President Uchtdorf conducted the Sunday afternoon session, featuring talks by Elder Holland, Elder Cook, Elder Neilson, Elder Renlund, Elder Ringwood, Elder Sitati, and Elder Christofferson, followed by closing remarks from President Monson. Direct quotations (based on my notes) are given in quotes; phrases without quotes are my summary of the remarks given.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Twelve, on the Book of Mormon:
- A latter-day warning to those within the Church: “In the last days, … even the very elect could be deceived.”
- In Lehi’s dream, those who successfully navigated the mists of darkness and laid hold of the rod of iron (i.e., the word of God) were those who ignored all distractions.
- Bears an intense testimony of the Book of Mormon and the willingness of Joseph and Hyrum to die as martyrs to its message and truthfulness.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Twelve, on these perilous times:
- Moral agency is the freedom to choose our own course … with accountability for those choices.
- We have stewardship (1) over ourselves and our families, to practice virtue and chastity; and (2) toward the poor and needy, to pay a generous fast offering and support the humanitarian efforts of the Church.
Elder Brent H. Neilson of the Seventy, on missionary work:
- Notes that President Monson has restated President Kimball’s 1974 challenge that every worthy young man should serve a mission.
- The Lord needs “worthy, prepared, faithful young men and young women. … There is no greater work.”
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Seventy, on obtaining a new heart:
- The ultimate operation is a spiritual one, obtaining a mighty change of heart.
- Like the body trying to reject a transplanted heart, the natural man will try to reject the new spiritual heart. Do not become casual in your dedication and worship.
Elder Michael T. Ringword of the Seventy, on the easiness of belief:
- Like the converting Lamanites in the Book of Mormon, “May we always find it easy to believe His word.”
Elder Joseph W. Sitati of the Seventy, on a global faith:
- “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has become a global faith.”
- Notes there are 300,000 Saints in Africa and three temples (South Africa, Nigeria, and one other place).
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Twelve, on moral discipline:
- Quoting a young James E. Faust replying to senior officers in an Officer Candidate School interview: “I do not believe in a double standard for morality.”
- “Moral discipline: self-discipline based on moral standards.”
- Present-day society fails to encourage moral discipline, instead resorting to external authority — coercion and law — to try to enforce order and civility.
- Arguing against the let-them-choose-for-themselves approach to the religious education of our youth: “Intelligent use of agency requires knowledge of the truth.”
President Thomas S. Monson, closing remarks:
- Society now often disregards God’s commandments: “We often find ourselves swimming against the current.”
- “I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you.”