Sunday, April 7, 2013

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.


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

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