This weekend I had the great experience of listening to my church’s General Conference where the prophet and other leadership speak words of wisdom and counsel to all of us. The interesting thing about this weekend is there wasn’t one stand out talk.
They all were great and impacted me. It all made me want to be a better person and strengthened my faith. I am so excited to dive into them for the next 6 months and make them part of my life.
In the last 2 years I became more involved in the Church’s twitter movement known as #twitterstake. This isn’t officially part of the church but they have embraced social networking and have established #ldsconf as the General Conference hashtag as well as tags for every speaker.
Older members may be surprised by the embrace of such social media and wonder if it distracts viewers to be on twitter at the same time they are listening to the prophet and apostles? If I had not participated myself I might wonder the same thing.
In fact, it is the reverse. For a multisensory learner like myself being able to interact with a community of worldwide saints while watching General Conference only adds to my understanding and faith.
Not only do other viewers pick up on talk aspects that I don’t, but I am also using reading, writing, listening and viewing to process ideas instead of merely viewing. I can’t understate how much it has helped me to get the most out of General Conference since I started in 2012.
It has also helped me to feel a part of a worldwide movement. To literally bare my testimony to others all around the world. I have made friends that are truly cherished, some that I have met and others that I communicate with frequently.
One of my twitter friends @Stan_Way described it well:
Indeed, who reading my blog or tweet will become a lasting friend? What a great world we live in. Never any other time in the history of the world could a single woman have such a voice. It’s just wonderful.
For some reason this conference everyone was making cinnamon rolls on twitter. After about the 300th tweet I broke down and made my own. I’m not the hugest baker in the world, but I have a recipe for ‘Speedy Rolls’ in my cookbook (see post for more on the cookbook) for many years. For all of you that aren’t bakers it is the easiest recipe. Fail proof!
It can also be used as cinnamon rolls and works great.
Speedy Rolls/Cinnamon Rolls
Place in mixing bowl and let disolve
2 cups warm water
2 tbsp yeast (2 packages)
1/3 cup sugar
Add and beat for 2 minutes
1 tbsp salt
2 cups flour
Add and beat for 1 minute
1/3 cup melted shortening or butter
Gradually add until dough forms
4 1/2 cups flour
Let stand for 20 minutes. Then shape and let rise for another 20 minutes.
Put lots of cooking spray on the pan.
Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes depending on size. Until godlen brown
If making cinnamon rolls using rolling pin to make dough about 1/4 inch thick. Then spread cinnamon, sugar, butter and brown sugar very liberally. Roll up into one large log then cut into 1 inch slices.
Let rise and it took me around 25 minutes to cook because they are so big.
Top with glaze made from butter, powdered sugar and a little milk.
The cinnamon rolls also gave me an excuse to meet my neighbors. Win-win!