"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." Gordon B. Hinckley, 2006

Sunday, April 6, 2008

April Conference 2008

Every time conference approaches, I feel the same stirrings--a yearning to feel the peace and calm that comes from listening to the words of our prophet and apostles. This was a special conference as we were able to sustain our new prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I talked with the kids about this, and the opportunity we'd have to sustain him. It was really touching so see them jump off the couch and raise their hands to sustain him during the Saturday morning solemn assembly. I love watching their budding little testimonies.
As I grow in the gospel, I'm learning so much about the way the Spirit communicates personally to me. I know he's done it my whole life, but I'm finally getting better at recognizing the whisperings of the holy spirit. I learned so much from these conference sessions. I always feel uplifted and inspired, but I really felt a lot of teaching promptings this year. Little moments when I felt choked up, and took notice of something a speaker had to say, that I needed to learn from. I'm so grateful for the Holy Ghost.


When Sister Susan W. Tanner gave her talk this morning, Brian turned to me and said, "This sounds just like your talk you gave last week at Enrichment." I had been thinking the very same thing. She's such a neat lady.


I really felt encouraged as a mother by Elder Ballard's talk. I love that our church respects and honors women in the way that they do. I also love that he told the kids to pick up their toys. I tivo'd conference, and we will DEFINITELY be watching that talk again for a family home evening.


I love President Monson. I loved his closing remarks when he said, "I love you, and I pray for you. Please pray for me." What a humble man. I loved listening to the apostles bear witness of him.

Brian's been laughing all weekend about the priesthood session when President Monson wiggled his ears.


I loved conference this year, and am planning on writing down some personal goals in my journal tonight before going to bed when I have some quiet moments to reflect.

18 comments:

Tammy said...

I loved his talk also. I really enjoyed all of the talks. I know I got some good promptings from the spirit during some talks also. I know I tivo'd Saturdays sessions and I am not sure if it did today's so I will have to check.

SuperCoolMom said...

I was so humbled and touched during the solemn assembly as we were able to sustain the Prophet and other church leaders! That was my very favorite part of this conference weekend. I can't wait until the talks are available online so that I can reread them all!

Nat Nat said...

I loved it this time too. I was crying before the 1st prayer on saturday and it was just amazing. The solemn assembly was so incredibly powerfull. I couldn't have ever been prepared for the strong and wonderfull spirit that I felt in my home as my children stood and we as a family were able to sustain the Prophet.

Also my favorite talk was the mom talk by Elder Ballard. I laughed when I told my hubby that it made me feel guilty for always feeling guilty about not being a good enough mom. Can't wait to rewatch it on tivo too.

So glad we can share this. Love your post!

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andrea j said...

What a great post to help you remember this special conference. It was great getting to know more about President Monson! He is such a humble man.

LOL about the talk on Mothers, I loved it too. I nudged my husband when he said we need to take time to ourselves to refuel. Also, my hubby told me about the ear wiggle, he said he wishes we could have seen his talk instead of just read it when the Ensign comes in the mail.

Thanks!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Conference was WONDERFUL!!!!!
yeah, and my husband and son too spent the weekend reliving the wiggling ears! :)

Cindy said...

This was my "blessing" this week also. I love to hear from our Prophets and leaders!!

Chrissy, said...

I loved it! I thought it seemed like the speakers were more personable this year. Maybe I'm getting old!

Claudissima said...

what a sweet post. I wished I could have been more 'in the spirit' BUT the kids were to roudy...and they were just running all over the place, and at certain points I lost my patience....it will definately make me want to be better next time. I had a hard time seeing pres. monson as the new prophet...it is kind of strange...I guess I was attached to Pres. Hinckley since I was 14 (He had been in the first presidency I think since 1981)...and it was just a hard transition. I've never felt that way before, but by the end of his talk i saw Pres. Monson as he is...a Wonderful and beautiful person. I've been lucky in that I know the apostles personally (well up to President Nielsen/Oaks)--not the newer ones...many of them including Pres. Monson, so it was just strange that I was missing Pres. Hinckley...I guess that is how people felt maybe with Pres. Mckay!

Amz said...

It truly was a wonderful weekend. Elder Ballard said everything I needed to hear. I love Conference weekend.

Stevens girl said...

I'm so glad we got to watch conference also. I always find that Sundays or whenever there is something spiritual going on my kids sure act up the most. I tried to just tune them out the best I could so I could appreciate conference. It really was great to listen to the talks.

Lauren said...

I know what you mean about being touched by seeing your children raise their hands to sustain our Prophet...It was so neat to see.


My husband came home and told us about the ear-wiggling too! We tried to find it but it as of yesterday evening they hadn't posted it on the church website.

Wendi said...

I agree! Conference was wonderful! I enjoyed your thoughts on it and it conjured up thoughts and feelings I had already forgotten ( the OLD age is setting in)
Chase experienced the Priesthood session for the first time. He too came home and the first story he shared... " Wiggling Ears". Too funny!

gab said...

Oh, me too! I always want to be such a better person after Conference. It's better than New Year's Resolutions.

Cecilia Mills said...

I also loved conference this weekend, and I was really touched by Elder Ballard's talk. It was exactly what I needed to hear!!! I also liked the one from saturday morning when the primary president talks about family traditions!

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendi,
I am not a blogger so I am anonymous. Man are you just super mom of death! I seriously am so glad we are friends so I don't have to be jealous. :) I wish you would give me your good ideas in advance. So this was on the conference post. I can't even talk about how bad I need conference and how sad I am when it is over. How in the world are all the speakers talking directly to me? I have to agree with another comment that the kids make it so hard to listen so thank goodness for DVR. Yeah! Wish you lived next door again.
Chelsey

Emily said...

I guess the wiggling of the ears thing must have been hilarious because Darin kept talking about it also. We are glad that we could take our kids up to the church to listen to conference even though we didn't get as much as we would have liked to. Hopefully in a couple of years the kids will do better at sitting still. Well, one can dream!

shawni said...

I love your uplifting posts!