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Stake Conference Highlights


We truly have been blessed at this stake conference with rich messages of the Spirit, encouraging us to be a people ready to meet our Savior, and reminding us how temples help us to do so.


We pray that as you revisit these beautiful messages, you will be inspired as to what changes to make in your life to better help you make and keep sacred temple covenants with the Lord, and spend more time in His Holy house.


Sincerely,

The Layton Legacy Stake Digital Communications Committee



SATURDAY EVENING ADULT SESSION


"Sweet is the Work"

Chorister: Bari West - Accompanist: Kim Love


"Come Follow Me" by Painted Gospel

Sweet is the work, my God, my King,

To praise thy name, give thanks and sing,

To show thy love by morning light,

And talk of all thy truths at night.


Sweet is the day of sacred rest.

No mortal care shall seize my breast.

Oh, may my heart in tune be found,

Like David’s harp of solemn sound!


My heart shall triumph in my Lord

And bless his works and bless his word.

Thy works of grace, how bright they shine!

How deep thy counsels, how divine!


But, oh, what triumph shall I raise

To thy dear name through endless days,

When in the realms of joy I see

Thy face in full felicity!


Sin, my worst enemy before,

Shall vex my eyes and ears no more.

My inward foes shall all be slain,

Nor Satan break my peace again.


Then shall I see and hear and know

All I desired and wished below,

And every pow’r find sweet employ

In that eternal world of joy.


"The Lord is My Shepherd"

Kevin Forbush, RD Parsons, Josh Pack

Accompanied by Marilee Lieshman


The Lord is my Shepherd; no want shall I know.

I feed in green pastures; safe-folded I rest.

He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow,

Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed,


Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed.

Thru the valley and shadow of death though I stray,

Since thou art my Guardian, no evil I fear.

Thy rod shall defend me, thy staff be my stay.


No harm can befall with my Comforter near.

No harm can befall with my Comforter near.


In the midst of affliction my table is spread.

With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er.

With perfume and oil thou anointest my head.


Oh, what shall I ask of thy providence more?

Oh, what shall I ask of thy providence more?


PRESIDENT TROY FULLMER

"The Power of Love"


President Fullmer began his message with the lyrics of the 1985 hit song, “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis,


The Power of Love…is a curious thing

Make a one man weep, make another man sing.  Change a hawk to a little white dove

More than a feeling…that’s the Power of Love."


He said this song can get in your head and stay for a while, and talked about how he recently heard something that had him thinking about the real true power of love and how it can actually transform our lives.


President Fullmere shared the story of Linda Cliet-Wayman, the principal of the most dangerous school in Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion. Linda quickly realized this school was missing hope. She began to announce over the PA system each morning to the students, ”If nobody told you they loved you today, remember I do, and I always will".


Through her daily messages of love, hope, and belief in her students, Linda went on to transform three of the lowest performing schools, which resulted in 94% of her seniors being accepted into college.


Highlighting Linda's formula for transforming students, President Fullmer asked, "How do and I you unlock the potential that's within others? We have to love them."


While reminding us that the Savior's love is unconditional, meaning we don't have to do anything to earn it, President Fullmer suggested a shift from transactional thinking to a more transformational way of thinking, in relation to our relationships with God and others.  


Another example President Fullmer shared to reinforce this principal, was that of BYU and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. In his book The Law of Love, Steve defines this law of love as simply seeking to be a part of another’s healing, while expecting nothing in return.  Saying, "I will love this person, I will see this person, I will give this person hope, and the only reason why is because he or she is a human being – a son or daughter of God. I seek absolutely nothing in return."


President Fullmer illustrated this law of love in action in his own life. When he was a bishop a young man had requested to meet with him. Unsure as to what this meeting might be about, Bishop Fullmer was curious. As the young man entered the room, no sooner had Bishop Fullmer closed the door the young man fell to the floor in agony and pain. He was 100% broken. Bishop Fullmer spent the next hour sitting on the floor with this young man reassuring this young man that he was loved. Seeing that the young man was certain that he had lost his Heavenly Father's approval, Bishop Fullmer realized this young man had misunderstood the eternal nature of Heavenly Father’s love.


Recently, President Fullmer experienced that love from a sister in our stake, who sensed some concern weighing on him and felt inclined to reach out let him know she was there to help if he ever needed anything. He expressed his gratitude for this demonstration of love.


As scary as it can be to offer love to those around us, President Fullmer reminded us that any other response, other than charity which is God’s pure love, will fail.  God’s love is undefeated.  Love is undefeated.  Love wins. Love changes people. Most importantly Love changes us.  


President Fullmer concluded, "You know, it turns out that Huey Lewis was right about love. Where he said that 'It might just save your life'. Heavenly Father makes it His life’s work to help all of us achieve our very best and He does so without reservation or hesitation. Oh, and by the way…just in case no one has told you today – you are loved. More than you could ever imagine!"


ELAINE ROCKWELL

"My Testimony of the Gospel"


Sister Rockwell began by pointing out that three months ago she was in this very building bearing her testimony after being fully submerged into the waters of baptism. At the time she thought that was the scariest thing she had ever done, but it turned out she was wrong. Talking at stake conference in front of hundreds of people trumps that. The missionary lessons didn't prepare her for it and she felt it should be added to the Church handbook.


All joking aside, when Sister Rockwell was asked to speak about conversion, she felt inadequate in her knowledge of the Church. However, that dissipated when she remembered Mosiah 3:19


For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticing’s of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.


Sister Rockwell reminded us that when we were little children, we were curious, loving and trusting. As we got older, we strayed away from that and began to worry, stress, and become anxious. She pointed out that just as a child fully trusts in their father, we can adopt that mindset when it comes to being a follower of Christ. We can strive to trust in the Lord’s plan.


