Tuesday, 15 November 2011
General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Carroll and I were fortunate to obtain tickets in our stake for the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference, October 1st in Salt Lake City. We were delighted that our grandson, Ben, wanted to attend with us, and we had the extra ticket. This Conference Center holds over 21,000 with nothing to impede the view, except the distance in our high balcony seats. For close ups we relied on the large screens on either side. The choir seats are occupied by Primary children as they replaced the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for this session. They sang with gusto and with simple faith. Tears came to my eyes as they sang "I Thank Thee Dear Father". Another highlight came when Ben rested his head on my shoulder during the conference. I don't think he was napping because he answered my question. Love that grandson.
I like this view from in front of the Conference Center because you can see the spires of the Salt Lake temple, across the street, just beyond the trees. We ate dinner the next day with Ben and all the family at their home in Payson.
General Conference is a special time because we hear the apostles and prophets and others remind us of what we need to hear for our time and in our day and age. I particularly liked the talk by a Seventy, Ian Arden, who reminded us of priorities of how to spend our time. In my notes from that Saturday afternoon, I wrote: family, things of God matter most, seek deligently from the best books, service to others. Be as quick to kneel in prayer as we are to text. Cease to be idle, but be profitable. I have a great deal of discretion of how I spend my time. I am making an effort to waste less time so I might be more profitable: to the Lord, family and others.
In the general priesthood session, President Dieter Uchtdorf reflected on our caring for the poor and needy. Our commitment to welfare principles should be at the root of our belief. President Henry B. Eyring is one of my favourites. "We need faith and humility to rediscover" what we learned of the Plan of Salvation. The Lord calls weak and simple people (versus the worldly learned people) to carry out His purposes, [like the young farm boy Joseph Smith]. Our beloved prophet and president, Thomas S. Monson, announced more temples for people around the world. He also reminded us that, "We are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven." Even now I stop to ponder the meaning of these great talks for my life today. I find answers to my challenges in the inspired words of their talks.
To read all their talks given during the five sessions of Oct. Conference, go to: