Sunday, April 12, 2009

General Conference (179b) Highlights for Me

All in attendance, I'm sure, find their own favourite talks.
These are mine, along with a quote from each I wish to remember.
  • Robert D. Hales - "We may want to ask ourselves, 'Is the benefit temporary, or will it have eternal value and significance?'"
  • Kevin W. Pearson - "As patterns of obedience develop, the specific blessings associated with obedience are realized and belief emerges."
  • Richard G. Scott - "I encourage you to establish your own goal of how frequently you will avail yourself of the ordinances offered in our operating temples. What is there that is more important than attending and participating in the ordinances of the temple? What activity could have a greater impact and provide more joy and profound happiness for a couple than worshipping together in the temple?"
  • Dieter F. Uchtdorf, quoting Joseph B. Wirthlin - "The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities."
  • Neil L. Anderson, referring to President Monson's words - "The Lord will shape the back to fit the burden placed upon it."
  • Jeffrey R. Holland - "With all the conviction of my soul I testify that [Jesus Christ] did please His Father perfectly and that a perfect Father did not forsake His Son in that hour. Indeed, it is my personal belief that in all of Christ’s mortal ministry the Father may never have been closer to His Son than in these agonizing final moments of suffering. Nevertheless, that the supreme sacrifice of His Son might be as complete as it was voluntary and solitary, the Father briefly withdrew from Jesus the comfort of His Spirit, the support of His personal presence. It was required; indeed it was central to the significance of the Atonement, that this perfect Son who had never spoken ill nor done wrong nor touched an unclean thing had to know how the rest of humankind—us, all of us—would feel when we did commit such sins. For His Atonement to be infinite and eternal, He had to feel what it was like to die not only physically but spiritually, to sense what it was like to have the divine Spirit withdraw, leaving one feeling totally, abjectly, hopelessly alone."
  • Dallin H. Oaks, quoting Elder John A. Widtsoe - "We cannot walk as other men, or talk as other men, or do as other men, for we have a different destiny, obligation, and responsibility placed upon us, and we must fit ourselves [to it]."
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