Monday, April 7, 2008
My Thoughts About Conference
I just can't help but have a smile on my face today! The weekend was so rejuvenating for me. I had the opportunity to listen to some incredible men and women who are truly inspired. This past weekend was the 178th semi-annual conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As some of you know, I have been going through a pretty rough time these past couple months. Though turning to God, exercising and really good girlfriends, I still didn't feel like I was really up to where I wanted or needed to be. After having listened to apostles of the church, I can't help but feel that the Lord is very aware of who I am, and that He has placed servants to guide and direct me back home. I can't wait until the talks are available...but all I have to say is AMEN!
One thing from this conference that I will never forget is the change in countenance that President Thomas S. Monson has. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland commented on the actual change in his countenance as he has so humbly accepted the responsibility to lead the Lord's church. I too saw this change and felt the spirit testify to me that President Thomas S. Monson is the true and living prophet on the earth today. I was humbled to hear this man testify of the Savior and how much he has a personal relationship with the Savior. Yesterday, I couldn't help but feel that I am going to see the best days of service, testimony sharing and love for the entire world, and that the prophet and the rest of the apostles are going to lead us with fervor and determination, just like they have been.
I felt that President Monson was speaking directly to me about my future. The spirit bore witness to me that if I have hope and faith in Jesus Christ that my earthly experience will be the most incredible experience and will prepare me for what is ahead. Prior to yesterday, I was having a hard time finding hope. I relied on the Lord to just give it to me. After listening to some talks given yesterday, I know that I have to do my part to make this happen. I need to pray more fervently and with specific questions.
One thing that I have been thinking about: I remember back at TSG, when I would have a work-related problem, I would go and talk to my boss immediately. It seemed that problems became more of a problem, because the 'problem' would turn more into a complaint. I look back and realize that I had become 'the complainer' of the office. I was telling my dad about this and my dad offered some great advice. He told me that instead of just going in and telling my boss the problem (complaining) that every time I had a problem, that I should also offer a solution. Following that example would open up communication and demonstrate that I am willing to work on the problem. It would also open up communication for my boss and he then could contribute his thoughts and fuel the fire that would dispose of the problem.
The same thing needs to happen with the Lord. When I approach Him with a problem, I need to come prepared to have communication with Him that would help me resolve or dispose of the problem. I need to come to Him willing to work. I have realized over time that successful communication for anyone, including communication with the Lord, requires work, effort, understanding and drive to make things happen. Though I also truly believe that the Lord is an all powerful being that has the ability to make anything happen because of the Atonement, that doesn't mean that I can sit idly by and watch it happen. I have a responsibility to have faith in Him, to put my trust in His plan and to work my little bootie off to make things happen.
I know that if I put my trust in Jesus Christ and if I pray to my Heavenly Father trusting in His will that I can be the happiest person in the world!
Thanks for letting me share what I know.
Here are some links that I also want to share:
Jesus Christ-The Son of God
178th General Conference Archives: You can listen too
Jesus and the Lamb: by Katherine Brown
Thomas S. Monson Named 16th Church President