The First Great Commandment

In the October 2012 general conference, Elder Holland gave a great talk titled, “The First Great Commandment.” That was the talk we discussed in Relief Society this past week. It was a great reminder that we can all be doing more to love God. What really impacted me was the following interpretation by Elder Holland regarding Peter’s exchange with the Lord, who asked him three times, “Lovest Thou Me?” When Peter responded in the affirmative the third time, Elder Holland says, “To which Jesus responded (and here again I acknowledge my nonscriptural elaboration), perhaps saying something like: “Then Peter, why … Continue reading

The Importance of Parents

I was touched today as I listened to the afternoon session of General Conference as Elder L. Tom Perry talked about the importance of parents in teaching children the valuable lessons in life. I loved how he gave examples of his own mother and the wonderful things she did to enrich her family members and teach them both temporal and spiritual lessons. Her “overpreparation” never went to waste, as she dedicated her time to teaching her children as well as her Relief Society sisters. I also have a mother, who has gone above and beyond in all her church callings, … Continue reading

Easter Sunday

As we enter Easter weekend, I’m reminded of the true meaning of the holiday. Growing up, the Easter bunny came on Saturday, and Easter Sunday was all about church. Of course, there was always an Easter dress to wear, but we recognized that Easter was a religious holiday not to be confused with baskets filled with plastic grass, colored eggs, and tiny treats and treasures that fit into colorful plastic eggs. As I have gotten older, I have done several things to prepare for Easter. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you build your testimony of the true meaning of Easter: … Continue reading

Preparing for General Conference

Can you believe it’s that time of year already? The bulbs are blooming on Temple Square, the rain is inevitable, and LDS families all over the globe are getting excited to hear inspired messages from the general authorities and prophets. Twice a year, we get the opportunity to be taught by our beloved leaders, and not a spring goes by that I don’t eagerly wait for the first weekend in April. This year is no exception. In the days that lead up to General Conference, here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your family to … Continue reading

General Conference Recap

General Conference was this past weekend. It was wonderful to be able to hear the words of President Monson and the other apostles for so many sessions this weekend. The talks were wonderful and very uplifting. Many spoke poignantly about the troublesome times that we are facing around the world. The ultimate message was one of hope and faith. President Monson spoke about having faith during difficult times. He shared three stories of people who faced enormous trials, but were able to persevere because of the strength of their faith. The line that stood out to me from that talk … Continue reading

April 2009 General Conference Dates

The annual Young Women’s broadcast will be held on March 28, 2009. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. The meeting will be broadcast via satellite feed to local meetinghouses. If you live outside of the United States your local leaders may show the broadcast at a later date. General Conference will be held April 4 and April 5, 2009. The sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time for both Saturday and Sunday. Additionally a Priesthood meeting will be held Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. The Priesthood meeting will … Continue reading

General Conference: “Go Ye Therefore”

In her talk “Go Ye Therefore” Sister Silvia H Allred speaks about the importance of missionary work. She begins by sharing that the Lord’s call to all of us to share the gospel with those around us. The commandment that Christ gave when He was on earth is still in effect. Sister Allred then shares the story of her conversion when she was just fourteen years old. She and her sister, Dina, read the Book of Mormon and came to the conclusion that the church was true. They made the decision to be baptized. Shortly after that they were called … Continue reading

General Conference: “Let Him Do It with Simplicity”

In his talk “Let Him Do It with Simplicity” Elder L Tom Perry speaks about the importance of slowing down, and assessing what is the most important in your life. He begins the talk by sharing a time in his life when he was under considerable stress. The way that he and his wife found peace was to go to a pond, and talk together or just sit together. It helped to put things into perspective. The pond just happened to be Walden Pond, and Elder Perry speaks briefly on the journey of self-discovery that Thoreau went through. Elder Perry … Continue reading

General Conference: “The True and Living Church”

In his talk “The True and Living Church” President Henry B. Eyring speaks about how the church is true and it continues even after a prophet passes away. President Eyring points out the keys of the priesthood were restored to the earth by the Apostle Peter when he gave them Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith conferred those keys to the quorum of the Twelve, so the church continued after he died. President Eyring points out that it is important to live worthily so that the keys will continue to be on the earth. We truly sustain our leaders when we heed … Continue reading

General Conference: “Concern for the One”

In his talk “Concern for the One” Elder Joseph B Wirthlin speaks to and about those who may have strayed from the church. He opens his talk by briefly bearing testimony about the call of each new member of the first presidency. He then teaches that Christ has always been concerned for the one. He reminds of the parable of the shepherd leaving his flock and going after the one who is lost. Elder Wirthlin then explains that there are three types of people who are lost. Elder Wirthlin says that the first type of person that may be lost … Continue reading