Every speaker in the morning session was an apostle, with each including a short "welcome to the quorum" directed to Elders Uchtdorf and Bednar. Elder U has a killer Arnold accent--that's a good thing these days, and should boost his popularity among California Mormons. Elder B looks younger than any apostle I've seen called into the quorum, which of course raises the probablility that he will succeed to the presidency of the Church at some future date.
Best Moment. I'll have to go with Elder Packer's remarks in the afternoon session. Ignoring his historical misstatement (mobs didn't drive Joseph and Sidney from Kirtland, fellow Mormons unhappy with their conduct and leadership did), I was impressed with his uncharacteristically mellow counsel advising members to go easier on themselves. He essentially told people to stop beating up on themselves and avoid the reflexive judgment that one's efforts are never good enough. Great advice. This is one to read in print when it comes out. A close second for "best moment" was Elder Hales' talk describing the plight of those suffering from devastating or terminal illness as a "mystery of life": even deep and sincere faith sometimes can't add even a day. This message, like Elder Faust's on a similar theme on Saturday, will no doubt lend a sense of comfort and relief to families with loved ones presently suffering.
Worst Moment. No doubt here--the afternoon remarks holding out one Bro. Johnson as an example of faith and obedience. Years ago, he accepted a call and obediently trooped his wife and children to Arizona, where his children were later exposed to diphtheria by a visiting traveler and four of them (the eldest son and three daughters) soon died. The parents lamented the deaths, but (as I recall the speaker's point) chalked it up to the price one sometimes pays for being obedient. The speaker held this out as a shining example of faith. Personally, I see it as a warning against exposing one's children to unreasonble risks, especially when one does so knowingly but hoping that faith will protect them.
I've seen enough banged-up, messed-up, or damaged missionaries in my day to have a keen sense of the health and safety risks faced by young missionaries serving in the field. Putting them in harm's way from time to time seems to be accepted by leaders and parents (and the missionaries themselves) as a necessary risk. When an illness or injury or death occurs, one hears language about faith and blessings and how great their joy will be in heaven, but I've never seen anyone actually accepting any responsibility for negligent or poor judgment when such is the case. It makes me wary of those who rely on faith or the goodness of leaders to suppress natural caution in the face of evident risks. So I guess draw a different lesson from Bro. Johnson's sad story than did the speaker.
[Note: Warren Johnson ran Lee's Ferry across the Colorado River in Arizona from roughly 1875 to 1895. The site is named for John D. Lee, with whom Johnson ran the ferry crossing for a few years up until the latter's execution in 1877 for his role in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. See this photo site for pictures of the Johson family, home, and the gravesite of the four children, and this photo site for some striking photos of the ferry crossing site and a short writeup of the history of Lee's Ferry. Finally, one can read excerpts from an 1891 letter written by Johnson shortly after the death of his four children in a 1992 Conference talk by Pres. Faust.]
[major edit on 10/6 based on additional sources for the Warren Johnson story]