Getting ready for Stake Conference
February 6, 2012 4 Comments
It’s that week again. It has come and gone so many times before that unfortunately, we don’t give it a second thought. Some of us even consider it a “church bye week-end” – a free Sunday when we don’t have to attend regular meetings and can simply take a break from church. This sentiment, so wrong for so many reasons, is really an indicator of one’s faith, devotion and commitment.
Yes, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Oregon City, Canby, Colton and Molalla areas will gather this week-end for our Annual Stake Conference. It is a time when the membership of the Stake is asked to gather together to receive counsel from and its local leaders.
Meetings start Saturday afternoon and run through Sunday. The 1100-1300 of the 3,516 total stake members who will attend won’t hear new doctrine or earth-shattering concepts. To the contrary, they will hear much of what they have already learned about faith, the Savior, scriptures and prayer. Further, most of the words they hear won’t come from a visiting authority from Church Headquarters or other famous church leaders. They will hear the not-so-practiced words of long-time friends and acquaintances; people with whom they work and play. They serve together on civic boards and PTAs. Some of the listeners will even be employers of those imparting spiritual counsel and advice.
It is from within this perceived normalness that personal revelation and intense spiritual experiences arise. It is the exemplification of Doctrine & Covenants 50:22:
Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.
It is my experience that when we attend these meetings expecting God to speak to us through the Spirit, it happens. That is a promise; not only from my little blog but from the scriptures. If you want to know exactly what God wants you know right now, not a thousand years ago, but right NOW in YOUR life, come to stake conference.
If you don’t, you might not only miss a profound spiritual experience but some things that might be talked about in the Oregon City Stake for weeks to come. See you there.