Heeding the Word of the Lord’s Servants

Elder Hans T Boom, Netherlands Area Seventy

On my way to a District Conference I was enjoying the view looking out of the small window of the plane. I saw the world differently than when standing on the ground. This reminds me of the great blessings I received in my life because of living in a time we have living prophets on the earth. 

My vision on where to go is sometimes blurry while standing on the ground, but the Lord has prepared a way to help us and guide us through life since he has a better view.

The time we live in is one of many voices coming from all directions towards us. Never before we received so much information in a day than now. What are we to do with all this information and how can we discover what is really of worth to us.

In all this turmoil there is always the steady hand of the Lord speaking through his servants, leading us with love and kindness, for He has said:

“Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants.” (3 Ne 12:1)

That is one of the great blessings of the restoration. Their words, when studied and applied, will be our liahona directing us to where we need to go and what we need to do in order to live happy and safe lives.

One of the messages we received for our time right now has to do with looking out for others and to invite a friend to church. Great joy will come from that!

Another is to become more self-reliant and in that way becoming more like Heavenly Father. The law of the fast and Sabbath observance, joined with prayer, help us in the process of becoming more self-reliant. Rich blessings such as

-     the fullness of the earth will be ours,

-     when we call the Lord will answer,

-     increased spiritual strength,

-     temporal wellbeing,

-     a greater compassion for others

-     a stronger desire to serve

(D&C 59:9-20, Isaiah 58:6-11, Heleman 3:35 )

With the invitation to find our ancestors and do the work for them in the temple come great blessings.

Elder David A. Bednar has promised: “I invite the young people of the Church to learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah. … I promise [that] you will be protected against the intensifying influence of the adversary. As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.” (The Book, Elder Allan Packer Oct 2014)

Setting our personal goals in all three areas and work so that we will be able to meet them will result in something beautiful.

Heeding to the words of the Lord's servants always bring blessings of happiness and safety.

Twice a year we celebrate a special time in April and October when we receive instructions from the Lords servants during General Conference. These messages greatly benefit us in our lives and help us to remain strong and faithful.

I have learned in my life to pray for our prophet and his counsellors and for the General authorities and local leaders in the church. By praying for them we strengthen them and we will be more open for their inspired messages.

I testify that when we do these things we will be blessed and able to always keep clapping our hands for joy like the people did who were standing by the waters of Mormon when they had just learned about the baptismal covenant. (Mosiah 18:11)

That we may always feast upon the words of our prophets, drink from the well of living water, open our tents towards the tower so we can hear, is my desire and humble prayer.