We’ve got a choir of BYU students providing the music for this session. Henry B Eyring conducting.
We’re going to start this session off with the sustaining of Church authorities and the annual report. So here’s some quick stats on the Church.
3005 stakes. 14.7 million members. Some 200,000 converts last year. 4 new Temples completed in 2012.
The Apostle Richard G Scott is the first speaker. Regardless of your family circumstance, you can focus your life on the Lord. Parents should lead, but children can help as well. Pray and study the scriptures daily. Have family home evening. Do not give in to the contamination around you. Satan cannot win, but he will try and take down as many people as he can. Cell phones and other technology are sometimes used for unholy reasons, or otherwise to waste time. But you can not put your scriptures in your pocket, so that’s useful. Love should abound in our homes. Welcome others into your home to help strengthen them. Recognize the good in others, not the stains. Build on their virtues.
The Apostle Quinton L Cook is the next speaker. He starts by talking about the Newton school shooting, and other places he’s been where there has been hardship. He told the story of how members in NYC went to the Stake Center during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Agency is essential to the plan of happiness. But it also allows for pain and suffering. We pray for universal peace, but it is through individuals that this can be accomplished. Peace does not need to be temporary, it can be a lasting state of mind. Peace does not come through leisure. We need to stay close to the savior. The Church can be a refuge. Priesthood authority is also important. He tells the story of the opening of the Fiji Temple, and the challenges in that country at the time of the opening. as hard as things get, peace can still be found.
Stanley G Ellis of the Seventy will speak next. You milk the cow when the cow needs to be milked, not when it’s convenient for you. We are not spiritual orphans, we are not alone. We already know the Lord’s way, and we have ways of learning more when we need to. We are taught to bloom where we are planted. It’s not necessary to move around. How we raise our children is more important than where. Rather than looking for where the church is already strong, maybe we should go somewhere else, where our help might be more needed.
John B Dickson of the Seventy is now up. The Gospel was originally for Israel, but shortly after Christ’s death, it was to be spread to the gentiles. Peter and Paul helped to spread the Gospel. In the 1800’s this church was restored. He then talks about the Priesthood being opened to all worthy males.
Apostle David A Bednar is up next, talking about the law of Chastity. We are all a part of our God’s plan. Our bodies are a necessary part of that plan. When Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden, God knew that he was not meant to be alone. Procreation is divinely appointed. Misuse of this power can be harmful to both God’s plan, and ourself. The fall of Adam and Eve has had profound implications for our physical bodies. Lucifer tries to confuse and mislead us. when we are virtuous, the Holy Spirit maybe with us.
Russell M Nelson is going to be the closing speaker. He talks about the increase in missionaries, and missionary work. We should be able to answer others questions about the Church. We should be good examples of our faith. The ordinances of salvation are available to everyone. The restoration has made many things possible. We can perform Temple ordinances for the dead. It is a great time, when much work can be done.