Post 47u: This Blog Post Has a Very Important Role to Play in My Blog. In it I Feature the Talk Given by Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Which He Delivered During the October 2013 General Conference in the Church's Conference Center Located in Salt Lake City, Utah on the Subject of: "General Conference: Strengthening Faith and Testimony!" Therefore You Will Learn From an Inspired Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ of Our Day and Time About How the General Conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Can Greatly Bless Our Lives!
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I, J. Neil Birch, Author of this Post as you have been informed in my Introduction, have chosen this week to feature the October 2013 General Conference talk given by Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church mentioned above. First, I desire that you each learn about his background before he was called to his position as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ along with something about his family: http://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/what-are-prophets/bio/robert-d-hales?lang=eng Now you will have the opportunity of listening to Elder Hales deliver his most recent General C0nference Address which is the subject of this Blog Post of mine: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/general-conference-strengthening-faith-and-testimony?lang=eng Now it is my opportunity of assisting you to benefit from the Notes which Elder Hales inserted at the very end of his General Conference Talk which you just listened to. I invite you to read through Elder Hales' talk in order that I may assist you in your efforts to more fully benefit from Elder Hale's notes in making those notes of his as fully functional as possible: To do so I will insert various professionally done paintings and make his notes explicit in an effort to make each of them more fully beneficial: General Conference:
Thank you, President Monson, for your teaching and example of
Christlike service and your charge for all of us to be missionaries.
We ever pray for thee.
In our dispensation, the Savior Jesus Christ referred to a
gathering of Saints as “my general conference.”1
Doctrine and Covenants 124: 88 Let my servant William
go and proclaim my everlasting gospel with a loud voice, and
with great joy, as he shall be moved upon by my Spirit, unto
the inhabitants of Warsaw, and also unto the inhabitants of
Carthage, and also unto the inhabitants of Burlington, and also
unto the inhabitants of Madison, and await patiently and
diligently for further instructions at my general conference,
saith the Lord.
Wherever we are in this world, however we receive these proceedings, I testify that we are gathered in His conference. I also testify that we will hear His word, for He has said, “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”2
Doctrine and Covenants 1:38What I the Lord have
spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and
though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall
not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own
voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
Conferences have always been part of the true Church of Jesus
Christ. Adam gathered his posterity and prophesied of things to
Adam and Eve Teaching their Children -by Del Parson
Mosesgathered the children of Israel and taught them the commandments he had received.
Moses Taught Israel Important things! -by Judith Mehr
The Savior taught multitudes gathered both in the Holy Land
and on the American continent.
Jesus Visits the Americas
Peter gathered believers in Jerusalem! (No Painting Available)
The Whitmer Log House in Fayette, New York Where the First General Conference in these Latter Days was convened.
The first general conference in these latter days was convened just two months after the Church was organized, and conferences have continued to this very day. These conferences are always under the direction of the Lord, and His Holy Spirit guides them.
Doctrine and Covenants 46:2 But notwithstanding those things
which are written, it always has been given to the elders of my church from the beginning, and ever shall be, to conduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy 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. Some might ask, “Why doesn’t the inspiration come more easily and quickly?”
The Lord taught Oliver Cowdery, “You must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right.”
Doctrine and Covenants 9:8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
Conference messages come to us after prayerful preparation, through the Holy Ghost. This principle is true for all members of the Church as we prepare to participate in ward, stake, and general conferences. We study out in our minds what we need and desire from Heavenly Father, and we pray to understand and apply that which we are taught. As the time for conference arrives, we sacrifice other activities, “laying aside the things of this world, [to] seek for the things of a better.”
Doctrine and Covenants 25:10 And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.
Then we gather our families to hear the word of the Lord, as King Benjamin’s people did.6
King Benjamin Preaches to the Nephites -by Gary Kapp
Mosiah 2: 5 And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family, consisting of his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, and their daughters, from the eldest down to the youngest, every family being separate one from another.
Children and youth love to be included. We make a serious mistake if we assume that the conference is above their intellect and spiritual sensitivity. To the young members of the Church, I promise that if you will listen, you will feel the Spirit well up within you. The Lord will tell you what He wants you to do with your life. In Conferences we can receive the word of the Lord meant just for us. One member testified: “As I listened to your address, I was astounded. …
Your talk was personal revelation directly from the Lord to my family. I have never experienced such a strong manifestation of the Spirit in my life as those minutes when the Holy Ghost spoke directly to me.”
Another said, “I have never before felt so profoundly that a talk was being given to me.” This is possible because the Holy Ghost carries the word of the Lord unto our hearts in terms we can understand.7
2 Nephi 33:1And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.
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.8
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. Oh, how we need general conference! Through conferences our faith is fortified and our testimonies deepened. And when we are converted, we strengthen each other to stand strong amid the fiery darts of these last days.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.
