10-7-12 Sunday Morning General Conference
In Liberty Jail, the prophet cried out to the Lord. Sometimes we feel separated from God in our anguish. God is never hidden, but sometimes we are. There is not a pavilion that separates us. Our feelings of separation from God will diminish as we become more childlike before him. God is close to us and aware of us and never hides from his faithful children.
The child hoped to see Jesus in the temple. Her mother explained that she wouldn’t see Him, but could feel is presence. She said that he must be somewhere else helping someone.
By the world’s standards, President Eyring had achieved success as a tenured professor at Stanford. Then he was called to be President of Ricks. He prayed to know what to do. He felt a quiet voice in his mind, “It’s my school.” As he sought to do the Lord’s will, he kept the pavilion away from covering him. He had a great job offer as the head of a corporation. His wife had a strong impression that they were not to leave Ricks College. He said that was good enough for him. She said that he needed to get his own revelation. So he prayed. A voice came to his mind, “I will allow you to stay at Ricks a little longer.” 30 days later the Teton Damn broke. President Eyring was instrumental in helping many people.
We can’t insist on our timetable when the Lord has his own. If we insist on acting on our own timetable, we can obscure his desire for us. We remove the pavilion when we pray, “Thy will be done,” and when we accept His timetable.
President Eyring’s daughter wanted a baby for a long time. For the first time she asked not for another child, but for a divine errand. She was willing to go wherever the Lord wanted her to go. She felt peace. Within two weeks later she was expecting. When the baby was a year, her husband was called as a mission president.
The Lord’s delays may seem long; some of them last a lifetime. While there is nothing now to obscure the Lord’s view of us, in the future there will be nothing to obscure our view of Him. The movement toward God can be ongoing. We our serving Him as we do kind deeds for our fellowmen. (Matt 25) If you go for the Lord to bless other, He will see, and He will bless you. When you do see Him, it will be before the pleasing bar of the Great Jehovah.
I need to read this later to see the story and its significance to the Atonement. Learn about the atonement and how it can erase our past mistakes so that we can be with our Father in Heaven again. We cannot cleanse ourselves from our sins. Only Jesus can repair the wrongs that we have done to ourselves and to others. Though or sins be as crimson, they will be as white as wool. God (Jesus) suffered for all of us so that we might not have to suffer ourselves. “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and, I, the Lord remember them no more.” That is what Latter-day saints do around the world. Our message is one of faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
First observe; then serve. Learn to observe and serve in charitable ways. As we do so we are keeping covenants. What better place to learn how to observe and then serve than in the home.
Young boy noticed that the class bully never got chosen. He chose him to be a class helper.
They felt with their hands and eyes and soul that Jesus is the Christ. Come unto Christ by seeking to know truths with our hearts. It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. The things that are essential are invisible to the eye. (The Little Prince)
The struggling little church that the Lord established seemed doomed to extinction. Peter returned to fishing. They caught nothing. The Lord asked them how it was going. He told them to cast their nets on the other side of the ship. Christ recalls them to the work. John said, “It is the Lord.” Peter had an exchange with the Savior. This was the pivotal point in his apostleship. “Peter, do you love me for than fishing?” The Lord asks third time, “Peter, do you love me?” A few days ago, Peter had denied the Lord thrice. “Then Peter, why are you here. Why are you back on this same shore, returning to your old profession? What I need, Peter, are disciples, and I need them forever. I need someone to feed my sheep and save my lambs. I need someone to preach my gospel and defend my faith. I need someone who truly loves me and follows the commission of what the Father has asked me to do. Peter, I am asking you again to leave all this and labor and serve, until they do to you what they did to me.” “Did all of you think that this ended with my death? I was resurrected. Did not my heart and life touch you more deeply than this?” The Lord recalled them all to the work. God will also ask us what he asked Peter, “Did you love me?” “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, ….” “Feed my sheep.” The crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty. “Love thy neighbor as thyself. We can’t quit and we can’t go back. Nothing is ever to be as it was before. The crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, marks the beginning of a Christian life, not the end of it. "Do you love me?" "WIth our honor and our soul, yea Lord, we love thee, and with our arm to the square and our hand to the plow, we will never look back." (turn back)
It’s been 49 years since he was sustained as an apostle, on October 4, 1963. Take an inventory of your life and look for the blessings, large and small, that you have received. Our prayers are heard and answered. Men are that they might have joy. Much of that joy is because we can communicate with God in prayer and receive answers to our prayers. My daily journal provides specifics; otherwise, I might not be able to account for these memories.
The Lord’s purposes are often accomplished as we pay heed to the impressions of the Spirit. The more we heed prompting, the more we will be directed. He arrived at the swimming pool at a care center to save a friend’s life. He followed the prompting of the Spirit.
He was a boy scout and wanted to do a good turn. President Monson wrote him a letter, along with a book, and encouraged him to serve a mission. President and Sister Monson attended his farewell.
The Lord is in the details of our lives. As we turn to Him, He will help us.
Three thousand youth knelt on the floor and prayed for help. The Spirit melted their bones. The problem was located and corrected. The technician attributed it to luck, but the youth knew better. The youth radiated a powerful spirit and performed perfectly. The Lord had indeed made up the difference.