Conference Thoughts

I recently received an email asking for thoughts and impressions related to the most recent General Conference, and Sunday afternoon, I found a few minutes to respond. Every talk was uplifting, inspirational, and informative, thus making it difficult to narrow my comments. Nevertheless, here’s what I sent:
 The “Saints of the South” sometimes feel left out, so I greatly appreciate this opportunity to allow us to share some feelings and impressions about our recent conference.   

 In addition to the beautiful, soul-stirring music, here are some of my personal highlights from Sunday’s sessions:

  • Dieter Uchtdorf’s reminder that the gospel is sweet, good, and precious and his story about President Monson focusing “on the one.” 
  • Todd Christofferson message that some things are communicated spirit to spirit without words and his encouragement to continue pressing forward with a brightness of hope and love of God and all men.
  • Susan B. Tanner’s analogy of Abraham and Isaac walking to Mt. Moriah with the circumstances in our lives. Abraham didn’t know there would be a ram in the thicket but he acted in faith and so must we. We don’t know what’s ahead, but we must have faith and remember that there will be a ram.
  • President Monson’s inspirational talk, especially his comments about making our homes a place where God’s spirit can dwell, thus stopping the storms of life at the door. His loving reminders about the need to show kindness and respect for all people everywhere. I actually felt chills listening to his encouragement to those who’ve been away to come back and feast at the table of the Lord. No pressure, no threats, just a heartfelt invitation.
  • Elder Bednar comments on prayer. We are to pray and press forward, pray and take action. For instance, he instructed us to do more than pray for missionary success. We need to HELP them to be successful. In our own lives, we are to pray for direction and then discern and accept the will of the Lord.
  • M. Russell Ballard’s assertion that no role is more essential or important than motherhood.

 The overall feeling of peace and love was communicated to anyone listening, and I greatly appreciated President Monson’s closing remarks and his desire that we could incorporate the many messages into our lives. What about the rest of my LDS friends? What were some of your favorite talks or most memorable messages?



Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

5 thoughts on “Conference Thoughts”

  1. since i have just got a new church job stake geno. director, every talk seemed to be (probably since is was listening for it) or have referance to our ancestors and their histories and work,,,also as my dad finnaly passed, my rebellious neice was the only one there(at midnight) and she said the room seemed lighter(that is the word she used) and she felt someone, and whispered to her grandpa, someone is here for you, you can go now and he died

  2. Barlow, It’s interesting what we hear in the talks. I’ve been thinking a lot like prayer lately, and it seems that every talk had something to say about it: pray and wait, pray and have faith, pray and realize it’s His will, pray and act, and so forth.

    And yes, I’ll check your blog out tonight.

  3. Hayden, About ten ago I got into feng shui principles, and I won’t bother defining it for you because I know that someone as savvy as you are already knows what it means. I will say, however, that I think chi is definitely a positive energy force that we can bring into our homes, and you might want to check out ways to do so.

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