General Conference thoughts: Unwavering Commitment to Jesus Christ

A short demonstration regarding commitment could play out like this. Ask for a volunteer to come and stand in front of the room. When she is standing next to the teacher another student (predetermined before class) could ask her to move. Of course the volunteer will move. Then the teacher could ask her to stand again in her original spot and this time tell her whatever happens please do not move. Another student could ask her to move but this time the volunteer will not budge. What is the difference? Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Spiritual Capacity

Perhaps, if I was to lead a discussion on this conference talk, I would have two containers at the front of the room. Then I would fill them with water and fill the bigger container about half full and the small container to the brim. “Which one has met its capacity?” Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: True Disciples of the Savior and Thru Cloud and Sunshine Lord, Abide with Me!

I admit, after I made a list and scheduled October’s conference talks for my Sunday posts I wondered what prompted me to combine these two talks. I have to combine some commentary on talks due to timing issues and I usually pair two similar themes. After re-reading the two talks I chose for today’s post I wondered what my motivation for this pairing could have been. But as I looked over them again I could see a link between committing to living the gospel and maybe not feeling the promised happiness from doing so. I hope I do both speakers justice in this combination.

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General Conference thoughts: The Message, the Meaning, and the Multitude and Come, Follow Me – the Lord’s Counterstrategy and Proactive Plan

Two talks that counsel us to do a little check on our why. Is our focus for any church activity (including studying conference talks) centered on Christ? If not, then there is a way for us to improve our focus. Come, Follow Me is designed to help us build our foundation on Christ and His teachings.

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General Conference thoughts: Closing Remarks

This is the wrap up of the conference.  A reminder to study the talks the next six months and let the words serve as a guide.  Of course, in President Nelson’s format, this has also become the ‘new temple’ announcement.  That moment everyone holds their breath to hear a temple in their special corner of the world.  It happened for us Wyomingites in 2011.  Not to be greedy, but it would be nice if it happened again.  I mean, Wyoming is a big state so our Wyoming temple isn’t exactly close to most of the state or easily accessed during winter.  So, if it’s not asking to much, perhaps one a little easier to travel to?

But I digress.

This is the final address of the conference.  For many, this might be the last time they see or hear from the prophet directly for six months.  Although, for this little blog’s reader, it may seem shorter, like, maybe next week? (wink, wink)

It may be a short talk compared to the rest of the conference but listen and feel the warmth and love from a faithful Prophet of God.

Closing Remarks

by President Russell M. Nelson

General Conference thoughts: Build a Fortress of Spirituality and Protection

While touring northern Italy last spring a tour guide pointed out the merlons on a castle.  “The shape,” she explained, “showed the allegiance of the inhabitants.  The common square shape were partial to the Pope.  The M shape were followers of the Emperor.”  At one time then, in theory all one would need to do is to look at the castle and know if the people were friend or foe. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: The Immediate Goodness of God

Right before I read this talk to prepare for this post I read the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard in the New Testament.  This talk is a great cross reference for this parable.

The two examples Elder McKay shared about the women needing to know the goodness of God in their individual circumstances demonstrates that it does not matter if the laborer joins the work in the first or eleventh hour all receive the same wage.  Blessings are available to each and all that thrust in the sickle.

Of course, reading the examples of the two women in this talk no one will begrudge either one for receiving blessings.  Isn’t it marvelous to think that no matter when we “come to ourselves” the love is waiting for us to accept it?  And that there are no favorites or hierarchy when it comes to the Atonement of Christ.  It is simply waiting for us to utilize it – no matter how late we come?

The Immediate Goodness of God

by Elder Kyle S. McKay

General Conference thoughts: Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing

Here is the perspective of a single sister learning to adapt to the adjusted church schedule.  My study habits at home have not changed.  I have always attempted to study the lessons prior to attending class.  For me not a lot has changed on the home front.

However, on the church front it has become a little more challenging to receive what I need in class.  With the alternate Sunday schedule it is not always easy to get the broader study that comes with discussion.  I have had to develop other ways to get that last piece of the picture to come together.

With fewer opportunities to serve at church I have also had to change my mindset on callings.  This has opened doors for me to spend more of my energy and talents in the community rather than the church.

Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing

by Elder David A. Bednar