Conferencia General

wow, what an amazing weekend it has been to hear the words of the lord through His servants! i can honestly say i had never been more excited for General Conference…and i have never been more sad to have a weekend end! entonces, i want to quickly bear my testimony about prophets, apostles, and general conference. i can honestly say that i never really grasped the importance of General Conference until now! i mean, i always new it was good to watch, but now i see it in a completely different way!

i mean…..WE GET TO LISTEN TO A PROPHET AND APOSTLES OF GOD. the messages are the same whether by the Lord’s voice or by His servants!

what a huge blessing that will strengthen, help, and guide us back home!

“Oh, how we need General Conference!” mi familia y mis amigos, listen to Conference if you haven’t! the Lord promises us that if we listen, we will feel the Spirit and understand what the Lord wants us to do with our lives! if you listen to these things with patiencia y fe, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and His name’s glory” D&C 21:6.

i know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are unchangeable. they are the same yesterday, today, and forever! i know that the Lord has established His church again on the earth through the prophet joseph smith! i know Joseph Smith is a true prophet and truly saw god the eternal father and his son, Jesus Christ! i know with all my heart that Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God. And i know that Christ speaks through the prophet! His words are truth. i know revelation is true, and i know that Christ speaks to His children! Oh, how i love my Savior. i know that i would be nothing without him. How blessed i am to know that He is always there to hear and answer my prayers; He is always with me!!! i can’t wait for the day that i get to fall at his feet and wash them with my tears. i will be forever grateful and in debt to my savior. Because he has given me everything, i could not be more willing to consecrate my life to Him. i know He lives. in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

I LOVED EVERYTHING THAT WAS SAID DURING CONFERENCE. i don’t think i could write everything down because i’d probably be on here for about 4 hours. so, since i love quotes, i decided to share some that i wrote down:

ULISSES SOARES:

walk hand in hand with the Lord.

[i] will be faithful f o r e v e r if i have determination, more faith, and courage.

it is possible to change. it is possible to be like Christ. it is possible to overcome.

EDWARD DUBE:

to stand as a witness of God at ALL times, in ALL places, in ALL things is a lifelong commitment which we need accept with total commitment.

one of the most important lessons in life is to NEVER LOOK BACK!

where are you willing to go? not where you have been or what you’ve done!

DAVID A BEDNAR:

isaiah 55:8 – your thoughts are not my thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.

BOYD K PACKER:

the scriptures hold the keys to spiritual protection. they offer hope and knowledge

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN WICKEDNESS!

JEFFREY R HOLLAND:

HOPE IS NEVER LOST!

though we may feel like a broken cessel, our vessel is in the hand of the Lord.
 
HENRY B EYRING:
 
President George Q. Cannon said this about how God has prepared you and me and our children for the tests we will face: “There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save, and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God, and that He has actually given His angels—invisible beings of power and might—charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”

RICHARD D MAYNES:

the spiritual strength we develop WILL overcome ALL challenges.

we must successfully endure!

we need to pay the price: through dedication, perseverence, and self-discipline.

testimony must be ‘in shape’ in order to endure

be spiritually fit

our spiritual strength that we develop, with the help of CHirst, will help us finish the race.

THOMAS S MONSON ( THE PROPHET ) :

MAKE THE GOSPEL OF HESUS CHRIST THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE. LEAN ON IT AND CLING TO IT!

through the best of times and the worst of times: HE IS WITH US

“the more the storm, the more the strength.”

ADRIAN OCHOA:

Dont forget to look up!!

never take your journey in a useless pursuit.

Terence M Vinson:

“THE MORE I LEARN ABOUT [THE SAVIOR] THE LESS I WANT TO FORGET ABOUT HIM!”

RUSSELL M NELSON:

you can never stop being a child of God.

i was chosen precisely at this time for my spirituyal attributes. some i developed in pre-earth life and some i need to develop in this life.

sin is still sin in the eyes of God even if legal. WE CANNOT CHANGE DOCTRINE.

THE LORD’S WAY IS THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE ENDURING HAPPINESS

{my favorite talk} would have to be from president uchtdorf, and so i decided to paste it on here:

Once there was a man who dreamed that he was in a great hall where all the religions of the world were gathered. He realized that each religion had much that seemed desirable and worthy.

He met a nice couple who represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and asked, “What do you require of your members?”

We do not require anything,” they replied. “But the Lord asks that we consecrate all.”

The couple went on to explain about Church callings, home and visiting teaching, full-time missions, weekly family home evenings, temple work, welfare and humanitarian service, and assignments to teach.

“Do you pay your people for all the work they do?” the man asked.

“Oh, no,” the couple explained. “They offer their time freely.”

“Also,” the couple continued, “every six months our Church members spend a weekend attending or watching 10 hours of general conference.”

“Ten hours of people giving talks?” the man wondered.

