Monday, April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 02, 2016 -- Month #13 - Week #59 - Day #411 - El Dorado, La Entrada, Copan

April 2, 2016

General Conference! I got to watch it in English in the bunker, so that was wonderful. It was really weird hearing the hymns in English, as I have learned them all in Spanish. And Spanish sounds better when it's sung. English isn't a good singing language.

It was fun to have Elder Kevin R. Duncan speak, as he's our Area President so we've seen him a lot, and he's a good friend of President Dester. He made a good comment about how we are all Saul-like individuals with Paul-like potential.

And Elder Dale G. Renlund also gave a good talk about the relationship between giver and receiver and their characteristics. He's very, very calm when he talks.

Sister Mary R. Durham made the comment about how our home is a place of spiritual immersion, and it's much easier to learn the language of the spirit there.

President Henry B. Eyring taught about the Parable of the Sower and the conditions of the soil. It depends on us how close to Christ we are.

Elder Donald L. Hallstrom spoke about our eternal identity as a child of God and reminded us of the message in verse 7 of "How Firm a Foundation."

Elder Gary E. Stevenson told us the "Car Key Parable" and talked about the priesthood keys we are so dependent upon.

And Elder Steven E. Snow talked about humility and how we should use this attribute when there is contention. He also cited the hymns "Be Thou Humble" and "I Need Thee Every Hour."

Then in the afternoon Elder Ronald A. Rasband talked about the 2016 Youth Theme: "Press Forward" and how the Lord always directs us in His great plan, inviting us to come do (blank).

Elder Neil L. Andersen spoke about families and how we should also be sensitive to the imperfectness in people and their situations. But also that we have great love for all people and the Savior can make all things right.

I liked what Elder Mervyn B. Arnold said about sharing the Gospel with telemarketers, that made me smile. But also that we should be actively out and about rescuing people, and should not easily give up.

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi spoke of the blessings of the temple and of his conversion.

I also liked what Elder David A. Bednar said about being born again by the Holy Ghost through ordinances and the relation of baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the Sacrament.

And Elder M. Russell Ballard closed with inviting us to hold family councils without cell phones. There should always be counseling at whatever level of the Church, as that's the way the Lord established it.

I enjoyed the Conference and was grateful for the opportunity we have to listen to these inspired men and women. And the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang "Come Thou Fount!" Which was awesome. I love that song. And I liked the arrangement. So good.

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