Another General Conference has come and gone and what a spectacular one it was! Each 2 hour block seemed to zoom by as if it was only 30 minutes in reality! We are living in great days with living apostles and prophets on the earth, led by God and they are truly His mouthpiece and His prophets.
General Conference is our favorite holiday of the year! We look forward to the special treats and food we make, we get out our conference journals, and nuzzle down on our favorite spot on the couch and get ready for the best spiritual feast this world has to offer us!
I'm impressed that even our youngest children LOVE conference, take notes, and can sit for all the sessions. I remember being their age and NOT sitting so well, or paying very good attention to conference. The main thing I would glean from conference was the color of the choir dresses. These kids are amazing and their focus is truly remarkable. It reminds me how the children of the latter-days are stronger, more spiritual, more faithful, and know who they are more than any generation ever has.
During our Monday Night Family Night, we discuss what talk was our favorite and share our favorite insights. Our children are so anxious to share their favorite parts we have to play a little bit of referee so everyone gets their equal and full time to share. I loved how our 16 year old, truly wrote strong, deep, meaningful notes. Conference is the best!!
The talks were all so great, and each one touched on a different part of my faith and testimony that needed strengthening, reminding, comforting. The one talk however, that I've already been applying is President Russell M. Nelson's talk on Joy and Spiritual Survival.
"When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives."
We can have joy even on the most miserable of trials! I loved his reference to the Savior that while suffering through the Atonement and while on the cross, He focused on joy: how the Atonement would give so much joy to all of Heavenly Father's children through the cleansing side of the atonement, the healing, and eternal life. As He focused on the joy, He was able to fulfill His mission to be our Savior."How, then, can we claim that joy? We can start by “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”in every thought.”We can give thanks for Him in our prayers and by keeping covenants we’ve made with Him and our Heavenly Father. As our Savior becomes more and more real to us and as we plead for His joy to be given to us, our joy will increase."
A wonderful talk! I can't wait to go back and study and re-listen to all of them.