This is a General Conference Odyssey post.
Elder W. Grant Bangerter (Sis. Julie B. Beck’s father) spoke during this session (Saturday afternoon of October 1977) about “A Special Moment in Church History” for him. This special moment happened when it was confirmed to him that Spencer W. Kimball was indeed called of God as the prophet to lead His church.
I believe we must all have that special moment and we must all come to that same conversion.
Today, Thomas S. Monson is the prophet God has called. God already has lined up the prophet who will serve after Pres. Monson, and he who will follow next, and so forth.
Every conference now, when we sustain our leaders, there always seems to be a hand or two raised to oppose the prophet and the apostles. How is it that there are members of the church today who don’t believe their prophet has been called by God? Have they ever believed in a prophet’s calling? Have they ever believed God?
Pres. Monson did not attend conference this last time. Is it possible to be too old to be a prophet of God? Why does God seem to only call old men, with old-fashioned ideas, to lead His church? Are these old-fashioned ideas man-made, or God-made?
It seems each time a prophet reaches that age where they can no longer function physically, we assume he can no longer function spiritually. But since God IS in charge, it really doesn’t matter what stage our prophet is in. God has ready mouthpieces already in place.
There is no reason to fear when President Monson passes away. Russell M. Nelson, who already has the necessary keys, will have those keys engage immediately. We also know that when Pres. Nelson passes away, Dallin H. Oaks, who also already has the necessary keys, will have those keys engage immediately at the appropriate time. God is in charge.
Elder Bangerter’s “special moment” allows him to testify to us that Spencer W. Kimball is a true prophet of God. The spirit bears witness to him, and he, in turn, bears witness to us. In his talk is a list of some of the powerful things President Kimball has asked us to do in order to be obedient to the Lord and to stay safe on the path of righteousness.
We just heard Pres. Nelson speak on the Book of Mormon. He testifies of it and urges us to not just read it but to study it. He promises us that if we read it, we will receive specific blessings. And he bears witness to us that this book will prepare us for the coming of the Lord.
Elder Oaks has given us bold words to chew on. The Proclamation to the Family is a controversial subject, yet Elder Oaks speaks as a prophet with all the keys necessary to speak for Jesus Christ.
It was stated unequivocally, in conference, that The Family Proclamation is pivotal to our day and age. We either accept it as doctrine, or we don’t. Elder Oaks said, “Converted Latter-day Saints believe that the family proclamation, … is the Lord’s re-emphasis of the gospel truths we need to sustain us through current challenges to the family.”
In Elder Bangerter’s talk, he reminds us what another prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, says. “Every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself.” As the membership of this church, we must prove ourselves humble to God, that we are willing to forsake the world, and that we will follow the Lord’s will. We can only do this with the help of a prophet. I wonder if some of us think it’s possible to do all that without the help of a prophet? I don’t believe it’s possible. I think we all need to seek after a “special moment of our own” and only then will we have the strength to pass the test, and stand and prove ourselves.
We’ve felt those special moments when hands square in the air, sustaining our leaders. As we look around, we feel that oneness. We have all felt the power that comes from unity in faith. In our hearts surely we are all shouting in one voice, saying: “Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” (Mosiah 5:2).
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