Growing up in Utah, Sister Rockwell had the influence of the Church always around her, however about three months ago when she felt something was missing in her life, she decided to finally learn more what this Church was all about. She began attending church with a friend and meeting with the missionaries.


When Sister Rockwell heard Elder Costa say in a General Conference talk, "Sometimes we may think, 'I need to fix my life before I come to Jesus,' but the truth is that we come to Jesus to fix our lives through Him. We don’t come to Jesus because we are perfect. We come to Him because we are flawed and in Him we can be perfected.” this touched her, and helped her become more serious about the Church.


Sister Rockwell thought of the many times she doubted her decision to be baptized having felt it wasn’t the right time. She decided to go for a long drive and ask God if the time was right. She immediately felt warm and comforted and knew this was her answer. She decided to trust God's plan for her and to follow the path He had laid out.


Sharing a favorite scripture, Ether 12:27


And if men come unto me, I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.


Sister Rockwell testified that this scripture is powerful because it shows us that God knows us, he knows our weaknesses and if we come unto him humbly, He will turn our weaknesses into strengths.


CHANDLER OBRAY

"How Living the Gospel Brings Joy"


Brother Obray jokingly introduced himself by saying that he and his family live in the most ideal place on the planet - his mom's basement. He spoke of growing up in the Layton Legacy stake and the positive impact it had on him.


One of the greatest of all of God's revelations is Father Lehi's teaching that men are, that they might have joy. Brother Obray said that joy is more than happiness. Joy is the ultimate sensation of well-being. It comes from being complete and in harmony with our Creator and his eternal laws. We can have joy in every circumstance, and we're supposed to have joy in this life.


Brother Obray said that it's easy to have joy when the sun is shining and everything is going well. However, it's when we are in the midst of trials that we begin to question our Heavenly Father's desire for us to be happy. In regards to this, Marvin J Ashton taught that our obligation is to avoid self pity, self judgment and self indulgence. If we properly understand our relationship to God and his to us, we will not have moments, days, or lives spent in wondering what have I done to deserve this? What does God have against me, or why wasn't I born with the talents of my friends?


Mortal life is inherently unfair. Some people are born in affluence, others are not. Some have loving parents, others do not. Some live many years and others few, and on and on and on. Jesus Christ understands unfairness and He has the power to provide a remedy. Nothing compares to the unfairness He endured. But He chose to go through it because of his love for us and for Heavenly Father.


Sharing an experience about his one-year-old son, Brother Obray spoke of Baylor's love for a YouTuber named Miss Rachel. She sings a song called, "I'm So Happy". Brother Obray and his wife Aubrey know that whenever Baylor gets a little fussy or frustrated, they can put Miss Rachel on all of a sudden, all is well and the the world is a good place again. He said that Miss Rachel's Grammy worthy ballad teaches a gospel truth and testified that if we anchor our focus on Jesus Christ, our capacity to to experience joy will increase. Our self-image will also improve and our power to endure will grow. Our ability to bless the lives of others blossom.


Our Heavenly Father created us to resist Satan's desire for our losses. He provided a way for all of us to return to Him and have everlasting joy. He sent his son to die for us so that we can live with him for our and our families forever.


Brother Obray shared an experience of when he attended Heleman's Camp at age 14. He participated in a "hold to the iron rod" activity in which he held onto a rope while blindfolded, doing his best to follow the right voice which would lead him to his Heavenly Father. At one point he reluctantly let go of the rope and said regarding this moment,


"I will never forget that feeling I had immediately after letting go, I realized I'd messed up and quickly turned around with more conviction than I previously had. I stumbled back to the road, blindfolded and. Grabbed it with both. I recommitted to myself that I would never let go again. When I blindly finished the course, I heard my dad's familiar voice. They took off the blindfold and I hugged him as we both cried. He was there to congratulate me on finishing the course and represented our return to our Heavenly Father. Literally, I know that that reunion was foreshadowing an actual event that would take place in my future. For obvious reasons, this is one of the most sacred experiences of my life."


 In conclusion, Brother Obray testified that no matter how far we travel from away from the path, and no matter how distant we feel from our Savior, He will always lovingly encourage us to return to the path. Our Father in Heaven desires for us to experience joy this life. As we keep our focus on Him and our Savior we will live the way that brings true joy and happiness in this life and the life to come.


RICK BOYCE

"Temple Experience"


Brother Boyce began his message

with an introduction of he and his wife. He and Tammy were married in 1974. In March of 2018 Brother Boyce began to notice that his wife was acting different. After visits with doctors and specialists, Tammy was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's.


It was during this time that Brother Boyce began to increase his time in the temple. First it was once a week, then twice a week - as the temple offered relief from being a full-time caretaker. Then last December Tammy experienced a downward spiral which led the family to make the difficult decision of placing her in a memory care center.


Even though this decision was the best for Brother Boyce and his dear wife Tammy, he felt much guilt and sorrow and needed help. He turned to the temple for peace and comfort and started to go four days a week, attending two sessions a day. One for him and one for Tammy. He said that attending the temple was the only thing that brought him peace.


Though this trial has been difficult for Brother Boyce he said that he never could have imagined what it has done for him. Through his faith, he started to understand the nature of God as he began to develop attributes of kindness, charity, long-suffering, grace, mercy and love. Brother Boyce began to understand that there is purpose in all things, even disease. Though we may not understand it, opposition gives us an opportunity to reach our highest potential in this life and the next.


Tammy has been in the memory care center since January. She hugs everyone that comes to see her and loves everyone that she's with. Tammy is helping others in the care center feel loved, including residents suffering from a more advanced disease than she has. The staff and residents enjoy Tammy being there and always say how sweet and wonderful she is. She is helping those who never smiled, to smile. Therefore, could this be Tammy's purpose? Maybe.


