General Conference Book Club Week 24: Bishop Burton

Two more weeks until Conference and I’m almost this excited.


This week we will study the talk “Let Virtue Garnish Your Thoughts” by Presiding Bishop H. David Burton.  He spoke during the Sunday morning session and highlighted a list of characteristics that he called the “-ity” virtues.

“Virtuous traits form the foundation of a Christian life and are the outward manifestation of the inner man. The spelling in English of many individual virtues concludes with the letters ity: integrity, humility, charity, spirituality, accountability, civility, fidelity, and the list goes on and on.”

If virtues are lost, families will be measurably weakened, individual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will soften, and important eternal relationships may be jeopardized.”

Share your favorite parts and insights in the comments.  You can go here to find the links to watch or listen to this talk.  And here you will find more information about the GCBC– We’ll start over again in a couple weeks and would love to have you join us.


4 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 24: Bishop Burton

  1. I was in YW a few years ago when D&C 121:45 was the theme of the year. I thought it was such a great theme.

    I hope that my children are learning some of these virtuous traits from me. Probably not as much as they should be…I know there is much room for me to improve.

  2. This talk was a good reminder for me of what is really important for me to teach my children. That is not important that they are able to read independently before kindergarten, or that they know all the ABC’s and counting before preschool. The important thing is that they are honest and are developing integrity.

  3. I’ve probably blogged about this before, but my favorite of these virtues (and of the YW values) is Integrity. I think it, perhaps along with Charity, kind of swallows up all the other attributes into one great whole. I’m fascinated with the concept of always acting based on my knowledge of right and wrong. Such a simple concept, but truly at the center of an obedient heart, something I really want to strive for. I believe that when we act with integrity, things like civility, and dependability, etc. all kind of fall into place.

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