General Conference thoughts: Laying the Foundation of a Great Work

by Elder Steven R. Bangerter

It’s not always easy finding a personal message to every conference talk.  And those talks that focus on raising and rearing families are especially difficult to find a personal message with when you’re single.  This was one I had to ponder a bit and force myself to stay on track. Continue reading


General Conference thoughts: Lift Up Your Head and Rejoice and Be Not Troubled

by M. Joseph Brough

and Elder Ronald A. Rasband

These two talks go seamlessly together.  Read or listen to one right after the other if you don’t believe me.  That’s what I did one evening while I exercised.  Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Opening Remarks and Deep and Lasting Conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

by President Russell M. Nelson

and Elder Quentin L. Cook

I first heard the rumblings a year or so ago from a friend.  The church was testing a pilot program for a home based Sunday School.  Her sister’s stake was part of the test and according to my friend it “failed” because no one would study at home.  Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: It Is All about People

by Bishop Gérald Caussé

I have shared this before but it’s been awhile.  And it’s one of my favorite examples.

When my brother was called to serve as a bishop he asked several esteemed friends for advice.  Out of all the wise advice he was given by leaders and former leaders on the ward and stake level in church the advice he most often recited came from our dad.  In essence, dad told my brother it’s about the people.   Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Be With and Strengthen Them

by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

How to be a decent human being 101.  That’s what this is all about.  If the heart is the symbol of love and we live in a time when “men’s hearts shall fail them” (Doctrine and Covenants 45:26) is it any wonder we need to be reminded how to use our heart?  Or that we need to know how to put the checklist down and focus on people?   Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Ministering

by President Russell M. Nelson

It was Easter Sunday and the afternoon session of conference.  I needed to get across town to my brother’s house because we were going to have Easter dinner immediately following the session so that the out of town travelers could get home.  But I heard that President Nelson would be giving a short talk so I hung around for a few minutes to hear what was going to be announced.   Continue reading