April 2016 General Conference Notes – Saturday Afternoon Session

Conducting – Henry B. Eyring

Opening Hymn – Sing Praise to Him

Opening Prayer – Hugo E. Martinez

Sustaining of Church Officers

Auditing Report

Statistical Report

Ronald A. Rasband – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

ronald-a-rasband-largePress forward with a steadfastness in Christ.

The youth love the Lord.

Questions are an indication of a further desire to learn.

The restoration of the gospel began with the youth (Joseph Smith) asking a question.

Our leaders have been called by inspiration to teach and guide us.

Are we listening to the counsel of our leaders?

We choose to follow the Lord while the world is going in another direction.

When we reach out to lift one another, we prove the words “…no one goes his way alone.”

The Lord is there for you.

In due time, each one of us will hear the call, “Come home.”

We are all the Father’s children.

Neil L. Anderson – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

AndersenNL_1008sTwice as many children living with one parent than fifty years ago.

The restored gospel will continue be the ideal, the standard.

Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony.

God is our Father. He knows us, and he loves us.

Awareness of diversity of families.

The greatest influence on helping our youth feel included is other righteous youth.

God loves His children.

Mervyn B. Arnold – Seventy

mervyn-b-arnold-largeAs we go to the rescue, God gives us power,  encouragement, and blessings.

We must not delay going to the rescue.

We must never give up.

We are as one called to the work to help the Savior harvest His souls until He comes again.

Jesus is a good shepherd and He loves us.

Jairo Mazzagardi – Seventy

jairo-mazzagardi-largeGod in His wisdom prepared His plan.

The Church was restored in America because the plates were hidden here.

Do not give up on your questions.

David A. Bednar – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

david-a-bednar-largeAlways retaining a remission of our sins.

In mortality we experience physical birth and the opportunity for spiritual rebirth.

We are exhorted to so live so that we can stand spotless before the Lord at the last day.

Being born again comes of the Spirit through ordinances. -Joseph Smith

Ordinances are sacred acts that have eternal significance.

The ordinances are far more than rituals or symbolic performances.

In the ordinances thereof the power of godliness is manifest.

Baptism provides a necessary initial cleansing of our soul from sin.

Baptism is the essential preparation to receive the opportunity for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.

You might as well baptize a bag of sand if the person you baptize doesn’t receive the Holy Ghost. -Joseph Smith

The bread and the water of the Sacrament are both blessed and sanctified.

To sanctify is to make pure and holy.

The Sacramental emblems are sanctified in remembrance of Christ’s purity and atonement.

The ordinance of the Sacrament is an invitation to repent.

The act of partaking of the Sacrament does not remit sins.

Baptism is a point of departure in our mortal, spiritual journey. It is not a destination to re-visit over and over again.

Each successive ordinance elevates us.

Ordinances invite spiritual purpose and power into our lives as we strive to be born again in Christ.

M. Russell Ballard – Quorum of Twelve Apostles

m-russell-ballard-largeWe tend to really get good at parenting after our children are grown.

Council are the way to get real results.

Family councils are eternal.

A general family counsel – entire family

Pamphlet – Our Family

Meet at a pre-designated time.

May not always have formal beginning/ending

Executive – mother and father

Review each child’s needs.

Talk about personal relationships between husbands and wives.

Limited – parents and on child

Make decisions in advance.

Establish goals and objectives for the future.

Listen to concerns and challenges.

One on One – one parent and on child

Informal opportunities – car, house

Electronic devices off. Look at and listen to each other.

Have a basket for the electronic devices. Deposit into basket.

Everyone can adapt a family council to take advantage of the divine pattern set forth by our Heavenly Father.

Consider holding a general council on Sunday. Review past week and plan for coming week.

The walls of our homes no longer provide protection from the outside world.

Children desperately need parents willing to listen to them.

Combined with prayer a family council will invite the presence of the Savior as He promised.

Family councils give each family member a feeling of worth and importance.

Closing Hymn – I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go

Closing Prayer – Tad R. Callister

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