Best Sermons for #LDSConf so far

Every conference is the best conference and all of the talks are inspiring and yet there is always something that speaks to my heart the most. What I really love is how quickly things can be posted so quickly following a conference session.

First the notes of the talks are posted almost immediately after a speaker has completed his or her sermon.

Then shortly thereafter so are the entire video’s for individual speakers.

I have mentioned in social media before, and through the years as things so rapidly have changed, my amazement because 30 years ago, while living in Germany, I had to ask family or friends in Utah to VHS conference (VHS had taken over Beta by then) and snail mail it to me because it would be months and months before getting the talks compiled in magazine form let alone being able to order one on VHS.

Then a few years later DVDs became available but we still had to wait months to get a copy, even once we were stateside but by then cable access became an option as more carriers began to add BYUtv to viewer packages.  

Moving forward, the timespan started to narrow until internet viewing became an option but the replay was not available for several weeks. (Funny how impatience in waiting to retrieve information also shortened through the years.) 

But now. Now we have almost instant access post conference. It is truly amazing to me. 

Okay, enough retro yammering and onto reveal my first watch favorites. Once conference concludes tomorrow and I go back over all of the talks online and then read them, something else will probably speak to me. But for today here is what has touched my soul:

Sharon Eubank   Sharon Eubank – Turn On Your Light

Joy D. Jones   Joy D. Jones – Value Beyond Measure 

Neill F. Marriott   Neill F. Marriott – Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach

Dieter F. Uchtdorf   Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Three Sisters

Dallin H. Oaks   Dallin H. Oaks – Saturday Morning Session

Jeffrey R. Holland   Jeffrey R.Holland – Saturday Morning Session

Russell M. Nelson   Russell M. Nelson – Saturday Afternoon Session

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Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

Inspired by a wonderful sermon today on the importance of reverencing the Lord’s Day, a sacred and holy day, here is a sermon on how and why, as a Christian, it is important to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. 

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy by attending Sunday service and partaking of the sacrament is, to borrow a phrase from Neal A. Maxwell, placing one’s heart upon the alter: 

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So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! Such is the “sacrifice unto the Lord of a broken heart and a contrite spirit,” (D&C 59:8), a prerequisite to taking up the cross, while giving “away all [our] sins” in order to “know God” (Alma 22:18) for the denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

 

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Sunday: A break from the dreary world

I love to spend my time, when not in Church on Sunday, listening to General Conference sermons and Music & the Spoken Word.

Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake

To guide the future as he has the past.

Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.

Hymn 124: Be Still My Soul

There is great joy in resting from one’s labors, feasting on the words of Christ. And all He asks is that we give Him one day a week.

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Atone, Atonement

For several years I have been hearing the word atone thrown around. It always bothers me when it is used by characters in programs or by news readers discussing how he or she or someone has atoned for their sins.

I believe that only Jesus Christ could make the perfect atonement for sin. He atoned for our sins. I can, you can, accept His atoning sacrifice to be forgiven of sins through repentance. 

THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder Russell M. Nelson

THE SUPERNAL GIFT OF THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder James E. Faust

ATONEMENT, AGENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY ~ Elder Boyd K. Packer

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Happy Mother’s Day: Yes. I am thrilled for you and your day

Not to take away the pains and sorrows of those who mourn each year over not having a child but, as for me in my house: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY for those who have or are with child in spite of my being without one. It does not bother me that you are happy and feel honored by your progeny. It is not a sleight nor is it painful for me to watch you celebrate and be happy. 

What I am sick of is all of the whining and moaning and begrudging and wallowing in sorrow of the have-nots (and this goes for anything someone has that the have-nots want to whine about).

Seriously. Have your pain but please, move on. Stop droning on and on about it. 

Yes, I am sad for you. Yes, I know you want to share your emotional devastation. Life is rough and then you die, the saying goes, and you may very well have a very rough, perhaps horrific life

Nonetheless, there is one who has suffered all your pains, emotional, mental, and physical. And therefore, you can move on if you choose Christ, embrace Christ, and rejoice in Christ so you can allow Christ to heal you. 

You can be gracious. You can be truly happy for someone else’s day, like Mother’s Day.  

And you can say it and mean it: Happy Mother’s Day! 

A lovely service: Maundy Thursday

My friends, Susan and Lowell Thomas, know that I love music because very often at our mutual CrossFit box, they see me with my headset on and I have my own music playing while on the Concept2 Rower. Then there are times when I have the Mo Tab playing on the sound system when she happens to catch me at the box on my own time. So it was not surprising that I was invited to their Holy Week services that involve the choir, to which they belong at the First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.

Between my husband’s work and his duties as the Bishop, a lay minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Capitol Ward, we figured we could attend the Friday night service as our date night. But an unfortunate incident changed several things in our schedule so we were able to attend the Maundy Thursday service instead. (That is the one I particularly wanted to see.) 

We attended the 7 p.m. service. The music provided by the choir was absolutely uplifitng. The acoustics in the sanctuary were marvelous. The program readings and recitations were very nice too. The quotes were taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible. 

After the members of the congregation had been offered the communion they were able to go out to the garden area for meditation. We declined the invitation for the communion and chose to wait until the choir had finished singing before we simply moved on to the garden. 

What we loved and appreciated about the service was the sincerity with which it was delivered. The lovely voices of the choir with the perfect selection of music to sing praises to our Savior, Jesus Christ – The Prince of Peace, was very touching. There was a sweet peace in the sanctuary as the music filled the air.

Even though we are of different denominations, we share a love for our Elder Brother, the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ

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Jesus Christ: Easter Week

Today was a wonderful Sabbath Day as the beginning of Easter Week. The sermons in Sacrament Meeting were absolutely inspiring. All those who shared their thoughts in the Gospel Doctrine class rounded out the lesson by adding to the spirit of the day.  The Relief Society lesson was uplifting and encouraging.

I am so thankful for every Sabbath, to worship, to focus on my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the #PrinceOfPeace.

Come, Follow Him

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Improve myself each day

If you followed me on Twitter or Facebook today you saw that I mostly posted quotes from speakers at the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  If you ask me which was my favorite quote or talk it would be impossible to choose just one. Each speaker has something wonderful to preach and teach regarding the Word of God. 

What I can tell you is that 1) this conference was really wonderful and 2) the power of the Word was directed in a way I have not felt before (and I say that after every conference). The Spirit was pointed, powerful, and perfectly placed over me in a way that I felt strengthened, edified, and called to make changes in my life so that I can become a better disciple of Christ

Yeah. I have a lot to work on. Thank God for His Beloved Son, my Brother, Jesus the Christ and his Atoning Sacrifice. I have Hope. I have Faith. And yes, I am working on that Charity-thing

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