177.5th Svithetacular


Okay, four seconds....

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saturday Morning Session

Gordon B. Hinckley conducting


(prayer by cook, gene r.)

(sustainings! in the morning!)

Elder Eyring is the new counselor

Quentin L. Cook is the new apostle

(changes in the presidency of the seventy, first quorum, second quorum)


Boyd K. Packer



a unique trait of the Church

protects from imposters

responsible to accept the call to serve

What?! No seminaries?!

the lay
the weak things of the world

Brigham Young v. Granpa Loveland (re: Janie Steed)

that just proves that you can't tell by looking at a frog how high he's gonna jump

his lay testimony was all that was needed to become a General Authority

Yes it is natural to assign more worth to seemingly lofty callings. Even people who claim to believe this will often betray other more honest feelings in this regard....

The Lord esteems us the same, however. The Lord esteems us the same.

I can't spell those names!

The worth of souls is great in the sight of God (every soul)


(i missed this guy's name)

cheek-to-jowl as a strength
those lucky utah mormons....


Mormons! Deploy!

"We would have given their dog a bath, if they'd had one."

"What happens to few, happens to all."

I think his thesis is that Utahns can't drive. Because that is a LOT of fatal traffic accidents.

No. It's large objectively as well. In fact, it quite possibly may seem smaller, subjectively.

I need to be in a car accident so our fence will get repaired.....

I'm sorry, but that plug for Atonement really sounded like an insurance commercial.

Enduring makes us close.
(what happens to one happens to all)

(i missed her name too)

strengthening families, all sorts


tithing paid with money . . . and faith

partaking of sacrament

strengthening family by example
---not letting anyone despise they youth

sealed as a family for time and all eternity

what a brother did

being the first good example

(hmm. i picked a really bad time to get distracted....)

just enough for food
no shoes
managing happiness anyway


the temple in Mesa, Arizona; gleaming and beautiful
breaking out in songs of praising

our mother...now our mother for ever
the peace of knowing you are a family forever

I would be worried if I had to attend a stake conference too.
It's easy, Daddy! Talk about prayer!

Jesus Christ lives and through his intercession

(oh for heavens' sake! when will be get another list of names?!?!)

Love from the South Pacific!

[[I'm alone with Large S for the moment and it looks like he needs attention. Excuse me.]]

god remembered rachel, will also remember you

god remembering his promises ‡ fast food

(finally! a voice I recognize!) Elder Uchtdorf

a cold winter in WWII

glory in infirmity that the glory of Christ may rest upon me (Paul)

What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?
--good news, but also the message of redemption as repeatedly revealed

God the Father is the author of the gospel
---called the "gospel of Jesus Christ" because it is his Atonement that makes it all possible

the only true gospel
no other way or mean given whereby salvation may come to the children of men, only through the name of Jesus Christ

first principle and ordinances of the gospel

repentance, sacrifice

meek, humble

through the Holy Ghost any member may receive divine guidance at any time, at any place

What does it mean to endure to the end?

Once we have received the ordinances of baptism and confirmation, all that's left is to endure to the end (stay awake through church meetings).

If you keep my commandments and endure to the end, you shall have eternal life, the greatest of all gifts.

An active religion.

exalting and glorious (not grim and gloomy)

personal discipline

not Sunday-only / habit / else

patient continuance in well-doing

honoring temple cov'ts

integrity honesty, to Lord, fellowmen

loving and honoring, spouses and children

pray for them which despitefully use us

this is whatfor jesus died

The Savior heals the broken heart and binds up your wounds.


Thomas S. Monson (concluding speaker)

Mrs. Patton, Arthur lives

Arthur enlisted in the Navy at 15 (looked great in a uniform)
If only we were older! Or at least taller (and sneakier)!

could she not read?

March 1944, Arthur moved to an aircraft carrier
Arthur lost at sea

The blue star taken from the window. Replaced by one of gold. Indicating he had been killed.

A light went out. Mrs. Patton groped in darkness and despair.

Home became a chapel.

"Tell me, will Arthur live again?"

the way, the truth, the life

fear of the unknown, dread death's coming


the spirits of all, when they depart their mortal homes, return to that god who gave them life

as in adam all die, so in christ shall all be made alive

And NOW, the REST of the STORY:

It's April 1969.

And then, he learned of something akin to a miracle.

