I wish I had my notes and camera but I am on an exchange so you’ll have to wait until next week. (:
General Conference was yesterday and the day before and it was so amazing! It was such an uplift to my spirits. We listened to it in English with headphones in the middle of the congregation. It’s cool because here everyone has to come to the stake center so Conference is like a big family reunion for two days. And Sister Westover even brought crepes! It was nice being reunited with my whole MTC group for the first time.
I’m taking the ponderizing scriptures challenge (maybe for the next 20 months, not years though :P) and this week my scripture is Moroni 7:45. My super wise Sister Training Leader said that we need to learn to have charity not only for other people but for ourselves, which I had never really thought of before. That’s something that was definitely confirmed watching Conference—they talked a lot about seeing through Heavenly Father’s eyes and I know we forget to see ourselves that way often…
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
I definitely extend the challenge to each of you to find a scripture that helps uplift you and think of it every time your week is hard…that’s so essential for missionaries and everyone!!!
President Uchtdorf—Don’t overcomplicate the beautiful lily of the Gospel. The gospel really is wonderful because it’s so simple. I never understood that until I taught it the first time. We’ve been given such clear direction and it’s such a blessing.
Elder Maynes—the story about clay. I love analogies because they really help me remember when I’m having a rough time. I know if we feel like we’re spinning out of control the most important thing we can do is get on our knees and seek the spiritual peace from Christ. Why is it so easy to forget and keep stressing ourselves out? For me having pictures of Christ in my house help me remember to focus on Him.
Elder Hales—talked about having a “personal council meeting.” I love that he gave us permission to talk to ourselves haha. I definitely do this when I’m having a hard time and it’s nice to just interview yourself and figure out what we can improve.
Everything Elder Holland said was amazing. I cried so much. I love you mommy!!!!! You’re definitely an example of this Christlike love :)
Elder Schwitzer—the piano analogy was amazing (and a good lesson about how to improve teaching too!)
I loved Elder Haynie’s talk about the Atonement—it leaves no tracks! I know that’s true! We’re so blessed to know about the Atonement and we should desire to share such a wonderful blessing with others!
I really just loved every talk though! I can’t wait until we get our Liahonas…
Speaking of which, I’ve been reading the Friend section in Mongolian and it’s so much fun. They’re pretty good stories, too :)
I love you all and I hope you enjoyed Conference!!!