Monday, April 7, 2014
This past weekend was General Conference which is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.
Hearing the words of prophets and apostles is always something I look forward to. There were plenty of warnings about what lies ahead. Elder Neil L. Andersen said, "The world will not glide calmly toward the second coming." But then he went on to remind us that the challenges we face make us stronger and prepare us for the future.
Several spoke about the wonders of the internet and the many wonderful things it makes available to us, but the warnings about the misuse of this tool were a prevalent theme. I love this quote by Randall L. Ridd and hope my kids will always remember it:
We were challenged to defend our beliefs, to be kind and considerate to those who don't believe as we do, to repent early and often, to let our faith show, to share the gospel, and to be grateful. We should do the best we can with the time we've been given, demonstrate love and kindness at every opportunity, develop a strong testimony of the Savior and his atonement, and trust in Him.
I could just feel the love our leaders have for us in every word they spoke. My only regret is that it all went by too fast. It felt like someone pushed the fast forward button on Saturday morning. As I listened to the final session of conference on Sunday afternoon I could hardly believe it was over already. But I've been left with plenty to ponder and apply. I've got my work cut out for me over the next six months!