Monday, October 3, 2011

October General Conference 2011

General Conference  is a church meeting held twice a year, where we have the privilege of hearing the Word of the Lord through our modern day prophets.  GC weekend is always a special time for me and my family.  We relax and unwind and devote our weekend to listening and studying the Word's of the Prophets. 

A few different things stood out to me during these sessions of conference. 

1.  The Lord loves each of us in a very real and personal way.  The only way I can somewhat grasp this is to think about my son.  I know that no matter how many children I have I will always know Boston. I will always remember him and no matter how many children I may have, no one could replace him.  He is unique and beautiful and irreplaceable.  I know the Lord feels this same way about me and about you.  He has memories with us and loves the little things that make us US.  We are NOT forgotten.

2.   Motherhood is just as important and relevant today as it was years ago.  I think there is a philosophy today that Motherhood should no longer be a primary role in a woman's life, rather an experience to pursue if time allows.  Because I disagree with this philosophy I especially appreciated Elder Neil L. Anderson's talk.

The highlights:

Children are the crowning privilege for Husband and wife.

God's commandment to multiply and replenish the earth still applies to us today.

Motherhood is not a hobby it is a calling.

Motherhood IS what God gave us time for. 

There is no shame in scrimping or saving to provide for a family.

Don't judge all...ever....especially not based on how many children we do or don't have.

3.  The last thing that really stood out to me about conference is that it is useless to compare ourselves to don't do it! During conference I felt impressed to remember, that comparing yourself to another, reveals no truth WHATSOEVER about you or anyone else, so again...don't do it. 

I feel so blessed that I am given modern, personal scripture to guide my life 6 months at a time, in addition to the timeless counsel I receive from the Scriptures.  What a blessing to have the Gospel in my life!