Sunday, April 21, 2013

No Trust for Current Media or Government

I do not trust the leaders of the United States; neither do I trust the media. We are being bamboozled with false information and led to accept lies. In today's world, we cannot trust what we hear or even what we see. Only God, who is a Revealer of truth, can be trusted. Armed with the Spirit of truth, we can trust our Heavenly Father to lead us aright; and we can trust His prophet.

I do not trust the leaders of the United States; nor do I trust the media. The propaganda of the current United States is thicker and blacker and more dangerous and deceptive than at any previous time in the USSR or Nazi Germany.

When truth comes to light, we will know what has happened and what is currently happening in our country and in the world. But for now, I will plant my feet solidly in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and wait for Him whose right it is to reign. At that time, we will be able to feel secure in knowing that our best interests are being met. Jesus is our King, our Savior and our Redeemer, and we need Him now. The only way to secure heaven’s blessings is to serve Him.

God bless the families and individuals in this country and in the world who are seeking to live righteous and meaningful lives. As we return and turn unto Him, we will find that He will turn and return unto us. But we need to know that His ways are not our ways, and His law is love and light everlasting. We cannot change His laws, nor can we seek heavens approval in disobedience and rebellion. As a people and as a country, we need to look to God and live. Truly the unrighteousness of our government is causing the people to error, and error big time. We need not try to give counsel to our God, but we need to accept counsel at His hand at all times. Also, we need to remember that we have been blessed with a living prophet. God gives us His prophets to call His children to repentance, and not the other way around.

If anyone thinks that we can prosper as a people without God at our head, they are either extreme hypocrites or extremely deceived. Either way, perpetuating this lie has successfully caused much of America’s downfall and current weakness. At no time, did the Founding Fathers say that we should live without God in the world, only that there should not be a state-imposed religion. And currently, it appears that we do have a state-imposed religion—call it what you will—atheism, secularism, morbid sophistication, complacency, or self-worship. Calling upon the people to abandon God to follow state-imposed mandates is the worst kind of religion, especially when people follow blindly offering up their freedoms as a sacrifice to the self-appointed gods.

I do not know what will happen in the near future. I do know that those who follow the teachings of Jesus will feel heaven’s blessings in their lives, and those who scoff and slander, will be made to mourn. Life is much too precious to discount the purpose of life—to live by obedience so that we can experience joy. When life is stripped too early from some, when life is robbed before breath is taken, when life is bartered as a way to promote power, then there has to be some recompense. Only in turning to the Lord and His atonement, can any of us obtain salvation. But we are told that those who mock and scorn, and treat human life in such undignified ways, are crucifying the Lord anew. And they will have a price to pay.

While I do not trust the leaders of the United States, and while I do not trust the media, I do trust my Heavenly Father, and I trust Israel’s God, the Lord Jesus Christ. I do trust that He loves us even now; and His hand is stretched out still. He has given us the truth restored in these latter days. We have a prophet on the earth. If we follow what He says, we will not be led astray. God bless our prophet; God bless the families and individuals of this earth to seek truth with pure and honest hearts; and, ultimately, may God again bless the United States of America.

Where does our country go from here?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Photo Messages from April Conference 2013


6-7 April Conference 2013


Some of these pictures were posted to announce conference and in preparation for conference. The other pictures were actually taken during conference (on my computer) while watching. 

Please enjoy.



My Heavenly Father Loves Me


Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heav'nly Father created for me.

He gave me my eyes that I might see
The color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear
The magical sound of things.
He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:
I thank him rev'rently
For all his creations, of which I'm a part.
Yes, I know Heav'nly Father loves me.

Words and music: Clara W. McMaster, 1904-1997.


I am so thankful that we are privileged to hear from living prophets, apostles, and leaders in our church. Conferences are grand and glorious occasions. Please take the time to attend. 



General Sessions are Saturday and Sunday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time. The Priesthood Session is Saturday evening from 5-7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time. Please make the proper adjustment for your time zone.

1. Come, listen to a prophet's voice,
And hear the word of God,
And in the way of truth rejoice,
And sing for joy aloud.
We've found the way the prophets went
Who lived in days of yore.
Another prophet now is sent
This knowledge to restore.

2. The gloom of sullen darkness spread
Thru earth's extended space
Is banished by our living Head,
And God has shown his face.
Thru erring schemes in days now past
The world has gone astray;
Yet Saints of God have found at last
The straight and narrow way.

3. 'Tis not in man they put their trust
Nor on his arm rely.
Full well assured, all are accursed
Who Jesus Christ deny.
The Savior to his people saith,
"Let all my words obey,
And signs shall follow living faith,
Down to the latest day."

