One source of criticism/anxiety for modern Mormons is the apparent lack of revelation flowing through the leadership to the members. Anyway, I was doing my personal morning scripture reading, which is currently "scripture" reading, since I'm not reading actual scriptures, but the Teachings of Presidents of the Church manuals. Today's reading was Chapter 21 from the Joseph Smith manual. (My goal for the year was to read one manual each month. Now here I am, halfway through the year and not quite halfway through the first manual.) I came across this (I can't include a page number because the Gospel Library version of the manual doesn't have page numbers):
Brother Joseph arose and said, to receive revelation and the blessings of heaven it was necessary to have our minds on God and exercise faith and become of one heart and of one mind. Therefore he recommended all present to pray separately and vocally to the Lord for [Him] to reveal His will unto us concerning the upbuilding of Zion and for the benefit of the Saints.I was struck by the idea that a non-Zion people ("one heart and one mind") would not be receiving direction. Also, instead of showing up to General Conference as an observer, we have to come as participants. "Let's see what they have to say to us" is the wrong attitude. Then we say, "It was all just a bunch of 'try harder'; they must have some sort of receiving problem." The leadership are not receivers so much as transmitters; if there's a receiving problem, it is on our end.