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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE General Conference! I know I’m not alone when I say I love our leaders, love the uplifting lasting spirit that they bring, love their encouragement that permeates my being. I love that each conference there is something totally unexpectedly directed personally for my ears and heart! And that is true for each of us who choose to make the time to enjoy the feast!general conference

There may not be any brand new teaching in the words of the speakers, however as each expresses the message the Lord has impressed on their heart, truth is magnified and anyone, Latter Day Saint member or not, cannot help but be edified and filled with sweet morsels of truth to carry on until next time.

I would never be able to choose which my favorite talk was. I delight in feeling the depth of each speaker’s spirit, their genuine desire to communicate truth, matters of great importance impressed on their hearts by God, and their fervent love of the gospel. They teach and help us prepare for the days ahead. We are filled with hope and faith and each buoyed up with courage and truth eternal which will never pass away.

Not because I deem them favorites but because their messages did resonate with me, I’ve chosen to list the promises I heard from two of the talks.

 “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” Doctrine and Covenants 38:30

I believe we are living in the longed for end days prophesied since the beginning. I recently have renewed my interest, passion and desire to be as informed as possible regarding the coming days so that I may be prepared.

Elder Bruce Porter addressed these turbulent, uncertain, and difficult times. Feel free to ponder the meanings that these promises hold for you. 🙂 May each one serve to uplift and be an encouragement to you.

  1. In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world
  2. If they seek prayerfully for help and guidance they shall be given power over adverse things
  3. We need not fear the future nor falter in hope and good cheer because God is with us
  4. Be of good cheer and do not fear for I the Lord am with you and will stand by you
  5. The Lord will stand by His church and people and keep them in safety until His coming
  6. There will be peace in Zion and in her stakes for He has proclaimed 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
  7. The church stands as a bulwark of safety for its members
  8. Though conditions in the world may become very vexing at times faithful Latter Day Saints will find sanctuary in the stakes of Zion
  9. The stone cut without human hands shall roll forth until it has filled the whole earth and no human power can stay its course for God is the author of this work and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone
  10. In the last days the power of the lamb of God will descend upon the covenant people of the Lord and they will be armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory
  11. Every one of us and our families can be armed with the power of God as a defense if we will but remain true to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and let the Spirit be our guide
  12. Trials may come and we may not understand everything happening to us or around us, but if we humbly and quietly trust in the Lord He will give us guidance and strength in every challenge we face
  13. When our only desire is to please Him we will be blessed with deep inner peace

“When surrounded by mobs with death and destruction threatening on every hand

I am not aware but that I felt just as joyful and well  in my spirit as I do now.

Prospects might appear dull and very dark but I have never seen a time in this gospel

but what I knew that the result would be beneficial to the cause of truth” Brigham Young 

14. Even in a darkening world we as Latter Day Saints may sing with joy knowing that the powers of heaven are with God’s church and people

15. We may rejoice in the knowledge that a beautiful morning lies ahead-the dawn of the Millennial Day when the Son of God shall rise in the east and rein again on earth

 

Which of Elder Porter’s promises do you feel is most comforting?

 

As I began to list the promises in President Henry B. Eyring’s talk, I realized that so very much of it is promises-more than one per minute! Can you find more?

  1. I will draw near unto you
  2. Ye shall find me
  3. Ye shall receive
  4. It shall be opened unto you
  5. In our service to Him He comes to us
  6. I will encircle thee in the arms of My love
  7. We will feel our love for Him. It will increase because we will feel His power and His drawing near to us
  8. I will go before your face
  9. I will be on your right hand and on your left
  10. My Spirit shall be in your hearts and mine angels around about you to bear you up
  11. As we give devoted service to Him, He draws closer to those we love in our families
  12. I will do for (your families) as seemeth me good for in Me there is all power
  13. The prayers of those who exercise their faith will bring the Lord’s servants to help your family members
  14. They will help them choose the way home to God
  15. I can promise you that the Savior will draw close to you and bless you and your family with what is best
  16. You will have the comfort of His love and feel the answer of His drawing closer as you reach out your arms in giving service
  17. The Lord’s power will sustain you
  18. There is a glorious homecoming prepared for us
  19. We will then see fulfilled the promises of the Lord we have loved
  20. If ye keep my commandments and endure to the end ye shall have eternal life which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God
  21. Those that live shall inherit the earth
  22. Those that die shall rest from all their labors
  23. They shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father which I have prepared for them
  24. Every covenant servant of His within His Kingdom on earth and in the spirit world will receive His guidance by the Spirit as they bless and serve others for Him
  25. And they will feel His love and find joy in being drawn closer to Him
  26. (The judgement) will be a time of joy for those who have drawn close to Him in His service in this life

What did you most like about this General Conference?

