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General Conference: Revelation is Here to Remain

82a229e4d16ac2cf7fa62bebed6caca7“Of all things, that for which we should be most grateful today is that the heavens are indeed open and that the restored church of Jesus Christ is founded upon the rock of revelation. Continuous revelation is indeed the very lifeblood of the gospel of the living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We do not accept the theory of the so-called teachers of Christianity, that the Old Testament constituted the total words of God’s prophets; nor do we believe the New Testament to be the end of revelation. We testify that rather than an end of revelations of God, they continue to pour forth from God for the welfare and benefit of men.

How this confused world of today needs revelation from God. With war and pestilence and famine, with poverty, desolation, with more and more graft, dishonesty, and immorality, certainly the people of this world need revelation from God as never before. How absurd it would be to think that the Lord would give to a small handful of people in Palestine and the Old World his precious direction through revelation and now, in our extremity, close the heavens.

However, it is the sad truth that if prophets and people are unreachable, the Lord generally does nothing for them. Having given them free agency, their Heavenly Father calls, persuades, and directs aright his children, but waits for their upreaching hands, their solemn prayers, their sincere, dedicated approach to him. If they are heedless, they are left floundering in midnight’s darkness when they could have the noonday sun.

When the children of Israel would not live the commandments, believe in him, and follow his program, the Lord said: “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:  “And your strength shall be spent. …” (Lev. 26:19–20.)

I bear witness to the world today that more than a century and a half ago the iron ceiling was shattered; the heavens were once again opened, and since that time revelations have been continuous.

That new day dawned when another soul with passionate yearning prayed for divine guidance. A spot of hidden solitude was found, knees were bent, a heart was humbled, pleadings were voiced, and a light brighter than the noonday sun illuminated the world—the curtain never to be closed again.

A young lad spoken of by some of our brethren today, Joseph Smith, of incomparable faith, broke the spell, shattered the “heavens of iron” and reestablished communication. Heaven kissed the earth, light dissipated the darkness, and God again spoke to man, revealing anew “his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7.) A new prophet was in the land and through him God set up his kingdom, never to be destroyed nor left to another people—a kingdom that will stand forever.

The foreverness of this kingdom and the revelations which it brought into existence are absolute realities. Never again will the sun go down; never again will all men prove totally unworthy of communication with their Maker. Never again will God be hidden from his children on the earth. Revelation is here to remain.

Spencer W. Kimball “Revelation: The Word of the Lord to His Prophets”

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

 

 

General Conference. Don’t YOU Miss It.

The overcast morning has not dampened my October excitement in the least bit.

I am perfectly aware that the rain soaked ground and chilled filled air is reminding me of the impending cold…

but I am toasty warm with anticipation.

General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints starts this weekend… today…in two and a half hours!!!

(Live streaming can be seen on lds.org. Saturday sessions 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 MST; Sunday sessions 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 MST)

Have you ever been ready for a spiritual shot to your soul because of the wearing down of your life and of the mulitple worries that seem to hound it?

I seem to start the moping at the end of March and September EVERY year.

But no worries, the calvary…A.K.A. the Lord’s prophets, show up like clock work the first weekends in April and October by way of “General Conference”.

All I can say, or better yet SHOUT to the world is this—

DON’T YOU MISS IT.

I won’t. That is for certain.

See Others as They May Become

 As a less than perfect mother, I can get a bit cranky as I deal daily with my less than perfect children.

 There is so much to teach these wonderful people I live with and in so little time.

And I’m not just talking just about academics or how to brush your teeth.

Are they getting the memo that they will have their own lives one day, some sooner than later, and that they will be the one in charge of their destiny?

Are they understanding with clarity that ONE day they will be the captain of THEIR ship?

As always, I was given food for thought from a prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson, in a talk he gave at General Conference, October 2012. (Link below)

His words helped me breathe a bit deeper and change my perceptions to start fresh and encourage my children even more today.

I need to relax and enjoy this “mothering” ride and do my best to be the kind of mother that gives her children what they desperately need…

LOVE … ACCEPTANCE …  and HOPEFUL PERSPECTIVE.

My thoughts:

**Look up and beyond the now at what they can and will become!

**I would only hope those who deal with my imperfections would do the same with me.

**Have vision of their potential for the most important people in our lives.

**Don’t get frustrated with the daily mistakes and rough edges we mothers witness on a continual basis.

**SEE THEM AS THEY CAN BECOME.

**TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT FOR WHO THEY ARE NOW.

Here is the General Conference talk, entitled “See Others as They May Become”.

(This article was written for young men and men, but I think it also applies to Mother’s raising children, especially sons.)

To end, here is a small make-you-smile story from that talk.

“During the 1940s and 1950s, an American prison warden, Clinton Duffy, was well known for his efforts to rehabilitate the men in his prison. Said one critic, “You should know that leopards don’t change their spots!”

Replied Warden Duffy, “You should know I don’t work with leopards. I work with men, and men change every day.”

Idaho Farm Boy Lessons

FarmBoy 1938 LegendsofAmerica.com

FarmBoy 1938 LegendsofAmerica.com

These axioms from a General Conference talk I heard recently really hit home with me.

Maybe it’s because I have been struggling and feeling overwhelmed with spring pruning and clean up of my large yard.

I feel the law of the harvest in my aching back, my sore fingers, and my ratty wind blown hair. (It blows all spring long!)

These six lessons are poignant to me as I am racing against the calendar to get my yard in shape for the summer and fall.

They also apply to absolutely everything we do. Don’t you think?

I love Idaho Boys!

Presto the cowboy

Presto the cowboy

Idaho Farm Boy Lessons

#1-  WORK–  if you don’t plant, you don’t harvest

#2-  WORK SMART– if you irrigate and fertilize, you harvest more

#3-  TIMING IS IMPORTANT– if you don’t plant at the right time, an early frost can destroy the harvest

#4-  DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE NO MATTER IF YOU WANT TO OR NOT– you milk the cows when she needs to be milked, not when you want to

#5-  BE DIRECT–  with livestock or machinery, you don’t have time to “beat around the bush” or be “politically correct”

#6-  STICK WITH THE BASICS

Music is My Balm of Gilead

During General Conference yesterday and today, I was moved by the many quotes and the eloquently spoken words.

But for some reason, my soul was touched and inspired even more by the music that was shared during Conference.

Music does something inside me, and righteous music makes my soul soar with JOY.

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I felt that joy again as I heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the six hours of meetings.

Feeling that surge of complete beauty and spiritual high brought me back to days when I would play on the piano in college, all by myself, for hours on end.

I miss those practice rooms where it was just me, the piano, and music.

Those were spiritual moments when I would play with all my heart and soul and yet only have myself and the Lord hear it.

Here is one of the songs that deeply touches me and deeply affects me EVERY time I hear it. The words combined with the magnificent music lifts me up and I want to be a better person.

It did the same again today.

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