Posts Tagged ‘General Conference’

Wednesday Words

November 2, 2011

“As a means of being in the world but not being of the world, it is necessary that we communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer,” President Monson said. “He wants us to do so; He’ll answer our prayers. The Savior admonished us, as recorded in 3 Nephi 18, to ‘watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you. …

“ ‘Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name;

“ ‘And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.’

President Thomas S. Monson, October 2011 General Conference

 

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Thursday Thoughts: General Conference

October 6, 2011

When President Monson declared, “Conference is now over,” on Sunday afternoon, I felt an almost tangible sadness. Though conference weekend is long, and it requires a great deal of preparation in order to devote eight hours to watch all of it, at the end, I always know the Lord knows my heart. He knows my weaknesses and my worries. He knows our world and what we need to hear.

This conference was no different. I have been increasingly troubled by the code of conduct that is deemed acceptable. From what is branded entertainment to the role models offered up by the world, I find myself closing off borders in my own little country, denying entrance to pop culture.

President Monson spoke of the changing world, and the changing moral compass, the abandonment of the ethic of self-restraint. He warned of spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandonment as our financial capital. He said that morality is not passe. Our conscience is there to guide us; we are responsible for our actions. Our code of conduct is not negotiable. The Lord’s constancy is something on which we can rely. We must be vigilant in a world that has moved so far from morality.

President Monson urged us to seek the Lord’s help. When we communicate with Heavenly Father through prayer, and work toward the goal of having a relationship with Heavenly Father, we can receive inspiration in order to weather the storms and trials of life.

Wednesday Words

October 5, 2011

“Communication with our Father in Heaven—including our prayers to Him and His inspiration to us—is necessary in order for us to weather the storms and trials of life.”

President Thomas S. Monson, October 2011 General Conference

Thursday Thoughts

April 7, 2011

I think music can be as powerful as the words that are spoken by the speakers during General Conference. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, sang amazingly. The Hymn #148 Sabbath Day, I like the words of this hymn, especially the third verse, the words seemed to jump out to me.

V1. In sweet remembrance of thy Son, We gather in they house as one To join in prayer, to sing thy praise, To worship thee and learn thy ways. Father , on this the Sabbath day, Be with us gathered here, we pray.

V2. And may our thought still turn to thee, With loved ones, friends, and family. In all we do till day is gone, May worship still continue on. Father, on this the Sabbath day, Be with us in our homes, we pray.

V3. Help each to seek a quiet hour To read thy word and feel thy power, To hear thy voice, though small and still, Renew our strength to do thy will. Father, on this the Sabbath day, Be with us in our hearts, we pray.

I felt joy in my soul, when the choir sang Hymn #223 Have I Done Any Good? and I could hear Tanner softly singing along with them, it is a song that I like and so once Grant and Tanner had finished learning the primary presentation songs, I then picked a hymn to teach them for a month, so every night we start our nightly routine with a song that the boys will learn for the month. To hear Tanner sing along and remember the words to the song made me smile.

The last song that the choir sang Hymn #2 The Spirit of God was awesome. Jared said to me on the way home that he would have liked to have heard them sing that song in person. I smiled again and felt joy when I heard Tanner yet again join in singing with the choir during the chorus, I have not as yet taught the boys this song, so it must be from singing it in church that he has learnt the words.

“For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads”

D&C 25:12

— Jennie

Thursday Thoughts

March 31, 2011

I am SOOO excited to enjoy the conference weekend with my family.  I look forward to it every year and have been trying to instill that excitement in my children. I am thankful to my parents for teaching me at a young age to attend ALL sessions of conference (Saturdays usually have the best talks, fyi)  and they always found a way to make it a special weekend for the family. That was back in the days when we all went to the church for the broadcast. On Saturday we would often go out to lunch in between, and on Sunday we sometimes had a picnic. My family now has a tradition of Conference Cinnamon rolls. I have to make them. It’s mandatory. I also provide incentives for each talk that they listen to and can prove it by the excellent notes they take. The younger kids draw a picture of the speaker complete with the color and design of the tie.

As we participate in general conference, President Eyring says we “might pray and ponder, asking the question: Did God send a message that was just for me?”

We also need to exercise faith in God in order for us to learn from the messages and receive inspiration, President Eyring teaches. “You show your trust in Him when you listen with the intent to learn and repent and then you go and do whatever He asks. If you trust God enough to listen for His message in every sermon, song, and prayer in this conference, you will find it.”

I am so thankful for our Prophet and for the joy I receive when I listen to and follow his commands.