Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Listen Together" D&C 1:1

Wow! so this week, It was general conference. For me, that's got to be the best weekend of the year (ha, and it happens twice every year. What about that.) It is an inspiring and motivating opportunity to receive training and strength, as well as revelatory warnings from seers and revelators who it has been given from God to know through revelation the words they must convey to us. I was particularly impacted by many of the messages, Including Jorg Kelbingat's discourse on spiritual confidence, and also many of the messages that focused on building testimony (President Uchtdorf's and Tad R. Callister's to name a few.) There was also a remarkable talk in the priesthood session given by President Uchtdorf about introspection and how to take a moment to evaluate ourselves in the gospel. I really enjoyed that one and found it helped me to apply the rest of the messages from the conference better to myself.

Ha! If I keep linking in talks I might as well direct you all to the whole stream of the entire conference! But, in all seriousness, I would encourage everyone to watch or listen or read the messages from conference again. There was an abundance of powerful talks on a wide variety of topics. Remeber that "the greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over" (Robert D Hales, General conference: strengthening faith and testimony). As we re-study and apply what we have been taught we will gain additional light and understanding about the messages; we will have our testimonies strenghtened and we will begin to see the blessings promised by the prophets fullfiled in our lives and applied to our personal circumstances. Remember that the inspired speakers in the general conference have the right to revelation that will guide us and protect us from things that we do not know may be coming. Like a watchman on a tower they can see the enemy approaching long before they reach us and tell us to prepare ourselves adequately. I was particularly impresed by the large number of talks dedicated to strengthening our testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the reality of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I would move to suggest that in coming times our testimonies of these precious, important and fundemental doctrines will be tested to the breaking point. We will be "backed up to the wall of faith, and there [we] must make [our] stand." (Ezra Taft Benson, The Book of Mormon is the Word of God

So this week, that's that. I Had a wonderful experience with general conference, and hope that as many of you as possible willl be able to share the joy that comes from listening to and studying the words of living prophets as well. Also, Conference is a unque opportunity to be able to practice foreign languages; I would encourage all of you who know a different language to use this as a chance to brush up on your language skills by listening to a talk or two in that other language. (Mostly this is for those people who speak french but I'm also looking at you mom, Thai is on there too)

Okay, everyone have a great week,

"I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel..." (Jeremiah 31:9)

El. Backstrom

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