My Goal: To read a talk a day from the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and blog about it.

I know this will help me but I also hope you will join me in my journey. The principles taught at Conference are true principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will bring you everlasting happiness.

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Read it and then feel free to share your favorite quote and why.
Let's learn together!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

YW conference 2011

-this is unedited

We Believe

Ann M. Dibb -2nd counselor
13th article of faith
Guide for righteous Christian living -honest,true,chaste....
Inspired by admonition of Paipul (Philipians)

      Complete honesty necessary fornour salvation
       *is there any difference between honesty regarding $1or $1000
       *we must be honest with ourselves
        *  When we are honest we are able to have companionship of Holy Ghost
       *   When we are tempted to be dishonest we may think no one will ever no by pit our Heavenly Father knows

2nd. TRUE

        *   be true - laws are not for the moments when there is no temptations
        *   being true to ourselves isn't popular or fun

Mary N.Cook - 1st counselor

         - BENEVOLENT- to wish someone well
         - be kind
         - Centering lives on Jesus Christ will help us to develop this trait
         -parable ofngood samaraton. Teaches that we should love all. Luke
          -  we build unity by being kind to others
          -  we can follow example of Good Samaratin - Do ONE samaratin type act this week -  we may need to stretch ourselves
         - expand goodness to manyt
          -  simple acts of charity bring color to long grey days
         -  kindness begins to me
         - be cheerful & considerate of others - be a peacemaker
         -  picture of Jesus and temple in lockers
Elaine S. Dalton - General YW Pres.
     -  strive to be worthy to make and keep sacred covenants
     -   walk paths of virtue & cleave unto covenants
   :-)    Be a guardian of virtue

   Being virtuous is a requirement to stand in Saviors presence

       - there will be obstacles but keep going
       - your course is marked and has been walked by the Savior
        -  many will be your guard is and will call out cautions
       -   Temple walk

In order to stay on the path YOU must guard your virtue and those around you

- You can make a difference
- make a list of things that you will always do and a list of things you will never do

Make decisions in advance

live your list!!

You are aguardianof something more precious than rubies

Mothers - you are your daughters best example of modesty and virtue

Pioneers endured many things and so can we

YW you are NOT alone

Remember that we do not run alone in this great race of life - Pres. monson

Pres. Eyring-1st counselor

Believe you are a bright hope of the future

- through your choices he will be able to bless countless others

Savior-Come follow me

-  path to happiness lies within his kingdom
-  we all felt different things tonight
- Pres. Young -saw need to organize young women
Be transmitters of the Light of Christ

Holy Ghost the only way we can know for ourselves

13th article of Faith are attributes of Christ
-testimony will come to you in pieces

Alma 32 -

- were taught to begin our quest for testimony with a particle of faith and a desire for it to grow

It must be nurtured or it will wither

The greatest of God's gifts is eternal lives

Faith has become certain knowledge for Pres. Eyring

There is danger in neglecting prayer
There is danger in casual reading of scriptures and neglecting studying them.  Feast on word of God

You will not have desire granted for a living testimony if not nourishing it

Each time you strive to live more like the Savior you strengthen your testimony

You will be light to the world as you share your testimony with others

Monday, October 11, 2010

As We Meet Together Again

by President Thomas S. Monson
Saturday Morning October 2010

I love listening to the Prophet.  He is so inspiring and loving.  It seems that he has been very emotional the last few times I've listened to him.  Has anyone else noticed?

He announced 5 new temples!! 

"We continue to build temples. This morning I am pleased to announce five additional temples for which sites are being acquired and which, in coming months and years, will be built in the following locations: Lisbon, Portugal; Indianapolis, Indiana; Urdaneta, Philippines; Hartford, Connecticut; and Tijuana, Mexico.

The ordinances performed in our temples are vital to our salvation and to the salvation of our deceased loved ones. May we continue faithful in attending the temples, which are being built closer and closer to our members."

However the main message the Prophet brought was about missionary work. I had a nephew return home from his mission the Saturday evening of Conference so this was especially meaningful.

"First, to young men of the Aaronic Priesthood and to you young men who are becoming elders: I repeat what prophets have long taught—that every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much. Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary. Keep yourselves clean and pure and worthy to represent the Lord. Maintain your health and strength. Study the scriptures. Where such is available, participate in seminary or institute. Familiarize yourself with the missionary handbook Preach My Gospel."

He also welcomed any sisters that would like to serve missions although it is not a Priesthood responsibility as it is with the men.

