GCBC Week 19: “Hope” by Elder Steven E. Snow

Welcome back to another week of General Conference Book Club.  Our comments were a little sparse last week, so I’d love to have more of you tune in on this talk and share some of your favorite parts or best insights.

by Elder Steven E. Snow
of the Presidency of the Seventy

This was my favorite quote from the talk because I thought it was a great reminder about acting on our hope and desires:

As parents, we find our fondest hopes center around our children. We hope they will grow up to lead responsible and righteous lives. Such hopes can be easily dashed if we do not act as good examples. Hope alone does not mean our children will grow in righteousness. We must spend time with them in family home evening and worthwhile family activities. We must teach them to pray. We must read with them in the scriptures and teach them important gospel principles. Only then is it possible our fondest hopes will be realized.

What stood out for you?  What does the talk make you want to do or change?  Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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GCBC Week 18: “Followers of Christ” and “The Essence of Discipleship”

I’m back, so we might even have actual links this week.  🙂  I picked two talks this time because they seemed a good fit to study together.

“Followers of Christ”
by Elder Walter F. González
Of the Presidency of the Seventy


“The Essence of Discipleship”
by Sister Silvia H. Allred
First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency

I thought it was really interesting to read each talk’s emphasis on different characteristics of discipleship.  The two things that stood out to me (and were consistent in both talks) were covenant keeping and charitable kindness.

I’d love to hear your thoughts as you study these talks.  What were the highlights for you?  What are some practical ways you feel like you can apply these principles in your life?  Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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GCBC Week 5: “Opportunities to Do Good” by President Henry B. Eyring

This week’s talk is “Opportunities to Do Good” by President Henry B. Eyring.  My family is going to study it tomorrow in Family Home Evening and try to come up with ideas to seek out more service.  I think we can come up with some ways to make sacrifices and bless others’ lives more than we have been doing.

What do you like about this talk?  What messages and goals stand out to you.  Please share comments in the conversation below.  If this is your first time to General Conference Book Club,  go here to learn more.

GCBC Week 3: “The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World” by President Thomas S. Monson

Welcome back, and thanks for your great participation so far.  This week we will look at the talk by our prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  In last week’s talk, Elder Holland testified of President Monson’s calling and divine leadership, and specifically of the prophetic love and warning in his messages.  As we study our talk this week, let’s try to pay attention to his expressions of both love and warning, and try to determine what our prophet is asking us to do.

“The Holy Temple—a Beacon to the World”

by President Thomas S. Monson

What are your thoughts, impressions and insights as you read this talk?  Feel free to join in the discussion in the comments, even if you’re new to General Conference Book Club.