a deep mercy in His voice….
Do you prepare yourself to make important decisions by praying to your Heavenly Father? Do you prepare yourself for a moment of prayer? …
At the very moment we say, “Father in Heaven,” He hears our prayers and is sensitive to us and our needs. And so His eyes and His ears are now connected to you. He reads our minds, and He feels our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him. Now, the wonderful thing is that He will see you with eyes of love and mercy—love and mercy that we cannot fully understand. But love and mercy are with Him the very moment you say, “Father in Heaven.” …
I prayed from the heart to Him. …… Pray with a sincere heart, exercising real intent with Faith in Christ.

Elder J. Devn Cornish

Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?
He believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself…
The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.” ….
He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life! Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory. …
Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from his eternal truth:  “All the Lord expects of us is to try, but you have to really try.” [Pres. Hinckley]
Heavenly help that each of us needs… All’s we have to do to receive this Heavenly help is to ask for it…. If we sincerely repent, God will really forgive us….
Because of the Savior’s Atonement, we can repent and God will forgive…. Just pause and reflect His help in your life…

Elder Neil L. Andersen
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A Witness of God
The power and ordinances of the Priesthood …available to all who desire it….
The gathering of Israel is a miracle….
One person at a time….little by little the stone cut without hands has been connected as puzzle pieces… set in place across the earth.
The Lord’s Hand is guiding us..
He will return in majesty and glory…
He will assist us in our labors if we will act in Faith…
Our concern for our brothers and sisters and our desire to please God bring a compelling urgency to share and strengthen the kingdom of God across the world. …
I suggest that you stop feeling guilty about any insufficiency you think you have in sharing the gospel. Rather, pray … for opportunities. …
Be open about your faith in Christ. When the occasion presents itself, speak of His life, His teachings, and His incomparable gift to all mankind.
Pray like Alma taught for opportunities…this is a stronger motivation…
… Share His powerful truths from the Book of Mormon. To live as a witness of all things and in all places… Share the Great Plan of Happiness as given in the Book of Mormon..
He has given us this promise: “Whosoever … shall confess me before men, him will I confess … before my Father … in heaven” [Matthew 10:32]. I promise you that as you pray often and sincerely for opportunities to “stand as a witness of God,” those opportunities will come, and those who seek more light and knowledge will be put before you. As you respond to spiritual promptings, the Holy Ghost will carry your words to the heart of another, and one day the Savior will confess you before His Father. …
Please don’t see your efforts to share the love of the Savior with another as a pass/fail test with your grade determined by how your friends respond to your feelings or invitation to meet the missionaries. With our mortal eyes, we cannot judge the effect of our efforts, nor can we establish the timetable. When you share the love of the Savior with another, your grade is always an A+.
Pray for Heavenly Help…
The Gospel must go to every nation, kindred, and people….to stand forever….
Call upon the Lord, that His Kingdom may go forth…..







 

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