Friday, October 02, 2009

27 1/2 more hours

I am getting SO EXCITED for General Conference!!!!! I am so ready to be inspired, enlightened, encouraged, and edified by the Lord's servants. I have so many fond memories of conference. As a little girl, I remember sitting around our living room as a family and just dreading the upcoming 2 hours. I didn't understand the importance or significance of the words being spoken. As a teenager, I started to appreciate it a little more, especially when they would speak directly to the youth or when the prophet would speak. As a young married wife, I realized that I had totally missed out on the best sessions of conference growing up....Saturday (my mom always played it in the house but unlike Sunday sessions, it was optional for us kids). For the first time, I began to look forward to conference every 6 months. As the years have past, I swear that conference just keeps getting better and better. In reality, I think that I have just become more prepared and desirous to hear the messages. I feel my spirit yearning for conference and for the spiritual high that always follows.

Of course I have my favorite speakers, those who just seem to pierce my heart and speak directly to my soul. Elder Bednar is of course at the top of my list, and not just because he is the one that signed my diploma, but because he is someone that I could listen to and learn SO much from. I love how he goes so deep into the doctrine and I love the way that he speaks with boldness, clarity, and opens my mind and heart in a way that no one else does. Another one of my favorites is Elder Holland. I LOVE Elder Holland. I feel like I am being taught from my grandpa. He just radiates the love of the Savior with every word he utters. Sister Dalton has also become one of my very favorites. She makes me want to be better. I couldn't think of anybody better to lead the YW around the world. Of course, I also love Sister Beck, President Monson, President Uchtdorf, President Eyring, Elder Nelson, Elder Oaks (have I ever written about my experience with him?), and Sister Thompson and of course all of the incredible musical numbers. I could go on and on.... Who is your favorite speaker or what is your favorite thing about conference?

27 hours and 30 minutes...

5 comments:

Living In A Tree House!!!! said...

I think this last one when Elder Holland spoke about christ and how he was alone before his death.. It really touched me...

J and C said...

I am excited too. I love the change from the weekly meetings. And the joy of staying home with family being comfy, making a big breakfast, going on walks between sessions.

I don't know that I have a particular favorite speaker. But, I get especially excited when they touch on "one of my subjects". You know what I mean, the things that you really love to think about, or study, favorite topics. Like food storage or preparedness or family and infertility or being wise with money... There are more spiritual topics I like too, but those are the ones that just kind of bull you over when you are listening, and impress you at the moment that it was meant for you/me.

Yeah! I can't wait to hear your thoughts after!

Melissa said...

I am SOOO excited for conference. I love all of them, but I have always loved Pres. Eyring & Pres. Uchtdorf. I too love how deep & clearly Elder Bednar speaks. I am so excited. The kids are really excited to play conference bingo with M & M's.

Congratulations on another baby girl! Yes, I'm sure Cory is a wonderful Daddy to these sweet little girls, but I think you are such a great example of a woman that these little girls can follow. You will show them the correct way a daugther of God needs to be by your example & faith. Congratulations!

Kim said...

1 1/2 hours left until conference! I think my most favorite part is the choir. No one compares to Mo Tab! There are so many great speakers. I do have some favorites. It will be interesting to see what the "theme" is.

Mandy said...

I had to grow up to appreciate conference, too. We understand now how important that modern counsel is for us to be successful and prepared. I have loved listening to Pres. Monson since I was a little girl. I remember sitting up taller and trying to pay attention as a young girl whenever I saw him and heard his voice. I enjoy Elder Nelson...he seems so aware of his calling as an apostle of the Lord. He speaks with such clarity and confidence. I love them all, really. And yay for DVR because we can watch the sessions again and again for the next six months!

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