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 Remember that you will be able to review the broadcasts at 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.


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


Whate’er thou art, act well thy part.

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

(Sister Dalton, speaking of her mother)


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

Elder Craig A. Cardon


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


Simple acts of obedience bring us closer to the Savior.

President Henry B. Eyring


" 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.)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Obedience to law is liberty.

Elder L. Tom Perry


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


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


“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


"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


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

Elder Christoffel Golden Jr.


From my wife, 

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

Elder Enrique R. Falabella


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


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


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

President Thomas S. Monson


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!

(Web photo source: Facebook page: I Sustain Thomas S. Monson)

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