General Conference thoughts: Giving Our Sprits Control over Our Bodies

This is difficult to use an object lesson because you don’t want to hurt or cause discomfort to anyone. But maybe a little discomfort is okay?

Find some annoying sound (used to be able to do fingers down a chalkboard but how many chalkboards are out there?) like a balloon being rubbed or static from the radio. Something that will cause most class members to lose focus on the teacher and concentrate on the annoying sound. As this is happening, tell a short story. At the end, quiz the class on details and see how many paid attention to the story and how many focused on the annoyance. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Deceive Me Not

I have a personal theory. You can place someone in a room with a million people and each of those million people tell that one person a good quality about him or her that one person may feel pretty good about themselves for a short time but will give in to self-doubt and a negative self-image within a few days. In other words, that person will not see the positivity in herself that others do. Confidence must come within. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: The Savior’s Touch

Years ago, in an institute class, the teacher made a comparison I still remember to this day. In the 1982 movie, The Man From Snowy River, there is a dramatic scene of a cowboy riding his horse down the side of a mountain. Even for someone unfamiliar with horse back riding I can tell it is quite the feat. The teacher pointed out the reason the cowboy could do this ludicrous act is because the horse had been broken. The horse trusted the rider even when the rider spurred him to do something impossible. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Finding Joy in Sharing the Gospel and Knowing, Loving, and Growing

I don’t know about you but missionary work is a topic I don’t like to discuss. It’s one of those that when the word is mentioned in class I try not to make eye contact. Let’s just say, there is plenty room for improvement in my life. So, I have a tough time making a connection with this topic because my feelings of guilt thump loud in my ears. But here’s the thing, we make it more difficult than it needs to be. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Covenant Women in Partnership with God; Two Great Commandments; and Spiritual Treasures

If only there were a few more Sundays I wouldn’t have to combine talks. But there aren’t so I combined the First Presidency’s messages today. It’s interesting to see the topics chosen for the Saturday evening session. If a woman doesn’t feel empowered reading or listening to any of these talks she must be listening wrong. Continue reading