Monday, April 6, 2015


I was feeling extremely blessed knowing that my birthday landed on Women's Conference evening. This was the first time that I was able to bring both my girls to this special occasion. I love being able to attend with other women from our stake as you definitely feel a special spirit there. At the last minute, Kate really didn't want to go, but I insisted.

During the talks, Kate kept wiping her eyes. I asked her if she was okay and she said that they were "tears of joy." She was so happy to hear the messages. And they were profound! The Relief Society also had popcorn for the treats and it was so much fun to have something different than ice cream and brownies. Everyone loved it!

The next weekend was the marathon of conference. We got all ready to start celebrating and the feed from was ... delayed, slow, stopped. Anything that you could think of. For all 5 sessions! SO, we have made it a priority to re-watch, re-listen, and re-read these important messages. I will definitely be paying close attention to these.

What did you take out of these sessions of conference?
President Monson did not open or close the sessions, which was different.
Alas, we also are getting 3 new temples.
The importance of sustaining the Prophet. There are always those that oppose, but perhaps we aren't always aware of the opposition.
For me, the themes were strengthening home and family above anything else.

My favorite talk was The Music of the Gospel by Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Seventy. He starts by sharing a story in a Navajo hospital where an elderly man asked if the doctor could dance. Realizing that this man probably believed in healing through song and dance, the doctor asked if he knew how to dance. The elderly man said yes. The doctor then asked if he could teach him. He said yes, but he could not teach him to hear the music.

He then likened the music to the gospel.

"The challenge for all of us who seek to teach the gospel is to expand the curriculum beyond just the dance steps. Our children’s happiness depends on their ability to hear and love the beautiful music of the gospel. How do we do it?
First, we must keep our own lives attuned to the correct spiritual frequency. Second, when we can hear the music ourselves, we must try our best to perform it in our homes.
So if the basses in your family choir are too loud and overbearing, or if the string section in your family orchestra is a little too shrill or a little bit sharp, or if those impetuous piccolos are out of tune or out of control, be patient. If you’re not hearing the music of the gospel in your home, please remember these two words: keep practicing."
We will definitely work on studying the messages. Did you have a favorite talk? Please share!
Because of the hectic school and work schedule, I did not get pictures taken. Yes, we did have fruit, treats, and the tent. And we worked hard on listening as much as we could during the weekend.

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