promises

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?

Every so often I’ll read a passage and suddenly my understanding is further enlightened. I wonder how I possibly could have missed it the other times I read that same scripture. Does this ever happen to you?

For many years it has been apparent to me that throughout the scriptures Heavenly Father communicates His love and desire for our peace, joy and well being. In return, He desires us to love Him with all our being. What does that truly look like? Great communication.

In this chapter of only 21 verses. words denoting communication are used a minimum of 32 times! Hear, hearken, look, heard, declare, spoken, tell, speak for example. There is a lot in 1 Nephi 20!

At the very start it is stated in the heading, “Compare Isaiah 48”. They are almost word for word. As I studied it further I found some differences, however the message is identical.

The fact that this passage is found twice in our Standard Works tells us that this message must be very important for God’s people to ‘get’.  He is addressing the converted.

I’ve listed most of those expressions and then I marked how often they are mentioned in each of the chapters for your convenience.

Expression

1 Nephi 20

Isaiah 48

Hearken

3

2

Hear

2

3

Thou hearest not

2

2

Ear not opened

1

1

Thou hearest

1

1

I showed them

5

3

Hath declared

3

2

Seen

1

1

Will not declare

3

3

Sing

1

1

Tell

1

1

Utter

1

1

Say

1

1

Thou knewest not   

2

2

I have spoken

4

1

Not spoken

1

1

 

A minimum of sixteen expressions of communication are mentioned by the Lord, some, several times within those 21 verses. We certainly get the picture of how important communication is seen from His point of view! I’ve not even included a few others like “mention”, “teacheth” and “leadeth”.

Forming this list I noticed a pattern of sorts->

  1.  7 times we are exhorted to receive God’s message. (hear, hearken, look)
  2. Our Lord clearly makes known His counsel 12 times in 1 Nephi, 6 times in Isaiah. (declares, show, spoken)
  3. We are commanded to share His message 7 times. (declare, tell, utter, sing, say)
  4. Our Lord admonishes those that do not share His message with others.  (Because we do not hear, know, or speak) 6 times this is mentioned.

God makes promises to those who do share the Lord’s messages->

  1. “The Lord hath loved him” (I believe this means that person will  feel/know the love of the Lord)
  2. “He will fulfill His word which He hath declared”
  3. “He shall make his way prosperous”
  4. “teacheth thee to profit”
  5. “leadeth thee by the way thou shouldst go”

He gives 5 more promises in verses 18 & 19, if we listen to His commandments->

  1. “thy peace as a river”
  2. “thy righteousness as the waves of the sea”
  3. “thy seed as the sand”
  4. “offspring like the gravel”
  5. “name not cut off or destroyed”

I love the Lord’s thoughts regarding peace and righteousness-perhaps because I love water so.

And yet more promises to His redeemed people->

They:

  • Thirst not
  • Are led through the desert
  • Waters flow out of the rock for them (revelation)
  • Claves the rock and the waters gush out
  • The Lord does all this and greater also

I recognize a progression here very much similar to my own experience that began the day I received the gift of the Holy Ghost -from simply feeling filled, and led through experiences with revelation on to the promises of “the Lord does all this and greater also”.

I doubt you will dash off to your scriptures and study these chapters. 🙂  However, if you come across either and discover more morsels, I’d love to hear from you.

Do you understand these chapters differently?

Have you discovered anything else I’ve not mentioned?