Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday Morning At Conference

President Henry B. Eyring (of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) - We promise to become charitable, witnesses of God, and endure to the end. Elder Eyring has the duty to be a Special Witness of Jesus Christ. I adore President Eyring. He is a witness with power and I feel the truth of Jesus Christ as he opens his mouth. Undeniable. Deny yourselves of all ungodliness, then is my grace sufficient...

Drink deeply and often from the pages of the Book of Mormon. It is a true witness that He lives.

Elder Robert D. Hales (of the Quorum of the Twleve) - The Lord exercised his agency to suffer for our iniquities. "My God, my God, why has though forsaken me?" He endured to the end. Why is it the Son of God, the prophets, the pioneers have so many difficulties? Why such terrible tribulation? For what purpose? Our purpose is to grow from our experiences. Test and trials are given to all of us, to see if we will exercise our agency to follow the Son of God. All these things shall be for our good. Half way through the computer went whacko.

Sister Elaine S. Dalton (General YW President) - Fathers, bless the lives of your daughters. Rise up, Oh men of God. How do you raise a girl? Love her mother.

Elder M. Russel Ballard (of the Quorum of the Twelve) - The church is known by Christ name. Retain his name always in your heart. Let others know who we follow, humbly. We can be called Mormon as a people, but we belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Alex: Why do they always have two men playing the organ.
Ben: Because men play the organ better.
Rachel: Because if there were two women they would cuddle (I think Mom said that years ago)
Samuel: Why don't they put a grandma and grandpa together?
Mom: Can't you all just enjoy the music?
Ben: Look Michael Jackson (pointed to one of the choir members)
President Thomas S. Monson (Prophet) - We don't despair over the moral decline, we have the gospel. The laws will not change. The commandments aren't suggestions, the are still applicable. Our code of conduct is definitive, it is not negotiable. Our Father is the same yesterday, today, forever...the same from all eternity to all eternity.

You are entitled to a relationship with Heavenly Father. Inspiration and guidance are gifts he freely gives as we ask, search. Receive, trust, follow the inspiration! Fear not, for I am with thee.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Afternoon Conference Notes

Elder David A. Bednar -The coming and spirit of Elijah! Our ancestors-they without us cannot become perfect, us without them cannot become perfect. For the youth - Do not wait! You have the resources to bring forth the spirit of Elijah. Learn about and experience the spirit of Elijah. Do the work in the temple. As you respond to this invitation, your heart will return to your fathers. My Alex sent info to Elder Bednard office at the request of our Stake Presidency and Elder Bednard's office. Elder Bednard did not refer to Alex's temple work and experience, but here it is.

Alex Stapp

Alex has been able to attend the temple often with his ward and family. His dad, Curtis Stapp, had the idea that he did not want to wait until the children were grown to be with them in the temple. At age 12, Alex was able to go with his family to do a temple baptism for his great grandfather in the Sacramento Temple. Now at 15, Alex feels blessed to have done the genealogy and baptismal work for many of his ancestors.

One of his greatest moments in the temple was doing the work for an adopted "grandparent". For years, his family served his neighbor Don. Don and Lorraine, his lovely wife, had no children and required much assistance because of illness. For years, Alex helped this elderly couple with grocery shopping, yard work and small errands. On May 25, 2007, Don passed away. Lorraine died a few days later (during Don's funeral). On July 6, 2010 Alex was finally able to enter the temple with his family and perform the needed baptism for Don. What a joyous occasion! He truly feels that Don and Lorraine have accepted the gospel.

When asked how he feels when he is working in the temple, Alex says, "I feel like I'm home."

Elder Neil A. Anderson - Multiply and replenish the earth. Have faith, bring your family to earth. Don't delay. Your child can come to earth humbly as the Savior himself.

Do not judge other who are not bearing children. These decisions are for a husband and wife. What a wonderful blessing we have to bring children to our home. They bring happiness, but it's no picnic, haha

Ian S. Ardern (of the Seventy) - He who is faithful is worthy to inherit the mansions of the Father. What time we have we must use wisely. Alma: this life is a probationary state, or a time to meet God. Let us be as quick to kneel as we are to text! Paul: Ye are no more strangers and follower, but fellow citizens of the saints. Devote time that matter most, the things of God matter most. Read and study from the scriptures each day. Draw nearer to Him. Seek from the best books, he will give us knowledge. Grind to dust the time wasting activities! Review what we are doing to prepare to meet God. Loved this message. I needed these words.

