Good morning, afternoon, evening – wherever you are! My week has definitely been an interesting one, but full of fantastic things! I truly hope each of yours has been the same.
So yesterday was absolutely amazing, mostly because the General Women’s Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was broadcasted! Which means: Women around the world were specifically addressed by servants of the Lord. If you missed it, you can watch it here. Every time General Conference comes around (every 6 months, April and October), I say that it was the best conference ever. It really just keeps getting better and better. Either that, or I’m just understanding more and more, particularly about applying the doctrines and principles that are taught in my own life. Perhaps it’s a little bit of both. Whatever the case, General Conference is always amazing and it is definitely my favorite time of year.
This time around, it is even more special because we get to hear from our prophets and apostles and other leaders of the Church on Easter Sunday, the day that our Lord and Savior was resurrected almost 2000 years ago. I’ll discuss more of that next week when the occasion comes.
There is one point I want to elaborate on and that is what prophets are, what their purpose is. Many people today don’t believe that prophets are necessary. Prophets in Biblical times were servants of God who were called to speak His word and teach the world what the Lord needed His Children to do in order to survive the world and make it back Home to Him. Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Noah are only a few of the prophets mentioned in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ Himself was a prophet, and He is also the Savior of the world. Prophets were given in every dispensation (a time where the Gospel and the Priesthood were both on the Earth in their fulness) to guide the Lord’s people and clarify the teachings that had been recorded previously.
Today, we have probably thousands of different religions all over the world, most of them believe in Jesus Christ and believe the Bible to be the word of God. There are also many different translations of the Bible – King James, New King James, New Living Translation, New Revised, etc, etc. Honestly, if you read the same verse in each of these, you can get something completely different out of each of them. So how do you know which one is right? How do you know there aren’t things missing, or even added, from the original?
All that being said, how do you think our world today could benefit from having a living prophet – a servant of the Lord who has been called by Him to teach His word, who receives revelation straight from God and has the power of God to teach, to perform miracles and to give blessings, just as prophets of old did, just as the Savior did? What would that mean to you if there was someone like that here on the Earth right now? How would that change your life? Think about that. Seriously consider it. Read about the prophets. Study their words. Figure out how to apply it today. Finally, pray about it.
I testify to you that we DO have a living prophet on Earth today. His name is Thomas S. Monson, and I KNOW that he is a servant of God who truly loves the Lord and loves each of us. He genuinely wants us to come unto Christ, and to one day live with Him again. I know this because I have heard him speak. I have heard, seen and felt the words he has to say and I know that they come from God. I also know this because I feel the same. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I know that it’s possible to live with Them again. I feel Their love for each of the people in my life, and even people I don’t even know, but know about. I pray for the welfare of others and in return, I have the capacity to love them unconditionally, no matter who they are. We have a loving Father in Heaven who doesn’t want us to be without His help here in this life. Because of that love, He has given us prophets to guide us through the time we have here.
I invite each of you to share this message with your friends and to listen to the prophet, Thomas S. Monson, as well as other servants of the Lord who are members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other Church leadership for men, women and children. It’s happening Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 at 10:00am (MST), 12:00pm and a session just for the men on Saturday at 6:00pm. You can watch it at lds.org, or on BYUTV. I try to watch all sessions because they all have different speakers, and all are absolutely amazing and wonderful. I know that you will find the Spirit to be there. You will find truth, especially if you bring a question as you listen, even one as simple as “Are these people truly following Christ?” Any question you have that you need an answer to whether it be simply looking for truth or guidance on what to do with your life, how to raise your children, how to come closer to the Savior, all of it can and will be answered if you have faith and an open heart and mind. I promise you that in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.