This is the final session of General Conference. The last session is always one of mixed emotions. There’s been a lot to think about that I really haven’t had time to process. But I also know after this session, it’s a full 6 months until the next one. President Eyring is conducting. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is performing again. Sometimes I wish I could sing. I mean, I enjoy it, but I’m just not that musically gifted. I’m mostly content just singing along when no one can hear me.
The Apostle Robert D. Hales is up first! His nephew is a member of our ward. Christians take on the name of Christ, and receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. We are called on to leave our nets, to forsake earthly concerns, and follow Christ. We must deny ungodly behavior. This change, conversion, is only possible through the Savior. We should be humble before Christ, and he will make weak things strong. Even if you are faithful, there will be challenges and disappointments. Little bit of a Dejavu moment here. We should keep the commandments. Serve in our callings, and be good neighbors. Rescue those who are lost, go on a mission, visit the Temple. Like the prodigal son, we must decide for ourselves to come home.
The Apostle Richard G Scott is up now. Baptism for the dead is essential so everyone on earth can have the option to come unto Christ. The worthy deceased can still have a chance. We are responsible to research and baptise our own family members. It’s not easy for everyone to get to Temples. Do the best your can, but submit your family history. Other’s love going to the Temple, but don’t do enough of their own family history. You get the most joy from doing both. For people who love computers, family history work might be a productive use of their time. There are currently 12 million reserved named. Meaning a family member has found them, wants to perform their ordinances themselves, but haven’t done it yet. If you have more names than you can do, it is appropriate to open the names up for anyone to do.
The Sunday School President, Russell T. Osguthorpe is now up. We should not just learn what the Savior taught, but how he taught. We can’t just learn, we have to act on what we learn. Conversion is not easy, full conversion is even harder. We are always invited to learn more.
Marcus B Nash of the Seventy is up. He likens coming unto Christ to a difficult climb. We need faith to climb. Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things. There are sacrifices and trials. We must faithfully endure. Satan tries to get us to not believe. Even the original Apostles, who lives with Christ, had doubts. If your faith is faltering, you have to be even more obedient, while you are going through your challenges.
Daniel L Johnson of the Seventy There was a bad storm that killed many crops in Mexico. The local Temple debated cancelling a session, as many of the Temple workers were among those who lost their crops. They did not cancel, and all of the workers reported for duty. The farmers tried to replant, but one worker did not have the land to do so. He was given help by his fellow workers. Pride is to be avoided. What do we do when challenges strike? By being obedient, we are becoming disciples of Christ.
Don R Clarke of the Seventy As a Young Man, he was asked what he thought about during the Sacrament meeting. They had to write it down, and he realized he was not thinking about Christ enough. We should have a feeling of gratitude to the Savior. Remember we are renewing our baptismal covenants. We should repent of our sins at the start of each meeting, so when we leave, we can feel clean. We can receive inspiration for how to deal with specific problems. We can partake of the sacrament worthily.
David A Bednar, of the Twelve is now up. A testimony is a gift from Christ, anyone can gain one. We must ask and seek with intent. Even those who are strong in faith have to go through a process to gain a testimony, and truly convert to the Church. True conversion requires a total commitment. Believe in the teachings and prophecies. According to Samuel the Lamanite, you convert by; exercising faith, repenting, experience a mighty change of heart, become strong and steadfast in the faith. We all might posses weapons of rebellion in our own souls, which we must give up. No one else can give us a testimony.
President Monson rises to the podium to make his final comments. He thanks everyone who helped make Conference happen. He asks us to continue to learn and ponder the talks that were given. We are asked to be examples of loving kindness. To pray to be able to meet the needs of those around us. We should be joyful. We should seek to live worthy lives, so that we might return to Heavenly Father.
The Choir sings “God be with you till we meet again” And conference is adjurned.
I’ll give some more commentary on this tomorrow. I still have to finish my own conversion story, and then there are some different topics I have planned for the next few blogs.