April 2011 General Conference Session 5
President Eyring conducting
Elder Richard G Scott
Sealing in the temple means we can live as an eternal family forever. I am so grateful for this. I can't imagine forever without Tyler or my children. As life continues, being sealed in the Temple will come to mean even more. It is so important to spend time with our children. There is always time later for work, but we should never put off spending time with our family. I love to watch Tyler play with our children. It's one of my favorite things to see. (Once again, a reference for young men of marriageable age to quit wasting time and get married!) It's important to be faithful to your spouse both physically and mentally. It's also important to tell your spouse frequently that you love them. That is so important. I remember how unsure I was when Tyler and I were first engaged because I wasn't sure if he really loved me. When he started to tell me multiple times each day, I was reassured and felt very loved. Righteous love is the foundation of a happy marriage, and well adjusted, happy children. "It is so rewarding to be married. Marriage is wonderful." Marriage provides a setting for us to overcome our weaknesses and build our strengths.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
"We should rejoice that God considers us worth the time and trouble to correct." I liked this quote, it made me smile. The Brother of Jared was chastened for three hours by the Lord and then he repented. Wow. I can't imagine that. How awful would that feel? Going through the trials and tribulations is what refines us and makes us worthy of the blessings that God would give us. We must go through these things in order to receive our divine natures and live with Him again. "Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down." What a remarkable statement! And one so hard to learn and believe when you are being cut down. Chastisement and calls to repentance can come from many different directions, whether from a friend, a Church leader, or even your spouse. Remember to show a increase of love after giving a reproof. That is so hard to remember to do! I can't count how many times I've yelled at my kids. Of course, that's the problem right there. Chastising in anger never leads to good things.
Elder Carl B. Pratt
Family Home Evening. Oh how terrible at this we are. Every time we plan to do better, it only lasts a week or two. We must get better. I wonder if it will be easier once we have a living room that doesn't have a TV in it. Tithing is such an important principle. This is not one that we have struggled with as much. We always make sure that our tithing is paid. We could be better at getting it in on time, instead of a lump sum at the end of the year, but I am so grateful that we pay our tithing. I think that this is one of the reasons we have been able to do so well with our finances. "Tithing is not a matter of money, really, but a matter of faith. Faith in the Lord." Pay it first, pay it willingly, teach our children to pay it, and take them with us to tithing settlement. If we faithfully pay our tithing, we will not lack for the necessities of life, but He does not promise wealth. The Lord's richest blessings are spiritual. The payment of tithing is a safe guard against divorce.
Elder Lynn G. Robbins
To Be or Not To Be. Be without doing is not really being. Both must take place in order to return to our Father. Doing things is important, but it is so much more important to Be. We get baptized, but we first must be worthy. We take the sacrament, but we must be worthy. To Do lists are everywhere because we can check them off. But To Be is an ongoing thing. I must really need to hear this, because once again they're talking about how we should never discipline in anger. A more difficult child is actually more of a blessing in order to teach us patience and long suffering. Our children are God's children. Do not put them down. Causes for discipline should be considered temporary and not who the child is.
Elder Benjamin De Hoyos
The name of our Church wasn't chosen by men, but given by God. We should use the entire name, with respect and reverence. This is the second time that I can remember someone mentioning that although we don't reject the name "Mormon", we should refer to ourselves as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or simply Latter-day Saints. I've never thought about it before. Living in the Salt Lake City area, we are surrounded by members, but even still, when asked, I refer to myself as Mormon. I need to change my thinking, so that Jesus Christ is in the forefront of my thoughts. We will not be exempt from trials and sufferings, but we will be sustained through them.
Elder C. Scott Grow
Repentance is such a powerful tool in our lives. The Atonement is so very important in our lives. With Easter coming up, this has been more and more on my mind. I am so grateful, not only for me, but for my children, that my Savior atoned for all of our sins. I can not imagine what life would be like to carry around the guilt of our sins with us each day, and then to die without ever knowing the cleansing feel of God's forgiveness. While listening to Conference this weekend, it's come more and more to my attention how little I talk about spiritual things with my kids. I rarely read scriptures with Katy and I don't think I've ever borne my testimony to her. She's only 4, there's plenty of time to tell her these things, but I don't want to wait. Although I don't think she would necessarily understand the words or concepts, she would be able to feel the Spirit. This is something I'd like to do better.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
General Conference is an amazing, rare experience. Each person who speaks is rarely given a topic. That in itself is amazing. It always amazes me how each Conference ends up with the same topics and no one is assigned them. The Lord is truly speaking through them to the world. We need these messages. "Apparently the gospel is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable." -Pres. Lee This was an interesting talk about how General Conference works and if we listen with faith and pure intent, we will be touched and helped by each and every conference. Pres. and Sis. Monson are amazing. I think about how hard it would be to have Tyler be called into the Bishopric. I can not imagine how difficult it would be if he were called as an Apostle. I hope that I would be able to be supportive.
President Thomas S. Monson
I have developed a greater love for Pres. Monson this Conference. I grew up with Pres. Hinckley and though I have never doubted that Pres. Monson is the Prophet of our Church, I haven't yet felt the same love for him that I did for Pres. Hinckley. I am so grateful for this Conference and all that I have learned from it.