I have a feeling they will all be unanimous in the affirmative. New Sunday School Presidency, and two of the members are serving missions as Mission Presidents.
Elder Russell M. Nelson
Hysterical woman freaks out during some plane turbulence, probably to the same degree we’ve all endured. Husband apologizes after the flight and reveals that he comforted his wife by saying, “Don’t be scared, Elder Nelson is on this flight so it can’t crash!”
When we speak of faith, it is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Putting hopes, faith, and devotion in sports teams or in other worldly things will always result in being let down. Placing faith in Christ will always allow our faith to be upheld.
“So many people look only to their bank balance for peace.”
Whether it emulates from a scientific lab or from religious learning, truth is truth!
“God’s laws must ever be our standards.”
When dealing with controversial subjects, we should counsel the Lord first and we should liken all of the scriptures to ourselves.
We ought not to segment our lives into things like “my private life” and “my religious beliefs.”
“Even if everyone is doing it, wrong is never right.” “Whoa unto them that call evil good and good evil. That put darkness for light and light for darkness.”
“Immorality is still immorality in the eyes of God.”
Elder Richard G. Scott
My wife loves Elder Scott so much It’s cute.
Shockingly, Elder Richard G. Scott was raised in a home by non-member and less active parents. His grandmother used to write talks for him and his brother! Eventually, she would send over a simple outline instead of a full talk, requiring more work from her grandchildren. Sounds like she was a HUGE part of his activity in the Church.
“When I marry, it will be to a faithful returned missionary in the Temple.”
Elder Scott’s wife and grandmother simply bore testimony of how wonderful it would be to do certain things. They never made it seem like he “sucked” for not having done such things.
“God’s purpose is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” That is what all of this is about. As you consistently focus your life on the most basic principles, you will have a clearer understanding of what to do.
Always seek to strengthen families, with a vision of having families sealed in the Temple.
Remember, we all grow line upon line. Keep your sharing of Gospel principles simple. This will facilitate the direction of the Spirit.
Elder Robert D. Hales
Here’s a thought: Aren’t glasses crazy? We’ve coped with bad eyesight by fashioning a small piece of glass to sit half an inch in front of our eyes to distort the things that are in front of us as a way to offset the distortion that our eyes already see. Glasses are to eyesight what a rotary phone is to telecommunication. It’s shocking that a small piece of melted sand held in place by small pieces of wire are how we cope with bad eyesight in the 21st century. Crazy.
Why do the saints of God practice selective obedience? Sometimes they can’t understand all of the “reasons” for commandments.
If you really want to follow the example of the Savior, you need to willingly choose to follow the commandments, just as Christ gave Himself willingly to be crucified. (This is probably the third time today that it has been pointed out that Christ gave Himself up willingly.
“Our love of the Savior is the key to Savior-like obedience.”
“It is impossible for others to modify God’s commandments.” The law to not kill protects all of God’s children, even the unborn.
Obedience is taught by example.
Be humble, be submissive, and gentle. Being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times.
Elder Claudio D. Zivic
When children are young, they often need to be coerced or supervised into making correct choices (like practicing the piano.) As children grow, though, it’s important that they gain a love of the gospel to make those changes by themselves.
Follow the counsel and commandments of the prophets and apostles. Following the trends of man will lead you away from your goals, but following the commandments will lead you back to Heavenly Father.
When Elder Zivic was hiking Arches National Park in Utah with his family, he was very anxious to reach the famous Delicate Arch. His family stopped to rest but he, being in a hurry to reach his goal before nightfall, went on ahead. In his hurry he became lost. When he finally returned and met up with his family, he discovered that they had reached Delicate Arch by simply taking their time and following the signs.
Elder W. Craig Zwick
Two things: Elder Zwick once drove a semi! He had an electrical failure in his rig and as he was laboring to stop the truck (but before the truck had stopped) his wife JUMPED from the truck, with their infant (special needs) son in her arms! WHOA!!
Sometimes we can rush to judgments and dive headlong into a situation without understanding what another person is thinking. We ought to consider the counsel of the scriptures regarding our speech with others. Speak with softness and words of compassion. We should be filled with empathy when we ask the question, “What are you thinking?” It doesn’t matter who is “more right.” It matters that we both listen to each other.
I love Elder Zwick. He is one solid man, and I loved when he spent time at my mission.
On a separate note, I need to make a salad because my sugar levels are dropping and I’m going to lose my ability to focus! That said, I may miss some of Elder Cook’s talk.
Elder Quentin L. Cook
The Savior was emphatic about baptism. “except a man be born of the spirit…”
Baptism for the dead. It is the priveledge of all the members of the church. The lord has given instructions to do baptisms for OUR dead. We need to do family history work and try to accomplish our families being together forever.
“There is hardly a principle that the Lord has revealed that I have rejoiced more in..” Wilford Woodruff
Technology has greatly accelerated the abilities to perform family history work. If the youth will go to the temple to perform baptisms for the dead, as well as do family history work with their families, they and the church will be greatly blessed.
65% of adults do not have all four grandparents listed.
We could not overcome death by ourselves, only the Savior could do that. But we can perform vicarious saving ordinances for our kindred dead, becoming saviors on Mount Zion!
More to come…including a Priesthood session that anyone can watch online