2014 General Conference Notes – Sunday Afternoon Session

Conducting – Henry B. Eyring

Opening Hymn – Lo, The Mighty God Appearing

Opening Prayer – David F. Evans

M. Russell Ballard

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Remember the rule, stay in the boat!

Through life we find challenges like white water rapids.

Comparing life to white water rafting.

Stay on the old ship Zion. – Brigham Young

God is at the helm and will stay there. – Brigham Young

How do we stay on the ship?

Experience a continuing conversion by increasing faith in Christ and faithfulness to His gospel.

Can ye feel so now?

The leaders of the Church will not, and cannot lead you astray.

Those who have become lost and confused have forgotten that the leaders of the Church speak for the Lord.

“Whether by mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”

Church leaders have been tutored by life’s experiences and by the Lord himself.

Church leaders are living far from inside a bubble.

Combined, the leaders of the Church have experienced it all.

“We are not out of touch, brothers and sisters, with your lives.”

Always wear a life jacket and hold on with both hands.

The scriptures act like a spiritual life-jacket, and help us know how to hold on with both hands.

Focus on studying, and living, and loving the doctrine of Christ.

We need to give ourselves to much prayer and fasting.

Stay focused on the simple things and avoid becoming distracted.

Many have lost their focus on the central truths of the gospel.

Fundamental truths are concerning Jesus Christ, that he died, was buried, and rose again on the third day.

Focus on the fundamental principles rather than the appendages.

Having questions and experiencing doubts are not incongruent with dedicated discipleship.

Members are always free to ask questions and earnestly seek greater understanding.

The important questions focus on what matters most, Heavenly Father’s plan, and the Savior’s Atonement.

We must bear one another’s burdens.

If any have fallen out of the boat, we will seek you, find you, and minister to you, and pull you safely back.

Richard G. Scott

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Because Adam and Eve never experienced hard times, they didn’t know they could be happy.

By eating the fruit, they were no longer in a state on innocence.

Knowledge of good and evil was introduced into the world.

We are blessed with agency, the ability to make and be accountable for our decisions.

We are able to understand peace because we experience turmoil.

We live in trying times.

Each of us are aware of our own struggles of temptation, pain, and sadness.

We are here to be tested, tried, and stretched.

For it must be that there is an opposition in all things.

We must take time to actively exercise our faith.

We have been given tools to come unto Christ.

Choose to converse with your Father in Heaven often. Make time everyday for Him.

Share with Him your full range of feelings and experiences.

God will never force you to pray to Him.

Your heart will begin to feel buoyant peace.

Parents safeguard your children by arming them at night with the power of family prayer.

Protect your children from negatively worldly influences by fortifying them with the blessings of family prayer.

Family prayer should be a non-negotiable priority in your daily life.

Study the scriptures and ponder them.

Study the scriptures with your children.

Don’t yield to Satan’s lies that you don’t have time to study the scriptures.

Feasting on the word of Christ is more important than any activity.

You may need to reorganize your priorities for the study of the word of God.

Do it!

Peace won’t come from the outside world. It will come from within your home and your own heart.

Challenges are an important part of mortality.

Through daily consistent scripture study you will find peace and power to resist temptations.

All will be made right according to God’s timing.

Weekly family home evening.

On Monday nights your family will be together at home for the evening.

Do not let anything else become more important than family night.

The gospel should be taught both formally and informally.

Family home evening is a precious time to bear testimony in a safe environment.

These are the practices that take away stress and add protection to our homes.

Go to the temple.

There is no more peaceful place on earth than in the temples of God.

If you don’t have a temple recommend, qualify to get one.

Schedule a regular time to attend the temple.

The temple is one of the best places to come to understand the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Our Savior is the Prince of Peace.

We came to mortal life to grow from trials and testings.

The Atonement of Christ makes it possible to endure the challenges.

As we strive to come unto Him, we can endure every temptation, challenge, and heart ache.

Carlos A. Godoy

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Moments of great decision. Each with a consequence.

If you continue to live as you are living, will the promises in your patriarchal blessing be fulfilled?

Looking forward to the promises of the future.

It’s not a decision of right and wrong, but between good, better, and best.

We need to consider our options with the end in mind.

Understanding who we are gives us the broader vision we need.

What does the Lord expect from each one of us?

