Brother Cordon’s Step 3 talk also had some implied insight into the setting of the Book of Mormon. (more…)
My ears perked up at this:
“If you’re not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so.”
At 1:22 in.
What…? You wanted him to say “Thus saith the Lord”?
General Conference yesterday was great. Check out Elder Sabin’s talk if you missed. Inspiring and funny. Looking forward to more today.
Something I noticed yesterday was how the gospel synthesizes modern liberalism and conservatism in some ways. For instance, liberalism tells us that youth is great because revolution, the future, reject the dead hand of the past, etc. And because liberalism is all about the latest thing and jumping on fashion trends. Conservatism counsels order, hierarchy, respect for age and wisdom, waiting your turn.
Meanwhile, Elder Brough(?) talked about letting youth lead as much as possible, even though they would be worse at it, because they need the growth.
How can you not check out a general conference talk titled “The New Aristocracy“? (Saturday morning, October 1974, Elder Faust).
It did not disappoint.
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…)
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…)
President Hunter taught that faith and testimony are steps towards experiencing the presence of God . . . in this life. No need to wait.
He is right.
Those who have seen the face of Christ in mortality are blessed, not because they have seen the face of Christ in mortality, but because they have seen the face of Christ.
My brothers and sisters, I should like to speak of and to a particular group of important individuals. These are they who fully intend, someday, to begin to believe and/or to be active in the Church. But not yet! These are not bad individuals, but good individuals who simply do not know how much better they could be. Such individuals often stay proximate to—but do not participate fully in—the Church. They will not come inside the chapel, but neither do they leave its porch. These are they who need and are needed by the Church, but who, in part, “live without God in the world.”
To such individuals, in the brief, imploring invitation which follows, be assured there is a real craving for your companionship and a genuine need for your unique strengths.
Sunday afternoon, April 1974 General Conference. Elder Maxwell’s first talk. I read it expecting his typical verbal kinesthetics.
Instead, I reverently stopped at this phrase:
Appreciation for a splendid woman, Colleen, a wife for all seasons, who has made our home a haven.
A wife for all seasons. (more…)
We were dressed in our home each morning, not only with hats and raincoats and boots to protect us from physical storm, but even more carefully our parents dressed us each day in the armor of God. As we would kneel in family prayer and listen to our father, a bearer of the priesthood, pour out his soul to the Lord for the protection of his family against the fiery darts of the wicked, one more layer was added to our shield of faith. While our shield was being made strong, theirs was always available, for they were available and we knew it.
The communion of the Saints is a phrase nowhere found in scripture. But the idea is found there. Even more, it is found in the lived experience of the Saints. We soon find a sense of kinship and fellowship with other Saints both living and dead. (more…)
Two points define a line, three points define a theme, and two to three witnesses establish a truth. (more…)
I have a love-hate relationship with my cellphone. Sometimes I loath the thing.
Saturday night, sitting outside in the cool dark, reading the latest John C. Wright Cobweb and Moth book in the gentle glow of the screen, I felt reconciled to it. I was eating a ripe apple from my dad’s orchard. In the dark, I could pay full attention to the flavor. My children were asleep. My wife was writing a letter. My happiness was high. (more…)