Sunday Morning Session

April 7, 2013 | 6 comments
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President Henry B. Eyring is conducting this session of General Conference.

Choir — Go Forth in Faith

Conducting — President Henry B. Eyring

Choir — Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Invocation — Elder Steven E. Snow

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf — “The Hope of God’s Light”

  • It is part of our condition as mortal beings to sometimes feel as though we are surrounded by darkness. …But even though we may feel lost in the midst of our current circumstances,  God promises the hope of His light–He promises to illuminate the way before us and show us the way out of darkness.
  • We don’t have to wait to cross the finish lines to receive God’s blessings. In fact, the heavens begin to part and the blessings of heaven begin to distill upon us with the very first steps we take toward the light. …The darkness may not dissipate all at once, but as surely as night always gives way to dawn, the light will come.
  • I testify that with Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ. I bear witness thatt darkness cannot stand before the brilliant light of the Son of the Living God!

Choir — Come Follow Me

Elder Neal L. Anderson — “It’s a Miracle”

  • The Thursday following conference I was assigned to recommend missionary calls to the First Presidency. I was amazed to see the applications of 18-year-old men and 19-year old women who had already adjusted their plans, visited their doctors, been interviewed by their bishops and stake presidents, and submitted their missionary applications – all in just five days.
  • If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart.
  • Our desire to share the gospel takes all of us to our knees, and it should, because we need the Lord’s help.
  • I promise you as you pray to know with whom to speak, names and faces will come into your mind. Words to speak will be given in the very moment you need them. Opportunities will open to you. Faith will overcome doubt and the Lord will bless you with your very own miracles.
  • A person’s lack of interest need not diminish our bonds of friendship and love.

Sister Rosemary Wixom — The Words We Speak

  • One of the greatest influences a person can have in this world is to influence a child.
  • How we speak to our children and the words we use can encourage and uplift them and strengthen their faith to stay on the path back to Heavenly Father. They come to this earth ready to listen.
  • To speak to a child’s heart, we must know a child’s needs. If we pray to know those needs, the very words we say may have the power to reach into their hearts.
  • The answer to our prayer of how to meet our children’s needs may be to more often technologically disconnect. Precious moments of opportunity to interact and converse with our children dissolve when we are occupied with distractions.

Choir and Congregation — Guide Us Oh Thou Great Jehovah

Elder Whitney L. Clayton — Marriage: Watch and Learn

  • I have observed that in the happiest marriages both the husband and wife consider their relationship to be a pearl beyond price, a treasure of infinite worth. They both leave their fathers and mothers and set out together to build a marriage that will prosper for eternity. They understand that they walk a divinely ordained path. They know that no other relationship of any kind can bring as much joy, generate as much good, or produce as much personal refinement.
  • Faith is the foundation of every virtue that strengthens marriage. Strengthening faith strengthens marriage.
  • I have learned that happy marriages rely on the gift of repentance. It is an essential element in every good marital relationship.
  • Humility is the essence of repentance. Humility is selfless, not selfish. It doesn’t demand its own way or speak with moral superiority. Instead, humility answers softly and listens kindly for understanding, not vindication. Humility recognizes that no one can change someone else, but with faith, effort, and the help of God we can undergo our own mighty change of heart.
  • I have observed that in wonderful, happy marriages, husbands and wives treat each other as equal partners. Practices from any place or any time in which husbands have dominated wives or treated them in any way as second class partners in marriage are not in keeping with divine law and should be replaced by correct principles and patterns of behavior.
  • Husband and wives in great marriages make decisions unanimously, with each of them acting as a full participant and entitled to an equal voice and vote.
  • Loyalty is a form of respect. Prophets teach that successful marriage partners are “fiercely loyal” to each other. They keep their social media use fully worthy in every way. They permit themselves no secret internet experiences. They freely share with each other their social network passwords. They do not look at the virtual profiles of anyone in any way that might betray the sacred trust of their spouses. They never do or say anything that approaches the appearance of impropriety, either virtually or physically. Watch and Learn: terrific marriages are completely respectful, transparent, and loyal.
  • There are those whose marriages are not as happy as they would wish, who have never married, are divorced, are single parents, or for various reasons are not in a position to marry. These circumstances can be full of challenge and heartbreak, but they need not be eternal.

Elder L. Tom Perry — “Obedience to Law Is Liberty”

  • Today we find ourselves in another world war. This time it is not with armaments. It is with thought, words and deeds. It is a war with sin, and more than ever we need reminders to keep the commandments. Secularism is becoming the norm, and many of its beliefs and practices are in direct conflict with those that were instituted by the Lord himself for the benefit of His children.
  • As we give up commitment and fidelity to our marriage partners, we remove the glue that holds our society together.

Choir — Where Love Is

President Thomas S. Monson — “Obedience Brings Blessings”

  • There is no need for you or for me, in this enlightened age when the fulness of the gospel has been restored, to sail uncharted seas or to travel unmarked roads in search of truth. A loving Heavenly Father has plotted our course and provided an unfailing guide—even obedience. A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God.
  • Obedience is a hallmark of prophets; it has provided strength and knowledge to them throughout the ages. It is essential for us to realize that we, as well, are entitled to this source of strength and knowledge. It is readily available to each of us today as we obey God’s commandments.
  • The knowledge which we seek, the answers for which we yearn, and the strength which we desire today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when we willingly obey the Lord’s commandments.

6 Responses to Sunday Morning Session

  1. Nancy Ross on April 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I think we’re in the middle of the Mormon Spring http://bit.ly/ZrnPE6

  2. Dave on April 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Hardly. It sounds like we’re headed for Retrenchment 2.0.

  3. Tom O. on April 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Mormon Spring? You’re drawing parallels between the kingdom of God on the earth and some of the most repressive, evil governments on the earth?

    Get a grip.

  4. European Saint on April 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    If any member who supports Same-Sex Marriage (SSM) has listened to all of these sessions and still feels his/her support is in line with the Lord and His Church’s Leadership, I would be extremely curious to hear why. I am so grateful for apostles, prophets, and auxiliary leaders who do not hesitate to speak truth regardless of what is trending, PC, etc. As President Monson stated at the end of Sunday morning session (quoting President Hinckley): progress equals obedience.

  5. Jax on April 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Totally agree with European Saint (#4) that I’d love to hear anyone tell me what they heard that supports SSM? Because I heard lots of things opposing it.

  6. Chet on April 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    A rather famous area authority recently authored “The Power of Everday Missionaries” and Elder Andersen cited it indirectly during his talk. Also, lowering the missionary age won’t mean much if we as members don’t invite our friends to “come and see.”

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