Monday, August 31, 2009

STAKE CONFERENCE

I used to always be COMPLETELY bored through Stake Conference.
Not quite sure when I grew up
but now I totally soak in the messages, the music, the feeling ...
same with General Conference.
Can't wait for that!
Anyway, our Stake Conference this weekend was filled with good things
My favorite was a primary child's talk
His name is Adam Dean and he's probably 8 or 9 years old
His dad stood beside him at the pulpit for moral support.
Adam talked about his family being sealed in the temple recently
He told how his teenage brother (who is usually quite grumpy) was happy the whole time
and said that if that miracle could happen, then temples really are about miracles!
I don't remember everything he said, but I remember while he was talking, feeling like the temple is the most special place on the whole earth
This little boy spoke with the Spirit.
All the talks were uplifting
But President Udall's struck a lot of chords with me.
He said
"You begin the road to greatness when you reach out and lift a friend"
I think his talk was entitled
DON'T WAIT TO BE GREAT
He highlighted 8 ways to be great.
One of them was by following the prophet.
Here's a great quote from his talk:
"Don't ever put a question mark where the prophet puts a period."
One last thought from his talk that I'll share with you:
When we talk about putting on the Whole Armor of God, every piece but one is a defensive piece (the shield, the helmet, etc) Only the sword is for the offense. and the SWORD is the WORD OF GOD. To be on the offensive, we need to regularly study and ponder the scriptures.
It was a great conference.

3 comments:

Rebecca and Co. said...

I also loved Adam Dean's talk! What a sweetheart!

And the sword being the only offensive part of the armor of God--that impressed me too.

I went out with the missionaries last week to help teach a reactivating Laurel. She attended stake conference with me and even SHE loved it all! (And I did too.)

Tasha said...

I needed this today Denalee! you are such a blessing in my life!
Thanks!
Tasha

Ashley said...

I love Pres. Udall's talks!