Can you imagine telling your child, in a busy store, “Go find Daddy.” Without any directions as to where “Daddy” is, the assigned task would be pretty tough.
Now pretend your child had never seen his father. How trying it would be then for that child to go person to person saying, “Are you my Daddy?” “Are YOU my Daddy?”
Teaching children to find God in their lives could be very much like this scenario if we, too, are only guessing at who God is. How could we point our children in the right direction if we’re not sure ourselves. Success in “finding” Him could be a little hard to come by.
This is why I love General Conference. General Conference is a meeting held two times a year by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church).
During General Conference, we get to hear from church leadership. Some of the speakers serve in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles or they serve in the First Presidency; others are members of the Seventy. This is structured after the perfect pattern Christ established while on the earth.
Additionally during General Conference, we might hear from the President of the General Relief Society (an organization for women in the Mormon church) and other men and women who serve in leadership positions in some of the other auxiliaries of the Church.
All of these speakers are men and women of God who love Him and who seek to put Him first in their lives. They spend countless hours in serving God’s children on this earth. To review their words, feel free to visit this General Conference page. These men and women of God understand who He is; they teach of Him and how to find Him. How much easier for us to “find Him” when we listen to the words of those who already know Him.
One of the speakers at the most recent General Conference was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. He is an Apostle; he serves on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. His calling is the same as that held by the Apostle Peter and others during the time of Christ’s ministry on the earth nearly 2000 years ago. He is to testify of Jesus Christ. Elder Holland’s job is to help us find our Lord and God.
Elder Holland spoke at this past General Conference. The title of his discourse or talk was “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent.”
Here is a portion of what he shared:
“Our first and foremost article of faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is ‘We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.’
“We believe these three divine persons constituting a single Godhead are united in purpose, in manner, in testimony, in mission. We believe Them to be filled with the same godly sense of mercy and love, justice and grace, patience, forgiveness, and redemption.
“I think it is accurate to say we believe They are one in every significant and eternal aspect imaginable except believing Them to be three persons combined in one substance, a Trinitarian notion never set forth in the scriptures because it is not true.
“Indeed no less a source than the stalwart Harper’s Bible Dictionary records that ‘the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the [New Testament] (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent,” Ensign, Nov 2007).
The beauty of these words is that we each can seek God’s witness as to the truthfulness of this statement.
To read the rest of Elder Holland’s talk, visit “The Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He Hath Sent.”
I’m so grateful with all the conflicting babble about God being here or there, or conflicting viewpoints about who God is, that we have men and women today who are actually called by God. They are to speak for Him, as the early Biblical prophets did (i.e. Moses and Abraham).
Remember the child in the store trying to find his father? Well, as God’s children when we listen to His prophets and apostles, we will be able to find God – no matter where we might be!