The women in the council were engaged in the conversation. We haven't always encouraged that as we should. (Elder Holland)
International areas don't have models for how to run the Church. The CHI generally is the only "model" they have. (Elder Gonzales)
My fondest wish is that we could remove the word "meeting" from our vocabulary - as in, "We are going to a meeting." I wish we could view them as "revelatory experiences" - and that won't happen unless we strive to make them such experiences and quit viewing them just as meetings. (Elder Bednar)
There is great power in group synergy - when WE decide we will act together. Women are just as important as men in everything we do. (Elder Ballard)
We have to decide what counts. The Savior didn't count statistics and numbers. What counted to him was caring, love, service, ministering, blessing, etc. We need to make a new beginning in the Church and count as He counts." (Pres. Julie Beck)
The following are from Elder Packer's closing remarks - and reminded me of why I sustain him as a prophet, seer, revelator and apostle:
This CHI is meant to provide "simplification and flexibility". "Let me underline that."
Pres. Clark once said that too much regimentation can remove revelation. We are in danger of that happening in the Church.
ALL meetings should be conducted by the Spirit. It is time for our young men and young women to prophecy and for our old men and women to dream dreams.
There is a danger of establishing the Church and not the Gospel. Planting the Gospel in our hearts MUST accompany having the Church in our lives. Busy-ness can't replace testimony.
Families are not tools to staff the Church; the Church is a tool to serve families. Don't over-burden families!