As with the rest of these, entries for the session are arranged from the bottom up, with the first speaker at the end of the post and the final speaker at the top of the post—so now you should scroll to the bottom of this post and start reading upwards.
Thomas S. Monson (president of the high priesthood)
- The major theme for the whole thing: We need to have the courage to stand for our beliefs, even if it means standing alone.
- With that, he told an interesting story with him having the courage to stand alone for his beliefs—only to find out that he wasn’t actually alone.
- He also noted that if we stand alone on the side of good, God still stands with us, so we’re not actually alone.
Henry B. Eyring (of the first presidency)
- If we ask whether we’re prepared for a priesthood assignment, the answer is always: Yes.
- Interesting idea: Part of our preparation process in this life is to re-learn our premortal preparation.
- Another interesting thing: He reminded everyone (leaders, particularly, i think) that God trusted Joseph Smith when Smith was an inexperienced (and, to all appearances, unprepared) teenage boy.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf (of the first presidency)
- Our personal, family, and church actions should spring from the two great commandments—or, in other words, welfare principles.
- If you focus on spiritual commandments while ignoring temporal commandments, you’re not doing it right.
- What he said, essentially, was that “I got mine” isn’t just feckless, it’s a gateway to hell.
- This may be evil of me, but when he started saying that if someone is in need then helping out is the responsibility of each one of us individually, well, i started thinking about old speeches by Eugene V. Debs.
- Anybody cheering with me for his statement that exactly how welfare principles are put into action will differ depending on where you are?
W. Christopher Waddell (of the quorums of the seventy)
- One of his claims: Sacrifice is made in vain if there isn’t an application of it. I don’t think that the example he used to illustrate the point was valid, but i suspect that he’s right anyway.
- Lots of stuff about how serving as a full-time missionary is important, including that God has specific experiences, contacts, companions, &c. set up for us. I have to ask whether that means that God sets up mission companionships for full-time missionaries where one half of the companionship has decided they’ve done enough, and they’re too tired to go out and preach any more—’cause if so, i’m still trying to figure out why that was an important experience.
Keith B. McMullin (of the presiding bishopric)
- Interesting description of what it means to be “born again” in the Mormon scheme of things.
- He told the young men (this is priesthood session, remember) that if they’re born again and do good, the young women will adore them and strive to be better themselves. I think i’m going to have to ask my daughters what they think of that before i accept that claim…
Jeffrey R. Holland (of the quorum of apostles)
- When an apostle starts out with “I wish to speak rather candidly tonight”, you sit up and take notice. I don’t know that i heard anything that quite merited that preface, though.
- He pointed out that we often gloss over Joseph Smith’s confrontation with Satan immediately before the first vision, but it’s useful to remember it, and that it tells us that Satan is real.
- Not groundbreaking, but interesting nonetheless: Satan knows he’ll be defeated, but but is determined to take down as many as possible with him when he loses.
- His claim: A missionary can’t be unrepentant of sins and then expect to be able to successfully call others to repentance for those same sins. Is that true, though? I’m not sure, given the Holy Spirit’s propensity to back up truth in whatever context.
- An explicit salute to those who have wished to serve as full-time missionaries and have been worthy to do so, but were unable to do so due to health or other reasons beyond their control.
- And the church certainly has lowered some of the barriers to older couples serving as full-time missionaries, hasn’t it? They can even fly home (albeit at their own expense) for big family events like weddings and such now—nice to see a recognition that people can have a personal life even if they’ve devoted a time in their life to God, you know?