Brother Boyce testified that God's plans are not always our pans, but He knows best and is always aware of us. Though Tammy is just a shell of what he married, just her presence helps Brother Boyce understand the greater purpose of the woman whom he kneeled across the altar with almost 50 years ago. He said, "Brothers love your Queens. Sisters love your kings. Council with her. Counsel with him. Enjoy each other. Have charity for yourself. Give yourself a break. Remember to have joy and happiness. Be one with each other as God intended. A temple marriage is forever."


In conclusion, Brother Boyce said it's understandable that we all desire to please God, but doing so requires faith. Faith is required to understand purpose. Purpose is essential to understand affliction. Brother Boyce said learning this has been a sweet road that has required an increase of temple attendance. Spending more time in the temple will increase our knowledge of God and help us understand His attributes that we will one day inherit.


Rest Hymn

"We Listen to a Prophet's Voice"



We listen to a prophet’s voice and hear the Savior too.

With love he bids us do the work the Lord would have us do.

The Savior calls his chosen seer to preach the word of God,

That men might learn to find the path marked by the iron rod.


In ev’ry land, in ev’ry tongue, our prophet will be heard;

How swiftly round the world his voice reveals the gospel word!

The sacred message that he brings will witness and agree

With ev’ry prophet called of God throughout earth’s history.


Hosanna! Let our praise ascend unto the Savior’s throne;

Rejoice! The prophet has confirmed that by Him we are known.

Attend, ye earth! The prophet speaks; come listen and obey.

He is the man who holds the keys of priesthood pow’r today.


ELDER FREDRICO KAHNLEIN

"The significance of Covenants and Faithfulness in Wearing the Temple Garment"


Elder Kahnlein began by expressing the Lord's will for us to review the topic of covenants and the sacred temple garments, as each of us may have a different understanding of it.


He then played a video from the Church that best explains covenants and temples. He encouraged our stake to share this video with friends and neighbors as we approach the open house of the Layton temple.


The video explained how since ancient times members of many religions throughout the world have always worn clothing that outwardly symbolizes their devotion to God and their faith. Faithful Latter Day Saints are no different, however our devotion to God is not expressed outwardly but inwardly. We wear a holy temple garment underneath our clothing. This along with the symbolic vestments worn during temple worship, represent the sacred and personal aspect of our relationship with God and our commitment to live good, honorable lives.


Elder Kahnlein reminded us of President Nelson's counsel that our choices will determine where we will live throughout eternity. The kind of body by which we will be resurrected and those with whom we will live forever. The baseless notion that we should eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die, and it shall be well with us, is one of the most absurd lies in the universe. Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon, and regular time committed to the temple and family history work.


When we choose not to keep covenants, we cannot receive the blessings and in some instances we suffer a penalty as a consequence of our disobedience. All the saving ordinances of the priesthood are accompanied by covenants, and covenants mark the path back to God.


When we wear the temple garment properly throughout our lives, it will serve as a protection against temptation and evil. Elder Kahnlein testified that these are the promises of this covenant and these things are real. The garment should be worn beneath or other clothing. It should not be removed for activities that can reasonably be done while wearing the garment. It should not be modified to accommodate different style styles of clothing. Wearing the temple garment is a sacred privilege, and doing so is an outward expression of our inner commitment to follow the Savior Jesus Christ. President Nelson said wearing the temple garment has a deep symbolic significance. It represents a continuing commitment to follow Jesus Christ and empowers us to overcome our personal sins, weaknesses, frustrations, and pain.


President Nelson has said that the safest place to be living when any kind of upheaval occurs in our lives, is inside our temple covenants. Our Temple covenants will protect us. Every time we go to the temple, we are endowed with this healing, and strengthening power. That is why it's so important that we be reminded to make time to go to the temple, and to increase the time that we are spending there. President Nelson has expressed how much we will need this power in the days ahead.


What we know from the scriptures is that approaching the Second Coming is not easy. We have been taught by our living prophet that as we stand firm in every covenant we have made with Heavenly Father, we have access to a special kind of mercy because when we make a covenant with God, we leave neutral ground forever. God will not abandon His relationship with those who have forged such a bond with Him.


Elder Kahnlein said that everything we see and learn about in the temple is of a celestial nature and we were just asked by our prophet to "think celestial". The temple is also where we can receive the greatest blessings that God has to offer, including the opportunity to live with our families forever after we die.


No mistake can keep you from the temple. In fact, the invitation of God (now more than ever) is to go to His house. President Nelson also said that in the coming days we will see the greatest manifestations of the Savior's power that the world has never seen. Between now and the time He returns, in power and great glory, He will bestow countless privileges, blessings, and miracles upon the faithful. Those blessings will come by us attending the temple faithfully and frequently. Elder Kahnlein counseled that every time President Nelson talks about the future, we should take note. The Lord is calling us to be a higher and holier people and the temple is where we answer that call.


Elder Kahnlein said that a while back, President Ballard told area leaders that when they are assigned to stake conferences, they should not be afraid to raise a voice of warning among the Saints. Elder Kahnlein said that being new in the calling, he has asked how to do this. He said, as leaders do we tell the Saints that fire is going to come from Heaven if they don't do what they are supposed to? The answer is no. He suggested it's much easier than that. Warning is given through invitations.


The Living Prophet has invited us to go more frequently to the temple. Since this invitation have we done anything different? Elder Kahnlein invited the Layton Legacy Stake to spend more time in the temple, and to invite others to join us. He urged us to take advantage of the most precious things that Heavenly Father has for us; the fruit of the tree. In doing so, we will be ready to meet our Savior.


