The living Christ, a living Prophet – Conference Conclusion


This video, while intended to introduce conference, provides an equally compelling conclusion to this marvelous event.  A powerful introduction and testimony by Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the Living Christ and a living prophet.




And here it is in text format:

A general conference of the church is a declaration to all the world that Jesus is the Christ.  That He and His Father, the God and Father of us all, appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith, in fulfillment of that ancient promise.  That the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth would again restore His church on earth, and again come in like manner as those Judean saints had seen him ascend into heaven.

This conference, and every other conference like it, is a declaration that he condescended to come to earth, in poverty and humility, to face sorrow and rejection, disappointment and death, in order that we might be saved from those very fates as our eternity unfolds.  That with His stripes we are healed. 

This conference proclaims to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people his messianic promise, that his mercy endureth forever. 

To all of you who think you are lost, or without hope, or who think you have done too much, that was too wrong, for too long.  To every one of you who worry that you’re stranded somewhere on the wintery plains of life and have wrecked your handcart in the process.  This conference calls out Jehovah’s unrelenting refrain “my hand is stretched out still.”

I testify of this reaching, rescuing, merciful Jesus.  That this is His redeeming church, based on His redeeming love.  It is no trivial matter for this church to declare to the world prophecy, seership, and revelation, but we do declare it.  It is true light shining in a dark world.  And it shines from these proceedings. 

And that as those in the Book of Mormon declared, “There came prophets again among the people, who were sent from the Lord to speak it, yeah, there came prophets in the land again”.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Jeffery R. Holland
Quorum of the 12 Apostles

Stand close together, and lift where you stand


President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the first presidency, gave a brilliant address tonight in the General Priesthood meeting.

He recounted a story of a number of priesthood holders who were asked to move a piano from the sacrament meeting room into the cultural hall of a local chapel.

The several men that were attempting to move this piano were having an awful time trying to figure out how to properly balance it while moving it.  Many ideas were tried, but to no success.

At long last, a friend of his said simply “Everybody stand close together, and lift where you stand”.

Sounding simple enough, they tried the approach, and sure enough, the piano was stable, balanced, and was easily moved.

Pondering those simple words later, he realized the tremendous lesson held within them.

All we have to do is stand close together, each of us in our place, and lift, where we stand.  Whatever our role, whatever our calling, whatever our talents, whatever our positions, if we each will simply “lift” where we stand, we will have the power to do great things, and move the work of the Lord along.

As he strongly and eloquently emphasized that we should not aspire to something greater than our current position, thinking that somehow we’d have a better impact somewhere else, nor should we shirk and hide from callings the Lord would offer us.  At the source of each of these is selfishness.

Instead, we must each serve in the capacity to which we have been called, exerting the greatest possible effort. For the Lord has assigned us to that position for a wise purpose in Him, and we should trust in the Lord, and serve Him fully, with full purpose of heart.

He made the highly quotable comment: “The Lord loves the noble servant, not the self serving noble.”

How simple, but how great is this counsel to stand close together, and lift where we stand.


Pres. Monson’s advice…Learn, Do, Be


Tonight in the Priesthood session of General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson, our living prophet gave us this simple, but inspired counsel.

1. Learn what you should learn.
2. Do what you should do.
3. Be what we should be.

You can click the image above to view a larger image that can be used as a desktop wallpaper.  The drawing is done by Nathan Sharp, whose work I cover here.

You can listen to his talk (as well as others from the October 2008 General Priesthood Meeting, very soon here.


Conference Countdown – Engaging your children

New General Conference Activity Pack!

Believe me, I know how it goes (I’ve got 6 “childrens” myself), so I’ve been there.

You get all settled in to enjoy conference and then spend all your time preventing the mini-disasters that naturally result from a roomful of kids watching anything other than Sponge Bob Square Pants.

As comical as it is (if you were a bystander, they weren’t your kids, and you didn’t really care what the prophet was trying to tell you), it sure would be nice if they’d “shhhh”, at least just a bit so you could hear.

Even better, if there was some way to get them involved, and help them keep their little (emphasis intended) attentions focused through the drier parts.

Now there is.

Perhaps you’ve seen these circulating in prior conferences, but if you haven’t, there’s an UNOFFICIAL “General Conference Activity Packet” you can download and print for your kids (actually, print an extra copy for yourself, it, uh, helps if they see you do it too… 😉

The packet contains all kinds of great activities that keep them engaged, like…

  • Identifying the prophet and his counselors
  • Coloring the ties of those who talk,
  • Mazes
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Matching the apostles photo to their name
  • Apostle name matches, and word search
  • Scripture matching
  • Deciphering hidden messages
  • Topic Bingo

And much more.

You can access (download and print) the General Conference Activity Packet direct here.  Also, there’s a good memory matching game with the apostles photos here.

Be sure to visit the author’s blog here (thanks again, and nice work).