What can I say about this past week… 1) it flew by. I seriously don’t even know where days began and ended. 2) we had a massive 3 day move for a member and it was very very tiring! 3) GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!
I don’t think I need to elaborate on number one so I’ll skip to number two. The move. It was hard! The member lives on the 3rd floor of this palazzo in centro and lets just say there is way too much stuff for the place she is moving to. By the way did I mention the place she moved to is on the 4th floor? Elevators you ask? Haha funny. Just ridiculously small and tight stairwells for ridiculously massive and heavy antique furniture. On top of that, streets in centro are tiny so we could only use a small moving van which caused us to make about quadruple the amount of trips as it should’ve taken in a normal moving van in America. It was a blast though. Despite it all I still had a ton of fun and it was nice doing some real manual labor for a change.
I was exhausted every single night to the point that I fell asleep on the tile floor during my nightly prayers on Friday and Saturday night.
Who knew how comfy tile could feel when you are so tired?!
On to number three. General conference! Alright so I didn’t get to watch very much of it, but the parts I did watch were awesome and yes I was able to understand a majority of it despite it being in Italian.
I wish I had the ability to pick out a specific talk I loved to share with you all, but between the delirious state I was in from the move and it being in a language that while I understand, I am far from mastering it at this point I will share with you my testimony of living prophets.
I remember when I was at BYU my freshman year. It was towards the beginning of the semester in October. I wasn’t Mormon back then and at that point I had no desire to become one. I went to church though, don’t ask me why, it doesn’t make any sense. One Sunday, I was in Gospel Principles class which was taught by Landen Hajje (total stud) who was also my RA. He was teaching about the purpose for having a prophet and why it matters to us today. At that point I knew Mormons had a prophet and apostles, but I was still under the impression that these things weren’t necessary in today’s world. As he was explaining the role that prophets played in the Old Testament it finally clicked for me.
Why do we need a prophet? Because that’s the way God has always worked with us here on earth. He called prophets like Moses and Elijah to be his voice for the children of Israel and carry out his will on the earth. Why does this matter? Each of us is capable of receiving guidance directly from God in our personal lives on matters he sees fit to guide us in. However the guidance needed to direct the work of our Heavenly Father on a grand scale is not one that can be done without authority which comes from God himself.
Understanding this concept intellectually is important, but not nearly as important as understanding it spiritually. Analyzing the structure of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, anyone with a solid Biblical knowledge would have to admit it follows the order directed by Christ himself when He established His church. But this analysis means nothing without knowing beyond just what one can reason. It requires actually listening to the words the prophet and apostles and praying to know if these men are called of a God to lead His church on the earth today. That is why General Conference is so special. We have the privilege of hearing from the Prophet, all of the Apostles, and many other leaders all in one weekend. Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet called of God today. I know this is true with all of my heart and with all of my mind.
Please take advantage of the wonderful privilege we have in this day to have a prophet and listen to what he has to say. (General Conference – April 2016)
I love each and every one of you!!