General Conference this past weekend consisted of a series of stunners, not the least of which were the Bicentennial Proclamation to the World and an apostolic blessing directly from President Russell M. Nelson. Only five other proclamations have been issued since the Church's founding.
Line upon Line
More Line upon Line Features
“How would you pass the test, parents, if your family was isolated from the Church and you had to supply all religious training?...Tell me, how much of the gospel would your children know, if all they knew is what they had been taught at home?" President A. Theodore Tuttle asked an audience nearly 40 years ago. His admonitions and advice are profoundly applicable to us today.
Since we yearn to be closer to God and receive revelation, we may find ourselves asking, “Lord, how is it done?” Something profound can be learned in the similarities between Joseph Smith’s prayer that was answered by the First Vision, his prayer that brought Moroni’s visit, and Enos’s wrestle with God when he prayed all day and all night in the woods.
Over the past decade, Church leaders have increasingly focused on strengthening faith in Heavenly Father and in His Son Jesus Christ. In retrospect, we can see the evidence of many ways that God has prepared His Church for the COVID-19 pandemic—and other calamities yet to come.
There are interesting similarities between the callings, invitations, gatherings, and emphasis of King Benjamin and President Russell M. Nelson.
During these times of quarantine there’s an activity we all can pursue. It will bless us immediately. Yet we avoid it.