We had a lovely general conference weekend. Did you? I always enjoy this weekend when we can hunker down at home, with the help of BYUTV listen to the words of our prophet and other leaders of our church, and come out spiritually renewed and ready to move forward with new goals.
Here's a little peek in to our weekend.
On Sunday morning I made some monkey bread.
I printed out general conference activity/coloring packets to keep the kids occupied during the Sunday morning session. (There are 4 two-hour sessions over the course of the weekend.) We realize that 8 hours of talks is a bit much to ask of a 10, 8, and 5 year old so we simply require them to watch the sunday morning session, and then join us whenever the prophet speaks, and for the sustaining of church officers.
Anna always loves the coloring pages.
Payton enjoys the packet too. His face lit up when he opened it to this color-by-number page.
And Conner . . . . well, he uses the back-side of the paper to draw battles.
But the April Primary e-mail newsletter (thanks to the genius minds behind that) came out a few days before conference and I noticed that Conner has a talk later in the month. So we gave him the assignment to take notes on what the prophet says and write a talk from that. It was perfect. He took his (mental) notes and wrote his talk down immediately after conference. Hooray for that checkmark!
We listen, we learn, we sing . . .
And we end the day with a happy feeling and a testimony in our hearts.
Lots of important lesson learned, lots of good reminders, lots of notes taken. Let's see, about 10 pages of notes in my conference notebook. And I even missed 2 of the talks on Saturday. Need to go back and watch those soon.
Here are some thoughts, notes (not all verbatim) that stood out to me . . . .
"No better way to be an example of the believers than in our observance of the Sabbath Day." -L. Tom Perry
"The women of our church are incredible not because they haven't faced challenges. Our women are incredible because of the way they have faced the challenges of life." -Quentin L. Cook
"No woman should feel the need to apologize or feel her contribution is less significant because she is devoting her primary efforts to raising children." -Quentin L. Cook
Speaking of "celestial traditions" . . . . Children might not remember the family home evening lesson later in the week, but they will remember that it happened. They might not remember the words read in the scriptures, but they will remember that they did it. -Richard G. Maynes
"I plead with you to teach your children of the temple's importance." - Thomas S. Monson
Several thoughts from Dieter F. Uchtdorf
- "Let us strive to be among those the Lord can rely on to hear his whispering and respond."
- It is vital we serve each other -- God often answers our prayers through another person. By becoming the answer to someone else's prayer, we often find the answer to our own.
- "Perhaps the Lord's encouragement to open your mouths might today include: use your hands to blog and text message the gospel to all the world." Please remember -- all at the right time and the right place.
- Quoting St. Francis - "Preach the gospel at all times. And if necessary, use words."
"Time after time we see marvelous blessings on the heels of great trials." -Paul V. Johnson
Richard G. Scott's stories of his sweetheart, Jeanine.
From David A. Bednar
- "We tend to emphasize marvelous and dramatic spiritual manifestations so much that we may fail to appreciate and even overlook the customary pattern by which the Holy Ghost accomplishes his work."
- Sometimes the sun rises on a cloud/foggy morning. We many times receive revelation, not recognizing precisely when and how it happened. The light comes, but we go about the day not recognizing it.
"We testify to every nation, kindred, and people that God not only lives, but he speaks." -Jeffrey R. Holland
I have a testimony of all of these things and know them to be true. I am grateful for this opportunity we have, twice a year, to hear directly from the Lord's chosen prophet. It amazes me and excites me, to discover time after time that the messages prepared are so timely, necessary, and relevant to a worldwide audience. And at the same time they manage to share something specific that may touch every individual. Elder Holland shared, concerning the church leaders' preparation for their talks (again, not verbatim), "If we teach by the Spirit, and you listen by the Spirit . . . . someone will touch upon your circumstance, sending a little miracle to you."
I'm sure that anyone who listened this weekend received a little miracle. I can't wait to read these talks again and discover more.