Saturday, March 31, 2012
Notes - Saturday Conference
One of the most wonderful thing about this morning for our family is that we now have a table in our formal dining room that is attached to our front room where we watch Conference, so we were able to eat our breakfast while we watched the morning session. Pretty darned delightful!
It was interesting, as I watched and as my family did various things during the sessions, how I felt impressed about individuals in my family and how we are doing things as a family and how I'm doing things as an individual.
The following review is backward--from the last speaker to the first. This includes both of today's sessions. A few of the things that touched my heart were the following:
Elder Scott's talk was one that I think I'm going to have to really go back and reread. There was so much too it that was deep and meaningful, but I just couldn't focus well at that point in the game. The men in the family were running out the door to go set up chairs at the church for the priesthood session, so there was a lot going on. I'm glad there's the chance to read and watch later on.
He also quoted President Spencer W. Kimball and said that when "I am casual in my relationship with diety," if I will immerse myself in the study of the scriptures, the gap closes.
He also shared that there is a line well-defined between the devil's territory and the Lord's. This made me wonder why, if it's so well defined, a good part of the world doesn't see it.
He also shared that "there is no such thing as a second-class citizen in the kingdom of God." When he said this, I felt that that's the way it should be NOW. We, as members of the Church, should NEVER treat anyone as if they were less than us.
While Elder Hales was speaking, three of the kids jumped up and found that the hard-boiled eggs were done and ready to eat. One jumped up announcing that he was going to make an egg salad sandwich. I told him that was fine. Then another jumped up and then another asked the second child if that child would make a sandwich for him. The child declined the opportunity.
I was frustrated that I had three children in the kitchen each making the same thing. It wasn't that so many dishes were being dirtied. It wasn't that there were so many bodies in the kitchen. It was the fact that one of those children could have made sandwiches for the other two and served his/her siblings, but each of those children were denying themselves the blessings of serving. Ugh! Why are we so casual in this? Why do we let these great opportunities pass?
I mentioned my disappointment, but as I did so, I realized that we, as a family, frequently let great opportunities to have blessings pass. Why don't we make the sacrifices necessary to have God bless our lives?
One child, after the mini-lecture, sent the other two children back to the front room to watch Conference while the sandwiches were made. I guess a delayed or half blessing is better than none at all.
While this child was making the sandwiches, Elder Hales said that we should teach our children to be self-reliant and that we should teach them to work. Well, there you go. Timing is everything.
I've been facing some things from my childhood lately. President Eyring's words were very appropriate and fit well into what's being reintroduced into my life. He shared the story of someone who needed to forgive some very difficult things that had happened years before. When asked why that person had been able to forgive, the person replied, "I just knew I had to forgive, so I did."
I have been given an opportunity to reopen some old wounds and revisit something that I believe I have completely forgiven. I believe President Eyring has given me my answer on this topic. There is no need to rehash the past. It isn't hurting me now. It can be let go.
Elder Hallstrom spoke about spiritual desires and the outward signs of those desires. Does what I do show others that I have spiritual desires. I got to wondering...what are those spiritual desires exactly? I'm thinking I need to write those down somewhere. I need to keep track of how I'm doing and what I'm going to do to come closer to God in my daily life as a result of my desires toward Him.
The other thing I appreciated that Elder Hallstrom spoke about was being selfless. I wondered what I can do to become more selfless. That's what I really feel I need to work on. It's been a theme that's been growing since hearing our Stake President speak at the stake Relief Society fireside a few weeks ago. President Dalton shared that you cannot work to save yourself. It's only in working to help others be saved that we ourselves are saved. I'm still pondering on this trying to figure out how to let myself go after so many years of selfishness.
There are many, many in need in this world of ours. I'm trying to figure out where I can be of the most good. Of course, right here in my own home is the place I must start, but from there, I can reach out to others. I just feel that there's something that the future holds in this area. It's just a matter of figuring it out.
What a wonderful day! The kids were well-behaved during the morning session, and the little ones slept during the afternoon session, so I was really able to focus. I think this was the first time I've been able to do this. YAY! Hoping tomorrow will go as smoothly.