It seems that every human being that ever has lived on this earth has had the opportunity to feel and to know what it truly means to be utterly and desperately alone. Forsaken. For one reason or another. Physically or mentally, feeling completely isolated, suffering deep searing heart pain, at least once in a lifetime.

Likely, this is true several more times per life span than is often admitted or noticed. I have been that lonely. Have you?

Do you know the wracking sobs that make you feel as though your heart is bursting irreparable into a million pieces? Have you known the mind numbing terror of a mental prison, hardly breathing for fear?

An abused terrified child feeling there is no one to turn to for protection. A teenager completely rejected by his peers. A troubled marriage.  Serious illness. Longings for one’s elusive soul mate. Living alone, following the death of a lifetime partner. You easily can add to this list.

There is so much potential for loneliness in one’s lifetime that it is a wonder that anyone ever experiences any joy and happiness. Yet, we all at a deep level believe it possible and desire to be happy.

I’ve contemplated the idea of loneliness for a number of weeks. Ever since I wrote “Do You Stand Alone?”, I have been astounded at the number of people from all over the world that have found this blog by searching on the words ‘alone’ or ‘all alone’.

They continue to land here each week since then. And bounce off the page onto the next web site in hopes of relieving their agony of heart and soul. Most seek in vain.  Henry David Thoreau wrote, “most men lead lives of quiet desperation”. How true. And very sad.

Each desires and seeks relief from brutal, heart breaking and heavy burdens. Often we long for those closest to us to notice our pain, to fill the void and provide relief. Often they are the ones who most disappoint. Few find relief. And fewer still know where to seek that fount.

“The kingdom of God is…righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” Romans 14:17

Are you longing for someone to enter your life that knows and understands you completely? Have you longed for someone to listen to your heart with compassion, perfect understanding and most of all love and acceptance?

Who knows exactly how it feels to be abandoned by family or friends, rejected, abused, completely misunderstood, and forsaken?

He feels your pain

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Jesus Christ has experienced your pain. He knows how you feel. He has felt your feelings.  You are promised that He will succor you. He is simply waiting for you to ask Heavenly Father for help and to believe that He, the resurrected Christ is powerfully able and willing to bless you as you have need.

“Fear not even unto death; for in this world your joy is not full,

but in Me your joy is full” Doctrine and Covenants 101:36

Have you heard? Do you believe this? Do you know Him and trust Him with your all?

Have you felt His loving arms around you when you are most wounded?

We each have a special place within us provided solely for the privilege of discovering Christ’s divine touch, His blessings and gifts. A special place where His hand is meant to connect with mercy. He is able to fill the void and provide peace and comfort so profoundly, that there cannot be a doubt ever, of the depth of His knowledge of you- His precious child.

He is aware of all your feelings, of all your pain, of all your fears and of all your sorrows. He  knows it all.

“In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”  Psalm 16:11

Long ago I knew these teachings. But I didn’t understand how it could possibly be true. How does the great God of the universe stoop to my level to comfort me? What does He care about my petty thoughts and the small details of my insignificant life?

Yet, it is true and this is my testimony. He does reach for and comfort me each and every time I fall to my knees and submit in despair. And when I seek Him with happiness in my heart He kindly multiplies my joy until I cannot contain it.

“If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

If thou art sorrowful, call on the Lord thy God with supplication, that your souls may be joyful.” D & C 136:28-29

How truly amazing it is to serve a risen Savior who is faithfully mindful of me-even me- every moment of the day and in every situation of my life.

Jesus Christ lives today. He did not die 2000 years ago to remain sleeping till the end of time. He knows you very intimately-even more than you know yourself. He knows every thought that crosses your mind. He especially knows how much you suffer.

He is prepared to run to meet you as soon as you become willing to acknowledge your need for Him. Listen to your heart. Only He can fill that empty awful void you feel deep in your heart.

“Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13

There are countless other reasons to turn to our Lord Jesus Christ and to seek Him for our eternal salvation. Our innermost beings seek that joy and happiness that only He can give. He freely and willingly gives to all who seek Him.