Wednesday, April 06, 2011

General Conference - Sunday Session

If anybody wondered why I had notes from Saturday and not Sunday (I'm sure you didn't, really) never fear! I have Sunday notes, I just didn't take them on the computer. Which, of course, means that I was more selective about what I wrote down. I can't write as fast as I type, so I missed a lot of really, really good lessons and inspiring messages.

Plus, I'm not too ashamed to admit that I was mildly distracted by one of the cutest babies of my acquaintance. 

Owen Cook - 1 year old (tomorrow!)

I guess it is lucky that we will be studying these things in church for the next six months and have access to them online and in the Ensign.

Morning Session

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Testimony isn't what it used to be (like the experiences recorded in the scriptures). If we are waiting on the road to Damascus - if we are looking for the Heavens to open - then we will be detained in gaining our own testimony. We need to move forward with faith. The Spirit speaks in ways that we can only hear in our hearts.

If we are only thinking of ourselves, we may miss the most powerful spiritual experiences. We may miss some of the most profound revelations.

He entrusts the truth with those who would share it. "Preach the gospel at all times, and on occasion - use words."

Paul V. Johnson
Earth life is the perfect place to experience and pass the tests of life. Personal growth is the intent of trials.

Being "good" is not enough. We want to become like the Savior - who was perfect.

The darkest, most dangerous, events bring breathtaking and marvelous blessings.

David A. Bednar
The Spirit of Revelation is likened unto a sunrise, the gradual process of the sin rising. There is evidence hours before the sun actually begins to rise. It is not always like going in and turning on the light in a dark room - where the second you flip the switch, you have instant light.

Some underestimate their spiritual capacity because they don't experience frequent, powerful revelations and marvelous manifestations.

President Thomas S. Monson
Temples are more than stone and mortar.

We must always have the temple in our sights, and do nothing that will bar us from its doors.

Afternoon Session

Richard G. Scott
A woman grows and is greatly influenced by expressions of love.

"Marriage provides a setting where you can overcome selfishness."

You will receive every promised blessing you are worthy to receive.

D. Todd Christofferson
God has high expectations for us. He wants us to experience ultimate joy. His role does not include being a butler - where we can summon and command at our will. He is not only a therapist, to go to and sit back and only listen.

God chastens the ones He loves; and if we willingly accept or seek correction, we may become perfect. God considers us worth the time and effort to correct.

Carl B. Pratt
The Lord remembers His promises when we pay our tithing. We should know the commandments, liken them unto us - and live them.

Lynn G. Robbins
To be and to do. If we do without being, we are hypocrites. If we are being without doing, it is a shortcoming.

"To Dos" are something that can be done and checked off; but "To Bes" are lists that are never done. We must continue to work on them.

C. Scott Grow
When we sin, Satan tells us we are lost. But we have the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to bring us back. He is never so far away that we cannot return to Him.

Jeffrey R. Holland
Conference brings mortal messengers with angelic messages - to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." (Harold B. Lee, I think)

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