“What about your weekly church services? How long are they?”

“Three hours, every Sunday!”

“Oh, my,” the man said. “Do members of your church actually do what you have said?”

“That and more. We haven’t even mentioned family history, youth camps, devotionals, scripture study, leadership training, youth activities, early-morning seminary, maintaining Church buildings, and of course there is the Lord’s law of health, the monthly fast to help the poor, and tithing.”

The man said, “Now I’m confused. Why would anyone want to join such a church?”

The couple smiled and said, “We thought you would never ask.”

Why Would Anyone Join Such a Church?

At a time when many churches throughout the world are experiencing significant decreases in numbers, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—though small in comparison with many others—is one of the fastest growing churches in the world. As of September 2013 the Church has more than 15 million members around the world.

There are many reasons for this, but may I offer a few?

The Savior’s Church

First, this Church was restored in our day by Jesus Christ Himself. Here you will find the authority to act in His name—to baptize for the remission of sins, to confer the gift of the Holy Ghost, and to seal on earth and in heaven.1

Those who join this Church love the Savior Jesus Christ and they wish to follow Him. They rejoice in the knowledge that God speaks to mankind again. When they receive sacred priesthood ordinances and make covenants with God, they can feel His power in their lives.2When they enter the holy temple, they sense they are in His presence. When they read the holy scriptures3 and live the teachings of His prophets, they grow closer to the Savior they love so much.

An Active Faith

Another reason is because the Church provides opportunities for doing good.

Believing in God is commendable, but most people want to do more than listen to inspirational sermons or dream of their mansions above.4They want to put their faith into practice. They want to roll up their sleeves and become engaged in this great cause.

And that is what happens when they join with us—they have many opportunities to transform their talents, compassion, and time into good works. Because we have no paid local clergy in our worldwide congregations, our members perform the work of ministry themselves. They are called by inspiration. Sometimes we volunteer; sometimes we are “volunteered.” We see assignments not as burdens but as opportunities to fulfill covenants we gladly make to serve God and His children.

Treasured Blessings

A third reason why people join the Church is because walking the path of discipleship leads to precious blessings.

We see baptism as the starting point in our journey of discipleship. Our daily walk with Jesus Christ leads to peace and purpose in this life and profound joy and eternal salvation in the world to come.

Those who follow this path faithfully avoid many of the pitfalls, sorrows, and regrets of life.

The poor in spirit and honest of heart find great treasures of knowledge here.

Those who suffer or grieve find healing here.

Those burdened with sin find forgiveness, liberty, and rest.

To Those Who Leave

The search for truth has led millions of people to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, there are some who leave the Church they once loved.

One might ask, “If the gospel is so wonderful, why would anyone leave?”

Sometimes we assume it is because they have been offended or lazy or sinful. Actually, it is not that simple. In fact, there is not just one reason that applies to the variety of situations.

Some of our dear members struggle for years with the question whether they should separate themselves from the Church.

In this Church that honors personal agency so strongly, that was restored by a young man who asked questions and sought answers, we respect those who honestly search for truth. It may break our hearts when their journey takes them away from the Church we love and the truth we have found, but we honor their right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience, just as we claim that privilege for ourselves.5

Unanswered Questions

Some struggle with unanswered questions about things that have been done or said in the past. We openly acknowledge that in nearly 200 years of Church history—along with an uninterrupted line of inspired, honorable, and divine events—there have been some things said and done that could cause people to question.

Sometimes questions arise because we simply don’t have all the information and we just need a bit more patience. When the entire truth is eventually known, things that didn’t make sense to us before will be resolved to our satisfaction.

Sometimes there is a difference of opinion as to what the “facts” really mean. A question that creates doubt in some can, after careful investigation, build faith in others.

Mistakes of Imperfect People

And, to be perfectly frank, there have been times when members or leaders in the Church have simply made mistakes. There may have been things said or done that were not in harmony with our values, principles, or doctrine.

I suppose the Church would be perfect only if it were run by perfect beings. God is perfect, and His doctrine is pure. But He works through us—His imperfect children—and imperfect people make mistakes.

In the title page of the Book of Mormon we read, “And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.”6

This is the way it has always been and will be until the perfect day when Christ Himself reigns personally upon the earth.

It is unfortunate that some have stumbled because of mistakes made by men. But in spite of this, the eternal truth of the restored gospel found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not tarnished, diminished, or destroyed.

As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and as one who has seen firsthand the councils and workings of this Church, I bear solemn witness that no decision of significance affecting this Church or its members is ever made without earnestly seeking the inspiration, guidance, and approbation of our Eternal Father. This is the Church of Jesus Christ. God will not allow His Church to drift from its appointed course or fail to fulfill its divine destiny.

There Is Room for You

To those who have separated themselves from the Church, I say, my dear friends, there is yet a place for you here.

Come and add your talents, gifts, and energies to ours. We will all become better as a result.

