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General Conference, Easter and Complacency

This is more a post for my Mormon readers.  Thanks.

What a marvelous weekend I just experienced.  It’s not that often when LDS General Conference and Easter line up but it happened this year.  This adds a special spirit to the  meeting beyond what is normally felt.  A special focus on Christ and his teachings that I was very moved by.

It was a low key Easter/Conference weekend for me. I had to get some work done for projects this week.  (Very stressful week at work because my supervisor is quitting on Thursday!).

But I started out the day making waffles and having a yummy brunch all to myself.

brunchMy cousin  Danielle and her husband Cory then came over for dinner Sunday night which was a lot of fun.  They are two of my favorite people and I love spending time with them.  I made split pea soup out of ham I had served last time they had come to visit.   This is the soup before it was cooked.  I added real peas this time for the first time and it was very yummy and healthy for an Easter dinner.

split pea soup

I had hardly any candy this Easter which I guess was a good thing but felt a little strange.  We did have brownies with dinner but no Easter baskets or treats this year (I’m 34 so I suppose that should be expected).  In a way it kind of reminds me of my recent Christmas where I was alone and had a low key, kind of ordinary day.  I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little bit sad because I’d love to have a partner to share things with but it’s just not what God has seen for me at this time.

Anyway, at least I got to see my cousins which was great and hear from my church’s prophet President Monson and apostles for 2 days.

conference tweetingI also tweeted during conference as I have done for several years.  I tried to keep it a little smaller than in previous years but I enjoyed reading others insights into talks and formulating my own.  Tweeting helps me because it involves multiple senses than if I was simply listening to the talks.

It was an immensely gratifying conference and I feel inspired to improve. One of the big themes of conference which struck me is to avoid complacency in gospel living.  To be anxiously engaged in good causes and increasing your testimony of light and truth.

This talk by my Mother’s cousin Kevin W Pearson was very moving.  Stay close to the tree:

I also loved Elder Nielson where he shared the story of his sister who left the church and for many years was disaffected but came back.  It was moving on many levels.

President Eyring spoke on fasting and reminded me to try harder to live that principle. It’s a principle that I have never had a great testimony of so I know I need to work on it.

Elder Holland told a moving story about 2 brothers rock climbing and how they were able to rescue each other.  He brought home powerfully our need to reach out to those around us and offer love, support and rescue.

Finally we got to hear from the prophet.

There were some dissenters at the sustaining on Sunday which I found extremely distasteful.  These people don’t seem to understand the church they are a part of.  This is not a democracy but a church led by revelation from God. They had their moment in the sun and got their interviews with media I am sure so good for them but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t extremely rude and disrespectful.

Anyway, I do believe President Monson is a prophet just like Moses and Abraham were prophets who spoke for God.  I believe in Jesus Christ and His great Easter gift for all of us.  That He alone as the Son of God could suffer and die and free us from sin and death.  I know because I have felt the holy witness reaffirm it to me again and again.  It has given me everything in my life and even on those lonely afternoons when I wish I could be surrounded by a family of my own I know that Jesus loves me and has given me His truths. For that I am so grateful.

On a totally random note I went to see Furious 7 on Saturday and the review came out pretty good.  Check it out.

Did any of you get to listen to Conference?  I hope you all had a lovely Easter/Passover weekend.

Eat Pray Love Day 3

So the last day of my trip has come and gone.  It was a fabulous day but the entry will probably be a little shorter because it was pretty simple.

Today was all about relaxation and inspiration

Started out with room service.  I’ve only had room service one other time on my cruise (not as expensive as you think $11 plus tip)

Yummy!

Then I watched General Conference in my room.  In April I discovered Conference twitter groups and I love it.  I find I learn more because I’m involving more senses.  Plus I make new friends and get more followers (like 35 new one’s today!).

I was so inspired by every talk.  To me a lot on staying strong no matter what.  A lot about loyalty and Christlike service.  Of course, with the new announcement yesterday there was a lot about missionary work which I love.  I am going to try and be bolder with my testimony.

My favorite talk from morning conference was Elder Holland’s talk.  Elder Hollands teaches the scriptures in such a personal way.  I felt like I was there with the early apostles.  Powerfully Elder Holland asked the question to each of us asked Peter “Do you love me?”.   If we do than we need to serve Him and feed His sheep.   Gosh I just can’t do it justice.  I honestly think it was a masterpiece.  I don’t know how you don’t feel something when He testifies of the Gospel.  I’ve listened to 3 times today and still blown away Just listen:

I know I want to be a better, more faithfully sensitive saint.   I want to serve in any way I can.  No half-hearted devotion for me.  No complete returning to my normal life after this weekend.  Powerful experience may only subtlety change you but they do change.

President Eyring’s talk also inspried me.  Sometimes I feel like aiming high is aiming for the impossible.  It has given me encouragement.  Just this week I did a seemingly impossible thing for work and look, I got through it.  His talk also reminded me that sometimes what we think would be good for our career or life may not be what God has in store.  Powerful.

Then we got to the break and I had to get some lunch.  Problem is most everything is closed on Sundays so I walked around until I found a large sports bar famous for subs and pizza I decided to give it a try.  Glad I did.  Delicious! It was called Maxwells Deli

I love this kind of NYC thin crust pizza with ricotta, Italian meats, other yummies $3 a slice!
Me at lunch. It was so funny wearing my Romney shirt I got waves, hey ya’s, fist bumps, and someone asked me where I got the shirt. Even whistled at twice . Who knew?

After lunch got back for 2nd session (I’m seriously sore from all this city walking! Such a wimp!).  2nd session was also wonderful but the highlight for me was Elder Bednar and President Monson.

