Wow! I absolutely loved General Conference! That’s the semiannual worldwide meeting for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-say Saints. I think my favorite part was to hear our prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, give us insight, comfort and prophetic instruction.
Watch his Sunday morning talk below.
I love that he told us that he had been praying to know what to tell us, and that he wants us to feel optimism about the future during this turbulent time. He said he wants us to have “joyful anticipation.”
He also referred to the Hebrew language. Yay for Hebrew! I have referred to the beauty of the Hebrew language on this blog, like over here. He said that in Hebrew, Israel means “let God prevail.” So someone who claims to be of Israel, he taught us, is someone who will let God prevail in his or her life. He clarified that the Lord gathers Israel by gathering those who let God prevail in their life.
Here are some excerpts from what he said:
“The only way to survive spiritually is to be determined to let God prevail in our lives, to learn to hear His voice and to use our energy to help gather Israel,” he said.
“Let me be clear, brothers and sisters, any discrimination because of race is morally wrong and contrary to God’s plan of happiness for His children. It is also contrary to His very purpose of the gathering.”
“As you study your scriptures during the next six months, I encourage you to make a list of all that the Lord has promised He will do for covenant Israel. Ponder these promises. Talk about them with your family and friends. Then live and watch for these promises to be fulfilled in your own life.”
I’m excited to follow his instruction to study the promises that the Lord has made to his covenant children. Since the Come, Follow Me assignment for this week is the same as last week (3 Nephi 17-19), it occurred to me that we could fulfill President Nelson’s assignment this week as part of our family scripture study because we have more time.
I love that he said we can have “joy amidst uncertainty.” I have definitely lived that his past year with the 9 months my husband was underemployed. I wrote about that a bit here. I can still do this with the uncertainty of COVID. I know what it feels like! I can do this!
It was wonderful to have one of my out-of-nest sons and some extended family over to watch with us. We haven’t been able to experience that in years. Now that we have moved back to Utah, it can happen easily.
We are going to do the General Conference Jeopardy game in the next few weeks. Thanks to Montserrat over at agospelcenteredhome.com I don’t have to do any of the writing of the questions. She already has them ready!
I definitely felt God answering my questions through the Holy Spirit as I watched Conference these past two days. I did as these videos suggested, which was to come to Conference with some questions that I have for God.
God even woke me up on Sunday morning with more revelation of things to do to help my questions get answered. I wrote them in my journal below, as I was half awake. My handwriting was so bad I rewrote them hours later before I forgot what I wrote, lol!
I am feeling so blessed by Conference!