8 hours of watching the television this weekend, writing 15 pages (front and back) of notes, only having to tell the younger children oh, I don’t know, at least 6 or 7 times each session to be quiet (that amounts to 25 -30 times total), being together with my family in the living room, eating our traditional cinnamon rolls for Sunday breakfast – I had a wonderful, spiritual feast listening to General Conference.
General Conference Highlights, October 2010: You can watch or listen to any of them here. Transcripts will be available on Thursday.
1. Who were your three favorite speakers? This was the hardest question to answer! I liked so many of the speakers.
2. Favorite talk?
Elder D. Todd Christofferson “Consecrated Life” given Saturday morning – This was in a virtual tie with Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk but it won out by a hair. Living a consecrated life has been on my mind lately. I particularly enjoyed the quote Elder Christofferson shared by B.H. Roberts:
“The man who so walks in the light and wisdom and power of God, will at the last, by the very force of association, make the light and wisdom and power of God his own–weaving those bright rays into a chain divine, linking himself forever to God and God to him. This [is] the sum of Messiah’s mystic words, “Thou Father in me, and I in thee”–beyond this human greatness cannot achieve.” [B. H. Roberts, “Brigham Young: A Character Study,” Improvement Era, June 1903, 574]
Isn’t that beautiful? I think I will make it my copywork for this week.
Then between the sessions on Sunday, BYUtv showed Treasure of Heaven: The John Tanner Story. John Tanner was a wealthy New York landowner who was converted to Mormonism in 1834. He sold his properties, freely gave all he had to the church and others, truly living a consecrated life in serving the Lord. In today’s terms the amount of wealth he donated equals over 250 million dollars.
3. Favorite hymn sung during Conference?
I enjoyed hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing the Primary song “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus.”
4. Who wore the best tie?
Pres. Uchtdorf had a pretty snazzy reddish pink tie during his talk Saturday morning.
Though I also liked the stripes of various shades of blue on Elder Richard G. Scott’s tie Saturday afternoon.
5. Do you think conference had a “theme”?
Follow the Prophet was definitely one major theme – with both Elders Costa and Duncan referencing the same by Pres. Benson, “14 Fundamentals in Following the Prophet.” Also following the Spirit and using our agency wisely.
6. Share a few of your favorite quotes (paraphrasing is fine).
“Our life on earth is a stewardship of our time and choices.” ~ Elder D. Todd Christofferson
7. Something that made you smile during conference.
Seeing the family choir sing during the Saturday afternoon session brought a huge smile to my face! I admit, I was a tad jealous. Can you imagine being able to sing with your family in a choir for General Conference? Of course, there were funny moments too with the speakers but I sure enjoyed hearing that choir, especially as they sang “Beautiful Zion.”
8. Any evidence that your children paid attention?
The three oldest took their own notes, the others listened to put the apostles and Prophet’s pictures on our General Conference Wall. We’ll be reviewing all of Conference tonight by playing General Conference Jeopardy.
9. If you had to give a talk in General Conference (don’t faint, this is hypothetical), what do you think you’d speak about?
Well, after the month I just had on my blog it would most assuredly be “Living the Truths in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
10. What are some of your post-conference goals?
Simplify, simplify, simplify. My husband and I are reading Approaching Zion in the evenings. We already have goals to be better stewards of our time and resources. After hearing both Elder Christofferson’s talk followed by Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk we feel a call to step up our efforts.
What did YOU enjoy about General Conference? Share in the comments!