Some neighbors in California invited Mrs. Patton to General Conference and she heard President Monson speak directly to her.

How about that?

Dear Tommy,,,,,

...I've had many questions over the years, and now you have answered them. I am at peace....

Coincidence? Not so.

Wow! Conference at their house in California in 1969? That's awesome.

I stand at the door and knock.

Will we listen for that knock?
Will we listen for that voice?
Will we open that door?

I pray that we will.


Thomas S. Monson conducting

I missed the name of the choir, but it sounds like a bunch of girls.

M Russell Ballard

Tell me a little about the Church.
---(a little)

just wanting to know what it is -- deserve clear and accurate information

The need for simple statements explaining the basics.

(the Articles of Faith)

Four Subjects for those who know virtually nothing:
      name of church
      dates like 1830
      places like SLC
      numbers like 13 million members, 4th largest Christian faith in America, 10% of income, 1 new building a day
      local congregations led by the lay members
      we're in politics and government--BOTH major American parties--and all other fields

      eternity of the soul
      Jesus Christ, personal savior
      we try to model ourselves after him
      the sacrament
      we accept as fellow Christians all those who profess faith in Christ
      he's the core of ours!
      again, the name of the Church
      loss and restoration of Christ's true church
      the Bible, OT & NT
      the Book of Mormon

      basic unit of the church and society
      commitment to marriage (1m1w)
      polygamy? no, no, no!
      worship together on Sundays
      FHE--not just for Mormons!
      extended families, family history, identity and belonging, highest of our ordinances--some in our temples

      "By their fruits you shall know them!" "We got some of those!
      the fruits of practicing Mormons (studies show):
      -longer life
      -lower something
      -higher education levels
      -over 70000 volunteer at own expense to serve 18-24 months in various things
      -self-reliance encouraged
      -serving others
      -supporting others' service--hours and money
These days people just don't read that much. We need soundbite infopresentation. And we need it from everyday members. Otherwise we'll be defined by bigots and idjits.

Those who know us? Not really a problem. But the millions who aren't? Could be tricked into accepting disinformation.


For those who want more than just a few basics, the missionaries.

This is so much more lowkey than I expect from Elder Ballard on this subject. Fascinating.

Never hesitate to bear testimony. Carry around some handy, basic facts.

This is so interesting. This is not Ballardesque and totally Ballardesque simultaneously. Fascinating.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Q: What quality defines us best as LDS?

He's discussing that answer.


Master, which is the greatest commandment of the law?

Ah, to be known of Him.

...no money...no friends...

the painting of nails

Love is not always best found in the greatest scenes.

the meek

the glorious beings we are capable of becoming

taking men and women of the earth and refining them as men and women of the eternities

(he's sounding quite short of breath--quite unwell in fact)

in voluntary acts of sacrifice (not that initial space)

home teaching as a signifier of love

So who are we?

A people who love the Lord with all our hearts and all our minds and all our strength, and our neighbors as ourselves.

That's a pretty heft standard, isn't it?

How do we love?

Let's start with reflecting on the life of our Savior.

((I hope he makes it through. He sounds so weak--so on the edge of collapse.))

Testimony that God lives, that his love is eternal.

May our hearts be filled with that love, that we may be able to reach out to our Father and to others.

Bruce Porter

Poet Rudyard Kipling on ... sorry. Big O interrupted. Pride, I think?

Humble and contrite

{{Kids are so freaking messy.}}

our dependence on God

thus the only sacrifice is that of pride

and really even in that adds up to very little, placed on the scale, don't you think?

those with a broken heart and contrite spirit are willing to do what God asks without resistance

a "condition of submissiveness"

leads to spiritual healing

sanctification of the Holy Ghost

the same god who teaches us to walk with a broken heart invites us to rejoice and be of good cheer

a broken heart serves as a shield

Eric Capischa?

And that, Elder, is what you get for having the missionaries over.

the lifelooong process of conversion

learning to use the guidance of the Spirit in our work

(Preach My Gospel plugs aplenty)

invite the missionaries over and have them teach principles from PMG---use it for FHE--have at-home teens use it to teach the family (and invited friends)

PMG a source for just about any project you may have

It's inspired, after all!

we must become one in our effort to proclaim the gospel

(somebody--hoo--I'm not doing too hot....--he's coming from the Philippines, apparently)

Am I my brother's keeper?

