LDS General Conference Wrap-up

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Latter-day Saints are reacting to the 182nd semiannual General Conference after sitting through up to ten hours of talks and instruction from church leaders.

Up to 100,000 people packed the Conference Center in Salt Lake City to hear church leaders share messages about Jesus Christ and the purpose of life.

ABC 4 asked the Latter-day Saints to share with us the talk or announcement that had the greatest impact.

President Thomas S. Monson's announcement dropping the missionary age for men from 19 to 18 and for women from 21 to 19 continued to dominate discussions among the Latter-day Saints Sunday evening, but especially among the youth.

Elizabeth Jensen, who is 19-years-old, learned of the change through texts while on her way to watch conference with friends. "I started running to the apartment and I burst into the door and I was just like shaking, I was like what was the announcement? And they're like Liz it's 19-years-old and I just started bawling and I hugged my roommate," Jensen said.

She said she has a deep desire to serve a mission and is seriously considering taking the jump to serve others for the next 18 months of her life at her own expense.

Many other talks generated discussion between Latter-day Saints: Elder David A. Bednar's talk about testimony and conversion, Elder Richard G. Scott's talking about loving his wife and Elder Don R Clark's talk about Jesus Christ's roll with the sacrament when saints partake of bread and water each Sunday.

However, one story in one talk apparently stood out from the rest after the Sunday afternoon session. Three people who talked with ABC 4's Noah Bond referred Elder Marcus B Nash's talk about a pioneer walking tough a winter Wyoming.

"They reached a point in the trek where her seven children were literally starving," said LDS Church leader, Elder Marcus B. Nash.

"Brother Nash of the 70 was speaking about the lady sister Rowley and how she prayed that she would have more," said Jason Mason from South Jordan.

"I got on my knees, remembering two hard sea biscuits that...had been left over from the sea voyage. They were not large, and were so hard they couldn't be broken," said Nash.

Elder Nash said this pioneer woman put the biscuits in a Dutch oven and added water. When she took the lid off after cooking the food on some coals she found an abundance of food.

"I think it's a story that relates to everybody. It's a story of faith it's a story of belief. It's a story of even in the hard times such as these that if you keep striving that if you keep believing that those things that you need will be provided by our Heavenly Father," said Mason.

For what ever reason this is the most talked about story after the last session of Conference. In these hard times it hit a chord with many people.

"I think if you take the time to really show your faith in Heavenly Father. He comes through," said Cassidi Smith from Lehi.

"Despite an uncertain future, she did not demand to know who she was going to feed her children the next day; instead, she patiently waited upon the Lord," said Nash.

Latter-day Saints say they believe in modern day miracles and many say they pray for them in these difficult economic times.

Now I watched both sessions of General Conference from the media room inside the Conference Center. I recorded several details about Conference and I've compiled those on a separate page to access that go to and click on the orange box.

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