The final day of Conference has begun…and I’m ready to write!
(Seriously, though, an awesome Conference thus far…right??)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Light of Christ
Elder Uchtdorf is telling a deeply touching story of a woman who was surrounded by abuse and despair, only to later discover the Church and learn that through faith, hope and charity she could rise out of darkness and help others do the same. The light of Christ will lead every man and woman to the light.
#1 Start where you are. “Isn’t it wonderful to know that we don’t have to be perfect to receive the blessings of Heaven?” “The very moment you begin to seek your Heavenly Father,” the Lord will bless and help you, and you will begin to be filled with light.
#2 Turn your heart to the Lord.
#3 Walk in the light. Your Heavenly Father knows that you will make mistakes, He does not wish to break your spirit. Quite the contrary, He wants you to become the person you were meant to be! The Gospel teaches what we must know, do, and BE to walk in the light of Christ.
Darkness fades as you walk in the light, it can not exist in the presence of light.
My Thoughts: This is a powerful message. For those who struggle with a certain (or even many) temptation or struggle (judging others, moral sin, etc. etc.,) the message is that the Lord is not tired of helping us or impatient with our struggles. I think that sometimes my own impatience with my struggles makes me imagine a God who is similarly impatient. But all we need to do is begin to walk in the light, and allow it to replace the darkness. How beautiful. Don’t allow your “trial” to be a struggle. Let the light come in and let the darkness leave.
“Our living hope is in Jesus Christ.” HE is the entrance to enlightenment. With Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Come to His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. Even after the darkest night, the Son will lead you to a brilliant dawn.
Elder Neil L. Anderson – Missionaries
I had the chance to attend a fireside in Vegas with Elder Anderson just a few months ago. He’s funny, kind of quirky, and a little goofy. Yet sincere and certainly a man called of God.
Miracles follow the disciples of Christ. <---- Reread that: Miracles. Follow. Disciples. Of. Christ. I'm a disciple of Christ, right? You are too? Well, there is no reason for us not to hope for, pray for, and believe in the miracles we are blessed to see. Believe it!! "(Elder ______ and I) are not the oldest of the returned missionaries sitting in the red chairs!" LOL (referencing the chairs the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve sit in during Conference.) 58 NEW MISSIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!! Wow!!! When I was out, there were like 330 missions. If that was still the number a few months ago when the age change was announced, that's like a 20% increase! WOWza. As the Lord is inspiring more missionaries to serve, He is also preparing more people to receive the message of the Gospel!
Returned missionaries: Find your old nametag and put it where you can see it!! Members: Paint a missionary nametag on your heart!
Many have hearts seeking for the truth, but they don’t know where to find it! In our everyday conversations we can help add knowledge and allow others’ faith in Christ to grow.
When the Savior invited Andrew to “Come, and see” where He lives, He was also inviting Andrew to see how He lived. Invite others, and allow them to see how we live. We don’t need to worry about whether now is the right time for someone else, and we don’t need to let a declined invitation weaken our bonds of friendship or the love we feel for someone else.
Social networks, Church websites, and even personal blogs are a fantastic way to share your beliefs. Let sharing your faith online become a bigger part of your daily life. (This doesn’t mean to freak out and post a 600 word testimony as your Facebook status for the first time ever, ending with the phrase “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” Maybe, as you are thinking about Gospel principles from this point forward, don’t be afraid to share them. Y’know? These are my thoughts, not necessarily Elder Anderson’s. At least not his explicit thoughts.)
Sister Rosemary Wixom – Children
Influencing and teaching children is one of the greatest responsibilities in the world! (I was saying this yesterday in the…afternoon? session. No, morning session. Either way, I SOOOO agree with this. We were all kids once, and each of us was shaped forever by the instruction, confidence, and loving support we received as children. Presidents, policemen, CEOs and corporate bankers were all once children. Boom.)
Our efforts are magnified when we listen to the voice of the Holy Ghost.
Unfortunately, all the voices and busy-ness of the world sometimes make it difficult for children to hear voices of encouragement. Maybe we should choose a time that we can disconnect from our devices and reconnect to our families
These things are important: Temple marriage, mission, college. Press forward. What words would you write to children if you could only say 25 words or less?