We need to be prepared for the challenges to come.

Are we willing to pay the price for our decisions?

Are we prepared to leave our comfort zones in search of a better place?

We are children of Almighty God. He is our Father. He loves us, and He has a plan for us.

God wants us to grow and achieve our potential.

Expand your knowledge both intellectual and spiritual.

When we decide on a certain path, the people we love will be affected.

Family support is essential.

Allan F. Packer

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Don’t become distracted with other things.

We must be willing to change. Frequent, small corrections are less painful than large corrections.

Qualifying for exaltation is like entering another country. We must have a spiritual passport.

Through the ordinances of the gospel, all may be saved.

God sets the requirements for exaltation. Not Church leaders.

The Church focuses on divinely appointment responsibilities.

The ordinances are required and not optional.

The family is the center of the plan of salvation.

The ultimate end of all activity in the church is that a family can be happy at home.

Our success is determined by how faithfully we live the gospel at home.

It should be a family activity more than a Church activity.

I want my family records to be in the book!

Family history is more than genealogy…it includes our present history.

Family history and temple work should be a part of our personal worship.

This work can and should be done by all members at any age.

Doing the work now is much easier and only limited by a number of members who make it a priority.

Whatever your past perceptions about family history work, it is different now.

It is an individual’s decision to do the work.

A little time on a consistent basis will yield the joy of the work.

Relatively few members are regularly involved in finding their own family names to take to the temple.

Don’t fight the change. Embrace it.

Everyone can do it.

It’s time to take the cover off our hatchets and go to work.

We must not sacrifice the exaltation of our families for less important things.

Hugo E. Martinez

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In the Church we are given the blessing to serve.

Remember that the Savior focuses on the individual and the family.

Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.

We are His children, and we have the potential to become as He is.

First observe, then serve. – Sis. Burton.

Our personal ministries answer the prayers of others.

God and Jesus Christ provide what we need to reach our divine potential.

The Good Shepard will gather all of His sheep.

Being a good example of a disciple of Jesus Christ is our best letter of introduction.

We become the weak and the simple fishers of men.

We can keep a journal and write our family histories.

It is all about linking our family, generation by generation, to eternal bonds.

Larry S. Kacher

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There are many currents in this earthly life, some safe and others not.

The gospel provides direction and meaning to life.

In the Lord’s time He will reveal all things.

It is much wiser and better for a man to accept the simple truths of the gospel.

Much of what has been revealed is the result of prayer.

Be wise enough to hold fast to what you know to be true, in spite of questions you might have.

Our choices do not only affect us.

Allow the principles of the gospel and the patter of Jesus Christ to direct your life.

Heavenly Father has blessed us with the supernal gift of the Holy Ghost to guide our choices.

Make whatever adjustments are needed.

We must never trifle with sacred things.

David A. Bednar

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To non-members.

Why are Latter-day Saints so eager to explain their beliefs?

Devoted disciples of Jesus Christ always have been and will be valiant missionaries.

The Church always has and will be a missionary Church.

Latter-day Saints take seriously the responsibility to teach all people and nations.

We are not trying to sell a product.

We are not seeking to increase the numerical size of the Church.

We are not attempting to coarse you to believe as we do.

We do not wish to diminish what you believe. Bring all you know that is good, and test our message.

Come and see.

Missionaries help the members of our Church to proclaim the gospel of Christ.

Our desire to share the gospel with you is a reflection of how important these truths are to us.

Sharing with other people things that are meaningful and helpful to us is not unusual at all.

The greatest manifestation of God’s love to His children is in the life of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Our service should stretch far beyond just going through the motions.

The Atonement of Jesus Christ provides the cleanser necessary for us to be made clean.

In a future day every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Our invitations grow out of the positive effects the gospel has had in our lives.

Our simple desire is to share with you the truths that are of the greatest worth to us.

Thomas S. Monson

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Two glorious days of inspiring messages.

As we conclude, we thank our Heavenly Father for His many blessings that have been provided to us.

Resolve to be better, kinder, more thoughtful.

Reach out to those not of our faith with respect.

Remember the elderly, and those who are homebound. They are loved and valued.

May we be people of honesty and integrity, trying to do the right thing at all times.

May the truths we’ve heard help us to become more valiant disciples.

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