4. Then heed the words of truth and light
That flow from fountains pure.
Yea, keep His law with all thy might
Till thine election's sure,
Till thou shalt hear the holy voice
Assure eternal reign,
While joy and cheer attend thy choice,
As one who shall obtain.

Text: Joseph S. Murdock, 1822-1899. Verse four, Bruce R. McConkie, 1915-1985.
Music: Joseph J. Daynes, 1851-1920


And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17


I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun; not because I can see it, but by it, I can see everything else. (C.S. Lewis)


Two Days Until Conference Weekend!

Do you have family traditions for conference weekends?


1. Of all the Sundays of the year,
the ones I love the best
are conf’rence Sundays twice a year,
so diff’rent from the rest.
I gather with my family
and feel the Spirit near
as I prepare to understand
the messages I hear.

2. The scriptures are a history
of prophets gone before.
Their timeless words were written then
to teach forever more.
But what an opportunity
I have on conf’rence day
to hear a living prophet who
is showing me the way!

3. I hear the special witnesses
of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
They testify of gospel truth
and teach God’s holy word.
So now when conf’rence time is past,
the thing for me to do
is follow well what I’ve been told
and prove that it is true.
[Chorus:] At conf’rence time,
at conf’rence time,
the Brethren tell me what to do,
So I can live in happiness
at conf’rence time
and all year through.

Copyright © 1997 by Steven Perry and Brad Wilcox. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial home or church use. This notice must be included on each copy made.


Holy temples on Mount Zion
In a lofty splendor shine,
Avenues to exaltation,
Symbols of a love divine.
And their kindly portals beckon
To serenity and prayer,
Valiant children of the promise,
Pledged to sacred service there.

Merciful and gracious Father,
Purify our hearts, we pray;
Bless our mission of redemption
In thy hallowed house each day,
Till at length our faithful kindred,
Sealed with us eternally
In celestial bonds of union,
Sing hosannas unto thee.

Sing aloud, ye heav'nly chorus,
Anthems of eternal praise
To the glorious King Immanuel!
Sing with Saints of latter days!
Let the mountains shout for gladness,
And the valleys joyful be,
While the stars acclaim in rapture,
For the prisoners shall go free.

Text: Archibald F. Bennett, 1896-1965.
Music: Alexander Schreiner, 1901-1987.


I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I know who I am.
I know God's plan.
I'll follow him in faith.
I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
I'll honor his name.
I'll do what is right;
I'll follow his light.
His truth I will proclaim.

Words and music: Janice Kapp Perry



Conference is this weekend. It will be broadcast from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The General Sessions on both Saturday and Sunday will be showing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mountain Daylight Savings Time. The Priesthood Session will be Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Mountain Daylight Savings Time. Please make adjustments for your time zone, and decide whether you will view conference at an LDS chapel, by cable or satellite, or on the Web, at BYUTV or lds.org. Remember that you will be able to review the broadcasts at lds.org as well. 

Where will you be watching conference?


I believe that it is wonderful that we can all meet together as Latter-day Saints around the world two times a year. There is strength and power as we all unite in song and prayer and saying "amen" to those things that we hear.

Come, Come, Ye Saints

1. Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell--
All is well! All is well!

2. Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell--
All is well! All is well!

3. We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the Saints will be blessed.
We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell--
All is well! All is well!

4. And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell--
All is well! All is well!

Text: William Clayton, 1814-1879
Music: English folk song


President Uchtdorf is conducting this first session. President Monson gave beautiful opening remarks.

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Part of the Blueprint of Life: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost; and enduring to the end. (Bishop Davies)

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Whate’er thou art, act well thy part.

"She understood who she was and whose she was."

(Sister Dalton, speaking of her mother)

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The Son of Man forgives sins; the Savior forgives sins on earth, and not just in the final judgment.

Elder Craig A. Cardon

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As the literal spirit children of our loving Heavenly Father, we have unlimited divine potential. 

Do the things that the Savior would do if He were living among us today. 

M. Russell Ballard

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Simple acts of obedience bring us closer to the Savior.

President Henry B. Eyring

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" I would not barter age to youth; I have to much to lose." (Correction from picture, which says "I'd".)

Unfinished Composition

Part I 1992—Written in England

I had a thought the other night;
A thought profound and deep.
It came when I was too worn down,
Too tired to go to sleep.

I’d had a very busy day
And pondered on my fate.
The thought was this:
When I was young, I wasn’t sixty-eight!

