Yesterday we had the privilege of meeting for a regional conference and heard from Elder Robbins, Elder Corbridge, Sister Reeves, and Elder Oaks. It was fantastic! I learned so much, but there are a few things that I wanted to share with you.
Elder Robbins talked about how we use our time. There are so many distractions around us and so many different ways for us to use our time. There may be many good things that we fill our time with, but are we using up all our time doing good things and neglecting to do the BEST things? He talked about simplicity being a christlike attribute.
It reminded me of a quote I read once that really changed my perspective- “if you are too busy to read your scriptures than you are busier than God ever intended you to be.” It is important for us to take a look at our lives and see what we are really doing with our time. Do we make time for family? Do we make time to read our scriptures each day? Do we make time to pray? Do we make time for the Temple? etc.
He also talked about simplifying the “things” we have in life. He said, “if all other eyes but mine were blind, I would want not…” What would we no longer care about if no one else could see it? Would we want the fanciest clothes, car, or home? no. He said the antidote to complexity is contentment. If we want to simplify our lives, we need to be content with what we have.
Elder Corbridge talked about these last days, that there will be many who deceive. He taught us how we can avoid deception. If we can answer these 4 primary questions, we can answer anything that comes or way-
1. Is there a God who is our loving Father?
2. Is Jesus Christ the Savior of the world?
3. Was Joseph Smith a Prophet of God?
4. Is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the Lords kingdom here on the earth?
We can learn the answers to all of these questions by reading and studying in the Book of Mormon. (see the last two paragraphs of the introduction)
He spoke of in John 6 after the miracle when Jesus fed the 5000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes, how many people did not believe even though they experienced and saw the miracle. He said that miracles, great signs and wonders are not enough.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
We must ask ourselves, “will ye also go away?” If we receive a confirmation from the Holy Ghost of those 4 primary questions, we will not be deceived and we will answer just as Simon Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”
We must gain a witness for ourselves through the power of the Holy Ghost and continue to receive revelation to confirm that witness we have received. If we do so, we will not be deceived.
“The kingdom of God will stand forever. It will not go away, will you?
Elder Dallin H Oaks taught us that we must commit now to put the Lord first. He said to never lose priority on things of eternity.
I loved this: if we want to see miracles come from our prayers, try this: join your question with a commitment.
example: If I receive a witness that the Book of Mormon is true I will read it every day for the rest of my life.
If you receive a blessing, then what will you do? We must commit to act.
He also posed this question: Am I active in the church, or am I active in the Gospel?
Elder Corbridge taught something similar last week when he told us to “live a Christ-centered life, not a “church-centered life”.
As you can tell, it was a great conference and I was blessed greatly by attending it!
I hope that you have a fantastic week. I love you!