"And now to you mature brothers and sisters: we need many, many more senior couples. To the faithful couples now serving or who have served in the past, we thank you for your faith and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. You serve willingly and well and accomplish great good.

To those of you who are not yet to the season of life when you might serve a couples mission, I urge you to prepare now for the day when you and your spouse might do so. As your circumstances allow, as you are eligible for retirement, and as your health permits, make yourselves available to leave home and give full-time missionary service. There are few times in your lives when you will enjoy the sweet spirit and satisfaction that come from giving full-time service together in the work of the Master."

I did not serve a full-time mission but it has been a goal of mine and my husband. I am so thankful to those that sacrifice to serve the Lord.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Courageous Parenting

by Elder Larry R. Lawrence
Of the Seventy
Sunday Afternoon Session

I LOVE General Conference!  I was so excited when my in-laws made a last minute visit on Conference weekend and brought tickets to a few sessions with them.  I was not in the Conference Center for this talk but because I was in Salt Lake for the morning session (we had to leave really early) I have to admit I fell asleep during parts of the afternoon session and missed most of this talk.

After conference my sister and others told me that I would LOVE this talk so I had to read what I'd missed.


“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid” (Joshua 1:9).

"Imagine for a moment that your daughter was sitting on the railroad tracks and you heard the train whistle blowing. Would you warn her to get off the tracks? Or would you hesitate, worried that she might think you were being overprotective? If she ignored your warning, would you quickly move her to a safe place? Of course you would! Your love for your daughter would override all other considerations. You would value her life more than her temporary goodwill.

Challenges and temptations are coming at our teenagers with the speed and power of a freight train. As we are reminded in the family proclamation, parents are responsible for the protection of their children. That means spiritually as well as physically."

Sometimes parents have to take drastic measures to keep their children from getting derailed.  A member of our Bishopric was giving a combined Sunday School lesson about safe guarding our children.  A couple of his oldest children were choosing not to go on missions and then falling away so they made some drastic changes which affected the rest of their children in a positive way. As he said, "You have to invest the time and money to help our children have positive spiritual experiences."

"I am inspired every time I read these courageous words from Alma: “And now the Spirit of the Lord doth say unto me: Command thy children to do good . . . ; therefore I command you, my son, in the fear of God, that ye refrain from your iniquities” (Alma 39:12). This early intervention by his father became a turning point for Corianton. He repented and served faithfully thereafter (see Alma 42:31; 43:1–2).

Contrast Alma’s example with that of another father from the scriptures, Eli in the Old Testament. Eli served as the high priest in Israel during the childhood of Samuel the prophet. The scriptures explain that the Lord rebuked him severely “because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” (1 Samuel 3:13). Eli’s sons never did repent, and all of Israel suffered because of their folly. The story of Eli teaches us that parents who love their children cannot afford to be intimidated by them.

Several years ago at general conference, Elder Joe J. Christensen reminded us that “parenting is not a popularity contest.” In the same spirit, Elder Robert D. Hales has observed, “Sometimes we are afraid of our children—afraid to counsel with them for fear of offending them.”"

I got in a debate with someone a few years ago about what kind of things teenagers should be allowed to do or use. i.e. - cell phones, social websites
They were telling me that I just didn't understand because my kids weren't quite teenagers yet and that everyone does these things nowadays.  My argument was - "What ever happened to being different?"    When I was a teenager we knew that our rules were different than everyone else's because we had to make a stand.   I know that I don't have all of the answers or do things perfect, but if we listen to the Spirit, make our own decisions and not base them on what everyone else is letting their kids do we will be way ahead.

"Young people understand more than we realize because they too have the gift of the Holy Ghost. They are trying to recognize the Spirit when He speaks, and they are watching our example. From us they learn to pay attention to their promptings—that if they “don’t feel good about something,” it’s best not to pursue it."

I liked this. He had a feeling that he shouldn't let his son do something and he didn't have a good reason why just that he didn't feel good about it. He was honest and his son understood. The son had probably been having a similar nudging from the Spirit.

"It’s so important for husbands and wives to be united when making parenting decisions. If either parent doesn’t feel good about something, then permission should not be granted. If either feels uncomfortable about a movie, a television show, a video game, a party, a dress, a swimsuit, or an Internet activity, have the courage to support each other and say no."

In principle this is easy but it is often challenging to practice. It is however so important to be united as parents.

