- God sends messages and authorized messengers to His children. I am to build trust in God and His servants enough that we will go out and obey His counsel. He wants that because He loves us and wants our happiness. And He knows how a lack of trust in Him brings sadness. That lack of trust has brought sorrow to Heavenly Father’s children from before the world was created. We know through the revelations of God to the Prophet Joseph Smith that many of our brothers and sisters in the premortal world rejected the plan for our mortal life presented by our Heavenly Father and His eldest Son, Jehovah. We don’t know all the reasons for Lucifer’s terrible success in inciting that rebellion. However, one reason is clear. Those who lost the blessing of coming into mortality lacked sufficient trust in God to avoid eternal misery.
In the grove of tree, God demonstrated His love for all of us by calling a prophet to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. He calls Prophets and Apostles in our day to help us gain trust in Him and His message to us. God has given us a clear plan for happiness in our lives and if we trust in and follow His plan, our lives will be blessed.
- The Father revealed to us that He lives, that Jesus Christ is His Beloved Son, and that He loved us enough to send that Son to save us, who are His children. And because I have a testimony that He called that unlettered boy as an apostle and prophet, I trust His apostles and prophets today and those they call to serve God. That trust has blessed my life and the lives of my family.
He reminds us that God calls good men of all religions to trust Him. President Eyring shared a story of a Mayor in a town he spoke in coming to hear him speak and afterwards expressed his admiration for the Mormon people in his town. He spoke about how they were good people and that he appreciated the encouragement he gave for them to continue to serve others.
- God does not rule in nations, but He is mindful of them. He can and does place people in positions of influence who want what is best for the people and who trust in the Lord.
He ends with giving us some advice on how we can demonstrate our trust in God more in our lives.
- You show your trust in Him when you listen with the intent to learn and repent and then you go and do whatever He asks. If you trust God enough to listen for His message in every sermon, song, and prayer in this conference, you will find it. And if you then go and do what He would have you do, your power to trust Him will grow, and in time you will be overwhelmed with gratitude to find that He has come to trust you.
I have come to trust in the counsel that is given by our Prophets and Apostles in General Conference. I know that these men who we sustain are called by God to help His children find happiness and success in life. That success is not measured by the amount of money they have or the amount of followers on Facebook. That success is measured by the number of lives we can touch and help bring to Christ.