President Uchdorf presides.

A regional choir, whose region I did not quite catch, sings an anthem, whose title I also did not quite catch. The dress style is at odds with my preference for a conservative dark wardrobe.

Opening prayer. Did not catch his name, either. Yes, the start of this session kind of snuck up on me.

President Eyring conducts the sustaining of general Church officers. Two General Authority Seventies are released. Two Area Seventies are released.

Choir: “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: “Love one another,  as I have loved you.”  A unique challenge. Difficult because we live among those not sharing our values and covenant obligations.  We must avoid contention.  But we must not compromise inspired positions. The woman taken in adultery.

Teach commandments plainly in our own spaces. We should be examples of civility in public places. We may have to endure democratically supported unjust laws. Apply the Golden Rule. Accept unfavorable results graciously.

Let our children be friends with children of other faiths. Avoid teenage bullying. Live with policy differences and avoid personal attacks. Be loving to our families but do not condone what is wrong. Kindness is powerful.

Elder Neil L. Andersen speaks of Moroni’s visit to Joseph Smith — “Good and evil among all nations”.  Opposition sends seekers of truth to their knees. Quotes Neal Maxwell on learning about the Church through its defectors.  Internet does not have a truth filter.  Elder Nelson in misleading photo. Adjust your own mask before assisting others.

Elder Tad R. Callister speaks of Ben  Carson taking a math quiz in Detroit. Very poor mother. Sees successful people reading and gets her sons to read more. Becomes a top physician.

We are the most important example to our children. Home the ideal forum for teaching the Gospel. Teach our childrens to pray for things of eternal consequence. Direct their time away from television and electronic devices.

Choir and congregation. “Redeemer of Israel”

Jorg Klebingat on whether God is pleased with us. How would be do in an interview? Worry about sins or be joyful in his presence? Guilt as a way to distance us from God.

Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being. Accept that you are free according to the flesh. Not captive of circumstances.

Take responsibility for your physical well-being.

Embrace voluntary wholehearted obedience to God.

Become really really good at repenting quickly.

Become really really good at forgiving.

Accept setbacks as part of your mortal experience.

Eduardo Gavarrett speaking in Spanish a fulfullment of prophecy. Object lesson of blindfolded missionaries led by voices. Never follow the wrong voice. Speaks of the conversion of his wife — Easier to follow the Savior with her at his side. Sacrament. Rich young man.

Walk with me. Woman touching Savior’s garment. Bartimaeus. Reach out your hand. Touch His garment.

Feed the desire to be a better follower of Christ.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Look to the poor so that they shall not suffer. God means business about this. “She hath done what she could.” “God not overly concerned with percentages.”  Retain a remission of our sins by responding to the poor. Ouch. Industry, thrift, self-reliance to be taught. Law of the Fast. Gratitude in the grace of God.

Elder L. Tom Perry on our journey through life. Fix our eyes on Christ. Parable of the wheat and tares. Importance of the family.

Choir: “Abide With Me”

Elder Elder Dubie(?) closing prayer.

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