Overtime this blog has become a little more professional, even if just in the sense that things are planned, scheduled, and often done ahead of time. I still reserve the right to sit down, write, and hit the publish button without reading through it, putting it on a calendar, or thinking about it beforehand. And so tonight:
Ben’s gone at priesthood session and I am left here feeling so inspired and motivated to be better. Leading up to the second session of conference I was so down. I was starving (the majority contributor to any bad mood) and I’ve neglected grocery shopping. The result was that as I cooked to the beautiful music of the choir, and ate those pepperjack and nutella (separately) filled crepes to the words of the apostles, the combination of physical and spiritual nourishment was so particularly what I needed.
A few thoughts from the afternoon:
+“Oh how we need General Conference!” The words of the prophet rang true. I am in such desperate need of guidance and nourishment and I am so grateful for a God who speaks through modern apostles and prophets to the particular needs of His people today. It is amazing to me that regardless of whats on my heart, these speakers, thousands of miles, answer my questions. And then I am reminded that He knows my heart, and He is speaking through them.
+“Why would anyone want to join that church.” I loved the talk by President Uchtdorf which he began by relaying a conversation between an older LDS couple and their new friend. The man inquired what they expected of their members. Upon hearing the exhaustive list, he asked if they paid the members to do this work. Upon hearing that members did all of this (and much more) voluntarily, he innocently asked, “why would anyone want to join such a church?” President Uchtdorf spent the rest of his time outlining what I have come to know through 14 years of membership in this church. This church was restored in this latter day by Jesus Christ himself and in it lies the authority to act in His name, to baptize for the remission of sins, to confer the gift of the holy ghost and to seal on earth and in heaven. I can feel His power in my life as I make covenants and can sense His presence when I enter the temple. I grow closer to my Savior, whom I love, as I follow the words of the prophets and search the scriptures. Why would anyone want to be a Mormon? Because it is God’s church, and through it we grow closer to Christ as we try and become like Him by living His gospel. In the process, we find incomparable joy.
President Uchtdorf, you did it again, and not because you delivered the message in your fabulous accent.
+How wonderful it is to be a woman in this church! I listened intently, tears in my eyes, as Elder Christofferson admonished me to “cultivate my innate moral power” and reminded me that “there is no higher good than motherhood, fatherhood, and family.” I am so grateful for a religion that celebrates the inherent differences between men and women instead of trying to erase them. I am thankful to be apart of a community that makes me feel valued, needed, and empowered as a woman and as an individual. I love church leaders who channel the Savior and my Father in Heaven in expressing their appreciation for strong women who know who they are, why they are here, and where they are going.
“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.”
And to think – that was just Saturday’s meetings. I can’t wait for tomorrow.(noon and 4pm eastern time if you’re interested )