Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Counsel from Sunday Afternoon Session

Elder Russell M. Nelson:
* God invites us all to bring about exaltation for our families.
* We have a duty to seek out our deceased ancestors.
* Members of the Church should become familiar with family history practices to help their deceased ancestors receive the essential ordinances of the temple.

Elder Robert D. Hales:
* Parents and youth leaders should lead by example.
* Leaders should make priesthood/scouting activities meaningful by taking time to talk with the youth.
* Parents should take the time to talk with their children. The greatest influence in the world comes from parents.
* Make sure every child is home and present for dinner.
* Parents: Listen, Listen, and then Listen some more.
* Parents and leaders should participate in Duty to God and Personal Progress with the youth.
* Parents should teach their children the gospel by helping them to fully participate in the Church.
* Hold family home evening, family councils, meaningful gospel conversations, say “I Love You,” and let children know Heavenly Father loves them.
* It is not enough for our youth to know the gospel. They must do.
* Understand that the greatest missionary service you will ever give will be in your own home.

Elder Bradley D. Foster – of the Seventy:
* Remember that nurturing is a part of a woman’s spiritual heritage.
* Remember that a distraction doesn’t have to be evil in order to be effective.
* Never give up when your loved ones stray.
* Parents—especially mothers—have a major role in rescuing their children if they go astray.

Elder James B. Martino – of the Seventy:
* Seek an eternal perspective through your trials.
* We should learn from the Savior’s last hours on earth in his trials:
1) He sought not for His will, but only for God’s will to be done.
*Just like a vaccination, realize that a small amount of pain now can protect you from more pain/suffering in the future.
2) Did not complain/murmur during trials.
* Ask yourself: What can I learn? Or What can I change?
3) Sought greater help from God.
4) Learned to serve/think of others during trials.
5) Forgave others & didn’t pass the blame of the situation on them.
Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer – of the Seventy:
* Don’t judge (condemn) others, but use good judgment instead.
* Don’t use worldly judgment for spiritual decisions. You’ll miss out.
* Put your standards in alignment with the gospel.
* Adults should live the standards in For the Strength of the Youth.
* Listen to the counsel of the prophet.
* Cultivate a relationship with the Holy Ghost. Listen externally (by turning off electronics) and internally (by turning off sin).
* Keep the commandments.

Elder Francisco J. Vinas – of the Seventy:
* Teach “things pertaining to righteousness” so you, your family, and people that you share the gospel with can have a lasting conversion.
* Pray regularly.
* Study the scriptures.

Elder Neil L. Andersen:
* The rising generation is the best ever, but we’ve been placed in troubled times and have great responsibilities.
* Parents shouldn’t just create a spiritual core in their children, but fan the flame that’s already there.
* Each young person needs his/her own independent conversion.
* Share the stories of Jesus to help you have faith/testimony.
* Embed the stories of Jesus into the lives of your children.
* Parents should help their kids think of Jesus when they are faced with their own difficult decisions/situations.
* Youth: Live up to your responsibilities and capacity.
* Youth: Read the Book of John (St. John) & discuss it with your parents.
* Speak more frequently of Christ in your families. You will feel the power of the atonement as you do.
* Fathers: take part in talking to your children about the Savior.
* Parents: Don’t despair and give up if your children aren’t listening. If you’re diligently striving, they will come back.
* Speak of Jesus at home, in the car, at dinner, in late night conversations, and any chance you get.

President Thomas S. Monson:
*Study the messages and ponder the teachings from this conference, the APPLY them to your lives.
* Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. The world has slipped into more dangerous wickedness, but look to the Lord to get through.
* Let the massages of this conference find expression in that which you do.

Counsel from the Saturday Morning Session
Counsel from the Saturday Afternoon Session

Counsel from the Priesthood Session
Counsel from the Sunday Morning Session

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