Richard G Scott
Man, Elder Scott is always RIGHT THERE when it's his turn to speak. Every second counts....
On prayer, the command to.
Extended pleas of love and gratitude--
Prayr most effective when striving to be clean and obedient.
Never feel to unworthy to pray
the immense power of prayer---comprehendable?
(in the bedroom: I am informed Dumbo needs another blanket)
(we had intended to watch video feed of conference online, but our new machine's Vista is not supported by byu.tv or ksl.com)
(but audio feed reminds us of the early days of marriage, lying in bed and listening to the radio)
no thought save it was to ask me
study it out
shall FEEL that it is right
"a feeling to pray more"--there's a shade of humor though
he's giving his personal versions of how answered prayers feel
So...how do you determine the difference between a stupor and just not paying attention?
peace v burning v stupor
God will answer prayers in the way best for you
This is the first time the svithtacular has been initially typed, rather than transcribed from handwritten notes. How this will make the thing different it not yet certain. I would hypothesize that there will be more svithtacular this way, but one talk a trend does not make. And the Big O has not been too....Oey yet....
Thank you, choir.
Jay E Jensen
A flood? Every time? How exhausting.
J Reben Clark: Music bested only by prayer to get us closer to God.
church music should fascilitate a spirit of worship (def?)
:listen to the prelude music:
hymns as lullabies
1)get early to listen to prelude
2) exit reverently to get the postlude
3)SING the hymns, you lousy good-for-nithings
4)I foget this one---something about appropriate
5)use hymns to play with scriptures
L)listen to hymns in home to get Spirit
John B Dickson (sp? i've no visual)
Good morning youself! (said friendily)
To the youth.
That's not me no more no more
That's not me no more
I have no memory of making a specific WoW commitment, but that hasn't stopped me from staying clean. It's something that I just can't fathom not doing. Why would I suck beer? I have no motivation? I suspect that some things can just be built into one's nature making those sins no temptation at all. While other things....
His story on that subject was so astonishingly generic that it could have been anyone while, in effect, being no one.
Sorry. I don't mean to complain.
Yes! It would be wonderful!
I won't cheat!
No vulgar jokes!
Now for success....
Interesting. Good is cool. Finally!
Elder....Holland? Why didn't we hear him announced?
words are sacred
ergo blogging is sacred?
Caution re: how we speak to each other and of ourselves
Not often we get people quoting the apocrypha in GC
James: offending not in word makes the perfect man
tongue a rudder
reminds me of that old anti-forest-fires ad re: one tree many matches, one match, many trees
(the finite versus the infinite)
WATCH YOUR TONGUE!
the same mouth....
These things ought not so to be
out of the same mouth proceedeth blessings and cursings
these things ought not to be
on words as the shapers of children
It is appropriate for Elder Holland to speak on words, for he is a master of the things.
Okay, no more calling the Big O an evil abomination destined to destroy all that this world has ever made that was beautidul.
Just kidding, Bog I!
"Negative speaking so often flows from negative feeling. Including negative felling about ourselves."
Whatever Whitney said.
bright side of things
drags mena way from God
I knew it!
Man. Everything looks too yellow.
Hit me one more time. I can still hear you.
No misfortune is so bad that whining won't make it worse.
Speak with a new tongue: the tongue of angels.
Mystery Person why didn't I hear these speakers announced? / Lady Steed thinks it may be Elder Bednar
He looked forward to canning season?
Fine reasons, but still....
How a cucumber becomes a pickle? This sounds good.
Pickles are awesome.
They have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually.
I like the pickling process being the born-again process because pickling takes time and steps.
I predict that this excellent metaphor will be one of the most-remembered and most-quoted parts of this conference.
THE PARABLE OF THE PICKLE
I just got a chain in the eye....
President Thomas S Monson who also conducted
each must choose to whom he will listen
so easy to choose disbelief; it requires nothing
death like going into another room
the testimony last of all
His endless resource of story is endlessly astonishing.
dead at 22
dead at 14
death is our universal heritage; all must pass its portals
The hottie rejected him?
Sorry---the Big O and I have been singing the Alphabet Song.
President Hinckley conducts in the Tabernacle, back again, to be rededicated this session
Pres Boyd K Packer
Shoot. Making that sandwich took longer than I expected
excellence is often invisible
I hear sirens through the speakers---anyone know what that was all about?
surely this isn't a testimony of a building---what's he driving at?
Tabernacle a house of faith, fasting, glory, etc, even His House
"symbolic of the Restoration"
You hear, that Choir? Stay on task!
standards of the testimony of Jesus Christ
(standard like a flag)
A hit hymn?
