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Elder John C. Pingree Jr. of the Seventy

  • Truth enables us to find peace and joy, establish a relationship with God

  • Truth is “knowledge of things as they are, as they were, and as they are to come”

  • Truth helps us avoid deception

  • God reveals truth through a revelatory network—God, the Holy Ghost, Christ, Prophets, Angels Scriptures, etc.

  • The Holy Ghost testifies of all truth

  • Prophets receive truth from God and share that truth with us

  • We play a crucial role in the process for ourselves, seeking, recognizing, and acting on truth

  • We must be responsive to the Holy Ghost and to prophets

  • Is the concept taught consistently by the scriptures and prophets?”

  • Is it confirmed by the Holy Ghost?”

  • Humility, prayer, and obedience to the commandments improve our receptiveness

  • Hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known concerning the matter”

  • Certain things are withheld from the world according to God’s wisdom

  • Doctrine refers to eternal truth; policy is the application of doctrine based on current circumstances

  • Speak the truth in love”

  • Love without truth is hollow

  • As we come unto Christ we can be perfected in Him, receive a fullness of joy

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Elder Valery Cordon of the Seventy

  • We must climb to higher ground of Gospel culture in our families

  • We must have a culture of love and of expectation to help our children return to our Heavenly Father

  • Gospel culture guides us in the way we rear our families and live our individual lives. –Dallin H. Oaks

  • We must forsake any family traditions or practices that our contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

  • The Holy Ghost will enable us to align our culture and traditions with what God would have us do

  • Three Keys to Building a Gospel Culture in Our Homes

    • Teach the truth liberally, generously, and without restraint

    • Model discipleship – “The son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the father do”

    • Invite to act

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Elder J. Kimo Esplin of the Seventy

  • Battle of Okinawa in 1945 and faithful Japanese Sister

  • 240,000 Japanese perished in Battle at Okinawa

  • Japanese sister and her family sought refuge in a cave

  • Her suffering tempted her to take her own life, but she was comforted

  • When she returned home, she started searching for God, found missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ

  • After she lost her husband to a stroke and was necessitated to work long hours at multiple jobs; other members of her community criticized her for joining a Christian church

  • Endowment was translated into Japanese, Japanese hearts were touched by opportunity to hear it in their own tongue

  • Despite the atrocity of Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Saints welcomed Japanese with open arms

  • Tokyo Temple dedicated in 1980; Temple in Okinawa to be dedicated later this year

  • The reward for keeping covenants with God is heavenly power

  • Through temple covenants international rifts, such as those between Hawaiians and the Japanese, are healed

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42 minutes ago, Kenngo1969 said:

Elder Alan T. Philips of the Seventy

  • Where is Jasper?” Five year old son, who was left after visit to service station (He related “finding” his son to the Prodigal Son’s reunion with his father)

  • Parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son

  • We are Children of God – This identity gives us a sense of belonging and purpose

    • Where there is design, there is a designer: Your life has meaning and purpose

    • Religion is not only about our relationship with God, it is about our relationship with each other

    • True religion is the tie that binds us to God and to one another” –Jeffrey R. Holland

    • Are we passively attending church, or are we actively creating a community of Saints and reaching out to those around us?”

    • Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”

  • A burden that is impossible for one to bear may be borne by two

  • We are not alone”; We can be bound together with Christ

  • Turn to Him; pray to Him

These truths are “simple but foundational”

 

Love, love this one and I really hope he gets an extended calling and maybe apostleship so we can listen to his voice for many years. ;) 

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Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Twelve

  • In the Church, we speak 575 primary languages

  • Three languages:

    • Language of warmth and reverence

    • Language of service and sacrifice

    • Language of covenant belonging

  • Love is spoken here, but it is also heard and appreciated here

  • We’re not just “going to the Temple”; we are coming to Christ in the Temple

  • Let us be understanding and kind as we learn new languages of love together

  • “My heart is converted. Please be patient as my skirts catch up”

  • Let us speak with warmth and gratitude for God’s work and glory

  • We manifest our covenants through service

  • Changing circumstances may affect our ability to serve, but, hopefully, they never affect our desire to do so

  • “I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give”

  • Callings enable us to feel God’s love and to demonstrate God’s love for others

  • Jesus Christ helps us speak our love for others

  • More ward activities could knit us together in love and unity

  • Sociality and service often go together

  • We live in a self-centered world

  • We don’t necessarily know our own self-interest nor how to pursue it best

  • “He that shall lose his life for my sake shall find it”

  • Our own direct, repeated experiences are the best way to learn Gospel languages

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Elder Christophe G. Giraud-Carrier of the Seventy

  • “Look not on his countenance, nor on the height of his stature … Man looketh upon the outward appearance, but God looketh upon the heart”

