Monday, August 24, 2009

Conference Edition of the Ensign

At out last Stake Conference the stake president challenged us to read the entire General Conference edition of the Ensign before our next conference in September. I decided to take on the challenge.

What a wonderful experience. We watch all the sessions of conference but sometimes it's hard to really focus on the talks with all my kids and their chattering. Reading these talks has really helped me focus on the messages and feel the Spirit. I look forward to reading a message each day and I've found that I feel closer to the Spirit.

I'm constantly amazed at the messages and how they all seem to apply to me. It's hard to even describe how I feel now that I've been reading the messages. I know it's one of those, "Well, duh," kind of things, but for me reading the conference edition has changed my life.

This morning I read, "Be of Good Cheer," by President Monson. What a wonderful talk and so perfect for these tumultuous times. He shared a story about a woman who had to leave Prussia after WWII. Her husband was killed in the war and she had to take her small family 1000 miles for their protection. By the time she finally reached her destination, she'd buried each of her children, using only a tablespoon, or her hands, to dig the graves. She was at the point of starvation. Yet, instead of complaining, she bore a strong testimony of eternal families and how she looked forward to reuniting with her husband and her children. She was still full of love and good cheer. Wow. Could I be like that? I don't know. What an amazing woman and what tremendous faith. The next time I want to complain (which I do far too frequently), I'm going to remember her story.

I would encourage everyone to read and ponder the talks.


Becky said...

Thanks for a great reminder--I love conference and learn so much from the talks.

Mamma Christine said...

I think about that talk often. Thank you for sharing this thought. I needed it tonight :)

Valerie Ipson said...

Thanks for the reminder as well. I try to do that and got a good start, but then haven't kept up with it through the summer. I've got some time left so I'm going to get cracking!

Jenn Wilks said...

I love to read the Conference talks! When I was the literacy specialist, I challenged the sisters in my ward to use the May and November Ensigns for FHE lessons at one point. Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping up with it lately either. Thanks for the reminder. I need to practice what I preach! :o)

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Thanks for the reminder! I think ours has gotten lost under a stack of other magazines. I'll have to pull it out.

Lourie said...

I have to laugh at myself and shake my head. I had rough couple of days and was whining about it. My 'rough" couple of days were a cake walk. Thanks for this post.