I could walk without a limp;
I had no shoulder pain.
I could read a line through twice
And quote it back again.

I could work for endless hours
And hardly stop to breathe.
And things that now I cannot do
I mastered then with ease.

If I could now turn back the years,
If that were mine to choose,
I would not barter age for youth,
I have too much to lose.

I am quite content to move ahead;
To yield my youth, however grand.
The thing I’d lose if I went back
Is what I understand.

Now a few months ago, ten years later, I added Part II of this “Unfinished Composition.”

Part II 2002

Ten years have flown to who knows where
And with them much of pain.
A metal hip erased my limp;
I walk quite straight again.

Another plate holds neck bones fast—
A wonderful creation!
It backed my polio away;
I’ve joined the stiff-necked generation.

The signs of aging can be seen,
Those things will not get better.
The only thing that grows in strength
With me is my forgetter.

You ask, Do I remember you?
Of course, you’re much the same.
Now don’t go getting all upset—
I don’t recall your name.

I would agree I’ve learned some things
I did not want to know,
But age has brought those precious truths
That make the Spirit grow.

Of all the blessings that have come,
The best thing in my life
Is the comfort and encouragement
I get from my dear wife.

Our children all have married well,
With families of their own.
With children and grandchildren,
How soon they all have grown.

I have not changed my mind one bit
About regaining youth.
We’re meant to age, for with it
Comes a knowledge of the truth.

You ask, What will the future bring?
Just what will be my fate?
We’ll go along and not complain.
Ask when I’m eighty-eight!

Part III—To be continued

President Boyd K. Packer

(I do not yet have the continuation for his reflections at 88. I cannot type that fast. I found the poem he recited at the link above.)

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1. Jesus, the very thought of thee
With sweetness fills my breast;
But sweeter far thy face to see
And in thy presence rest.

2. Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the mem'ry find
A sweeter sound than thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!

3. O hope of ev'ry contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind thou art!
How good to those who seek!

4. Jesus, our only joy be thou,
As thou our prize wilt be;
Jesus, be thou our glory now,
And thru eternity.




Be obedient to prophetic teachings of Jesus Christ. Apply sound gospel principles. Simple consistent good habits lead to full and bountiful blessings. 

Satan’s fate is decided; he knows he has lost. But he wants to take as many as he can. Stay on the Lord’s side, and you will win every time. 

Elder Richard G. Scott

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Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are...The Savior is the source of true peace. Righteous living will be rewarded with peace. 

Elder Quintin L. Cook

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Stick to the basics. 

If you don’t plant, you don’t harvest. 

You milk the cow when she needs to be milked, not when you want to. 

Elder Stanley G. Ellis

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Where do your priorities lie? The Lord wants to bless us.

“As a natural result of their faith, the Lord is lifting them in meaningful ways. “

Elder John B. Dickson

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Intimate relations are proper only between a man and a woman in a relationship prescribed in God’s Plan…

We are defined by our nature as children of God. 

Elder David A. Bednar

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We all need to catch the wave of the missionary spirit.

If you catch the wave with energy and enthusiasm, others will also. 

Elder Russell M. Nelson






Did you have a favorite message? What words of wisdom did you find inspiring?


When a task seems too hard; when we just don’t know where to begin, we should just start; we should just get our feet wet. God will help us from there. 

Lloyd Newell

Music and the Spoken Word

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Even though we may feel lost in the midst of our current circumstances, God offers us hope in His Light. 

Spiritual light rarely comes to those who sit in the darkness and wait for someone to switch on the light.

1. Start where you are.

2. Turn your heart to the Lord.
3. Walk in the light.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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We are few in number, but at the same time, you and I are witnesses of Daniel’s prophetic verse: the stone without hands is filling the whole earth. . .We are witnessing the miracles of the Lord as His gospel is spreading across the world. 

You, too, are an important part of this unfolding miracle. All of us have a contribution to make for this miracle

Elder Neal L. Anderson

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Children come to this earth ready to listen. 

To speak to a child’s heart, we must know a child’s needs. 

Choose a time each day to disconnect with technology, and reconnect with each other. 

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom

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In the happiest marriages, both the husband and wife consider their marriage to be a pearl beyond price. 

Successful eternal marriages are built upon Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is the foundation of every virtue that strengthens marriage. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of eternal, happy marriages. 

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

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In the universe, too, where God is in command, there is law. 

Obedience to law is liberty.

Elder L. Tom Perry

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Obedience is an unfailing guide. 

A knowledge of truth comes to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God. 

