Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah. Introduction..BOM Last paragraph.
God’s commandments are not given to frustrate His children or to become obstacles to their happiness, President Thomas S. Monson said in the priesthood session of general conference. “Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just what we need and when we need it to obtain the greatest happiness possible.”
President Monson said God loves His children enough to give them commandments, knowing that when the commandments are kept, their lives will be happier, more fulfilling and less complicated.
“Our challenges and problems will be easier to bear,” he said, “and we will receive His promised blessings. But while He gives us laws and commandments, He also allows us to choose whether to accept them or to reject them. Our decisions in this regard will determine our destiny.”
“Teenage years are often years of insecurity, of feeling as though you don’t measure up, of trying to find your place with your peers, and of trying to fit in. You may be tempted to lower your standards and follow the crowd in order to be accepted by those you desire to have as your friends. Please be strong, and be alert to anything that would rob you of the blessings of eternity. The choices you make here and now are forever important.”
Most of you are still young and in your teens where this applies directly to you.
Latter-day Saints are surrounded by voices that are persuasive, beguiling, belittling, sophisticated, and confusing.
“I might add that these are loud voices,”. “I admonish you to turn the volume down and to be influenced instead by that still, small voice which will guide you to safety. Remember that one with authority placed his hands on your head after you were baptized, confirming you a member of the Church and saying, ‘Receive the Holy Ghost.’ Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that special voice which testifies of truth.”
I will add that you have been called by this same Prophet to be here in New Jersey and had hands laid upon your heads to be special witness to the Savior. Have more FAITH and SPIRIT in you!
Disregard for the commandments has opened the way for “the plagues of our day,”
Great courage will be required, he said, to remain faithful amid increasing pressures and insidious influences that “distort the truth, tear down the good and the decent and attempt to substitute the man-made philosophies of the world.”
President Monson declared, "To each of you I say that you are a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. You have come from His presence to live on this earth for a season, to reflect the Savior's love and teachings and to bravely let your light shine for all to see." President Thomas S. Monson Oct 15
Obedience is the way to happiness and true Joy.
We Love YOU.
President and Sister Taggart