  • Ananias: “He is a chosen vessel unto me”

  • He notes several examples in the Scriptures that highlights the differences between what the Savior saw in people and what others did: The woman taken in adultery, the woman with an issue of blood, the centurion

  • His wife served a less-active, shut-in sister who had surgery on her feet and needed her dressings changed regularly, which she could not do for herself

  • His wife sees “with her heart. She sees the Child of God in everyone”

  • Whatever our other identities, first and foremost, we are children of God

  • “It is a serious thing to live in a society of Gods and Goddessess … You have never talked to a mere mortal.” –C. S. Lewis

  • The Gospel of Christ is the Great Equalizer

  • We are Children of God: This amazing truth frees us

  • Rather than seeing each other through the distorted lens(es) of mortality, the Gospel elevates our vision

  • “How we treat each other really matters. I am asking us to interact with each other in a higher, holier way.” –Russell M. Nelson

  • We must love others because it is the right thing to do, not because they act, or believe, in ways we approve

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President Russell M. Nelson

  • It’s not how long you live, but what you learn while you live

  • The Savior’s Atonement is what makes everything else possible

  • The Savior suffered pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind so that he might know, according to the flesh, how to succor us in our infirmities

  • Which suffering caused myself, even God, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore

  • Because of Christ’s infinite atonement, God’s plan is perfect

  • We get to choose how we live here on earth, and where we will live hereafter

  • The very things that will make your mortal life the best it can be are those that will make your eternal life the best it can be

  • “I invite you to adopt the practice of thinking celestially”: “To be spiritually minded is life eternal”

  • Don’t live as though this life is

  • Where you will live, the kind of body with which you will be resurrected, and those with whom you will live eternally

  • Make the Celestial Kingdom your goal; begin with the end in mind; carefully consider how the choices you make will lead to that end

  • Anything not sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise “hath an end when we are dead”

  • Take the Long View—an Eternal View; put Jesus Christ first

  • “Obedience paves the way for a joyful life today and a grand, eternal reward tomorrow”

  • “Think Celestial”

  • Even when we “think celestial,” and endeavor to act accordingly, we will encounter opposition

  • “Thinking celestial” will enable us to live on a higher plane, make our prayers deeper and more sincere, et cetera.

  • “All these things shall give thee experience and shall be for thy good”; “If thou endure it well, thou shalt be exalted on high, and thou shalt triumph over all thy foes”

  • “Thinking celestial” will help us avoid anything that robs of our agency

  • Don’t make any other obsession—drugs, food, pornography—our “god”

  • “Thinking celestial” will enable us to obey the Law of Chastity: Immorality is one of the quickest ways to lose our testimony. Some of Satan’s severest temptations involve breaking the Law of Chastity

  • Public opinion is not the arbiter of truth

  • No unchaste person shall inherit the celestial kingdom

  • Trials and opposition will arise as you “think celestial,” but when someone you love attacks truth, “think celestial”

  • Don’t give heed to “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”

  • Seek guidance from voices you can trust, prophets, seers, and revelators, and the Holy Ghost

  • He made $15/mo. as an intern; Dantzel taught him that he needed to pay his tithing even on that meager sum. The Lord didn’t need the extra $1.50, but he needed the blessings

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The "good news" is that, more often than not, as an intern, President Nelson had somewhere to sleep and to eat that didn't cut into that princely $15-per-month sum! :D :rofl: :D

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3 hours ago, Kenngo1969 said:

@Raingirl and @Calm,

Thanks for all of the upvotes! :D  (I promise, I won't let them go to my head! :D)

I truly appreciate all of the work you put in to this. It really helps me to read other people’s summaries. They catch details that I miss. Especially this time around. I had a really hard time concentrating this conference. 

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And my issue is my memory.  I find it hard to access.  I think my “fetch” function is glitching out.  When I see the notes, I remember the talk.  I am debating whether I should print up the full talk or just use Ken’s notes for a couple I want to think about.  So I very much appreciate this.

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5 hours ago, Raingirl said:

I truly appreciate all of the work you put in to this. It really helps me to read other people’s summaries. They catch details that I miss. Especially this time around. I had a really hard time concentrating this conference. 

It's nice to have the resources that we do, since ... life happens, we might not be at the top of our game on these two particular days, and so on and so forth.  (And then there's Ol' Scratch, who has his own motives and methods for interfering ... :diablo:;)

I think it would be cool to have someone put together sort of an oral history of the various methods for participating in General Conference in various parts of the world throughout whatever time period could be covered.  I believe, for example, that our friend, @Bernard Gui, on his mission to Timbuktu (South America), listened to General Conference over a telephone line! :blink:

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