By Lincoln, Photo: lds.org
In one week, LDS General Conference will be upon us. General Conference is a semi-annual event where the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints speak to the world. There are six sessions in total: four for everyone, one session for women, and one for men. In total, almost 50 talks are given, with topics ranging from marriage and family to stories about aviation and World War II.
General Conference is one of my favorite occasions of the year. Hearing from the Prophet and other men and women who are inspired by God is a wonderful opportunity. In almost every talk, I can find a lesson or principle that can be applied to my daily life. I find simple truths from every story told, every scripture shared, and every quote recited. I know that every word spoken throughout General Conference has inspiration and revelation behind it. Leaders spend months pondering their topics. Much fasting, prayer, dedication and thought go into the messages that are prepared. To quote D&C 1:38, “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.”
When I was 11 years old, I had the chance to sing in the choir at the Priesthood Session of General Conference. I had not been ordained into the Priesthood yet, and being only 11 years old, a two-hour meeting didn’t sound all that exciting to me at first. But as I sat behind the stand in the conference center, I watched as 20,000 preisthood men filled the seats. I was inspired as I watched the Prophet walk in, and even drawn in to the talks given by the speakers. I found new meaning in the songs we sang as a choir, and even found things to learn as a young boy. Ever since then, conference has meant more and more to me every time I watch and listen to it.
I invite you to tune in this October as conference approaches us again, or invite someone to watch it with you. Keep in mind that the speakers are inspired by God, and that every word has a meaning for you. You can more fully prepare yourself for the messages God has for you by following the advice given here.