Closing Hymn,

"Love at Home"


'Home' by Amber Eldredge

There is beauty all around, when there’s love at home;

There is joy in ev’ry sound, when there’s love at home.

Peace and plenty here abide, smiling sweet on ev’ry side.

Time doth softly, sweetly glide, when there’s love at home.


Love at home, love at home;

Time doth softly, sweetly glide, when there’s love at home.


In the cottage there is joy, when there’s love at home;

Hate and envy ne’er annoy, when there’s love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet; all the earth’s a garden sweet,

Making life a bliss complete, when there’s love at home.


Love at home, love at home; making life a bliss complete

When there’s love at home.


Kindly heaven smiles above, when there’s love at home;

All the world is filled with love, when there’s love at home.

Sweeter sings the brooklet by; brighter beams the azure sky.

Oh, there’s One who smiles on high, when there’s love at home.


Love at home, love at home;

Oh, there’s One who smiles on high, when there’s love at home.


Summary by Lindsey Rietzsch

Feathering Sands Ward








SUNDAY COMBINED LEADERSHIP SESSION


"Come Ye Children of the Lord"

Chorister: Heidi Noriega - Accompanist: Andrew Ferguson



Come, ye children of the Lord,

Let us sing with one accord.

Let us raise a joyful strain

To our Lord who soon will reign


On this earth when it shall be

Cleansed from all iniquity,

When all men from sin will cease,

And will live in love and peace.


Oh, how joyful it will be

When our Savior we shall see!

When in splendor he’ll descend,

Then all wickedness will end.


Oh, what songs we then will sing

To our Savior, Lord, and King!

Oh, what love will then bear sway

When our fears shall flee away!


All arrayed in spotless white,

We will dwell ’mid truth and light.

We will sing the songs of praise;

We will shout in joyous lays.


Earth shall then be cleansed from sin.

Ev’ry living thing therein

Shall in love and beauty dwell;

Then with joy each heart will swell.


BISHOP BRETT PALMER

"Leading in the Savior's Way"


Bishop Palmer began with a personal anecdote about his mother's famous sugar cookies, illustrating the idea that true mastery and understanding often require learning by example rather than simply following instructions. Despite sharing the recipe, few have been able to replicate the cookies perfectly without observing and working alongside the his mom. This sets the stage for the main theme of the speech: leadership through example.


The speaker draws parallels between the process of mastering a skill like baking and the concept of leadership, asserting that effective leadership often entails leading by example. Just as his sister and cousin needed to work alongside his mom to truly understand the process of making a great sugar cookie, leaders must demonstrate the behaviors and qualities they wish to instill in others.


The central example of leadership provided in the speech is Jesus Christ. Bishop Palmer emphasized Christ's invitation to "come follow me" as a model for leadership, highlighting the importance of leading by example rather than simply instructing others. Christ's actions and teachings were always accompanied by love and compassion, underscoring the power of a good example in influencing others.


Furthermore, Bishop Palmer addressed the challenges of leadership, acknowledging that leaders may not always have all the answers or possess divine attributes like Christ. However, leaders are encouraged to strive towards emulating Christ's example and following His will, even when it requires sacrifice or discomfort.


Bishop Palmer also touches upon the concept of earning credibility and trust as a leader. He pointed out that investing time and effort in understanding and caring for those you lead is essential for gaining their respect and trust. Through genuine care and concern, leaders can establish rapport and credibility with others, making them more receptive to guidance and influence.


Additionally, Bishop Palmer emphasized the importance of empowering others to find their own answers. He encouraged leaders to help individuals access the Savior's guidance through the Holy Ghost, rather than providing all the answers themselves. This approach not only fosters self-reliance but also strengthens individuals' connections with the divine.


Finally, he concluded with words of encouragement for leaders, reminding them that effort in leadership is valued by the Lord, even if success is not immediate. Quoting Elder Holland, Bishop Palmer reassured leaders that sincere effort is recognized and rewarded by the Lord, offering hope and inspiration to those striving to lead in the Savior's way.


PRESIDENT CHESNEY GOLDHARDT

"Christ Centered Meetings"


President Goldhardt began with a poignant story from World War II about a damaged statue of Jesus Christ, with its hands irreparably destroyed. Despite efforts to restore it, the statue remained without hands, prompting the addition of a sign that reads, "You are my hands." This story served as a powerful metaphor for the importance of serving others in Christlike love.

President Goldhardt then reflected on Christ's example of reaching out to comfort, heal, and love others during His mortal life. She emphasized the transformative power of emulating Christ's example, suggesting that as disciples of Christ, our hands, eyes, and hearts can become His as we extend love and compassion to others.


Transitioning to the realm of teaching, Preisdent Goldhardt then shared insights on incorporating Christ into teaching efforts. She discussed "The 3 Jesus Invitations" introduced by Elder Uchtdorf, urging teachers to begin, center, and end their classes with Jesus Christ. These invitations aim to elevate Christ in teaching and service, encouraging individuals to keep Him at the forefront of their efforts.


President Goldhardt's message then delved into the concept of spiritual gifts in which she emphasized their importance in discipleship. Spiritual gifts, unique to each individual, are seen as blessings from God to serve and benefit others. Sister Goldhardt suggested ways to discover one's spiritual gifts, such as prayer, scripture study, and seeking guidance from others.


Highlighting the significance of spiritual gifts in serving others, President Goldhardt expressed gratitude for leaders who have used their gifts to help others draw closer to the Savior, sharing personal experiences that illustrate the impact of spiritual gifts in her own life and testimony.

Drawing from the hymn "I Stand All Amazed," she reflected on the awe-inspiring attributes of the Savior, including His love, patience, humility, and ability to bear our burdens. She underscored the importance of reverence and gratitude for God's infinite love and mercy, regardless of our imperfections.


