Doctrine and Covenants 44: The Purpose of Conferences

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 54

Suppose you are sitting in church and it is announced that stake conference will be held in two weeks. A friend leans over to you and says, “I really hate to miss my regular church meetings for stake conference. Why do we have stake conference anyway?” What explanation would you give? InDoctrine and Covenants 44, the Lord commanded the Church to gather together for a conference. The reasons for it and the blessings He promised are still true today for our ward, branch, stake, district, mission, and general conferences.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 44

Compliance with(section heading)Obedience to 
Bond(v. 5)Plan or scheme 

Doctrine and Covenants 44:2–5—Blessings of Conferences

Elder Howard W. Hunter, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Conference time is a season of spiritual revival when knowledge and testimony are increased and solidified that God lives and blesses those who are faithful. It is a time when an understanding that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, is burned into the hearts of those who have the determination to serve him and keep his commandments. Conference is the time when our leaders give us inspired direction in the conduct of our lives—a time when souls are stirred and resolutions are made to be better husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, more obedient sons and daughters, better friends and neighbors” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1981, 15; orEnsign,Nov. 1981, 12).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 44.

Activity A iconThe Power of a Conference

  1. 1.

    According toDoctrine and Covenants 44:1–5, what did the Lord promise if the elders faithfully obeyed His command to gather together in a conference? How might those promises be fulfilled in our conferences today?

  2. 2.

    Write about a time when you were blessed or experienced spiritual growth because of what was said or done in a ward, stake, or general conference.Orwrite a brief report on some important messages given during a recent ward, stake, or general conference.