184th Semiannual General Conference talk summaries (+photos)

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  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    Oct. 9, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    I'm disappointed the speakers all appeared to be using a teleprompter. Many people were turned off when the President of the United States always used a teleprompter. Why not just speak from the heart?

  • haloueen Washington, UT
    Oct. 7, 2014 6:01 p.m.

    I truly appreciated the opportunity to receive direct guidance from our church leaders twice a year. I also appreciated that some talks were given in their native language, not for my sake, but for the sake of those who spoke that language. It represents the fact that our church is a world-wide church - How Wonderful! I also appreciate that wherever I go in the world, I can attend an LDS meeting and know that I am receiving the same experience and teachings that I would receive at home. We are all united under the same leadership. I trust our Prophet, his counselors, the Twelve Apostles, and all those called to serve under their inspired leadership. They are truly dedicated and prayerful people. This is the Church of Jesus Christ, once more restored to the earth by Jesus Christ himself and functions under His leadership.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 7, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    Layton, UT
    I noticed a lot of talks about caring for the poor.

    The United Order was Brigham Young's attempt to implement the Law of Consecration among colonies of LDS. It was an implementation that is sometimes used interchangeably with the Law of Consecration.

    It predated socialism...

    12:41 p.m. Oct. 6, 2014


    No, not exactly...

    Enoch practiced it.
    as did
    Jesus taught it --
    1st Century Christians, and amongst the Nephites,
    The American Pilgrims,
    as the United States military.

    FYI -
    So do Families,
    and so will the Kingdom of God.

    BTW --
    it's more Communist in nature than Socialist....

    Having ALL things in Common

  • toocoolforcoug Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    Those of you complaining about the dubbed over messages. Please note that the decision to have the speakers use their native language was a decision that was made shortly before conference. There was not enough time to work out all of the details to make it as perfect for everyone as possible. The ability and tools it takes to do this are available it just takes time to work it all out. What an incredible experience it must have been for those to hear a talk in their native language. I can only imagine the smiles on the saints faces and how the spirit must have filled their hearts. We forget how blessed and spoiled we are. When much is given, much is expected. We are expected to be patient and be grateful the church is as big as it is and is covering the earth. Be happy for these people.

  • SLCMom Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    A common complaint has been raised by many of listening to the "dubbed" native language talks and preferring subtitles only. Here are two thoughts you may not have not considered:
    #1. This is how all foreign language members of the Church have had to listen to Conference for the past 50+ years of broadcasting. It only seems fair the English speaking members get a turn.
    #2. A large majority of listeners cannot read the subtitles, either because of a disability, age limitation or sight impairment.
    I would suggest the church offer a dedicated YouTube feed or LDS.org feed that would play the talk with subtitles only. Other than that, it should be accepted that attending LIVE in the Conference Center will be one of the only ways to hear a fully unimpeded talk. And, I think it will be interesting to see how much this motivates more local members to attend LIVE instead of watching in their PJs from home. For the past few years I have noticed there are ALWAYS empty seats in the balcony & Terrace levels, which I clearly remember President Monson noticing and pointed out in a previous talk stating: "we can do better".

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    I noticed a lot of talks about caring for the poor.

    The United Order was Brigham Young's attempt to implement the Law of Consecration among colonies of LDS. It was an implementation that is sometimes used interchangeably with the Law of Consecration.

    It predated socialism...

  • greengrin Provo, UT
    Oct. 6, 2014 5:36 a.m.

    What a wonderful conference! Thank you for posting the summary!

  • Brother Dave Livermore, CA
    Oct. 5, 2014 9:16 p.m.

    Thanks for another Great General Conference!!

    Thanks to BYU-TV for making it available to us here in California.

    It's always nice to have opportunity to listen to the messages given
    and the challenges to improve our behavior and our focus.

    We Should All be Kind to one another....

    God Bless!!

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2014 8:09 p.m.

