Last October President Nelson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints promised that the upcoming April General Conference will be nothing like we have ever had before. I’m not sure he meant an empty Conference Center, and absolutely no gathering in the meeting houses to view the sessions together, but he was completely right.
The theme of the Conference, besides the 200th anniversary of the First Vision, seemed to me to be listening to God and fining His presence in the turmoil of these days. When I saw the #HearHim tags on videos, photos and various posts, I knew I had been right.
One of my favorite talks–and there were several this conference as well–was Elder David A. Bednar’s talk, “Let This House Be Built unto My Name”. At the end of his talk, Elder Bednar said, “The fundamental obligations that rest upon us as members of the Lord’s restored Church are (1) to “Hear Him!”24 and have our own hearts changed through covenants and ordinances and (2) to fulfill joyfully the divinely appointed responsibility to offer temple blessings to the entire human family on both sides of the veil. With the Lord’s direction and help, indeed we will fulfill these sacred duties.”
A few weeks later, talking about how he hears Him, Elder Bednar gave us some examples of how we can hear Him, too. Read about it here.
How do I hear Him? Like Elder Bednar said, often I hear Him in the Scriptures. One time I was really struggling with everything, and in particular with my relationship with Heavenly Father. I felt disconnected, and I felt unheard. My bishop advised me to start reading 3 Nephi, regardless of where I had been in my study at that point, or what challenge local or global leaders had given us. So I did. And I heard His voice in the Scripture. I read His words. I saw the resurrected Christ, the Redeemer who had already performed His atoning sacrifice, who no longer needed to perform earthly miracles to bless and serve. I hear Him in the pages of The Book of Mormon every day.