President Uchtdorf conducted the closing session of General Conference. Direct quotations of a speaker’s words (based on my notes) are given in quotes; other text is my summary of the remarks given. Any text in italics represents my own editorial comment.
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Twelve on the Book of Mormon teaching the doctrine of Christ:
- The theme of deliverance appears frequently in the Book of Mormon, as in the account of the people of Limhi and the similar account of the more faithful people of Alma, both in the book of Mosiah.
- The message extends to spiritual deliverance as well as temporal deliverance.
- The forces of secularism are now attacking the scriptures as well as criticizing religious freedom as taught in the scriptures.
- We can be delivered from the power of evil by reading the scriptures. Quoting Ezra Taft Benson: “When used together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon confound false doctrine.”
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve on threats to the family:
- Likens Lehi’s reaction to the Liahona to his own reaction to GPS devices. For us, in a world where so many have lost their way, the Holy Ghost can keep us on the proper path and preserve our family life.
- More than half of U.S. births to women under 30 now occur outside of marriage. Family breakdown is causing a host of social ills.
- In the Church, we believe good values and strong families give rise to prosperity and economic well being, not the other way around. Stable families are the foundation for educational achievement by children. Marriage first, then family.
- “Evil becomes ever more deceptive and subtle.” But Christian service by Latter-day Saints can reach out to others across these social and economic divides and stand as an example of good in the world.
- Counsel: Prioritize activities inside your home over outside diversions. Make time for family scripture study, prayer, and activities. Avoid extended bachelorhood.
Elder O. Vincent Haleck of the Seventy on catching the vision of God’s plan for us:
- Peter’s reply to Jesus: “To whom shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life.”
- Abinidi and Paul caught the vision of God’s plan for us and what we can become, then went forth and preached the gospel with power and success.
- We must focus our vision on the Savior, his teachings, and his example.
Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy on allowing others to exercise their moral agency:
- Story: How not to tell you wife how to drive. No control, dominion, or compulsion should be exercised in any degree of unrighteousness. Unrighteous dominion undermines trust.
- Don’t infringe on another’s moral agency. You can’t just force others to do the right thing. Even women can exercise unrighteous dominion.
- Parents: don’t wait until kids leave the home to give them the power to make some of their own decisions. Example: his daughter’s championship soccer game, on Sunday. She decided to play, but regretted it after the game. You need to show some trust in them.
Elder David F. Evans of the Seventy, on building the Lord’s church where you live:
- What can I do to build up the Lord’s church where I live? Strengthen your families, prepare your children for baptism, teach them to believe in Christ in line with 2 Nephi 25:26.
- Share the gospel with those you know who are not members of the Church; bring back those who are members but are not active. You can bring about a miracle.
- Story: Is it worth it, all this effort to bring someone into or back into the Church? Yes, it is!
Elder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy on giving priority to the sacred:
- Moses, Alma, Joseph Smith: all changed by “encounters with divine,” then never wavered from their appointed sacred prophetic tasks.
- Recognize, remember, and hold sacred that which you receive from above. Practice daily reflection in a journal.
- Secular versus sacred: We are directed to study and learn from the best books, so there is a place for both. Keep in mind the overall priority of the sacred, especially given the rising influence of secularism in modern society.
Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Twelve on Christian discipleship:
- We rejoice in being disciples of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is an invitation to all. It becomes a lifelong migration toward eternal life.
- Recounts touching stories of discipleship in action.
- Miracles you want in this life will not always come to pass. In this life we often face tribulation, but in the world to come God will make all things right.
President Thomas S. Monson in closing:
- We live in troubled times, but God is mindful of the challenges we face. May we call upon him in prayer, that His Spirit may be poured out upon us.
- May your homes be filled with love, courtesy, and the Spirit of the Lord. Settle your family disputes quickly.
- “I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you. May the things you have heard make you better than you were.”