Every six months The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gather together, figuratively and literally, as a world wide Church of over 15 million members. The first weekend of April and October members gather in homes, chapels, stake buildings, and rented rooms. The sit around computers, T.V.’s, radios, and projector screens, as Leaders of the Church speak from the Conference center located in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA over a period of 4 days, 2 weekends 6 sessions, totaling 12 hours.
These sessions include a General Woman’s Session for all women of the Church ages 8 and over. There is a General Priesthood session for all Men of the Church age 12 and over, as well as 4 General Sessions for the entire membership of the Church.
Prophets, seers, revelators, men and women, preaching, testifying, teaching, admonishing and extorting all who listen. Watching live as we are taught about the love of our Savior. The sacrifice of our Heavenly Father in sending is only begotten son to die for us. Testimony of the risen Christ, and because of his glory, his perfection, his atonement, we may return to live with our Heavenly Father for eternity. We hear of sin, sadness and struggle, we are called to repentance, and we are told to make covenants, take upon ourselves the name of Christ, to look towards the temple and eternity, where, glorified, we may have experience exaltation with our beloved family for eternity.
Then the weekend is over. We got back to school and work and the next weekend we are in our regular Church service, listening to our regular teachers. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, and those individuals who lead our local congregations are called by God and revelation just as much as the Prophet and the Apostles. Still, after conference there is always that feeling of being lifted higher, closer to God. His chosen servants, the leadership of His Church, called to lead and guide us ALL, have just spent a weekend telling us what He wants us to know both through their words and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We have been told numerous time, during General Conference, to do more than just listen for a weekend and then walk away.
“President Thomas S. Monson has said, ‘I urge you to study the messages, to ponder their teachings, and then to apply them in your life.’ He has also promised, ‘As we read and study [the conference issues], we will be additionally taught and inspired. May we incorporate into our daily lives the truths found therein.’” from the Ensign
It is my intent to take that challenge. I want to study the Prophet’s words. I want to understand and apply the messages his servants have given to us, and it is my hope that many more will join with me in the process.
Every week a different talk, with an emphasis on the Prophet, the 12 Apostles, and the General Auxiliary leaders. The doctrine, the scriptures, the stories, are all to be looked at just like when studying the scriptures.
As is often the case when studying scripture, much of what I say will probably be a reflection of how the lessons of conference apply to my life personally. But I would encourage you to join the conversation. Study with me, and share your experiences and insights.
I am just a member of the LDS church and as such the opinions on this page are just that opinions, not doctrine or fact, just my opinion and a written look at my journey to apply the words of modern day Prophets to my life.
While I am open to discussion and feed back, especially those who choose to study with me, this blog is NOT intended as a discussion of the truthfulness of the Gospel. It’s okay if you are searching or what to know more, but I will not allow disparaging remarks about others comments, or those who only wish to attack the Church. There are more than enough of those kinds of blogs and if that is your desire, please go post there. Thank you.