Thoughts on General Conference
Here's a few of my randomly assorted thoughts on conference. Most of this is paraphrase:
President Hinckley: It was a relief to see that, during the priesthood session, he spoke-out so strongly against gambling. It's been getting to the point where it almost seems socially acceptable among college-age LDS guys. I'm glad he talked about it.
A few notable points he made were: 1. Gambling is any game of chance that offers something for nothing. 2. Gambling is morally wrong. 3. The deterioration of the man occurs for both the winner and loser alike. 4. In general, do not "fritter away your time in aimless pursuits" of which gambling is only one.
Elder Lynn G. Robbins: Mercy can't rob justice, neither can it rob sacrifice. (Meaning that even though we're mostly poor college students we're not exempt from sacrificing either monetarily or otherwise.)
Elder Robert C. Oaks: We've got "AWOL" priesthood holders--Absent Without Leave. At one point these men humbly allowed someone in authority to lay his hands on their head and confer upon them the priesthood, yet now they're estranged from the Lord's church. ("AWOL" -- What a great way to phrase it.)
Never squander your priesthood power by wallowing in the filth of pornography.
President James E. Faust: Success is most often obtained by persevering than by anything else.
President Thomas S. Monson: He shared a great poem. It was something to the effect of ...
I slept and dreamed that life was joy
I awoke and saw that life was duty
I went to workÃ¢â‚¬â€
Duty was Joy
Elder M. Russell Ballard: We must place greater emphasis on worthily ordaining our young men to the offices of deacon, teacher and priest.
Elder L. Tom Perry: Too many are too comfortable with their current lifestyle of secularism.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: The main focus of Jacob's sermon was on evil acts contemplated--not evil acts committed. Pornography strangles the life out of relationships. Do not use your purchasing power to support any sort of pornography. Young women: dressing immodestly is becoming pornography.
Elder Robert J. Whetton: Do you love others as much as yourself? To retain a remission of your sins you should administer to the downtrodden. Are you a blessing in other people's lives?
Many members believe that converts who fall away do so because they really didn't have a testimony, but studies show that this is not typically the case. Fellowship should be extended by all in the ward. Love is the first and great commandment.
Elder Adhemar Damiani: We must pass through trials in order to be prepared to receive the Lord's glory.
Elder David A. Bednar: "The tender mercies of the Lord are real, and do not occur randomly or by coincidence." You and I ultimately decide whether we are chosen. The Lord's work: Moses 1:39. Our work: D&C 11:20.
President Hinckley (again): Our children can associate with those who are not members of our faith and yet remain steadfast. (Does the attitude he's combating here deeply bother anyone else?)
(BTW: While writing this I found that I just now got a lot more out of conference. Funny how that works.)
In all, I thought it was a wonderful conference. I loved Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Bednar's talks. I'm excited to have them as apostles. It's evident that they each really have received an apostolic mantel.
What did you guys think of conference?