Monday, October 6, 2008
Words of Wisdom
General Conference is my favorite weekend two times a year. Who wouldn't like waking up late, staying in your pj's and watching church together as a family in front of the tv with a warm blanket and some delicious snacks? I feel so inspired and love the words of wisdom our great church leaders share with us everytime. They announced 5 new temples in Calgary, Canada, Cordoba, Argentina, greater Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Rome, Italy. There are 128 operating temples and another 17 in some phase of planning or construction bringing the total to 145. It seems like just yesterday went President Hinckley made a goal to have 100 temples.
This conference seemed to leave a message of 'hope' for all saints in these hard economic times. President Monson's words were so hopeful as he talked about change and that nothing is as constant as change. Yet he encouraged us to act now and do what we know is right. "Day by day, minute by minute we go from where we were to where we are now...This is our one and only chance at mortal life. Opportunities come and then they are gone." Am I making the most of it? There is no tomorrow to remember, if we don't do something today. Elder Oaks reminded us that 'if we are prepared we shall not fear'. There is no trial or pain so great that the Atonement of Christ cannot heal.
I loved all the talks, but a couple of my favorites were M. Russell Ballard as he talked about missionary work. This year marked the millionth missionary to go out in the church in our dispensation. Quinn is one of those 1,000,000 that has served in God's army as he faithfully teaches in Tanna, Vanuatu. Even though it is hard times, Elder Ballard reminded us that 'this is God's great work and God's work will not be frustrated.' I loved Sister Dalton's talk as she reminded the youth to 'return to virtue'. I am so proud of my daughter Mackenzie and all her friends. They are virtuous, lovely, strong young woman who are quietly living their standards. They stand for righteousness and are beautiful on the inside and out.