Sunday, October 11, 2015

Scripture Sunday

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all me liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." ~ James 1:5-6

Saturday, October 10, 2015

185th Semiannual General Conference ~ Day 2

I meant to post this earlier in the week but alas, time slipped away...Below is the summary of the Sunday sessions...

Sunday Morning:

President Thomas S. Monson - Let your light shine with the following attributes: Bee good examples in word and conversation, charity = pure love of Christ, example in spirit = kindness, gratitude, forgiveness, and good will  (radiate light of Christ), example of faith = faith and doubt cannot exist at the same time (communicate with Heavenly Father by reading, studying and pondering the scriptures), be pure in body, mind and spirit.

Ronald A. Rasband - (newly called apostle).  The Lord has said Love one another as I have love you.

Gary E. Stevenson (newly called apostle) Testimony

Dale G. Renlund - (newly called apostle) To help/serve others, we must see them through Heavenly Father's eyes.

Russell M. Nelson - Impact of covenant keeping women of the Church.  Women of LDS Church are distinct and different from other women of the world.  Virtue, life love and knowledge will draw good women and families to church.  Kingdom of God cannot be complete without women.

Gregory A Schwitzer - True disciples represent the Lord, even when it is not convenient or comfortable.  Iron rod = word of God.  Tree of Life = Love of God.

Claudio R. M. Costa - Teaching about Christ.  Studying stories about Christ. 3John 1:4.  Teaching to children about Christ

Henry B. Eyring - Claim the gift of Holy Ghost.  Constant influence of Spirit of Truth.  Constant quest to have Spirit with us.  Need constant companionship of Holy Ghost.  Hearts need to be full of charity.  Act on promptings - seeds of faith will grow.

Sunday Afternoon:

D. Todd Christofferson - Jesus is chief cornerstone of Church.  Jesus established Church with prophets, apostles, etc.  Preach good news of Jesus Christ and administer ordinance of salvation.  Church - community of saints to encourage one another.  Jesus Christ is author and finisher of faith. Learn divine doctrine as well as experience it.  We are all on the same journey.  Repentance is individual, fellowship is in Church.  Church and family work with each other.  Gospel path and Gospel covenants essential.  Church is kingdom of God on the earth.

Devin G. Durrant - Spiritual principles.  Two things to do each week:  save money and ponder one scripture per week.  Ponderize the scripture (ponder 80% memorize 20%) as this will give deeper understanding of gospel principles.  Exercise faith, discipline yourself.

Von G. Keetch - Commands and loving guidance given to use from God to keep us from danger.  Exercise faith and put trust in God.  Obey commandments.  We become more of what God wants us to become.  God wants us to have joy, peace and to be safe.

Carole M. Stephens - Get back on road to obedience to God. If ye love me, keep my commandments, trust God, trust Jesus, trust whisperings of Spirit, and trust the council of Living Prophets.

Allen D. Haynie - We have to be clean to enter the kingdom.  Confess our sins and repent.  He understands all perfectly.  Hope to live with Heavenly Father depends on atonement of Jesus Christ.

Kim B. Clark - Live plain and simple truths of Gospel.  We need greater spiritual power.  Open hearts and truly receive Jesus Christ and His doctrine into our lives.  Simple obedience brings the Spirit into our hearts.

Koichi Aoyagi - Why are we given trials?  Plan of Salvation, put God first, Faith in Christ.

David A. Bednar - Lessons of a lifetime from authorities (prophets and apostles).

All four sessions, Saturday and Sunday, were spectacular.  I learned many wonderful lessons and enjoyed every talk.  I am looking forward to receiving the Ensign (church magazine) next month so I can re-read the talks and learn more.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

185th Semiannual General Conference - Day 1

This weekend is the 185th Semi-annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  The conference is broadcast live from the conference center in Salt Lake City, UT. Today were the first 2 sessions and they were wonderful.  Below is a summary of what I took away from each of the talks...

Morning Session:

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf -  Are we making our discipleship too complicated?  Avoid putting unnecessary burdens on ourselves.  Keep to the gospel and simplify.  "Exaltation is our goal.  Discipleship is our journey"

Elder M. Russell Ballard - Key truths:  Plan of Salvation; without the first apostles, we cannot know or understand the atonement of Christ.  Keeping the commandments and covenants = priceless truths.  Observe the Sabbath Day and make Sabbath Day a delight.  Exaltation is the goal of our mortal journey.

Elder Richard J. Maynes - True joy comes from living a Christ centered life.  Follow Christ's example and teachings with exactness.  Christ can successfully mold us to how we are to be.  As the clay on a potters wheel needs to be centered, our lives also need to be centered with Christ.

Sister Neill F. Marriott - Yielding to the Lord's way is the only way to happiness

Elder Larry R. Lawrence - Must be humble and teachable on journey of discipleship.  Must be willing to act when you receive an answer from the Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost is our most honest companion.

Elder Francisco J. Vinas - In Jesus Christ our joy is full.  Having companionship with the Holy Ghost is a good thing.

Elder Quentin L. Cook - No Righteousness = No Happiness.  Divine Goals:  Exercise self control and live righteously, honor the Sabbath Day, Gift of the Holy Ghost (Fruit of the Spirit).

Afternoon Session:

Elder Robert D. Hales - Hold fast to the iron rod and tighten the grip that lead back to Him.  Righteous choices keep you on the right course.  Put trust in the Spirit.  "Never deliberately fly into a thunderstorm".  Exercise Faith in all areas of your life.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland - Mother's love = Christ's love.

Elder Bradley D.  Foster - Parents, be engaged in intentional parenting.  Behold means to look and see.  There is a difference between hearing and understanding.  Hearing words are not enough, children need to understand as well..  "Children learn when they are ready to learn!"  Never too late to lead, guide, and walk beside.

Elder Hugo Montoya:  Go the extra mile, smile, express words of encouragement, invite others.  The Good Shepherd is there for us.

Elder Vern Stanfill - Prepare ourselves with powerful light (Faith).  Jesus is the light of the world.  Trust in the Lord for spiritual strength.  No darkness so dense or think that cannot be overcome by light. The gift of the Holy Ghost is a brighter light.  You have the power to choose:  Belief over doubt.

Elder James B. Martino - God does answer our prayers when we have a sincere heart and intent.  Mortal life is not easy for any of us:  Keep the commandments of the Lord, hold fast to rod of iron, daily scripture study, prayer and fasting.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks - The Savior's atonement helps us to overcom sin and death.  The Savior willingly experienced all mortal challenges so that He may help those who suffer also. This was the essential part of the atonement.  Mortal challenges are not just sins.  Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.

I am looking forward to tomorrow's sessions.  I invite you to watch via lds.org.