And this is a wrap for my General Conference thoughts feature. I have decided to discontinue my Sunday posts to focus on Wednesday and Saturday posts. All in an effort to practice quality over quantity of writing.
A historic and memorable conference has come to a close. Isn’t it nice we have the opportunity to hear from the Lord’s prophet in closing?
“And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets.” 3 Nephi 1:20
Here’s the thing. We are on Heavenly Father’s timetable. He knows the schedule. We are on schedule. Trust in this fact. I don’t know about you but this helps me to have peace despite our current climate.
When I think of the word ‘come’ I think action. I also think of joining someone else. Come, for me, is movement toward something or someone else. It’s an invitation to connect or join with someone and not be alone.
The word ‘go’ implies something a little different. For me anyway. Although it is also an action word I think of moving away from something. It is more of a solitude motion. I think of leaving.
Sometimes the Savior used both as one invitation. In Matthew 19:21 Jesus counsels the rich young ruler to “go and sell that thou hast…and come and follow me.” What I picture here is first an act of one. The young man must first demonstrate his commitment by going and doing. First, he must leave his comfort zone. Once he has taken care of that first lonely step he is then invited to come and join.
In other words, take that first movement to change, to get out of your comfort zone, to make the commitment. The sincerity of the movement is the first step and you alone can make it. This action has to come from you.
Once that first step is taken or change is initiated then come. Come and join others who are on that same path. Come, you are not alone. Move yourself from where you are to somewhere better. Come is the invitation extended to all.
Come, Follow Me
by President Russell M. Nelson
The other day I pulled up to a gas pump and as I filled my tank I watched television. At the pump because the tv screen was on the pump and turned up loud. I had no choice, I had to watch because it wily got my attention. Wow, I thought, I can’t even have a moment to myself at the gas pump! Continue reading
by President Russell M. Nelson
I used to pray, and to be honest I sometimes still slip into this mode, to let so-and-so “be safe.” What does that even mean? Do I really expect all my loved ones to be able to live in some kind of bubble totally protected from the world and make it through unscathed? This is not a realistic hope and it won’t help anyone I’m praying for. Continue reading
by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom
This was one of my favorite talks during last conference. The unspoken invitation was part of a group that helped me change my prayers. This is one I wish I could be in Relief Society when it is discussed (unlikely chance since my current calling prevents me from attending). Continue reading
After traversing through a difficult trial that tested the limits of my faith, a church leader read Doctrine and Covenants 112:24-26 to me. Whether he intended to have me read it as a warning because of the actions of others or my own actions I’m still unclear. But it did get me thinking about the verses and led to a personal study. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject of being deceived. Or rather, how I can avoid being deceived in the days that blur the line between fact and fiction, right and wrong, light and dark. Continue reading
by Elder C. Scott Grow
This talk will only matter to you if this is, in fact, your goal. Legends and stories have found something appealing in the search for immortality. The quest for the fountain of youth permeates in literature and even the news. But this life is meant to be temporary. Continue reading
by Elder Gary E. Stevenson
It all comes back to basics. Here we are, living in a time when even the ‘very elect’ (JS-Mat 1:22) can be deceived. So, how do we combat it? Basics. Continue reading