It’s April so it’s General Conference time. (Now recognised as #GenConf on Twitter etc) Twice a year, each year the worldwide members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather together, where ever they are. This might be in the Conference Centre in Salt Lake, or near by Stake Centres. It might be at home in front of the television. These days across the world we often tune in on the internet, of course this depends on your time zone and sleeping patterns.
The 5 sessions over the 1st weekend in April are re-broadcast about a week later to nations around the world. That is the morning and afternoon 2 hours general sessions of both Saturday and Sunday. The men/boys gather for a Saturday evening session. This is the Priesthood session which is now relayed live also.
No-matter where you view Conference viewing it is a must for Mormons (that’s what people call us, but we’ve covered that, right? The main thing to remember is that we are Christian, we worship Jesus Christ)
If you are not a member of the church we extend an invitation to attend or view on line via the main church website. And feel free to take a look around while you are there.
What ought we do to prepare to get the most out of attending General Conference? I am glad you asked…you know why we are there, right? The meme below is a good clue….scroll on down for the best advice I have ever read about how to get the most from this bi-annual spiritual feast.
In case you are are a visitor of another faith, you need to know the men below are what we call the First Presidency of the Church. President Thomas S Monson is at the front, he is the Church President. Henry B Eyring is the man with the glasses is the 1st Counsellor and behind his is Dieter F Urchtdorf is the 2nd. I refer to him further down the page.
In 2011 President Urchtdorf taught us some great things. Steps that will not go out of date. Steps that will always work. Subject to your preparation that is.
Speaking in General Conference he said
‘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.’
I’d like to say here and now that I have tested this out. I have sorted out what was most pressing, what I really need direction about, I narrowed it down to one question. I received answers. Clear and distinct. Personal to me.
You can be sitting next to me and hear the same words and not receive the message or enlightenment that I receive. That’s because personal revelation is just that…it’s personal.
2. Don’t discount a message merely because it sounds familiar.
3. The words spoken at general conference should be a compass that points the way for us during the coming months.
In closing President Urchtdorf reminds us….
‘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’.
Remembering that in 6 months there will be another General Conference.
LDSMediaTalk suggests some other elements re your preparation. How to help children, things to read etc.
*On a side note because General Conference happens year in year out it can be a good reminder about other things. In April change your smoke detector battery and in October eat your 72 Emergency Pack (you have one, don’t you?) goodies and replace them. That’s the important thing, the replacing.