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~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Last night and this morning we had Stake Conference. Instead of assigning speakers like usual, the stake presidency asked each member to come prepared with a talk, and they called on speakers from the congregation in both sessions to speak on the spot. Honestly, if I hadn't known, I never would have guessed that the speakers didn't know they were going to be speaking, they were so well-prepared! It sounds kind of mean to put so many hundred people through that anxiety, but the idea was that all the members would come up with something meaningful, spend time studying it out and growing personally, and come to the meeting prepared to teach and learn.

Usually I just keep my notes to myself and don't really read them again, but this time I keep feeling like I should post my notes from stake conference instead of keeping them hidden away in my little blue notebook. So here they are! I don't know who most of the speakers were...so they're nameless :)

  • do justly, walk humbly, judge righteously, that you may always have His Spirit to be with you
  • it is important to God that we be recorded, remembered, nourished
  • as oft as they sought forgiveness with real intent, they were forgiven

This next one was easily my favorite talk
  • Mark 4 gives several parables
  • our lives are stories we live. we find the meaning and make our parable. No matter the parable, the outcome is the same. Something is threatened and needs to be saved, fixed, or found. We are that something. And there is always someone who saves it or is looking or fixing. 
  • Peace be still. and there was a great calm
  • think of the story of Christ calming the storm. When the storms come in our lives and toss our little ship, He is there. No matter what the storm, make your life a parable and tell how you called on the name of Christ and were saved. "Master, carest Thou not that we perish?" He is in our ship, and even when it looks like He is sleeping and unaware, He is still there, waiting to be asked, and He will calm the storm and save us

  • Satan's tools are distraction, diversion, and procrastination

Richard Edgely of the Presiding Bishopric asked the congregation to tell personal lessons they have learned from adversity:
  • God knows us and wants us to learn and will bless us as much as possible without taking the trial away
  • sometimes it's going to be tough, and you just need to learn to make the best of the situation
  • there is always a silver lining. there are miracles in your life
  • sympathy and compassion are learned from trials and help us understand and serve others better
  • adversity teaches you how to deal with adversity
  • there are lessons to be learned from our adversity, but perhaps the most important is that God is with us

His response to the question from the congregation, "how do you handle situations with homosexuality in immediate family members?"
  • you love them. always. and teach them how to live appropriately
  • there are many heterosexual people who have strong sex drives and are single and they have to learn to control it too.
  • homosexuality is a struggle. love those who struggle with it, do not treat them as any less because they struggle, and do not talk badly about them to children or other family members, but do not tolerate the sin

His response to a request for advice for parents on how to deal with sons who do not want to receive the priesthood
  • I don't know, let me know when you find out because I'm trying to figure that one out too
  • have patience. 
  • don't blame yourself; this is just the way some of these kids come.
  • don't force them or you will start a rebellion. 
  • live your covenants. be an example for them. love them.

Sunday Session conglomeration of notes:
  • he likes turtles. they don't go very fast, but they only look forward and always move forward. This is what valiance is
  • consider the blessed and happy state of those who keep the commandments of God
  • God wants us to succeed
  •  try to share your testimony every Christmas season
  • it really doesn't take any more time to be a missionary than to not be a missionary
  • be more "rescue-minded"

Richard Edgely again
  • we are called to serve; our entire life is that calling
  • we are driven by our testimonies, we sustain our leaders, that is what moves this church forward
  • how are we nurturing our testimony? What condition is it in?
  • now is our moment to shine and reach out, speak out
  • those who really know us respect us and defend us
  • there may be parts of the ride or parts of the package cruise deal that you don't like (a meal, performance, etc), but stay on the good ship. Don't jump out in the water when you know you want to go see other attractions, eat more meals, sleep, etc. that are a part of the cruise, just because of the one thing you didn't like. Don't leave the church because of one petty offense, or because of a sin, or something else. Stay on the good ship.

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure Bishop Edgley came to a stake conference while I was in Louisiana and he had them do the same thing: everybody prepare a talk, get called on from the pulpit. It's kind of a crazy idea, but awesome at the same time. I suppose he does it all over. :)