A term we’re all familiar with, “Buckle up!” is usually associated with safe transportation, and involves latching a safety belt around the torso to prevent injury. As General Conference approaches, the same advice might apply as we spiritually prepare to listen to the counsel of our church leaders. President Russell M. Nelson said “The Lord always has and always will instruct and inspire His prophets. The Lord is at the helm. We who have been ordained to bear witness of His holy name throughout the world will continue to seek to know His will and follow it. [As We Go Forward Together April 2018] This has been and will continue to be a very dynamic time in the church. The number of changes that have been announced since President Nelson’s prophetic responsibility have left us all wondering what’s coming next. In anticipation of conference weekend, there are some things that we can do to be better prepared to listen to our prophet’s voice.
At the close of the last General Conference session in October 2018, President Nelson asked us to study the messages from that session beginning the very week they were delivered. It’s not too late to review those messages before the next batch of messages is broadcast. Has asked us to remodel our homes into centers of gospel learning. We were also encouraged to continue to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by referring to His church in the correct way. He said our need to be in the temple on a regular basis has never been greater, as he announced plans to construct 12 new temples. “Building and maintaining temples may not change your life, but spending your time in the temple surely will.” [Becoming Exemplary Latter-Day Saints October 2018] Take some time to look back at what the leaders of our church admonished us to do as you prepare to hear their counsel again.
In Doctrine and Covenants 1:38 we are reminded by the Savior Jesus Christ that the voice of the Lord and His servants the prophets is one and the same. ” What 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.”
How will you prepare to receive the messages of General Conference?