Monday, September 28, 2009

Prophets in the Land Again

The upcoming weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I love the first weekends in April and October because that is when the Prophet, all of the Apostles, and the seventies gather and hold a general conference. At General Conference, some of the seventies, each of the Apostles, and the Prophet address the world.

On Wednesday I will have an entire post about General Conference and the blessings associated with this great event. Right now, this post is to introduce you to General Conference and hopefully what I say Wednesday will add to what you read today and encourage you to participate in General Conference this weekend.

The article this week is a talk given by the apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the October 2006 General Conference. The talk is entitled, "Prophets in the Land Again," (audio/video) and lists three things that the General Conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declare to the world:

First, they declare eagerly and unequivocally that there is again a living prophet on the earth speaking in the name of the Lord.

Secondly, each of these conferences marks a call to action not only in our own lives but also on behalf of others around us, those who are of our own family and faith and those who are not.

Lastly, a general conference of the Church is a declaration to all the world that Jesus is the Christ, that He and His Father, the God and Father of us all, appeared to the boy prophet Joseph Smith in fulfillment of that ancient promise that the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth would again restore His Church on earth and again “come in like manner as [those Judean Saints had] seen him [ascend] into heaven." (Acts 1:11)

Read this talk today. Read the post on Wednesday. Come, listen to a prophet's voice on Saturday and Sunday.