Sunday, April 06, 2008

I Needed That

This past weekend was General Conference. This is the weekend where we get to listen to our Prophet, Apostles and other church leaders. (I know most of my loyal readers are LDS, but for the 2 of you who aren't this is a quick explanation). General Conference is held twice a year. There are 4 sessions--2 hours each--where we gather to hear talks on various subjects. Through these talks we receive council, learn doctrinal principles, feel the spirit, worship the Lord, and in general feel enlightened and lifted. Yes I know 8 hours of church is a lot...as a kid I thought it was dreadful, as an adult I can honestly say I really look forward to it. The topics are not assigned. Therefore, every speaker chooses his own topic and no one knows beforehand what is going to be talked about.

I was hoping that there was be an uplifting talk on motherhood. It's been talked about before right? But you never know...there are SO many things to talk about and so many people to address. Then the final session was nearing an end on Sunday evening (yes, evening for us east coasters) I was feeding Beanie in the high chair, when I heard Elder Ballard introduce his topic. He wanted to address his talk to mothers...specifically young mothers. The tears started rolling...it was just what I needed. It was a beautiful talk. You can listen to it again here. And you should.



p.s. I got a new phone--same number--so feel free to call me again. I know you're dying to.

4 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard much of conference because of feeding/changing/cleaning up. So I sat down to really focus just as Elder Ballard started that talk. I also started getting teary. Just then, Sonja became fixated with two noisy toys and was obsessed with shaking them by my head. She didn't want to leave me or stop her noise! Finally, Scott took her away to play with her. I thought her timing was really funny, but I didn't want to make her stop because EB had just talked about living in the moment. She certainly got her moment, but then I was able to listen. Thanks Scott!

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  2. I balled the through the entire talk. It was so great and so what I needed to hear!

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  3. Yeah I think a big part of that talk is just the recognition. It's not that I don't think moms get recognized because quite honestly I think we live in a time where moms get more shout-outs than ever before, at least that's my perception. Yet it seems the nature of the job to need frequent reminders that what we're doing is worth it.

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  4. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Hi from an old friend!

    I thought I'd finally comment because I have been lurking on your blog for a little while now since I saw the link from Amber/Brandon's site. I love the broad perspective you take---from swimsuits and kid rockers to this post on Elder B's talk. The message was one, that upon hearing, I had to instantly replay in a few sections because I felt so appreciated and understood. Keep it up!!

    ---Stephanie M.

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