By Jason A. Kofoed
03 October 2014
Twice a year, in April and October, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds its annual and semi-annual General Conferences which are broadcasted across the globe, blessing the lives of millions. If you're a member of the Church, you know what I'm talking about and likely know what a wonderful and unique opportunity it is. If you are not a member, please let me share what it means to me.
One teaching unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as the LDS Church) is that God has called a prophet in our day to lead and guide us just as the prophets of old (Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, etc.) were called to do. We believe that Jesus Christ Himself stands at the head of the Church and that He uses His prophets to teach us what He would have us know in our day and time. These latter-day teachings coupled with the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price comprise what we know to be scripture containing the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ. We don't claim parts and pieces of the gospel, but the fulness. Another thing unique to the Church is that we claim to have direct authority from God to conduct the affairs of His Kingdom upon the Earth, including saving ordinances such as baptism. This authority does not come from attending schools or seminaries but from God Himself and I have seen this authority bless countless lives from first hand experience.
When the leaders of the Church address us in these General Conferences we know that they have been inspired of God to tell us what He wants and needs us to know at this specific point in time. In the times we live in, this provides invaluable guidance, direction and comfort for which I am eternally grateful and I consider myself blessed beyond measure to have it available to me and my family.
If you would like to join us this weekend to see what an LDS General Conference is all about, you can view it at BYU-TV via your local cable or satellite provider or you can stream it online at one of the two websites listed below:
There are two general sessions each day (Saturday and Sunday) which run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (Mountain Time) for a total of 4, two-hour general sessions.
We invite you to view at least one of the sessions so you can see for yourself what the Church is all about. If you come with an open heart and mind, I know you will find great comfort, truth and direction amid a world of confusion, lies and chaos. Who isn't looking for that?