Think Alma: coming into the fold of God, mourning with those who mourn, et cetera.

So we do have an obligation to look after one another?

our day-to-day associations with each other

Screwtape to Wormwood: do what you will--there is going to be come benevolence as well as some malice; direct the malice at the everyday people and the benevolence to those at the periphery

Has anyone's burden been lightened today because I was willing to share?

Uncle Fred? I have a book named Mister Fred!

Uncle Fred: drunk, throws rock

Once, when sober (!), invited inside. Like a vampire.

After a while, he listened to the missionaries, got baptized, served a mission, married in the temple, still going strong.

...could not stop giving to those in need...

? (but sounds familiar--I may figure it out)

set personal contribution high to receive abundant spiritual payment

we determine the level of our current personal contribution

we will eagerly increase the price we pay for heaven's help

as our study efforts expand, so will the aid we receive from above

let us strive to apply

new understanding will come

the quiet but essential workings of the Holy Ghost

I know this voice:Jeffrey R. Holland

I think it's accurate to say we believe they are one in all aspects save one: that they are of one body.

Trinity doctrine does appear in the NT after all. That's no secret.

So it doesn't really bother us that this breaks us from most modern Christians. The word I think he's looking for is apostasy.

the creeds' deliberate and obvious intentions to render God incomprehensible

"Woe is me, for they have taken away my God and I know not whom to love or to address!" (looking forward to seeing the reference for that)

Good Q: If we're rejected from the fold of Christianity for rejected something innovated around 300bc or so, what about the original Christians? Shall they be denied that label as well?

To whom did Jesus plea, if he is his father?

It's kind of nice to hear this.

It's not polytheism! It's part of Christ's great message! about the nature of divinity!

Quoting Paul (of all people!)

If the idea of an embodied God is so repulsive, why are the most significant/unique/noted traits of Christianity all about incarnation and resurrection?

Dismissing an embodied God, dismisses the mortal and resurrected Christ.
And what Christian would want to do that?

A little bit of fire.
I love fire.

Testimony of little details like birth and death...of Christ Jesus.

..only by relying wholly upon Christ's merits..

Jesus has already come--more than once--in embodied majestic glory.


the heavens are open to all who seek the same confirmation

Russell M Nelson

casting aspersions at the book of mormon?!?!

doing so at any scripture concerns him deeply

"Scriptural Witnesses"

witness: an attestation of a fact or event, a testimony

now, applied to the Word of God:

in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall the truth be established

the Book of Mormon written than ye may believe the Bible that ye may believe the Book of Mormon [...] that ye may know that God lives
---love for one builds love for another
---doctrines of one enhance doctrines of the other

mutual clarification




L. Tom Perry

raising the bar...literally!

raising the bar...figuratively!

(getting-ready-for-mission stuff)

hmm. good point.
I've never heard taking school seriously cited as important mission prep.

days of rejection and disappointment
ergo, learn to control your emotions

social skills, people: social skills!

get a job! yeah!

pursue efficacy!

Donald L. Hallstrom

building a cook book

procrastination → forgetting

I have a bad feeling about this.....

Bacardi. Rum. Cake.

Let that be a lesson to you.

but someday I AM going to do it!


What is our attitude at the meetings of the church?
--eager to study and learn
--I've-heard-it-all-before (leading to procrastination)

the cares of the world caused him to reject the word

starting the work under his window (sneaky)

photograph of a sloth

it is not meet that I should command in all things.

the unwillingness to accept responsibility now

the simple way w/o sacrifice → nowhere


Hey! You! Off your duff! Take the next step!

L. Whitney Clayton

looks like Stanley Tucci

fish traps for King David

this story always makes me sick
what a score of errors

the spiritual snare of pornography

he who looketh upon a woman to lust after her . . .

and, really, what else is pornography for?

lose: the Spirit, perspective, proportion, knowing all is seen of Him

innocent victims pile up

addiction can occur without cognizance

not too bad = not too good


requiring the Savior's help

go to the Bishop -immediately-

every good gift

deny yourself all ungodliness

Walter F. González

earthquake in Peru

holy crap. did you see that???

quick response!

frequent aftershocks, tsunami warning
but the priesthood goes out all the same
why? gospel principles ingrained with fire before the catastrophe

We too don't know when the earthquake will strike
so! today is the day to prepare.

