I have a wonderful SA friend who says that when she notices a theme running through General Conference it is like that theme is directly speaking to her. Sometimes when we talk about what we've heard, the two of us have focussed on completely different messages. I find that fascinating. We are listening to the same inspired speakers and we both take away different messages.
I guess that is how the Lord directly speaks to us. We have different needs, we are at different places on our spiritual journey and we perceive problems and issues quite differently. It just stands to reason that we take away different ideas from a talk.
I don't know about you, but General Conference is a very special weekend. I spend time preparing spiritually. I contemplate the problems and issues I'm facing, and I pray that answers and a way forward will perhaps be made clearer after listening to General Conference. And I also keep myself open to any message that the Lord would have me hear.
What an amazing time we live in. We have a prophet of the Lord living today. For thousands of years this was denied to humanity. But today, in this final dispensation, we have the opportunity to listen to a prophet! We have the chance to listen to Apostles of the Lord speak to us. We have the chance to listen to our Worldwide leaders. These are inspired men and women. I know that they are working on their conference talks as I write this. I know that they are praying that the words that they will share with all of us will be the words that the Lord would have them speak. Just think of the modern miracle about to unfold. A living prophet, living apostles will speak to a worldwide audience. People around the world, regardless of location or time zone or even language will be able to get together in their meetinghouses, or around a computer or TV or even a radio and listen to the exact same message. Has there ever been a more amazing and wonderful use of technology?
This General Conference, I hope that you spend time contemplating what is burdening your own heart, what problems you might be facing in your life and take it to the Lord. Ask him in all earnest hope that this General Conference the way forward will be made clearer for you. Listen to General Conference with an open and willing heart.