In recent decades the Church has largely been spared the terrible misunderstandings and persecutions experienced by the early Saints. It will not always be so. The world is moving away from the Lord faster and farther than ever before. The adversary has been loosed upon the earth. We watch, hear, read, study, and share the words of prophets to be forewarned and protected.
For example, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” was given long before we experienced the challenges now facing the family. “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles” was prepared in advance of when we will need it most.
We may not know all the reasons why the prophets and conference speakers address us with certain topics in conference, but the Lord does. President Harold B. Lee taught: “The only safety we have as members of this church is to … give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through His prophet.
There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your [personal] views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord Himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; … and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.’
(Doctrine and Covenants 21:”10 6 For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good and his name’s glory.
How did President Lee know what we would be facing in our day? He knew because he was a prophet, seer, and revelator. And if we listen and obey the prophets now, including those who will speak in this very conference, we will be strengthened and protected.
The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: we gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them.
After King Benjamin taught his people, “he dismissed the multitude, and they returned, every one, according to their families, to their own houses.”11
Mosiah 6:3 And again, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of all these things, and had consecrated his son Mosiah to be a ruler and a king over his people, and had given him all the charges concerning the kingdom, and also had appointed priests to teach the people, that thereby they might hear and know the commandments of God, and to stir them up in remembrance of the oath which they had made, he dismissed the multitude, and they returned, every one, according to their families, to their own houses.
4 And it came to pass that after he had done all this, that king Limhi dismissed the multitude, and caused that they should return every one unto his own house.
After teaching and ministering to the people at the temple in Bountiful, the Savior entreated the people,
3Nephi 17:3 “Therefore, Go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.”
We accept the Savior’s invitation when we ponder and pray to understand what we have been taught and then go forward and do His will. Remember President Spencer W. Kimball’s words: “I have made up my mind that when I go home from this [general] conference … there are many, many areas in my life that I can perfect. I have made a mental list of them, and I expect to go to work as soon as we get through.” Spencer W. Kimball, "Spoken from Their Hearts," Ensign, Nov. 1975, 111. (14)
President Monson recently said: “I encourage you to read the talks … and to ponder the messages contained therein. I have found in my own life that I gain even more from these inspired sermons when I study them in greater depth.”
In addition to inviting us to hold personal and family scripture study, Heavenly Father wants us to regularly tostudy and testify and apply what we have and apply what we have learned in conference. I testify that those who put their trust in the Lord and heed this counsel in faith will gain great strength to bless themselves and to overcome. Heavenly Father has provided the way. At this conference, 97 percent of the Church can hear these messages in their own language. Millions of members in 197 countries will watch this conference in 95 languages.
In just two or three days the messages will appear on LDS.org in English, and within one week they will begin to be available in 52 languages. Now we receive the printed Church magazines within three weeks of the general conference. No longer do we have to wait months for the talks to arrive by mail. On a computer, phone, or other electronic device, we can read, listen to, watch, and share the teachings of the prophets. Anytime, anywhere, we can enlarge our knowledge, strengthen our faith and testimony, protect our families, and lead them safely home.
The messages of this conference will also be woven into the online youth curriculum. Parents, you may access youth lessons for yourself on LDS.org. Find out what your children are learning, and make it the subject of your own study, family discussions, family home evenings, family councils, and personal interviews with each of your children concerning what they need to be taught individually. I encourage all members to use the resources on the Church’s websites and mobile apps. They are continually being refined so that they are easier to use and more relevant to our lives. On LDS.org you will find resources to help you study the gospel, strengthen your home and family, and serve in your calling. You can also find your ancestors who need temple ordinances and resources to support you in the work of salvation, including sharing the gospel. Parents can take the lead in preparing their children for baptism, the priesthood, full-time missions, and the temple. They can help us walk the strait and narrow path of temple ordinances and covenants and qualify for the blessing of eternal life.
In last April’s conference, in the general priesthood meeting, I told about my father drawing a picture of a knight in armor to teach me about putting on the whole armor of God and the spiritual protection it brings. After that session was over, a father reported to his family what he had learned. Inspired, their young son Jason searched LDS.org to hear the message for himself. A few days later he appeared in family home evening to share the lesson with his brothers and sisters. Here he is.
A simple conference message, inspired of the Lord, received by a child, was taught to a family in a personal, powerful way. I love his breastplate of righteousness. I love his shield of faith to thwart the fiery darts of the adversary. These are the blessings of conference.
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 t+ ____________
Now as is usually done in each of these Blog Posts of mine, I, Neil Birch suggest that you consider gathering together those nearby who might desire to join you in singing one of the LDS Hymns.
I feel that Hymn # 243 from the LDS Hymn Book, "Let Us All Press On" fits the message delivered by Elder Hales.You may think of others and if you do you can scroll through the Internet device provided
you, to find them.
You may want to have those present with you who want to sing to choose which part: Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Base, they each would like to sing. The music is provided in this link which you can access
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