Stop and listen. A child is most able to share their thoughts with us when we do. <----love it!
Elder L. Whitney Clayton – Marriage
In the most successful of marriages, a husband and a wife regard their shared love as a pearl beyond price. The leave families to form a life together. They regard their marriage as truly priceless
Couples with a priceless marriage rely on faith. They pay tithes, they keep the commandments (all of them, not just the ones they pick and choose, as though the commandments of God were a buffet.)
Repentance is the third thing that successful couples share. Humility tells us that we cannot change another person, but we can become better ourselves and seek to better help help and love our spouse.
Priceless marriages are built upon respect. Their marriages are based on COOPERATION, not NEGOTIATION! Their decisions are made unanimously. They share all information, they do not have secrets from one another, they are FIERCELY loyal to one another. They have no hidden actions on social networks or offline. They retire to bed together.
Priceless marriages are built on love. They leave behind their “single life,” and cleave unto one another. They love each other with complete devotion.
Blessings come to those who follow the pattern of life that leads to happy, healthy marriages. “Marriage is a gift from us to God, the quality of our marriages is a gift from us to Him!” <----- LOVE THIS!!!!!!
Elder L. Tom Perry – Liberty
Obedience to law is liberty! The gift of agency is the greatest gift from God to man, beyond the gift of life itself!
“FREE AGENCY” USAGE ALERT: President Harold B. Lee used the phrase “free” agency!!! Oh, man. I just ranted about this in one of yesterday’s posts! (The rant stated that “Moral Agency” is what we, as Latter-day Saints discuss. “Free Agency” is the reason LeBron left Cleveland. But now we have a direct quote from President Lee using the phrase “Free Agency!” Oh, man. My whole life is upside down at this point.)
We are disregarding too many of the Ten Commandments. We use the Sabbath Day for recreation and sporting events, we forsake chastity and use sexual relations outside of marriage, we covet what others have openly and shamelessly.
Men and women receive their agency from God, they receive their liberty-their eternal happiness and freedom-from keeping the commandments of God
May we in these latter days be a beacon to the world. (Let your light so shine!!)
Ahhhh, love this hymn…(“Where love is”)
President Thomas S. Monson – Obedience
I just kind of want to sit back and let this talk wash over me…I love the sound/tone/inflections/drag of President Monson’s voice. I’m very seriously debating right now whether I want to continue taking notes or just sit back and enjoy this. I think I’m going to sit back and enjoy it. I’ll be perking up and taking notes, though, if I hear a good one-liner, etc.
BTW, now would be a great time to mention that after this session (for those in Utah) you can see an interview with my friend Stephen Pinnock and his cousin Josh, best friends since birth who were called to the same mission on the same day, leaving together in July! If you haven’t seen the Youtube video, check it out right here. It has over 85,000 views and 100+ comments! Insane. Wow. It’s incredible. And I missed it by just a few hours…bumma.
President Monson is recounting a story of deciding to burn a pile of leaves in order to get rid of it. He says, “We’d been warned about the dangers of fire, but I knew where my family kept our matches.” LOL This is a pretty good example…we think we can push the limits just a little bit, and soon find that a fire has taken off! As President Monson said, “The leaves caught on fire as if they’d been drenched in gasoline…it soon became apparent that the fire was not going to somehow put itself out.”
President Monson’s stories and the way he tells them simply make me want to be a better person. I remember the stories, I remember how I felt listening to them, but rarely do I really remember the exact message he was trying to give by telling the stories. I’ve caught on to this being about obedience
One message that I’m getting a lot from the first three general sessions of this April’s General Conference is the message of God being a patient God who looks upon us as toddlers, obviously disposed to making continual mistakes. His love for us only increases with each stumble and He patiently waits for us to continue moving toward Him. Our patience with ourselves should match!
Such a great Conference thus far. I particularly loved the talk by Elder Clayton on marriage. Awesome. Awesome, awesome. What have your favorites been?