Transcripts for the 2011 BYU Women’s Conference still aren’t up. Hopefully they will be soon! You can watch a few of the sessions starting tomorrow on BYUTV. Click here to see the schedule. For more detailed schedule times click here for Monday (Sister Beck’s is at 10:30am!), Tuesday, and Wednesday.
I was kind of waiting for the transcripts to come out instead of sharing my notes from the sessions I attended. Then I realized the ones I attended might not be shared on the Women’s Conference website. And I’ve been asked by several people to share the notes I do have – so here they are in all their, um, unorganized glory. 🙂
Also, they aren’t as detailed as my notes from Sister Beck’s talk. There were a lot of stories and personal experiences the presenters told that I didn’t write down.
Sister Chamberlain – first speaker (matron of the Jordan River Temple)
Told story of five year old boy being in the temple to be sealed to his parents. When asked what his favorite memory of the temple was he replied, “All the grandmas in their nightgowns.”
Analyzing his answer Sister Chamberlain pointed out:
- How do we feel around our Grandma? We feel safe and secure and are usually our very best self.
- When Grandma is in her nightgown we know she isn’t going anywhere. She is there for us.
- Grandma loves us for who we are.
- All this was expressed in that little boy’s response.
- That is how we all feel when we are in the temple.
Story of 16 year old young woman who went to do baptisms before school on a weekday. She went seeking help about her new calling as the Laurel class president and the two girls she would call as counselors. She told Sister Chamberlain, “The baptistry is the Celestial Room for the unendowed.”
another story of a family who spent their spring break visiting five temples so their children could perform baptisms
When we are in the temple we can ‘see’ ourselves and others as the Lord sees us. We can see the potential for perfection.
There are principles of the gospel taught with every ordinance in the temple.
Story of 18 month old being sealed to his parents. When he was brought to the sealing room he tiptoed in to his parents’ open arms then whispered, “I see Jesus!”
We use our agency to allow ourselves to be held and cradled by the Lord.
Sister Moyes – second speaker (former matron of Ogden Utah Temple)
Each of us has a special treasure box. It holds some worldly and some spiritual treasures.
The temple is necessary to get to the place we want to go – the Celestial Kingdom. Exaltation cannot be obtained without the blessings received in the temple. Temple work must be done not only for those who are dead but for ourselves as well.
The temple is our treasure.
Sister Lyons – first speaker
As women we nurture, have a strong sense of purpose & identity, we share talents and skills.
Read Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk “Of Things that Matter Most“
Develop deep and loving relationships with our children by doing simple things together.
How do I stay focused on what matters most? Ask:
- What matters most to me?
- What do I want my children to learn?
- How do they see me view my role as a mother?
Take time to do simple things with your children: go on walks, garden, look at sunsets or sunrises.
Our Heavenly Father has given us different talents and abilities to help us fulfill our unique roles in motherhood. There are as many different kinds of “mother hearts” as there are women.
As mothers we are role models to our children
Sister Thackeray – second speaker
We are women that must develop a mother heart.
Four simple ideas to remember:
- Our divine inheritance
- Slow down
- Remember to remain grateful
- Life is a test. We need difficult things to help us grow.
Luke 17:21 “..for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
2- Slow Down
Do not run faster than we have strength. When we work/run faster than we have strength we suffer. There is a time and season for everything.
Eliminate from our routine that which is not directly related to building up the kingdom.
3- Remember to Remain Grateful
Pray to have your heart an overflowing vessel of love and gratitude.
4- Life is meant to be hard.
Devotion and sacrifice is necessary to have a mother heart.
A mother’s heart trusts implicitly in the Savior. A woman with a mother heart sacrifices constantly.
We received delicious bittersweet chocolate hearts as handouts walking out of this session. 🙂 They were really, really good!
Sister McConkie – first speaker
showed pictures of various homes and places with lion statues guarding the entrances. The following two are the only ones I remember and could find images of on the internet. The captions are what Sister McConkie said about them.
|Hopefully this is not the image (facial expression) we are being compared to though we may feel that way at times.|
quoted Wordsworth, “The world is too much with us.”
The word of God contains the mind of God.
What words of doctrine from me does this child need to hear?
Sister Nadauld – second speaker
How do we have a home where magic happens? It begins with a good woman. A mother’s responsibility is awesome and eternal.
For Strength of Youth pamphlet is a tool to help protect.
The wonderful work of women – fulfilling household duties.
Story of some young adult women making pies for a church gathering. When asked how they made such wonderful pies one replied she had never made pies before in her life but while she made these pies she remembered her mother’s hands and what they would do. As she worked she pictured her mother’s hands.
Purposefully prepare children to be strong physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Take courage it is worth everything to work tirelessly to guard the gate of your home.
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