Saturday AM Discussion Thread: What Happens at Conference, Stays at Conference Edition #ldsconf


Welcome to our live discussion thread of the Saturday morning session of the 184th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This weekend at Approaching Justice, we will be joined by a number of guests.

This morning, I want to introduce to you Kirk Caudle. Kirk is a scholar of religion and the host of The Mormon Book Review Podcast. He also posts insights at the blog Feast Upon The Word.

We will have an array of regular contributors who I will introduce throughout the weekend.

Most importantly, I welcome you to this discussion!

Please leave your thoughts, comments, or observations about the session in the comments below. Disagreement is welcome. Agreement is welcome. As is humor, joy, and the occasional snark…but in moderation. Also, feel free to respond to the other comments on the thread. If you disagree, explain why.

Welcome and thanks! If you are looking for an online feed of the session, it can be found here.

We will be updating highlights from the session speakers here in the main post.



President Uchtdorf is conducting.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir started us off with Lead Kindly Light (Actually…not the opening hymn, but the first hymn after the invocation).

The first speaker is President Thomas S. Monson. (Elder Holland is up next)

Gilbert Arizona Temple is the 142nd Working Temple. Will have 170 when those underway are completed. No new temples announced today.

Elder Holland

Speaking of servant of the lord being rejected by the world.

Sometime we cheer on the cause, other times we worry and weep.

Messengers of the Lord today are no different than those in past.

Hate for the prophet’s honesty cost Abinadi his life.

We sometimes want a comfortable God. Elder Holland reject such a conception of God.

“It is characteristic of our age that if people want gods they want gods that don’t demand much.”

“What would Jesus Do?” will not also bring a popular response.

Christlike love is the greatest need we have on this planet. That love goes along with obedience.

“Pure Christlike love flowing through righteousness can change the world”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband-Presidency of the Seventy.

Speaking of visiting recent tornado victims and the instructions he received from Pres. Monson.

Love, prayers, and appreciation for helping hands are what Pres. Monson recommends. Elder Rasband said these are things we can all do.

We have a mandate to life His Children.

Will we respond with love when the opportunity is before us?

He asks us to take up the mighty burden of discipleship.

Elder Carlos H. Amado-Seventy

New Testament accounts of the Savior showing mercy and healing the sick and dying. Such instances are signs of his power over death.

“Lazarus, come forth!”

The charges were changed from blasphemy to sedition so that he could be crucified.

Congregational Hymn: Choose The  Right

Pres. Linda S. Reeves-2nd Counselor in Relief Society


“We are here to learn how to manage our passions and feelings.”

A growing number of both men and women are getting draw into pornography/addiction.

We should not respond with shock or rejection. Instead, we should help them find help.

The is also help for spouses.

The most important filter is ourselves.

We can begin practices like prayer and scripture study now.

Elder Neil A. Anderson-Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

“Sin has been, and always will be, a part of this world” -Neal L. Anderson

A “wide chasm” between the standards of  the Church and the standards of the world.

Family Proclamation and law of chastity.

Standard gay marriage talk.

President Henry B. Eyring

Righteousness must be chosen.

God wants the best for us.

Thank you, everyone. See you this afternoon!

Feel free to look over the comments below and respond or add to them.

122 replies »

  1. It is great to be with everyone today here at Approaching Justice. Conference is always a good time and I’d like to give a shout out to Chris for inviting me!

  2. “You wonder if it is worth it to take a courageous moral stand…yes it is worth it because the alternative is to have our houses left unto us desolate.”

  3. As long as the folks listening understands that your friends being mad at you because of your religion isn’t persecution in the same sense that what happened to the church in Missouri in the 1830s (or what other groups, like the Huguenots, went through), i’m totally happy with this address.

  4. Kind of off topic, but this year I read “Killing Jesus”. It really opened my eyes to the political and religious circumstances surrounding the judgment and crucifixion of Christ. I definitely recommend it.

  5. I saw a comment regarding Holland’s talk elsewhere that said it could be taken as a response to the legal case brought against the church in the UK. I thought that is worthy thinking about.

    • I agree, but not all people who watch porn are “addicted” to it. I am not condoning the use of pornography, but talking about it as we do sometimes is not entirely helpful.

    • Blake, I think you would be refused. You’ve gotta have a ticket. But, like the Priesthood Session, you can still watch at home. 🙂

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