President Thomas S. Monson

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No greater example of obedience exists than that of our Savior.

Ever was He humble; ever was He sincere; ever was he obedient. 

He instructs you and me, “Follow Thou Me.” 

President Thomas S. Monson

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“If thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” “Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.” 

The father exerted his strength first; and then acknowledges his limitation. 

Do not start your quest for faith by declaring what you don’t have. Be true to the faith that you do have.

In this church, what we know will always trump what we do not know.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

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"If you love me, keep my commandments."Leave the tradition of men behind. 

We should not be of the world, or bound by the traditions of men. They love the praise of men more than the praise of God. Jesus’ teachings were not meant to be theoretical; always, they are to be acted upon. Following Christ is not an occasional or casual practice.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

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God is ever near, and He is interested in us; and He answers our prayers.

Elder Christoffel Golden Jr.

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From my wife, 

“In order to contend you need two people, and I will never be one of them.”

Elder Enrique R. Falabella

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The feeling of being accepted by someone we love is a basic human need.

Those who cannot find acceptance from desirable sources, may seek it elsewhere. This puts them on a dangerous path. 

Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ know us. They accept us for what we are and for what we are striving to become. 

Elder Erich W. Kopischke


"Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." 

We need not fear the future, because God is with us. The Lord 

will stand by His Church and by His people until His Coming. 

Elder Bruce D. Porter

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May we go about doing good in the pattern of the Master. 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are a Community of Saints. We may participate in the Christ-like role of redemption. 

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

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If we will put our trust in the Lord, He will help us through our difficulties whatever they may be.

President Thomas S. Monson

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Isn't it amazing to know that the Lord loves all of us, and He wants all of us. He wants us to be happy; He wants us to be successful; He wants us to return home to Him. He prepared the way. He is the Way. Yes, the Lord wants you!

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Sunday Afternoon General Conference, 4-7-13



4-7-13 Sunday Afternoon General Conference 

Unrevised notes:

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Jesus came upon a group arguing vehemently with His disciples. His disciples were unable to heal a boy. “If thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” “Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.” His conviction was limited. But he had an emphatic desire for his only child. Let this desire work in you until you believe. Our whole family is pleading. We don’t know where else to turn; can you help us? “If thou canst believe.” Straightway, the father cries out, “Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.” Jesus heals this boy; almost, literally, raising him from the dead.

Obsre

1. The father exerts his strength first; and then acknowledges his limitation. Hold the ground that you already have; hold fast unto what you already know, and

The size of your faith is not a n issue. It is a

2. Do not start your quest for faith by declaring what you don’t have. Be true to the faith that you do have.

If you and your family want to be healed, don’t let those questions stand in the way of the working of that miracle.

In this church, what we know will always trump what we do not know.

Be kind concerning human frailty.

When doubt or difficulties come, do not be afraid to ask for help.

If we come to the Father, we are to inherit all things. This is only possible if we follow the Savior.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Come Follow Me.

How do we qualify as disciples of Jesus Christ?

If you love me, keep my commandments. Leave the tradition of men behind.

We should not be of the world, or bound by the traditions of men. They love the praise of men more than the praise of God. Jesus’ teachings were not meant to be theoretical; always, they are to be acted upon. Following Christ is not an occasional or casual practice. He instituted the Sacrament. We covenant that we will always remember Him and keep His commandments.

Those who put their hand to the plough should not look back. Men and women leave mother and father and marry and cleave to one another.

If we come to the Father, we are to inherit all things. This is only possible if we follow the Savior.

Elder Christoffel Golden Jr.

God is ever near, and He is interested in us; and He answers our prayers.

The Father and the Son our distinct separate Being; but, they are One in purpose.

Elder Enrique R. Falabella

Great sacrifice to be married in the temple.

In the celestial glory there are there heavens or degrees.

From my wife, “In order to contend you need two people, and I will never be one of them.”

A child who sings is a happy child.

I need you to help me.

Send each other love letters; even texts.

I love the Book of Mormon and my Savior Jesus Christ. Read the book with a spirit of prayer and meditation.

It is not enough to know the scriptures; we have to live them.

Elder Erich W. Kopischke

The feeling of being accepted by someone we love is a basic human need.

Those who cannot find acceptance from desirable sources, may seek it elsewhere.

This puts them on a dangerous path.

Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ know us. They accept us for what we are and for what we are striving to become.

Hearts are honest and broken. Sincere self-reflection. Screen yourself.

Sacrifice means living day to day in righteousness. Renew and confirm sacred promises to the Lord in partaking the Sacrament. He promises us that we will always have His Spirit to be with us. Having the companionship of the Holy Ghost is the Ultimate indicator of being accepted by God

Seek the Lord’s acceptance and enjoy His blessings.

