25 thoughts on “The First Great Commandment – Jeffrey R. Holland – October 2012 General Conference

  1. I LOVE when the …
    I LOVE when the authorities get emotional. It is part of their testimony!! How can they not be emotional when they testify!?? I know I get emotional :3

  2. This man is an …
    This man is an Apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church has been restored. I am not perfect, far from it, but I know these to be true. Jesus lives!

  3. This talk is one of …
    This talk is one of my favorites ever given because it reminds of a commandment that I have so often glossed over; Thou shalt love the Lord thy God. I have been in a dark place for some time now and I am just now starting to realize that Jesus Christ is still standing there holding out his hand to me. I am so grateful to him for being there to help me. I know he lives. I know he loves us all more than we can imagine. I know that if we love him and keep his commandments we will see him again.

  4. Here are my notes …
    Here are my notes from this talk:
    We forget how inexperienced the disciples still were.
    The Lord may ask us the same questions that he asks Peter.
    What the Lord needs is disciples.
    Remember the first and greatest commandment.
    The crowning characteristic of love is loyalty.
    We have a life of devoted discipleship to give.
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  5. A deeply moving, an …
    A deeply moving, an inspirational talk, just feels so blessed by the Eternal Holy Spirit being from true and honest conviction listen of Elder Holland. If I love being apart of Father,I will serve in God, The Eternal Father, commandments, live to be a child of is works in my life, and enrich those who fall short to societies wickness.
    Listen to this really comfort my Spirit being closer to word of God, and hold me to stronger foundation to works, knowing that we serve a living God, Amen.

  6. Well, there are so …
    Well, there are so many benefits to that love and the alternative is so bleak that it would be less than responsible of Him to do anything less. He asks, pleads and enables before He commands. It’s much better to obey without being commanded, but it’s worst of all to not obey.

  7. I simply wish to …
    I simply wish to stand alone in my comment in saying that this talk brings me to repentance every time I hear it. I have to reevaluate where I am at in my life and love for the Lord our God and The Gospel of Jesus Christ. I fear for all of our Heavenly Fathers children simply because there are so many that understand this simple message. It is not simply Mormon Doctrine the Elder Holland is sharing here. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is being shared. That is his purpose and mine as well.

  8. Thanks. I’ve …
    Thanks. I’ve actually seen the Wilcox talk. In it he gives the LDS definition of grace, which is “enabling power.” This goes along with the LDS Bible dictionary. Christians, and the rest of the world, define grace as “unmerited favor.” You cannot earn or do anything to deserve grace. Mormonism’s salvation equation is grace + works = salvation. Christianity’s equation is grace = salvation + works. We are saved to good works, not by them (Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5-8). Merry Christmas to you too!

  9. Brad Wilcox gave a …
    Brad Wilcox gave a talk on grace that I recommend: /watch?v=yLXr9it_pbY Please understand that I don’t share this as an argument, just as information. I would recommend it to anyone LDS or non-LDS. Please watch. Merry Christmas.

  10. It’s a ancient text …
    It’s a ancient text that was discovered in the 1700′s and was written as early as the early 2nd century. The opening scene from the book is the Savior gathering his disciples during the 40-day period after his resurrection and pairing men and women into a prayer circle. Sorry but the evidence is so overwhelmingly against you on the temple issue. Christ absolutely performed an initiation rights and that is what the mysteries he so often talked about refer to.

  11. Look up Tertullian: …
    Look up Tertullian: Apologetical Works published by The Catholic University of America Press, p. 336, non-Christian contemporary says that the Christians recognized one another by marks of compass and square they work on outer clothing and said Christ told them to do so. I have read all the idiotic Anti crap and it doesn’t make sense with ancient texts. Look up the Pistus Sophia.

  12. Google “The …
    Google “The Carpenter’s Square in Early Christian Art”. Notice how many early Christian paintings have the Savior wearing a carpenter’s square mark on His clothes. You sure Christ didn’t teach the temple ceremonies? Here are some resources for you. Klaus Wessel, Coptic Art, p. 236, early christian drawing of temple garments with the gamma marks. Nicolas Zernov, Eastern Christendom, figure 19, shows compass and square on early christian clothing. Galatians 6:17, Paul has marks of Christ on body.

  13. What is really …
    What is really interesting is that A. He is an Anthropologist and has no expertise in DNA and B. His work has been refuted by geneticists, people who actually know what they are talking about when it comes to DNA and who point out why Murphy using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is wrong. Modern Jews can’t be tied back to Ancient Israelites using mtDNA. So in fact not interesting at all but just someone who used crappy scientific thinking.

  14. You could Google ” …
    You could Google “Thomas Murphy Mormon DNA.” He was an LDS anthropologist working on his Ph.D when be began studying the DNA of Native Americans. They tested 5,500 natives from 132 tribes from Alaska to Brazil. They found they had 99.4% Asian DNA with .6% European or African. Not 1 drop of Hebrew blood in any of them. When he published his findings he was threatened with excommunication since it proved the Lamanites never came from Jerusalem. Interesting.

  15. I’ll get you some …
    I’ll get you some references later tonight of the non-LDS archeologists who worked on these archeological digs.

  16. Interesting …
    Interesting position to take because of all the things Mormons believe, one of the easiest to connect to Christ and 1st century Christians is the Temple ceremonies. In fact several archeological digs in the past 20 years have found 1st century christians buried in strange clothing that the archeologists don’t understand because they have a compass and square on them. Furthermore paintings by 1st century Christians consistently show Christ wearing clothes with the compass and square on them.

  17. I have no doubt …
    I have no doubt that my beliefs aren’t totally correct. But Jesus definitely did not teach Mormonism. He never taught of endowments, secret handshakes, wearing garments, etc.. I left because of one word, SUFFICIENT. I believe the sacrifice of the Son of God is enough for my full reconcilation with the Father. If it’s not, then I’m sure no priesthood or temple rites is going to get me there. While I focused on so many things as a Mormon now I focus on Christ alone. I boast only in His cross.

  18. And I would say …
    And I would say that “Christianity” just isn’t what Christ taught and I know for myself that the LDS church is true. But that is where we disagree. And I know it’s nothing against me which I appreciate. I’m glad things have improved for you and hope things continue to improve. Have a Merry Christmas and hope you and your family have a very safe and happy holiday together. God bless.

  19. We’re saved once we …
    We’re saved once we recieve the grace. We’re saved when we accept Christ as our Savior. I have nothing to contribute to my salvation but the need for it. My rightousness is as filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). Will I try? Of course I will. Who wouldn’t? I’ll try to follow Him and try to love Him and my neighbor, all the while understanding the only thing that makes me right with God is faith in and grace from Jesus Christ.

  20. So what do I need …
    So what do I need to do to truly accept Christ? Do I have to wear my garments and go to the temple? If so, why doesn’t the Book of Mormon teach this? It’s the most true and correct book that brings us closer to God than any other book, right?

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