As we head into General Conference weekend, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will publicly sustain prophets and apostles. We’ll hear the names of each member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve apostles read. We’ll then have the sacred opportunity to both publicly raise our hand to show a sign of support and privately sustain them in our hearts. It’s one of my favorite moments of General Conference.
The summer before my Freshman year of High School, my family moved from Utah to Idaho. Imagine how thrilled I was to find that in Idaho, fourteen is the age a driver license can be issued. I took drivers training as a class that fall in school, passed the written and driving tests, and received my license. I will never forget an interchange between my mother and I one afternoon shortly thereafter. She needed something from the store for dinner, so I volunteered to take the car (my father’s Cadillac) to the store for her. She said she wasn’t comfortable with me taking that car out on my own just yet. In response, I said, “I passed the written and driving tests. The State of Idaho says that I’m just as good a driver as you are.” She then explained to me that just because I was “book smart” and had a bit of time behind the wheel, those things did not equal her many years of actual driving experience. All those years of driving developed her skills and enabled her to become a driver with the ability to make good decisions—sometimes quickly and under pressure. She had driven in many different weather and road conditions and had developed a sixth sense about unseen dangers ahead. She assured me that these would all come to me in time also, but for now my father’s car was off limits to me. My hands never did grip the steering wheel of that big Caddy. Continue reading
UPDATE: This post has been updated at the bottom to include the video of President Eyring’s talk.
In a historic address at the second day of the International Interreligious Colloquium at the Vatican City, President Henry B. Eyring defended the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman and quoted core LDS doctrine found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. His address was literally part of the witness segment in the program. This is significant and not by chance. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we know that President Eyring is indeed a witness: President Henry B. Eyring is one of fifteen special witnesses of Christ to all the world. These witnesses are prophets and apostles, and they speak today to the world. It is their duty to represent and carry out the Lord’s will as they lead all of His children in this dispensation.
As a special witness of Christ at the Vatican, President Henry B. Eyring provided the pattern of God’s marriage by solemnly declaring that:
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ‘Children are an heritage of the Lord’ (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
“The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
… By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
These words are prophetic, and they went throughout the entire world today from a prophet, seer, and revelator. He boldly testified of the doctrine of the family not only at the Vatican, but to the world and made an international call to stand up and defend marriage between a man and a woman when he said: Continue reading
It is early fall, the season of the year where leaves change, the air is cool and crisp, and the warmth and glories of spring and summer are fading fast. Here in the “Golden Triangle” of Montana where I live and large amounts of wheat are grown, the combines for hay baling and harvesting wheat have been in motion for awhile. The phrase, “all is safely gathered in” from the Thanksgiving hymn comes to mind as I contemplate how in a few short weeks General Conference will be here. At that time we’ll have opportunity to store up and fill our own spiritual harvest bins in preparation for whatever lies ahead in coming days. We will receive apostolic blessings, counsel, and admonition.
Whether it be trials and burdens that like a bitter winter we face, evils and moral degradations that we may encounter, be witness to, or have to stand firm in the fight against, we will have help, encouragement, and guidance from the messages of conference to overcome our obstacles and fears. The talks delivered will be like safety nets, welcome rains after a drought, or a feast after a fast. Received in gratitude will be those talks coming from the 15 men called to the holy apostleship, those special witnesses of the Lord, Jesus Christ, whom we will sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators.