185th Semiannual General Conference

Last weekend was the semiannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If ever you are stressed or need a pick-me-up from life, please watch a session (or two, or all four!) of conference. The messages shared are truly divinely inspired by men and women that hold strong testimonies of Christ and his gospel.

General conference gives us an opportunity to learn from living prophets, listen to the Spirit, and receive answers to personal questions. I thought I would share quotes that stood out to me throughout the weekend. Because of the timing and Logan needing naps/food I missed some speakers and plan to re-watch this weekend. If you are interested in hearing the entire conference or just peaking at one session, go to the LDS.org website.

“You are living through a critical period of your life,” he said. “The choices you make — mission, education, marriage, career and service in the Church — will shape your eternal destiny. This means you will always be looking ahead — looking to the future.” -Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child…Mothers demonstrate their long-suffering, resolute love, he added, by first bearing their children — and then “they continue bearing with us.”

“We must remember how much our Heavenly Father and His Son love us. They will neither abandon us, nor will They allow us to be overcome if we seek Their help…Help from the Savior may take the form of help from a trusted friend, leader, or a loving parent,” Elder Vern P. Stanfill of the Seventy.

President Thomas S. Monson spoke of attributes taught by the Apostle Paul, “The words we use can lift and inspire, or they can harm and demean,” he said. “In the world today there is a profusion of profanity with which we seem to be surrounded at nearly every turn. It is difficult to avoid hearing the names of deity being used casually and thoughtlessly. Coarse comments seem to have become a staple of television, movies, books and music. Bandied about are slanderous remarks and angry rhetoric. Let us speak to others with love and respect, ever keeping our language clean and avoiding words or comments that would wound or offend.”

President Russell M. Nelson speaking to the women of the church said, “We, your brethren, need your strength, your conversion, your conviction , your ability to lead, your wisdom and your voices. The kingdom of God is not and cannot be complete without women who make sacred covenants, and then keep them, women who can speak with the power and authority of God.” Later in his talk he added, “We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation; who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment, women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families, women who teach fearlessly.”

Devin G. Durrant of the Sunday School General Presidency encouraged listeners to “ponderize” one verse of scripture each week. “The word ‘ponderize’ is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart,” he said. “So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.”

The primary purpose of ponderizing is to provide an uplifting place for thoughts to go and includes two steps, said Brother Durrant. First, individuals choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where it will be seen every day. Second, they read or think of the verse several times each day, and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week.

Last but certainly not least, “Repentance is real and it works,” Elder Allen D. Haynie of the Seventy taught during the Sunday afternoon session of general conference. It is not a fictional experience or the product of a ‘frenzied mind.’ It has the power to lift burdens and replace them with hope. It can lead to a mighty change of heart that results in our having ‘no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.’” Repentance of necessity is not easy, things of eternal significance rarely are. But, he said, “the result is worth it.”

There were SO many other great quotes and uplifting messages I could share but I encourage you to listen, watch, or read them yourself and seek personal inspiration.

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