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I have spent every hour since the concluding hymn contemplating last weekend’s General Conference, chewing over the words and welcomes we received. Elder Robert D. Hales, who was the first speaker at the Saturday morning session reminded us of two vital aspects in benefiting from General Conference.
First, he said, (quoting President Kimball), “What is said is not as important as what we hear and what we feel.”
Elder Hales also said, “The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: we gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them.”
Post-conference, I found myself hearing and feeling all sorts of things – a yin and yang chatter fest. I decided that one good way I could process conference beneficially was to go through each talk sussing out my own uplifting take-aways from each message. Continue reading
We’re all busy watching General Conference today; we hope you are too. I know that I have received many personal messages from General Conference, either directly from the messages given or from the whisperings of the Spirit as I have watched. Click on the picture to go to the Church’s website.
Is it just me, or does everyone think long and hard about what special foods they’ll eat during General Conference? As a child, my food association with conference was a special treat bag assembled by my mother, the contents revealed to us only after we were settled into the church pews. In college, watching conference was a social event, where apartments all over Provo hosted brunch for specially invited friends and crushes.
Today, my first-session meal will be homemade butternut squash soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, followed by Thai takeout during the 4-6 p.m. block. Tomorrow, I’m thinking homemade brioche au chocolat for the morning session, and a classic Sunday supper in the afternoon.
What are your General Conference food plans? Are you a traditionalist, serving homemade cinnamon rolls semi-annually? Or does your feast change from year to year?
Normally, Saturday is a special day because it’s the day we get ready for Sunday. (Does that Primary song still exist, by the way?) But today, Saturday is a special day because it’s part one of a two-day churchathon. Are you ready?
I’ll be honest — I don’t do all I should to prepare myself for general conference. I do clear my schedule for the weekend to allow myself to watch each session in real time. I do think ahead about what treats I can bake to keep my mouth happy during the hours of screen time. But spiritually? I could be much better prepared.
So with about three hours left before the first session kicks off, I’m now vowing to watch with more intent than I normally do. Instead of relying on the printed talks in the Ensign for re-reading, I’m planning to actually write down thoughts or quotes I hear from the speakers (and hopefully, from the Spirit) that I want to ponder and study later. A novel idea, I know. Want to join me?
Let’s use this post’s comment section to share meaningful ideas from today’s general conference sessions. As you watch, let us know what hits home for you. Whose words will lead you to make real changes in your life? Which talks sound like they were written just for you? In addition to learning from our prophet and apostles this weekend, let’s learn from each other.
Yesterday in Institute, we were talking about the premortal existence, and the nature of intellegience. We talked about everything from eternal natures to foreordination to Mozart. It’s a heavy topic on the best of days, and I’ll admit to a niggling feeling all throughout the lesson. I tried to contain myself, but clearly not enough, because when we got to a quote about how Mozart was placed in his home because he was a musical genius before, and that where we are placed on earth is a reflection of how righteous we were in the previous life, I just couldn’t help it.
“I have a big, BIG problem with that quote”, I burst out. Continue reading