Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Come With a Question

General Conference

One year I was given a challenge just before General Conference that changed the way I approached Conference that year.

A good friend challenged me to think of a question that I needed an answer to, and to pray about it in the week leading up to Conference.

I included the question in every prayer that week.

I yearned for direction.

I will never forget that General Conference.  I listened to every talk in every session.  I didn't want to accidentally be out of the room during the one talk that might have the answer I was waiting for.

I was sitting on the floor in the middle of the room, with my entire family scattered on couches and carpet everywhere, when the answer came.

Clear.

Direct.

I cried.  I couldn't help it.  The Spirit filled my heart as the answer I had been praying for was given through an Apostle of the Lord.

Six months later I wondered if I could have that experience again.

I spent the week preparing.  I spoke of the question in every prayer.  I listened to Conference with a heart filled with expectation.

That year the answer came from a sentence in one of the songs.

It was just what I needed.

Each Conference since then it has been the same.  Sometimes the answers have been complete.  Other times I have been given just enough light to lead me in the direction I need to go.  I remember Conferences where the answer has come in the form of comfort, peace, or reassurance.

The moments are sweet.  The memories tender.  Each experience miraculous in its own way.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf teaches this principle in the Sept. 2011 Ensign.  He says, "Members of the Church are entitled to personal revelation as they listen to and study the inspired words spoken at general conference."

Then he gives us a challenge to act.

"As you prepare for general conference, I invite you to ponder questions you need to have answered. For example, you might yearn for direction and guidance by the Lord regarding challenges you are facing.

Answers to your specific prayers may come directly from a particular talk or from a specific phrase. At other times answers may come in a seemingly unrelated word, phrase, or song.  A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings of life and an earnest desire to hear and follow the words of counsel will prepare the way for personal revelation."

Deliberate Discipleship:

Would you like to try it?

This week as you prepare for Conference think of a question that would allow you to receive guidance from the Lord.  Include the question in your prayers.

Saturday morning as you settle in for Conference to begin, come with a question in mind.

Then listen for His answer.