My family is currently on vacation in Williamsburg, VA, so this Sunday morning we worshiped with fellow Latter-day Saints from the Jamestown area.
At the beginning of our first meeting, a visiting local church leader gave us a promise. He promised that if this coming weekend, we watch all four sessions of General Conference, we will receive answers to all of the specific questions we currently have about our lives and our faith.
For those of you who are not of my faith, you may be wondering what General Conference is. Well, every six months, in April and October, my church does a series of broadcasts from Salt Lake City, UT, to many countries around the world. In these broadcasts, which consists of five 2-hour sessions held over two days, we hear spiritual messages from the leaders of our church. Those who speak to us prayerfully choose what they will speak about, and their messages are meant to uplift, counsel and inform not only the members of the faith, but all the world.
We believe that God still speaks to His children, and does so through living prophets. We believe that Thomas S. Monson, the President of our church, as well as his counselors, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are prophets, seers and revelators. They receive direction directly from God for the benefit of His people. One profound mission of the apostles and prophets is to teach and testify of Jesus Christ to the world.
If you would like to listen to some of their poignant testimonies of Christ, you can view them at this link: Special Witnesses of Christ. You can also view their pictures and biographies here: Meet Today’s Prophets and Apostles.
Throughout these two days we hear from these divinely-appointed prophets and apostles. We also hear from other leaders of our church, such as leaders of our women’s organization, called the Relief Society, and many others.
I always look forward to General Conference. I do not watch much television, but this is better than television. It is life-changing. It leaves me, and everyone who watches it with a prayerful heart, with new hope, renewed purpose, and an overwhelming feeling of love from not only the prophet and other church leaders, but from our Father in Heaven, and His son, Jesus Christ.
In this world, there is so much confusion, so much hate, so much darkness. We can always find light when we follow Jesus Christ. We know we are following Him as we heed the words of His servants. To read more about why prophets are so important, read here: We Need Living Prophets.
The promise my congregation heard on Sunday applies to everyone who has an open heart and wishes to find answers of peace, hope, and love. I want you to watch General Conference and receive the blessings millions of people receive already: Come Join Us for General Conference.
I know with all my heart that God still speaks, and does so through living prophets, just as He did anciently. I know that our prayers are heard. I know that we can walk in light. I know that God loves all of us and wants each of us to live with Him again. He has provided the way through prayer, though scriptures, and through His servants, the prophets. Come, join with us. You will be changed for the better.