With the beginning of October comes the semi-annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than just a worldwide gathering of people who share the same beliefs and hopes, General Conference is a time for all who will to hear the words of men who have been called as prophets and apostles—men chosen to communicate the will of God to the world and to testify of His reality and love to God’s children everywhere.
In four general sessions on the first Saturday and Sunday of months of October and April, those prophets and apostles and other leaders of the Church share messages that they have spent months preparing. Elder Robert D. Hales, a modern apostle, explained in a recent Conference that “conferences are always under the direction of the Lord, guided by His Spirit. We are not assigned specific topics. Over weeks and months, often through sleepless nights, we wait upon the Lord. Through fasting, praying, studying, and pondering, we learn the message that He wants us to give.” In other words, during months of seeking the will of the Lord, those who speak in General Conferences of the Church work to subordinate their wills to God’s will in order to make sure that they deliver to us the messages that God wants us to hear.
As a result, we can have the confidence that, during the Conference, we will hear something or recognize some truth that is tailored to our circumstances and needs. Our Father in Heaven knows us perfectly and intimately and, through the power of the Holy Ghost, can communicate personalized messages to our hearts and minds. Many times, poignant and powerful impressions can come through the messages of General Conference—messages that are inspired and appointed for our times and our current circumstances. Speaking of his experience attending General Conference, Elder Hales taught:
[T]he Holy Ghost carries the word of the Lord unto our hearts in terms we can understand. When I take notes at conference, I do not always write down exactly what the speaker is saying; I note the personalized direction the Spirit is giving me.
What is said is not as important as what we hear and what we feel. That is why we make an effort to experience conference in a setting where the still, small voice of the Spirit can be clearly heard, felt, and understood.
Because of the great blessings that can come to us as we listen to and decide to live by the counsels and teachings of the Lord’s chosen servants, I extend my invitation to follow this link and watch the live stream of the Sunday sessions of the 184th Seminannual General Conference at 10:00 a.m. and at 2:00. p.m. MDT on Sunday, October 5th. While watching the Saturday sessions, I have been inspired by the simple and meaningful messages delivered so far in the conference. I know that all those who listen with a sincere and faithful heart will receive, through the Holy Spirit, the messages that God wants them to hear, messages that will bolster their faith and bless their lives. Surely, in the General Conference, there are messages for everyone—and messages tailored for every one. In ending, I add my testimony to the truth of Elder Hales inspired witness, which he gave, saying:
My brothers and sisters, I bear my special witness that the Lord Jesus Christ lives and stands at the head of this Church. This is His general conference. I promise you in His name that if you pray with a sincere desire to hear your Heavenly Father’s voice in the messages of this conference, you will discover that He has spoken to you to help you, to strengthen you, and to lead you home into His presence.