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Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Monday, April 19, 2010

Some Conference Thoughts . . .

LDS General Conference Moments

Some of my favorite moments . . .

I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you!

We know that we live in challenging times. The adversary is very cunning and he knows the important influence that women have in our homes and with our families. If he can wrap his chains of discouragement and fear around us he is so very happy. Each of us deal with many varied and unique challenges such as -

  • Unemployment
  • Death
  • Chronic pain
  • Pornography
  • Disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Depression
  • Unhappy Marriages
  • Suicide
  • Eating Disorders
  • Abuse
  • Cancer
  • Divorce
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Mental Illness
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Homosexuality
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Child Abuse
  • Bankruptcy
  • Inactivity
  • Drug Abuse
  • Infidelity
  • Immorality
  • Prison / Jail
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Wayward Children
  • Caring for the Elderly

If you are normal you are probably dealing with multiple challenges on this list. We look around us and think that behind our neighbors doors "all is well". But we all have trials and challenges to overcome - it is called "life" and is an important part of gaining experience here in our mortal lives. But Satan, the adversary would like us to believe that we can't overcome these challenges, that life is too hard, I can't be a woman of faith and "stand strong and immovable". He uses his tools of fear and discouragement to bring us down and to influence us in our thoughts and actions.

During our recent General Conference, as mothers (and fathers) we received a

"Call to Action"

to save our children and to strengthen our homes.

We also received the counsel telling us how to do this.

Here is some of the direct counsel we just recently received that can assist up to accomplish those things we were directed to do. I hope that as we study these new conference talks and messages from our prophets in the months ahead, we can use them to save our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and strengthen our homes and families.

Holland "Above all, start by separating yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you."

Foster "My mother assured me that if I stayed on the road of truth, even when it seemed hot and dusty, even when there were distractions, the end would be better than the beginning. I will be eternally grateful that Mother told me.

Anderson " I promise you that as you speak of Jesus Christ, you will feel the power of heaven blessing you. AND "If a child is not listening, don’t despair. Time and truth are on your side. At the right moment, your words will return as if from heaven itself. Your testimony will never leave your children."

Uchtdorf "Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope.

As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit."

Scott "Jesus administers the balance between justice and mercy conditioned upon our obedience to His gospel."

Cook "the significance of spiritually going to the higher ground, living a better life, and clinging to saving ordinances was abundantly clear. The Savior’s example and life teach us to spiritually avoid the low pathway, where the things of this world dominate."

Lant "First, we must love the Lord with all our hearts, and we must love our children. Second, we must become a worthy example to them by continually seeking the Lord and striving to live the gospel. Third, we must teach our children the gospel and how to live its teachings. "

Monson "Over the years I have heard and read testimonies too numerous to count, shared with me by individuals who testify of the reality of the Resurrection and who have received, in their hours of greatest need, the peace and comfort promised by the Savior."

Hallstrom "In the most difficult circumstances of life, there is often only one source of peace. The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, extends His grace with the invitation “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”

It is how we respond to our challenges that makes all the difference. Giving up is not an option and we must remember to turn to our Savior quickly, where we can find the only true source of peace.


tammy said...

I loved this conference. And wow, how many talks focused on what we need to be teaching our children and how we need to be strengthening them? Makes me wonder what's in store for them.

blueviolet said...

I'm not LDS, but I still can see what you're saying here and turning to our Savior is the answer!

Sue said...

I can't wait till the Ensign comes out with all these talks so I can get at them with my highlighter. I always find something new when I actually read the talks. Of course, I wouldn't want to miss the visual presentation of them either, because that's when I can feel of the speakers' spirits most strongly.

It was a great and memorable conference, and an always-needed reminder of where to turn in every one of the struggles you listed.


Victoria said...

I had kind of a unique experience conference weekend, where we were watching conference, but with constant distraction that couldn't be avoided. But I have been absolutely loving watching a talk or two a day as a podcast on my iPhone. The LDS church has embraced technology, and I am so, so happy about it!!! My favorite (so far) is Pres. Uchtdorf's Sunday a.m. talk.

Momza said...

This was a conference from which many many talks will be recalled and referred to for years and years to come.
So much straight-forward inspiration!
I loved it.

Mayhem and Moxie said...

I have to agree with Blue Violet. Although I am not of the LDS faith, I can definitely see the power behind this message. It is something that everyone should listen to.

Great post!

Pedaling said...

thanks for sharing your notes.
i think much of this conference was focused on preserving our families and relationships.
i think i can take just the notes here, that you shared and form my next rs lesson around it!

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