Week 9: #LDSConf and #AllThatJazz

Family, Friends, Fans, and Fellow Servants

Apparently a lot has happened this week!

But first I would like to commend everyone for taking time to listen to the General Conference this week. The General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed a marvelous gift from God that allows us to take heed and follow the counsel of His prophets and His chosen servants. Prior to the conference I took time to prepare myself, praying that my questions of the souls would be answered from God Himself through His prophets to me. If listen with our hearts with real intent, we will realize that the answers are right in front of us.

I personally think that recent General Conference was one of a kind. New elements were introduced, and new gospel topics for focused according to the needs of the Church and its people. The General Conference highlights would be:

1) The music! I think the music literally spoke the same message with the theme of this General Conference. “Sweetly and Tenderly” was one of a kind. That missionary elder who sang solo the first part of “Ye Elders of Israel” in the Priesthood Session.

2) Newly called Seventies speaking in their native languages! I think that was great! Reminds me of what happened during the Pentecost, when the Spirit of God descended upon the apostles and disciples and they began speaking in tongues. The languages we speak are different, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the same.

3) President Eyring’s talks! From the previous general conferences I watched I have always remembered him as stiff as he could when he talks. But the manner he delivered his talks this conference was moving, it was as if he was talking directly to me.

My brethren, if we carefully consider the messages that our leaders give to us, the answers to our prayers are already in front of us. All we need to do is to listen, and receive confirming revelations that these are the answers from God that we have been waiting for.

Another news I would like to share to you is that my mission president President Mangum has given me a new trainer. I don’t know why he found it expedient that I should be given a new trainer, neither could I believe it when I received my first transfer call on Tuesday.

“Hello, can I talk to Elder Poblete?”

“Yes, speaking, it’s me, who is this?”

“This is Elder Mallari, and your new companion will be Elder Garcia.”

“Oh, but who is this?”

“You will wait for him at the Diversion Road at 10 am on Thursday.”

“I know but who are you?”

“This is the new assistant to the President.”

I quickly hang up the phone as I tried absorb the news. President has give me a new trainer and companion for some reason. I don’t want to talk about my companion, but I can say that he’s a Filipino and I’m fine with him. I want this transfers to be a time of repentance, a time of change where we can learn from whatever mistakes we have made in the past, a time to move forward with faith.

In conclusion, it is in my prayers that we will understand that the purpose of the General Conference is only fulfilled whenwe live on the counsels and inspiration we have received from God himself through His servants. This General Conference has been special for me, not only because this is my first general conference as an official missionary and emissary of our Lord Jesus Christ, but because I have been set apart as a missionary, with a specific duty to “go and do the things which that Lord hath commanded.” It makes sense to me now. Everything makes sense to me now. And I pray the same revelation will come upon you as you seek for truths in foundation of the Gospel.

Always remain faithful. Never be afraid to ask questions. Heavenly Father is there, waiting to hear from you through your prayers.

Elder Poblete
Philippines San Pablo Mission
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