If you live in the American Southwest, your stake held a satellite broadcast meeting today. Here are some notes on it. These aren’t notes in the sense of being summaries of the talks, but are rather annotations–helpful footnotes on each talk.
Lynn G. Robbins, Presidency of the 70
Here’s a talk about Mary and Martha and “choosing the better part.”
Here’s President Uchtdorf in our last General Conference on the simplicity of the gospel.
Here’s a verse from Paul to the Corinthians expressing worry that they’d lose the simplicity of the gospel.
The Leonardo da Vinci quote:
The anecdote about Benjamin Franklin retiring at 42 as an example of prizing other things over gathering more wealth seems to come from Catherine Drinker Bowen’s The Most Dangerous Man in America: Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin. This article seems to be in the same spirit.
“And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.” D&C 25:10.
Dallin H. Oaks’s 2007 talk, “Good, Better, Best”
This wasn’t mentioned in the talk, but along the same lines, I have to recommend Thoreau’s Walden. At least chapter 2.
Linda S. Reeves, General Relief Society presidency
Great recent article about Corianton and repentence
Boyd K. Packer‘s final General Conference address:
Her line about it being impossible to sink lower than the light of Christ can reach reminds me of one of my favorite books, Tad R. Callister’s The Infinite Atonement. If you live in my neck of the woods, the library district has physical and e-book copies. Otherwise, this.
Lawrence E. Corbridge of the 70
There were at least two talks at this last General Conference that shared a theme of finding and keeping faith amid doubts and questions…
“Turn to Him and Answers Will Come,” by Elder James B. Martino
“Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice,” by Elder Neil L. Andersen
…and at least one about maintaining loyalty to the Church despite tempting opposition:
“Chosen to Bear Testimony of My Name”, by Elder David A. Bednar
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the 12
Note that Elder Oaks and President Robbins both used the word prioritize or priority in their talks.
About befriending and ministering to less active members
For the Strength of Youth (standards)
Another great talk that taught the difference between just being active in the church, and being active in the gospel:
A wonderful idea to make taking the sacrament more personal