As I have gotten older, General Conference weekend has become a lot like Christmas for me. I look forward to it for weeks in advance, our whole family comes together, and– if we do it right– it is a profound spiritually enriching experience.
I am always a little sad when President Monson delivers his closing remarks in the Sunday afternoon session. After two days of hearing inspired and inspiring teachings from men and women of God, I just want to keep on going for another few days. Thankfully, unlike the Christmas holidays, Conference comes around twice a year! I am also grateful for the personal opportunity I have to teach a class for the women in my church once a month from the teachings of these inspired men and women.
I love this time of year. After Conference I feel energized, and ready to tackle the world. It becomes the motivation to engage in, as one writer has termed it, a kind of 4th quarter comeback. If you’ve ever wondered what it is that Latter-Day Saints truly believe– because there are so many misconceptions and untruths out there– watching or listening to General Conference is a fantastic place to satisfy any curiosity you might have. You can check it out here.
One of the newer (to me) blogs I’ve been reading lately hosts a General Conference book club each week, and I’ve decided to join in this time around rather than just lurking in the shadows like I have the last couple of months. Steph at Diapers & Divinity does a fantastic job; if you’re so inclined you can check it out here.
As part of the General Conference Meme hosted by Steph, here are my answers to the questions posed:
General Conference Highlights: October 2011
1. Who were your three favorite speakers? (Just three!?!)
2. Which talk spoke to you the most?
- Elder Andersen’s talk was the one I needed to hear the most this session. His quotation of President Kimball, “Where is your faith?” will stick with me for many months to come, I am certain.
3. What was your favorite hymn and why did it move you?
- Every time I hear “Consider the Lilies,” I am moved. I always picture the Savior teaching His beautiful Sermon on the Mount and imagine myself learning at His feet. It lifts my soul.
4. Which speaker was the best dressed? (Haha, c’mon we can have a bit of fun…)
- I agree with Steph, President Uchtdorf’s stylin’ purple striped tie just suits his buoyant personality. Plus, he has great hair. 🙂
5. Were there any topics that you felt were repeated often? Any Conference “themes”?
- The importance of scripture study, declaring our testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness, increasing our faith in our Savior.
6. Share a few of your favorite quotes from any of the talks. (Paraphrasing is fine)
- Elder Andersen’s reaffirmation of the importance of the family and his quotation from President Kimball, “Where is your faith?”
- President Eyring’s story about bearing testimony of the Savior at the university graduation ceremony.
- Elder Carl Cook’s quote from President Monson, “It’s better to look up.”
7. Name something(s) that made you smile or laugh during Conference.
- President Eyring’s remembrance of what happened to Abinadi after he bore his testimony; Elder Carl Cook’s story about running into President Monson on a rough day; President Monson’s story about the five dollar bill– but my absolute favorite was President Monson’s story about the dedication of the Frankfurt Germany temple and trusting the promptings of the Spirit.
8. Was there any evidence that your children paid attention?
- My kids are still pretty young, but the older two did give intermittent attention– especially when President Monson spoke. During family prayer Taylor, my eldest (6), gave thanks that we could listen to Conference.
9. What doctrine did you learn as you listened to the choir(s) sing?
- As I listened to the children’s choir sing I was reminded of just how precious these little ones truly are. And when the Tabernacle Choir sang “Consider the Lilies,” I was reminded that the Lord is mindful of each of us and holds us in the hollow of His hand.
10. Did the music enhance your General Conference experience? How?
- It always does. I am enormously moved by music on a fundamental level. It always brings the Spirit. Plus, my 18 month old little boy would sing along with the Tabernacle Choir– seeing the music touch his little heart was extremely gratifying.
11. What are some of your post-Conference goals?
- To engage in deeper and more meaningful prayer. That is definitely number one. Also to be less fearful in bearing my testimony, learning the language of the Holy Ghost better, and to continue making scripture study a priority.