Yesterday, my sons and I had the Privilege of attending Stake Conference…I emphasize the word Privilege, because there was an Absolute Difference in THIS Conference!
As a Mormon, we Believe in Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. Living Apostles, that walk amongst us with a Direct Call System to Our Heavenly Father. These Men are Worthy Priesthood Holders, who carry special keys that Gift them many Talents.
Being born and raised in the Gospel, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing many of these wise men speak…BUT I’ve never seen them LIVE and in person! Imagine my delight, in learning that Elder Bednar would be a speaker at this Stake Conference. It was explained that the doors would open at 8:00am…The Conference didn’t start till 10:00am…I knew we would be there by 7:30am!
If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you know that rain is few and far between, yesterday, we had a glorious pour…as though the Heavens themselves poured Special Greetings upon us, cleaning our air and clearing our streets of any disturbing residue. Making way for one of Heavenly Father’s Chosen Sons passage in Sin City, that we residents may have a slate free of clutter to ponder his message.
Conducting over the Conference was our Stake President. He gave us Such Profound Blessings and Promises. The Love with which he spoke evoked, such a Joy, it was as if Heavenly Father were speaking from the pulpit. He used the words, “those within the sound of my voice…”, like a meaningful invitation to Do BETTER, to TRY, to Be Worthy of these Blessings Heavenly Father WANTS to bestow upon us.
We were offered the Testimonies of 2 Beautiful Sisters and 2 Wonderful Youth Speakers. Each having a rich understanding in their roles in the world, in the Gospel. Expressions of Thankfullness poured easily from their own varied perspectives. It was all too easy to see that they Loved the Gospel and worked to Live Worthily. May we be mindful to “have a Greater Capacity To Be Obedient”.
Our concluding speaker was indeed, Elder Bednar. I am STILL is such AWE at his poise and eloquence. I’ve seen many a concluding speaker struggle to weave in the thoughts of the previous, to pull together all the words that were spoken, and add a cohesive thought to the talks before…
Elder Bednar, wrapped up and presented us with a tangible Gift of Heavenly Father’s Love and Promise to Each and Every One of us.
He opened with a plain explanation of “Called To Serve”…as in Called To The Work, NOT to the place. A distinction, I too, have missed. Elder Bednar used the phrase, “It cracks me up…” this demonstrated a human quality, made him more like us. He behooved us to the knowledge that each Call is personal and individual, that only 15 Men upon this Earth have both the Duty and the Privilege of Calling these Missionaries to Serve.
As an Apostle, he weaved in a course of Scripture-
- Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
- Moroni 7:26-28
26 And after that he came men also were saved by faith in his name; and by faith, they become the sons of God. And as surely as Christ liveth he spake these words unto our fathers, saying: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.
27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.
- 2 Nephi 2:8 Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
My thoughts are so full, my cup runneth over in such a way that I cannot forget these impressions of a Truly Remarkable Stake Conference! I am FAR from being a Perfect Mormon Mom, but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can become perfected. That my time on Earth will be one spent in Repentance, gaining Knowledge of my Christlike Attributes, and becoming Worthy of Temple Blessings. I know Heavenly Father Knows Me By Name, and that the Holy Ghost is my constant companion. This is my Testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.