Every April and October members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) gather in locations around the world to be instructed by living prophets and apostles of Jesus Christ. Over the next two days, March 31 and April 1 2012, these inspired men of God will teach the world about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will likely teach us about the Atonement, the importance of the family, God’s plan for His children, the restoration of the gospel and priesthood authority in our day through Joseph Smith, and the role of the modern Church in the world today.
Throughout the history of the world, God has always called prophets to lead his children. Through prophets in the Old Testament times, God taught the commandments and led his people in their days of trial and their days of joy and rejoicing. He spoke with his prophets “face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend” (Exodus 33:11). God gave his prophets power to speak in the name of God for the benefit of the children of the earth. Unfortunately, people often take the words of the prophets to be hard. The things they say sometimes may have seemed antiquated or even insane; however, every person that followed those ancient prophets was saved from danger and protected from evil.
In our day, God has continued the pattern established in the Old and New Testaments of calling prophets and apostles. I testify that if we follow their counsel and direction that we will be protected and guided. Our following need not be “blind obedience.” We can know through the spirit of God that the direction we will receive from the prophets is true. I know that we will be told things in these coming days that may seem hard to us or may seem unreasonable; however, I pray that I, and all of us, will have the strength and courage to say, like Joshua of old, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
You can watch the proceedings of the conference online here.