I had started part II of my post on “Souls, Symbols and Sacraments,” then didn’t finish it, and then we had General Conference, and there were so many good talks, I think I need to take a post here in between to mention it. First, this was only the fourth solemn assembly we’ve had in my lifetime, and one of those I was too young to remember. So it is a rare treat to participate in that. I mentioned in my post about Pres. Hinckley’s funeral that the Spirit bore a powerful witness to me of the calling of Thomas S. Monson as the Lord’s prophet. In this conference, I found myself greatly missing Pres. Hinckley’s inspired counsel. But again, the Spirit bore powerful witness of the truthfulness of Pres. Monson’s calling, as well as that of Elder Christofferson. I knew a little of him before because I have a passing acquaintance with one of his relations (I’m not name dropping here—this is an indirect and very minor acquaintance), so I knew that he was an attorney and that he had been involved in the Watergate trials, and he gave an excellent talk in a recent General Conference encouraging people to get educated and do more with themselves. But I was able to see on Saturday his great faith, and as with Pres. Monson, the Spirit bore witness of his divine calling.
This is a rather short post, I’m afraid. I’m not going to write a lot about the talks that touched and inspired me because I’ve barely had an opportunity to form a first impression. I won’t be able to spend any real time with them until they’re avaialable individually, which usually takes a week or so. So then maybe later I’ll speak some more about which talks really inspired me, when I can quote them accurately and have had time to absorb them. But in the meantime, I will share this: My own testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly the Lord’s Church on the face of the Earth. The Lord called Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon and restore His true Church. Joseph translated that marvelous Book, and so gave to the world an unequaled gem; a companion volume of scripture to the Holy Bible. The Lord also instructed Joseph to give Priesthood keys to others, and by the divinely appointed pattern, those keys passed to others after him, until today, when those keys have fallen on Thomas S. Monson. I have heard those who believe that the Church is some kind of vast conspiracy; that the leaders of the Church are conniving old men who lead people astray. I challenge any of those people and anybody who believes them to listen to President Monson. Hear him speak. Hear the tremendous, Christ-like love in his voice. Hear how he has labored all his life in service to the lonely, the widow, the fatherless, and the comfortless. If a man can learn the smallest bit of President Monson’s exemplary life and still believe that he is scheming fraud, then my heart breaks for his cynicism.