The question “Why me?” can be a difficult one to answer and often leads to frustration and despair. There is a better question to ask ourselves. That question is “What could I learn from this experience?”
The way we answer that question may determine the quality of our lives not only on this earth but also in the eternities to come. Though our trials are diverse, there is one thing the Lord expects of us no matter our difficulties and sorrows: He expects us to press on.
And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things you stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that you have faith, hope and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
Reading your scriptures everyday.
Twice daily prayer.
Coming up with a list of questions that you would like answered.
Go to the temple the week before conference.
Pray to the Lord the types of questions you should have answered.
Go to bed early so that you can stay awake during the conference sessions
Get dressed (even if you are home).
Go to a ward building or stake center.
Read “The Family a Proclamation to the World” before conference.
Have an open heart and be teachable.
Pray for the speakers and all the participants of the conference sessions.
Write down personal thoughts you have while listening to talks and music numbers.
Set aside a special notebook/journal specifically for conference.
Make a personal commitment before conference to listen to the words spoken and follow through with the guidance and commandments given during conference.
Review last conference sessions talks. (online, Ensign, cds)
The revelations that came through the Prophet Joseph Smith, printed as scripture, laid the permanent foundation of the Church through which the gospel of Jesus Christ could go forth to "every nation" (2 Nephi 26:13).
The scriptures define the office of the Prophet and President and his Counselors, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, quorums of the Seventy, the Presiding Bishopric, and the stakes and wards and branches. They define the offices of the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthoods. They establish the channels through which inspiration and revelation can flow to the leaders and teachers and parents and to individuals.
The opposition and trials are different now. If anything, they are more intense, more dangerous than in those early days, aimed not so much at the Church as at us as individuals. The early revelations, published as scriptures for the permanent guidance of the Church, define the ordinances and covenants and are still in force.
One of those scriptures promises, "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:30).
Let me tell you what has been done to prepare us. Perhaps you will then understand why I do not fear the future, why I have such positive feelings of confidence.
I cannot possibly describe in detail or even list all that has been put in place by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in recent years. In them you will see continuing revelation, open to the Church and to each individual member.
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