"Reverence is more than just quietly sitting."
Which is good to know, because there wasn't a whole lot of "quiet sitting" going on in our house this weekend as we watched General Conference together as a family!
And still these words from the Primary song kept coming to my mind, and they were very comforting!
You know what else was super comforting to me? Elder Hales' talk, the very first talk of Conference.
His words felt like a great big hug to me.
He said that children can comprehend the spiritual communication of Conference, confirming that there is a place for children in General Conference.
Elder Hales also said, "If you listen...the Lord will tell you what he wants you to do with your life. In Conferences, we can receive the word of the Lord, meant just for us."
He added to the call to hold daily family and personal prayer and scripture study, and weekly family home evening, the admonition to teach our families the messages of General Conference. He testified that if we study these messages with our families, it will bless our families for generations!!! Wow, what a promise!!!
And in the Priesthood Session, Elder Perry told how a Primary teacher challenged him to memorize the Articles of Faith and to learn the names and faces of the Apostles and Prophets.
I only heard the last half of his talk, because I was reading a bedtime story to my girls when the session started, but you know I LOVED hearing that!
I have a testimony after this experience that as we study the words of the prophets and live them, we really can become one with them...just as Christ prayed that we can become "one" as He and the Father are one. One in purpose, one in understanding, and one in the work.
As promised, there is no longer a delay for us in receiving and internalizing the word of the Lord through General Conference, no matter how much we missed trying to listen with kids this weekend!
The talks are already available online to watch, and these messages will be instantly incorporated into the online church curriculum for the youth.
These are the blessings of the latter-days.
So, I think I might have time today...or I will make time...to re-watch Conference...at least the talks that I missed.
In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing how we helped our children to learn some of the things mentioned in General Conference, you can check out the links below:
PS - You can find the line drawing that I used for my President Monson embroidery here.