As an addict involved in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, I had to dig deep to find and embrace my inner Mormon. What follows is my journal from this point forward.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October 2012 Conference - Saturday AM Session

Elder Quentin L. Cook focused on Alma's challenge as found in Alma 5.  He used this to remind all of us, but especially youth to be commited to the Gospel. He condemmned physical and emotional abuse of family members. He correlated the family unit as important to social civility. He clearly stated that sexual immorality is a sin. Some LDS teachings have a corresponding message in society.  Sexual immorality does not. He then reminded us that it is never too late to apply the Savior's Atonement in our lives.

Sister Ann Dibb summarized her sermon at the start: Having confidence in our identity as a member of the LDS Church.  Fourth things we need to have in our message: I'm a Mormon: I know it.  I live it. I love it. A convert saw the modesty and standards as a sign of the truth of the LDS church.

Elder Craig Christensen, spoke on the unspeakable gift, the Holy Ghost. He told of his son's feeling of the Spirit while visiting a Temple and discussed his feelings.  Elder Christensen contrasted the The grandeur of what he saw to the seemingly small feeling fis son felt. The primary Purpose of the Holy Ghost to bear witness.  It carries more certainty than any other source. It is more powerful than even personal contact with heavenly beings.  The most common description of influence of the Holy Ghost is a feeling.

Elder Shayne Bowen told his own tragic and deeply moving personal story about the loss of a child. He shared his own emotions and frustrations in an extremely honest way. He then explained how his pain became peace and then joy.
His family will not experience a fullness of Joy until they are fully reunited. However, we can continue with good cheer.  We can receive comfort.  Those feelings of sorrow loneliness and despair will one day be replaced with a fullness of Joy.  All that is unfair of life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Elder Russel M. Nelson declared that missionary service is a priesthood duty.
He invited all those who investigate this church to keep all that is good and true and then see if we can add more.  Do you Have struggles, have questions? Are you seeking direction or feeling an sense of needing more? Do you want to understand the Bible better? Would you like to help people in need? Do you want to know more about the Lord Jesus Christ?  Ask the missionaries, they can help you.

Elder Uchtdorf spoke on living life without regrets by devoting yourself to the path of discipleship and happiness. He talked about truly connecting with one another. He expressed that living the gospel is the way to live both devotedly and happily. We must not live our faith as the boy who dipped his foot in the water and claimed he went swimming. He spoke against over use of social networking when we should connect more to one another and serve one another. Making this post perhaps the greatest act of hypocrisy yet.

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