Some might ask, “But what about my doubts?”

It’s natural to have questions—the acorn of honest inquiry has often sprouted and matured into a great oak of understanding. There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions. One of the purposes of the Church is to nurture and cultivate the seed of faith—even in the sometimes sandy soil of doubt and uncertainty. Faith is to hope for things which are not seen but which are true.7

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters—my dear friends—please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.8 We must never allow doubt to hold us prisoner and keep us from the divine love, peace, and gifts that come through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Some might say, “I just don’t fit in with you people in the Church.

If you could see into our hearts, you would probably find that you fit in better than you suppose. You might be surprised to find that we have yearnings and struggles and hopes similar to yours. Your background or upbringing might seem different from what you perceive in many Latter-day Saints, but that could be a blessing. Brothers and sisters, dear friends, we need your unique talents and perspectives. The diversity of persons and peoples all around the globe is a strength of this Church.

Some might say, “I don’t think I could live up to your standards.

All the more reason to come! The Church is designed to nourish the imperfect, the struggling, and the exhausted. It is filled with people whodesire with all their heart to keep the commandments, even if they haven’t mastered them yet.

Some might say, “I know a member of your Church who is a hypocrite. I could never join a church that had someone like him as a member.

If you define hypocrite as someone who fails to live up perfectly to what he or she believes, then we are all hypocrites. None of us is quite as Christlike as we know we should be. But we earnestly desire to overcome our faults and the tendency to sin. With our heart and soul we yearn to become better with the help of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

If these are your desires, then regardless of your circumstances, your personal history, or the strength of your testimony, there is room for you in this Church. Come, join with us!

Come, Join with Us!

In spite of our human imperfections, I am confident that you will find among the members of this Church many of the finest souls this world has to offer. The Church of Jesus Christ seems to attract the kind and the caring, the honest and the industrious.

If you expect to find perfect people here, you will be disappointed. But if you seek the pure doctrine of Christ, the word of God “which healeth the wounded soul,”9 and the sanctifying influence of the Holy Ghost, then here you will find them. In this age of waning faith—in this age when so many feel distanced from heaven’s embrace—here you will find a people who yearn to know and draw closer to their Savior by serving God and fellowmen, just like you. Come, join with us!

Will Ye Also Go Away?

I am reminded of a time in the Savior’s life when many abandoned Him.10 Jesus asked His twelve disciples:

“Will ye also go away?

“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”11

There are times when we have to answer the same question. Will we also go away? Or will we, like Peter, hold fast to the words of eternal life?

If you seek truth, meaning, and a way to transform faith into action; if you are looking for a place of belonging: Come, join with us!

If you have left the faith you once embraced: Come back again. Join with us!

If you are tempted to give up: Stay yet a little longer. There is room for you here.

I plead with all who hear or read these words: Come, join with us. Come heed the call of the gentle Christ. Take up your cross and follow Him.12

Come, join with us! For here you will find what is precious beyond price.

I testify that here you will find the words of eternal life, the promise of blessed redemption, and the pathway to peace and happiness.

I earnestly pray that your own search for truth will impress upon your heart the desire to come and join with us. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 
 
 
 {my last words to my family and friends}
 
i want you all to now how much your heavenly father and your savior, jesus christ loves you! his love NEVER changes. I know that the lord wants all of his children to come unto him! WE DO NOT WALK ALONE. christ knows exactly what you  are going through so he knows exactly how to help you! all you have to do is go to him! he will never deny you! i want you all to know that you can change. we can change every single day to be more and more like christ. i encourage you all to have a prayer in your hearts to always have Him on your mind!
 
 
i know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ! it is revelation, has revelation in its pages, and speaks about revelation! like president holland (my second favorite apostle) has said, “GIVE THE BOOK A CHANCE!” and whoever knows of its truth: make the Book of Mormon a fundamental part of your life!
 
so besides my wonderful weekend, i don’t have any randoms this week. However, i will say that all of my Nica sistaz were talking about our perfect man, wedding, and honeymoon. we were having boy withdrawals…..
oh, and talking to latinas has really made me even more humble about my spanish..though they are very kind to talk slow and use their hands! i met some hermanas from bolivia!
 
 
i have around 6 days left in the CCM here in Mexico! WHAT? CRAZYYY! it truly has flown by, but i can honestly say that i am more than happy to go to Nicaragua. I may not know everything, but i am ready to start meeting MY invesitgators. the investigators who are waiting and searching for me to teach them about the Lord’s Gospel! However, i will miss going to the temple! it was truly a blessing to go through in spanish! i love it and will miss it a lot!….ill miss everything about the temple.
 
 
 
i want you all to know how much i love each and everyone of you! but more importantly, the Lord Loves You!!!!!!!
 i love when you all email me so keep it up! it means so much to me!!!
 
 
besitos,
hermana rogers
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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