I won’t be posting any specific comments on the last session of conference, but I would submit what I would consider the two most confusing statements of the two days (sans priesthood session).
The first statement came from Sister Cheryl Lant who, after reciting the story of the ministering angels among the children of the Nephites at the time of Christ, told us that we are the angels that will minister to our children. So… even though the Aaronic Priesthood holds the keys to the ministering of angels, we can only pretend that these messengers of God are real? So sad, as I indicated earlier, what else must be given up from the early revelations to satisfy the modern church?
The last statement which left me perplexed was Elder Neil Anderson’s emphatic declaration that the divine harmony of the conference talks was a miracle. First, I am puzzled by the need to call such an orchestrated event a miracle. What is miraculous about it? The fact that the conference talks are written out ahead of time and carefully edited yet totally uncorrelated is blatantly obvious to the listener. Even President Monson admitted to ad libbing during his opening remarks. So.. if there are not true miracles among us, let’s redefine the term so we can satisfy our pride that we are blessed with the heavenly events.
What are the true miracles that are the mark of the true church? As recorded in 3 Nephi 27, the resurrrected Lord told the Nephites that ‘the Father would show forth His own works’ in His church, in contrast to the works of men. The disciples demonstrated these works as recorded in 4 Nephi 1:5
“And there were great and marvelous works wrought by the disciples of Jesus, insomuch that they did heal the sick, and raise the dead, and cause the lame to walk, and the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear; and all manner of miracles did they work among the children of men; and in nothing did they work miracles save it were in the name of Jesus.”
These are the true miracles – works of God – that are to be found in His church and demonstrated by the twelve, just as in the past times. Where are these miracles? Why would an apostle attempt to redefine the ‘spiritual’ correlation supposedly demonstrated in the conference sessions as a miracle?
The emphasis on the role of the Savior, His atonement, and our need to come unto Him, perhaps due to the Easter holiday, came through in a multiplicity of talks. I am pleased to report that I only heard two somewhat veiled messages to ‘follow the brethren.’ I am gratified that we, as a people, are not subjected to the demand that we trust in this ‘arm of flesh.’
What think ye?