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Conference is Life-Changing

Conference is Life-Changing

General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is life-changing.  There’s no question about it.  Every six months, faithful members of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attend a two-day life-changing conference.

Well, I hope it is life-changing for everyone.  It requires commitment, motivation to do better, and follow through.  For someone to sit there and say they didn’t get much out of General Conference is an admission that it is their own fault.

What Did I Find Life-Changing?

  • At a time in my life, due to my illness, when it is difficult to endure 3 hours of ANYTHING, the reduction from 3 hours down to 2 hours is a welcome blessing.
  • There were several references that the Second Coming is closer than we think.  I will think twice about how I spend my time.  I will also work on repenting as needed.
  • Our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally — even when we don’t think He does.  I will work on having more confidence that the future will work itself out.
  • Stop being angry and holding grudges.
  • Don’t beat yourself up over mistakes from the past.  I need to work on understanding that God forgives, but I need to forgive myself and dismiss any regrets I have for mistakes I’ve made.
  • It “grieves” the Lord when we don’t call the church by His name.  This is one I’ve tried hard to do — even before the reiteration given earlier this year.   I will continue to remember to reference it as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Do more than just read the scriptures — study them.  Elizabethe and I will need to modify how we do our scripture “reading”.
  • Social Media Fasting – The challenge was to the sisters, but I will do it too.  I’ve already deleted those apps from my phone and tablet.  He also mentioned staying away from negative news sources.  So, I am not going to click on the “News” tab in the search engine window.
  • Even if illness or disability has struck, there are still ways to minister to others in need.  This one is harder.  My diagnosis is still new to me.  However, I plan to start thinking of ways I can serve without causing pain or weakness to my body.
  • Go to the temple more often.  This is another difficult one.  But, I got thinking… I’ve canceled most other “extra” activities because I simply can’t do them anymore.  An endowment session is no more exerting than watching TV and having to get up to go to the bathroom a couple of times during a movie.  If I can watch a 2-hour movie, I can attend an additional session once a week.

Every Six Months

Every six months is a life-changing event.  I’m thankful for living prophets who receive revelation and remind us what we need to do to return to our Heavenly Father.

All Nations

All Nations

The scriptures talk about all nations rising up against Israel.  (Zechariah 12:3)  Like many of the prophecies for the last days, I’ve often wondered how that would play out.  This last week I’ve watched as many nations voted against Israel.

I did a search and it returned a full page of results reading, “PROPHECY ALERT: “70 Nations Rise Against Israel””, “All NATIONS ARE NOW AGAINST ISRAEL ITS TIME TO WAKE UP”, “Nations Gathered Against JERUSALEM: Anti-Israel Vote At UN Fulfills Biblical Prophecy”.  These are just a few of the headlines from this last week.

Israel is also representative of the church.  We see that happening too as those who seek to do right are persecuted for righteousness sake.  Both of these things are happening simultaneously.

Elizabethe and I were watching a movie where a couple meet and within minutes after meeting, they are having sex.  I commented, “Will things get so bad that the entertainment world has someone walk up to another and just start having sex without even saying, ‘Hi’?”

Yet, things are so bad if you publically decry such behaviour you are labeled as a “hater”, “bigot” and so forth.

Watching It Unfold

We are watching it unfold right before our eyes.  I cringe when I hear people say the Second Coming is still a ways off.  They say there is too much prophecy to be fulfilled.  But, as this last week has pointed out… as the last 50 years have pointed out, things turn on a dime.

I have read many speculations about what has to happen before the Second Coming.  I say speculation because they are personal interpretations by well meaning members of the church.  For example, one member wrote that the Savior must come quickly to his temple, and perports this needs to take place in his temple in Jerusalem.  While others believe this happened in the Kirtland Temple in 1836 (of which I subscribe to the belief this fulfilled that scripture Malachi 3:1).  Regardless of which it is, if it hasn’t happened, it can happen quickly.

Mostly, I like what one of the people I used to home teach once said, “The second coming might be different for each of us.  You can die tomorrow and that will be your second coming.”

So, the best we can do is be prepared.

Second Witness

Second Witness

God always sends a Second Witness when something is revealed.  Years ago I discovered this is true with personal revelation.  Of course, we know that about the Bible and the Book of Mormon.  Missionaries travel the world telling people the Book of Mormon is a second witness.  Well, I’m here to say that is the case with personal revelation too.

I’ve had this happen a few times in the last couple of months.  I’ve found an answer to something, prayed about it, and received my confirmation that my answer was right.  Then, a few days later, I found a conference talk or Ensign article that confirmed my answer.

We all like validation.  When you come to a conclusion and it is confirmed by the spirit, how much more impact does it have when you stumble upon a conference talk that confirms you answer.

It really gets interesting when you go searching for an answer, and you just can’t find it.  You search, and search and read and search, but you just cant find an answer.  Then, you come up with your own hypothesis and you take it to the Lord and you feel the confirmation of the spirit.  That’s a great and comforting feeling.  By itself, it is sufficient for me.  However, when that second witness comes along it is a rush of joy when you realize you REALLY did hear the spirit.

Never do I go looking for a second witness.  An answer to a prayer is sufficient.  They just seem to come along naturally.

