Last weekend many of us had the opportunity to hear from prophets and apostles. What a great privilege!
For those who may not know much about general conference or why we as members of the church spend 8-10 hours over a weekend every six months watching them, here is an article touching a bit on why we hold general conference and its history. The reason that I love to attend general conference is because it’s a rare unique opportunity to see a large group of people agreeing on and striving for something; That is, becoming better disciples of Christ.
Seriously, how often do you see this many people agree on something?
It’s truly an honour being a part of that every 6 months.
About two weeks ago, I extended a challenge on Facebook. I’ll quote it here, for convenience sake:
“I think we as humans rarely have a stage in life in which we do not hold important questions in our mind. Over time they may change, but at that very moment they are important to us. At this very moment, I imagine that you have a question or three that is burning in your mind, searching for an answer. I have a challenge for you.
On April 5th and 6th, the LDS General Conference is happening in Salt Lake City. You can attend at a local meeting house or watch online. I invite you to watch at least one full session (two hours) with three specific questions in mind. I promise that if you do so, and listen to the promptings of the Spirit, each of your questions will be answered. I know, because I have done this very thing. It is literally miraculous! I know that these men are prophets of God.”
I took this challenge myself, so I want to report on what I found. I had a few questions in mind. The first was ‘What is the significance of faith, hope, and charity in our salvation/righteousness?’ Or, something to that effect. I’ve been wanting to understand faith, hope, and charity for quite some time now. I have read Moroni chapter 7, Ether chapter 12, and 1 Corinthians chapter 13 a few times, each referring to faith, hope, and charity. From these scriptures, it’s apparent that they’re important – but I want to know why, and what results from them.
I received a partial answer from Elder Michael Jon U. Teh’s talk ‘Where Your Treasure Is’. It’s funny how answers come in general conference, because I remember just thinking “If you just obey the simple principles, you’ll be told what to do”, and Ether 12:28 came to mind: ‘faith, hope, and charity bringeth unto me – the fountain of all righteousness’. I’ll have to keep studying to complete what I’m looking for, but that was definitely an answer to prayer!
My next question had to do with receiving some direction for my own life. I end my mission in July and return home. I wanted to receive some guidance on where I should take my life when I return home. I received a lot of revelation regarding this topic, most of which I won’t share here. But I remember one quote really hit me hard when I heard it. Elder Richard G Scott in his talk said “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” I remember thinking “when I go home, that will probably be the single most important principle to follow.” All in all, I received a lot from General Conference.
I want to invite each of you to report on the challenge! What kind of answers did you receive? If you didn’t take the challenge, or didn’t watch general conference, I invite you to do so and reply here with your experiences from conference!
In closing, my favourite song from conference: