Sunday, October 11, 2009

Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration

This past General Conference was incredible. After each conference, I hear people say that it was the best conference so far. And I agree with them. General Conference gets better and better each time. I mean, how could it not; the prophet and apostles are speaking to us about what the Lord wants us to hear right now. How wonderful is modern revelation!

The talk from General Conference that I would like to highlight this week is one by Elder Tad Callister entitled, "Joseph Smith—Prophet of the Restoration," given during the Saturday afternoon session. On Saturday one of my good friends and teammate came over and watched most of the Saturday afternoon session with me. The night before, we were talking about religion and he stated that learning about other religions is intriguing, he just didn't really know anything about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the "Mormon church." Saturday, after Elder Callister concluded his remarks, I turned to my buddy and said something to the effect of, "well, if you ever wondered what the Church was all about, there you go."

Elder Callister captures in a twelve-minute talk the essence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He explains why the Church exists, emphasizes key doctrines, and testifies of truth.

I add my testimony to the testimony of Elder Callister and the testimonies of all the living prophets and apostles that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church upon the face of the earth today. Only here will you find the fulness of Christ's teachings. Only here will you find the authority and power to perform saving ordinances and otherwise act in Christ's name for the salvation of God's children. Only here will you learn how to gain eternal happiness. This I know.