I'll go and do for I know

may future quakes find us properly prepared

he has quite the fascinating posturing
(it's fun to have pictures for a change)

I have made thee a defensed city

Henry B. Eyring

(deep breath)

thoughts about ... a boy ... somewhere ... in the world ... worried ...

a complicated pattern for passing the sacrament

prayed for help, assurance I would not fail
and again, these past few days

the answer for all who feel overcalled and underqualified

1 - assurance from memories of times helped before
(a large crowd of angry people outside his house
(a miracle)
(a crowd of angry people again, more [illegible],
([illegible] a spirit of [illegible])
(addressing a group of religious leaders re: sheepstealing
(to talk on the Restoration in place of Elder Maxwell
(GBH: "Use your best judgment"
(not "this is what we believe" but "this is what happened and why"
(all ministers -- had someone (a member) they admired
(or a stake president who had helped when in need
(the crowds grew
(because they had seen the fruits of that Restoration)
(think of the times I've led you to still water
(and fear no evil)
(to all: REMEMBER
(what is impossible to you is possible with God's help)
(assurance will come again)

2 -- came early Friday morning -- clear direct rebuke -- forget yourself -- think instead of those you serve -- you will lose track of time as you do -- and the circle of those you pray for grows -- service extended in your heart, changing both your sevice and your heart

3 - Go. To. Work.
(priesthood power given you to help others)
(go and do
(to bless someone's life)
(for then, they need a testimony bourne of the Spirit
(so you too need the Spirit)
[it's interesting how Eyring can always use the second-person without seeming accusatory]

It will never be easy.

There will always be pain in service,
in the repentance required on all sides.

Service in Christ has never been easy.

We cannot [illegible], any more than does God.

watch your eyes!
everyday life requires discipline of a conscious choice

watch your words!

praying for help
praying for help
praying for help

see and say no evil even in a wicked world

We-hold-the priesthood of God
Prayers will be answered with secret assurance.

Thomas S. Monson

a chosen generation
a hold priesthood
a, um, peculiar people
missed one

the door of history turns on small hinges
and so do people's lives

we are the product of many small choices

lost his left shoe
and did not stop
finished third, qualified him to run for gold
his best time ever
he put forth the effort necessary to achieve his goal

we shall all be called to serve
in some capacity

22 and a bishop -- can you imagine?
I would not be who I am today.

"turned off the ignition of course"

not one resident left
all gone

God gave us memories that we might have roses in the Decembers of our lives

thus we should serve with vigor

faith in
our Heavenly Father

it is better to trust in the Lord (than, say, me)

Henry VIII? What?
I assume he means V
Oh yeah.... not that Cromwell

the mark of virtue--

let it garner our thoughts unceasingly

men who commit sexual sins (etc) do not do so in the twinkling of an eye ----- it was thought of first

So! Keep our thinking pure.

As we think in our hearts, so are we.

the mark of desire to communicate with our HF the mark of a true p.h. holder

Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Saint upon his knees.

(sorry for the reams of unattributed quotes)

(a herd of buffalo
(a pride of lions
(a gaggle of geese
(a ream of unattributed quotes)

Vision Effort Faith Virtue Prayer


change of voice

Don't forget tomorrow.

Father & Son Choir

flaming red hair

boys with red hair can do anything

one in every zone and district would be nice

was embarrassed
now combs and brushes before the mirror

all through one simple little visit
like Pr. Hinckley:

Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet/seer/revelator

Br. Monson: I'm looking for you to dye your hair.

Cape Town, South Africa is far away


slow to anger, better than the mighty

unusual topic but timely

anger gets us into trouble
-road rage
-most of our prisoners

moments of offense followed by years of regret

Charles Penrose
-missionary in England
-sold some of his stuff
-some thought he sold Church property
-Penrose angry
-went upstairs
-wrote "School Thy Feelings (this is power) (let wisdom's voice control)"

railroad - man angry - H laughs - man laughs too - does his job

be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry
(anger in the bosom of fools)

divorce so often the bitter fruit of anger

the diamond ring -- that's where they went wrong

"great torrents of fault finding"

his wife died 3½ years ago
67 years together
he cannot remember one quarrel
I can't remember any either.
(double meaning)

½½½½½½½½ (look it up next month)

Guy de Maupassant
prodigal? parable?
The Piece of String
classic tale
look it up
anger and obsession
his mind grew weaker
... a little piece of string ... a little piece of string ...

the-being-outside-from-quarrels-and-getting-fresh-air tale
(I heard it from him before I heard it from Lyle.)
(In fact, I'll bet the Hesses got it from him.)

live lives without regret


phantom voice


(waiting for the red hair ........ oh. just barely.)



