Monday, 7 April 2014

Sunday Morning Session GC

GC stands for General Conference. You may ask "What is General Conference?"

Well, General Conference is a semiannual gathering of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church), held every April and October to listen and watch from Church Leaders.

Please take around 10 to 20 minutes out of your time to read what I learnt if you want. This is what I learnt during General Conference for Sunday Morning Session, and here's the notes that I took, minus the photos.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf mentioned  "Everyone’s situation is different, and the details of each life are unique. Nevertheless, I have learned that there is something that would take away the bitterness that may come into our lives. There is one thing we can do to make life sweeter, even joyful, and even glorious. We can be grateful. I'm suggesting that instead of being ‘thankful for things’ we focus on being ‘thankful in our circumstances’ whatever they may be.

Commandments are opportunities to exercise our agency and to receive blessings. Our loving Heavenly Father knows that choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy and great happiness. We can choose to be grateful, no matter what. When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief we can still lift up our hearts in praise.

Being grateful in times of distress does not mean we are pleased with our circumstances. It does many that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges. It requires that we trust God and hope for things that we may not see but which are true.

True gratitude is an express of hope and testimony, he added. It comes from acknowledging that we do not always understand the trials of life but trusting that one day we will."

Elder M Russell Ballard mentioned "Preach my Gospel teaches everyone how to not only invite but also how to follow up on invitations. The purpose of Missionary Work is defined as inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

He suggested members could be more consistently involved in missionary work if they would invite someone once a quarter to be taught by the full-time missionaries. To help members achieve this goal, Elder Ballard extended an invitation to all members, regardless of current calling, to obtain a copy of Preach My Gospel.

Read it, study it and then apply what you learn to help you understand how to bring souls to Christ through invitation and follow up."

I really loved what Sister Jean A. Stevens said in her talk. Her talk was my favourite talk out of General Conference for Sunday Morning Session. She mentioned, "Wherever we find ourselves on the path of discipleship, whatever our worries and challenges may be, we are not alone,  You are not forgotten, ... we can choose to reach for God’s hand in our need. We can face our challenges with prayer and trust in the Lord. And in the process we become more like Him."

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