Tuesday, May 20, 2014

LDS General Conference - Sunday Words of Wisdom (April 2014)

I finally found the time to finish typing up my Sunday highlights
from the April 2014 General Conference
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!
If you missed my Saturday highlights,
be sure to check out that post
to be motivated, inspired, & spiritually uplifted (:

Here are my highlights from the Sunday morning & afternoon sessions.
Keep in mind these are my hurried notes & they are not all word for word.

There's one thing we can do to make life sweeter...
We can be grateful!
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Commandments are opportunities to exercise our agency & receive blessings.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I don't believe the Lord expects us to be less thankful in times of trial
than in times of abundance & ease.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

It's difficult to develop a spirit of gratitude
if our thankfulness is only proportional to the number of blessings we can count.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

See gratitude as a way of life.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Instead of being grateful for things,
be grateful in our circumstances.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We can choose to be grateful no matter what.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

When we're grateful to God in our circumstances
we can experience gentle peace in the midst of our afflictions.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

How much of our lives are wasted waiting to see the rainbow
without thanking God for the rain?
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Endings are not our destiny.
There are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

If members learn to use the correct name of the church
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints),
it will underscore that we are Christians,
members of the Savior's church.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Extending an invitation without following up
is like beginning a journey without finishing it
or buying a ticket to a concert without going into the theater.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

We can all be more consistently involved with missionary work
by simply replacing our fear with faith.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Our Heavenly Father is always near & wants to help us.
God is watching over us.
We are not alone.
- Sister Jean A. Stevens

He accomplishes His miracles one prayer at a time,
one person at a time.
- Sister Jean A. Stevens

The gospel is not weight.
It is wings.
It carries us.
- Sister Jean A. Stevens

We can trust that God will not always help us the way we want Him to,
but the way that will best help us on our path back to Him.
- Sister Jean A. Stevens

This life is your "4 minutes".
While you are here,
your actions will determine whether you win the prize of eternal life.
- Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

If you're thinking you already blew your 4 minute race,
stop thinking that & never think it again.
It is never too late to get back into shape with the Atonement.
- Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

"I am a competitor.
I want to do my best,
but I want my fellow competitors to do their best too."
- Torah Bright, Australian athlete -
- Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

Is there someone who needs your encouragement?
- Bishop Gary E. Stevenson

We each carry a load.
Is our load creating enough spiritual traction that we won't get stuck?
- Elder David A. Bednar

Don't be loaded up with too many temporal things.
- Elder David A. Bednar

Sometimes we mistakenly believe that happiness is the absence of a load.
- Elder David A. Bednar

Christ has perfect empathy & will help us carry our loads.
- Elder David A. Bednar

We cannot fully love God if we don't love our neighbors,
& we cannot fully love our neighbors if we don't love God.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Love is the very essence of the gospel & Christ is our exemplar.
- President Thomas S. Monson

"I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight
that to somebody's need made me blind;
but I never have yet felt a tinge of regret
for being a little too kind."
- President Thomas S. Monson

Every day of our lives we are given opportunities to show love & kindness to those around us.
These opportunities often come unexpectedly.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Charity is the pure love of Christ.
Moroni 7:47
- President Thomas S. Monson

Some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love will be within the walls of our own homes.
Love should be the very heart of family life.
- President Thomas S. Monson

"Why is it that the ones we love most
become so frequently the targets of our harsh words?"
- President Gordon B. Hinckley, May 1989 Ensign -
- President Thomas S. Monson

Always be considerate.
Be sensitive to the thoughts, feelings, & circumstances of others.
Be careful not to destroy another person's confidence through careless words or actions.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Forgiveness should go hand-in-hand with love.
- President Thomas S. Monson

"Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
the saddest are these: 'It might have been.'"
- John Greenleaf Whittier -
- President Thomas S. Monson

We have the power to increase the world's happiness
by giving a few words of appreciation to those we encounter each day.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Decide to respond with love & kindness to whatever comes our way.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Eternal knowledge comes only through personal prayer & pondering.
- President Boyd K. Packer

Christ is the anchor that holds us & protects us
& our families through the storms of life.
- President Boyd K. Packer

We should each commit to live 'true to the faith'.
- Elder William R. Walker

Get to know your ancestors.
The more connected we are to the stories of our forefathers,
the more likely we will be to make wise choices.
- Elder William R. Walker

We must not forget the experiences & blessings that come from going to the temple.
- Elder William R. Walker

We must not forget that we have a living prophet.
- Elder William R. Walker

We must be willing to completely alter our course when necessary.
- Elder L. Tom Perry

Out of respect for our agency,
the still, small voice
is never a strong, forceful tug.
- Elder L. Tom Perry

We must always be ready to receive the gentle tug of the Spirit.
- Elder L. Tom Perry

Today's complexity demands greater simplicity.
- Elder L. Tom Perry

Obedience is a choice.
It is a choice between our limited knowledge & power
& God's unlimited wisdom & omnipotence.
- Elder L. Tom Perry

There will always be a force to oppose the truth.
- Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge

You are more than human.
You are a child of God, our Heavenly Father.
- Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge

Do as young Joseph [Smith] & ask God to know the truth.
James 1:5
- Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge

In times of calamity or tragedy,
the Lord has a way of refocusing us & our priorities.
- Elder Michael John U. Teh

There is no end to what the world has to offer,
so it is critical to recognize when we have enough.
- Elder Michael John U. Teh

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6: 19-21
- Elder Michael John U. Teh

What are some treasures in heaven that we can lay up for ourselves?
1. Acquire Christlike attributes
2. Put more quality time & effort into strengthening family relationships
3. Serve others
4. Understand the words of Christ
- Elder Michael John U. Teh

Satan distorts the real purpose of things.
- Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis

One should not roam through garbage.
- Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis

How can we recognize truth in a world that is increasingly blunt in its attacks on things pertaining to God?
1. We can know the truth by observing its fruits.
2. We can find truth by experimenting on the word ourselves.
3. We can know the truth by personal revelation.
- Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis

Faith without works is dead.
- Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis

No injustice is this mortal life is permanent, even death.
- Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Our lives are in reality, His.
- Elder D. Todd Christofferson

The Savior makes all things right.
- Elder D. Todd Christofferson

May we resolve to do a little better than we have in the past.
- President Thomas S. Monson

May we ever follow His example.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Our Heavenly Father is mindful of us & will guide & bless us.
- President Thomas S. Monson

May our homes be filled with love, courtesy, & the Spirit of the Lord.
- President Thomas S. Monson

Since these were just my highlights,
I encourage you to listen to or read the other wonderful words spoken at Conference...

Sunday morning:
Grateful in Any Circumstances by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Following Up by Elder M. Russell Ballard
"Fear Not; I Am with Thee" by Jean A. Stevens
Your Four Minutes by Bishop Gary E. Stevenson
Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease by Elder David A. Bednar
Love--the Essence of the Gospel by President Thomas S. Monson

Sunday afternoon:
The Witness by President Boyd K. Packer
Live True to the Faith by Elder William R. Walker
Obedience through Our Faithfulness by Elder L. Tom Perry
The Prophet Joseph Smith by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge
Where Your Treasure Is by Elder Michael John U. Teh
If Ye Lack Wisdom by Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Until We Meet Again by President Thomas S. Monson

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