General Conference thoughts: Becoming a Shepherd and Shepherding Souls

by Bonnie H. Cordon

and Elder Gary E. Stevenson

The new buzz word in the church is ‘ministering’ and ‘shepherding’ is one of its synonyms.  Basically, we need to learn to love one another.  It’s not exactly a new concept but rather a new emphasis on it.  Probably because we have forgotten what it entails. Continue reading

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General Conference thoughts: Sisters’ Participation in the Gathering of Israel

by President Russell M. Nelson

There were two take aways for me from this talk.  First of all, how cute was President Nelson’s reaction to his story of his blunder at the beginning?

Second, of course, were the four invitations.  I heard the invitations and just like everyone else that heard them I had to decide whether to accept them and follow through or not. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Women and Gospel Learning in the Home and Parents and Children

by President Henry B. Eyring

and President Dallin H. Oaks

Due to space and time, I’m combining President Erying’s and President Oaks’ talk into one post.  But that’s okay, they go together pretty well.  President Oaks addressed the young women of the church and if I was still a young women leader I’d be taking the opportunity to share it with them.  His counsel though, applies to young women of all ages – even those of us with gray hair. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: All Must Take upon Them the Name Given of the Father

by Elder Paul B. Pieper

As it often happens, there is a subtle lesson in life in which the meaning or significance has become tainted or lost.  We no longer recognize the symbolism.  Instead, it has become largely misunderstood.  I’m referring to a bride taking the name of her husband at marriage and becoming known under his family tree. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

by Bishop Dean M. Davies

and The Sustaining of Officers

Every conference there is at least one talk I call the Doctrine and Covenants section 1 talk.  So if you are a frequent reader of this little blog this might sound familiar.  If we follow the testimony train beginning with the Book of Mormon then we end up with one question that each of us needs to answer. Continue reading