Elder Bruce D. Porter

Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. We need not fear the future, because God is with us. The Lord will stand by His Church and by his people until His Coming.

When our only desire is to please Him, we will be blessed with deep inner peace.

The appearance of the Father and the Son ushered in the restoration of the Church and another beautiful morning.

Angels met the women at the tomb, “He is not here, but is risen.”

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

In colonial times, labor was in great demand in America. Indentured servants. Redemptioners—had to purchase their freedom. Redeem means to pay off a debt, or pay a ransom.



The great redemption—to deliver from sin and its penalties.

Jesus went about doing good; healing the sick and infirm.

May we go about doing good in the pattern of the Master. Much of our redemptive work on earth is to help others grow and reach their aspirations.

Forget not, never forget, that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are a community of Saints. We may participate in the Christ-like role of redemption.

President Thomas S. Monson

Study the messages further.

We love our wonderful Tabernacle Choir.

Be good citizens in the nations which you live, and be good neighbors.

May we ever follow the Master.

Many opportunities and reasons for rejoicing.

If we will put our trust in the Lord, He will help us through our difficulties whatever they may be.

"I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you. May your homes be filled with peace, harmony, courtesy and love. May they be filled with the Spirit of the Lord. May you nurture and nourish your testimonies of the gospel, that they will be a protection to you against the buffetings of Satan." Thomas S. Monson #ldsconf

"Except in the case of his only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with, that must be terribly frustrating to Him but he deals with it" - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"Honestly acknowledge your concerns but first fan the flames of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe." (Holland)

One of my favorite talks I heard this morning was by Elder Neil L. Anderson speaking of missionary work, he said: "If you're not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart." (Inez Zuniga)



If we will put our trust in the Lord, He will help us through our difficulties whatever they may be.

President Thomas S. Monson

Sunday Morning General Conference, 4-7-13



3-7-13 Sunday Morning General Conference

Unrevised notes:

From Music and the Spoken Word:

When a task seems too hard; when we just don’t know what to do, we should just start; we should just get our feet wet. God will help us from there.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Even though we may feel lost in the midst of our current circumstance, God offers us hope in His Light.

Story of Jane, who was abused. In order to protect herself, she learned to stop feeling. There was no light in her world, so she accepted the darkness. At 18, she discovered the church. She accepted the invitation to be baptized. For the first time, Light entered her life. She attended school far away from her abuser. After her abuser died, profound sadness and anger let darkness enter back into her life. She sought conselling and medical help. She learned to accept that darkness exists, but not to dwell there. She learned that light also exists, and that is where she chose to dwell. She held fast to the hope that with God’s help, she could be healed. She left the past behind and stepped into her glorious bright future. Now she helps her students know that they have worth, that they are important. She inspires everyone around her. Healing comes when we move away from the darkness and walk towards the light. God’s light is real; it is available to all.

Spiritual light rarely comes to those who merrily sit in the darkness and wait for someone to switch on the light.

1. Start where you are.

2. Turn your heart to the Lord.

3. Walk in the light.

With Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness cannot stand before the brilliant light of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Elder Neal L. Anderson

Mortal life of Jesus filled with miracles. The greatest miracle of all: His glorious resurrection.

Go ye therefore and teach all nations….Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

This Jesus, God has raised up, and we all are witnesses. Signs of miracles and faith were following the believers.

The voice of warning shall be to all people, all the world, the uttermost parts of the world. The commission was to the Lord’s disciples at the time of His resurrection, to His disciples at the time of the restoration, and to His disciples today.

We are few in number, but at the same time, you and I are witnesses of Daniel’s prophetic verse: the stone without hands is filling the whole earth. . .

We are witnessing the miracles of the Lord as His gospel is spreading across the world. You, too, are an important part of this unfolding miracle. All of us have a contribution to make for this miracle.

We must pray to be able to do this work. The Lord will bless us with our very own miracles.

“Come, and see.” Not only where I live, but how I live. Invite others to come and see, and you will feel the approval with the Lord; and with that approval, the ability and faith to invite others.

“This is not missionary work; this is missionary fun.”

We needed to decide whether to choose the traditions of our fathers, or to follow Jesus Christ.

Pray to your Heavenly Father; this is His sacred work; He will guide you. Voice of warning to all people through His disciples, and none shall stay them.

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom

Comfort from a second grade teacher. She taught me to love being a child. Okay to try, stretch, dream. Okay to be a child. Everyone has the power to increase a child’s confidence in Himself and his faith in the Lord.