In conclusion, President Goldhardt reaffirmed her testimony of the Savior's central role in our lives and the eternal significance of His Atonement. She ended by expressing confidence that by centering our lives in Jesus Christ, we can be molded into who we need to be to return to God and live with Him eternally.


PRESIDENT PARKINSON

"The Hastening of the Gathering of Israel"


President Seth Parkinson opened his address with expressions of gratitude towards President Goldhardt and Bishop Palmer for their inspiring words and appreciation for the attendees despite the snowy morning. He particularly welcomed the youth's presence, recognizing their pivotal role in the Church's future leadership. Referencing President Nelson's teachings on the hastening of the gathering of Israel, President Parkinson underscored the profound importance of this work, aligning it with the divine purpose of salvation and exaltation.


Reflecting on personal moments of feeling overwhelmed in leadership roles, President Parkinson shared insights gained from remembering that the work belongs to the Lord. Drawing from Nephi's admission of not understanding all things, he emphasized the principle of relying on God's guidance, as exemplified by Elder LeGrand Richards' simple yet profound trust in the Lord's ownership of His Church.


President Parkinson recounted a formative missionary experience in Argentina, highlighting the lesson learned about the necessity of turning to the Lord in times of struggle. He emphasized the power of prayer and the need to recognize one's limitations in carrying burdens alone. Citing scripture and prophetic teachings, he underscored the pivotal role of the Holy Ghost in inspiring and guiding service.


President Parkinson recounted a pivotal moment in his own life when Sand Springs Ward Bishop Peterson's followed a spiritual prompting which led to encouragement giving him with the faith to make significant life decisions. This instance underscored the importance of recognizing and acknowledging spiritual gifts in others, as well as the profound impact they can have on individuals' lives.


In conclusion, President Parkinson issued a heartfelt invitation to meet people where they are, emphasizing the need to recognize the Lord's work and rely on His assistance in all endeavors. He reiterated the ease of the Lord's yoke and the importance of sharing the gospel with others, pointing towards a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.


ELDER KAHNLEIN

"The Doctrine of Ministering"


Elder Kahnlein first expressed gratitude for the speakers and attendees at the leadership session, encouraging everyone to stretch their legs before beginning. He emphasized the importance of efforts in the Lord's work, citing a quote from President Nelson about the Lord loving efforts and rewarding them. Elder Kahnlein highlighted the need for vision in our callings, referencing Proverbs 29:18 and the importance of aligning with the area presidency's vision for effective ministry. He announced a Q&A meeting format with audience participation and introduced the topic of effective ministry, urging attendees to access resources like General Conference trainings. Elder Kahnlein emphasized the significance of ministry, defining it as serving others as the Savior did. He stressed the importance of discipleship and shared various videos on the doctrine of ministry, inviting attendees to share their insights and experiences after each video.


All videos came from general authority training sessions with responses from apostles and auxiliary leaders.


The first video asked the question: What is the doctrine of ministry? Leaders then emphasized that the doctrine of ministry is fundamentally about discipleship, following the example of the Savior in serving others. They stressed the importance of nurturing individuals and families in righteousness, as described in Mosiah 23:18 of the Book of Mormon. The ultimate focus of ministry is to save souls and bring families to the temple, uniting them for eternity. Leaders underscore the preciousness of each soul and the conditions of repentance required for eternal life. They emphasize the significance of ordinances such as baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, partaking of the sacrament, and making temple covenants. The objective of ministry is to help individuals be reunited with God, Christ, and their families forever through faithful adherence to these principles and ordinances.


The next video spoke to this topic: Ministering should be simple, individualized and led by the spirit. In summary, effective ministering requires individualization and personalization, guided by prayer and the promptings of the Spirit to understand the specific needs of each person. It involves utilizing various tools and means of communication to assess and address the welfare of individuals, helping them on their path toward eternal life. The focus should be on outcomes rather than simply completing tasks, with ministering efforts led by the Spirit and tailored to meet the unique needs of those being served. It's essential to avoid complicating ministering efforts and instead focus on the simplicity of understanding and embodying the principles of Christlike service. As individuals strive to become more like Christ, ministering becomes a natural expression of love for others.


The third video addressed the need for ministering interviews. They said ministering interviews are essential components of effective service within the Church. President Nelson highlighted their significance, emphasizing the need for regular discussions focused on the well-being of assigned individuals and families. These interviews provide opportunities to address temporal and spiritual challenges, discuss progress, and offer assistance as needed. They serve as a means to seek divine guidance collectively on how best to minister to others. The frequency of these interviews may vary but should occur as often as necessary, with quarterly meetings as a minimum standard. Without regular ministering interviews, leaders may lack vital information needed to support their congregants adequately. Additionally, these interviews offer a chance for encouragement, teaching, and collaborative problem-solving, enhancing the effectiveness of ministering efforts. It's crucial to prioritize these interviews to ensure that ministering efforts remain focused, impactful, and aligned with the Church's objectives.


The last video was focused on the youth and how they can best minister. Elder Suarez sat down with various youth leaders and discussed what was effective. The focus of the discussion was on instilling hope and a sense of belonging in Jesus Christ and His gospel. Elder Suarez encouraged young leaders to share their experiences and insights. They discussed various ways to foster hope and belonging, such as through individualized ministering efforts, regular visits to members' homes, and personalized activities. The importance of acting on promptings and being open to the Spirit was highlighted, as well as the impact of genuine friendship and outreach efforts. The conversation underscored the transformative power of actively engaging with others and making genuine connections, ultimately strengthening testimonies and fostering a sense of community among the youth.


Closing hymn

"More Holiness Give Me"




More holiness give me, More strivings within,

More patience in suff’ring, More sorrow for sin,


More faith in my Savior, More sense of his care,

More joy in his service, More purpose in prayer.