Elder Earl C Tingey
Brigham Young v GB Hinckley
Bishop H David Burton
yet more on the tabernacle
Sister Bonnie D Parkin I don't think I spelled that right
We find in the bittter chill of adversity the true test of our gratitude
--D O McKay
Elder Marlin K Jensen
constantly accumulating a reservoir of memories
something to dip into
The First Vision
forget yourself and go to work
for 70 years
Memory and Remembrance in the gospel
Pres James E Faust
is there still a baptismal font in the Tab?
where is it?
Pres Thomas S Monson
Ah. So the baptistry's gone.
I'm a sucker for a story
Play Misty for meeee!!!
President Gordon B. Hinckley
Fair to say that Tabernacle of "curious workmanship"
choir: everyone touch your nose!
who's the bald guy? He looks awful old for this choir....
Eld Joseph B Wirthlin
keeping eyes on balls
focusing on goals
Joseph, do what is right no matter the consequences. Do what is right and what is good will follow.
integrity as lasting
have they been showing recreative clips like this all day?
were they all sepia-toned?
"Priesthood means service; bearing the priesthood, I will serve."
service passed on; the power of a great leader
what's your gift
the gift of obedient service?
Elder Robert D Hales
the divine decision that determined eternal progression
noticed: the idea of a single, determining choice
JBW's was in youth
RDH's was in preexistence
occupation, mission, priesthood, spouse, I missed a lot
all these decisions made in a rather short period of time, ~1 decade, ~your twenties
the fighter pilot who did not prepare for disaster and thus died
no decision? DIE WITH THE PLANE
Am I that kind of friend to others?
Am I the kind of person I want my eternal companion to be?
At least I don't need a haircut after all.
the internship of life
develop gifts and talents
prayer in the selection of schooling
so many pilots....
what a way to go
the spiritual inner ear
1 degree at a time
cannot be detected
all or nothing as a pattern for life
time on earth sufficient--
if learned to use wisely during youth
eternal heritage v. things of this world
we were all there in the counsel of heaven
how about at church or on the job
(and not as a witness)
at the Celestial Kingdon
Bishop Kevin B McMullin
all may receive
all may succeed
this is true
"you are in charge of your world"
evils of chemistry class
failureto approximate the law of averages
good news: we don't have to be like Kevin McMullin
Lord, power, Saints, [illegible]
-unencumber your life
-lay up in store
I think I'm going to go ahead and interpret this as permission to put food storage on Lady Steed's to-do list.
Now I'm an infidel. Worse than, in fact.
a year's supply of debt and food-free
Ooo! New pamphlets!
I don't know how to spell that.
But it didn't sound Italian
Trust in the Lord with all thy heart
lean unto him
He will direct you
what about the talks specifically for men between 40 and 60?
Peter, priest, learns to listen to the spirit during ordaining a teacher
IS the Lord's business
The devil can't make me do it?
old age - difficulties run into us.
my paisley tie seems to represent the food chain
a generous supply of baling wire
any kind of skill requires specialized learning
Jacob Marley. That poor guy really screwed things up.
Y? reqs hard work
could make beds but not his bed
Go forth in faith
"all the boys you could capture"
"Have Courage My Boy to say No"
always, at all times
"I am carrying my priesthood here"
the limit of priesthood comes to you
I'll be in the Navy! Not a mission!
the story about the book at the bottom of the bag is his story
Monson! Aren't you an elder!
Give me a blessing!
surprising that he'd never even seen a blessing before
pursuit of worthyness
does he ever turn down an invitation?
knocked-down road sign
dying of liver cancer
right hand and left
angels round about you
no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth
give your [dying] father that
I wonder if he calls his wife before going off on these things or if she's just grown to accept that he's just off doing good
"I regret that I am so old at a time when the world is so exciting."
almost 40% of all this dispensation's missionaries(!)
3mil400,000 converts (>¼ current membership)
retention (def?) up "significantly"
Put your shoulder to the wheel
I'm no elephant....
on Joseph F Smith
mission to Hawaii
(via SF shingle mill)
(friendless save for the poor
(no intelligence, just a boy
(dreamed of a journey
([I remember him speaking of this]
(carrying only a bundle
(Prophet Joseph Smith: You're late.
(JFS: Yes, but I am clean! I am clean!
(clasped, drawn in, door closes
(Hyrum, Brigham, Heber, Willard
(a man, a man, I am a man
(a valley of people
(onstage: people known: incl. mother)
awoke a man
witness/manifestation: "made me what I am"; if anythng good at all
Joseph, you are late.
Yes, but I am clean! I am clean!