Carl B. Cook (of the Seventy) - Believe in God. The prophets redirect our vision. They lead us to God. Look up. Faith to look up and courage to follow His direction. As we look up and step up we will cheer up!

Legrand R. Curtis Jr. (of the Seventy) - How complete redemption's grand design!!! The plan of redemption requires our best effort even though we can never repay the Savior for his sacrifice.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson (Apostle) - Repentance is a divine gift. It should put a smile on our face. It is cause for true celebration. The invitation to repent is a message of love. Repentance means a striving to change. We seek his grace to reward our most diligent effort. Too much to include, but so powerful. Thank you Elder Christofferson! The best word about the remembrance of our sins, "and I the Lord will remember them no more." So as time goes by we forget them also, the pain and remembrance is replace by the opposite, complete joy! See Alma.

L. Tom Perry (Apostle) - Examples of the believers.
1. Declare you belief in Jesus Christ
2. Be an example of His teachings
3. Engage in conversation of these truths. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fears. Speak about the church, communicate directly, honestly.

Share feelings and beliefs. A spirit of love and courage will be your constant companion as you share. I try to do this and I what Elder Perry says it true. I feel so much love for others.

Sat Morning Conf Notes!

Elder Richard G. Scott (Apostle of the Lord)-Turn to the scriptures. They can be your friends. Memorize them, let them comfort you. Consistent use of the Book of Mormon brings an added measure of the spirit. He made an audio recording of the Book of Mormon for his family. So wonderful!

Sister Barbara Thompson (Second Counselor RS) - Have ye inquired of the Lord. D&C 6, how we can receive revelation. Desire to receive revelation! He will bless us with his spirit.

L. Whitney Clayton (Quorum of the Seventy) - Growth in Peru is amazing! Daniel's interpret's Neb's dream. The gospel will roll forth. The sun never sets on this work of the Lord and it is only the beginning!! The places closed to us will open. It progresses one heart and one family at a time. The knowledge of a Savior will be spread to every nation, kindred and tongue. His church is that stone, cut out of the mountain, rolling forth.

President Thomas S. Monson (President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) - The building of temples continues uninterrupted. Provo!!! Columbia, South Africa, Congo, Wyoming, Paris.

Jose L. Alonso (Quorum of the Seventy) - When we emulate the Savior, we show our love for Him. When he lost his son in Mexico City he didn't need a planning meeting to find him, in the same sense we don't need a planning meeting to serve.

Elder Boyd K. Packer (President of the Quorum of the Twelve) - The gospel plan is the great plan of happiness. The prompting of the spirit are felt not heard. The gift of the holy ghost will guide and protect, it is a feeling in your heart.
by John Ciardi

The old crow is getting slow;
the young crow is not.
Of what the young crow does not know,
the old crow knows a lot.

At knowing things, the old crow is still
the young crow’s master.
What does the old crow not know?
How to go faster.

The young crow flies above, below, and rings
around the slow old crow.
What does the fast young crow not know?
Youth are being raised in enemy territory. Take hold of your life and order yourself to be valiant. You young crows need not walk aimlessly. You have a living prophet! Trust in the Lord, lean not unto your own understanding.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf - (Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) - The vastness of God's creations, worlds without end. Wow! What is man in comparison to God's creation. We are his eternal purpose. It is all for our benefit. Paradox: Compared to God we are nothing, yet we are everything to God. (King Benjamin) You matter to Him--God love's the humble and meek, the meek and the simple proclaim the gospel, no matter where you live or how humble or limited your ability, you are not invisible to Heavenly Father, finally the promises is that God will not forsake those who are his disciple in word and deed. Hold on and believe in Him, one day you will receive the things that God has prepared for you. He sees you as His child, he wants you to know that you matter to Him. May we be worthy of the precious blessings.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

blogging becomes me

I was reading my blog for the first time in forever because someone said they had read it and I was curious. What was my blog about? I skimmed it through this for-to-mentioned person's eyes and concluded that blogging becomes me. I am not a great speaker, and I'm not glamorous by any means, but I was laughing at the blog and thinking--yes, blogging becomes me.

So anyhow, I go to thy gym and work out really hard most days. But I don't look like HER-er, and I am guessing I never will. 'Hey, muscle woman. Hey, yes you there with the controlled skin, the skin that loves your body, I'm flabby, but blogging becomes me, so check me...I mean my blog out girlfriend."

I'm sure she'll read it too, then she'll see me in a different light, because, dom dom dom...blogging becomes me!!!