President Hinckley conducts

nice arrangement of "Heavenly Father, are you really there?"

Henry B Eyring

C'est une pipe.

keeping a record

serving family as covenant disciples of Jesus Christ always do

"Have I seen the Hand of God reaching out . . . today?"
a few lines written everyday
as I looked, I saw

that's a nice guiding principle for a journal....
finding evidence of answered prayers
this is a good idea

"I was reading in my copy of the journal about when _____."

Find ways to recognize God's kindness.

It won't be easy to remember. The veil prevents us from remembering before. Nor can our physical eyes or our reason see the evidence of today. This requires the Holy Ghost. This is why forgetting God has been such a persistent problem among us mortals, since, like, forever.

It is easy to begin to feel the blessings come not from a loving God but from our own powers.

He prospers us; we forget.

how quick to be lifted up in pride
how slow to remember the Lord their God

also: bad times

the simple cure for the malady of forgetting God:

[[The Big O is fishing off the side of our bed. It's pretty noisy, as far as fishing goes.]]

a pattern for having the HG always in the tumult of our daily lives


serve Him

lay hold on every good thing and deny it not a be a child of christ

they will remember when they are taught the truths of the gospel
they will remember jesus christ

pray ponder ask: did God send a message today to me?

we a re loved and blessed more than we realize

Quentin L Cook

was extended the call late Thursday afternoon

the most comfortable qualification in all callings: a willingness to testify of the Savior

this is the promise of the Lord so be of good cheer for he is with you and will be with you as you bear witness

on family, examples of

the example of a great mission president is one of the great miracles of the Restoration

Yay! California! [note: the Brass Clan know him--pretty sure, anyway--they're in NY right now, so we haven't checked]

Yay! Philippines!

Yay! Polynesians! (~25%lds)

The Tongans found fresh water leaking into the ocean under the sea. That is freaking amazing. How the heck did they ever figure that out?

on raising righteous children, anywhere in the world (even San Francisco), by teaching correct principles in the home

many wonderful members are in camouflage to their neighbors

the members, living by faith and not by fear, need to share the gospel

[[The Big O just recognized the name of the Primary program and connected it to his own that's coming up in two weeks. Pretty cool.]]

live by faith and not by fear

Claudio something

Sept. 23, 1995 (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

providing more than material things for our families

the adversary has been attacking the family

[[I wonder what my manner of picking-and-choosing says about me. Besides distractibility and having kids, I mean.]]

Family Prayer
Family Home Evening
Personal and Family Scripture Study

teaching children to worship God in our home

we must love one another

the supreme example of love: lay down one's life for one's friends

we don't know what could happen to us tomorrow
so start today
as small as a hug

there may not be another day to say I love you

tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old

if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
if tomorrow never comes, you will surely regret it

Judy B Beck

some more on the stripling warriors and what their mothers knew
as well, we presume, of some others' mothers

today particularly requires mothers who know

children born into a world where they struggle against things more insidious than rabid Lamanites

God's command to bring in children remains in force

faithful daughters of God desire children

but, childful or childless, attributes of motherhood gain will accompany through the resurrection

if not pointing children to the temple, not pointing them toward eternal goals

such mothers know they have power

mothers who know create a climate for spiritual and temporal growth in the home

defining "homemaking"

nurturing mothers are knowledgeable, but no education useful without a culture of spiritual growth
-pattern home after the Lord's own house

mothers who know are leaders

equal partnership

planning for missions, temples, educations

mothers who know build their children into leaders as well

mothers who know are always teachers
not babysitters, so never offduty

he never learned anything at Church he didn't already know at home

the home as preMTC
the "real" MTC becomes a review not a revelation
[cue laughter]

less less less more more more more more more more

choose carefully, not all

goal to create the rising generation

who will prepare the rising generation?

C Golden Jr?

