Thomas S. Monson (president of the high priesthood)
- “Let us not be critical and judgmental—let us be tolerant.” So does this put a fork in sacrament meeting speakers using the “we first endure, then pity, then embrace” line ever again, then?
- “None of us is immune” to an unexpected calling. Uh-oh…
- And we’re done—ponder on what’s been taught, be good, and be better than you were before.
David A. Bednar (of the quorum of apostles)
- There is a relationship between receiving a testimony of Jesus Christ and being converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Any honest seeker of truth can gain an testimony and become converted.
- Speaking of which, given the way he just pulled out textual parallelism in his use of the phrase “honest seeker”, i suspect that he is, as is so often the case, delivering an address that's intended to be read more than heard.
- Testimony is the beginning of full conversion.
- Testimony is important, but insufficient to give us enough spiritual strength—we need to be converted.
- From my oldest: “Didn’t he give this exact same talk last year?”
- I know this makes me evil and all, but strained interpretations of the parable of the ten virgins really do nothing for me.
Don R. Clarke (of the quorums of seventy)
- What do we think about during the sacrament? Well, when i’m taking the sacrament, i’m generally thinking about whether my youngest is taking the opportunity to crawl under the seats.
- We should care about the sacrament—it’s not just a chance for a (really, really tiny) snack in the middle of church.
- By cleansing yourself through the sacrament each week, you ensure that after you die, your spirit will be clean.
Daniel L. Johnson (of the quorums of seventy)
- We need to become like Jesus, which is not easy (though necessary).
- Trials aren’t limited to things like death of a loved one or the loss of a crop, but can include worldly popularity, artistic or athletic talent, or such.
Marcus B. Nash (of the quorums of seventy)
- What is it about Mormons and faith/mountain analogies?
- How long has it been since we’ve had a Martin and Willie handcart company story in conference?
- Wait a minute! “The Lord’s antidote for doubt is” [drum roll] belief? I mean, isn’t that kinda tautological?
Russell T. Osguthorpe (general president of the Sunday school)
- And here’s the official rollout of the church’s new youth curriculum. (And it’s about time, i say.)
- Teaching as an active work, not a semi-passive pursuit.
- The one who learns has to decide to learn, but they have to be taught by those who can teach.
- “We want our youth to understand.” (May have gotten a word or two wrong, but the content is correct.)
- Someone online just pointed out that a new curriculum is absolutely needed, what with Missionary Training Center stays being shortened.
Richard G. Scott (of the quorum of apostles
- Wow—Sunday afternoon, and this is the first extended mention of temple work?
- Interesting idea, that doing both family history work and proxy temple work for those you find brings you “both halves of the blessing”.
- Don’t selfishly hold on to names for proxy work, let others help out.
- I love it when he talks about his wife. You can hear the love and pain and joy in his voice. It’s always a good reminder that these aren’t just guys in suits, they’re real people.
Robert D. Hales (of the quorum of apostles)
- Is it just me, or is he looking a lot healthier than he did last conference?
- The grace of God is important, don’t ignore it!
- This is sounding like it’s going to be the obligatory general conference “no, we are Xian, so there!” address.
- Good question: Given that we are Xians, “what kind of Xians are we?”
- He’s framing this as a call to repentance for all Xians, not just Mormons. Interesting.
- I’m quite liking this address. That makes four favorites by now.
- Lots of explicit calls to (temporal and spiritual) service this conference, aren’t there?
Opening couple of choir songs
- Okay, what’s with the amazingly slow arrangements? MoTab was all upbeat and cheery yesterday, and today they’re trying to put me to sleep.
[didn’t catch the name], opening prayer
- Okay everybody, admit it, you all said “amen” after the first time he said “in the name of Jesus Christ”, didn’t you?