Wednesday, November 14, 2012

General Conference

***K, so I definitely started composing this back in October and never figured out how to talk about it in the right way. I'm now deciding to just post it as is and let it be so at least it gets posted.***

In case you didn't know, I'm Mormon.
To find out more about my church, check out Mormon.org.

The Church of Jesus Christ is the restored version of Christ's ancient church, meaning that it is led by a living prophet and 12 living apostles. Every 6 months they do a 2 day conference which is broadcast all over the world where they and other members of the church give spiritual guidance, counsel and advice to the church members and anyone else who wants to listen. The conference "sessions" are two hours long and there are two of them on Saturday and two on Sunday, making a total of 8 hours of preaching. There is also a special Priesthood broadcast just for the men-folk (Not something I actually ever say in real life...) on Saturday evening that last another two hours.

It's a lot.

Growing up my parents always enforced us watching conference. We had to sit in front of the TV for every session and we were allowed to take notes OR draw pictures of the speakers.

Let me clarify:
This is not a visually entertaining experience. Most of the time the screen looks something like this:
Sometimes it gets really crazy and gives you a different angle. 
So although the talks are really good, it can get tiresome sitting and listening for all of those hours. However, in Utah conference is also transmitted over several radio stations. You can also listen online at lds.org.

This year Steven and I decided to stay home in our own apartment and just play conference over the radio. 

I can honestly say this was the year that I got the most out of conference. Because I didn't have to sit on the couch for what seems like endless hours, I didn't "zone out" at all! Instead I was able to do the dishes, clean the house and get a lot done, all while being inspired by the spoken word being broadcast all over our apartment. Since my hands were always otherwise occupied, my brain was free to just soak it all in.

Some favorite messages of this years conference were:
Elder Oaks:
There were so many moments in this talk that I was like, "Yes!! Yes yes yes!!" Such an important talk, and so clearly spoken. His candid message about protecting the children of the world touches on KONY, pornography, prostitution, abortion, adoption, politics, homosexuality, marriage and bullying. Pretty sure of all the conference talks this was the one that had the biggest impact and answered the most prayers for me.
I love children. I care for children on a weekly+ basis. I have been a nanny caring for others children full time. This talk touched my heart and just made me want to do more for the children I come in contact with, and again solidified my desire to give my future children the best life possible.

Favorite quotes (sorry, had a ton!):
"In every nation of every nationality and creed, all children are children of God."
"We are all under the Savior's command to love and care for each other."
"Parents or other care-givers or teachers or peers who demain, bully or humiliate children or youth can inflict harm more permanent than physical injury. Making a child feel worthless, unloved or unwanted can inflict serious and long-lasting injury on their development."
"Young people struggling with...same gender attraction, need loving understanding and not bullying or ostracism." ***THANK YOU!!!***
"The most powerful teaching of children is by the example of their parents. Divorcing parents inevitably teach a negative lesson." ***LOVED THIS***
"...None should resist the plea that we unite to increase our concern for children. We are speaking of the children of God, and with his help we can do more to help them."

Elder Holland:



Elder Uchtdorf
I won't give you too many details about my other two favorite talks, but if you want to listen to them they have amazing advice for life. These words are applicable to everyone, of every faith, gender and age.
I am glad to be part of a church with living Apostles and a modern Prophet to guide it. :) Woot! 

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