So this past weekend was the 183rd General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For those of you who don't know, General Conference happens twice a year and we get the chance to hear from the leaders in our church. It is a great opportunity to feel the Lord's love through the messages given.
If you are interested in watching the talks given by our leaders, you can go here to view the highlights.
JT and I spent most of this weekend together watching conference in bed and it was a great experience listening to our leaders together.
Some of my favorite talks from this session were:
These Things I Know - President Boyd K. Packer
To start his talk he shared an adorable poem about how he has learned so much as he has aged (now in his early 90's). I loved his talk because it was a great reminder that with age comes knowledge of the truth. He also emphasized that our most important work here on earth is in the home, and that our greatest power is the power of prayer.
On a blog I follow there were some printables made for this conference, here is a link to a printable that is great from President Packer's talk saying: "faith is a real power not just a belief".
Elder Clayton (of the Seventy)
I'm not sure what his talk was titled, but I loved the messages her shared. He primarily focused on how to have the best marriage. I think this was one of my favorites. He gave 5 principles essential to achieve a happy marriage:
1) Happy marriages are priceless.
2) Marriages require having faith, which includes being obedient to the Lord's commandments. Having faith in the Lord is powerful because strengthening faith strengthens our marriage.
3) Repentance is necessary because we are not perfect in our marriages. In order to do this we must have humility and exhibit selflessness.
4) We must have respect for our spouse, as we are to be equal partners. This means decisions must be made unanimously and cooperation is better than negotiation. This also includes that our first focus must always be on the home, and we must be loyal to one another at all times.
5) Love. Without love there isn't much hope for a happy marriage.
Obedience Brings Blessings - President Thomas S. Monson
President Monson, our prophet, emphasized that truth equals knowledge and that we can receive the fullness of His plan from keeping the commandments. So with knowledge we must obey, which is essential to our salvation. As members of the church we are held accountable for what we know to be true, but this also brings great blessings as long as we don't go against what we know to be true.
Lord, I Believe - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Holland always has awesome talks, mostly because he is so passionate about the Gospel. The main message I got from him was that we need to be true to the faith we hold. He also said that we don't know everything, so in situations we are unsure we should always remember that what we know trumps what we don't know.
Followers of Christ - Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Elder Oaks is my other favorite speaker, I am always personally inspired by his words. I loved that he pointed out that the Gospel should be followed at all times. So again there was an emphasis on obedience. He pointed out that the Gospel is not theoretical and so we must stick to what we believe.
I hope all those that were able to listen to conference were able to learn and feel inspired as we did. For those of you who didn't get to listen, the talks will be published in our church's magazine, the Ensign, for the month of May!