"Parents can prevent a lot of heartache by teaching their children to postpone romantic relationships until the time comes when they are ready for marriage. Prematurely pairing off with a boyfriend or girlfriend is dangerous. Becoming a “couple” creates emotional intimacy, which too often leads to physical intimacy. Satan knows this sequence and uses it to his advantage. He will do whatever he can to keep young men from serving missions and to prevent temple marriages.

It is vital that parents have the courage to speak up and intervene before Satan succeeds. President Boyd K. Packer has taught that “when morality is involved, we have both the right and the obligation to raise a warning voice.”"

Sometimes parents tend to re-live their teenage years through their kids and maybe this is why they push relationships in kids so much. It is dangerous and much better for kids to just date a lot of different people and not date anyone exclusively.

The next block is a lot of really good stuff so sorry that this is getting so long.

"I have always believed that nothing really good happens late at night and that young people need to know what time they are expected to come home.

There is a great deal of wisdom displayed when parents stay up and wait for their children to return home. Young men and women make far better choices when they know their parents are waiting up to hear about their evening and to kiss them good night.

May I express my personal warning about a practice that is common in many cultures. I am referring to sleepovers, or spending the night at the home of a friend. As a bishop I discovered that too many youth violated the Word of Wisdom or the law of chastity for the first time as part of a sleepover. Too often their first exposure to pornography and even their first encounter with the police occurred when they were spending the night away from home.

Peer pressure becomes more powerful when our children are away from our influence and when their defenses are weakened late at night. If you have ever felt uneasy about an overnight activity, don’t be afraid to respond to that warning voice inside. Always be prayerful when it comes to protecting your precious children.

Courageous parenting does not always involve saying no. Parents also need courage to say yes to the counsel of modern-day prophets. Our Church leaders have counseled us to establish righteous patterns in our homes. Consider five fundamental practices that have the power to fortify our youth: family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, family dinner together, and regular one-on-one interviews with each child.

It takes courage to gather children from whatever they’re doing and kneel together as a family. It takes courage to turn off the television and the computer and to guide your family through the pages of the scriptures every day. It takes courage to turn down other invitations on Monday night so that you can reserve that evening for your family. It takes courage and willpower to avoid overscheduling so that your family can be home for dinner."

Parenting is hard and we weren't given a guidebook but through scriptures, prayer, modern day Prophets and Apostles, and the Holy Ghost as our guide we have many useful tools to help us on our journey.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Now is the Time

by President Thomas S. Monson
Sunday Morning October 2001

I have a bad headache tonight so I'm just going to post the text for the entire talk.  I read this one last night and didn't get around to posting then either.

I read this one to remember what President Monson said about the September 11th attack.  Anyway, here it is.


