General Conference thoughts: Consistent and Resilient Trust

There is the simple but effective trust exercise that involves having one person fall back into the arms of another. It is difficult to do in church though especially when volunteers are in church dress. But another simple exercise of trust might be to ask a a willing volunteer (someone who does not embarrass easily) to stand in front with her eyes closed. Have her hold a bowl and let her know her bowl will be filled. But don’t tell her when and let her stand there while you share a story. Let it take awhile so that she might be tempted to open her eyes to see if you have forgotten about her. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Found through the Power of the Book of Mormon

A simple exercise when it comes to the Book of Mormon is to sit down and ask yourself “Why do I read the Book of Mormon?” The answer should be a testimony born of experience in reading and applying its teachings. A witness can’t be shared if there is no familiarity. In fact, the word testimony or witness relies on having a personal viewpoint of something. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Watchful unto Prayer Continually

It’s helpful to know the opponent’s game plan and strategy. A visual example of this could be a simple game set up in which the objective to capture an opponent’s piece. After a moment of play, explain the strategy you are going to use to try and capture the piece. With that knowledge in mind, play a little longer. The other person should be fairly effective at blocking you if they know your game plan. Continue reading

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: 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