I was just reading President Russell M. Nelson’s opening remarks at this past April’s General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is such a remarkable speaker! He speaks the way I think: with much emphasis on how he “feels” about things that are going on, and the things that he is speaking about.
He talked about being able to endure trials. He said “The Lord has told us that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”1 Of course, we can store our own reserves of food, water, and savings. But equally crucial is our need to fill our personal spiritual storehouses with faith, truth, and testimony.”
Such wonderful words to my heart. I don’t know about you, but I move from trial to trial. That’s how Heavenly Father changes me if I utilize the atonement of Jesus Christ in my life! If I listen to the Holy Spirit and heed His words.
He goes on to say that “our ultimate quest in life is to prepare to meet our Maker.” How kind of him to remind me of that. There are times when I get so caught up in the studying, praying, living, etc that I don’t have that ultimate goal at the front of mind. I need it at the front of my mind so that I can do the things that matter toward that goal and not to being more popular, or making more money than I need, or shopping, or playing online games. He reminds me that I work toward this “ultimate goal” by “striving daily to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ” And that we accomplish this by repenting daily and receiving “His cleansing, healing, and strengthening power.” Then comes this blessing and promise: “Then we can feel enduring peace and joy, even during turbulent times.” Such a good reminder. Because, I know these things, but too many days I’m not intentionally doing them.
I so much love how Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ know what we individually need to get through our trials and grow! They pay attention to me, to you, to all!
He also introduces the theme of the conference:
This year, we commemorate the 200th anniversary of one of the most significant events in the history of the world—namely, the appearance of God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to Joseph Smith. During that singular vision, God the Father pointed to Jesus Christ and said: “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
That admonition given to Joseph is for each of us. We are to seek, in every way we can, to hear Jesus Christ, who speaks to us through the power and ministering of the Holy Ghost.
I have prayed and I know that President Russell M Nelson is a prophet of God. I know he loves each of us also. I can feel his love even through electronic devices. I love him and honor him as a prophet of God. In Jesus name, Amen
He spoke a little more about some announcements. He announced that at the end of the Sunday morning session of the conference a solemn assembly and the Hosanna Shout. I was so excited. I had never been a part of the sacred Hosanna Shout. It was amazing!! The spirit was a huge part of this conference and just showing off during the Hosanna Shout! I don’t have words to express to you how I felt during it.
I want to testify to you that I truly believe with all of my being that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live! That they love each one of us. That as we obey and come to them we receive blessings. I know that in the time I have been working to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, that my life has become wonderful. That does not mean that my trials have stopped (sometimes I think His folks get more), or that my fibromyalgia has gone away, or that my anxiety disorder has gone away. What it does mean is that I have Them through all of these things. I am His and He is mine! I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
I hope that you will study the general conference talks! They give me so much hope, peace, and comfort. As I study them I get to feel again those feelings that I felt while I was listening to those talks.