3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem….
5 O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord…
(2 Nephi 12:3, 5; Isaiah 2:3, 5)
In this passage, the prophet Isaiah contrasts two groups of people: One group is eagerly approaching the mountain of the Lord, seeking to be taught His ways and to walk in His light. The other group pridefully avoids the Lord’s governance and ends up cowering “in the holes of the rocks, and [in] the caves of the earth” (2 Nephi 12:19).
This weekend, the worldwide General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be broadcast from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Just before dedicating that building, President Gordon B. Hinckley quoted the passage above and said:
I believe that prophecy applies to the historic and wonderful Salt Lake Temple. But I believe also that it is related to this magnificent hall. For it is from this pulpit that the law of God shall go forth, together with the word and testimony of the Lord (“This Great Millenial Year,” General Conference, October 2000).
Today, I will prepare my mind and my heart to learn from the Lord during general conference. Like the first group in Isaiah’s prophecy, I will at least mentally and spiritually “go up to the mountain of the Lord,” prepared to be taught of His ways and to walk in His paths. I will be ready to receive, internalize, and act upon the words of His prophets, so that I can “walk in the light of the Lord.”