General

This will be the last post on “Entitled To Revelation”. Those astute readers and supporters who have been following this blog for the past couple of years may have noticed that some months ago I ceased to be diligent in producing regular posts.

For some months I have pondered and prayed regarding the direction I am meant to pursue as I continue seeking the will of the Lord in my life.

“Sometimes answers to prayer are not recognized because we are too intent on wanting confirmation of our own desires. We fail to see that the Lord would have us do something else. Be careful to seek His will.” Richard G. Scott

With the deepest gratitude one can feel and express, I thank each one of you-cherished family, faithful friends and worldwide community for reading, for your interest,  for sharing this blog with your friends and family, for your comments, love and support these past two years as I shared my passion for things of priceless and eternal importance.

“If you seek His help, be sure your life is clean, your motives are worthy, and you’re willing to do what He asks—for He will answer your prayers.

He is your loving Father; you are His beloved child. He loves you perfectly and wants to help you.”

I’ll leave you with the latest inspiration that recently crossed my desk. “Agency and Answers: Recognizing Revelation” is insightful and teaches sweet truths. If you have a few moments to listen or to read, its message will bless you with the deeper understanding you may be seeking.

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Again, thank you.

Each of you enriches my life in ways you may not have been aware.

May our Father in Heaven bless you richly with the peace, joy and happiness that you desire.

 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Ecclesiates 12:13

This is General Conference weekend! Whoo Hoo!! I LOVE General Conference! I suppose we all do! (My husband just informed me that the news is reporting 100,000 Mormons are flocking to Salt Lake City this weekend!)

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

In case you’ve never heard about it yet, the worldwide members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather together twice a year for General Conference, held at the Conference Centre in Salt Lake.

We tune in via satellite at our Stake Centres or even at home at the computer or in front of the television two times a year, on the first weekend of April and October.

“On a computer, phone, or other electronic device, we can read, listen to, watch, and share the teachings of the prophets. Anytime, anywhere, we can enlarge our knowledge, strengthen our faith and testimony, protect our families, and lead them safely home.” Robert D. Hales

Everyone is welcome! Click here to watch: 184th General Conference 

Beginning tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, there will be four general sessions. (Saturday and Sunday at 12 and 4 p.m. Eastern Time). And as well, an 8 p.m. ET Saturday evening priesthood session for men and boys.

And…if you REALLY would like to watch it again, it is available ever after at LDS.ORG !!

 “The world is moving away from the Lord faster and farther than ever before. The adversary has been loosed upon the earth. 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.” Robert D. Hales

Personal Revelation

“These conferences are always under the direction of the Lord, guided by His Spirit. We are not assigned specific topics. Over weeks and months, often through sleepless nights, we wait upon the Lord. Through fasting, praying, studying, and pondering, we learn the message that He wants us to give.

I promise that if you will listen, you will feel the Spirit well up within you. The Lord will tell you what He wants you to do with your life.” Robert D. Hales

To get the most out of attending General Conference, remember to prepare. Ponder concerning any challenges you are facing, then keep a question on your heart, or even write it down. Have you ever tested this out?

Even if we were sitting together listening to the same words you would not receive the same message as I do. You too, can receive distinctly clear answers for your personal situation. The message you receive is personal revelation just for you!

“In conferences we can receive the word of the Lord meant just for us. One member testified: “As I listened to your address, I was astounded. … Your talk was personal revelation directly from the Lord to my family. I have never experienced such a strong manifestation of the Spirit in my life as those minutes when the Holy Ghost spoke directly to me.”

Another said, “I have never before felt so profoundly that a talk was being given to me.”

This is possible because the Holy Ghost carries the word of the Lord unto our hearts in terms we can understand.” Robert D. Hales

I’ve learned to follow this counsel to ponder and question from our leaders . Afterwards, it is very inspiring to realize how much more can be received whenever I’ve made time to record it in my journal. It is a tremendous opportunity to receive inspiration and direction from the Lord.

“As you prepare for general conference, I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. For example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing.

Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase. At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song. A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings of life and an earnest desire to hear and follow the words of counsel will prepare the way for personal revelation. 

What a marvelous privilege it is to hear God’s messages for each of us during general conference! Let us prepare well for this great blessing of divine guidance delivered by His chosen servants. For this is no ordinary blessing. “Dieter F Uchtdorf

Have a beautiful weekend!

blizzard4The wind’s howling. It’s a snowy blustery day–again. Everyone is saying this is the coldest bitterest winter ever in memory.

And I can’t help but feel a bit of longing for Belize.

I could be lounging in the sun, hot sands, snorkeling in warm ocean waters, and the vivid colors of the undersea world. I could be enjoying a little of heaven on earth.

This time last year I had never heard of beautiful Belize. Very quickly I informed myself!

Enthused, we gathered all the knowledge we needed to get there. How would we get there? Where would we stay? What would we eat? Was it safe? What did others say? What would we do?

Do you ever think about this life’s sojourn?

We’re all here together on an important journey. Where are we headed? Do you know? To travel anywhere we need knowledge and power-the ability to travel to get there.

And very true of our mortal adventure, knowledge and power are necessary to return to Heavenly Father’s presence.

19 And this greater priesthood ministereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God
 
20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest
 
21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; 
 
22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. D & C 84:19-22

No matter where I’ve travelled I’ve spent hectic days before departing, completing tons of stuff on my do to list.

I’ll bet it’s the same for you. Will all the last minute visits, meetings, shopping, laundry, folding, packing, letters, phone calls, emptying the trash, clearing the fridge, orienting some responsible soul to water the garden, discard junk mail, check up on the house, and then dropping off pets to the kennel get done on time?

And of course the very day before, the phone won’t stop demanding your time, someone will need you to run an errand and the universe will conspire to throw you into some situation that demands your talent-no one else will do.

The last hours are always hectic. Sometimes, once I’ve made it onto the plane and can breathe easy, I consider it a miracle to be sitting there at all!

(If you usually get to sit in peace and quiet for the whole day before a major trip, please share your secret!)

Anyways, I say all this to point out that in the very same way we may be filling in busy days while we are preparing for the greatest of all destinations we will ever undertake.

“Those who join this Church love the Savior Jesus Christ and they wish to follow Him. They rejoice in the knowledge that God speaks to mankind again.
 
When they receive sacred priesthood ordinances and make covenants with God, they can feel His power in their lives.
 
… The poor in spirit and honest of heart find great treasures of knowledge here.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Consider how we are preparing for this trip of all trips.

Time with family and friends, compassionate service, magnifying our callings, discovering and using our talents, hearing and obeying promptings, spending time in prayer, reading our scriptures, missionary work, learning God’s will for our lives, following the example of our Savior in all ways, and most of all– learning how it is that God’s knowledge and power manifested in our lives will enable us to one day be in Heavenly Father’s presence.

“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
 
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature” 2 Peter 1: 2-4 

Are you preparing for the greatest of all journeys—an eternal home with Heavenly Father? Have you the knowledge and power you need to get there?

Are you excited about this trip? What are you doing to be ready?