Today at the Church, the Conference was broadcast live from Utah. It was 10a.m. in London, and night in the U.S.A., and it was great to share the inspiration being relayed to the congregation gathered at the church in Romford.
The Melchizedek choir of Utah opened with the song, Praise to the Lord.
This was followed by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf's opening words : The Holy Ghost will teach us to the power of our need. (Not more, not less, but to the power of our need).
Nowadays titles like "Demise of men" or "Where have all the real men gone?" tend to suggest a denigration of men, on the premise that one gender should dominate the other. Men and boys get demeaning and conflicting signals, as these books, mostly authored by women, portray men as incompetent, immature or just self-absorbed. The Lord says, "Love one to another".
Yet women are at the same time crying, "Oh men of God".
Society is stronger when men provide spiritual and moral leadership in the family, a family that has spiritual nourishment.
Counsellor Anthony D. Perkins of the 70s observes that "Pornography is a raging storm, tearing down what was once wholesome", and it is necessary to remain aloof from such material. David, who overcame the mighty Goliath, was yet vulnerable. When he saw Sheba bathing, he was tempted.
He lost his connection with his eternal family. What a price to pay.
The message was Turn away from temptation.
Elder D. Todd Christopherson had in his prayers Omar, a 14year old boy in India, who does two jobs to support his family, doing his first job before he goes to school, the second one after. And he finishes his homework by 11 pm before he goes to sleep. The Elder was very proud of Omar although he has never met him. I would say there is a huge number of people in India like that, of the one billion plus who rise to the challenge of living this way, every day.
President Thomas S. Monson had the closing words. "We should have the capacity to see men not as they are, but as they can be."
"People can change" "Men can change" "Men change everyday." That is the change I pray for, to the glory of God and the loving kindness of our Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
(written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest )