The Voice of the Lord

November 2017

This month’s message is “Pick a talk from Conference” and since I’ve watched this talk three times between Conference and writing this -it touched me deeply when first given- I’ve chosen “The Voice of the Lord” by Elder Neil L. Andersen. (I love Elder Andersen’s talks, they have impacted my life over the years.)

Elder Andersen mentioned how he saw a painting in the Provo Temple depicting light and power illuminating the sacred grove as Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in 1820. He imagined the same light and power illuminating General Conference and then that very light and power illuminating the entire world.

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Elder Andersen said, “Now, as we meet under the direction of President Thomas S. Monson, we anticipate hearing “the will of the Lord, … the mind of the Lord, … the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.” We trust in His promise: “Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

For many of us, there are pressing worries and earnest questions. We want to renew our faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to strengthen our ability to resist temptation and avoid distractions. We come to be taught from on high.”

Elder Andersen asked when and how the inspiration for general conference talks came to each speaker then said, “With no topics assigned, we see heaven beautifully coordinating the subjects and themes of eternal truth each and every conference.

Direction for a general conference talk often comes in the night or the early morning hours, when the talk is far from the thoughts of the mind. Suddenly, unanticipated insight and, at times, specific words and phrases flow as pure revelation.

As you listen, the messages you receive may be very literal or they may be customized just for you. …

I promise you that as you prepare your spirit and come with the anticipation that you will hear the voice of the Lord, thoughts and feelings will come into your mind that are customized especially for you. You have already felt them in this conference, or you will as you study the messages in the weeks ahead.”

Elder Andersen mentioned how the shepherd “goeth before [his sheep], and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” then said, “Often His voice directs us to change something in our lives. He invites us to repent. He invites us to follow Him.”

In Elder Andersen’s words, “I testify that in this conference we have heard the voice of the Lord. … There is a treasure chest of heavenly direction awaiting your discovery in the messages of general conference. The test for each of us is how we respond to what we hear, what we read, and what we feel.

I promise that as you hear the voice of the Lord to you in the teachings of this general conference, and then act on those promptings, you will feel heaven’s hand upon you, and your life and the lives of those around you will be blessed.”

Think of it: The Lord spoke. He lives. He directs His people and His church through His servants. He answers our prayers through others. Will we take the time to know what He would have us know, and apply His words into our lives?

Click here to read Elder Andersen’s talk, “The Voice of the Lord