Keynote Address : President & Sister Clayton
President & Sister Clayton gave a Keynote Address from 9:30 - 10:30 in the chapel. President and Sister Clayton are originally from the Eagleridge Ward in North Salt Lake, Utah. They are leading the Canada Toronto Mission.
Their topic mirrored our Conference theme "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Sister Clayton began her talk with a discussion of Jesus and the loaves and fishes. She said that what Christ received from his disciples was just a meager offering but the Lord blessed it and it multiplied beyond the immediate need into abundance. She asked us to consider what are our own personal loaves and fishes to bring to the Lord. Even though we have only meager offerings to give to him, he will take our offering and turn them into abundance.
Scripture references to ponder:
Matthew 15:32 - 28.
President Clayton continued by saying that Elder Perkins doesn't like to use the word "meeting" because meeting means to act or to be acted upon. He said that it is up to the person doing the listening to make sure that they have a great experience. So, instead of saying that we are going to a church meeting, we should say that we are going to a Revelatory Experience. Think - what do you want to get out of the meeting? How good your experience at our conference would be determined by you and your positivity will be an influence to those around you.
Scriptures to ponder:
Doctrine & Covenants 88:63-64
1 John 5:14-15
1 Nephi 27:19-22
He also recommended that we go to LDS.org and watch the video "Be of Good Cheer (or click on the link below to watch it).
The second video that President Clayton showed is also on LDS.org, it is "Wherefore Didst Thou Doubt?"
Sister Fleming gave a talk entitled "Healing, Hope and Happiness. She is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based on scripture - and on the concept of Healing, Hope and Happiness.
We need to develop a core positive belief that we expect that God will bless us.
Healing is the outcome of Hope and Happiness is the result.
We are saved by "Hope"
Sadly, suicide is the lack of Hope. The greatest opposite to hope is misery.
To have more hope and happiness we must accept and not resist suffering even though we don't have to like suffering. Remember that even the Saviour asked Heavenly Father to have the bitter cup taken from him. He understands how we feel in our darkest moments.
As long as we keep holding on, God will lead us where we need to go. We need to be humble enough to follow.
Job is a wonderful example for us. He is an example of suffering, and how he handled all the misery in his life is something that we should try to emulate. To be inspired, please read Job chapters 3-38.
Lazarus is an example of healing. The Saviour wept. He knows what it is like to feel that deep pain of loss. He feels compassion for us.
Scriptures to ponder:
2 Nephi 9:29
2 Nephi 2:11
1 Samuel 3:30
If you have time, please go to LDS.org and read the talk from October 2008 by President Uchtdorf entitled "The Infinite Power of Hope". There is a video that accompanies the talk. The talk is about hope in God, His goodness, and how His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges.
Brother and Sister Warner are very active in leadership positions in the church. Brother Warner is Stake Patriarch for the Brampton Stake and a Sealer in the Temple while Sister Warner is currently writing a history of the Church in Ontario and continuing her mission of helping women in prison connect with their children.
Sister Lynn Park interviewed the Warners and they spent their workshop time delighting us with stories about their life together. We heard how they first met and we learned about Sister Warner's experiences as a young woman attending church by herself in Toronto.
We talked about what Joy is and defined many ideas about how to have Joy in our lives.
We focused on three main questions:
1. What is Joy?
2. How can we have it in our lives?
3. How do we recognize it?
President Maglioli serves as leader over the Ontario, Canada Multi-Stake Single Adult Program. He is First Counselor in the Oshawa Stake while Sister Maglioli serves in Public Affairs for the Oshawa Stake. Their talk was entitled "Strengthening Your Confidence"
Self confidence is self esteem and it can change daily, or even hourly for many people.
You need to ask yourself "What makes you change HOW you feel about yourself?"
President Monson said "DON"T TAKE COUNSEL FROM YOUR FEARS".
We are advised to fall in love with taking care of ourselves. - Remember that you must take care of your mind, body and spirit.
We were advised to get the APP for self esteem:
Authentic - know your true identity. You are a Child of God. Heavenly Father is the father of your spirit. YOU are of infinite worth!
Positive - Take action - don't be passive.
Posture - Learning to believe in yourself
Don't let inner negative talk affect you. When you have Clarity you will have Focus and that will lead to living your life with Intent (being self-aware).
Try to develop "I am" gratitude statements.
The name of Jesus is Jehovah - The Great I AM.
Remember that the only time you are really growing is when you are out of your comfort zone.
Scripture to ponder
Doctrine & Covenants 121:45
President de Jong is serving as the Second Counselor in the Toronto Temple Presidency.
He spoke on the topic of "Strengthening Ourselves Through Keeping Covenants"
Go to the temple as often as possible and remember the symbols that you take home with you.
Blessings come from temple attendance and from temple services.
Where do YOU rank temple attendance in YOUR life?
Attend as often as your life circumstances will allow.
Read the lyrics to Hymn #44 - contemplate the meaning!
Read the October 2000 talk by Elder Oaks entitled "A Challenge To Become" (In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to become something.)
Seek the Lord diligently. The Temple is the best place for that.
There are many distractions in our lives that the adversary uses to distract us from things that are truly important. Don't let that happen to you.
