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What spoke to you today?

By Dalene Rowley

Don’t you just love how General Conference can be so personal?

Here are a few of my favorite moments:

I loved being able to stand as part of the Relief Society and raise my hand to sustain our new prophet.

Saturday morning session:

Elder’s Wirthlin’s talk about loving, accepting, belonging and coming back (and wasn’t it Elder Wirthlin who mentioned those feeling overwhelmed? I raised my hand then, too.). I believe he covered pretty much everything, but I definitely felt the love.

Saturday afternoon session:

Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk on abuse. He told the story of the young woman and her father at our stake conference a few month’s back and I found it just as amazing the second time around. I deeply appreciate it when our leaders speak frankly. Elder Scott, in addition to being candid, managed to be both bold and sensitive at the same time.

What messages spoke to you today?

(Be sure to check out the excellent links Maralise has posted on the sidebar regarding today’s events.)

About Dalene Rowley

Began blogging as a legitimate way to avoid housework and to keep a journal of sorts. In her other life she wants to be excellent at a number of things, but in this one she's settling for baking a mean sour cream lemon pie, keeping most of the points on her quilt blocks in line, being a loyal friend and aspiring to moments of goodness as a wife and mother.

6 thoughts on “What spoke to you today?”

  1. I also loved Elder Wirthlin's talk – by far the highlight of GC so far.

    Elder Scott's talk, however, I did not care for at all, though I will refrain from giving reasons here.

  2. SingleSpeed–I appreciate your candor as well. I'll be frank, too. When someone starts talking about forgiveness for perpetrators it makes me uncomfortable. Neither my heart nor my mind is big enough to go there. Perhaps because I have yet to see a truly penitent perpetrator.

    Why this talk stood out in my mind is because I have dear, dear friends and family members who are victims of abuse. I strongly believe we need to talk about abuse more openly. It's part of how we begin to create an atmosphere in which victims feel safe enough to seek help. I also see a need for reminding church leadership that they must treat victims with the kind of love and care that best comes from listening to the spirit. That's part of what I appreciated in this particular talk.

    Justine–Yes. And when Elder Eyring does that, you can't help but know you know as well.

  3. i love elder eyring. i always feel like his talks are direct answers to my prayers.

    and elder wirthlin– i love his talk as well… the whole "perfect people not allowed" (or something like that?) joke.

  4. Hi Dalene! I just found your blog(s) via Steffani's blog. I have to say that I really enjoyed Elder Ballard's talk about mothers. For one, it was one of the only talks I was able to listen to without interruption, and second, it was exactly what I needed to hear. It reminded me…for the billionth time…that motherhood is the closest thing to perfection on this earth. And, though it wasn't said directly, it also reminded me of my responsibility to make my home a sanctuary and heaven on earth for my children. It is imperative to their spiritual development and salvation. Isn't it wonderful how such a "general" conference has the power to become so personal for the people who are listening?

  5. I too loved Elder Wirthlin's talk. As a fairly new convert (a sometimes struggling convert) his talk meant the world to me, I felt like he was speaking to me – I suppose he was in a way. It's funny, like I said, I admit to struggling with my faith and wasn't even planning to watch Gen. Con. but the Spirit spoke very clearly to me and told me to turn the computer on – I was able to witness and participate in the Sustaining of the Prophet and hear Elder Wirthlin's message. Can't exactly deny the truth of the Church when things like that happen, now can I? 🙂


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