Welcome to By Common Consent’s live coverage of General Conference. We will be updating this post throughout the session, providing commentary, quotes, and photography as events unroll. For more up-to-the-minute coverage, please see our live coverage on Twitter.
It would appear that the swine flu has wiped out a significant portion of the Tabernacle Choir. There are only about 30 people in the stands. No music. Just spoken word. Okay. I was wrong. The MoTab just started speaking and is in fine form!
5 new temples: Brigham City, Florida, Chile, Japan, Brazil. Wow–Brigham City is amazing–the Logan temple is only about 20 minutes away…thoughts?
“What can you do to enhance your capacity to be led to correct decisions in your life?…What are the potential barriers to such communication that you need to avoid?”
“Spirituality yields two fruits. The first is inspiration, to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do it.”
Very interesting remarks regarding the Sunday School instructor who used lessons as an opportunity to impress people, rather than to teach by the Spirit.
My wife is uploading photos now!, so stay tuned!!
Bio Information for Elder Clayton:
* Born 1950 Salt Lake City, Utah
* Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a child; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
* Mission to the Andes (Peru) 1970-1973
* Married Kathy Ann Kipp 1973, Salt Lake Temple; seven children
* Branch President, Bishop, High Councilor, Regional Representative
* First Quorum of the Seventy 2001-present
* Presidency of the Seventy 2008-present
Fun Fact: Elder Clayton is the brother of my Stake President. They look and sound almost exactly the same. Wonderful, wonderful men.
[PHOTO THREAD JUST POSTED ON BCC]
From Brother Osguthorpe’s talk, “Teaching Saves Lives.”
“When inspiration comes, do I close the manual and open their eyes and ears and hearts to the glory of God?”
Elder Bednar up now: “More Diligent and Concerned at Home”
Alright, bloggernaclites! Fess up! Who among you has told the congregation how much you love your spouse and children, and that you don’t tell them such enough? How many of you make the leaders of our Church squirm?
Final speaker just announced as President Uchtdorf. What themes have you seen in the morning session? From my seat, communication with God through the Spirit has been the message–both for our own spiritual benefit, as well as for others through teaching and missionary efforts.
Absolutely beautiful statement from President Uchtdorf:
“Since the beginning of time, love has been the source of both the highest bliss and the heaviest burdens. At the heart of misery from the days of Adam until today, you will find the love of wrong things. And at the heart of joy, you will find the love of good things.”
What an amazing sermon on love. I had a hard time focusing on blog/Twitter…just so thoroughly powerful and engrossing. President Uchtdorf simply outdoes my very high expectations every single time he speaks.
And the choir sends out with Come, Come Ye Saints. All is well! Thanks to all who contributed. Don’t forget to check out the last few new pictures that my wife just put up, and let’s all meet back here in a couple of hours, okay?
(Also, please remember to be courteous in driving.)