Thursday, April 3, 2014

Why We Love General Conference


Thanks to everyone who shared these special moments and blessings experienced by watching General Conference!  I am sharing them here so that other readers can be as inspired as I am by your testimonies of General Conference and living prophets!

The winner of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir CD
"He Is Risen"
(chosen by Random.org)
is comment #3 Terra!
  1. So many ideas come to mind but a few years ago I went to the special broadcast for Institute and Seminary people and I am not gonna lie, I was having a tough month, I was feeling down. I sat in that meeting and thank goodness they turned down the lights because Pres. Eyring started to talk and my tears just flowed. His love and concern for us. His encouragement he offered, it was just what i needed. I am so thankful for those moments when God lets me know He hears me, and loves me and the prophets are definitely one of the ways he accomplishes that task!
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  2. Last October during the Saturday morning session, when President Monson was telling about the now 80,000+ missionaries serving, I just bawled. Now is truly the time for missionary work. I'm not good at it, but I need to open my mouth and invite!
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  3. I loved Elder Bednar's talk a few years ago. My kids were young, and I felt like FHE and scripture study was an epic failure most weeks. Usually I ended up in or near tears by the end of each night since no one seemed to be paying any attention or were being silly and irreverent during my well planned lessons. Elder Bednar talked about similar situations in their home when their children were young. He said the important part was that we were holding FHE and studying the scriptures. He told us that our children wouldn't remember specific evenings as much as they would remember that FHE and scripture study was important in their home. After having a particularly frustrating experience the week before, I felt like he was talking specifically to me. I can't describe the peace and comfort his talk brought me. When I start to get frustrated during FHE and scripture study since then, I remember his conference address and it helps bring my focus back to what is truly important.
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  4. Like Terra I have been studying Elder Bednar's: More Diligent and Concerned at Home. It tied in well with some things we have been discussing in High Council. I have a firm witness of his counsel about consistency. Little ears are listening and eyes are watching, even when they are climbing the walls and seem disinterested. Like most everyone our daily scripture study, FHE and meetings are imperfect, squirmy and bouncy, but I know my family will be blessed by our genuine love and consistency.
    Jocelyn, your zeal for Conference is awesome, and it seems to show in the genuine desire your children have for it too. It is easy for parents to incorporate the doctrine from GC into their own lives, but to have the consistent patience to work with your children and their participation rather than say "they'll get it into it someday" is stellar. It reminds me so much of father Lehi longing for his family to partake of the fruit.

    I'm lucky enough have to be near Salt Lake this week and to have tickets. Wish I could take the Christensen family with me.
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  5. So hard to narrow that one down because I feel like every Conference there is SO much I get out of it. I was just talking with a friend about this but I think in general I really appreciate lately their UPLIFTING spirits and messages. There is so much going on around the world that is evil and progressing away from the ways of the Lord, there is so much ANGER and RAGE against people who believe in Christ. So when the Prophet and Apostles come to speak to us during General Conference and they are so UPlifting and not so gloom and doom, it is really inspiring. I have really gained a lot from them as they have talked a great deal about our roles as women and how inside us is the gift of nurturing. I love having that reminder because it makes me realize that I need to always be developing my nurturing side.
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  6. I was really impressed last conference by Elder Holland talk on depression sharing his own experiences and how to overcome this common problem of many.
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  7. In 2005, President Hinckley gave a challenge to members to read the Book of Mormon by end of the year and we would be blessed. I knew after President Hinckley gave us the challenge and if we obeyed that our prayer for a child would be answered. My husband and I did finish reading the Book of Mormon together in December...we did receive our first greatest blessing (we know have 3 :) ). After 7 years of being married, we found out that I was pregnant with our first child in January 2006.
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  8. Just tonight I was listening to Elder Scott's talk from April '13 about peace and it was just the soothing that my heart needed. Life feels very, very difficult to me right now and I am so grateful for the comfort I felt hearing his words.
    BTW, I have been reading your blog for years now, and you are one of my most favorite. :) It was cool to recognize your kids in the Friend before I even read their names! Thank you for sharing your strength and testimony with all of us.
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  9. Saturday, while listening to the General Women's Session, I was having a pity party for one, when the exact thing I was pity partying about was talked about...!!! Duly noted...duly noted...
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  10. I was inspired by your blog to start my own general conference book club. It has had such a wonderful effect on my home, so thank you! I really love elder soares talk from October about being meek. It guided me to change my attitude and even the way I speak and has brought increased peace to our home.
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  11. Many years ago I really struggled with decisions regarding the use of my time, and what responsibilities I should take on... When the Proclamation to the Family came out my life was changed. I had been struggling and praying so hard for help that it seemed to have come out - just for me (or at least, a part of it seemed just for me). It has been a guiding light and inspiration and direction for me and my family ever since! :)

    Thanks for posting...
    Corine :D
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  12. you do remember that song, In the Garden, was my mom's fav. When does the prophets' voices speak to me...in just about every talk.I feel a kinship with Elder Holland everytime. There has to be some connection there. He has my back and he knows my mind/heart.
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  13. The talk "Safety for the Soul" by Elder Holland is an all time favorite. I remember the power I felt listening to that talk. He has the ability to make you feel like you were there witnessing things and I love how he doesn't mince words. He always inspires me!
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  14. I love that the prophet's voice recorded in the General Conference Talks can be heard everyday as we diligently search them. Even if i have heard it many times, each time i do read or listen to the prophet's voice it always gives me the feelings of assurance or reassurance that what i am doing is right and that i am heading the right way. And I love your analogy of the tree falling in the forest and the prophet of God speaking...good job Jocelyn!
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  15. I remember sitting down watching the October 2010 General Conference. My daughter was a newborn with upcoming heart surgery and has Down syndrome. I prayed right before the opening speaker that I would get some help and comfort. The first speaker was Elder Holland and he talked about how much he loved and appreciate us. Then he said how loved and appreciated were those who were parents to children with special needs. It was just what I need.
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  16. So many times come to my mind but the one I will write about here is Elder Bednar's talk on Family History. I have four children, three of which are old enough to attend the temple and participate in baptisms for the dead and next year my baby will turn 12 and all of us will be able to go as a family. We love Elder Bednar's words and his promises are sure. My children love going to the temple and I have found their hearts changing and thinking about their ancestors. My favorite was last month for my daughter's 13th birthday "party" she wanted to go to the temple to do baptisms for her family.
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  17. I always love listening to conference. I have felt the words of L. Tom Perry about his mother and how she taught him. His messages are a wonderful example of what I am striving for. 
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  18. Oh I love Conference! Every year there seems to be a talk that really sticks out just for me. Last Fall it was Elder Hale's talk!
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I will be back (maybe) later today with more to share, but I wanted to let you know that the April 2014 Fantasy General Conference Bracket is ready to download and print.

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1 comment:

  1. i am so excited to listen to my cd...it's the first one that my brother is on, he's autographing it for me because i'm that kind of little sister, and then mailing it to me...!!! i'm also excited to watch him sing this weekend. his first time in his motab career...looking forward to the next time i'm in utah to go watch him on sunday morning... thanks for spreading this cd around. good music.

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