We strive to acquire worldly things we can't take with us when we die. We should focus on the things we do take - our spirituality and our families.
Are we hearing the Lord's voice and not the voice of the world?
Lyrics to Hymn 44 -
Beautiful Zion, Built Above
- 1. Beautiful Zion, built above;
Beautiful city that I love;
Beautiful gates of pearly white;
Beautiful temple--God its light;
He who was slain on Calvary
Opens those pearly gates to me.
Zion, Zion, lovely Zion;
Zion, city of our God!
- 2. Beautiful heav'n, where all is light;
Beautiful angels clothed in white;
Beautiful strains that never tire;
Beautiful harps thru all the choir;
There shall I join the chorus sweet,
Worshiping at the Savior's feet.
- 3. Beautiful crowns on ev'ry brow;
Beautiful palms the conq'rors show;
Beautiful robes the ransomed wear;
Beautiful all who enter there;
Thither I press with eager feet;
There shall my rest be long and sweet.
We would like the to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the 2015 Ontario, Canada Multi-Stake Single Adult conference. From the comments that we have received, the conference was a success!
We would like to thank our conference speakers for their messages of hope. They brought a beautiful spirit into the building and into our hearts. With this, were all better able to receive the messages that were chosen specially for us. We can now go forward, with strengthened testimonies and renewed hope in our Heavenly Father and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We would like to thank all the volunteers. Countless hours went into preparation before, during and following the conference. Each person used their unique individual talents and gifts and sacrificed their time just for you.
We would like to thank the conference committee. Starting in January 2015 we started to meet monthly, bi weekly, then weekly (phone conference) to share ideas and work together to prepare fore the conference. Many people came up to me, (Lynn ) to thank me for the conference. The true success of the conference, came from each of the conference committee members. How I appreciate their wisdom in their council. It is a better conference them.
(An example of the 2015 Hamilton Stake Relief Society theme) “We are all in this together”
DONATIONS AND DISCOUNTS
We would like to thank the band, Sunstone, (Live music is always best!)
We would like to thank our: Caterer Sister April Trink (Simple Elegance) ‘Simply fabulous!” ( Awesome price!)
We would like to thank: Subway Sandwiches in St. Catharines for the good deal on the submarine sandwiches
We would like to thank Courtyard Marriott on Upper James: Special rate for our conference for advance bookings
we would like to thank the Super 8 Hotel in Mount Hope
We would like to thank Sister Terrie Lynne Allan’s cousin (Kelly Young) for donating 12 dozen eggs for breakfast
We would like to thank Sister Karen Brock for getting a great deal on the cards from work for the missionaries
We would like to thank Sister JoAnn Burke who made up the pictures and frames for the speakers
We would like to thank East City Chinese food: For the discount and extras in the meal Fridaynight
We would like to thank UPS store in Burlington for signs an the printing of the posters at a discount
We would like to thank Brother Dave Burton for his time and effort designing the poster
We would like to thank Sister Janet Farrow and Sister Kristy Gordon for the Gas Allowance idea
We would like to thank all those who drove (did not attend) the single adults to the conference
Excellence abounds among the volunteers, the committee members and the generous donations of many!
In fact the committee’, volunteers theme should be: “We can do all things in Christ which Strengthen us.”!
ALL OF YOU
Now to all the single adults who came to the conference. Traffic issues, weather conditions and other priorities did not keep you from coming and helping to make our 2015 conference a success. We loved having you with us!
THOSE OF YOU WHO WE MISSED
We missed all of those of you could not make it. It would have been better if you were there!
We hope to see you at the next multi-stake event.
The 2015 Ontario, Canada Multi-Stake Single Adult Conference Committee
Below is a spiritual thought:
The Theme for our 2015 Single Adult Ontario, Canada Multi-Stake Conference is
“ I can do all thing through Christ which strengtheneth me.”Philipians: 4:13
I took a moment and read the all 4 chapters in Philippians to help me gain a better understanding of our theme.
I read these before the S/A conference, and am reading them now following the conference. After listening to the conference speakers, these verses have a new meaning to me. I invite you to do the same and enjoy your discoveries.
Philip: 1:1. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus, which are at Philippi, with the Bishops and deacons. (This is who Paul and Timotheus were speaking too.)
Philip 1: 2 Paul says:”Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
( To me, it felt like all four verses ( and our conference theme) hinge on the blessings found in this one verse.)
CONFERENCE THEMES IN 4 VERSES OF PHILIPPIANS
I read messages of hope, happiness, healing ( workshop Sister Fleming)
I read messages being self confident and being confident in the Lord ( Workshop by the President and sister Maglioli)
I read messages of joy (Workshop by Brother and Sister Warner)
I read messages of the importance of keeping our covenants (Key note speaker: President de Jong)
I read messages of receiving blessing by having faith (Key note speakers: President and Sister Clayton)
An added bonus: The 13 articles of faith are found in Philippians 4:8
As you read all 4 chapters, Paul comes back to these thoughts with this awesome promise: in Philippians 4:9
“These things which you have both learned and received, and heard and seen me do
(now the promise) and the God of peace shall be with you.”
What impressions did you receive as you studied these verse?