Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What They Said Wednesday–Elder Jeffery R. Holland

 

Talk: Elder Jeffery R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

  • Story of Ensign Peak, Fulfilling the prophesy.
    • “And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly” (Isaiah 5:26)
  • This General Conference, and all conferences, are the continuation of being an ensign to the nations.
  • Which is why, of course, our conferences are published in the “ensign” magazine.
  • The proceedings of the past 2 days are evidence that Zion’s standard has been unfurled
    • The dual meaning of the word “standard” is not happenstance.
  • This general conference are the continuation of Brigham Young’s declaration to the world that “the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains.”
  • General conference is a unique phenomenon
  • We testify to everyone that God not only lives, but that He speaks!
  • We testify to every nation, kindred, tongue and people that the counsel you have heard is the will of the Lord, the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.
    • Counsel during General Conference is of God
    • Each speaker has sought out the lords direction. All they counsel are things they know to be true.
  • No one is assigned a topic in General Conference. They are asked to fast, seek, pray until they have an understanding that theirs is the topic the Lord would have them speak. (regardless of personal preference)
  • Those who speak have put their worries, and tears, and prayers into it.
  • Everyone has tried to be true to the promptings received
  • So do I see angels standing in it. Mortal messengers with angelic messages.
  • Men and woman (who have just as many challenges and hardships) who have consecrated their lives to preach God’s word, not their own.
  • Think about the messages we hear--they are not coordinated---except by Heaven.
    • And we mention in tweets and blogs of the Themes of this conference or that one.
  • The audience of the church is wide and varied--married, single, children, adults,
  • “We always stress the eternal verities of faith, hope charity, Christ and Him crucified.”
  • We are commanded to speak nothing but repentance to this generation (D&C 11:9)
  • Whatever form they take these conference messages "proclaim liberty to the captives" , declare "the unsearchable riches of Christ."
  • In the wide variety of sermons given there will be something for everyone.
  • “Apparently, the gospel is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” (Harold B Lee)
  • There was always discipline inherent in the Savior’s messages
    • Discipline---to become a disciple
  • The Savior gave additional counsel to the commandments already in the scriptures.
  • Whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath already committed adultery in his mind.
  • As the path of discipleship continues, the trail becomes ever more narrow, until we have become “perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect”
    • What was gentle in the lowlands of initial loyalty becomes deeply strenuous and demanding at the summit of true discipleship.
  • In matters of discipleship, the Church is not a fast food outlet--we can’t always have it our way :)
    • Salvation can only come His way
  • Anyone who claims the Saviour taught a No-Fault theology has not read the fine print in the contract.
  • We know that not everyone is breaking commandments. Most are not guilty of such things. BUT we are here to offer warning calls to everyone.
  • We are under a solemn charge to (fill in the blank?)
  • If you’re trying to do the best you can, then give yourself high marks!
    • If you are doing your best to have FHE and family prayer in a family of “little bedlam-ites”
  • If we teach by the spirit, and you listen by the spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance. Sending a perfect little prophetic epistle just to you.
    • But be sure you prepare and pray for it. :)
    • Listening by the spirit is so essential
  • Each sermon given is both a testimony of love and a warning--even as Nature herself is both a testimony and a warning in these last days
    • One way or another GOD WILL HAVE HIS VOICE HEARD!
  • President Monson will close this conference--we love him, as the senior Apostle and the Prophet for this day.
  • The lives of Prophets are not easy.
  • his family has given their father, husband up to serve the church for the last 50 years.
  • President Monson is “irrepressibly cheerful”
    • Nothing gets him down. He has remarkable faith.
  • “President, for this entire congregation, seen and unseen, I say we love you and honor you. Your devotion is an example to us all.”
    • We’ll lighten your load any way we can.
  • He waves the ensign of this gospel to all the world. Let’s help.
    • What will you do in your own community to wave the banner?