As I stand before you this morning, my thoughts return to the time of my youth when in Sunday School we often sang the lovely hymn:
Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning;
Now we rest from ev'ry care.
Welcome, welcome, is thy dawning,
Holy Sabbath, day of prayer.1
This Sabbath day I pray for an interest in your faith and prayers as I respond to the invitation to address you.
All of us have been dramatically affected by the tragic events of that fateful day, September 11, 2001. Suddenly, without warning, devastating destruction left death in its wake and snuffed out the lives of enormous numbers of men, women, and children. Evaporated were well-laid plans for pleasant futures. Substituted, therefore, were tears of sorrow and cries of pain from wounded souls.
Countless are the reports we have heard during the past three and a half weeks of those who were touched in some way—either directly or indirectly—by the events of that day. I should like to share with you the comments of a Church member, Rebecca Sindar, who was on a flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas on the morning of Tuesday, September 11. The flight was interrupted, as were all flights in the air at the time of the tragedies, and the plane grounded in Amarillo, Texas. Sister Sindar reports: "We all left the plane and found televisions in the airport, where we crowded around to see the broadcast of what had happened. People were lined up to call loved ones to assure them we were safely on the ground. I shall always remember the 12 or so missionaries who were on their way to the mission field on our flight. They made phone calls, and then we saw them huddled in a circle in a corner of the airport, kneeling in prayer together. How I wish I could have captured that moment to share with the mothers and fathers of those sweet young men as they saw the need for prayer right away."
My brothers and sisters, death eventually comes to all mankind. It comes to the aged as they walk on faltering feet. Its summons is heard by those who have scarcely reached midway in life's journey, and often it hushes the laughter of little children. Death is one fact that no one can escape or deny.
Frequently death comes as an intruder. It is an enemy that suddenly appears in the midst of life's feast, putting out its lights and gaiety. Death lays its heavy hand upon those dear to us and at times leaves us baffled and wondering. In certain situations, as in great suffering and illness, death comes as an angel of mercy. But for the most part, we think of it as the enemy of human happiness.
The darkness of death can ever be dispelled by the light of revealed truth. "I am the resurrection, and the life," spoke the Master. "He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."2
This reassurance—yes, even holy confirmation—of life beyond the grave could well provide the peace promised by the Savior when He assured His disciples: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."3
Out of the darkness and the horror of Calvary came the voice of the Lamb, saying, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."4 And the dark was no longer dark, for He was with His Father. He had come from God, and to Him He had returned. So also those who walk with God in this earthly pilgrimage know from blessed experience that He will not abandon His children who trust in Him. In the night of death, His presence will be "better than [a] light and safer than a known way."5
Saul, on the road to Damascus, had a vision of the risen, exalted Christ. Later, as Paul, defender of truth and fearless missionary in the service of the Master, he bore witness of the risen Lord as he declared to the Saints at Corinth: "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
" . . .  He was buried, and  . . .  he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
" . . .  He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
"After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once . . .  .
"After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
"And last of all he was seen of me."6
In our dispensation this same testimony was spoken boldly by the Prophet Joseph Smith, as he and Sidney Rigdon testified:
"And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
"For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
"That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God."7
This is the knowledge that sustains. This is the truth that comforts. This is the assurance that guides those bowed down with grief out of the shadows and into the light. It is available to all.
How fragile life, how certain death. We do not know when we will be required to leave this mortal existence. And so I ask, "What are we doing with today?" If we live only for tomorrow, we'll have a lot of empty yesterdays today. Have we been guilty of declaring, "I've been thinking about making some course corrections in my life. I plan to take the first step—tomorrow"? With such thinking, tomorrow is forever. Such tomorrows rarely come unless we do something about them today. As the familiar hymn teaches:
There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, "Sometime I'll try,"
But go and do something today.8
Let us ask ourselves the questions: "Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?" What a formula for happiness! What a prescription for contentment, for inner peace—to have inspired gratitude in another human being.
Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There are souls to be saved.
As we remember that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God,"9 we will not find ourselves in the unenviable position of Jacob Marley's ghost, who spoke to Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens' immortal A Christmas Carol. Marley spoke sadly of opportunities lost. Said he: "Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunities misused! Yet such was I. Oh! such was I!"
Marley added: "Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!"10
Fortunately, as we know, Ebenezer Scrooge changed his life for the better. I love his line, "I am not the man I was."
Why is the story A Christmas Carol so popular? Why is it ever new? I personally feel it is inspired of God. It brings out the best within human nature. It gives hope. It motivates change. We can turn from the paths which would lead us down and, with a song in our hearts, follow a star and walk toward the light. We can quicken our step, bolster our courage, and bask in the sunlight of truth. We can hear more clearly the laughter of little children. We can dry the tear of the weeping. We can comfort the dying by sharing the promise of eternal life. If we lift one weary hand which hangs down, if we bring peace to one struggling soul, if we give as did the Master, we can—by showing the way—become a guiding star for some lost mariner.
Because life is fragile and death inevitable, we must make the most of each day.
There are many ways in which we can misuse our opportunities. Some time ago I read a tender story written by Louise Dickinson Rich which vividly illustrates this truth. She wrote: "My grandmother had an enemy named Mrs. Wilcox. Grandma and Mrs. Wilcox moved, as brides, into next-door houses on the main street of the tiny town in which they were to live out their lives. I don't know what started the war between them—and I don't think that by the time I came along, over thirty years later, they themselves remembered what started it. This was no polite sparring match; this was total war. . . .
"Nothing in town escaped repercussion. The 300-year-old church, which had lived through the Revolution, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, almost went down when Grandma and Mrs. Wilcox fought the Battle of the Ladies' Aid. Grandma won that engagement, but it was a hollow victory. Mrs. Wilcox, since she couldn't be president, resigned in a huff. What's the fun of running a thing if you can't force your enemy to eat crow? Mrs. Wilcox won the Battle of the Public Library by getting her niece, Gertrude, appointed librarian instead of Aunt Phyllis. The day Gertrude took over was the day Grandma stopped reading library books. They became 'filthy germy things' overnight. The Battle of the High School was a draw. The principal got a better job and left before Mrs. Wilcox succeeded in having him ousted or Grandma in having him given life tenure of office.
"When as children we visited my grandmother, part of the fun was making faces at Mrs. Wilcox's grandchildren. One banner day we put a snake into the Wilcox rain barrel. My grandmother made token protests, but we sensed tacit sympathy.
"Don't think for a minute that this was a one-sided campaign. Mrs. Wilcox had grandchildren, too. Grandma didn't get off scot free. Never a windy washday went by that the clothesline didn't mysteriously break, with the clothes falling in the dirt.
"I don't know how Grandma could have borne her troubles so long if it hadn't been for the household page of her daily Boston newspaper. This household page was a wonderful institution. Besides the usual cooking hints and cleaning advice, it had a department composed of letters from readers to each other. The idea was that if you had a problem—or even only some steam to blow off—you wrote a letter to the paper, signing some fancy name like Arbutus. That was Grandma's pen name. Then some of the other ladies who had the same problem wrote back and told you what they had done about it, signing themselves One Who Knows or Xanthippe or whatever.
"Very often, the problem disposed of, you kept on for years writing to each other through the column of the paper, telling each other about your children and your canning and your new dining-room suite. That's what happened to Grandma. She and a woman called Sea Gull corresponded for a quarter of a century. Sea Gull was Grandma's true friend.
"When I was about sixteen, Mrs. Wilcox died. In a small town, no matter how much you have hated your next-door neighbor, it is only common decency to run over and see what practical service you can do the bereaved. Grandma, neat in a percale apron to show that she meant what she said about being put to work, crossed the lawn to the Wilcox house, where the Wilcox daughters set her to cleaning the already-immaculate front parlor for the funeral. And there on the parlor table in the place of honor was a huge scrapbook; and in the scrapbook, pasted neatly in parallel columns were Grandma's letters to Sea Gull over the years and Sea Gull's letters to her. Though neither woman had known it, Grandma's worst enemy had been her [very] best friend. That was the only time I remember seeing my grandmother cry. I didn't know then exactly what she was crying about, but I do now. She was crying for all the wasted years which could never be salvaged."
My brothers and sisters, may we resolve from this day forward to fill our hearts with love. May we go the extra mile to include in our lives any who are lonely or downhearted or who are suffering in any way. May we "[cheer] up the sad and [make] someone feel glad."11 May we live so that when that final summons is heard, we may have no serious regrets, no unfinished business, but will be able to say with the Apostle Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."12 In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Living in the Fulness of Times