More gratitude give me, More trust in the Lord,

More pride in his glory, More hope in his word,


More tears for his sorrows, More pain at his grief,

More meekness in trial, More praise for relief.


More purity give me, More strength to o’ercome,

More freedom from earth-stains, More longing for home.


More fit for the kingdom, More used would I be,

More blessed and holy—More, Savior, like thee.


Summary by Bryant Marcum

Sand Spring Ward







SUNDAY GENERAL SESSION


"Did You Think To Pray?"

Chorister: Rachelle Woodbury - Accompanist: Anne Christoffersen



Ere you left your room this morning,

Did you think to pray?

In the name of Christ, our Savior,

Did you sue for loving favor

As a shield today?


When your heart was filled with anger,

Did you think to pray?

Did you plead for grace, my brother,

That you might forgive another

Who had crossed your way?


When sore trials came upon you,

Did you think to pray?

When your soul was full of sorrow,

Balm of Gilead did you borrow

At the gates of day?


Oh, how praying rests the weary!

Prayer will change the night to day.

So, when life gets dark and dreary,

Don’t forget to pray.


"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

Stake Combine Women/YW Choir Directed by Amy Young and Accompanied by Marilee Lieshman



Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of Thy redeeming love.


Here I raise my Ebenezer;

Hither by Thy help I’ve come;

And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;

Seal it for Thy courts above.


Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God;

He, to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;

Seal it for Thy courts above.


O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee:

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;

Seal it for Thy courts above.


PRESIDENT TIFFANY TOLMAN

"Coming to Know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Through Daily Spiritual Habits"


Tiffany reflected on the challenges of staying faithful to Jesus Christ amidst dissenting voices in today's world. Drawing from the Book of Mormon, she emphasized the importance of personally knowing and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Tolman discussed three daily spiritual habits to achieve this: daily repentance, studying the scriptures (particularly the Book of Mormon), and regularly worshiping and serving in the temple. She illustrated the concept of repentance using an analogy of a runner improving through coaching, highlighting how repentance leads to personal growth and closeness to the Savior.


Furthermore, President Tolman stressed the significance of the temple as a liminal space. This is a space of transition, or an in-between place. This is the function of a temple. Each Temple of God is a place in between heaven and earth. It's the place that we can leave the world. Behind and come closer to Heavenly Father in Jesus Christ. She underscored the invitation from prophets and apostles to frequent the temple and emphasizes that coming to know Jesus Christ is essential in navigating the challenges of disbelief in the modern world.


Ultimately, President Tolman concluded by reaffirming the love of Heavenly Parents and the Savior, inviting members to embrace the opportunity to know Him and claim the blessings He offers.


BEN RASBAND

"Testimony of Jesus Christ"


Brother Rasband reflected on question posed by President Nelson during the October 2020 General Conference: "Are you willing to let God prevail in your life?" Brother Rasband shared an experience about participating in a stake fast focused on the gathering of Israel, acknowledging the discomfort he felt in fasting but recognizing the purpose behind it—allowing Heavenly Father's influence in his life. This experience led him to feel a spiritual connection with his stake leaders, reinforcing his belief that God is aware of him and brings about meaningful moments in his life, even through challenges.


Reflecting on an incident involving a bike accident, Brother Rasband candidly recounted the embarrassment and pain he endured, drawing parallels between literal crashes and figurative ones in life. Despite such setbacks, he expressed his resolve to trust in God's plan, believing that Heavenly Father provides the wisdom, strength, and power needed to endure life's trials. He talked about the importance of aligning our choices with God's will, even when it’s not always easy. Sharing personal examples such as attending church, serving in priesthood responsibilities, going to the temple and accepting opportunities to serve, including most recently getting up early on a cold winter morning to put up flags in the neighborhood, spending his Saturday morning collecting food items for a service project, and accepting a scary request from the stake presidency to speak in stake conference.


All these choices have allowed Heavenly Father to have a constant influence that will help Brother Raspband overcome personal challenges in his life. President Nelson promised, “As you choose to let God prevail in your lives, you will experience for yourselves that our God is a God of miracles.”


Brother Rasband thought it was a miracle that President Fulmer got him up to speak at stake conference. He knew it is because of his choice to let Heavenly Father influence his life. As hard as this was, he expressed it was a great blessing and opportunity.


MAGGIE HADLEY

"Letting God Prevail in My Life"

Sister Hadley reflected on the profound question posed by President Nelson, "Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life?" Sister Hadley shared personal experiences that illustrated what it means to let God prevail in your life.


Raised in a home centered on gospel principles, she recounted how the influence of her family taught her to recognize and embrace opportunities to let God prevail in her life. Through serving others and striving to be a positive influence, Sister Hadley found fulfillment and her testimony was strengthened, ultimately leading her to the sacred experience of being sealed in the temple with her family. She recounted, after years of hoping and preparing to enter the temple, when the day finally came. On January 27th, her family was sealed in the Ogden temple. It was such an amazing and spiritual experience for her. The spirit she felt being surrounded by loved ones in the sealing room is one that she will never forget. That feeling assured her that letting God prevail in her life would draw her closer to Him and help to gather Israel.


Sister Hadley emphasizes that letting God prevail is not always easy, but it leads to a sense of purpose and eternal perspective. She discussed various ways to let God prevail, such as participating in seminary, setting goals to attend the temple, or serving a mission. Her experiences have inspired her desire to serve a mission and also a temple marriage someday. Sister Hadley's unwavering faith is rooted in the belief that God knows and prepares a way for each individual, guiding them towards fulfilling His plan. By letting God prevail, not only does one stay on the path of righteousness, but they also can influence others to do the same.