---and thus a boy became a man
---possessed of courage
---born of a clear conscience
Isaiah: wash you, make you clean, put away evil, learn to do well, scarlet sins white as snow.
be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord
(I think that was the title of the last talk)
(ixnay on the ainvay)
clean body (dress/manner)
(ixnay on the attootay)
sloppy dress---}sloppy manners
cultivate kinship with HIM
President James E Faust
The Healing Power of Forgiveness
that crazy guy who shot up the Amish
hurt w/o hate
love them who hate you
it is an incredible story
I haven't heard the family's letter before
How did the Amish forgive?
Because of a fully incorporated faith in Christ.
anger as normal first response
we may never know why some things happen
forgiveness leads to greater well being--fat people, listen up
required to forgive all, even people who slip in casual fat jokes
"This thing will destroy my family if we don't forgive."
healing and peace came with forgiveness
hatred retards spiritual growth
Elder Dallin H Oaks
"divorce touches most families in the Church"
the effects of divorce on the eternal family relationships
is marriage only a private relationship?
easier to divorce than fire sometimes
looking at marriage as a fragile contract not good
from the beginning [divorce] was not so
marriage as requirement, as godly, as eternal
but some marriages do not progress
because of the hardness of our hearts, we are not held to the standard Jesus taught
to good Church members who have been divorced:
a couple awful stories from the Philippines
need for the healing power of the Atonement (available)
to married members, spec. those considering divorce:
for most problems, remedy not divorce but repentence
problem not ... shoot lost it ... but selfishness
divorce not an all-purpose solution, has many long-term not-good consequences
b/c divorce separates children from the longterm goals of parents, children suffer; divorced parents deprioritise children
a marriage, like life, a precious, living thing
we do not give up while any prospect for healing
balance current disappointments with past good and future glory
festering is destructive,
UNIVERSALLY, all divorcers insist that their situation is special and unique and exempts them from what they agree is the proper way to do things
change as excuse
stat: divorce rarely makes people happier
stat: staying married usually does
"my husband and I and the Lord . . . if two of us can hang in there, we will make it"
cannot control and not responsible for the acts of others, even when they hurt us deeply
Do the best you can.
to those contemplating marriage:
avoid marrying an unfaithful cad
if you wish to marry well, enquire well
hanging out and email insufficient
"ample opportunities" (!)
marriage does not require a perfect man and a perfect woman (one perfect person enough?)
sacrifice, sharing, redaction of personal liberty, economy, children and their baggage, deepest and sweetest emotions of all
Elder Neil L Anderson
April 1973? That was a long time ago.
GBH meets young naval officer, convert, not from Christian nation thus may lose all on his return
"It's true isn't it? Then what else matters?"
some things are evil and must be avoided
some things are nice
some things are important
some things are absolutely essential
build and fortify faith
when an individual motivated by conviction of truth....(it's good)
do our choices reflect such motivations?
I lost my CTR ring and cannot choose the right
excuses can impede our progress
oh.....that kind of veil....
this refrain manner of talk-giving seems to be gaining in poplarity among General Conference speakers
Sister Nikki E Matsumori
The Book of Mormon has stories for kids of all ages.
to convert parents?
to someone without knowledge of the story, she could be interpreted as saying that we convert people so their children can fight those unconverted; not so! hooo
on the evils of Isaiah
persistence is the key (to reading the scriptures)
learn that Jesus is the Savior
covenants increase faith
not all goodly parents are Mormon (pt1)
but their legacy can still strengthen their convert children in the gospel
first-generation converts' obligation to pass on new truth to their children
Elder Glen L Pace
kyo whey whey wun
(only one in the high school)
to the youth: do you know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God?
"Oh....but I always wanted to read that pamphlet. Thank you!"
it worked every time
stack of free stuff
Joseph Smith tells his own story
heart filled with joy
the Comforter will bring all things to your remembrance
read and pray about Joseph Smith story
Elder M Russell Ballard
Bible as miracle
Bible's role in teaching of Christ
Bible's existence may be blamed on neither chance nor coincidence
(is it Teasdale or Tynsdale)
Roger Williams calls for restoration
looking for God with the Bible
(meaning Bible as tool,
not the god with a book)
reformers led to wide Bible ownership led to First Vision
(Roger Williams dead by now)
Hooray for the Bible!