The voice from heaven was one of perfect mildness. We can learn from that.

Children come to this earth ready to listen.

To speak to a child’s heart, we must know a child’s needs.

Choose a time each day to disconnect with technology, and reconnect with each other.

These things are important: temple marriage, missions, college.

We can help our children with the words we speak and the words we write.

Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Watch and learn. Principles I have learned from watching and learning from good marriages.

In the happiest marriages, both the husband and wife consider their marriage to be a pearl beyond price.

Successful eternal marriages are built upon Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith is the foundation of every virtue that strengthens marriage. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of eternal, happy marriages.

Humility is the essence of repentance.

Mutual quest is to be obedient and good.

Respect. Equal partners make decisions together.

Dinner hour becomes the center of their day. Read to children every night; retire to bed together.

Transparency. No secrets on relative matters.

Love.

Elder L. Tom Perry

Gift of first president to service men.

Secularism begins to be the norm.

Obedience to law is liberty. In the universe, too, where God is in command, there is law. Observe God’s law. You can add to these priceless freedoms, freedom from sin.; Obedience to law is liberty.

Satan wanted to liberate men with the destruction of agency. Satan wants to prove that we are not worthy of God’s gift of agency. Never underestimate Satan’s determination to succeed.

Each decision that we make is a test to our liberty. Free to choose liberty and life or captivity and death. Satan seeks all men to be miserable like unto himself.

Four of the ten commandments are still taken seriously. But as a larger society, we routinely disdain the other six commandments.

There is a law irrevocably decreed..blessings are predicated on obedience to law.

President Thomas S. Monson

D&C 1:39

The spirit of truth is of God. No man receiveth a fullness unless he keeps God’s commandments. He that keepeth His commandments, receiveth truth and light, until he knows all things.

Obedience is an unfailing guide. A knowledge of truth comes to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God.

Danny and Tommy lit the field on fire to get rid of the weeds. Soon all available men and women were trying to extinguish the flames. Danny and I learned several, but difficult lessons that day. Especially, the importance of obedience: for physical and spiritual safety. So that we might navigate successfully our mortal existence and return to our Heavenly Father.

To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

The Lord requires the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of Zion in these latter days.

Abraham’s obedience was tried and tested. For his faithfulness and obedience, the Lord gave him this glorious promise: in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Obedience is the first law of heaven.

The happiness, peace, progress, and prosperity of the Latter-day Saints lie in walking obedience to the counsel of God.

Obedience is the hallmark of prophets. We are all entitled to this source of strength and knowledge. It is readily available through obedience.

Walter Krauser saved his tithing for 10 years, not knowing when or if he’d have the privilege of paying it.

The great test of this life is obedience. We will prove them….All who shall have a blessing at my hands, shall abide….

No greater example of obedience exists than that of our Savior. “Thou He were a son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered…”

Ever was He humble; ever was He sincere; ever was he obedient.

He instructs you and me, “Follow Thou Me.”

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday Afternoon General Conference, 4-6-13



4-6-13 Saturday Afternoon General Conference

Unrevised notes

Elder Richard G. Scott

There is always more to do and more to accomplish. Yet deep inside of us, we all need a place of peace where we can regroup, reset. Make the Lord Jesus Christ the centerpiece of our homes. Center your home and your life on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of true peace in this life. When He is the center of your home, there is peace and serenity.

Prophetic counsel for daily service, pray, scripture study. Weekly FHE. Peace and refuge from the world. Be obedient to prophetic teachings of Jesus Christ. Apply sound gospel principles. Simple consistent good habits lead to full and bountiful blessings.

Satan’s fate is decided; he knows he has lost. But he wants to take as many as he can. Stay on the Lord’s side, and you will win every time.

Just having the standard works in your pocket will not protect you. Mark important verses on your device and refer back to them often.

One of the greatest blessings we can offer the world is to have Christ-centered homes. Welcome into your home others who need to be strengthened by your experience and by having such an experience.

Trust in the Lord and His timing that a positive rescue effort on behalf of your children and loved-ones will occur. Some things must be left to the Lord. They are not abandoned, but are in the watch care of a loving Savior.

Recognize others virtues, not their stains.

Learn, grow, and become like Him one consistent step at a time. (Elder Scott)

In the midst of turmoil, we can find abundant peace and happiness. Jesus Christ is the source of that peace.

Elder Quintin L. Cook

Doctrine of Peace; obtaining lasting peace.

Many events that rob people of peace.

