Sunday, October 7, 2012

Thoughts on Saturday Afternoon Conference

I think I've been sitting at this computer for 12 hours now, with a small break to make dinner and to load the dishwasher and to chat with my mom and my daughter in separate phone calls.  My mind and heart on overload!

Here is what I learned from Saturday Afternoon Conference:
-work hard to strengthen family!
-Make my marriage and thus my family a top priority.  Work to make it an ETERNAL marriage.
-Create a family culture by 1) praying in earnest for help 2)do better at holding FHE, scripture study, and eating dinner together 3) talk to my kids leaders more and as a teacher, communicate with parents more 4)Share my testimony more in my home 5)Organize family activities and rules and chores and budgets and fun so that they add to the learning and development of my family.
-Do my very best... leave the rest to the Lord.
-Be a BEE!  Work together and use cooperative energy.
-Great things come to pass and burdens lightened when many work together anxiously engaged in good causes.
-Love God and then move on to loving others.
-Emergency responses are good but work harder on the small daily service I can give.
-Be His hands.
-Assimilate His doctrine deep into my heart so that it is second nature to choose the right.
-Yes!  I have done good in the world today!
-Yes!  I believe!  I have read it.... over and over again.  Yes I believe the Book of Mormon is true.
-Would I sale my soul for a nickel.
-Would I give all that I have... all of my sins to know God?
-Live up to Temple standards.
-Peter!  Again!
-"I have prayed for Thee that thy faith fail not."
-immerse myself in things that gave me my faith to gain more faith in the face of trial.
-There is no error in the revelations.
-Do everything I can to protect and nurture children.
-Stable marriages matter to children.
-Work hard to strengthen family

Ok... so I've made it through all the sessions with the exception of Priesthood sessions.  My cup overfloweth.  I am struck with the thought that the messages are nearly the same as last conference.  I wonder if I took the time to look at my "thoughts" post of April if I would find the same lessens learned and the same goals written.  I learned today, as I listened, that I need to repent and act on the impressions I receive during Conference.  I remember feeling the same thing during the last couple of Conferences and yet I know I have not diligently acted on those feelings.  This time I am praying that my faith will not fail and that I will actually move forward.

It's been a long day, but a richly satisfying day.  Now it is time to focus on preparations for tomorrow's seminary lesson.

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