President Uchtdorf conducted the Saturday morning session, featuring talks by Elder Perry, Sister Jean A. Stevens, Walter F. Gonzalez, Kent. F. Richards, Elder Cook, and President Eyring, with brief remarks by President Monson. Direct quotations (based on my notes) are given in quotes; all other text represents my summary of the remarks given. Parenthetical comments and discussion notes at the end of the post in italics are my own editorial comments.
President Monson opened the session with brief remarks summarizing recent LDS humanitarian aid work in Japan.
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Twelve, on the sabbath and the sacrament:
- God expects us to rest from our labors on the sabbath day; observance of the sabbath includes worship.
- “Sunday dress” isn’t out of date — it helps prepare us to partake of the sacrament each Sunday.
Sister Jean A. Stevens, First Counselor in the General Presidency of the Primary, on children as models of faith:
- Children have believing hearts and exemplify humility, obedience, reverence, love, and other Christ-like attributes.
- Jesus blessed the little children one by one: “Behold your little ones.”
- Rediscover your faithful inner child.
Walter F. Gonzalez of the Presidency of the Seventy, on characteristics of true followers of Christ:
- Followers of Christ love God and show that love by how they treat others.
- Followers of Christ make and keep covenants, as Jesus showed his love for the Father by doing the will of the Father.
Kent F. Richards of the Seventy … sorry, technical difficulties. Notes to follow.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Twelve, on women in the Church:
- Scores bonus points by opening with a short quote from Wallace Stegner praising LDS pioneer women. (He quoted Epictetus in his last talk.)
- What would the contents of your purse say about you?
- Puts in a plug for the new Handbook 2. Bishops should delegate. Women play an active role in the Ward Council.
- Nice story from Western Samoa about helping young men who did not serve missions not feel like second class citizens in the Church.
- Women should never have to apologize for raising children … or for working outside the home if that is the choice they are forced to make. (I thought he touched on this highly charged topic very diplomatically.)
- “The errand of angels is given to women.” (Quoting someone whose name I didn’t catch.)
President Eyring of the First Presidency, on helping those in need:
- Do something more than dream of your mansion above.
- In noting humanitarian service, he remembers the widespread floods in Queensland, Australia, as well as the devastation in Japan.
- The LDS Welfare Program started during the Great Depression in the 1930s, but the principle of self-reliance is eternal. Spend less than you earn, then use part of the surplus to bless others. God will bless you: give a crust, get a loaf.
- There will be a global Day of Sevice held this year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the LDS Welfare Program.