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General Conference, ‘Behold the Man,’ April 2018; “Recently I asked the internet, “What day most changed the course of history?” … If the same question were asked of you, what would you say? In my mind the answer is clear. To find the most important day in history, we must go back to that evening almost 2,000 years ago in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus Christ knelt in intense prayer and offered Himself as a ransom for our sins. It was during this great and infinite sacrifice of unparalleled suffering in both body and spirit that Jesus Christ, even God, bled at every pore. … Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins. All of them. Because of Jesus the Christ, our sins can not only be erased; they can be forgotten. We can become purified and exalted. Holy. Do We “Behold the Man”? … …They could see Jesus, but they did not truly behold Him. They did not have eyes to see.” – Dieter Uchtdorf

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General Conference, ‘Take the Holy Spirit as Your Guide,’ April 2018; “To quicken means to make alive. Just as Christ brings our bodies back to life after physical death through the power of His Resurrection, so can He also quicken us, or make us alive, from spiritual death. In the book of Moses, we read of Adam undergoing this kind of quickening: “[Adam] was baptized, and the Spirit of God descended upon him, and thus he was born of the Spirit, and became quickened in the inner man.” …

Following the feet of the people ahead of you on the path is not enough. We cannot just do and think what others are doing and thinking; we must live a guided life. We must each have our own hand on the iron rod. Then we may go to the Lord with humble confidence, knowing that He “shall lead [us] by the hand, and give [us] answer to [our] prayers.” In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” – Larry Y. Wilson

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General Conference, ‘Prepare to Meet God,’ April 2018; “As we look at the primary purposes of the Church, they are all based on equality before the Lord and following the culture of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With respect to missionary work, the principal qualifications for baptism are humbling oneself before God and coming forth with a broken heart and contrite spirit. Education, wealth, race, or national origin are not even considered. …The Savior additionally explained that everyone is our neighbor. The Book of Mormon makes it clear …We must be united and equal before God.” – Quentin L. Cook

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Today we’re looking at a couple of the talks given at General Conference in April 2018.

Before we begin…first things first…

The numbers we’ve allotted to each talk is purely for our own references in the series, and isn’t meant to describe the order in which each talk was given at conference. We’ve noticed in past articles Mormons are getting hung up on peripheral things, instead of focusing on the subject matter at hand.

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Sunday Evening Session

2 Corinthians 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”.

Today we’re looking at just one of the talks given at General Conference. Over the next week or so we’ll take a look at some of the others, but for now this one subject is over the top of how bad they can get.

At the Sunday evening session of General Conference, Russell Nelson announced the ‘retirement’ of the Visiting and Home Teaching Programs. See General Conference, ‘Ministering’,  April 2018, for more info.

What he didn’t tell the audience is how this program would work, so we took a field trip over to their front page looking for more details, and of course what we read was sad indeed. This church is very talented at the bait and switch games you’ll see at State Fairs. The problem is they’re doing this with much higher stakes: your eternal life.

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The overall stats put out by the LDS Church last week was dismal. I would imagine there’s a fair amount of talk behind closed doors as to how they’re going to deal with the substantial loss of membership, not to mention the retention rate problem they have right now.

After looking at the ‘fruits of their labors’ my heart is broken as I think about the futility of it all. Every statistic revealed a downward trend, except one. The one number that went up was the unaccounted for members they added.

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The past forty years has brought a lot of change to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Probably more than they expected, and far less than they were wanting to see (as in members, that is).

The one thing that’s remained consistent is the downward spiral of church membership. While the rate of decline has fluctuated, the one constant element is its presence; year in, and year out.

The other common denominator is the Church’s inability to face facts, and tell the truth about why they’re experiencing an unprecedented loss of members. In 2015 we noted their membership growth rate was the slowest since 1937, and as we saw then, they weren’t telling the truth about how many people are Mormon.

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