General Conference October 2011
General Conference October 2011
As you might already know, the semi-annual LDS General Conference will be held October 1-2, 2011.
Twice a year the Mormon Church holds conferences to hear the prophet and other leaders whom the Lord has called to lead the Church. They give inspirational messages and sometimes new prophecies from the Lord, although the latter hasn’t happened since June of 1978.
On the LDS website I was reading the message from President Uchtdorf which was a note of encouragement to members of the Church. The Mormonwiki site also said that conferences are a time for members to receive personal revelation from God.
What I found interesting is how they use the term “personal revelation from God”.
For the Christian, personal revelation from God means that God spoke to you personally and has given you direction of what to do with your life. It isn’t a broad based message given by man to remind you to obey a certain prophet or manmade organization. Yet, we find with the Church the conferences held are a time for members to receive their personal revelation and “decide to listen carefully and follow the teachings that are given”.
In other words, you can have a personal revelation to obey man, but not a personal revelation of what God wants for you to do.
A few years ago I received an e-mail from a gentleman who wrote in to let me know about his experience at a General Conference when the prophet was telling members their revelation meant they had to obey the prophets.
The conference he was attending was in 1978 when Spencer Kimball spoke about the change in blacks holding the priesthood. The Mormon prophet was asking members to sustain the revelation by voting to accept blacks into the priesthood. And since the prophet was God’s mouthpiece it was a good idea for all to follow what the prophet had to say.
It occurred to this man that if God wanted the Church to specifically do something then God certainly didn’t need a sustaining vote from members of his church. While everyone was raising their hands to agree to the prophecy, this guy got up and walked out of the meeting.
As the Mormon people close the doors to their ward buildings this weekend, pray that they’ll open their Bibles to see what God will reveal to them.
With Love in Christ;
You’re actually incorrect about a few things here. First of all, the sustaining vote for black members of the church receiving the priesthood has nothing to do with voting whether or not they be give the priesthood. God does as He sees fit and members of the church have an opportunity to show their support for those commandments. Of course you can also be against them, but it has no effect on whether those commandments wille be made official church doctrine or not.
Secondly, all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Stains are encouraged (ouf of necessity) to seek for personal revelation. We need personal revelation. You should listen to the prophet though. How much of what he says is against Christian principles? There’s a reason why members are urged to be obedient, and it has nothing to do with brainwashing or control. The Church has no ulterior motives and therefore it makes no sense to think that it is trying to take advantage of its members. The messages shared by church leaders are of the uplifting kind. Think of the admonishments of Paul, Peter, and John: love one another and take care of thy neighbor.
Instead of trying to find fault with the LDS church and its leaders you would do fine to listen to what they are saying and preaching. I’ve ben a member all my life, and it wasn’t until I started to live my religion that my life became incredibly blessed.
All conferences are recorded and you have the opportunity to check them out at your own convenience (www.lds.org). Why not give the servants of God a chance and listen to what they have to say? Have a good one.
Obedience to Christ should be a grateful response for the gift of eternal life that is ours because He transferred His righteousness to us. God wants our dependance on Him, not our determined efforts to become righteous on our own. God’s Word defines whose righteousness He values:
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
Amen and thanks for posting! Isn’t it such a relief knowing He has taken care of our redemption for us? It was such a heavy burden in my heart when I was a Mormon. Needless worrying about something I’d never be able to live up to.
One of the saddest parts of all this is that Jesus is waiting for us with open arms.