Monday, April 4, 2011
We were planning to post something cutesy and Easter decor-ish this morning. But then we spent the weekend watching LDS General Conference. Last night at our family dinner (don't you wish you were so lucky to marry your bff's husband's cousin?!) we looked at each other and nearly simultaneously exclaimed, "Who cares about decor right now? Let's talk about conference!"
Because after hours of listening to men and women we consider to be God's anointed help us remember to be less worldly and more giving, less proud and more loving to our children, most everything else seems largely insignificant. Surely we'll get to Easter decorations soon enough. Today we want to share with you some things that really moved us this past weekend.
Em's going to share some favorite highlights (with links to the full talks!) and then I'll send you on your way today with a favorite new mormon message video (watch it with a box of kleenex).
Listening to conference this weekend I (Em) just felt lucky. To me, it was eight solid hours of peace, wisdom, comfort, love, encouragement, inspiration, truth. It was a weekend port in a worldly storm. A respite and a remedy for the injustice and confusion and devastation and disintegration that seems to be threatening from every direction.
Here are a few personal highlights:
Jean A. Stevens
Her message about pure, unwavering, childlike faith was a reminder I really needed. I loved her counsel to embrace our children with our eyes and our arms and our hearts; to really "behold" them. They have so much to teach us. The story at five minutes touched the most tender spot in my heart. Listen to it; it will make you feel more tenderly for children - yours and others.
I also loved Elder Cook's talk about women in the church. One point that stood out to me most is that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our primary work is the work of salvation - of loving and rescuing people, bringing them closer to Christ - and women and men are equally important and equally necessary in that work.
Other favorites were Lynn G. Robbins. Made me rethink the way we praise and correct our children. Such a great distinction between what we do and what/who we are.
And Richard G. Scott, most tender, perfect talk ever about how priceless our family relationships are.
I (Anne) second Em's love of those last two. And this video is along those lines about family and parenthood. Meet my new hero, Bill:
love to you,
em and anne