It’s always a welcome sight to open my mailbox and see the newest General Conference issue of the Ensign. While I enjoy the benefit of having the talks online and in the Gospel Library app, nothing beats sitting down at my kitchen table, marking pen in hand, to read and study the Conference messages. The first morning I sat down I decided to read all of President Russell M. Nelson’s talks to remember what the prophet had counseled us to do. As I read his talks over the course of the week I began to notice he made certain promises. Those promises are powerful!
Speaking to the women of the Church in the Women’s session President Nelson offered four invitations. It was in the second invitation that a promise was given.
“I invite you to read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year. As impossible as that may seem with all you are trying to manage in your life, if you will accept this invitation with full purpose of heart, the Lord will help you find a way to achieve it. And, as you prayerfully study, I promise that the heavens will open for you. The Lord will bless you with increased inspiration and revelation.”
I know this promise to be true! I currently have seven of my eleven children home. We homeschool. I also am very busy with my callings as the stake young women president and ward choir director. When I heard President Nelson’s invitation my first thought was, ‘Where will I find the time?’ Then I recalled something I had come across just the week before. It said, “Replace saying “I don’t have the time” with “It’s not my priority” and see how it makes you feel.”
I took up President Nelson’s challenge and began my reading of The Book of Mormon the very next day putting forth faith that I could do it. And the heavens did open! The Lord did bless me with increased inspiration and revelation to deal with challenges and problems in my life. He is still blessing me. For that, I am very grateful. He also blessed me with the gift of time. I finished reading The Book of Mormon on November 18th.
The second promise given by President Nelson was in his talk, “The Correct Name of the Church.”
“My dear brothers and sisters, I promise you that if we will do our best to restore the correct name of the Lord’s Church, He whose Church this is will pour down His power and blessings upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints, the likes of which we have never seen. We will have the knowledge and power of God to help us take the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people and to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.”
Wow. The Lord won’t just give us more power and blessings. He will pour down His power and blessings the likes of which we have never seen. We read of His power that helped Joshua win the battle of Jericho, that saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace, that delivered the brothers, Nephi and Lehi, from prison. We also read of His power that delivered Alma the Younger from his sins, power manifest in Elisabeth and Sarah giving birth in their old age, and yes, even His power in the story of the Daughters of Onitah who were not delivered from being sacrificed on the altar.
The Lord’s power can be manifest in our lives in the same way, either through miraculous events, or more than likely the lifting of burdens, the breaking of bonds of addiction, the deliverance from sin. And the taking of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all parts of the world. What a blessing for God’s children!
The last three promises were given in the final talk of General Conference, “Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints.”
“The new home-centered, Church-supported integrated curriculum has the potential to unleash the power of families, as each family follows through conscientiously and carefully to transform their home into a sanctuary of faith. I promise that as you diligently work to remodel your home into a center of gospel learning, over time your Sabbath days will truly be a delight. Your children will be excited to learn and to live the Savior’s teachings, and the influence of the adversary in your life and in your home will decrease. Changes in your family will be dramatic and sustaining.”
One of my favorite scriptures is Doctrine and Covenants 35:24, “Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound; and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills and flourish;” The imagery of heaven shaking for my good and Satan trembling gives me courage!
I am very excited about the new focus on home-centered, Church-supported curriculum. If there is any way I can decrease the influence of Satan in my life and the lives of my children I do my best to find it and do it! It’s one reason the youth in my home are so diligent in doing family history work. 
“During this conference we have strengthened our resolve to execute the essential effort to honor the Lord Jesus Christ every time we refer to His Church. I promise you that our rigorous attention to use the correct name of the Savior’s Church and its members will lead to increased faith and access to greater spiritual power for members of His Church.”
This promise is similar to the second promise given by President Nelson. That promise was based on restoring the correct name of the church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This promise adds that if we also use the correct term for the members of the church, Latter-day Saints, we will have increased faith and access to greater spiritual power. We need that increased faith because faith precedes every miracle. Which leads to the last promise given by President Nelson this past General Conference.
“My dear brothers and sisters, the assaults of the adversary are increasing exponentially, in intensity and in variety. Our need to be in the temple on a regular basis has never been greater. I plead with you to take a prayerful look at how you spend your time. Invest time in your future and in that of your family. If you have reasonable access to a temple, I urge you to find a way to make an appointment regularly with the Lord—to be in His holy house—then keep that appointment with exactness and joy. I promise you that the Lord will bring the miracles He knows you need as you make sacrifices to serve and worship in His temples.”
I don’t know about you but I need miracles in my life. At least I think I know what I need. Do I trust in the miracles He knows I need? The nearest temple is a three-hour drive. It is a sacrifice to go (seven kids at home remember?) but knowing that some of the other promises have been kept I am willing to sacrifice even more to see this one fulfilled too.
If you want the heavens to open for you to receive increased inspiration and revelation study The Book of Mormon.
If you want the Lord’s power and blessings poured down on you help restore the correct name of the church. You will also be helping to bring the gospel to all the world and preparing the world for the Second Coming of Christ.
If you want the influence of the adversary in your life and home to decrease and your Sabbath delight to increase make your home a center of gospel learning.
If you want increased faith and access to greater spiritual power use the correct name of the church and its members.
If you want miracles in your life serve and worship in the temples more than you do now.
As the prophet of God, President Russell M. Nelson has promised that these blessings can be ours if we do our part. Are you up to the task?
 “Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors” (Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” Oct. 2012 general conference).
“I promise you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives” (David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Oct. 2011 general conference).