Priesthood Session Open Thread: Televised Edition! #ldsconf #twitterstake

I really enjoyed today’s earlier sessions.

Tonight’s priesthood session is the first priesthood session that has been widely broadcast. Tonight, one can watch from church or on BYU-TV or online…live.

I am hoping to hear from those who are watching from home. I would particularly love to hear what any women watching think (or what do the women watching with you) think about the session.

Please join me in the comments! All are welcome.

I would invite you to register with Disqus. Otherwise, it will have to approve each individual comment…and that can be tedious for everyone.

Again, I am being joined by my former student Blake. Blake is a Yankees fan, recent law grad, from Idaho, and currently a Gospel Doctrine teacher. Despite all of that…I love him and appreciate his willingness to share with us his insights. Anyone who has heard me lecture..and still can stand me…must be a patient and charitable guy.

President Eyring is conducting.

Elder L. Tom Perry:

First thought when preparing his talk was memories of primary teacher from when he was a boy.

Memorizing the Articles of Faith does no good without knowing/understanding the doctrines and principles, his teacher taught.

Elder Perry taught about a range of the basic doctrines in the Articles of Faith and testified of them.

Bishop Gerald Causee:

“You will go, I will say.”

There are no strangers, only brothers and sisters in the Church.

Shared story from Les Miserable of the Priest offering sanctuary.

Elder Randy D. Funk:

Elder Funk is talking about full-time missionary service.

Come unto Him and offer you whole souls.

Prepare as well as you can and know that Heavenly Father will magnify your efforts.

President Uchtdorf:

“Opa, you can do it now!”

“Godly sorrow inspires change and hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

President Eyring:

Remember that you are not the priest or the Levite who passed on by.

“He stopped because he had compassion.”

President Monson:

The service of home-teaching.

“Above all be a friend to the individuals and families you visit.”

See y’all tomorrow!

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  • Nancy Ross

    Dear LDS Church, please let the women in!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      I am sure all the power brokers read my blog. :)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Nancy, will you be watching? I am always up to some virtual company.

      • Nancy Ross

        Not sure.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

          it is starting now. Not sure if you want to watch?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    Oh, a creepy food storage commercial!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    I am currently joined by Todd (13) and Lyndee (not stating here really young age).

  • Blake Surerus

    Here in the comfort of my home watching Priesthood Session on BYUtv with my 7 week old daugter.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Everything is better on the couch…in shorts. :)

  • Blake Surerus

    I wonder if Elder Perry still remembers the names of the Quorum of the Twelve when he graduated from Primary?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    So we have been doing the memorization of the Articles of Faith for a long time.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    True Doctrine is like a cell phone with the battery removed. This is why you cannot remove the battery from an iPhone. It is true.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Wait…I got lost. :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    “We respect the government of each country we enter.” Even when Obama is president? No way!

  • Blake Surerus

    The 12th article of faith must be a difficult thing for those Saints who live in Communist nations and dictatorships.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Actually it is easy. They do not have a choice. :) (only half kidding)

  • Blake Surerus

    Do we know where Elder Causse is from? France?

    • Blake Surerus

      I was right. First GA from France.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

        Born 1963, Bordeaux, France. I updated the post, too. It is Bishop Causse of the Presiding Bishopric. Was previously in the Seventy.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    “You will go, I will say.” My son said that when we decided to leave Wyoming.

  • Blake Surerus

    “We live the higher law of love”. Love those who love us and those who hate us.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    Les Miserable!!!! I love European General Authorities.

  • Blake Surerus

    While many wards and branches are very welcoming, I have heard of some wards which are not so friendly to those who are “different”.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      There is ALWAYS need for repentance.

  • Blake Surerus

    Unity is not acheived by putting labels on those who are different.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      I alway label myself first…not likely helping either.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    Randy D. Funk is a pretty cool name.

  • Blake Surerus

    Too much hairgel.

  • Blake Surerus

    I don’t know how comfortable I would be with my mission president discussing me in General Conference.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Depends on which story he was sharing. :)

  • Blake Surerus

    It’s Utchdorf time!

  • Blake Surerus

    President Utchdorf could have used a LifeAlert.

  • Blake Surerus

    We do not become champions without failing and making mistakes.

  • Blake Surerus

    Difference between sorrow for sin and despair is a very fine line.

  • Blake Surerus

    Don’t focus only on the daily successes and failures. Look forward with an eye of faith.

  • Blake Surerus

    No matter how many times you have slipped or fallen…RISE UP!

  • Blake Surerus

    Shorter Pres. Eyring: The Elders are very good at moving.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      They really are!

  • Blake Surerus

    The Parable of the Good Samaritan=Reality for a modern day Priesthood holder

  • Blake Surerus

    One of my favorite parts of General Conference…Prophets dissecting Jesus’ parables

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Applied interpretation.

  • Blake Surerus

    Sometimes we need to ask for compassion for others

  • Blake Surerus

    This is an important point: Priesthood leaders need to ponder who can help and who would benefit from not serving.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    The Good Samaritan parable point to the importance of loving action over title, authority and position.

  • Blake Surerus

    President Monson giving the ultimate lesson on Home Teaching. You can bet this will be on the 4th Sunday schedule of lessons.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    I love this story!

  • Blake Surerus

    Moral of the story: Make an appointment. If you don’t, you might end up teaching 3 Apostles.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Especially if you home teach a general authority.

  • Blake Surerus

    Also: Don’t just go for the stats.

  • Blake Surerus

    So HT really is an “assigned friendship”.

  • Blake Surerus

    I am always amazed at the number of stories President Monson can recall. He must be an amazing journal keeper.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      He has done a lot of service. He is also a people person. I think that is part of it.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

    Thanks, Blake! It was fun.

    • Blake Surerus

      Lots of humor. It was a great session.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

        Yeah, it was laid back and upbeat.

  • Blake Surerus

    Thoughts on watching Priesthood Session from home: Definitely more distractions, but enjoy the freedom of being able to use social media to share the messages.


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