- Improve capacity
- Follow His counsel- Give heed to teachings
Personal attitudes concerning the voice of the Lord will result in consequences of an eternal nature, said Elder Francisco J. Vinas, who was called to the Seventy last April.
Speaking Sunday afternoon, Elder Vinas observed that the admonition to "open our ears to listen" is received differently by different people.
"While some people indicate a willingness to listen attentively and to be obedient to the words of the Lord, others seem to close their ears, not wanting to hear nor to obey. There are others who are slow to hear, but who eventually do listen and become obedient."
Elder Vinas expressed appreciation that his parents heard the voice of the Lord through missionaries and hearkened to it. "That changed the course of their lives and was a great influence in the lives of their children and grandchildren," said Elder Vinas.
"Growing up in the Church in Uruguay and being a witness of this wonderful work in other countries of South America, I carefully observed the effect that diligently and humbly listening to the voice of the Lord has had in the lives of people," he said. "I observed the same effect when I went back to live in Spain and saw the change produced in the lives of people when they diligently listened to the servants of the Lord and developed sufficient faith to obey the commandments."
Elder Vinas told examples from scriptures of people who followed the Lord's voice. He emphasized that the "admonition to listen attentively to the word of the Lord has been repeated in all dispensations."
He said that the Savior frequently declared these words, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Matt. 11:15; 13:9, 43; Mark 4:23; Luke 8:8; 14:35). He also taught that " . . . He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life. . . . " (John 5:24).
Elder Vinas explained that the "voice of the Lord may be received by listening to the Lord's servants, studying the scriptures, and being prompted through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost."
Those who hear and hearken to the Lord's voice, are called by Him, "mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts." (D&C 29:7.)
Elder Vinas said, "I believe that our ability and our willingness to hear can be increased and that our ears can be opened to hear clearly the voice of the Lord.
He quoted from the Doctrine and Covenants "a guideline which will help to do this. `Let him that is ignorant learn wisdom by humbling himself and calling upon the Lord his God, that his eyes may be opened that he may see, and his ears opened that he may hear.' " (D&C 136:32.)
"Through humility and prayer we can develop and improve our capacity to be attentive to the words of life which will bless our lives and the lives of our families. This conference is a great opportunity to listen to the voice of the Lord, to follow the counsel given and to give heed to the teachings we are receiving."