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Communication beyond Words

April 25th, 2017 by G.

There is a form of communication that transcends the power of words

thus Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

All that is best transcends the power of words. All that is best goes beyond our descriptions of it. There is always a remainder.

But just as the body can be a vessel for a spirit, words can be a vessel for that which transcends words.

Other Posts from the Sunday Afternoon session of the October 1975 General Conference

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April 25th, 2017 07:30:01

Congratulatory Criticism

April 18th, 2017 by G.

There is something deeply difficult, deeply right, and deeply Mormon about being very pleased with what people are doing but encouraging them to do better still.

God bless all of you who are deeply engaged in this program. And if it isn’t quite up to par, bring it there, will you?—in every ward and branch and stake and mission. And let us come nearer to the accomplishment of what the Lord has given us to do.

-thus President Kimball.

I might say the same for all of you.  You can do better, but you guys are great.

Other Posts from the Welfare Session of the October 1975 General Conference

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April 18th, 2017 07:38:56

Step 3 General Conference

April 04th, 2017 by G.

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I was looking for Step 3 insights at General Conference. Boy did I find them.

 

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April 04th, 2017 07:30:24

Literal Selflessness

March 07th, 2017 by G.

The gospel has a universal message.  Breathtakingly universal.

Here is the opener from a First Presidency proclamation that Elder Benson read out in conference:

 

To all the Kings of the World;

To the President of the United States of America;

To the Governors of the several States;

And to the Rulers and People of all Nations:

The message goes on to say that the church and the priesthood are for all of them. (more…)

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March 07th, 2017 08:30:56

The Laborer is Labored Upon

February 28th, 2017 by G.

President Kimball gave a very President Kimball talk at the Friday morning session of the October 1975 general conference.  It was titled “the Time to Labor is Now,” and it was all about cleaning up your place, planting some fruit trees, and eating a little food that you had grown with your own hands.  The talk is the boiled down essence of one of the distinctive facets of Mormonism.  Reading it is like a free tour to a cultural monument. (more…)

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February 28th, 2017 07:54:16

Real Christianity is Contagious

February 21st, 2017 by G.

The way that can be said is not the true way.

Neal A. Maxwell is a mine.  Every sentence is a sermon.  (more…)

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February 21st, 2017 08:30:35

The Symbol of Our Worship

February 14th, 2017 by G.

He then asked: “If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?”

I replied that the lives of our people must become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship.

thus Gordon B. Hinckley, from the Sunday morning session of the April 1975 General Conference. This anecdote was meaningful to him, and he brought it up more than once later.

We of course must be those symbols ourselves. But we must also surround ourselves with saints. Surround ourselves with symbols of Christ. It lifts up the soul.

Other Posts from the Sunday Morning Session of the April 1975 General Conference

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February 14th, 2017 08:30:23

Rebellion to God is Rebellion to Self

February 07th, 2017 by G.

Being a Christian is hard. Let’s not kid around. The more seriously you try it, the harder it gets, until you reach the breakthrough. The idea that religion is a bunch of harsh rules that require abject submission to a harsh and demanding God is a caricature–but it is a caricature that every faithful man will experience at some point. (Almost everything is the experience of knitting together a series of caricatures.)

But there is a point to it all. When we are learning to submit to God, not least we are learning to submit to our own will. We are not eliminating our own agency and our own desires. We are taming them until they can be brought into the whole. We are ensuring that some irruption of will or desire now doesn’t make that will or desire unworkable forever. Submission now preserves all of our full characteristics for the eternities. Obedience to God is saying that every part of ourself is too precious to ever lose.

Character is determined by the extent to which we can master ourselves toward good ends. It is difficult to say just what builds good character, but we know it when we see it. It always commands our admiration, and the absence of it our pity.

-thus Elder Tanner

Other Talks from the Priesthood session of the April 1975 General Conference

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February 07th, 2017 07:50:00

Peace with Muscles

January 31st, 2017 by G.

