This weekend the LDS Church holds its semi-annual General Conference. Both on Saturday and Sunday the General Authorities of the LDS Church give talks. In LDS churches around the world, the regular Sunday schedule is suspended so that members can listen to these talks.
The March edition of the LDS magazine, Ensign, had a number of articles stressing the importance of these General Conferences. In one of those articles, entitled Follow the Prophet, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy, relates how he and his wife have benefited from following the words of the prophets. He writes: “In the years since, we have been blessed in many other ways by heeding the prophetic word. We have learned not to question the validity of what the prophets and apostles teach or to wonder if it makes sense. We have learned that by acting – and acting immediately – on their counsel, our lives are blessed.”
“Some might call our actions blind obedience. But we have the Lord’s personal promise that the prophets will never lead us astray. Knowing this helps us hear their voices as we would hear His own (see D&C 1:38).”
Note the example he holds up – and the LDS Church holds up by having this in its official magazine. No questioning the validity of the teaching – no wondering if it makes sense. Rather acting immediately on it. So much so that it looks like blind obedience. Reliance on the personal promise of the Lord that the prophets will never lead them astray.
It will be interesting to see what will be said this weekend. It will also be interesting to read blogs and comments written by LDS members in response to General Conference. How many will follow that example? If the reaction to the last General Conference is any indication, there will be some who won’t follow this example. And if they don’t but instead question and wonder about what is said, what does that mean for them personally? How does questioning the prophets affect their worthiness in the church?