Good morning! A beautiful crisp morning as Lloyd Newell works his magic. We will continue with our live coverage of today’s conference. Photos and other commentary to come. Sneak peek: two members of the First Presidency will speak this morning. Just a reminder, as Lloyd Newell wraps things up, that you can also join us simultaneously on Twitter.
Eliza R. Snow looks on as the choir sings in the Conference Center.
Thank heavens “Sweet Hour of Prayer” only has two verses–otherwise, it could be like 24, and take a whole hour.
So happy to hear the acknowledgment of Palm Sunday!! Maybe we’ll even sing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”!
One thing President Uchtdorf does really nicely is to keep a metaphor running through his talks–lots of sports ones today.
“Brothers and sisters, we have to stay with it. We don’t acquire eternal life in a sprint–this is a race of endurance.”
“Discipleship is a journey. We need the refining lessons of the journey to craft our character and purify our hearts. By patiently walking in the path of discipleship, we demonstrate to ourselves the measure of our faith and our willingness to accept God’s will rather than ours.
It is not enough merely to speak of Jesus Christ or proclaim that we are his disciples. It is not enough to surround ourselves with symbols of our religion. Discipleship is not a spectator sport. We cannot expect to experience the blessings of faith by standing inactive on the sidelines any more than we can experience the benefits of health by sitting on a sofa watching sporting events on television and giving advice to the athletes. And yet for some, ‘spectator discipleship’ is a preferred if not a primary way of worshipping.”
He’s awfully good at powerful conclusions, too!
“Let us remember on this Palm Sunday, during this Easter season, and always, that the restored gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has the power to fill any emptiness, heal any wound, and bridge any vale of sorrow. It is the way of hope, faith, and trust in the Lord. …I bear my solemn witness that Jesus the Christ lives. He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He is the promised Messiah. He lived a perfect life and atoned for our sins. He will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope; He is our salvation; He is the way.”
I wish the folks outside holding signs could come inside to hear this.
Up next: Elder Andersen (see, I finally remembered he’s not Swedish, and spelled his name right :))
It’s nice to hear the real sacrifices of families for church service honestly acknowledged.
I also like the way that he has spoken of Elder Wirthlin both yesterday and today, of his self-effacing diligence–I don’t remember hearing a new apostle explicitly talk about his predecessor quite that way before.
“The keeping of covenants in this day of destiny will be a badge of honor throughout all the eternities.” Nice.
“We are not alone…” There has been a really nice thread of ecumenism running through the talks this conference.
I love this story of Robert Gardner–it”s everything that baffles and delights me about Latter-day Saints, makes me feel happy to be part of this tribe and completely unworthy and alien from it, all at the same time.
“Just a few years later…one [friend] remarked, ‘I am glad to see you so well recovered from being broke. You are nearly as well off as you were before you lost your property and went on your mission. Robert’s history records:
My reply was: “Yes, I was well off once and it all went off, and I am almost afraid of another [mission] call.” Sure enough, a few hours later some of my neighbors, who had been to a meeting in Salt Lake City called in and told me that my name was amongst a number of names who were called today to go south on a mission to make a new settlement and raise cotton. We were to start right away. I looked and spit, took off my hat and scratched [my head] and thought and said; “All right.”
(I hope my kids didn’t catch the spitting part).
Sister Thompson: “Each of us is in a different family situation.” Such a simple sentence, so much damage control!
“We must be ‘fixed in our purpose’ as we seek to increase in faith and personal righteousness, strengthen our families and homes, and serve the Lord and His children.” What a good, solid talk.
Incidentally, “The Time is Far Spent” is an ERS text. It would be good to say so.
I’ve always loved Elder Holland’s talks–he just gets better and better, I think.
“…one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey bought us great company for our little version of that path–the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, and friends. All of these and more have been given us as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone or unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, “I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you.]”
“My other plea at Easter time is that these scenes of Christ’s lonely sacrifice, laced with moments of denial, abandonment, and, at least once, outright betrayal, must never be reenacted by us. He has walked alone once. May I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without aid and assistance, that never again will He find unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along his via dolorosa in our present day. As we approach this holy week–Passover Thursday with its Paschal Lamb, atoning Friday with its cross, Resurrection Sunday with its empty tomb–may we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times, but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear.”
Hard to type through the tears on this one.
UPDATE: Steve wants me to note that I’m the weepy one. —Kristine
OK–I’m not supposed to post spoilers, but seriously, if you have children, you may want to fast forward to the closing hymn. The stories of dying babies are too much for me.