by President Gordon B. Hinckley
Saturday Morning October 2001

The full Relief Society talks aren't published yet so I thought I would take a walk down memory lane and pick an older talk.  I decided to read Pres. Hinkley's address the weeks following September 11, 2001  - - the day we shall never forget.  I wondered if re-reading this after 9 years my perspective would change.

After reading this talk it isn't the one that he specifically talks about the terrorist attacks so I'll post that in a minute but it is still great none the less.

I found it interesting that he chose this to open the conference ...
"This morning I can scarcely restrain my emotions as I think of what the Lord has done for us.

I do not know what we did in the preexistence to merit the wonderful blessings we enjoy. We have come to earth in this great season in the long history of mankind. It is a marvelous age, the best of all. As we reflect on the plodding course of mankind, from the time of our first parents, we cannot help feeling grateful."

The Prophet didn't dwell on the negative but looked at all the blessings we have been given. It is amazing to look at the technological advances of the past century especially from the perspective of those that lived it.

"There has been more of scientific discovery during these years than during all of the previous history of mankind. Transportation, communication, medicine, public hygiene, the unlocking of the atom, the miracle of the computer, with all of its ramifications, have blossomed forth, particularly in our own era. During my own lifetime, I have witnessed miracle after wondrous miracle come to pass. We take it for granted."

But he does mention that with all these blessings comes an increase of evil and he told us that the Prophecy of Joel had been fulfilled.

"The vision of Joel has been fulfilled wherein he declared:

"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

"And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

"And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call" (Joel 2:28–32)."

The Times in Which We Love
by President Gordon B. Hinckley
Sunday Morning October 2001

In this talk President Hinckley specifically addresses the terrorist attacks. He talks about the times ahead and the horrible realities of war.