Manhattan members went to the Stake Center after the attacks on the Twin Towers. The stakes of Zion and a refuge of defense.

Difference between universal or world peace and personal peace.

Agency is essential for our eternal progression.

The Spirit of Christ will not always strive with men. Peace will be taken from the earth.

We must never give up on achieving this goal. Mankind must receive God’s truth and His message.

It is as individuals and families that we achieve personal peace that is promised. Peace is desirable, and a gift of God.

“Savior’s peace will ease our suffering, bind up our broken hearts….infuse souls with calm and happiness.” (President Grant)

Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are. Atonement would compensate for all the unfairness of life.

“Where can I turn for Peace?” “And bears a song away. Sacred ordinances and covenants bind families together. They bring peace. Temples are a source of peaceful refuge from the world.

The Savior is the source of true peace. Righteous living will be rewarded with peace.

Elder Stanley G. Ellis

If you don’t plant, you don’t harvest.

You milk the cow when she needs to be milked, not when you want to.

Stick to the basics. Nothing is more basic to us than the truths of the first article of faith.

The Holy Ghost is our comforter, revelator, teacher, and guide.

We are not orphans; we are not alone. We don’t have to be losed, confused, deceived, or ineffective.

Be not wise in thine own lives; and lean not to yoru own understanding. Also, D&C 82:10.

Look not on his countenance or the height of his stature. Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Promote self-reliance. We should not give or provide that which people can do for themselves.

There is an authorized way and time to express love.

What happens inside the home is far more important than what happens outside. Where are we needed?

We are not spiritual orphans.

Elder John B. Dickson

Atonement and resurrection.

Take the gospel to all nations. (Matt)

Revelation on Priesthood, 34 years ago.

Where do your priorities lie? The Lord wants to bless us.

“As a natural result of their faith, the Lord is lifting them in meaningful ways. “

Elder David A Bednar

There are lessons we must learn and experiences that we must have according to the flesh.

The man and the woman are meant to bless and complete each other.

The power of procreation is spiritually significant. Misuse of this power….How we use this power will mold our destiny here and in eternity.

Outside of marriage, all uses of procreation are wrong.

Intimate relations are proper only between a man and a woman in a relationship prescribed in God’s Plan…We are defined by our nature as children of God.

Men and women of God deny themselves and take upon themselves His cross.

Will I succumb to the natural man, or will I put off the natural man and become like God? That is the test.

The devil who has no body entices us to use our bodies improperly so that we will be miserable like him. Defying the body is an act of rebellion, and denying our identity as sons and daughters of God.

Our innate longing to belong is fulfilled in righteousness as we walk in hope.



Elder Russell M. Nelson

Catch the wave of the missionary spirit. Contribute to general missionary fund. Catch the Wave.

Shape the destinies of those born and unborn.

If you catch the wave with energy and enthusiasm, others will also.

Assist the missionaries in missionary efforts.

The Book of Mormon is at the center of the restoration.



Saturday Morning General Conference, 4-6-13

4-6-13 Saturday Morning General Conference

Unrevised notes

President Thomas S. Monson

Cedar City; Rio De Janerio Two new temples.

Response of young people remarkable

65,634 full-time missionaries; over 20,000 more who have received their calls; 6,000 more in process.

Contribute to general missionary fund of church.

President Packer

When I was young, I wasn’t 68. Find poem. I would not barter age to youth; I’d have to much to lose.

Unfinished Composition
Part I 1992—Written in England

I had a thought the other night;
A thought profound and deep.
It came when I was too worn down,
Too tired to go to sleep.

I’d had a very busy day
And pondered on my fate.
The thought was this:
When I was young, I wasn’t sixty-eight!

I could walk without a limp;
I had no shoulder pain.
I could read a line through twice
And quote it back again.

I could work for endless hours
And hardly stop to breathe.
And things that now I cannot do
I mastered then with ease.

If I could now turn back the years,
If that were mine to choose,
I would not barter age for youth,
I have too much to lose.

I am quite content to move ahead;
To yield my youth, however grand.
The thing I’d lose if I went back
Is what I understand.

Now a few months ago, ten years later, I added Part II of this “Unfinished Composition.”

Part II 2002

Ten years have flown to who knows where
And with them much of pain.
A metal hip erased my limp;
I walk quite straight again.

Another plate holds neck bones fast—
A wonderful creation!
It backed my polio away;
I’ve joined the stiff-necked generation.

The signs of aging can be seen,
Those things will not get better.
The only thing that grows in strength
With me is my forgetter.

