October 2016 General Conference Notes – Sunday Morning Session

Conducting – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Opening Hymn – In Hymns of Praise
Opening Prayer – Christoffel Golden
thomas-s-monson-largeThomas S. Monson – President
This is the truth!
Essential to the plan is our Savior Jesus Christ.
We need to know God’s laws and live them.
Let us live the truth that we might merit all that the Father has for us.
It is the one perfect plan to peace and happiness both here and in the world to come.
russell-m-nelson-largeRussell M. Nelson – President – Quorum of Twelve Apostles
None of us should be surprised when we see prophecy fulfilled.
Men are that they might have joy.
We are here to have joy.
Saints can be happy under every circumstance.
Joy has everything to do with the focus of our lives.
Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy.
For latter-day saints, Jesus Christ is joy.
Our missionaries teach others to bring joy to the world.
The Savior’s joy is constant, assuring us that our afflictions shall be but a small moment and consecrated to our gain.
Focusing on joy brings God’s power into our lives.
Anything that opposes Christ or his doctrine will interrupt our joy.
The philosophies of men are very apparent online and in the blogosphere that do exactly what Korihor did.
Every day that we keep our covenants and help others to do the same, joy will be ours.
Choir – On This Day of Joy and Gladness
peter-f-meurs-largePeter F. Meurs – Seventy
Increase the impact and power of participation in the sacred ordinance of the Sacrament.
We can begin our preparation of the Sacrament long before the meeting begins.
Participation in the Sacrament provides an opportunity to more fully yield ourselves to God.
A Sacrament experience can be enhanced when we arrive well before the meeting.
Focus on the words and the powerful doctrine taught in the Sacrament hymns.
The bread and water are blessed and sanctified for our souls.
Are we willing…?
Ponder and remember Him as the sacrament emblems are passed.
What will I do this week to better prepare for the Sacrament?
linda-reeves-relief-society-second-counselor-busath-1031309-gallery-noticeLinda S. Reeves – Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
*Repentance is real.
Whatever the cost of repentance, it is swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness. -Christofferson
Thy faith hath made thee whole.
You can feel Him. You can feel His warmness, and the bad feeling goes away.
In order to progress and become like Them, I need to repent.
Each accountable child of Heavenly Father needs repentance.
When we sincerely repent of our sins, they are truly gone without a trace.
Intermediate Hymn – I am a Child of God
m-russell-ballard-largeM. Russell Ballard – Quorum of Twelve Apostles
Our relationships with those around us and the Lord are the things that matter most.
Some disciples struggle to with church policy, history.
If any one of you is faltering in your faith, I ask, to whom shall you go?
If you choose to leave the church, where will you go? What will you do?
Things have a way of resolving themselves.
The restoration is not an event, but it continues to unfold.
Never abandon the great truths that were revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith.
Stop and think about what you have felt and why you felt it.
Just because something cannot be explained, doesn’t mean that it is unexplainable.
The plan of salvation gives life meaning, purpose, and direction.
Accepting and living the gospel of Christ can be challenging. It has always been thus, and always will be.
There is nothing wrong with pausing on the path when your circumstances require.
Refresh yourselves with the living water of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes we can learn, study, and know. But sometimes we have to believe, trust, and hope.
We must never neglect any of our brothers and sisters.
We are all at difference places on the path, and we need to minister to one another accordingly.
Just as we welcome new converts, so should we embrace those that have questions and are faltering in their faith.
I promise you in the name of the Lord that He will never abandon His church and He will never abandon any one of us.
*If you decide to leave the Church, where will you go…?
dean-m-davies-largeDean M. Davies – First Counselor, Presiding Bishopric
Worship is essential to our spiritual life.
We can learn much about true worship by examining how others worshipped in the presence of the divine.
Every day we have the opportunity to experience the wonder and awe of heaven.
When we worship in spirit we invite light and truth into our souls.
True worship transforms us into sincere and earnest disciples of our beloved master, Jesus Christ.
True worship leads to an unwavering determination to walk the path of discipleship.
We ponder God’s word and that fills our souls with light and truth.
As we worship our souls are refined and we commit to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
When we worship we open our hearts to the healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ.
Our lives become the token expression of our worship.
mormon-RobbinsLynn G. Robbins – Presidency of the Seventy
The scribes and pharisees never knew the joy of rescuing lost sheep.
We have tendencies to condemn others and judge unrighteously.
A righteous judge would respond to confessions with compassions and understanding.
Compassion doesn’t nullify the need for discipline.
Chasten = To purify.
Whom the Lord loves, he also chastens so that his sins may be forgiven.
Sacrifice is an essential part of discipline.
Sacrifice also acts as a healing balm to replace remorse of conscious with peace of conscious.
Reprove when moved upon by the Holy Ghost, not anger.
The way you see a child is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they will become.
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. -Thomas S. Monson
Choir – My Heavenly Father Loves Me
henry-b-eyring-largeHenry B. Eyring – First Counselor, First Presidency
*Gratitude on the Sabbath Day
One blessing for which we can be grateful is that we are there in that Sacrament meeting at all.
Another blessing we can count is that we have the opportunity to take the Sacrament each week.
Of all the blessings we can count, the greatest by far is the feeling of forgiveness that comes as we partake of the Sacrament.
The blessing of love we receive will make it easy for us to keep the commandment to always remember Him.
The Sabbath is also a perfect time to remember the convenient we made at the waters of baptism.
*Pres. Eyring once served in the nursery.
The Lord is building his kingdom quietly through his faithful and humble servants.
Begin today with a private and family prayer of thanks for all that God has done for you.
Your prayers will be answered and as you act upon them you will find joy in the Sabbath.
You will be fortified against temptation and doubt.
Closing Hymn – Come Ye Thankful People Come
Closing Prayer – Devon G. Durant

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