SALT LAKE CITY — President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency opened the Sunday morning meeting of the 184th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, addressing a global audience on continuing revelation and a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Using scripture stories such as Lehi’s dream, President Eyring sought to debunk the idea that Heavenly Father no longer speaks to his children.
“We all know that human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life,” President Eyring said. “We need revelation from God.”
Relating stories of young Joseph Smith’s first prayer, parents setting family curfews and the breaking of the Teton Dam, President Eyring continued to add to his testimony. He also challenged listeners to look to Lehi’s son, Nephi, as an example.
President Eyring told the story of the breaking of the Teton Dam in Idaho, teaching that continuing revelation can bless more than just the individual receiving the message.
“The value of the revelation depends on those who are being led receiving confirming revelation,” President Eyring said. Thanks to continuing revelation, local stake presidents were ready for the unexpected breaking of the dam.
President Eyring emphasized the importance of feeling love for the prophet of God, saying that Church members’ love for their leader helps him to receive revelation, which will in turn bless the members.
“(Love for the prophet of God) is a gift from God,” said President Eyring. “With it you will receive more easily the gift of confirming revelation when he speaks in his office as the Lord’s prophet.”
In closing, President Eyring returned to his opening statement, reiterating the idea that all need revelation, from the prophet of the Church to a father and his family.
“I bear you my witness that it is true. Heavenly Father hears your prayers, he loves you, and he knows your name,” President Eyring said.