5 And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
6 And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard…
After the death and resurrection of the Savior, a group of Nephites were gathered around the temple in Bountiful. They heard a quiet voice three times. The first two times, they didn’t understand what the voice said, but as we read in the passage above, the third time, they “did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof.” Because of their effort to concentrate and be receptive, they were able to understand the voice the third time.
What does it mean to “open [our] ears?” I think it means to be attentive and willing to consider the message of the speaker. I like the fact that they looked towards the sound of the voice. They intentionally ignored distractions and focused on the message.
As I prepare to participate in General Conference this weekend, I will remember the example of these Nephites. I will work to create an environment which will enable me to listen carefully to look at the speakers if possible, and to avoid distractions while I listen. I will also remember that some of the most important messages of conference are not spoken over the pulpit. They are delivered directly to the minds and hearts of the listeners by the Holy Ghost. I will strive to prepare my heart to recieve those messages which the Lord has specifically for me.