There are two times during the year that I look forward to more than that of any other. Those times are Conference in April and Conference in October. It is the time we get to hear from modern day Prophets and Apostles ordained by those who have the authority to hold the Priesthood keys directly from the hands of those who have been ordained by Jesus Christ. http://josephsmith.net/josephsmith/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=7a19b84d09042010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0
I know that these are men called of God just as in ancient times, to guide, govern, and direct God's children on the earth to lead them in the way of life and salvation, to lead us to Christ who is our Savior and our Advocate with our Father.
Conference is broadcast in hundreds of languages to members of the church in countries all over the world. http://lds.org/conference/languages/0,6353,310-1,00.htmlLike Peter, James and John... we have a First Presidency who guides us in these days too!
A living prophet—the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—is the authorized successor to Joseph Smith. He and the present Apostles? trace their authority to Jesus Christ in an unbroken chain of ordinations through Joseph Smith.
All male members of the Church who are worthy and prepared may receive the priesthood to help lead the Church and serve Heavenly Father’s children. A man with the priesthood might serve by leading congregations of the Church, performing the ordinances of the Church (such as baptism), and blessing those who are sick. God expects those who hold this sacred priesthood authority to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve with love, gentleness, and kindness.
Another thing that makes this Conference exciting is we get to witness a new apostle to take the place of Elder Wirthlin who passed away last year.