Voices of Leaders in Past Conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ
by Troy Parker,
Troy is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and resides in Molalla, OR
The first day of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”) is in the books. I’m not sure if the speakers and music keep getting better or if I’m just getting older. But it seems that the messages delivered at conference are more timely, more relevant and more specifically directed at me.
Still, there are voices that I miss greatly. As devoted members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we listen to a lot of talks. Think of how many times you’ve listened to church President and living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. A few conferences ago, my wife and I were impressed with our 16-year-old because he could identify the voices of the First Presidency and most of the senior members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The voices of our leaders become very familiar and when they are not there, whether it’s due to illness or death, we miss them — especially during this time of the year.
Whose voice do you miss? Here is a list of five past divinely-called leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ-the Savior’s re-established Church on earth today– and why I miss them. What do you think? Leave your own thoughts and your reasons for missing some of those LDS leaders in the comment section below.
5. President Spencer W. Kimball: He was the prophet of my early youth. I still smile when I hear the raspy voice of his voice aided by that special microphone hooked to his glasses. I’ll never forget President Kimball’s voice when, as a young deacon, I heard him compare the law of chastity to a river.
4. Elder Bruce R. McConkie: Who can forget his inspirational last testimony of Jesus Christ, where he indicated that in the coming days, crossing into the next life, when he bathed His feet with His tears, he would not know better then he already knew that Jesus was the Christ? I was just seventeen, half asleep on the couch, when my father told me I should pay attention. This apostle was going to die soon and may say something profound, he told me. I did, and he most certainly did.
3. Elder David B. Haight: I miss this apostle of Christ’s football stories. I will never forget his story about his small football team punting the ball on 2nd and 3rd downs because they simply didn’t want the ball. His way of just reminiscing made him a “real” person and make us feel full of hope.
2. President Gordon B. Hinckley: Prophet and President, Gordon B. Hinckley, was so down-to-earth and said exactly what we were thinking. And his positive attitude made us all feel like we could endure anything and have fun doing it. He was our prophet, the Lord, Jesus Christ’s modern mouthpiece, for over a decade and we knew him. He let us in as he bravely suffered through the loss of his beloved wife. We could tell that he loved us, the Lord, and the work. And we loved him.
1. Elder Neal A. Maxwell: I have written a few posts about Elder Maxwell, late apostle of Jesus Christ. His talks were so doctrinally dense and peppered with creative alliteration. I have a collection of his talks on my iPod, and just hearing his voice calms my spirit in a very turbulent world. He was a tireless disciple of Jesus Christ who brought us some of the most memorable one-liners ever.
Whose voice do you miss most?