Welcome to BCC’s continuing coverage of the 180th Annual General Conference. Up next: The Priesthood Session, brought to you by Old Spice: We’re Men!
Elder Oaks speaking first, on the importance of blessings and healings (did you see Stapley’s ears perk up?). He addresses healing the sick by three modes:
1. Medical Science
2. Prayers of Faith
3. Priesthood blessings
This is a great topic–our newest permablogger, Aaron R., wrote a post some weeks ago about this very topic, so hopefully it resonates with many of us.
Well, that’s just fantastic–I typed a lengthy quote, and then the Internet connection cut out. Spectacular.
Oh, Elder Rasband. He is one of my favorite GAs for the simple reason that he is the only who has ever put me in a head lock. When I was a missionary in Finland, he came and spoke and after it was over, he came over and spoke privately with my companion and I for a few moments–we were in a position of leadership in the mission, and he had asked me to say a few things during the meeting earlier, so we were already familiar with each other. After giving me some general instruction, he put his arm around me, then squeezed and moved up until I was literally in a head lock, and he whispered in my ear a few last bit of counsel. Some time I’ll do a post about what he said, but not now.
Very interesting to hear Elder Rasband describe the process of how mission calls are assigned. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the process described before, at least not this intimately.
“Elder Eyring bore his witness to me of the love the Savior has for each missionary assigned to go out into the world and preach the restored gospel. He said that it is by the great love of the Savior that His servants know where these wonderful, young men and women, senior missionaries, and senior couple missionaries are to serve.”
Am I wrong in my understanding that we just heard something really, really amazing/fascinating/interesting? That entire talk just blew my mind–it is the kind of talk I love–the sort where the speaker is answering a question in great detail that you would love to ask, but assume they’ll never answer; in this case, the nitty-gritty details of mission call assignments.
Everything you ever wanted to know about David L. Beck, from the Young Men’s General Presidency.
Airplane or No Airplane: You make the call!
“Patience–the ability to put our desires on hold for a time–is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and bitter.”
Personally, I love the fact that President Uchtdorf is talking about that YouTube video of the kids and the marshmallows. I wonder what else he watches on YouTube (other than Mormon Messages, of course!)
“As the Lord is patient with us, let us be patient with those we serve. Understand that they, like us, are imperfect. They, like us, make mistakes. They, like us, want others to give them the benefit of the doubt.”
All those present who suddenly feel guilty, please right-click.
Also, if you thought President Uchtdorf was going to skip talking about airplanes, you were wrong. Pilot story….NOW.
From his early days in training to become a pilot, he relates the following:
“As I was running I began to notice something that, frankly, troubled me. Time and again, I was being passed by men who smoked, drank, and did all manner of things that were contrary to the gospel and, in particular, to the Word of Wisdom. I remember thinking, “Wait a minute! Aren’t I supposed to be able to run and not be weary?” But I was weary…”
“Patience is a godly attribute that can heal souls, unlock treasures of knowledge and understanding, and transform ordinary men and women into saints and angels. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit.”
President Eyring: Act In All Diligence
Looks like we’re talking Duty to God-ish stuff this evening.
“The pattern from the new Duty to God booklet…is to learn what the Lord expects of you, make a plan to do it, act on your plan with diligence, and then share with others how your experience changed you and blessed others.”
This quote from President Eyring resonates with me tonight–I’ve been thinking about this very much of late:
“You have seen such examples of great priesthood servants. Tonight I will try to tell you about what I have learned about them. It begins with their learning to know whose service they are in and for what purpose. When that goes down into their hearts, it makes all the difference.“
Hey–Chris H! Wake up! He’s speaking to the Melchizedek Priesthood now. Eyes open!
And here is the money quote from President Eyring:
“When I find myself drawn away from my priesthood duties by other interests and when my body begs for rest, I give to myself this rallying cry: ‘Remember Him.’ The Lord is our perfect example of diligence in priesthood service. He is our captain. He called us. He goes before us. He chose us to follow Him and bring others with us. This evening I remember Him and it stirs my heart. This is the Saturday night before Easter Sunday when we remember His resurrection. I remember His example in the days before.”
Okay, one more because President Eyring is just a rockstar tonight in this talk:
“I close now with this counsel to the Lord’s priesthood servants. Ponder deeply and diligently in the scriptures and in the words of living prophets. Persist in prayer for the Holy Ghost to reveal to you the nature of God the Father and His Beloved Son. Plead that the Spirit will show you what the Lord wants you to do. Plan to do it. Promise Him to obey. Act with determination until you have done what He asked. And then pray to give thanks for the opportunity to serve and to know what you might do next.”
Okay, one more talk: President Thomas S. Monson, PsR, and then it’s time for a break until tomorrow morning.
President Monson: “Preparation Brings Blessings”
Looks like this address is geared mainly to younger men–preparing for missions, For the Strength of Youth pamphlets (Yes, I know it’s equally applicable to adults, too. Especially the part about R-rated movies), temple marriage preparation, dating, and such.
Other bullet points:
-“Everyone needs good friends”
-“Honesty is the best policy”
-Dress appropriately and neatly
-Treat others kindly and with dignity
-“How you speak and the words you use tell much about the image you choose to portray”
-Pr0n is bad
-Movies, music, TV–don’t be afraid to walk out.
-WoW: Hard drugs, wrongful use of Rx drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea, and Peeps destroy our physical mental and spiritual well being.
(President Monson didn’t really include Peeps in his list, but he should have, so I added it myself.)
The money quotes from President Monson:
“When you were confirmed a member of the Church, you received the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He can help you make good choices. When challenged or tempted, you do not need to feel alone. Remember that prayer is the passport to spiritual power. If any has stumbled in his journey, there is a way back. The process is called repentance. Our Savior died to provide you and me that blessed gift. Though the path is difficult, the promise is real: ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.'”
Well, that about does it for the Priesthood Session. Feel free to share any of your thoughts and reactions–or else just go back to the previous threads and endlessly debate the meaning of Elder Christofferson’s mention of “social justice” if that sounds like fun instead.
Either way, be back tomorrow morning for more.