30 September 2009

Conference Week: This Is Your Phone Call

The week before conference is my favorite time of year. To get in the conference spirit, I shall highlight one talk from the April 2009 conference each day this week. Ooh, I can't wait for Saturday.

This Is Your Phone Call
by Bishop Richard Edgley

It usually just takes a few phone calls from presiding authorities to local leaders to mobilize hundreds and sometimes thousands of individuals to go to the rescue of their fellow brothers and sisters in distress....this is your phone call. Read This Is Your Phone Call in its entirety here.

In October 1856, during a general conference, President Young learned that two handcart companies, the Martin company and the Willie company, were traveling late in the season and would face harsh winter weather on the plains of the western United States. He stood at the pulpit as a prophet of God and declared:

"Many of our brethren and sisters are on the plains with handcarts,... and they must be brought here, we must send assistance to them.... This community is to send for them and bring them in....

"That is my religion; that is the dictation of the Holy Ghost that I possess, it is to save the people....

"I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in the celestial kingdom of our God, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains."

We live with an elderly woman who is deaf and has dementia. I am always grateful to anyone who talks to her, interprets for her, smiles at her, or takes notes for her.
For a number of reasons, she is easy to overlook, but her needs are not any less real. There is most certainly a communication barrier, though that is remedied with faith and a small effort, as many sweet sisters have learned. To save souls is our charge and I am so appreciative of those who don't forget hers.

Today is no different than October 1856. There is always someone on the plains with temporal and spiritual needs; this is our phone call.

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