I adore General Conference, dear reader. How could I not? For two whole days, although peppered with crazy kids, messes, and many distractions, I find myself filled with the Holy Ghost and overcome with love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It simply rocks.
Now this weekend, especially, has given me more hope and a desire to do better than I ever thought possible. Each talk was for me, dear reader! Sometimes there are one or two talks that touch me and sometimes prick guilt --but this time? I was inspired by everything that was said. I can't think of any talk in which I tuned out or thought "huh --I don't need this." I needed it all, and I'm still overcome with emotion at how beautiful it was to hear everything I needed to hear. It's almost as if I gave them the topics myself and asked them the questions, which they answered willingly!
But for my own remembrance (and before the May Ensign comes out --I can't wait!), here are some talks that hit me the hardest (and may have induced the most tears --happy and sad. What can I say? I'm a bit hormonal right now...):
Elder Hales: What hit me the most was how he spoke about debt and the idea that "I love you" doesn't mean as much as "We don't need it". Loved this talk! And needed it...
Elder Ballard: "You can't text-message faith" (I could go on and on about this one --and I probably will in the future, because it's so good for all of us technological addicts!)
Elder Snow: Change --this one was wonderful.
President Uchtdorf: Do not be Spectator Disciples!
Elder Cook: "It is equally important that we be kind to members of our own faith, regardless of their level of commitment or activity. The Savior has made it clear that we are not to judge each other....our obligation is to love and teach and never give up..." (probably not word for word, so my apologies if it's not)
Elder Holland: The most moving description of Christ's ultimate sacrifice I have ever heard. Ever. In fact, I don't think I ever truly understood the Atonement until this very moment.
President Monson: Could I have bawled any louder? My kids were worried about me, but how could I not be so emotional when he described my worst nightmare? And to think it was supposed to be about good cheer...! And it was --really. In the end, I couldn't help but think: If a woman, in such despair and agony, could turn to God and rejoice and be happy, then why can't I, who have everything I've ever wanted or needed?
Elder Oaks: Sacrifice. Oh, how this one touched me. Sacrifice as a mother, as a steward, as a disciple of Christ... And with his words came the answer to one of my most current pleading prayers...
Elder Stevenson: Is my home like the Temple? Is it a place of peace and refuge?
Give me your thoughts: do you love General Conference? Why? Which talks were "for" you? Which ones touched your hearts and gave you hope? What made you want to improve? And wasn't the music gorgeous?