    Blind obedience is never a good thing. It is good to hear them keep reminding people to love each other and their neighbors. It is so disheartening to have neighbors that don't speak to you because you are not one of them or some extended family members that don't. You shouldn't need conference talks to remind you to love each other regardless of your differences. Everyone has value.

  • bj-hp Maryville, MO
    Oct. 5, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    George of Jungle: Are your questions legitimate or are you mocking? If legitimate then the answer is that there are socialist in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just as there are socialist in our country. However, the United Order will basically be voluntary not mandatory as it is in socialism. The New World Order is man made not the will of Heavenly Father. The United Order will become the law when the Savior returns and destroys the wickedness. It will be then that the Government of the World will be established by the Savior of mankind. All will be voluntary as Christ will not compel anyone to do something against their choice. This new world government is already on earth but will be added upon when the Savior returns. I don't understand it fully but I know that the most righteous shall survive the massive destruction of the wickedness of this world. They whether members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or other sects shall be the most righteous. In the end the only government will be that which the Lord has already established.

  • Brent Garner Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 5, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    To George of the Jungle. Please do not be insulted, but obviously you are uninformed about what the LDS mean by the United Order or Law of Consecration. If I could, permit me to suggest you go to lds.org and perform a search for United Order. You will find useful information there which will point out that you have crossed two things which have nothing to do with each other at all.

  • PhoenixAZ phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 5, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    @Laurels: Oh, please! Is there nothing more important to complain about?

  • Okieland Edmond, Ok
    Oct. 5, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Aubrey1, you may indeed have found the english voice-over distracting from the Cantonese language of that particular talk. But those of us listening to audio only, being unable to receive a video feed, were ever so grateful for the opportunity to hear and understand. Likewise, all of the english-speaking and vision impaired members were blessed for it as well.

  • waikiki_dave Honolulu, HI
    Oct. 4, 2014 10:17 p.m.

    It seems Elder Oaks has been appointed the primary spokesman concerning reiterating the Church's position on marriage equality. An observation . . . his delivery is much less confrontational and kinder than what we typically have heard from either Pres. Packer or Elder Nielsen.

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    Oct. 4, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    What could be a better gift than improved logic?
    Elder Holland I loved your talk today.
    To love thy neighbor as much as one self,
    Is the path our Lord asks of us.
    Sharing the truth about Satan will open the doors of heaven for us God's children.
    My prayers are with you and our prophet Thomas S. Monson and all the dedicated servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    To rebuke Satan and his hidden power over us is only possible with the power of God.
    Ask and it shall be granted unto you and the Leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.....Which I am proud to be a member..
    Elder Jonathan L. Peterson
    servant of our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Anchovey Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    What a wonderful Conference it has been to this point! As the Brethren and Sisters have pointed out, no one is perfect, except One who has walked this earth. I'll let the folks at the top work through the nuances of which session properly started off this General Conference. I'm going to ponder the messages I just heard and get to work on those things I need to do...Can hardly wait for the Priesthood Meeting messages in just a few hours and tomorrow's messages!

  • aubrey1 orem, utah
    Oct. 4, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    Please use English subtitles for us at home. It was very distracting to have the English speaker over-lapping the Cantonese. We wanted to hear Elder Wong speak his native language.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 4, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    Are the Mormons socialist? What is the United Order? Is it anything like The New World Order?

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Oct. 4, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    Pres. Uchtdorf announced at the General Women's Meeting last Saturday that the Women's Meeting was the first session of General Conference.

    The LDS Church News 10.05.2014 edition ran a story entitled "20 Historic Events" with #20 being the announcement that the General Women's Meeting was the first session of the semiannual general conference.

    The LDS Church's website has posted all of the talks from the General Women's meeting on the General Conference page.

    Yet, President Eyring just announced "Welcome to the first session of General Conference" as he conducted the Saturday morning session.

    I know it seems to be a "minor" misstatement, but officially designating the General Women's Meeting as the first session of GC was a major change. It would have been VERY nice, and would have brought attention to this historic change, if Pres. Eyring had announced, "Welcome to the second session of GC" and made some reference to the 1st session.