The first weekend of October is always the Church’s General Conference. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life, it is one of my favorite weekends of the year. It’s the ultimate life conference. I gather with those I hold most dear, my family, and we immerse ourselves in the good news of the gospel for two whole days- listening to ten hours of instruction on how to come unto Christ and live a life of greater faith. Every year it’s transformative. This year has proven no different. I’ve been riding a sort of high ever since. Perhaps it’s spurred by the Social media fast I’ve been on in response to the Prophet’s challenge. Perhaps it’s the change in perspective sparked by this talk by Joy D Jones, that has helped me parent with more consistent love, patience, and forgiveness now that I’m doing it for God, and not for my children. Surely it’s because of the increased desire I obtained to live a life more in tune with God’s will. I want to be worthy to have His spirit with me more frequently, actively guiding me, teaching me, and raising me up to a higher plane of living. When I think about all my feelings from Conference my heart brims up with joy and I just want to shout it all from the rooftops. These last two weeks I have left the “world” behind and sought for a life of greater spirituality, and it has resulted in continual bliss. The increased attention and length of my morning study of the Book of Mormon has reminded me once again of the precious truths contained therein. Too often I forget just how precious that book is. Just how much truth is contained therein. In our post-modern world, it has never been more needed!
It was wonderful to be affirmed in my current lifestyle choices by Apostle Henry B. Eyring. My choice to go all-in as a mother, teacher, and spiritual guide for my children has brought me surprising fulfillment. And hearing the Prophet and Apostles and Female Presidents of the Church speak of the importance of increased learning in the home filled my soul with sweet assurance. I am living in line with God’s will for me. I’m grateful. I’m full. I’m happy!