Sunday Morning Session Open Thread: NFL Edition! #ldsconf #twitterstake

I really enjoyed yesterday’s sessions.

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. I very much enjoyed chatting with him yesterday.

President Eyring:

There is but one plan of happiness. That plan is to follow all the commandments of God.

When sins are forgiving, HE can remember them no more.

Success in marriage will require the presence and guidance of the Holy Ghost.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

The 10 Commandments

Love the Lord is the greatest commandment.

We offend God when we serve other gods.

Our theology starts with “Heavenly Parents.”

The law of the state does not trump God’s law.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson (General YM President):

New morality is just the old immorality.

As you are converted, you will have a desire and conviction to share with others.

Elder Richard Maynes:

Building our spiritual endurance.

Elder Richard G. Scott:

The Atonement brings personal strength to the children of God.

There are long-term and short-term consequences of sin.

We need to build fortifications against the memory of our past guilt.

President Monson:

President Monson remembered his wife Frances who passed away shortly after the last General Conference.

We will pull through challenges if we make the Gospel of Jesus Christ the center of our lives.

Mormon Tabernacle finishes things up with “We Thank Thee O’ God For a Prophet.”

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

    Pres. Eyring is getting choked up. Blake, watch out! :)

    • Blake Surerus

      That is how I know it is gonna be a great talk.

  • Blake Surerus

    Forgiveness does not always come quickly….but it comes.

  • Blake Surerus

    So no turning down any callings.

  • Blake Surerus

    Pres. Eyring always has such tender stories about his parents.

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

      His father’s signature is on Neal A. Maxwell’s master’s thesis.

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

    “Well it is over isn’t it?” :)

  • Blake Surerus

    Wow, he only heard his mom cry twice!?

  • Blake Surerus

    We need the help of God AND time to become polished.

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

      It is not instant oatmeal.

  • Blake Surerus

    This is a pretty amazing promise from President Cannon. He has prepared a way for each of us to achieve salvation. He has also provided angels to keep watch over us.

  • Blake Surerus

    Here come the tears.

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

      They are always there!

  • Blake Surerus

    Get ready for a talk on religious freedom here.

  • Blake Surerus

    Political correctness. Boom!

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

      The word makes me cringe. He also mentions family and cultural traditions. I think that covers a range of things along with political correctness.

  • Blake Surerus

    Sounds like this is the Church’s response to the DOMA ruling in June.

  • Blake Surerus

    I read this study. I wonder how much is due to economy and not decaying moral standards.

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

      There is never one factor. It is a complex soup.

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

    To be honest, like Elder Christopherson’s talk, I will hold off on comment on specifics of this talk. To be honest, I think there are a range of religious AND secular reasons to worry about some of these trends.

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

    Ah, gay marriage. Not a matter of whether he would talk about it, but when.

    • Blake Surerus

      There is danger in focusing only on the gay marriage aspect. There also needs to be a discussion of the nature of homosexuality. I can see how many people will use this talk to justify their decision to treat LGBT individuals improperly.

  • Blake Surerus

    Wow! Are you a moral coward? Strong language.

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

    But how is free religious exercise being infringed? This has not been clearly explain to me.

  • Blake Surerus

    I cannot even fathom being a poor widow and be asked to give up your child.

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

      No kidding!

  • Blake Surerus

    This principle of exercising faith before living a commandment was a major struggle for those I taught on my mission.

  • Blake Surerus

    New morality=Old immorality

  • Blake Surerus

    I really do think the new youth teaching program is a step above the previous plan. Allows youth to learn the gospel in their own way.

  • Blake Surerus

    Shorter Sis. Oscarson: You can’t convert someone else beyond your own conversion.

  • Blake Surerus

    Rest hymn!

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

      A rest hymn about working! No fair! :)

  • Blake Surerus

    Sidenote: Elder Scott was one of the three Apostles I met on my mission. I remember that he was very short.

  • Blake Surerus

    Do you think we saw in the pre-existence the things that we would have to go through to be saved?

  • Blake Surerus

    Quality of our eternal future is dependent on our personal endurance in this life.

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

    Basketball!!!

  • Blake Surerus

    Which is more difficult physical endurance or spiritual endurance?

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

      I am not sure if I am good at either one! :)

  • Blake Surerus

    Darn, I have been doing this whole conditioning thing wrong!

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

    That is a powerful family history story! Wow.

  • Blake Surerus

    This story seems like it is really designed for those who have lost missionaries this past year.

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

    My wife mentioned that Sister Mayne (left behind with the 8 children) is also a hero to remember.

  • Blake Surerus

    Hear that. Idaho youth are impressive.

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

      Or in need of extra guidance…

  • Blake Surerus

    Elder Scott talking about the Atonement. A good combination.

  • Blake Surerus

    The story of the people of Ammon goes to show how covenants may or may not extend to future generations.

  • Blake Surerus

    The Lord sees weaknesses different than rebellion.

  • Blake Surerus

    Elder Scott pointing out that we need to build fortifications against the memory of our past guilt.

  • Blake Surerus

    Repentance is NOT punishment.

  • Blake Surerus

    Fill your life with service to others.

  • Blake Surerus

    Elder Scott’s talk proving once again that every word of the Book of Mormon is important, even the war chapters.

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

      Good point.

  • Blake Surerus

    This song gives me goosebumps.

    • Blake Surerus

      In a good way.

  • Blake Surerus

    President Monson is a journal keeper.

  • Blake Surerus

    Behind every great Priesthood holder is an even better woman.

  • Blake Surerus

    Has Shem commented about Pres. Monson’s ears yet?

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

      Nope! He must not be paying attention…:)

  • Blake Surerus

    Pres. Monson is the go to person when it comes to giving deathbed comfort.

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

      He has a lot of experience with such things. I think I have heard this story. I love these stories.

  • Blake Surerus

    That is amazing faith to ask for a blessing that you can’t even hear.

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

    We lost or cable feed…right after Pres. Monson said, “Amen.” Hmmm :)

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

    “We Thank Thee O’ God For a Prophet.”

  • Blake Surerus

    Lots of great counsel in this session. I can’t wait for the afternoon session.

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

      Thanks for joining me! I am looking forward to this afternoon as well.


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