search the scriptures for they are they which testify of me
scriptures rich in history sermons doctrines testimonies
LDS believe that all scripture given by inspiration of God and is profitable
Bible a pillar of our faith, a powerful testimony of Christ
studying the Bible reveals doctrinal underpinning of the restored gospel
need to balance study to understand all scripture
Do Not Devalue the Bible
bedrock of all christianity
our responsibility is to share
we do not belittle
we do not dilute or abandon the Bible
we build upon it
in testimony of Christ
"another" testament, not "the" testament
last conference, Bible quoted ~200 times
we not only believe, but strive to follow the B's teachings
we must help all--even our own members--to understand the Bible
feeling like the last leaf on the tree
but some of you may go before I do
but with age in mind, wish to give testimony of the basic truths of this work
may not know everything, but of that which I am certain I speak today
our fortune: doctrine not from committee but from personal experience, starting with Joseph Smith in the Grove
too many experiences of answered prayers
counsel with the Lord in all thy doings and he will direct thee for good
if ye do these things (pray) ye will be lifted up at the last day
2. (also re: First Vision) Christ lives
Creator, Jehovah, Savior, Word
great atoning sacrifice
3. the Atonement
w/o it life meaningless
mortality a stepping stone to a more glorious future
no Christmas without Easter
4. re: Restoration
misheard: "ladies' hands on the heads of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery" (Lady Steed heard it that way too)
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church.
5. the blessings of the House of the Lord
offer blessings had nowhere else)
sealing of families for eternity
most remarkable: authority to do vicarious work
20,005 sessions? That's a lot.
~as many people as in the Conference Center today
imagine if we were all so dedicated
Elder L Tom Perry
the activator kid
gospel restored for all who will listen and obey
I wonder if we're hearing about the First Vision more than usual this conference....
and, of course, the first article of faith is often now first quoted by antiMormons. that's not irony; that's to be expected; and for the same reasons
point: God DOES inspire men in THIS day and age
the churning out of the book of mormon
Oliver's a much fancier wordsmith than Joseph
May 5, 1829
the power to act in the name of the Lord again on the earth
I just told that story to my Primary class last week
April 6, 1930
message unique: fullness of gospel restored
saving ordinances revealed
Elder Henry B Eyring
What's wrong with today?
And then you run out of time.
God gives each day as a treasure. And he will require an accounting.
Worrying about old yesterdays, looking to uncoming tomorrows, not so good.
"SOMEDAY I WILL" a thief of time (life).
postnow: that darkness in which no labor may be performed
not that it matters----you will, after all, be possessed of the same spirit then as now....
get those garments made white in the blood of the Lamb
choose ye this day whom ye will serve, but as for me and my house....
the Holy Ghost is a cleanser of sin
Even Jesus said he must work while it is day, for come the night, nothing may be done
Ergo, we must labor for him and serve him without delay
Hooray for those who arrive early
early in a literal day, study and prayer, can also send the day off in a good way
nothing about this life meant to be easy
test them now herewith
see how we'll react
we had confidence before we arrived
(can we feel so now?)
reception of the Holy Ghost
all possible for even the humblest of us
no requirement of great intellect or wealth
temptation to procrastinate will always be great
that his bowels may be filled with mercy that he will know how to succor his people
tepmptation to delay comes from
1-complacency re: what already done
2- overwhelmedness re: what yet to do
Sheez. No pressure.
leave it to others cause I'm all good, or my next day will come
The Danger in Taking a Rest (b/c you feel you have done enough)
Elderly servant: "Oh please, take me with you."
Never stop moving.
Like a shark.
the days of the children of men were prolonged that they might repent while in the flesh
overwhelmed by own poverty no excuse to wait
they may be waiting for you
in the name of the Lord
two promises for the overwhelmed
1-hardest things seem today better if you serve today anyway as you will receive new strength and confidence; Jesus will take care of it
2-by choosing to serve to day you will feel His love and grow to love Him more
...for how knoweth a man a master whom he has not served and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?
feeling his love will draw you back into service knocking away feelings both complacent and overwhelmed
so pray every day
Elder Gary J Coleman
Courtney the 14-yr old Mormon Christian Mormon
A christian faith centered on the Savior
the idea of three separate beings dates to biblical times--why, the Father spoke at Jesus's batpism!
post His death and resurrection, Stephen (Steven?) saw them both
this separation doctrine became lost
Curse those Niceans! Those Constantinopleans!
many struggle with that teaching of the Trinity
when he learned the Mormon thoughts on the subject, oh, what a difference!
(check: First Vision)
the good shepherd
reality of additional scripture and revelation
Lady Steed and I were just noticing how this conference seems to be hitting very hard very basic doctrines like the First Vision, our takes on Christ, the Godhead, scripture....
Wonder if more people not LDS are listening than usual because of Mitt Romney?
