Today and tomorrow we’ll be looking at a few of the talks given at the semi-annual LDS General Conference. We’ve chosen the topics based purely at what we thought seemed of greater import. The numbering system we’ve assigned to each doesn’t necessarily indicate the order in which the talk was given, rather, it’s to keep them organized for the articles. We’ve retrieved our info from the Church owned, Deseret News. At the time we gathered our info, the Church hadn’t published the transcripts of each talk.
The first item we’re looking at serves as the poster-child of why my heart will always break for the Mormon people. Although I realize it’s not a talk, it’s noteworthy because of its content.
The Church’s announcement came as a welcome surprise for many members. The Deseret News reported on some of the reactions they heard as people left conference.
“Less time in church meetings, more time for family and personal gospel study? Absolutely.
That was the sentiment of several Latter-day Saints streaming out of the Conference Center after the Saturday morning session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when a new plan for a home-centered, church-supported, shortened meeting schedule was announced. …
Christopher Schuman and his wife, Rebecca Schuman, have been married for 10 years. They are unable to have children, but believe the change is inspired because “it works for all families.”
“For me it’s been a struggle because I was trying to find my place and if I’m not able to have children, what does that look like?” Rebecca Schuman said. “Just because my husband and I can’t (have children) doesn’t mean we can’t have a family and help inspire those around us that have children and be an example.”
She appreciated the words of Elder Ronald A. Rasband, who counseled members not to fear.
“I think that says it all. We need not fear because of what our foundation is built upon,” she said. “Maybe when I die, the Lord will give me 100 spirit children and I’m going to have to remember all their names…” [emp. mine]
Make no mistake my friends, this is tragic beyond what words can express. Yes, I realize that we’re all responsible to search out the truth so we can discern right from wrong. If you’re active enough to attend General Conference, there’s no doubt you’re also carrying around a Bible in that quad (LDS canon).
That said, however, there’s also a level of culpability for this tragedy that lies squarely on the shoulders of LDS.inc. Shame, shame, shame on them. His word says ‘by their fruits you will know’, and it’s apparent their production has led at least one person down the wrong path!
Mark 12:23-25 “In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.” [emp. mine]
“As we establish wholesome traditions that teach the doctrine of Christ, the Holy Spirit bears witness of the truthfulness of our message and nourishes the seeds of the gospel that are planted deep in the hearts of our children by our efforts all along the way.”
Wholesome traditions doesn’t get anyone into heaven. Only the blood of Jesus does this! Furthermore, if you’re teaching kids, or anyone else for that matter, you need to be sure you’re teaching about the true Jesus of the Bible, not the false Christ of Joseph Smith.
Elder Pieper spoke about the Savior’s name during his October 2018 general conference address:
- 1.“The Savior’s name has singular and essential power. It is the only name by which salvation is possible.”
Then why not teach this great truth? Check out Acts 4:12 instead of merely quoting it.
- “Our commitment to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ requires action and has multiple dimensions.”
Romans 10:9 says if you believe and confess you are saved.
- “As we take upon us the Savior’s name, we truly lay hold upon every good thing and become like Him.”
No. Becoming godlike means you have the Holy Spirit inside of you which is who sanctifies us. Eph. 2:8-9.
Talk #4 Liar, liar, pants on fire…
“Truth and the plan of salvation provide a knowledge of things present, past and future. While information is more easily available now than ever before, not all information is true. “We need to be cautious as we seek truth and choose sources for that search.”
The conditions of God’s eternal plan include the temptations from the adversary but also provide the gift of repentance through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. “The purpose of (the Church) is to qualify His children for the highest degree of glory, which is exaltation or eternal life.””
Believing you have to experience evil implies God is evil. This is simply not true. God does not provide evil things for you, me, or anyone. Satan does that. He’s the father of lies, not God. Besides all that, believing you have to experience evil and good is a form of witchcraft.
The purpose of Jesus’ church is to provide fellowship with other believers so we can teach others, and grow from what we’ve learned. If you’re in the Church of Jesus Christ, you’re already saved, hence, there is no qualifying about it.
We hope that you’ll pray for those who listened to this conference and that they do a little homework. The smallest amount of study will produce fields of truth if you’re willing to do so!
With Love in Christ;