Conference this weekend was so good, here’s just a few of the quotes that were meaningful to me. I like the first two quotes because of the insight they provide into the nature of God and our purpose on Earth.
“A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God …Obedience is a hallmark of prophets. It has provided strength and knowledge to them throughout the ages. It is essential for us to realize that we as well are entitled to this source of strength and knowledge. It is readily available to each of us today as we obey God’s commandments …Obedience is the great test of this life”
–Pres. Monson, Sunday Morning Session, 4.07.2013
When considering Christianity, if our actions, thoughts, beliefs in this life didn’t matter or had no eternal consequence, what would be the point of all the commandments God has given us in the scriptures and through prophets? There are commandments and heavenly laws because obedience does matter, we learn the truths of life by following God’s direction. But there’s more we have to understand, God is not some distant, uncaring being looking down on us with a furrowed brow, he is a loving parent who is there for us and who wants to help us every step of the way. Pres. Utchdorf compared us to a child learning to walk who inevitably stumbles during the learning process.
“I do not believe in a God who would set up rules and commandments only to wait for us to fail so he could punish us. I believe in a Heavenly Father who is loving and caring, and who rejoices in our every effort to stand tall and walk toward him. Even when we stumble, he urges us not to be discouraged, never to give up or flee our allotted field of service, but to take courage, find our faith and keep trying.”
– Pres. Utchdorf, Priesthood Session, 4.06.2013
That quote not only reminded me of God’s love, it also helped me feel it. Although we’re required to follow God’s commandments, he knows we’re imperfect and will make mistakes. So he provided a Savior and he provided repentance so that we can change, become better people and put mistakes behind us.
Another quote comes from my all-time favorite speaker, Elder Holland, his words have inspired me to make an adjustment to the way I approach my prayers. Regarding the story in Mark 9 he gave insight about the father who sought healing from Jesus for his son:
“..when facing the challenge of faith, the father asserts his strength first and only then acknowledges his limitation. His initial declaration is affirmative and without hesitation, ‘Lord I believe’. I would say to all who wish for more faith, remember this man. In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited …hold fast to what you already know, and stand strong until additional knowledge comes …The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue. It is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have, and the truth you already know …when problems come and questions arise, do not start your quest for faith by saying how much you do not have, leading as it were with your unbelief. That’s like trying to stuff a turkey through the beak! Let me be clear. I am not asking you to pretend to faith you do not have. I am asking you to be true to the faith you do have …you have more faith than you think you do …belief [is] always the first step toward conviction.”
–Elder Holland, Sunday Afternoon Session, 4.07.2013