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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pray for the Prophet

Out of the Mouth of Prophets - Part 7

Dear Readers,

So, you probably have thought that I had given up or forgotten about my conference reviews.  Not true.  I have just not shared them with you.  Sorry.  It's been a lot to juggle and I also got hung up on a review that took WAY too long.  I will post part one tomorrow.

Now that the next General Conference is just 3 (that's three!!!) weeks away, I want to ask are you praying for the prophet?  I am and all of the people that are going to speak in conference.  If I am going to hang on their every word then I want it to be the most inspired words possible.  "Trust in God, Then Go and Do" by President Henry B. Eyring is the only talk that I have not reviewed yet under the topic, "prophets."
"God sends messages and authorized messengers to His children. I am to build trust in God and His servants enough that we will go out and obey His counsel. He wants that because He loves us and wants our happiness. And He knows how a lack of trust in Him brings sadness."
Trust has been something that I have been thinking about a lot in my own life.  There are lots of people to trust in this life to varying degrees.  I love how President Eyring talks about trusting in God in this talk.  If we trust in Heavenly Father then we will accept His servants and heed their counsel.  This will bring us happiness.  If we do not trust these men that are called of God and follow what they say, then that lack of trust brings sadness.  President Eyring talks about many examples in the scriptures, but I'd like to share a kind of lengthy personal story that he shared.

"I trust His apostles and prophets today and those they call to serve God.
That trust has blessed my life and the lives of my family. Years ago I heard President Ezra Taft Benson speak in a conference like this. He counseled us to do all we could to get out of debt and stay out. He mentioned mortgages on houses. He said that it might not be possible, but it would be best if we could pay off all our mortgage debt.
I turned to my wife after the meeting and asked, “Do you think there is any way we could do that?” At first we couldn’t. And then by evening I thought of a property we had acquired in another state. For years we had tried to sell it without success.
But because we trusted God and a few words from the midst of His servant’s message, we placed a phone call Monday morning to the man in San Francisco who had our property listed to sell. I had called him a few weeks before, and he had said then, “We haven’t had anyone show interest in your property for years.”
But on the Monday after conference, I heard an answer that to this day strengthens my trust in God and His servants.
The man on the phone said, “I am surprised by your call. A man came in today inquiring whether he could buy your property.” In amazement I asked, “How much did he offer to pay?” It was a few dollars more than the amount of our mortgage.
A person might say that was only a coincidence. But our mortgage was paid off. And our family still listens for any word in a prophet’s message that might be sent to tell what we should do to find the security and peace God wants for us."
I love how this man is an apostle of the Lord.  I sustain him (along with millions of others) as a prophet, seer, and revelator and here he is telling ME that HE listens for "any word" to find "security and peace" from God.
"You show your trust in Him when you listen with the intent to learn and repent and then you go and do whatever He asks. If you trust God enough to listen for His message in every sermon, song, and prayer in this conference, you will find it. And if you then go and do what He would have you do, your power to trust Him will grow, and in time you will be overwhelmed with gratitude to find that He has come to trust you.
I testify that God speaks today through His chosen servants in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thomas S. Monson is God’s prophet."
Is any one else getting excited for General Conference?  Mark April 2-3rd on your calendar.  Pray for the President of our Church, Thomas S. Monson.  Pray for the men we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators.  Pray for all who will speak, sing, pray, or take part in the conference in any way.

If you wish to watch this conference address by President Eyring, click here.  Just find this talk (Sunday Morning Session), and watch, download, whatever you want.

Are you looking forward to General Conference yet?  Let me know!  My email is lettersfromlindsay at gmail dot com.

Prayerfully,
Lindsay

1 comment:

Melissa said...

One of the main themes from this session of conference that really stuck out to me was 'Follow the Prophet'. It must be very important for all of us to remember to have been mentioned so much. The Prophet is being directed by the Lord to help us and like you said, that is how we find happiness. I know that I find greater happiness when I work harder to study and then go and do the words of the prophets. Thanks for your thoughts.