I realized if I typed up all my notes for General Conference in one post it would be HUGE. Here’s my notes from Saturday Afternoon.
The Young Women General presidency was released. They were such great leaders for the Young Women of the church! I knew they would be released. I had that feeling watching the General Young Women Broadcast last week. We will miss their leadership but look forward to the new presidency. Brief biographies can be read here. Sister Oscarson, the new president, is on pinterest!
Elder Richard G. Scott has been one of my favorite speakers ever. This talk was no different. We all need a place of peace. It should be our home. Everyone, parents and children, should be responsible for peace in the home.
Satan is no match for the Savior. He knows he has already lost but he wants to take as many as he can with him.
Depending on how it is used, technology can be a blessing or a deterrent. “If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need.”
“When we obey the commandments of the Lord and serve His children unselfishly, the natural consequence is power from God: power to do more than we can do by ourselves.”
Make our homes Christ centered. It will become a refuge for family and friends.
Elder Quentin L. Cook also spoke about peace and moral agency. He told about his son and daughter-in-law’s experience living three blocks from the World Trade Center when it was hit by airplanes on 9/11/2001. They sought a safer place and ended up at the stake center with many others. Elder Cook also spoke at the funeral of Emily Parker, six year old girl, who was killed in the Newtown, CT school shooting.
God is the author of peace. For those who reject God there is no peace. Even through our trials in life because of the Savior’s atonement and grace we can have peace.
Elder Stanley G. Ellis was so humble, yet powerful in his testimony! I love how he started with the question “Do you want me to speak directly or with sugar?” and then he spoke directly. We are not spiritual orphans. We are not alone. Heavenly Father is always there. What happens inside the home is more important than what happens outside.
Elder John B. Dickson spoke about revelation to the church. It always comes to the senior apostle. He gave the example of Peter in Acts receiving the direction to take the gospel to the gentiles. Elder Dickson told his experience of learning about the 1978 revelation that all worthy male members, regardless of race, could hold the priesthood and how he wept with joy. He then spoke of serving in Africa with the African saints.
Elder David A. Bednar’s talk will go down in history as a classic that will be quoted over and over again. Why is chastity so important? This was so good you need to see it and hear it yourself.
“Intimate relations are proper only between a man and a woman in the marriage relationship prescribed in God’s plan. Such relations are not merely a curiosity to be explored, an appetite to be satisfied, or a type of recreation or entertainment to be pursued selfishly. They are not a conquest to be achieved or simply an act to be performed. Rather, they are in mortality one of the ultimate expressions of our divine nature and potential and a way of strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife. We are agents blessed with moral agency and are defined by our divine heritage as children of God — and not by sexual behaviors, contemporary attitudes or secular philosophies.”
I expect prints of Elder Russell M. Nelson’s “Catch the wave” have already hit the pinterest boards. He detailed how we can all “catch the wave” of missionary work by helping, teaching, serving, and donating.
So many good nuggets to ponder and implement in my life. I can’t wait to find out what is in store Sunday!