Carol F. McConkie: Live according to the words of the prophets

Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, speaks at the Sunday morning session of general conference, 5 October 2014.© 2014 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

SALT LAKE CITY — Echoing the words of preceding speaker Elder Russell M. Nelson, Sister Carol F. McConkie of the Young Women General Presidency testified about sustaining God’s prophets at the Sunday morning session of the 184th Semiannual General Conference.

Sister McConkie taught that because God loves his children and wants them to understand his plan of happiness, he calls prophets. In order to return to his glory, she said, children must heed all of his commandments, which are revealed through prophets.

“The Lord’s house is a house of order, and we need never be deceived about where to look for answers to our questions, or uncertain about which voice to follow,” Sister McConkie said, quoting Ephesians 4:14. “We need not be ‘tossed to and fro, and carried about with every doctrine.’”

Sister McConkie counseled that regardless of circumstance, prophetic words must be heeded. It may seem unreasonable, inconvenient and uncomfortable, she said, but following the prophet is always right.

Studying the words of modern and ancient prophets helped her during strenuous years of raising children, Sister McConkie said.

“When we heed the words of the prophets we build our homes and our lives upon an eternally sure foundation,” she said.

In closing, she said that members of the Church have a choice.

“We may choose to ignore, trifle with, trample upon or rebel against the words of Christ spoken by his ordained servants,” Sister McConkie said. “But the Savior taught that those who do so will be cut off from his covenant people.”

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