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2015 Conf #2 - "God Is At The Helm"
 "Hold on with Both Hands"

- I love this quote.  It suggests that holding on with one hand isn't enough... and honestly, in my life, it hasn't been enough.  When I live the Gospel half-heartedly, I feel a contrast to the times when I know I am giving it my all.  The closer we draw to God, the closer God draws to us (D&C 88:63).  I know that God loves me enough to give me His all, so I feel that it's best that I do the same for Him.
 
"If the people will have implicit confidence in their God, never forsake their covenants nor their God, He will guide us right."
 
- I had to look up the definition of "implicit", and I got this: "with no qualification or question; absolute."  In my life, I've found that the more faith I have in things God tells me, and I demonstrate that faith through obedience, my life gets better.  The things which should mean a lot to me, do mean a lot to me, and the stuff that doesn't matter usually just falls away.  It's cool how that happens.
 
"Clearly, our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ have outfitted the Old Ship Zion with clear and simple eternal truths that will help us stay the course through the troubled waters of mortal life."
 
- The more we honestly search for the things we should be doing in life, the more apparent God makes them to us.
 
1. Prophets
 
"Too many people think Church leaders and members should be perfect or nearly perfect. They forget that the Lord’s grace is sufficient to accomplish His work through mortals."
 
2. Doctrine
 
3. Adam and Eve were born of Divine nature (and because we are their children, we are too)
 
4. Commandments and Covenants
 
5. Keep Sabbath Day Holy
 
"When we delight in the Sabbath day, it is a sign of our love for Them."
 
- Those are what Elder Ballard says we should hold on to, if we want to stay aboard "The Old Ship Zion".  I think that as the world gets more and more wicked, those 5 things listed will be come more and more important to hold on to.
 
I recently taught a Sunday School lesson and asked the question, "So, if we are faithful in keeping the commandments the best we can, what can we expect from God during this life?"   I got two answers:  1. Safety, and 2. Peace.  I thought that was interesting.
 
 
After reading this talk, I think it's cool that Elder Ballard refers to the church as "a vehicle", "The Old Ship Zion".  Saving power isn't in the church, it is in Christ.  But, Christ is at the helm of the Church, and provides us ordinances which are the keys allowing us to get through the gates of heaven.