Friday, April 1, 2011

Are you Ready?

Many might finish that statement with the intimidating "to rumble." 
Alma would finish it with "to meet God"
I simply wonder if you are ready for conference and ask you to consider the following

Elder M. Russell Ballard: “It is no small thing, my brothers and sisters, to have a prophet of God in our midst. . . . When we hear the counsel of the Lord expressed through the words of the President of the Church, our response should be positive and prompt. History Elder M. Russell Ballard help each of you with your problems, your struggles, your families, your lives. . . .“We have no selfish desire . . . other than the wish that our brethren and sisters will be happy, that peace and love will be found in their homes, that they will be blessed by the power of the Almighty in their various undertakings in righteousness” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 80; or Ensign, Nov. 1992, 59–60).
Elder Quentin L. Cook: “We know of the experience of Naaman, who was struck with leprosy and who eventually contacted the prophet Elisha and was instructed to ‘go and wash in [the] Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean’ (2 Kings 5:10). “At first, Naaman was unwilling to follow Elisha’s counsel. He couldn’t  understand the thing he had been asked to do—to wash seven times in the Jordan river. In other words, his pride and stubbornness were keeping him from receiving the Lord’s blessing through His prophet. Finally he went down and ‘dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean’ (2 Kings 5:14). “What a humbling thing it must have been for Naaman to realize how close he came to allowing his own pride and his unwillingness to listen to the counsel of the prophet to prevent him from receiving such a great, cleansing blessing. And what a humbling thing it is to contemplate how many of us might miss out on great and promised blessings because we do not listen and then do the relatively simple things our prophet is telling us to do today. . . .“Today I make you a promise. It’s a simple one, but it is true. If you will listen to the living prophet and the apostles and heed our counsel, you will not go astray”
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “We have a living prophet on the face of the earth. . . . He knows our challenges and fears. He has inspired answers. . . .“The prophets speak to us in the name of the Lord and in plainness. As the Book of Mormon confirms, ‘the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding’ (2 Nephi 31:3). “It is our responsibility not only to listen but also to act upon His word, that we may claim the blessings…”

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