We were able to attend the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference in person this weekend. Before we walked into the Conference Center, we stopped by the construction area of the Salt Lake Temple. As we were approaching, my sweet mother-in-law asked, “what building is that?” It really is almost unrecognizable with the scaffolding and area stripped down. It is fascinating to see the foundation and work all around it. The tunnel that goes to the Conference Center was visible too. The fruits of such a collective effort: member donations, vision of church leader’s, and the expertise of professionals.
Some of the standout moments of conference for me:
I believe it was Saturday morning’s closing prayer…and the woman that gave it pled for the power/blessings of heaven. I was struck by her wording and felt a nudge to activate that more intentionally in my life.
Elder Gavarret’s childhood stories.
Elder Holland’s loving reminder to “fear not, believe only”
The faith and optimism of Elder Aidukaitis.
Elder Gong’s focus on family and posterity.
Sister Craven’s reminders of the importance of being the “boss of our brain” and that testimony only comes after action.
Elder Renlund’s talk inspired me to memorize the YW theme (I was recently called to work with YW!).
President Nelson spoke directly, asking us to create spiritual momentum in our lives. He suggested five areas of focus:
- get on the covenant path and stay
- discover the joy of daily repentance
- learn about God and how He works
- seek and expect miracles
- end conflict in your personal life (forgive someone by Easter)
“My call today, my dear brothers and sisters, is to end the conflicts that are raging in your heart, your home, and yourlife,” President Nelson said. “Bury any and all inclinations to hurt others — whether those inclinations be a temper, a sharp tongue, or resentment for someone who has hurt you. … We are followers of the Prince of Peace. Now more than ever, we need the peace only He can bring. How can we expect peace to exist in the world when we are not individually seeking peace and harmony?…If forgiveness presently seems impossible, plead for power through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to help you. As you do so, I promise a personal peace and a burst of spiritual momentum.”
In most of the talks and sessions, there was a focus on change, repentance and improvement. I’ve got a lot to work on! Much like the fortifying construction on the Salt Lake temple, I felt a nudge to take spiritual momentum more intentionally in my life. I am so grateful for the guidance.