John C. Wright has announced the Last Crusade. It is mostly silly, of course. But on the other hand, it is what most of us who have children are already doing. One has to stand against the great maw of modernity that is gaping wide to eat your kids up. It is easy to be gloomy and despairing about it.

In a 1975 conference talk, Brother H. Burke Petersen recited the usual gloomy statistics. Divorce, illegitimacy, and so on. They are all much worse now.

Then he turned to the words of the Lord. (more…)

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January 31st, 2017 08:30:44

All

January 24th, 2017 by G.

In Brother Hales’ first conference talk, he told how he had accepted the call.  He had originally been asked to be a mission president, and because his personal, business, and family affairs were in order, he was free to obey.

A few weeks later the phone rang again. This time it was a man whom I have greatly admired—Brother Arthur Haycock. I spoke to him briefly; and then, the prophet’s voice—distinctive, clear, the clarion call.

“Brother Hales, do you mind if we change your mission?”

I had thought I was going to the London England Mission. But I figured someone else would have that call, and I said, “I will be glad to go to whatever place you send me.”

He said, “Do you mind if we change it to Salt Lake City?”

And I said, “No, that will be fine, President.”

“Do you mind if it is little bit longer than three years?”

“However long you want it, President.”

“We would like a lifetime of service.”

-thus Brother Hales.  This story of unquestioning obedience is the centerpiece of a talk on free agency.  “Free to obey” is a good summary.  The kind of freedom you have on vacation is great.  But the kind of creative freedom an artist has to pursue their vision, to improve their vision, to cleanse the inner vessel and express more truly the inner fire, is a better freedom.  That is the kind of freedom the man of God has.

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January 24th, 2017 08:30:19

More Practical Mormonism

January 17th, 2017 by G.

Tools are beautiful. Even the words for tools and their parts have a charm to them. Tang, ferrule. They are most beautiful when you know their use because you have used them, such that your hula hoe has some hint of ripe tomato in your mind. (more…)

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January 17th, 2017 08:30:44

Canning Jar Mormonism

January 10th, 2017 by G.

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I have probably said something snide about “checklist” Mormonism a time or two.  But rules, checklists, and practicality have the same relationship to spirituality that flesh has to spirit.  The former provides form, content, and meaning to the latter.  The former is often the best route to the latter.  Eating is more important than studying nutritional principles.

I have read and written breathless little sermons on the spiritual value of gardening.  The glories of creation and all that.  I love them.

But the Mormon says, “Why should you garden?  For the cheap vegetables.” (NB: it takes a fair amount of mental independence these days to grow cheap vegetables. Much of the gardening advice out there will get you growing very expensive vegetables indeed.) (more…)

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January 10th, 2017 08:30:29

A New Aristocracy

December 13th, 2016 by G.

How can you not check out a general conference talk titled “The New Aristocracy“? (Saturday morning, October 1974, Elder Faust).

It did not disappoint.

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December 13th, 2016 08:28:27

The Rally will Come

December 06th, 2016 by G.

Who’s losing? asks Elder Ashton in the Saturday Morning session of the October 1974 General Conference. Answer: no one. We all will win if we will.

Proper attitude in this crisis-dominated world is a priceless possession. Never before is it more important for all of us to move forward with conviction. We may be behind, but we are not losing if we are moving in the right direction. God will not score our performances until the end of the journey. He who made us expects us to be victorious.

He who made us expects us to be victorious. (more…)

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December 06th, 2016 08:30:11

The Savior’s Program for the Care of the Aged

November 29th, 2016 by G.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone spoke on helping the old at the Friday afternoon session of the April 1974 General Conference. It was a very Mormon talk. It had throat-catching personal stuff, and a little chastisement, and some practical programmatic advice. I loved it. I love the Saints and the way they are.

Two things caught my eye. (more…)

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November 29th, 2016 08:30:46