Here is the link if your interested in hearing all the great talks... https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2014/04?cid=HPSU040614654&lang=eng
The week before Conference, my husband and I were able to go to the temple... and there I found great peace. I always do and love it there...
While there all the people in our session were reminded to keep our covenants and the commandments with exactness.... during a prayer. I have pondered on that since... how can I be more exact with everything I strive to do.... from scripture reading, to prayer, serving others and fhe. I can see where I need to grow and do better. I am trying now to do just that...
Well in conference it sounded like the same theme.... to me anyhow... maybe because I am focused on this right now.
The Prophet talked about being true to the faith.... and being very much involved in doing the Lord's work
I loved Elder Hollands talk.. so very powerful! He talked about many things... but everything was with conviction and such spirit. He talked about how Jesus was tormented and treated badly by others, how he suffered... and yet he was always thinking of others... putting their needs first....
I want to be like that... I have several people in my life who I have to be apart of their life because we are family. And as sad as I am that family would treat me and my family as poorly as they sometimes do.... I want to be like Christ. I want to still remember its a reflection of them and I need to be Christ like.. forgive them... find the good in them and still love them. Its hard... sometimes my heart aches so.... the things they do or don't do hurts ...but this trial will make me a better person if I just continue to strive to be like Jesus.
Elder Holland talked about how the world wants an easy God... one that says its ok.. go have fun, eat drink and merry.... live whatever life style you want... just be happy.... so on and so forth... He hit the gay/lesbian part well I thought, so well that I felt compassion for those striving to live the laws of GOD and not of the world.... How hard it must be for those in the church , who know that God made man and woman to become one and no other combination. How my heart aches for those who struggle with the desire to be with the same sex ... what a trial and yet they stand strong, hopefully in holy places. How not only does the world come at them but I am sure the gay/lesbian community as well...
Elder Holland was firm... and yet so honest and loving... I love that about his talk. Its probably his nature and I am sure many of us can learn from his example. To STAND STRONG in what we KNOW to be true... no matter the cost. I feel that the times will get hard... that people will treat us differently in the near future and we will have to stand strong... that is why its important now to get our testimonies in the right place.... to know the scriptures... to have the spirit of the Lord with us... so that we may be directed at all times... in all things as we do stand as a witness of God and his principles and gospel truths.... :)
Elder Ronald Rasband's talk was a wonderful reminder of the needs of many and how we need to serve others... bearing one anothers burdens... lifting one anothers spirits..... and how we will be blessed if we do the Lord's work
that prompted me to immediately write a post on FB about how grateful I am for the many people in my life who have taught me many things.... and have helped me *either good or bad* in becoming the person I am today.... and his talk also reminded us to bring back GRATITUDE PRAYERS at night for family prayers... so that is what we will do. :)
HE too reminded us all to be thankful in our trials and to not MURMUR against God... especially during those times... that the many people in the scriptures are great examples of NOT MURMURING against God during such times of trial... to be thankful... and to praise God.... I hope to actually one day be able to do this... it sounds hard...but we all must be able to do this for we are God's children created in his image with great potential :)
Elder Ballard encouraged us to read PREACH MY GOSPEL as a family... so for FHE I might try to incorporate it... I haven't yet even looked at this book but I will now.
Jean A. Stevens said a beautiful thing ... that I loved... and want to remember ... THE GOSPEL IS WINGS ... IT CARRIES US! I love that... so many people feel overwhelmed by doing all the things the Lord expects us to do... along with daily life .. work... family and extra curricular activities.... and they seem to put everything else first.. because we are in the world.. and naturally we just do the day to day living stuff...but if we remember the Lord and his things come first...the blessings will be great!!!!!!!!
Another Talk that said a lot of the theme of Obey Gods Commandments and do the things we have to do... was Bishops Gary Stevensons talk. He reminded us this life is the time to prepare to meet God... Run the Race that we may obtain the Prize.... To have self discipline.... and OBEY
Elder Bednar's talk was great... and talked about our daily loads.... and how they can help us become better even they seem heavy... and he encouraged us to study the Saviors Atonement.
The Prophet reminded us all to treat others with kindness and the most important commandment out there is to LOVE THEY GOD and TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER :)
Those were the ones that impressed me the most.. .but there were many more... :) If you did not hear it... or see it... I encourage you to go to LDS.ORG and watch General Conference :) It is a great blessing to have these great leaders direct our paths on the straight and narrow! I know all the things that they shared to be true. I might not do it all perfectly but I am striving to do them... and hopefully with exactness :)