President Eyring conducted, with music by a BYU priesthood choir (with an expressive and energetic conductor) and talks by Elder Oaks, Elder Rasband, YM President Beck, and the First Presidency. This was an amazingly upbeat meeting. President Monson called this one of the best priesthood meetings he ever attended.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Twelve, on healing the sick.
He noted that relying on medical science and doctors is not in conflict with the prayer of faith or priesthood blessings. Spoke at length on priesthood blessings, which consist of (1) anointing with oil; (2) sealing the blessing; (3) faith of the one blessed; (4) words of blessing, which are important but not essential to the blessing or its efficacy as are the first three items; and (5) the will of the Lord, which along with the faith of the person controls the outcome, not the words of the blessing. So elders, fear not to give a blessing.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Seventy, on missionary work.
This talk will be remembered for its detailed description of the process of determining mission calls (based on Elder Rasband assisting President Eyring during one session). Picture of missionary displayed on big screen. President Eyring consults notes by stake president, etc., in file. Missions of church display on second screen. The Spirit speaks to President Eyring and he makes an inspired assignment.
David L. Beck, YM General President, on the Aaronic Priesthood.
Reviews the revised Duty to God program to be released June 2010. Encourages young men to be courageous, like the early explorers who ventured into unknown oceans. “How far to the point of no return?” (lyrics to the old Kansas song) kept playing in my head.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency, on godly patience.
A powerful talk encouraging patience and longsuffering. Godly patience is not passive resignation, it is active; it endures. Impatience arises from selfishiness; avoid Center of the Universe syndrome. Don’t give up on yourself: blessings come in the Lord’s time and in the Lord’s way.
President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency, on priesthood.
Quotes D&C 107:99-100 (“Let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office to which he is appointed, in all diligence”). Other good stuff that I really didn’t follow very well (tired from skiing this morning).
President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency, to the young men.
Prepare for service as a missionary. If it’s part of your culture, date (at 16). Dress to bring out the best in yourself and others. Treat all (especially young women) with kindness and dignity. Avoid profanity; use language to uplift those around you. Porn is dangerous and addictive, to be avoided at all costs. Drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco are harmful to body and spirit. Tears inevitably follow transgression. Good thoughts lead to good actions.