We had the recently converted Pettitt family over to watch general conference today with cinnamon rolls and the works. What a great day!
I have a friend named Kent Carollo who is an artist and makes the best conference notes. I love having them to jog my memory of each special talk. We truly heard God’s Word today and Kent packages them up to help everyone remember. Kent’s parents met each other in my mom’s early morning seminary class near Lake Tahoe and they have never forgotten her impact on them. Thanks for your impact on us by sharing your talents for good Kent. #PRINCEofPEACE #GODSWORD
Our sweet prophet announced five new temples which will be built in the following locations: Brasilia, Brazil; Greater Manila, Philippines; Nairobi, Kenya; Pocatello, Idaho; and Saratoga Springs, Utah.
Amos was super excited about the one in Pocatello since it is the closest city to his hometown; Blackfoot, Idaho.
Some of the main themes I gleaned from all the sessions of conference were: understanding of the Godhead with emphasis on the Holy Ghost and being able to love others by seeing them more like God sees them.
I loved the talk by S. Mark Palmer who spoke of his experience as a mission president receiving an answer through the Holy Ghost and Mark 10. Six words jumped out at him before Christ answered that he had never heard before: Jesus beheld him and loved him. He was referring to the rich man who came to Christ and asked him what he should do to inherit the kingdom of God.
This mission president had been struggling with how to change the behavior of some of his missionaries who were struggling. His answer was not something he could say to help them change their problems, but an invitation to change himself and his attitude toward them and to first love them. What at humbling experience. He learned that the Savior’s example was to first love and then invite change, but not to withdraw love when someone doesn’t live up to our expectations. Anger and frustration inhibit learning but love and learning come when we try to see others and their divine potential, the way the Savior sees them.
This was similar to president Uchtdorf’s incredible talk about replacing fear with God’s perfect love.
Both of these talks have helped me learn how I can be a better parent and pause to behold and love my children rather than become frustrated with them. All of the talks during this conference have been beneficial to me and my family and for that I feel a special gratitude to God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and The Holy Ghost in each of their roles in my life. I am grateful for my relationship to them and better understanding of them.