For example, I’m sitting on the toilet and I feel prompted to open the Ensign Magazine.  I pick it up, and I feel prompted to turn to a certain page.  So, I do and I just start reading.  In the course of reading, I read something that I had recently prayed about and received an answer, only now I’m reading an apostle’s words giving the same answer.  That’s my second witness.

Other times, the second witness may be a future event you had prayed about and it happens the way you believed it would when you prayed.  But, most of the time, I’m praying for knowledge, and I do as the D&C says… I study it out in my mind, and then I pray.  If it’s right, I feel a confirmation of the spirit, and if it is wrong, I feel a stupor of though.  Okay… That’s good and sufficient.  It’s just so cool when later I read the same answer in the Ensign.

God will always provide you with two witnesses.

Monday Again

Monday Again

Is it Monday again?  When I was young and I would get sick, it seemed like time just came to a stop.  Now that I’m old, it seems it just passes me by.

I’ve been participating in this private group on Facebook called LDS Emergency Preparedness.  The group is supposed to be focused on helping each other do food storage and prepare for other emergencies.

In this group, there are some people who confuse revelations given to early saints with what is to come in our days.  There was a conference talk about this a while back as well as talk about the “gather” in section 115 of the Doctrine and Covenants.  I guess it pays to study your scriptures and to be able to recognize and say to yourself, “Oh, that was talking about the saints going to Missouri in the 1830s to build Zion THEN.”

It also helps to be able to see when something is talking about Zion in terms of the church, or Zion in terms of a specific location.  When I read of people who think EVERYONE will be heading to Jackson County, Missouri, I worry they miss understand who will go.  Then, when they try to convince others that is the case, it gets out of hand with people trying to figure out how they can carry all they need to carry, on foot, and make the trek.

I remember a Sunday School teacher as a teenager who taught that.  It was years later that I realized there was no doctrinal basis for her teaching.  She had us all convinced that EVERYONE would have to WALK to Jackson County because right before the second coming all modes of transportation would be destroyed and we’d be commanded to go to Missouri and build the temple there.  But, when you read the 115th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants you realize that is not going to be the case.

Perhaps some of them sleep during General Conference.



Nothing.  None.  Nada.  We did not get a single trick-or-treater last night.  But, at least we were able to go to bed early.

This means we have leftover candy, but nothing that I like.  (Yes, one of the drawbacks of being laid-up.  You can’t go buy Halloween candy that YOU like.  Elizabethe asked why I would do that and then just give it away.  I pointed out we did NOT give away any candy and now we’re stuck with stuff I don’t like.  She pointed out she likes what she bought.)

Some days you just can’t win.

Not a whole lot going on today.  Rather than watching TV I’m finding myself participating in an online group about emergency preparedness.  It is supposed to be an LDS group, but there are some ravenous wolves in the flock who want to spread false doctrine.

Nothing drives me more crazy than people who claim to be members of the church spreading false doctrine.  Chapter and verse my friends.

When you hear things said that you have never heard in any class in church, or in any General Conference, or read in any of the standard works, you can pretty much assume it is FALSE DOCTRINE.

Much of their teachings are a combination of science fiction post-apocalyptic writings mingled with scripture.  Hmmm… sounds familiar.

I remember back in the late 60s having a Sunday School teacher tell us that before the Savior comes all technology will cease to work and we’ll all have to walk back to Jackson County Missouri.  FALSE DOCTRINE!  In fact, D&C 115:6 has the answer as to what the gathering of Zion at that time:  “And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth. “

I won’t even go in to some of the whack0 teachings being taught.

Interesting Comment

Interesting Comment

Someone made an interesting comment in Sunday School today.  It was regarding something a general authority of the church said recently, and to the effect that the world is evil enough for the second coming of Jesus Christ, but the saints need to be more righteous.  My left-brain says the balance of evil vs good is leaning more towards the evil and there needs to be more of a balance first.  While, my heart asks, “Is my own personal worthiness contributing to a delay in the Savior’s return?”

It’s a thought worth pondering.

It was my turn to teach the High Priest Group today.  Our lesson was on raising righteous children.  Given most of the men in the class have already raised their children and are now dealing with grandchildren, it was a good discussion.

Still fighting this cough, I went straight to bed after church and slept for a couple of hours.  If this keeps up, I’m contacting the doctor tomorrow.

At first, the sister missionaries had an appointment that conflicted with their dinner appointment.  They called and said their appointment cancelled on them.

I made some Chinese BBQ ribs, rice, zucchini and Asian salad for dinner.  But, the real treat was dessert.  I’ve been in a mood for some sort of waffle dessert.   I made waffles with sesame seeds and pecans and topped them with a ginger peach topping and a scoop of ice cream.  It was VERY tasty!


An acquaintance sent me a message today regarding the webcast of her wedding.  I won’t be watching it, or any webcast wedding for that matter.  In fact, I find the entire entertainment factor of weddings disturbing.  Yes, I can see the value of a webcast for a distant family member or close friend, but an open webcast to the general public… no thanks.

To each their own, as we used to say.

In many ways, the older I get, the more tolerant I am of certain childish and playful practices.  On the other hand, the older I get, the more I see the sacredness of other traditions.  Weddings are one of them.  I could go on about how I find it very distasteful and disrespectful of cake-fights at the cake-cutting portion of a wedding reception, or drunken attendants making fools of themselves in front of the rest of the guests.  Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but there was a lot less divorce back in the day when weddings were happy quiet affairs followed by some cake and punch and the throwing of some rice.