Sunday, April 13, 2014

I See... The Top Eleven April 2014 General Conference Spiritual Sound Bites

Continuing a proud tradition initiated after General Conference last October, the Mormon Third Eye presents the Top Eleven Spiritual Sound Bites of April 2014 General Conference. You read about what a spiritual sound bite is here, and read last General Conference's Top Eleven Spiritual Sound Bites here.


"Sadly enough, my young friends, it is a characteristic of our age that if people want any gods at all, they want them to be gods who do not demand much, comfortable gods, smooth gods who not only don’t rock the boat but don’t even row it, gods who pat us on the head, make us giggle, then tell us to run along and pick marigolds." (Holland)


"Brothers and sisters, how do we protect our children and youth? Filters are useful tools, but the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and our Savior’s atoning sacrifice for each one of us." (Reeves)


"You are infinitely more precious to God than a tree. You are His son or His daughter. He made your spirit strong and capable of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life. The whirlwinds in your youth, like the wind against a young tree, can increase your spiritual strength, preparing you for the years ahead." (Anderson)


"At times we may be tempted to practice what I call “natural man’s obedience,” in which we disobediently reject God’s law in favor of our wisdom or our desires or even popularity. To rationalize disobedience does not change spiritual law or its consequences but leads to confusion, instability, wandering in strange paths, being lost, and grief.  Spiritually mature obedience is “the Savior’s obedience.”" (Hales)


"The “now what” in the face of death in this life and the “now what” in contemplation of life after death are at the heart of the questions of the soul that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ answers so beautifully in the Father’s plan of happiness. Don’t underestimate the influence of the deceased in assisting your efforts and the joy of ultimately meeting those you serve." (Cook)


"Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness. Because our individual load needs to generate spiritual traction, we should be careful to not haul around in our lives so many nice but unnecessary things that we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly matter most." (Bednar)


"An obedient horse which is part of a well-trained team of horses needs little more than a gentle tug from the driver to do exactly what he wants it to do. This gentle tug is equivalent to the still, small voice with which the Lord speaks to us. Out of respect for our agency, it is never a strong, forceful tug." (Perry)


"There is no “up or down” in the service of the Lord. There is only “forward or backward,” and that difference depends on how we accept and act upon our releases and our callings.  Whoever exercises priesthood authority should forget about their rights and concentrate on their responsibilities." (Oaks)


"Owning a smartphone does not make you smart." (Ridd)


"Those who serve others will not sleep through the Restoration." (Uchtdorf)

And finally, the number one spiritual sound bite of April 2014 General Conference is...

"Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully but also as the determination to live decently." (Monson)

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