You ask, Do I remember you?
Of course, you’re much the same.
Now don’t go getting all upset—
I don’t recall your name.

I would agree I’ve learned some things
I did not want to know,
But age has brought those precious truths
That make the Spirit grow.

Of all the blessings that have come,
The best thing in my life
Is the comfort and encouragement
I get from my dear wife.

Our children all have married well,
With families of their own.
With children and grandchildren,
How soon they all have grown.

I have not changed my mind one bit
About regaining youth.
We’re meant to age, for with it
Comes a knowledge of the truth.

You ask, What will the future bring?
Just what will be my fate?
We’ll go along and not complain.
Ask when I’m eighty-eight!

Part III—To be continued



Family is under attack from forces seen and unseen. Few things more powerful than the faith of a righteous mother. Teach your children to recognize the Spirit. We are on this earth to be tested. We have power over those who do not have bodies. We are free to choose how to act; we are not free to choose our consequences; they will come as they come. We need to use our agency wisely.

Do not get swallowed up in the tolerance trap. The Spirit of Christ is given to every man to know good from evil; every thing that persuades to believe in Christ…know with perfect knowledge it is of God.

Learn to receive and to act on inspiration. He lives; I know He lives; I am His witness.

Elder Davies

We must build on a sure foundation. The foundation of Jesus Christ. And now my sons, Remember.

The Plan lays out a sure way. Faith, repentence, baptism, receiving Holy Ghost, eduring to the end—part of the blue print of life. Then there are specificationt to help implant the plan.

Feast upon the words of Christ; tell you all things what you should do; bring wisdom and understanding; strengthen spiritual commitment. Worthily partake of the sacrament each week. Ponder life in advance; consider actions to do or not to do; take humbly; be cleansed and sanctified. Spirit acts as a type of mortar. Testifies of Jesus Christ. Strengthens foundation to Rock, Jesus Christ. Anchor lives to Jesus Christ and His atonement. We will be strengthened.

Sister Dalton

Whate’er thou art, act well thy part.

Her mother called down the powers of heaven to bless their home. Her father died young at 42. D&C 82:10. She understood who she was and whose she was.

Mosiah 18:9

Elder Craig A. Cardon

The Son of Man forgives sins; the Savior forgives sins on earth, and not just in the final judgment.

Forgive until 70 x 7. Jesus told his disciples numerous times in the Dotrine and Covenants, “Thy sins are forgiven thee.” The Savior wants to forgive us; but, we need not suppose that He will forgive us without repentance.

Repent and live; though your sins be as scarlet, He’ll forgive.

Elder M. Russell Ballard

The source of this Priesthood power is God Almighty. Power by which heavens and earth were created. Power used by Jesus in His mortal ministry to perform miracles and to atone and be resurrected for us. The keys of this Priesthood authority to bless others and bind on heaven and on earth. It is different from priesthood authority—to act in God’s name. Power of the priesthood comes only when those who exercise it act worthily and exercise it according to God’s will. Only tap powers of heaven with personal righteousness. These, keys, authority, and power were restored. Christ is at the head, with Thomas S. Monson and newly called apostles. Men have the unique responsibilty to administer the priesthood; but they are not the priesthood. Just as a women cannot have children without a man; a man cannot fully exercise the priesthood without a woman. Love, humility, and patience should be our focus and we seek to have the priesthood in our lives. “This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Priesthood used to lift mankind—succor weak, lifting up hands that hang down, strenthening feeble knees.

As the literal spirit children of our loving Heavenly Father, we have unlimited divine potential.

Do the things that the Savior would do if He were living among us today.

Watch his video on Leadership Training. Learn how to be strenthened through the priesthood.

I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall have the light of life. He is the living water.

Be wise; strenthen our own lives; the lives of our families, etc through the priesthood.

President Eyring

Simple acts of obedience bring us closer to the Savior.

O Savior, Stay this Night with Me. He felt the closeness of the Savior in that evening Sacrament meeting.

Faithful women saw that the rock was rolled away from the tomb, and He was not there. Why seek you the dead among the living?

Go your way; tell His disciples and Peter===there shall you see Him as He said unto you.

Road to Emmaus --Did not our hearts within us burn?

Stand as witnesses at all times, in all things, and at all places. Mosiah 18.

As we are faithful to the covenants we have made, we will feel His love for us. Whoso receiveth you—I will go before thy face; right hand and left; angels round about to bear you up.

As President Eyring was serving the Lord, the Lord was blessing his wife and his children. Depend on the Lord to draw close to your loved ones as you serve Him in faith. I will do for them as seemeth me good, for all things are in my power.