Elder Bednar spoke about the importance of loyalty to the church and not just testimony but true conversion.  It is one I will have to reread over and over again because it was so deep with content and doctrine.  Profound.   Again it made me want to be more bold in my testimony and to make sure I am spiritually ready for any challenges.

I thought Elder Bednar’s distinction between a testimony and conversion was profound. “Conversion is an enlarging of the ungirding base of testimony” “Conversion is an offering of self, love, and loyalty.  We give to God in gratitude for the gift of testimony”.  But why should I quote Elder Bednar when you can listen to the address:

President Monson was inspirational of course and told a lot of new stories.  Each story was about how the Lord will use you to answer promptings.  He also reiterated President Uchtdorf’s thoughts about not losing God in the details of life.  It’s so comforting to hear the words of a prophet and to know that we have a prophet to lead and guide my life.  I have a testimony that President Monson is the prophet of our age.

After conference I was sad (the spiritual feeding was so wonderful.  I wish I could have it every day!).

Anyway, I went up to the pool to relax and unwind, read

Does that look like a happy face? Contented. Zen. Great!
And rereading a favorite book. So relaxing! After missing reading for about 2 weeks its been great!

Once I was seriously unwound I had no more energy.  I called a few friends and ate some food from the hotel.  Then I watched some special TV

Season 3…

So there you go Friday I ate miraculously, Saturday I felt tons of love from my family, Sunday I prayed, contemplated and listened to the prophet.

I know I will be a better person after this weekend.  I’m not saying I will never have an anxiety attack again but every year I’m getting more skills and learning how to deal.  Every year I’m growing stronger in my testimony and more passionate in my faith.  It is my everything.  You could take away my swimming, singing, even my family as painful as that would be and it would be nothing to taking away my faith.

I have never wavered in my faith despite the trials that I have gone through.  I Know it is true and it is my life.  I know Jesus is the Christ.  That the Book of Mormon is true.  I know covenants are real if we chose to keep them they will give us power now and later.

The work of the gospel is progressing.  We are going to have thousands of new missionaries.  I wouldn’t be surprised if triple the sister missionaries go out.  That means we will also have thousands of endowed individuals who will be able to do work for their family. Everything is moving up mountains as President Eyring would say.  We have to be ready to follow.  We have to be strong.  We have to support each other and most important we have to be loyal, honest and examples of integrity

I’m a Mormon. I know it.  I live it.  I love it.

want on a wall in my new apartment

Ok.  I’m super tired.  What a relaxing wonderful weekend.  I feel inspired.  I know who I am.  I know that I wasn’t listening to the what God wanted when I fought Him on the Slam the Dam.  I know that Heavenly Father helped me through the anxiety attack and helped me make the right choice.  I know He loves me and am grateful He allowed me to have this wonderful weekend.  He knows our needs. He really cares.

I feel renewed, at peace and energized.  (Remind me of this moment when things get rough)

Thanks to all my friends for putting up with my constant photos and ups and downs.  I’m trying really hard to do what is right and to be happy, treat everyone right.  I hope you all know that when you are down or happy I am here for you night or day.  Seriously 2 in the morning call me and I’ll be there.

On to regular week.  I’m going to be watching for ways to fill my daily life with pieces of this magical weekend.  Goodnight 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference Twitter

As I mentioned in my last post the General Conference of my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is this weekend.  We have one session left and it has been a wonderful 2 days of spiritual feasting.   One thing that has made the experience more powerful for me is twitter.  There are 2 twitter handles #LDSConf and #twitterstake that so far has been 99% faithful Saints pointing out quotes and insights as we all listen to talks.

Some of you might say ‘how can you concentrate on the message while focusing on twitter.  I would argue that I focus on the message more because the learning experience is expanded.   When I was a little girl I went to a special school- Reid School- in Salt Lake.  As part of their curriculum my teachers at Reid always used more than one learning method to teach concepts.  For instance, when studying multiplication the teacher spoke the sums, wrote them on the board and then we repeated out loud the answers.  This created a visual, auditory and tactile learning experience.

I only attended Reid School for 6 months but it had a profound effect on my intellect and educational development.  I always try to learn in multiple ways.  When I was in college I used to call my mother and say ‘I just need to explain this to you’.  Simply reading a textbook or listening to a lecture was not enough for me to absorb information, but speaking it out loud kept it in my mind.

When I follow General Conference on twitter I am reading, typing, listening and watching.  Plus, with DVR I can go back and listen again to anything I might have missed.  This is also just the first of many viewings.  Sometimes I will have a pen and paper and other times nothing at all.  Each time I learn something different; however, the twitter interactive experience can only happen while watching live and I think it is worth taking advantage of.

One person @Stan_Way on twitter posted this photo of his set up for watching Conference.  I think it is awesome.

By the way #LDSConf was the 2nd most popular twitter handle yesterday.  Sounds like I’m not the only person to get on the bandwagon!

Its amazing how quickly the videos from Conference become available.  Yesterday I mentioned this talk by Elder Holland and it is already up on youtube.  It is an instant classic and touched on many topics that I’ve been pondering lately.   I also appreciated Elder Holland’s explanation of the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard- something I’ve always wondered about.

This talk by Elder Scott was also very moving.  So touching how he thanks his wife who has passed on for her continual inspiration.

I would also like to say a public thank you to the recently released presiding bishopric and relief society presidency.  Bishop Burton has served as presiding bishop since 1995.  Sister Beck has been in either the Young Women’s presidency or Relief Society presidency since 2002.  I’m grateful for their service.

I am particularly sorry to see Sister Barbara Thompson getting released.  As a single member I always looked forward to her talks and perspective.  She is also a terrific speaker and her talks have helped me in many ways.

Well, one more session to go!