Saturday, April 2, 2016

Live-Blogging LDS General Conference - Saturday Afternoon, April 2, 2016

So, the guy giving the opening prayer, Elder Hugo Martinez, lives in our Stake. In fact, in our grandson's ward!

Watch LIVE here
Coverage and News Media Resources for the 186th Annual General Conference

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency
Is leading the sustaining of General Authorities.
Those opposed don't do so by the same sign, they just yell.
Just released my wife's friends in the Primary Presidency and Board.
I don't know any of these names called into the Quorums of the Seventy. I must hang in the wrong crowds.
Joy D. Jones President, Jean B. Bingham as 1st,  and Bonnnie H. Cordon as 2nd Counselor in the Primary.
Pres. Uchtdorf said Pres. Monson said that those opposing should talk to their Stake Presidents.
2015 Statistical Report for April 2016 General Conference

Mormon Newsroom
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new Primary general presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the faith’s 186th annual general conference April 2, 2016.
Joy D. Jones, Jean B. Bingham and Bonnie H. Cordon will serve in the new Primary presidency. ‪#‎LDSconf‬

The First Presidency announced a new Primary general presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the faith’s 186th annual general conference April 2,…

Elder Ronald A Rasband, Quorum of Twelve Apostles
Traveled to Pakistan meeting few but dedicated Saints there
In January Church leaders did face-to-face broadcast with youth and leaders.
Sister Oscarson, Elder Owen, and Elder Rasband answered question from youth
on new theme "Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ." 2 Nephi 32
Questions are an indication of a further desire to learn.
Whom say ye that I am? Question to Peter.
We need to find Heavenly Father's answers through the Spirit.
Assaults on Religion, etc.
"Lead Me, Guide Me, Walk Beside Me" [from "I Am a Child of God"]
What do those words mean to you
Be of Good Cheer - I stand beside you D+C 50 [2nd time for that scripture this conference]
Testimony of President Monson
Mourn with those that mourn. Stand as a Witness of God. [Waters of Mormon - baptism]
Are you standing with the leaders of the Church in a darkening world so that you can spread the light of Christ?
Poet Edwin Markham - We are together and not alone. "No one goes his way alone"
We need our Savior Jesus Christ
Jesus walking on the water on Sea of Galilee. Matthew "Ship was now in the midst of the sea"
"Be of good cheer. It is I. Be not afraid" Peter asked to come on the water.
The Lord was there for him just as He is for us

Neil L. Andersen, Quorum of Twelve Apostles
God loves children. He loves all children.
Families in many forms these days.
The standard and ideal are a challenge
Quoting from Proclamation on the family that children have a right to be born in a family with two parents.
There are many who do not come from picture perfect families
tens of thousands of young men and women who embrace the gospel without a father or mother with them.
They become an important part of the church, missionaries, married in the temple
We will continue to teach the Lord's pattern for families but we must be more thoughtful and considerate.
Not all children have a father who comes home to be so glad about.
reminding us that not all kids come from the kind of backgrounds you sing about in Primary songs...
Need more sensitivity for those in different circumstances.
Insensitive teacher asked a teen about her parents not married in the temple.
Kid asked to give a talk in primary and had no parent to help him so he just stayed away from church for months.
Jesus received the little children and those who receive them receive Him.
Girl from Brazil who joined the church.
During the discussions she saw a picture of the Temple and learned of the sealing ordinances.
From that moment she had the desire to do that.
While family life may not be ideal, spiritual DNA is important
Help God's children understand what is genuine and important in this life - Pres. Monson
Boy in Colorado joined the church and told of being in homes of families that lived the gospel.
It showed him a standard he could have in his life.
Girl Europe saw that others had a light that came from faith in Jesus Christ
[Several stories of individuals without family support]
Some children wait years to be baptized. Leaders can reach out and strengthen testimony.
[He tied a bunch of these stories together]

Good talk!!

Mervyn B. Arnold of the Seventy
His mother was busy in rescuing others.
As we go to the rescue, God gives us blessings and power.
We must not delay going to the rescue

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi of the Seventy
with a great Brazilian accent
Was at the São Paulo Temple open house and prayed to know of the true church.
Baptized the day before the dedication and went to the Temple.
He had good member support.
They had their family sealed one year and seven days after his baptism.
He had questions why the church had to be answered in the US and not Brazil or Italy.
in 1984 he attended General Conference. He went to Palmyra.
Why the restoration here?
US Constitution guaranteed freedom.
Was in Palmyra. Visited Peter Whitmer farm. Asked missionary questions.
In the early 1800s the Canal was built to reach the Hudson and Great Lakes
There were many people who came to work in the canal.
There was a crowd to hear Joseph.
understood hand of God to prepare His plan.
Put Joseph in the midst of that religious confusion.
Joseph's first vision of the Father and the son.
Mountain of the Lord's House shall be established in the tops of the Mountains and all nations shall flow unto it.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve
Principle of always retaining a remission of our sins.
We experience physical birth and opportunity for spiritual rebirth through Atonement of Jesus Christ
We can conquer selfish nature of the natural man
Joseph Smith "being born again comes through the Spirit through ordinances"
The Holy Ghost is Comforter, Teacher, Revelator and is a Sanctifier burning dross and purifying
All saving ordinances and ordinance of the Sacrament must be authorized by one holding the keys
The greater priesthood holds the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom - in the ordinances the power of Godliness is made manifest
Ordinances received and lived worthily make atonement effective
Three Sacred Ordinances
Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins
The Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands
The Sacrament.
Baptism is initial cleansing event.
promised blessing is to always have his spirit - in Sacrament prayers with our obligation to take our name upon us and keep his commandments to remember Him
Baptism is a holy ordinance preparatory to receiving the Holy Ghost
Baptism by water is half a baptism wthout the baptism of the Holy Ghost
Baptism and the Holy Ghost are inseparably connected - Repentance
Nephi - The gate by which ye should enter is by baptism and the remission of sins - Repent and come unto me. to be sanctified by the Holy Ghost
Laying on of hands is an ordinance to be administered by the Melchizedek Priesthood
No unclean thing can dwell with God
We are blessed by our initial cleansing and ongoing cleansing through companionship of Holy Ghost
Farmer planting and harvesting. Follows the same patterns.
The inseparable connection between baptism and Holy Ghost should direct all actions through all life.
On Sunday we are to go to church and offer up our sacrifices and receive the Sacrament
To sanctify is to make pure and holy - quotes Sacrament prayer
So honor covenants to stand spotless before him at the last day.
Partaking of the Sacrament in and of itself does not remit since - broken heart and contrite spirit required.
We can always retain a remission of our sins.
Sometimes LDS express the wish that they would like to be baptized again.
We should not feel that just once in our lives -
Baptism is not a destination to visit over and over
The Sacrament is not isolated it is interrelated
Provide the Grace we need to progress line upon line and precept upon precept.
Requirements of his plan are glorious and rigorous.
Ordinances invite spiritual power into our lives - our weaknesses can be overcome
We can become increasingly worthy and spotless.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve
The irony of being parents is that we get really good at it after our children our grown.
power and importance of church councils - best results - and the Lord's way
Family Council - always been needed - are eternal.
We participated when we lived with our heavenly parents.
It will counter the impact of modern technologies.
Different from home evenings focusing on instruction and activities.
Councils are to listen to each other
General family council of entire family
Executive with mother and father
one on one
All the talking won't solve a medical or emotional problem. Enlist help and support and seek resources
“Children desperately need parents willing to listen to them.” |

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