Summary of the Oct 2009 Mormon General Conference
The 2009 October General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) has come to a close. There were sessions on Saturday, October 3rd, and Sunday the 4th. You can listen to replays at your own convenience, any time, by visiting LDS.org.
The great thing about hearing the conference online is that you can go to any specific portion of the conference that interests you. You may have heard about a specific speaker from a friend or online. By visiting and watching the replays on LDS.org, on demand, you can go right where you want to in the conference.
My thoughts on the conference
One of the most powerful speakers for me personally was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. His topic was the Book of Mormon, which is a great topic for anyone who is learning about the Mormon church.
The Book of Mormon is an ancient text, translated by Joseph Smith from metal plates. It is another testament of Jesus Christ, and contains the full gospel of Jesus Christ as it was had among the ancient inhabitants of the American continents.
In the Book of Mormon, toward the end, there is a promise written by the Prophet Moroni near the year 600 A.D. This promise reads:
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
One thing that I love about the Mormon faith is that no one has ever asked me to take their word for it. No on has ever asked me to trust a book, a person, or anything else on this earth. The refrain has ever been “ask God.” Ask God, and He will tell you by the power of His Holy Spirit, whether anything is of Him and true, or not.
The same is true for all who walk the earth. We have come here from our Heavenly Father’s presence, and he has not left us alone. He has provided a way, through the Holy Ghost, whereby we can know for sure what is truth, and what is error. That Holy Ghost can influence us when we pray to our Father, in the name of the Son.
Anyone, anywhere can pray. You don’t have to memorize any words, and you can say whatever is in your heart. A simple prayer might start with “Dear Father in Heaven…” and have phrases such as “thank you for all that I have in my life that is good… thank you for my family, for my children, for my home…” You can also ask for whatever it is you need, such as a blessing on your health or the health of a loved one. You may ask for knowledge, such as “help me to know if this is true and of thee…” You should close your prayer “in the name of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.”
I sincerely hope you take some time to listen to the conference online, and at the very least the speaker Elder Holland. Feel free to ask any questions here.