Rutter-esque “Now We’ll Sing With One Accord.” Hmmmm.
And another ERS text. I wish they would announce the composers and arrangers, or at least put them up on the website. Wilberg’s are mostly pretty recognizable, but it would be nice to know about some of the others.
Elder Oaks: “”LDS are unique in the extent of their selfless service.” really? That’s a pretty bold statement, upon reflection, even if we do have a lay clergy. Dogs instead of children, however, strikes me as an interesting move. “LDS are uniquely committed to sacrifice.” Yes, unique perhaps in terms of method, but do we really sacrifice more than others? “Great sacrifice and continuing personal pain” from defense of marriage efforts… indeed. “We do not serve our Savior well if we fear man more than God,” which Elder Oaks then links to immodest dress. Is Elder Oaks endorsing C.S. Lewis’ determination that the Fall had nothing to do with sex? MONEY QUOTE: “The effects of greed and entitlement are evident in the multi-million dollar bonuses of some corporate executives.” Apparently also sacrifice means not whining about how bad Church is, either: “Some say ‘I didn’t learn anything today’ or ‘No one was friendly’ or ‘I was offended’ or ‘The Church is not fulfilling my needs.’ All those answers are self-centered and all retard spiritual growth.” Elder Oaks should quote the Beatles: “in the end, the love you take…is equal to the love you make.”
Too bad for the kiddies that “temple” is not the candy word of the day!
Elder Bednar: “These scriptures [D&C 105:33, 124:39, 109:2-5] help us understand that the process of taking upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ that is commenced in the waters of baptism is continued and enlarged in the house of the Lord. As we stand in the waters of baptism, we look to the temple. As we partake of the sacrament, we look to the temple. We pledge to always remember the Savior and to keep his commandments as preparation to participate in the sacred ordinances of the temple and receive the highest blessings available through the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, in the ordinances of the holy temple we more completely and fully take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.”
“We do now and will yet face great challenges to the work of the Lord. But like the pioneers who found the place which God for them prepared, so we will fresh courage take, knowing our God will never us forsake. Today temples dot the earth as sacred places of ordinances and covenants, of edification, and of refuge from the storm.”
“I bear solemn witness that the fire of the covenant will burn in the heart of every faithful member of this Church who shall worship and honorably hold a name and standing in the Lord’s holy house.”
Elder Stevenson’s talk makes a nice pairing with Elder Bednar’s–first tying the temple theologically to other rituals and doctrines, then tying it to homes and daily life.
Elder Teixeira: “The words ‘to do good continually’ depict well the standard we need to apply as we use our free agency.”
“Never lost when you can see the temple,” and conscience as GPS–what is this anxiety about getting lost? Especially in beautiful gridlike Utah??
I think I might need to write another Primary songs paper, about which ones get quoted in Conference. Is this the second mention of “Follow the Prophet” this year?
OK–this is getting weird. Does the Correlation committee hand out metaphors before people write their talks?
Elder Watson: I really like the attempt to add some specificity to “follow the prophet,” to note some of the distinctive characteristics and teachings of each one by personal reminiscence. I like it when our gerontocrats just speak as old men imparting the wisdom of their lives’ experience. (Then again, since I’ve been alive to hear all but one of the seven prophets, perhaps I should not make so much of his advanced age!!)
“As one who has been taught at the feet of living prophets, and of these latter-day witnesses whom I have known and love, I testify, in all truthfulness, as members of this Church heed the words and commandments the Lord gave to the Prophets of the Testaments, and followed by the Lord’s Prophet even today, we will more fully understand “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
Here’s my favorite from Elder Perry, a nice conclusion to the “lost” meme: “Usually, when I think of herding sheep I think of the requirements or stewardship of the shepherd to do everything he can for all of his sheep. This experience, however, reminded me that it is the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and my thoughts turned to the precarious nature of that one lost ewe, all alone and unable to find another step up the rock face and equally unable to turn around and find her way down. How frantic and hopeless she must have felt, completely powerless to rescue herself, one step away from certain disaster.
It is important for each of us to ponder how it feels to be lost, and what it means to be a spiritual shepherd who will leave the ninety-nine to find the one who is lost. Such shepherds may need the expertise and assistance of the Search and Rescue team, but they are present, accounted for, and climbing right beside them to save those who are infinitely valued in the sight of God…”
Alrighty, the folks who bet on President Monson to conclude win the wager. His delivery is just right for pronouncing benedictions.
And, hey, he’s including women in the warning not to sin. Cool. Technology and porn are equal opportunity snares. (And, phew, no mention of the evils of blogging :)). Also, interestingly, no mention of Prop. 8 from President Monson.
Here’s the conclusion: “How grateful I am, my brothers and sisters, for the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation and for all the blessings that have come into my life and into your lives as a result. We are a blessed people, for we have the sure knowledge that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ.
I pray heaven’s blessings to be with you. May your homes be filled with harmony and love. May you constantly nourish your testimonies, that they might be a protection to you against the adversary.
As your humble servant, I desire with all my heart to do God’s will and to serve Him and to serve you.
I love you. I pray for you. I would ask that you would remember me and all the General Authorities in your prayers. Until we meet again in six months’ time, I ask the Lord’s blessings to be upon all of us.”
Amen and hallelujah.