With City Creek not open to Sabbath breakers, it was an effort to find lunch. Sunday pm coming up . . .
Apparently, hymn tempo is decided by the TV people. DFU conducting, Elder Perry up first. Look for his tie.
Elder Perry: The Power of Deliverance
“As we study and prepare and participate [in studying the Book of Mormon in Sunday School this year], may we be motivated to share our love of this special scripture with others not of our faith.”
“Prophecies foretelling the life and mission of Jesus Christ promise us the deliverance that He will provide. His Atonement and Resurrection provide all of us an escape from physical and spiritual death, bringing with it the blessings of eternal life.”
“In contrast to the beautifully designed beliefs for us in the Holy Scriptures, we find the opposing forces of secularism engaged in challenging the longstanding beliefs in the holy writings; writings which have given us guidance through these many centuries in defining the eternal values and standards for our conduct through life.”
“Neither the Bible nor the Book of Mormon in and of themselves is sufficient. Bot are necessary for us to teach and learn about the full and complete doctrine of Christ.”
“We can be delivered from the ways of evil and wickedness by turning to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. The Savior is the great deliverer for He delivers us from death and from sin. I testify to you that much of the Book of Mormon’s greatness stems from its harmony with the Holy Bible.”
Elder Ballard: That the Lost May Be Found
“Brothers and Sisters, we have available to us a tool even more remarkable than the best GPS. Everyone loses their way at some point, to some degree. It is through the promptings of the Holy Ghost that we can be brought safely back onto the right path; and it is the atoning sacrifice of the Savior that can return us home.”
“It is our homes and families that need reforming in this increasingly materialistic and secular world. A stunning example is the growing disregard for marriage here in the United States. Earlier this year the NYT reported that: “‘more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.’”
“Equally worrisome is the ever growing gap between rich and poor and between those who strive to preserve family values and those who have given up on doing so.”
“Prosperity and education seem to be connected to a higher likelihood of having traditional families and values.”
[(In the United States?)
Cause and effect? Religious commitment = temporal success.]
“If we will devote ourselves to the cause [of our families] we will improve ever other aspect of our lives and will become, as a people and as a Church, an example and a beacon for all the peoples of the earth.”
“We may be relatively small in number, but as members of this Church we can reach across these widening gaps. We know the power of Christ-centered service that brings together God’s children regardless of their spiritual or economic status.”
“The Church is a mooring in this tempestuous sea, an anchor in the churning waters of change and division, and a beacon to those who value and seek righteousness.”
[Remember, quotes are inexact and sometimes abbreviated. Check transcripts later.]
“What can we do to avoid becoming lost? First, prioritize. Put everything you do outside the home in subjection to and in support of what happens inside your home. Organize your personal lives to provide time for prayer and scripture and family activity. Give your children responsibilities in the home that will teach them how to work.
Second, do things in the right order. Marriage first, and then family. Trust the power of God to guide you.
Third, husbands and wives, you should be equal partners in your marriage. Avoid unrighteous dominion in any form.
Finally, use the family resources of the church. In raising children, families can draw upon the help of the ward.”
Elder Haleck: Having the Vision to Do
“The Savior saw more in those humble fishermen whom he called to follow him than they saw in themselves; he saw a vision of who they could become. With that vision, these faithful and devoted disciples were able to do hard things as they traveled to preach the gospel and establish the Church after the Savior departed.”
“Before the Savior departed, understanding that we will need help, He said, ‘I will not leave you comfortless.’ The Holy Ghost can empower and motivate us to do the things that the Savior and our modern-day prophets and apostles teach.”
“We experience hard things in our lives that can sometimes diminish our vision and faith to do the things we should. …We must focus our vision on the Savior and His teachings. The Savior has a great vision of who we can become.
As we gain a vision of ourselves as the Savior sees us, and as we act on that vision, our lives will be blessed in unexpected ways.”
Elder Wilson: Only upon the Principles of Righteousness
“The Doctrine and Covenants explains that the right to use the priesthood in the home or elsewhere is directly connected with righteousness in our lives.”
“We lose our right to the Lord’s Spirit and to whatever authority we have from God when we exercise control over another person in an unrighteous manner. Compulsion builds resentment. It conveys mistrust, and it makes people feel incompetent. Learning opportunities are lost when controlling persons pridefully assume they have all the right answers for others.”
“Women, too, may exercise unrighteous dominion, though the scriptures identify the problem especially with men.”
“Unrighteous dominion is often accompanied by constant criticism and the withholding of approval or love.”
“If parents hold onto all decision making power and see it as their right, they severely limit the growth and development of their children. Our children are in our homes for a limited time. If we wait until they walk out the door to turn over to them the reins of their moral agency, we have waited too long.
Wise parents prepare their children to get along with out them.
Helping children exercise their agency properly requires teaching them how to pray and receive answers to their prayers. In raising our family, we decided that our most important goal would be to help our children establish their own connection to heaven.”
“An additional and tragic side effect of unrighteous dominion can be a loss of trust in God’s love. I have known some people who were subject to demanidng and controlling leaders or parents, and they have found it hard to feel the very love from their Heavenly Father that would sustain them and motivate them along the path of righteousness.”
If we are going to help those in our stewardships make the all-important link with heaven, we must be the kind of parent and leader described in Doctrine and Covenants Section 121. President Eyring: “‘Of all the help we can give to young people, the greatest will be to let them feel our confidence that they are on the path home to God and that they can make it.”‘
“Even if you’ve been mistreated in the past, I know the Lord wants you to come unto Him. All are loved. All are welcomed.”
Elder Evans: Was It Worth It?
“My counsel is the same that President Monson has given so many times from this very pulpit, ‘Never delay a prompting.’”
Elder Pieper: To Hold Sacred
“Choices related to the sacred and the secular are choices of relative priority, not exclusivity.”
Elder Andersen: What Thinks Christ of Me?
“In this turbulent environment, we rejoice in being disciples of Jesus Christ. Being a disciple in these days of destiny will be a badge of honor throughout the eternities.”
“Our journey of discipleship is not a dash arond the track, or even a lengthy marathon. It is a life-long migration toward a more celestial world.”
“Wherever you now find yourself on the road of discipleship, you are on the right road, the road toward eternal life. Together we can lift and strengthen one another in the great and important days ahead.”
“Discipleship is believing in Him in seasons of peace, and believing Him in seasons of difficulty, when our pain and fear are calmed only by the conviction that He loves us and keeps His promises.”
“Miracles are not always so immediate. But as we trust in the Savior, promised miracles will occur. Whether in this life or the next, all will be made right.”
President Monson: As We Close This Conference
“If there are disagreements or contentions among you, I urge you to settle them.”