Monday, April 8, 2013

2 Day General Conference

The General Conference weekend finally came! I've been longing it since last October. 
Because of the time difference, the General Conference here in Hawaii started at 6am. Nobody has ever said that getting up at 5:15am for two days would be an easy thing, but this weekend was indeed the BEST one in this semester. 
I've been so looking forward to hearing President Thomas S. Monson stating the statistics about the increase in number of missionary because of the age change. He announced that there were 65,634 full-time missionaries serving around the world (record on April 4), and there were 20,000 young men and young women having received mission call and were waiting to enter the MTC. And I'm so happy that I'm one of them waiting to leave for mission. What a honor!
I've finished watching the 4 sessions of General Conference, and I'll watch the Priesthood session after the finals. All messages from the church leaders are inspiring and uplifting. I'm eternally grateful for having the living prophet who receives revelation and guided us in these latter-days. 
Here are some of my favorite addresses among all sessions:
Elder Boyd K. Packer: We have no greater friend than the Lord. Faith is a real power, not just the expression of belief.
Bishop Dean M. Davies: We need to build our lives on a sure foundation, God's foundation, which cannot fall.
Elder Craig A. Cardon: We overcome the world through the enabling power of the Atonement. Don't be judgmental!
President Henry B. Eyring: You can rely on God to draw closer to your family, even to those who are dead, if you exercise faith.
Elder Richard G. Scott: The Lord is the source of true peace in this life. Simple, consistent, and good habits lead to a life full of bountiful blessings. Stay on the Lord's side, and you can win over Satan every time.
Elder Quentin L. Cook: Judgement is the Lord's. Peace comes from knowing that the Savior knows who we are. For those who reject God, there is no peace. To believe in God is to know all the rules will be fair.
Elder Stanley G. Ellis: We are not spiritual orphans.
Elder David A. Bednar: Sin is a spiritual wound that causes guilt. Guilt can be removed by faith, repentance, continuous obedience.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: The Lord promises to show us the way out of darkness. Accept that the darkness is there, but not to dwell there. You can be filled with light even in trials.
Elder Neil L. Andersen: No force in the entire world can stop the work of God. Let every man choose for himself.
President Thomas S. Monson: Obedience is essential to our salvation. The great test of this life is obedience. No greater example of obedience exists than that of Jesus Christ.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Don't be afraid to ask for help. Belief is always the first step toward conviction.
Elder Bruce D. Porter: Even in a darkening world, we can sing with joy.

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