Stan the Man and his disinterest in the gospel

on the third visit however, there was a visible difference in Stan the Man

he had questions! thoughtful questions!

home teachers reminded of the power of the Book of Mormon

[[[So Lady Steed thought his voice sounded South African, so we looked it up. His name is Elder Christoffel Golden Jr. and he was born in Johannesburg. Well done, Lady Steed!]]]

introducing the sacrament

hot stuff

Stan the Man continued to grow

Stan the Man finally feels worthy to partake of the sacrament

Stan the Man receives a calling
becomes an elder
goes to the temple with his wife

on Sundays, when partaking of the sacrament, may we do so in the spirit of true devotion to Him

great things ARE brought to pass

David A Bednar

fond childhood memories of mother reading book of mormon stories, coming alive in the youthful imaginations, testimony of mother's testimony

on the Savior's appearance in the New World

repent all ye ends of the earth ... that ye may be sanctified by the holy ghost and stand blameless before me at the last day

the grace of the holy messiah

turning toward god
away from sin

[WHO SAID THAT!!! (did that come from the English Language Channel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? And if not, WHERE DID IT COME FROM???]

let's now focus our attention on the sanctifying influence of the Holy Ghost

(reminds me: to the abilities of the weakest Saint)

the Holy Ghost sanctifies and refines our souls as if by fire

all of our worthy desires and good intentions cannot provide clean hearts and hands

less than the dust of the earth

forgiveness of our sins
purified hearts

freely spilled his precious blood for us

some may think this progress is not possible in their lives

look, we won't attain perfection in this life, no
but we should make steady progress
line upon line
precept upon precept
here a little
there a little
small incremental steps

come unto christ and be perfected in him and deny yourself all ungodliness
if ye by the grace of god are perfected in christ, then

remission of your sins
you become holy
without spot

Jesus Christ is his Father's Son and our Savior
and makes us without spot

President Hinckley

The choir gets to do the same songs over and over, but the speakers have to come up with something new every time!
I've spoken over 200 times in General Conference!
So I'm just going to repeat myself a bit today.

The Church has become a great, international family.

184 years ago, September 21-22, 1823
Joseph Smith prayed before going to bed, asking forgiveness for his lightmindedness
light appeared in the room
to a poor, unlearned farmboy

congregation in every city in North America
stakes in every state and province on this hemisphere

and this is only the beginning
this work will continue to grow
and prosper
and spread across the earth

Joseph's theophany is unique in recorded religious history

renewed a true understanding of the nature of deity

the miracle of the massiveness of the restoration

truth of it available to all who ask

so much for critics

restoration of the priesthood

organization of the Church

thousands of the able have and do direct its efforts

we, each of us, are faced with a stark question re: The First Vision
all else hinges upon that question
and it is true
we so testify

invoking the blessings of heaven upon us



Monson conducts

nice of them to give Eyring his first conference off

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Robert D Hales

must each conference be historic? or is it just that each conference is part of the whole conference, which is historic?

personal revelation is how we know for ourselves the most important things

"as a young regional representative"*

*with Marion G. Romney
on revelation:
-when we are on the Lord's errand, we have revelation to tell us what we should do

how do we know the Father and the Son for ourselves?
personal revelation

someone did not receive a witness until three weeks after his baptism
another name I wish I'd caught

prayer provides a firm foundation for personal revelation

*with Boyd K. Packer
you must study it out in your mind
study, counseling together
listen to an apostle, to the Spirit
study more
then prepared to receive revelation
comes on the Lord's timetable

Elder Benson
Elder Lee

we may receive more revelation than we realize
the more we recognize revelation, the more we receive

the many ways revelation may come

prophets receive personal revelations
so should we

do we see the pattern of revelation in the lives of prophets?
do we see the same pattern in our own lives?


faith is the key

the trial may be the time it takes for an answer

[[the baby is gnawing on my thumb and it HURTS]]

Richard G Scott

truth is the only meaningful foundation to wise decisions
so...what is truth?

