Sunday, April 6, 2008

Hooray for General Conference!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved General Conference. I literally look forward to it for six months! This time has been no exception. In fact, I have been looking even more forward to it as it will be my first time to hear President Monson speak as prophet of the Lord.
How very grateful I am for the gospel. I am so grateful to have a living church where the Lord speaks to prophets and where we have a 12 apostles just like in the bible. How lucky I feel to be able to sit at the feet of the prophets and listen to the words of the Lord.

Even Little Dan has been enjoying it. I captured him during the sustainings raising his hand, too. The cool part is that you can see President Uchtdorf in the background on the TV. It was so cute. And, he loves to say "Amen." That is his favorite part of a talk or prayer.

This conference I was feeling like nothing was jumping out at me as dramatically as it has in the past. As I pondered this, I was touched by the Spirit's answer as to why. It is because I don't NEED anything right now. Life is relatively good and I am, in general, choosing the right and striving hard to be on the right path. So...the only thing the spirit needs to tell me at this conference is that I need to work a little harder, be a little kinder, and be a little more diligent. But, unlike some other conferences, I am not needing major comfort, I am not needing inspiration over a major decision, and I am not needing to make major changes. I know it is true that the Spirit touches each of us with what we need. What a wonderful blessing to have the Gift of the Holy Ghost to know this!

Nevertheless, there were many things that still touched me from conference, including:
  • Sister Cheryl C. Lant: "Are we consciously creating righteous traditions or is life just happening to us?"

  • Elder Joseph C. Worthlin: Speaking about how the church is full of imperfect people..."The Lord knows we will make mistakes-that's why he atoned for our sins."

  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks: We have a duty to speak out and declare our doctrine when there are misrepresentations.

  • Gerald N. Lund: The spirit carries things UNTO our hearts, not INTO. We get to choose what we let in or keep out.

  • Elder L. Tom Perry: Create a clear picture of Eternal Life and that will help us want to do what we need to do!

  • President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Peter said of Jesus, "He went about doing good." Can it be said of me?

  • Elder D. Todd Christopherson: "Don't retain some disposition to do evil."

  • Sister Susan W. Tanner: "When we delight to serve Him, our Heavenly Father delights to bless us!"

  • President Boyd K. Packer: "My shoes are like my life, worn out in service."

  • President Thomas S. Monson: Each of us can feel the Lord's inspiration. "Take literally the Lord's invitation to 'Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.'"

I guess there is actually much that I gained from conference this year! Six more months until the next one! :)


marcia said...

it was so awesome

Andelin said...

Such a great shot you got of that! Really cute!...except, are you taking a picture with your left hand? 'cause a...otherwise, I'm gonna tell! ;-) J/K.

I was thinking the same thing. I like to have questions before hand to be answered, and forgot to make them, so when I remembered I was bummed, but then I realized that I really don't have any questions to ask. It's the same here for me too! So, I guess that's something to be profoundly grateful for! :-)

Chel said...

Awesome. I LOVE conference weekend.