This is the final session of the 2013 April General Conference
They have a woman giving the opening prayer for the session. This is the first time in 183 General Conferences that this has happened. Yesterday was the first time a woman has ever given the closing prayer. Women had been lobbying the Church to be allowed to say some of the prayers prior to this conference, and the Church has listened to them. She makes it count, might be a conference record for longest opening prayer. It was a good three minutes long.
Jeffery R Holland is going to be the first speaker. When facing a challenge, the first reaction should be strength. Any testimony you have gained should be honored, and then built on. When facing a challenge, you do not start by pondering all the testimony that you don’t have. Focus on what you do have, but do not pretend to have more than you have. Be kind in regards to human frailty, to both yourself and others. Everyone has a job within the church, and they are all volunteers. Treat them with respect. Do not be afraid to ask for help. He closes with a powerful testimony.
Dallin H Oaks is going to be the next speaker. Mormons are Christians. We must stand for what we believe in. Some people try to hard to fit in, and end up compromising what they actually stand for. Jesus taught that man must cleave his parents, and cleave to his wife. We also must love and forgive one another, even our enemies. We should be generous, give fast offerings. We also do humanitarian aid. We are to preach to gospel to others. Even when the church was new and poor, one of the first things we did was send people on missions. We should all follow our Savior.
Christoffel Golden Jr speaks next. We need to seek greater understanding of God, and the nature of the Godhead. Jesus is Jehovah, the God of Israel. He is a separate being than his Father in Heaven, he refers to him as a separate person all through the scriptures. They are united in purpose. We are all children of a loving heavenly family, who know us, and love us.
The next speaker is Enrique R Falabella Many parents wish there was a school for parenting. But there is, its home. He got married, but because the Temple was too far away, they had to settle for a earthly marriage, which was “till death to us part” They did what they had to do to make it to the Temple, to get their eternal marriage. In order to contend, there must be two people. As long as you refuse to be one of those people, there won’t be contention in your life. We must know and love the scriptures.
Erich W Kopischke is going to be next. We can love people who make mistakes. Being accepted by good people motivates us. Some people try to hard. Either to be accepted, or to get a certain position. Seeking acceptance from the wrong sources or reasons can put us on the wrong path. In order to accepted by the Lord, we must do three things. We need to know our hearts are honest and broken. We need self reflection to do this. We must have a contrite spirit. We must be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit and to act. We must observe our covenants through sacrifice.
Bruce D Porter begins with a description of the Last Supper. Jesus knew things were about to get difficult. We also understand we are going to face difficulties. We do not need to fear the future. God is with us. Faithful Latter Day Saints find safety in the church. He recalls a friend who was a very positive person. Even in a dark storm, he was singing. Even when times are dark for us, we can still sing.
D Todd Christofferson comes to the podium. He talks about him immigrants would often serve as indentured servants to help pay for their journey. He calls these redemtioned servants. Jesus is our redeemer. He paid the cost for our return to God. We can help others come to Christ. The Saints have already given generously. Both as part of the Church, and on their own.
President Monson will give the final address of the conference. We are urged to study the messages from conference again. He thanks those who have given service. We are asked to be good neighbors. Reach out to others, be tolerant and kind. Follow the Saviors example in how to treat others.