[[well, I got my right hand back--but lost my left....]]

the scientific method





for behold this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man

and yet though art just and merciful and kind forever
how is it thou canst weep?

a commandment, rejected, that they should love one another and choose me their father

don't eat it! it's bad for you!
one more time won't hurt

the process of identifying truths takes enormous effort

your righteous character--what you are becoming--is more important than, for instance, stuff

not Satan, only we can destroy our character

this God of unfathomable capacities is our loving, patient father

we are dear to him

equipped the obedient to make correct choices

on the path

this creative master is our compassionate, holy father

their power to express their love

Sunday School Presidency First Counselor

sucker horses

or maybe this more about trust?

multiple possible contradictory morals

on teaching classes: faith and repentance
the core

teach by the Spirit

"What are we learning that has not been said?"
learn by the Spirit

catch fire in your heart

evaluating effectiveness
do we understand one another? understand together? edified together?

Octaviano? of the Seventy

the first templecentric talk?


cool story

gimme chocolate!

oh! the baby died!

back to sealing

back to giving out chocolates

do you have three hours?

ended up needing four

cool story

Claudio Zimick

it is my right to be out of the ordinary
our right

it is by grace that we are saved after all that we can do
starting with repenting of all our sins

"Do not touch me! I cannot sing!"


and remember them no more

an Argentine poet

if shame is lost it will be never recovered

do all we can do

another permanent responsibility: sharing the gospel

[[I finally have both hands again!]]

[[but uberS is crying....]]

[[win some, lose some]]

praying from the depths of soul


all his family was BAPtized (as Spanish-speakers say it--I wonder why)

mortal probation
(don't forget to check in!)

serving when others may think it inconvenient

may we always have in mind the words of Nephi: awake my soul, rejoice and sing

may the Lord bless us to do all we can do in this out-of-the-ordinary path that we have chosen


man accused of a serious crime
prosecution had three witnesses
defense also had three witnesses
untold millions had also not seen the crime
jury gave up anyway
the gospel needs only one witness
but that witness must be you:
-eventually each person must discover for himself

(I didn't quite follow the above either.)

truth has never been dependent on the number who embraced it

but each must discover and learn and follow for himself

Heber knows it as well as you do. All he does not know is that he knows.

It is a great thing to know, and to know you know.

by grace ye are saved
every man and woman must exercise faith in Christ in order to be saved
but sir what happens to the little baby who dies before he is old enough to understand, to exercise faith in Christ
there is no exception, alas
goodness, president, we do have the truth, don't we

the moment of learning you know you know
lights of understanding turning on within

casualness leads to nothing

if you want to know that you know that you know, a price must be payed

there are proxies for ordinances, but none for the acquisition of a testimony

I have fasted for these many days and now I know that they are true

when Brigham left the waters of baptism, he said the Spirit was upon him and he felt he must speak to the people -- for over an hour

a testimony cannot abide except it be impressed

if cut into inch pieces, each piece would cry out, Mormonism is true!

testimony should be heard first in a family setting

our posterity must know that we know: by our telling them

I know what I know and my witness is true

Stephen R Snow

all that I am or hope to be, I owe it to my angel mother
---A Lincoln

she was the travel agent for guilt trips

"I wish I had served more."

a life cut short by disease and sickness

what is service and why is it so important in the gospel of Jesus Christ?

no man can be a true latter-day saint who does not reach out to his neighbors

unto the least of these my brethren.....

service to be given unselfishly
as needed, not when convenient

may be hard to see as we are prone to focus inward

"call if there's anything I can do" simply insufficient

better to do things of little consequence than nothing of all

needs met through our fellow mortals (SWK)

no one should be too busy for quiet Christian service to our neighbors (SWK)

civic service
(regardless of political persuasion)


the public service we render is the rent we pay for our place on earth

hard butterscotch candy
breedeth fans
sharing licks
until it was gone
one can argue the lack of sanitation of this gesture of sharing, but the spirit of the act is clear

Dallin H Oaks

most of us have more expected of us than we can possible do
what shall we do with our time and other resources?

just because something is "good" doesn't mean we should do it;
somethings are better than good;
they should attract our priority attention
-think Martha and Mary
one thing is needful, shall not be taken away

somethings are more blessed than others

the Sears-Roebuck catalogue
products labeled Good, Better or Best

so it is with daily life

and the Best often have the highest costs

oh dear
reading, surfing: good, but better? best?

seek ye out of the BEST books

(protect FHE, scripture, prayer, etc)
(family in general)

time spent eating together as a family is the strongest predictor of their educational attainment

What you children really want for dinner is you.

