General Conference Book Club Week 25: Elder Callister and Elder Nielson

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!