Today I’m watching/listening to Elder Holland talk in Conference. The talk is titled “An Ensign to the Nations”.
One of the reasons I want to listen to this particular talk is due to a conversation I’ve been having with Brian R about religion and the Book of Mormon.
This title also reminds me about the “Light of the World” presentation I was a part of in 2001-02.
We testify to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people that God not only lives but also that He speaks, that for our time and in our day the counsel you have heard is, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, “the will of the Lord, … the word of the Lord, … the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.
For our time and in our day, the counsel we’ve heard is under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
No man or woman who speaks in conference is assigned a topic. Each is asked to fast and pray, study and seek, for a specific topic the Lord wishes them to present regardless of personal preferences.
…we must speak to those who know us very well and those who know us not at all.
The gospel is “to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.” – President Harold B. Lee
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”12
Clearly anyone who thinks Jesus taught no-fault theology did not read the fine print in the contract! No, in matters of discipleship the Church is not a fast-food outlet; we can’t always have it “our way.”
If we teach by the Spirit and you listen by the Spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance, sending a personal prophetic epistle just to you.
This was a great talk to listen to. It was a good reminder that the apostles and prophets are called of God to preach His word and His will to the nations.
It was a reminder and testimony that God still speaks to His children, that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
I’m grateful for the testimony I feel as I listen to the words of the prophets. It’s something I can’t deny. It’s something I can only share.
I’m grateful to have the conversations with Brian and Luke, two friends who I’ve always feared talking with about these topics. I hope that my testimony can and will have some influence on them for good and that I won’t ever get into debates on why they are wrong and I’m right. That’s not the way the gospel needs to be preached.
I think there are many good people everywhere. And our appeal is to those people. We don’t down grade any Church. We don’t speak disparagingly of any Church. We simply say to people of other Churches, bring all the good that you have and come and let us see if they if we can add to it. Now that’s all there is to it.
It is fun to read his words as well, how he answers questions proposed to him.
Now it’s time to get to work and complete my tasks for today.