This time of the year makes me happy for several reasons: the fact that there are flower and leaves on the trees, the time when we celebrate Easter and it’s also a time when we can listen from our prophets and apostles during General Conference.
One of the things I like about living in Massachusetts is that we can see all the seasons of the year in a very distinct way. Although I get tired of the long winter months I also get very excited when spring comes which is usually on the last days of April. As I was riding my bike along Cambridge and Boston this week it makes me happy to see the tulips and daffodils that are out as well as the cherry trees. I also enjoy just seeing people out exercising or just sitting of the banks of the Charles river. All this beauty makes me contemplate on the creations of God. I’m so grateful to live in such a beautiful place and to have the ability to contemplate it.
A great event that we celebrated last week was the sufferings and resurrection of the Savior. The fact that Jesus, a perfect and sinless being, willingly took upon Himself all of our pains, mistakes and errors in order to make us clean and give us the opportunity to live with God again is certainly beyond our mortal understanding. He knew it wouldn’t be easy and He could have done it by revelation but He chose to do it in person. He pleaded with the Father when suffering in the garden of Gethsemane and asked if possible He would not suffer all the pains and afflictions of the world and yet He submitted His will to God and finished that which only Him could do.
Another important event regarding our salvation took place in Palmyra, NY. Also in the spring, it was where God and Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, who was searching for a church to join, in 1820. It was during that great event that God told Joseph not to join any of the existing churches as he was called to be the next prophet and restore the truth that had been lost.
Today we have living prophets and apostles who guide and help us know what God wants for us. Every first weekend of April and October they address us at what we call General Conference. It’s transmitted to us via satellite as well an online. Last month I was able to watch and enjoy many of the talks. One that stuck up to me was given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf when addressing the men of church on living up to our potentials. As a member of the Mormon church we are given the Gift of the Holy Ghost, soon after we are baptized, which gives us the promise of having the divine companionship of the Holy Spirit which will help us in difficult time as well as guide and inspire us, as long as we allow it. The Holy Ghost also allows us to communicate with God and receive revelation. President Uchtdorf explains how we are living below our privileges if we don’t seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost as well as revelation.