BEN PETERSON

"How 'Come Follow Me' Brings Me Closer to Christ"


Brother Peterson’s shared a personal experience that highlighted the transformative power of following the Come Follow Me program in his life.


Feeling overwhelmed with school and other activities, Brother Peterson sought to find peace and direction through prayer and received a prompting to improve his personal scripture study. As he delved into the Come Follow Me curriculum, particularly focusing on a passage from 1 Nephi 11:1-3, Brother Peterson experienced a profound sense of peace and clarity, realizing that this change in his daily routine was what he needed to find direction and strength. Through consistent scripture study along with Come Follow Me, he found ongoing guidance and a spiritual connection with God.


Brother Peterson emphasized the significance of feasting upon the words of Christ, citing scripture from 2 Nephi 32. He also highlighted the enriching experiences he has had in seminary, where discussions around the scriptures have provided perspectives and insights, deepening his understanding of gospel principles and strengthening his testimony. Brother Peterson also spoke of the importance of learning and sharing with his family, recognizing the unique ways in which Come Follow Me can bring individuals closer to God and each other.


In conclusion, Brother Peterson testified of the profound impact that Come Follow Me has had on his relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, providing him with guidance, peace, and a strengthened testimony. He extended an invitation to others to engage with the Come Follow Me program, confident that it would bring blessings and personal revelation into their lives.



SUSAN TINGEY

"The Utah Layton Mission"


Brother and Sister Tingey

Sister Tingey, representing the Utah Layton Mission which she affectionately calls

the "biggest little mission", began her talk by expressing gratitude for the

opportunity to speak and highlighting the significant growth of their mission, now

boasting over 500 missionaries. She discussed the pilot program initiated in 2022

in which service missionaries operate under the direction of a full-time mission

president, detailing the mission's expansion and the unique challenges and

successes encountered.


A poignant anecdote that Sister Tingey shared, was about a missionary who was initially disappointed with his assignment to the Utah, Layton mission in which he said,


"What am I even gonna do there? Everybody's already a member of the church. Or at least they've heard about the church. And I wanted to go somewhere where I could teach the gospel to a lot of people, and baptize people, and work really hard."


Sister Tingey continued, "He was disappointed that he would come here and have nothing to. Do. But when that elder went home this last year, it was with big tears in his eyes because he had had a remarkable mission. He has taught so many people, worked so hard, baptized so many, and and it was a wonderful experience for him. The work here is enormous." This missionary had found great fulfillment and success in his service.


Emphasizing the Utah, Layton mission's remarkable productivity (particularly in teaching and baptisms), Sister Tingey attributed it to the missionaries' dedication and the diversity within the mission, which includes 14 Spanish units, 2 Marshallese units, 2 Samoan units, a Tongan unit, and a Ukrainian group. She said people are coming to Utah who have never heard about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and they are finding so much joy, hope, and comfort in this gospel.


Sister Tingey underscored the importance of missionary support, both from senior couples and local members, urging involvement in missionary efforts and extending kindness and understanding to new converts. She encouraged each of us to get to know the missionaries and to invite our friends and neighbors (whom the missionaries are teaching) to activities, the Temple Open House, family home evenings, and to church. She also mentioned a critical need for 13 senior couples to work with the service missionaries in their districts, and 40 senior couples to work as mission leaders.


In conclusion, Sister Tingey shared testimony of her love for Jesus Christ and the

restored Gospel, encouraging others to share their testimonies and participate in

the ongoing work of the Church.


CURTIS TINGEY

1st Counselor in Mission Presidency


Brother Curtis Tingey delivered a heartfelt talk centered around the transformative

power of prayer and the intervention of divine guidance in the lives of individuals.

He began by sharing a touching narrative about "Richard and Karen", siblings who grew up in Layton, Utah and had little to do with the Church. Their lives would be deeply impacted by personal struggles and divine intervention.


Richard, a single father, and having battled addiction for 25 years, found himself at a turning point when he realized the responsibility of being a father to his son. Through prayer and the support of his sister Karen, Richard embarked on a journey to overcome his addictions and become a better father.


Meanwhile, nearby neighbors prompted by the invitation of sister missionaries, began praying daily for a missionary experience in their lives. Their prayers were answered when a young boy, Richard's son, knocked on their door seeking friendship and eventually led to the introduction of the gospel into Richard and Karen's home.


Through this narrative, Brother Tingey emphasized the intricate workings of our

Heavenly Father and Savior in orchestrating meaningful connections and opportunities for spiritual growth. He highlighted the importance of individual agency and the responsiveness of Heaven to sincere prayers.


Brother Tingey concluded by urging listeners to seek their own missionary experiences through prayer and faith, affirming the power of God to intervene in their lives and bring about miracles. ​

He testified that “the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God here on this earth today. We've been asked to gather Israel as we as we've listened here. I would extend the invitation to you, brothers and sisters, to please pray for that missionary experience in your life. I can promise you that that the Lord will allow that to happen as we go to our knees.”


PATRIARCH WINSLOW HURST

"Gathering Scattered Israel"


In Brother Hurst's talk, he reflected on the mission of gathering Israel emphasized by our prophet President Nelson. Brother Hurst highlighted President Nelson's call for youth to also actively participate in this gathering; stressing its importance in today's world. He explained that as members of the House of Israel, each Latter-day Saint has a role in this mission, often identified through patriarchal blessings which declare lineage to specific tribes such as Ephraim, Manasseh, or Judah.


Brother Hurst also shared a personal anecdote about his encounter with "Jeff", a Jewish colleague in China. He illustrated how individuals can contribute to the gathering through personal testimonies and interactions. Despite restrictions on proselytizing, Brother Hurst and his wife Judy were able to share the Book of Mormon with Jeff, sparking his interest and prompting him to acknowledge its truthfulness. This experience emphasizes the significance of the Book of Mormon as a tool in gathering scattered Israel, as well as the importance of personal testimonies in influencing others.


