Sunday, April 3, 2011

My thoughts after General Conference....

Wow....what an amazing conference, and WOW I definitely need to improve! As I had mentioned in a previous post about General Conference, I love to write at least one thing from each of the speakers...I try to anyway. Roman was extra hyper this weekend and so I did the best I could to get as much as I could out of each speaker. So here it is... my thoughts
Saturday morning session

President Thomas S. Monson- Spoke on the re dedication of the Laei Temple. This is such a beautiful Temple. Rick and I went to Oahu in 2009 and the Temple was closed, but we got to walk around the grounds and visit the visitor Center. I loved it. He also spoke on the ground breaking of the Rome Temple, which words cannot describe how exciting this is. Italy is the land of my ancestors. My mother is the first and only of all her family to have accepted the Gospel. We have done the work for many of her family member now, including my grandparents, her parents. This is truly amazing and I will be there in 2013 for the dedication....guaranteed!

Kent F. Richards
- Pain brings you to humility
Quentin L. Cook-(loved his talk)
 -Women should not be questioned or made feel bad for choosing to be home and raise their children, and not work.
- Families are mostly TV rich and family time poor (oops, this definitely has to change)
Pres. Henry B. Eyring
- Have I done any good today
-Church welfare program (We Rock!)
-Turn sympathy into action!
-involve children in service opportunities
-teach children the principle of fasting

Saturday afternoon session
Russell M. Nelson
-The future is as bright as your faith! (thank you, I really needed this)
Dallin H. Oaks
-Desires dictate our priorities, our priorities shape our choices, and our choices determine our actions!
M. Russell Ballard
-Great things are wrought through small and simple things

Sunday morning session

Dieter F. Uchtdorf (did I spell it right?)
-Preach the Gospel
-Do not wait too long on your road to Damascus
Paul V. Johnson
  • build our character
  • tests our faith
  • makes us stronger
  • allows personal growth
  • purifies our heart
H. David Burton
-Feed the hungry
-Clothe the naked
-Visit the sick and afflicted
-Self reliance
Silvia H. Allred
David A. Bednar
-Revelation is granted upon us by our desire, our worthiness and our preparation
President Thomas S. Monson
He spoke on Temples and gave a beautiful story of a family that had 10 children from an Island by Tahiti, but the nearest Temple to them was in New Zealand 2500 miles away and could only get there by plane. He told of how the father and two sons left far away to work for four years to raise enough money to go to the Temple. We hear of these amazing stories all the time, of people all over the world that want so bad to go to the Temple and they make such incredible journeys to get there. It reminds me of my parents, when they got married they traveled 40 hours by bus to be able to get sealed in the Temple. They got sealed in the Sao Paolo, Brazil Temple because there wasn't a temple in Argentina at that time. Instead of gifts, they asked for money so that they would be able to buy bus tickets to get there. Then a year after they were sealed, they wanted to go back to the Temple, they left me with my grandmother, they sold their wedding bands to buy bus tickets and they made the 40 hour trip again. When I was three years old, the stake in Argentina decided to make a trip altogether. They faced many trials, took them about 4 days to get to Brazil, having to stop for a day and a half because when they passed through a small town, they could not buy gasoline for the bus so they had to sleep on the bus, and on the street until they could buy gasoline....such awesome stories that I need my children to hear about so that they understand how blessed we are to have Temples 5-20 mins away from us.

Sunday Afternoon Session

Richard G. Scott
-Eternal families
And he also told beautiful stories of his marriage...when he stated that they did not argue with each other...I had to lower my head, even my kids gave Rick and I this glare! I know, we need to improve in this department definitely! I need to be more humble and submissive, but submissiveness is very hard for me!
D. Todd Christofferson
Amazing talk!!
-God has high expectations
-Willingly seek and accept correction
-Correction may come through others
-exercise meekness
-parents can and must correct their children
-self correct
Carl B. Pratt
-Promises to those who faithfully pay their tithing
-be honest and pay our debts to the Lord
-the Lord's richest blessings are spiritual ones
Lynn G. Robins
-"To be or not to be" is actually a great question!
-To do without to be is hypocrisy
-Be without do is hypocrisy to oneself
-To do are things checked off a list, but being is never done
Benjamin De Hoyos
-The Lord will sustain us through our short comings and trials
C. Scott Grow
-Miracle of the Atonement of Christ
-Access it through repentance
-Christ has "Borne our griefs"
-the Atonement heals the innocent for others' transgressions
-If ye will not repent, ye will suffer and feel guilt
Jeffrey R. Holland
I always get so emotional with his talks. Love the way he speaks!
-The phenomenon of General Conference
-Salvation can only come his way (Jesus Christ)
-Teaching by the spirit, and listening by the spirit
-Wave the Ensign of the Gospel to the world!

Someone once told me to always listen carefully to the Prophet's closing remarks, he gives us instructions on what to do....until we meet again.
Here are President Monson's instructions
-Remember the messages heard
-read and study the talks when they are published in the magazines
-seek Him through prayer and keeping his commandments
-may we be good citizens and good neighbors
-reach out to others, even those not of our faith
-be examples of honesty and integrity in wherever we go and in whatever we do.


  1. LOVED the talks I was able to see! Especially our dear prophet and Elder Scott's talk was so precious! It almost made me cry.

  2. I loved conference. Seriously all the talks were amazing!!!! This was a great post!