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Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Voice of Warning

Last month, I posted one post on prophets. This month, I have posted an invitation to listen to God's prophet and apostles, and a brief testimony I gained this General Conference. The first person to open the Conference, after President Monson, Saturday Morning with his talk was Elder Robert D. Hales. His talk was on the role of conference. He said, "Oh, how we need general conference! Through conferences our faith is fortified and our testimonies deepened." Conference does not belong to those who are speaking, It belongs to Jesus Christ. Elder Hales stated earlier, "In our dispensation, the Savior Jesus Christ referred to a gathering of Saints as 'my general conference.' Wherever we are in this world, however we receive these proceedings, I testify that we are gathered in His conference. I also testify that we will hear His word, for He has said, 'Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.'"
The main point I what to share is what the Lord stated, and what Elder Hales quoted. "Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." (D&C 1: 38) In the Old Testament the Lord said, through the Prophet Amos, that he reveals His secrets to His prophets (Amos 3: 7). In 1: 38 of the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord, Himself, says, "I excuse not myself..." Therefore, Him revealing secrets to the prophets is an eternal truth. Prophets in the Old Testament prophesied the future and gave warnings to the people to give them an opportunity to change and repent so they can receive the Lord's blessings. We read that a lot of people didn't repent, and there was destruction. This role the prophets had of warning people has NOT CHANGED!
We read, in the Doctrine and Covenants, the Prophet Joseph Smith prophesied the Civil War (which happened after his martyrdom), which would begin in South Carolina (D&C 87: 1; 130: 12).

Elder Hales pointed this out, "We watch, hear, read, study, and share the words of prophets to be forewarned and protected. For example, 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World' was given long before we experienced the challenges now facing the family... We may not know all the reasons why the prophets and conference speakers address us with certain topics in conference, but the Lord does. President Harold B. Lee taught: 'The only safety we have as members of this church is to … give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through His prophet. There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your [personal] views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord Himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; … and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory’ (D&C 21: 6).” (emphasis added)

The important thing is to listen and apply what we learn in General Conference. Elder Hales continued, "if we listen and obey the prophets now, including those who will speak in this very conference, we will be strengthened and protected." (emphasis added) My recent posts have been inspired because of the words I heard at this General Conference which are:
The Truth Will Set You Free
Chastity: Controlling Our Power to Create
Women's Authority
Tasting our Fruits
and this one.

Elder Hales said, "In recent decades the Church has largely been spared the terrible misunderstandings and persecutions experienced by the early Saints. It will not always be so." We are to be prepared by the words of living prophets.  "Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly saith the Lord. " (D&C 87: 8, underline added) As I keep studying the words spoken at this Conference, I will share more insights. I, also, offer an invitation. It is the same as President Monson's  at the end of the April 2013 General Conference, "I urge you to study the messages further when they are printed in coming issues of the Ensign and Liahona magazines."

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