There have been many different things on my mind lately, and most of them were addressed during this conference.
We had three different topics we went over, and I'm going to record my notes from this event.
In the opening remarks given my Sister Lori Toney, she talked about the importance of visiting teaching in the Lord's plan. She reminded all of us that we serve through our visiting teaching, and that we need to show each other how much we love one another and how much the Lord loves us as individuals. We also need to treat our sisters we visit as family, and that visiting teaching is all about family. This notion of visiting teaching is all about family really struck me. I also remind myself that the church family really is a family of mine. It's hard for me sometimes to be so far away from my side of the family, and being reminded that we need to treat each sister in RS like family helped me feel like I'm not just here in MI all alone. Also, I was thinking about how much visiting teaching strengthens me and helps me be able to better focus on my role in the home. Then the last point Lori made was how we need to help all of our sisters return home to Heavenly Father's presence.
After the remarks, we broke up into our different groups and then rotated through the church to our different lectures.
The first group I was in, the topic was The Lord's Jewels. The main focus for this group was fulfilling our divine mission here on earth. Then she talked about the different "powers" or strengthens that we are blessed with to be able to find our full potential so we can complete our missions we were sent here to do. The different powers were: the power in revelation, power in priorities, power in the word of God, and lastly the power in fulfilling our missions. There were many quotes that she used from talks that I want to find and study. Those talks were by the following:
- Sister Beck, General Conference, April 2010
- Sister Beck, General Conference, October 2010
- Sister Beck, BYU Women's Conference, May 2010
- President Benson, General Conference, April 1988
Power in Revelation:
How do we stand strong, increase our faith during great opposition? There are a few things we can do, such as pray, read our scriptures, keep our covenants. But the main thing that will help us is personal revelation. Revelation is the manifestation of the power of the priesthood. D&C 8:2-3.
Power in Priorities:
In order to make something a priority, we must feel that it is important. There are so many things that we want to do and have to do, that it can seem overwhelming at times and that we have no idea how we will be able to complete everything that needs to be done. It has been said by many apostles that if we put the Lord first, then all things will fall into place. All we need to do is have faith and trust in the Lord, and put him first. If we trust his word, then we know that all things will be taken care of if we make HIM our first priority.
Sister Beck said that we need to make a list of our priorities. The list needs to include the essential, the necessary and lastly, what we want to do. The essential are the things needed for us to reach the celestial kingdom and exhalation. The necessary are the things we need to do in this temporal world, such as working to provide for a family, cooking, cleaning, etc. And the lastly, the other things we would like to do is just that.
Power in the Word of God:
She started running out of time by the time we got to this topic, but she talked about WWII and how England did not succumb to the Nazis. The UK government strengthened their people through words, and had posters such as the Keep Calm and Carry On. And then we read D&C 1:17-19.
Power to fulfill our Divine Missions:
We find the power to fulfill our missions by making and keeping our covenants. We find the strength we need from the temple.
The second group that I attended was entitled Right Here, Right Now.