Finally, Brother Hurst reaffirmed his own testimony of the Restoration, rooted in his father's influence and personal experiences with the Book of Mormon. He reflected on the authenticity of Joseph Smith's vision, emphasizing the divine nature of the Restoration and the ongoing involvement of Jesus Christ in directing the work of gathering Israel. Through personal conviction and shared experiences, Brother Hurst encouraged all members to actively engage in this important mission, to be anchored in their faith, and commitment to the gospel.


Rest Hymn

"There is Sunshine in My Soul Today"


There is sunshine in my soul today,

More glorious and bright

Than glows in any earthly sky,

For Jesus is my light.


There is music in my soul today,

A carol to my King,

And Jesus listening can hear

The songs I cannot sing.


There is springtime in my soul today,

For when the Lord is near,

The dove of peace sings in my heart,

The flow’rs of grace appear.

There is gladness in my soul today,

And hope and praise and love,

For blessings which he gives me now,

For joys “laid up” above.


Oh, there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine

When the peaceful happy moments roll.

When Jesus shows his smiling face,

There is sunshine in the soul.



PRESIDENT SPENCER BROWN

"Letting God Prevail"


President Brown delivered a poignant address centered on the theme of embracing the Savior, Jesus Christ, in our lives. Referencing the prior hymn, "There is Sunshine in My Soul " he said, "when we selected that congregational him, I don't think we knew it was going to be snowing this morning, but the sun is still there."


Despite the snowy weather, President Brown drew an analogy between the constant presence of the sun and the enduring presence of Jesus Christ in our lives who offers comfort and assurance amidst life's challenges.


Expressing gratitude for the joyous occasion of gathering together as a stake, President Brown reflected on the inspiration derived from the messages shared, particularly by the youth. He emphasized the importance of nurturing and strengthening the rising generation, drawing parallels to the teachings found in Moroni and Corinthians regarding being alive in Christ.


President Brown shared personal experiences about witnessing divine interventions while highlighting the interconnectedness of individuals in the Lord's plan. Speaking of Sister Carly Nelson whom President Brown recently set apart and is serving in Alaska, he spoke of an amazing experience that happened the weekend prior.


Elder Davidson, a missionary currently serving the people of our Layton Legacy stake, happens to be from Alaska. On the same evening he arrived to the Layton Legacy Stake, Sister Nelson from the Layton legacy Stake, arrived in Alaska. She was assigned to the exact same area where Elder Davidson happens to be from. While Elder Davison was here in Layton Utah, in the Nelson home, Sister Nelson was in Alaska, in the Davidson home. President Brown said,


"Tell me how that happens without Divine positioning from the Lord? The Lord is aware of each of you."


Quoting a talk from Elder Neil A. Anderson, President Brown said,


"A recent study revealed that in the last 10 years, 30 million people in the United States have stepped away from believing. In the divinity of Jesus Christ. Looking worldwide, another study predicts that in the decades ahead, more than twice as many will leave Christianity as will embrace."


President Brown then underscored the significance of deepening one's understanding of Jesus Christ through study and reflection. He echoed the transformative experience of President Nelson when he was invited to more deeply study the 2200 references of the name Jesus Christ listed in the topical guide. In an April General Conference, Elder Nelson spoke of how even with his decades of devoted discipleship, this deeper study of Jesus Christ had greatly affected him. When his wife Wendy asked him about its impact he replied, "I am a different man". He was a different man at age 92.


President Brown invited listeners to prioritize conversations about Christ in their homes, extending invitations to others to join in worship and covenanting with the Savior.


In conclusion, President Brown bore witness to the living reality of Jesus Christ and encouraged all to let God prevail in their lives, assuring them of the Savior's transformative power and boundless love. His testimony serves as a guiding light, inspiring listeners to embrace Christ-centered living and find peace in His gospel.



ELDER KAHNLEIN

"Follow the Living Prophet"


Elder Kahnlein expressed gratitude for the opportunity to address the congregation, echoing President Brown's appreciation for the speakers and the spirit felt during the conference. He acknowledged the faith and strength present among the attendees and praised the stake presidency for their leadership.


Reflecting on his upbringing in Argentina as a Catholic, Elder Keenan shared stories from the scriptures to emphasize the importance of heeding the words of the prophets. Drawing from the accounts of Noah, Moses, and Naaman, he illustrated how obedience to prophetic counsel brings blessings and protection.


Transitioning to his personal journey of joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Keenan recounted the pivotal role of the Book of Mormon in his ​conversion. He emphasized the significance of listening to and following the living prophet, President Nelson, whose recent message encouraged thinking celestial and prioritizing eternal perspectives in decision-making.


Elder Keenan urged the congregation to heed the counsel of modern prophets while highlighting the growth of the Church in South America as evidence of the gathering of Israel. He emphasized the importance of temple worship, missionary work, and personal obedience in participating in this gathering.


In conclusion, Elder Keenan bore testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the Divine calling of Joseph Smith, and the prophetic leadership of President Nelson. He encouraged listeners to come unto Christ, seek perfection through His grace, and prepare for His Second Coming by faithfully following the counsel of living prophets.


Closing hymn

"Abide With Me"


Trust In Jesus, Yongsung Kim

Abide with me! fast falls the eventide;

The darkness deepens. Lord, with me abide!

When other helpers fail and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me!


Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.

Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away.

Change and decay in all around I see;

O thou who changest not, abide with me!


I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour.

What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

Who, like thyself, my guide and stay can be?

Thru cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me!



Summaries by

Jenny Langston - Wheatfield Ward

Brooke Woodall - Wheatfield Ward




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