God's modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson, spoke twice during the April 2015 general conference.
His theme seemed to be the joy found in serving the Lord. Although the main purpose of temple attendance is sealing families together for eternity, He outlined some of the personal blessings as well.
“As we go to the temple, as we remember the covenants we make there, we will be better able to overcome those temptations and to bear our trials,” he said. “In the temple we can find peace...May our Heavenly Father bless us that we may have the spirit of temple worship, that we may be obedient to His commandments, and that we may follow carefully the steps of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Because He spoke on Easter, he expressed gratitude for Jesus Christ's gifts. As we celebrate Easter, “may we offer prayers of gratitude for His great and marvelous gifts to us...”
He reminded us of our responsibilities to serve, learn of Jesus, and follow in the ways of the Lord, Jesus Christ. “Let us consider our callings...Let us reflect on our responsibilities; let us determine our duty; and let us follow Jesus Christ, our Lord...We are engaged in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us learn of Him. Let us follow in His footsteps. Let us live by His precepts.”
At 87, the prophet looks old for the first time in his ministry. It leads me to wonder how long he will be with us on earth. Although we love him, it's more like we love the Savior and the Father who send him to teach, lead, and guide us. I'm grateful that his messages were simple and powerful. Reflecting on his long life of service, I'm encouraged that I can serve God, too. The blessings are tremendous.