Monday, October 4, 2021

President Howard W. Hunter on claiming the blessings of inspired leaders

President Howard W. Hunter (1907-1995) was called to the Quorum of Twelve in 1959.  He served as Church President for only nine months, from June 5, 1994 to his death on March 3, 1995.
"As I have pondered the messages of the conference, I have asked myself this question: How can I help others partake of the goodness and blessings of our Heavenly Father?  The answer lies in following the direction received from those we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators, and others of the General Authorities.  Let us study their words, spoken under the Spirit of inspiration, and refer to them often.  The Lord has revealed his will to the Saints in this conference.
"I bear solemn and grateful witness that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. Certainly he is the center of our worship and the key to our happiness. Let us follow the Son of God in all ways and all walks of life. Let us make him our exemplar and our guide."
- Howard W. Hunter, "Follow the Son of God," General Conference October 1994; see Ensign, Nov. 1994, p. 87
Click here to read or listen to the full talk

We are very blessed in our time to have ready access to the messages of general conference. In past years, it would often take many weeks before a printed copy of the talks would be available; today, we can listen to the talks again almost immediately after conference ends at the Church website; and within a few days the transcripts are also available to study. President Hunter urges us to take advantage of the opportunity to review the messages, so that we can be blessed as we apply them in our lives and share the blessings with others:

If we truly believe that "The Lord has revealed his will to the Saints in this conference" then we should be eager to feast on the words that were shared, and "refer to them often" in our lives in the coming weeks and months!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)
October 3, 2017

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