Last week, last two talks! These two talks are seemingly unrelated, but studying them will finish off ALL of the talks from the October 2009 General Conference. It’s been a great ride, and reading all the messages from those who are called to lead and instruct us has given me a lot of personal direction and answered many prayers along the way. I’m so looking forward to next week, when we’re able to hear again the words of God that are specific to us at just this time. I’m so grateful for the blessing of living prophets, seers and revelators.
The final talks:
“Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration” by Elder Tad R. Callister
Through Joseph Smith have been restored all the powers, keys, teachings, and ordinances necessary for salvation and exaltation.
In many ways the gospel of Jesus Christ is like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. When Joseph Smith came on the scene, perhaps 100 pieces were in place. Then Joseph Smith came along and put many of the other 900 pieces in place so that people could say, “Oh, now I understand where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going.”
and “A Call to the Rising Generation” by Elder Brent H. Nielson
The Savior’s call is to you of the rising generation. He is asking for worthy, prepared, faithful young men and young women who will heed the prophet’s voice, who will step up and say, as the Savior Himself said, “Here am I, send me” (Abraham 3:27). The need has never been greater.
There is no greater call than teaching “all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
General Conference Book Club (round 3) will start again next Sunday, with a chance for you to share some of your favorite talks, quotes, and moments from General Conference. So take good notes, and we’ll “see” you then!
2 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 25: Elder Callister and Elder Nielson”
I LOVED the way Elder Callister started his talk. How many times do we “focus upon or magnify some minor weaknesses” in ourselves? How often do we unfairly judge who we are and only look at the things we have done (or are doing) wrong? or the things we aren’t accomplishing? And then how often do we let those things weigh us down and blind us from all other aspects of our life?
We need to stop doing this and remember we are human. We are subject to the natural man. But, we need to have hope and to truly believe in the power of the Atonement. Even the great apostles and the prophets of the world were not perfect. Yet they had faith and hope. Faith and hope that God could make up the difference, that He would bridge the gap and turn our ashes into something beautiful.
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I did it!!! I read the last talk this morning before the A.M. session. I never would have accomplished this goal without your Book Club. THANK YOU!! It has been such a blessing in my life. I can’t wait for the next six months!