"You are acutely aware of the events of September 11, less than a month ago. Out of that vicious and ugly attack we are plunged into a state of war. It is the first war of the 21st century. The last century has been described as the most war-torn in human history. Now we are off on another dangerous undertaking, the unfolding of which and the end thereof we do not know. For the first time since we became a nation, the United States has been seriously attacked on its mainland soil. But this was not an attack on the United States alone. It was an attack on men and nations of goodwill everywhere. It was well planned, boldly executed, and the results were disastrous. It is estimated that more than 5,000 innocent people died. Among these were many from other nations. It was cruel and cunning, an act of consummate evil."

All of us remember where we were that day and what we were doing. My husband had left early to the airport for a business trip. The first plane struck just before they were about to board. He called and told me I had to wake up and turn on the TV. I was still on the phone with him when the second plane hit and then watched as they mentioned the hits in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon. I, as did many others, spent the next week or more glued to the TV. I remember my 3 year old telling me that bad guys and flown and airplane into a building and how bad that was.

I looked forward with great anticipation to General Conference to hear the words and guidance of the Prophet. I listened, was lifted up and learned, but looking back at this talk there is something that I missed and I wish I had paid more attention.

"I do not know what the future holds. I do not wish to sound negative, but I wish to remind you of the warnings of scripture and the teachings of the prophets which we have had constantly before us.

I cannot forget the great lesson of Pharaoh's dream of the fat and lean kine and of the full and withered stalks of corn."

The terrorist attack was 9 years ago and the recession started roughly 2 years ago making it 7 years from the time this talk was given. He was a Prophet, so I don't know why this is so surprising to me. I don't know if surprising is the right word but a testimony that he was a Prophet.

He also mentioned ...

"I cannot dismiss from my mind the grim warnings of the Lord as set forth in the 24th chapter of Matthew."

Matthew 24 talks about the Great Calamities preceding the Second Coming.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Women's Conference

Tonight was Women's Conference!  It was so wonderful.  My sister was able to get a few tickets, so she, my mom, and I were able to attend.  For now I'm just going to post my notes which may not be very coherent but will go through the talks one by one one they are posted on the Web. 

Sister Beck
* plan of salvation dependent upon our faithfulness
* signs of great struggle everywhere
* myth that we are less important than men & we are sweet but don't know mush
BofM - all is well in Zion. 2Ne??
Growing view of entiltement - if we aren't careful we will be as the scriptures say - silly women
Day of warning not of many words
Relief Society to help women & clarifies our work & a compass & guide to teach truth
What would God have us do?
Sister should know & learn of history of Relief Society
-one is being created & ready for use next year
-Lord's purpose of Relief Society was NOT meant for a sleepy mtg onSunday
We study our history to know who we are
July 1830 revelation to Emma
Teaches us Heavenly Father knowa & love daughters
Elevates women
Have special purpose
How to prepare for blessings of Eternal Life
Progress toward blessing of Temple
We study our history b/c it helps us change
As we move the work forward history is continually being written

Sister Sylvia Allred
1. Be prayerful
2. Study scriptures
3. Be obedient
4. Service

Sister Thompson
Christ moved w/ compassion on the people
Compassion means to have love & mercy on another
Savior has asked us to be like him VT
VT gives women opportunity to love & serve one another
1.  Blessings you bring to others
     Assist Bishop in watching over Ward
Beauty is not to see 100% on report
VT is never done
Increase in unity & love
At times most important thing is to just listen
2.  Blessings you receive b/c you VT
*know & become friends w/ those we wouldn't otherwise know
*Lifted & blessed
It may take longer to get to know some sisters

Pres. Monson
Man of memories
•never home on Christmas b/c visiting widows
•one time 3 in one day (funerals of widows)
•young couple - watched neighbor hang laundry & Lisa said they don't know how to clean
-one day clean laundry & husband had cleaned window
Are we looking thru window that needs cleanin?  Are we judging w/o knowing all the facts
None of us are perfect
We have tendency to point out others weaknesses
•47 yrs ago called to 12 apostles
Someone asked Sis. Monson to sit w/ board not knowing Pres, Monson was about to be newest apostle
• Appearances can be so deceiving. Judge not b/c of appearances
•  photo doesn't reflect who we really are
•  each of us unique we are all different - do these difference tempt us to judge one another
Savior love one another
•Can we love one another if we judge?  No we cannot
•Charity never faileth
•Charity is pure love of Christ - opposite of critism & judgement
• Serious need for charity to those that are unnoticed
•true charity is love in action
•resist impulse to be offended easily
•look beyond phyisical appearance
•Come sit by us
•All of us wear the mantle of Charity
•life is perfect for none of us!
•highest, noblest, strongest kind of love