Saturday, April 2, 2011

Come listen to a prophet's voice

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. Each Sunday, I discuss some things related to my faith and what I believe. Regardless of your own beliefs, I hope this gives you a chance to get to know me and my religion a little better. For previous installments, click here.

This week's Sunday post is coming a little bit early, and not just because it's April Fool's Day. This weekend, we are gathering as an entire church to listen to General Conference. Of course, gathering as entire population of over 13 million people in one place is rather impossible, so we're meeting together in a worldwide broadcast at church buildings and in homes via radio, television, and internet. In five two hour sessions over two days, members will hear counsel from President Thomas S. Monson and each member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, as well as other General Authorities and auxiliary leaders of the Church.

We believe that President Monson and the rest of the Quorum of the Twelve are truly modern day prophets, seers, and revelators, according to the same organization of the Church that existed in the time of Christ. Their counsel from the Lord is regarded as modern day scripture.

I'm looking forward to watching Conference this weekend, and the semi-annual excuse to wear pajamas during church (if you're watching at home) is only part of it. I'm actually posting early this week to invite you to join us. There's more information about the broadcast schedule here, or you can just watch it on your computer here. You can even follow along on Twitter via the #ldsconf hashtag. Tune in for all 8 hours of public broadcasting (the Saturday evening session is for the men only and broadcast exclusively at chapels; the women have their own sessions in September) or just 20 minutes. You can see our beautiful Conference Center and hear the amazing Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and listen to talks from the senior leadership of the Church, both men and women, to hear what we're all about as Latter-day Saints.

If you can't participate this weekend, the video archives and transcripts will be online soon. They're already up for every Conference since 1974.

And if you tune in during the intermediate hymns, know that I'm singing loud and proud right with you!

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