One of my do-nothing callings (as I call it) is ward communications specialist which includes managing the ward’s unofficial Facebook group. Last General Conference I posted a single quote from each speaker at General Conference as a sort of Cliffs Notes version for ward members who may not have been able to listen to the whole thing. Since General Conference is upon us again, I wanted to post these highlights from the previous conference as a sort of highlights reel.
I also discovered in this process that even a talk I didn’t particularly care for (no talk speaks to everyone equally) had something within it of value. To mix it up a little bit, I’ve added a poll to each of the sessions to make it a popularity contest. Which quotes speak most to you?
In this spirit of optimism and appreciation, here goes:
SATURDAY AM SESSION
– Pres. Eyring: “Your fast offering will do more than help feed and clothe bodies. It will heal and change hearts.”
– Pres. Burton: “Sisters and brothers, how often do we intentionally “speak kind words to each other”?”
– Pres. Packer: “Married couples are tried by temptation, misunderstandings, financial problems, by family crises, by illness, and all the while love grows stronger. Mature love has a bliss not even imagined by newlyweds.”
– E. Oaks: “Those who believe in what has been called the theology of prosperity are suffering from the “deceitfulness of riches.” The possession of wealth or significant income is not a mark of heavenly favor, and their absence is not evidence of heavenly disfavor.”
The possession of wealth or significant income is not a mark of heavenly favor, and their absence is not evidence of heavenly disfavor.
– E. Clayton: “if we search for it, there will always be a spiritual light that beckons to us, giving us the hope of rescue and relief.”
– E. Perry: “When it comes to love of spouse and hopes, worries and dreams for children, we are all the same.”
When it comes to love of spouse and hopes, worries and dreams for children, we are all the same.
SATURDAY PM SESSION
– E. Bednar: “We should look to and have our focus firmly fixed upon the Savior at all times and in all places.”
– E. Christofferson: “Much that is good, much that is essential—even sometimes all that is necessary for now—can be achieved in less than ideal circumstances. So many of you are doing your very best.”
Sometimes all that is necessary for now can be achieved in less than ideal circumstances. So many of you are doing your very best.
– E. Andersen: “I can teach you to dance, but I can’t teach you to hear music.”
I can teach you to dance, but I can’t teach you to hear music.
– E. Renlund: “Even if we’ve been a conscious, deliberate sinner or have repeatedly faced failure and disappointment, the moment we decide to try again, the Atonement of Christ can help us.”
– E. Ringwood: “Today there are some who would have us believe our search for relevance can be satisfied only by obtaining position and power. Yet, thankfully, there are many who are uninfluenced by this perspective. They find relevance in seeking to be truly good and without guile.”
– E. Cook: “We should be careful not to be critical or judgmental of those with concerns.”
We should be careful not to be critical or judgmental of those with concerns.
– E. Ballard’s talk explains the process by which missionary calls are assigned. “When your picture appears, we look into your eyes and review your answers to the missionary recommendation questions. For that brief moment, it seems as if you are present and responding to us directly.”
– E. Soares: “Many of these worldly messages represent nothing more than an attempt of our society to justify sin.”
– E. Gibson: “My heart was full because at his young and tender age he already recognized that one of his most sacred priesthood duties was to be a father.”
– Pres. Uchtdorf: “There is nothing wrong with shining our shoes, smelling our best, or even hiding the dirty dishes before the home teachers arrive. However, when taken to extremes, this desire to impress can shift from useful to deceitful. . . . This temptation to appear better than we are, is found not just in our personal lives but can be found in our Church assignments as well. . . He began to wonder how their stake’s goals might have been different if they had first asked, “What is our ministry?””
when taken to extremes, this desire to impress can shift from useful to deceitful
– Pres. Eyring: “All of us must speak and act in the name of God in moments where our unaided judgment will not be enough without inspiration.”
– Pres. Monson: “I revere the priesthood. I have witnessed its power time and time again. I have seen its strength. I have marveled at the miracles it has wrought. Brethren, each of us has been entrusted with one of the most precious gifts ever bestowed upon mankind. As we honor our priesthood and live our lives so that we are at all times worthy, the blessings of the priesthood will flow through us.”
SUNDAY AM SESSION
– Pres. Monson: “There is no blessing more precious to me than the peace and comfort I receive from the knowledge I have that [Frances] and I will be together again.”
– Pres. Wixom: “The Lord can only teach an inquiring mind.” and “Come, we want you whatever stage you are at, and we will meet you there. Give us whatever you have to offer.”
– E. Texeira: “The habit of setting aside our mobile device for a time will enrich and broaden our view of life, for life is not confined to a four inch screen.”
life is not confined to a four inch screen
– E. Causse: “To marvel at the wonders of the gospel is a sign of faith . . . but our ability to marvel is fragile. Over the long term, such things as casual commandment-keeping, apathy, or even weariness may set in and make us insensitive to the most remarkable signs and miracles of the gospel.”
our ability to marvel is fragile
– E. Nielson: (about the parable of the prodigal son) “once the adult son makes his choice, the wise father lets him go. The father then demonstrates sincere love, and he watches and he waits.” and he concludes “I realized that in some ways I was the prodigal son. . . All of us are lost and need to be found.”
– E. Holland: Shares a story about brothers hiking and one must rescue the other from a free fall to certain death, then likens this to the atonement and the importance of Easter.
– Pres. Uchtdorf: “Salvation cannot be bought with the currency of obedience; it is purchased by the blood of the Son of God. Thinking that we can trade our good works for salvation is like buying a plane ticket and then supposing we own the airline. Or thinking that after paying rent for our home, we now hold title to the entire planet earth.” and “I wonder if sometimes we misinterpret the phrase “after all we can do.” We must understand that “after” does not equal “because.” We are not saved “because” of all that we can do.”
Salvation cannot be bought with the currency of obedience.
SUNDAY PM SESSION
– E. Hales: “Live your life to be a good example of what you believe – in word and deed. How we live our religion is far more important than what we may say about our religion.”
– E. Pearson: “Average is the enemy of excellence, and average commitment will prevent you from enduring to the end.”
– E. Pino: “Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance, and it allows us to appreciate their true value.”
– E. Andersen: quoting Neal Maxwell: “If everything is going perfectly for you right now, just wait.”
“If everything is going perfectly for you right now, just wait.”
– E. Zeballos: “How, then, could we be content with anything short of exaltation if we know that exaltation is possible?”
– E. Sitati: [winning best accent award] “Developing a vision of what I would become was essential to my progress.”
– E. Nelson: “No other work transcends that of righteous, intentional parenting.”