Lds General Conference
April 3, 2011 by staff
Lds General Conference, The 181 semi-annuals General Conference Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began Saturday morning in Salt Lake City with a welcome by the church president Thomas S. Monson, who announced a new church of Idaho in Meridian, and new churches in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Fort Collins, Colorado
Welcomed more than 22,000 members and church friends in attendance, along with many thousands watching the conference in the overflow areas of Temple Square, and around the world via satellite to homes and meetinghouses.
Monson thanked the members for their efforts to help the people of Japan. Over 70 tons of supplies, food, water; bedding, clothing and hygiene items have been donated by the church and its members.
The first address of the conference was Elder L. Tom Perry of the Twelve. He challenged the audience to make Jesus Christ the center of there lives, and remember to keep Sunday as a day set aside for rest and worship. Perry came to talk about the importance of the sacrament, saying: “The part of Sacramento is the center of our Sabbath day.” Perry also said, “I bear special witness to the greatest joy I receive in this life is to follow the Savior. We keep His commandments, keeping their sacred holy day.”
Perry became a theme for the morning session when he said: “It’s a glorious thing to be a Christian, to live as a true disciple of Christ.”
Sister Jean A. Stevens, Primary general presidency spoke about how children can help adults understand the Savior. Sister Stevens says that children with this: “They are full of faith and responsive to the feelings of the Spirit. They exemplify humility, obedience and love.”
Elder Walter F. Gonzalez, of the Seventy, spoke about how members of the Church better way to share the gospel, living a life like Christ. Gonzalez said, “to follow Christ because we love.” Gonzalez went on to state “We are not alone. Christ helps us. His mercies will make us strong in all circumstances.”
Kent F. Elder Richards spoke about the ability of pain to us about Christ. Richards told the audience that “He (Christ) is known personally and infinite sorrow we face.” NTQuMTYzLjExMi42OQ==
Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Twelve, praised the women of the church. As for marriage, Cook said, “The wives are equal to their husbands. Marriage requires a full partnership where husbands and wives work together to meet the needs of the family.”
Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, closed the morning session with comments focused on the need to serve the poor. Eyring First Counselor challenged attendees to serve the needy through a day for the whole Church service in communities where members live.
Eyring said: “For the Lord heard their cries and feels deep compassion for them (the needy), he has been since the early days of his disciples always ways to help.”
Eyring cited the church heroic service members in eastern Idaho made for each other during the breakup of the Teton Dam in 1976 despite suffering deep losses.
The afternoon session of the conference began with the singing of traditional Mormon hymn “How Firm a Foundation” by a choir of students from BYU-Idaho.
In addition, at the beginning of the afternoon session, attendees were told that membership of the church had grown from just over 13 billion to slightly more than $ 14 million.
The keynote speaker for the evening, Boyd K. Packer, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, stressed that the Church is the institution of Jesus Christ established on earth. Packer also stated “every ordinance in the church carried out by the authority and on behalf of Jesus Christ. We have the same organization that made the early church with the apostles and prophets.”
Elder Russell M. Nelson told the audience “Whatever the future holds in store for every child of God is as sacred by his family, friends and teachers. Therefore, our faith has now become part of the faith for our posterity later. “Nelson warned against” cafeteria approach “to the gospel saying,” This will lead to misery. ”
Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy, spoke to the audience by reminding them that are members of an eternal family consists of those of our earthly family and Heavenly Father. Maynes said that Satan uses “selfishness, greed and prnography” to attack the institution of the family.
Maynes continued, “The learning, teaching and practice of the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our homes helps create a culture where the Spirit can dwell.”
Elder Cecil O. Samuelson of the Seventy spoke on the topic about the importance of having a personal witness of the Gospel. Samuelson said, “Everyone is willing to pay the price – that is, keep the commandments. – You have a testimony”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Twelve spoke on the subject of desire. Robles, citing the Book of Mormon prophet Alma said, “faith can begin with nothing more than desire to believe, if we let this desire work in us.” Robles challenged listeners to “adjust our desires to give top priority to the things of eternity … we are all tempted to wish that the quartet of worldly goods, prominence, pride and power. We may wish these, but we must set as our highest priorities. “Robles continued:” So, what strongly desire, over time, is what will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity. ”
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve was the speaker of the afternoon session of Saturday closure. Ballard said there is a “principle of covering the whole of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Ballard said that this principle, the best experienced by service to others, is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all thy mind.”
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