As I was reading in the New Testament the other day, I imagined myself as one of Jesus’ followers, listening to him preach and explain the gospel, sitting outdoors, and taking it all in. I can only fathom what it must have been like to learn at the Master’s feet, to obtain a surety that his teachings were from a loving Heavenly Father. However, more than two thousand years later, it seems as if life is more complicated and difficult than it has ever been. We are in need of positive guidance now more than ever before.
The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe that God has called prophets and apostles to lead, guide and teach us, today, just as in the time of Jesus. It is through them that we can receive answers to questions, feel God’s presence in our own lives, and come to know that God does speak to us still. This coming Saturday and Sunday, Latter Day Saints from all over the world will hear from Thomas S. Monson, the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and other LDS leaders. Instead of attending our regular church meetings on that Sunday, we are encouraged to watch and learn from these weekend-long “sermons”, called General Conference. General Conference is a bi-annual televised broadcast which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, and shown around the world to the Church’s 14 million members and their friends.
I always look forward to General Conference, with or without present trials in my life. I’m excited to hear what God has to tell us. Even with our different life circumstances, I know that his messages are for everyone, if we would only take the time to listen and learn from them. God does speak to us today, and I’m very grateful for that.