work as if everything in life counts on our parenting because, in fact, it does

devote our best efforts to raising children in gospel principles

however worthy other demands may be, do not let them overwhelm that which only a family can provide (theFP)

stakes and wards also must make priorities in these senses

do not overwhelm the essential with the merely good
do not magnify the work to be done, simplify it

watch out for needless frills and embellishments

the instruction to magnify callings does not mean to fancify

what's most important are the stats reported or meetings held, but whether individuals have been lifted, encouraged, changed

"ineffective [[[lost it--blaming it on the Big O]]]"

we must vigorously work to enhance our family

amusing ourselves to spiritual death

to HTs and VTs
good to visit, better to teach doctrine, best to make a difference in their lives

meeting: good
teach principle: better
improve lives: best

how are we using the teachings-of-the-prophets books?
next year: Joseph Smith (!!!)
so: do better on focusing on the inspired materials provided
Ole Joe knows more than you anyway. Duh. Then move on to how to apply.

plan to qualify us for eternal life, the greatest of gifts

lead by prophets, GBH and counselors

President Hinckley, concluding speaker

End of another very nice conference.


Drive carefully!

Let's not have a tragedy, eh?

All these talks forthcoming in print!

Read them again! And as families! Discuss! Pray! Meditate! Consider!

See you in April!

I'm 97--but hope I'll see you there!

May the blessings of heaven attend you in the meantime,
in the name of our Redeemer,
even Jesus Christ,


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  1. Dang. This is freaking AWESOME to read! Thanks!

  2. Nice rundown. I slept through or missed about half the talks, so at least this gives me a better idea.

    Did you read the article by Elder Cook in the Ensign last year that basically compared raising his family in the Bay Area to Lot and his family living by Sodom and Gomorrah? I thought it was interesting...

  3. Man. Elder Holland TOTALLY laid the smack down on that trinitarian nonsense--I loved it--LOVED it, I say! We don't generally get talks like that in conference. Watching it with a bunch of RMs, we each broke down at least a couple times and shouted something like, "Yes!" or "Amen!" or "I LOVE THIS MAN!"

    But, by way of irrelevant question, why did "Beautiful Zion" warrant Korean? Just curious....

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    NF, Foxy: Thanks--I'm always surprised people like this, but that's why I keep doing it. As long as people say it's helpful, I'll keep doing it. (Although, selfish, really it just keeps me awake and increases my sense of obligation to catch each talk of each session.)

    And I think I remember that article--I'll have to look it up and read it again though. Now that I'll be seeing him around for the next twenty years or so.

    Schmett: I thought the same thing. And the reason is this: it was a hymn I sung a LOT in Korea, and one of, mm, three or so, for which some of the lyrics only sound write coming out in that tongue.

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    (write=right -- put the wrong silent letters in there)

  6. Elder Wirthlin didn't just sound frail, he was shaking uncontrollably. Elder Nelson got up and stood behind him and steadied him the majority of his talk. It was very touching. Especially since he was talking about charity. It made tears come to my eyes.

    And did you know that Elder Cook was once mom and dad Bras(s)'s stake president? Matt met him and his wife while on his mission and they still remembered the Bras(s) clan.

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    I thought so, but I haven't spoken with them to check.

    And I heard Elder Wirthlin say "Thank you" after his talk and I wondered. I wish I had seen it. I wish I had seen it.

    And Kadusey--come to our ward--we'ld love to have you and I think you'ld really like it.

  8. wow, I read it all, thanks for putting that up.
    I'm not done watching yet, but yeah, Nelson checking on Wirthlin and holding him up was really moving. And while talking about service or brotherhood or.. oh, I don't know, I'll read it. the video must be online, have you tried byu.tv?

  9. Love the notes! And your commentaries. :)

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    I haven't, no. The Church usually has it up in a couple weeks, don't they? I think so. I'll have to look around.

  11. What happens to one, happens to all - I noticed that one, too. I think I hear a new catch phrase in Mormon lingo coming on. Not a bad one, though.
    And I like the reminder that this is a church of active membership - yikes!
    Bednar is always like listening to a great lecture or seminar.

  12. "Beautiful Zion" is totally one of three in Japan, too! The chorus always comes out in Japanese if I'm not careful, and I must be--so as not to offend Miss Nemesis. But yeah. Must be an Asian thing.

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    Offending Miss Nemesis?