The spring sessions of General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have come and gone. I always look forward to hearing messages from the prophets and apostles, and this year was no exception. I hope we are establishing the tradition of watching each session with the kids, and that they never question their parents' commitment to this source of divine instruction.
Garry took a few pictures while we watched (via the Internet on our big-screen TV):
I took physical notes and Garry took mental notes, and after each session, the kids got jelly beans for each question they could answer. (Sugar is always a good motivator at our house.) Our kids were pretty unruly most of the time, so I have appreciated the talks more as I have re-listened to many of them this week.
I decided to make notes of gospel truths that I could repeat to myself on difficult days. Sometimes my health garbage gets the best of me and I get stuck in the mire of self-pity. On these days I just have to rely on my testimony of the gospel. Nothing else makes sense! So these are my Conference affirmations:
From Henry B. Eyring:
Trials aren't always for punishment, but for polishing.
This mountain is an opportunity.
I can climb this mountain.
I have an unshakable foundation. I can endure.
I know that my Redeemer lives.
The Savior wants me to be fitted with him.
God's love is unfailing.
I can hold my peace.
I can allow the spirit to direct me in teaching my children.
The Savior cares about me individually.
Heavenly Father is mindful of me and my needs.
Be not afraid, only believe.
As a parent, I can show love and forgiveness.
I am devoted to my family's success.
The Lord will honor his covenants and deliver his covenant people.
Some of the sweetest spirits are housed in frail frames.
Christ has compassion on me. He is filled with mercy.
The Savior can strengthen me and make my burdens light.
The Savior will not leave me comfortless.
I have potential and worth far beyond my capacity to imagine.
I can let go of my grievances. That is the Lord's way.
Jesus Christ's atonement is for me.
I have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love.
I am worthy to hold a temple recommend.
I can make room in my mind and heart for the Holy Ghost.
In the kingdom of God, there are no second-class citizens.