We here at BCC would like to thank you all for being courteous in driving after the Morning session concluded today. We are now back, with the Afternoon session set to get underway in about 3 minutes. Remember to get up-to-the-minute commentary, quotes, and door prizes on our Twitter feed, @ByCommonConsent.
More to come, but let’s get it started.
Fun Fact #3: I ate at Crown Burger for lunch. I may have a heart attack during this session.
Elders Didier, Madson, Michelson, Neuenschwander are now Emeritus GA’s. Elders Callister, Christensen, Dunn, Partley, Shumway, and Wood released as members of the 2nd Quroum of the 70.
I love Elder Wood–one of the most memorable stake conferences of my life came when he visited and provided a blessing on the congregation that still brings chills to me thinking about it.
Announced are Elders Oaks and Hales–should be a great session start.
Alright, folks. Elder Oaks addressed some very touchy subjects related to parenting and children–cohabitation, drugs & alcohol, general disobedience–and how we are to react as parents in requiring obedience or tolerating behavior contrary to the commandments. I expect there will be plenty of discussion over that one in the coming months–what are your initial reactions?
From Elder Hales:
“However, we must be careful not to constrain His influence. When we do not do what is right, or when our outlook is dominated by skepticism, cynicism, and irreverence toward others and their beliefs, the Spirit cannot be with us. We then act in a way that the prophets describe as the natural man.”
Bloggernacle mass repentance will begin at approximately 4:05 PM MST.
“However, it begins to appear possible upon understanding that … we are not alone.”
Even though right now you’re on your own…(with apologies to Matsby)
From Elder Kent D. Watson, speaking on temperance:
“…a temperate soul–one who is humble and full of love–is also a person of increased spiritual strength. With increased spiritual strength, we are able to develop self-mastery and to live with moderation. We learn to control or temper our anger, vanity, and pride. With increased spiritual strength we can protect ourselves from dangerous excesses and destructive addictions of today’s world.”
Elder Andersen’s sophomore talk as an Apostle is a great one–focusing on the need to allow ourselves to be wrapped in the arms of the Lord through repeated repentance and humble faith. The entire conference center seems to have a different feeling with Elder Andersen speaking; his voice and presence invoke a feeling of respect and reverence. It’s a neat feeling.
President Packer is delivering his talk from his chair on the stand. Some of these men have been around for so long that they take on an aura of permanence, of immortality. Seeing President Packer sitting–and other recent events, such as Elder Wirthlin & Elder Nelson at the rostrum, President Faust, and President Hinckley’s cane–reminds me that these Prophets and Apostles are mortal men, with the same difficulties, both physical and otherwise, that we all experience.
From President Packer:
“Learn to pray. Pray often. Pray in your mind, in your heart. Pray on your knees. Prayer is your personal key to heaven. The lock is on your side of the veil. And, I have learned to conclude all my prayers with ‘Thy will be done.’”
Very touching last remarks from President Packer–testifying in a very personal way of President Monson’s role as President of the Church, and pleading for prayer on behalf of President Monson, his wife Francis, and his family. The closeness and decades-old friendship between those two great men was very bare and open for everyone to see there.
That’s all for this session, folks! Men, go iron your white shirts and get your lazy butts to Priesthood meeting in two hours. See you then!
And please–be courteous in driving.