Restoration of Priesthood Authority ("or the authority to act in God's Name") (see?)
every priesthood holder can trace his authority directly to Jesus Christ
"I am a devout Christian"
fortunate to have all these truths just enumerated
understanding of the Godhead ... etc
Elder Charles W Dalquist
(I hope I'm matching names and talks correctly)
GBH a prophet as much as any other previous
to YMs and YWs of the church, their leaders, YSAs:
"there never was such a time as this ... such a generation of youth" (gbh)
baptized beneath a storm of stones and shouts
Who's on the Lord's side, who?
We ask it fearlessly.
Who's on the Lord's side, who?
a question for us all
recommended answer: I am.
consider going back for the brass plates
not recommended: Who me?
consider the other Israelites v Goliath
NEVER FORGET WHO YOU ARE
(i am a child of god)
that sweet ole pamphlet
God knows us as his children
everyone paying attention to this talk should send me a quarter for a free single-serve cone at Cold Stone*
Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi
The Law of Tithing
FULL DISCLOSURE: I LOVE THIS KIKUCHI GUY
robbing God, storehouses, proving, windows of heaven
ah, so that D&C scripture means you should note your funds at Dec 31 and pay tithing on the difference on the next Dec 31. So be sure to spend everything before that date.*
I the Lord require a willing heart and mind
stake reoprganization assignment
young bishop called as new stake president
Elder K thinking about the drought
asked them to
1-faithfully pay tithing
4-willing Sabbath observance
6-willingly sustain and follow new leaders
7-stakewide fast (and any others who want to participate)
the coming of rain
on entire community
in complete disregard of the forecast
late in April
snow in the mountains (=good)
reservoir filled (almost)
frost came late the following winter to allow the harvest
in Chronicles: peole humble and pray and leave wickedness and then He hears from heaven and forgives their sins and heals their land
tithing paid by faith
take the lord at his word
(last three gbh)
let us demonstrate faith with tithing
Jesus the savior
Joseph saw him and his father
Gordon the prophet now, inviting you to the temple
Elder Dieter Uchtdorf
The Point of No Return
devil would have us believe each sin constitutes such a point
the devil may quote scripture
sin: the willful transgression of the law of God
God never loses hope in/for us
Jesus came not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved
safe return possible if we follow the plan of God for our salvation
a Great Plan of Happiness
eternal happiness and glory
consequences for generation to come
and that came before
all have sinned
all come short of the glory of God
repentance and forgiveness possible
yes, we are accountable
we may claim the blessings and mercies of the Atonement
"the divine and eternal operative principle of repentence"
no, it's not repentence that saves us,
but the blood of the lamb
not what we do, no matter how sincere,
but Christ's mercy, grace, forgiveness
true repentence--what is it?
requires a strong (and correct) faith
trust in God
faith in Christ changes thoughts beliefs behaviors not in line with God's will
true repentance affects our life with the effects of the Atonement
the essence of the miracle of forgiveness is that it brings peace
God wipes away the tears of remorse, anguish, guilt, etc
wickedness never was happiness
nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy
let these things trouble you no more
only your sins
with that trouble that will bring you down into repentance
removed: burden of guilt for our sins
Holy Ghost will verify this to us
no other testimony of repentance can be greater
Come Unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy-laden
encircled in the arms of love
I the Lord remember no more
Ah, but we remember
Thus how can it be
key: Satan is a LIAR
after Alma forgiven, yes, he could remember his sins, but those memories troubled him no more
not that we should dwell on old sins
for will not God remember them no more?
extending forgiveness a precondition to receiving forgiveness
we need the moral courage to forgive and to ask forgiveness
Elder Russell M Nelson
last year while en route to stake conference, stopped at restaurant; leaving, an unkempt woman (28) called out to them
she spills the story of her sins
but as she spoke, the beauty of her soul gradually revealed
any way out?
hope linked to repentence
you can change,
come unto Christ,
be perfected in him
the kingdom of God at hand, repent
ye must repent, be baptized, become as a little child
with restoration, doctrine restressed
I, God, suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent
if they do not repent....
able to deny themselves of all ungodliness
reinstitution of paid indulgences*
repentence necessary for spiritual growth
natural man an enemy to God till he gives in to the Spirit
REPENTANCE IS CONVERSION
dead who repent will be redeemed though ordinances performed in the house of God
Earth will be smitten with a Curse without a Welding Link
Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam?!?!
And you too!
And, also, he wants us to be welding blacksmiths
President Gordon B. Hinckley
filled to capacity every session
words gone across the world
now we go home
I am home
I don't need to drive
but yeah! drive carefully!
use the May Ensign for FHEs
each speaker's words represent prayerful attempts to inspire
so be better
may we have peace and harmony in homes
love, treasure LS
encourage me, wife!
it's an old one, but still a chestnut!
I do need all the help I can get!
last week's svithe