We're livin' it up on the U.P. - that's Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Punkie is 6 and LOVED Kindergarten! Isaboo is 2 and she's a smiley whirl wind. We also call her Busy-Isi. This year we welcomed little Lorenzo to our family.

Life is great!

Monday, April 13, 2015

#LDSconf

Oh, how I love the Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

We watched The 185th Conference from our living room on April 4th & 5th . 

I love it for lots of reasons:

I grew up watching, so it always brings back so many great memories!

The Music! 
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

Because it's like no other Sunday of the whole year...except for the same Conference held in the Fall. 
Our Sundays are usually VERY busy. 
The first half of every Sunday surely doesn't feel like a day of rest.
Conference always feels like a break and a renewal.

Because my kids can crawl, color, play games, make nests, make forts, do crafts, spill, clean up, play, roll, dance, wander, laugh, kitty fight, eat, drink, and nap....all during the 8 hours of conference.
Some of these things we, of course, discourage.
Some of these things they will naturally grow out of...
some of these things I will miss, as they do.

These are from last October's Conference













This is the kitty fight from this April Conference.










And last, but not limited to, because it's either Spring or Fall when it's Conference Time!
NOT winter...and that's great!

My favorite talks:

Oh they were all good...so here are my top 3 favorites.

Seeking the Lord 
Elder Jose A. Teixeira
Of the Seventy

"Every day we should consider including frequent interactions with the teachings of Christ. Small and simple gestures and acts made daily will:
  1. 1. 
    Deepen our understanding of the significance of the Lord in our lives, and
  2. 2. 
    Help us share this understanding with the rising generations, who will surely feel the love of Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, when they see our example of sincerely living the gospel."

  3. "Perhaps the most important lesson the Lord taught me through this process happened during our family scripture study after my sister had left the Church. Our son David was reading as we studied together Luke 15. As he read the parable of the prodigal son, I heard it differently that day than I had ever heard it before. For some reason, I had always related to the son who stayed home. As David read that morning, I realized that in some ways I was the prodigal son. All of us fall short of the glory of the Father (see Romans 3:23). All of us need the Savior’s Atonement to heal us. All of us are lost and need to be found. This revelation that day helped me know that my sister and I both needed the Savior’s love and His Atonement. Susan and I were actually on the same path back home."
    1. It's not to just copy and paste his whole talk here, but here is my favorite part: 
    2. "Because we were then born into that fallen world and because we too would transgress the laws of God, we also were sentenced to the same penalties that Adam and Eve faced.
      What a plight! The entire human race in free fall—every man, woman, and child in it physically tumbling toward permanent death, spiritually plunging toward eternal anguish. Is that what life was meant to be? Is this the grand finale of the human experience? Are we all just hanging in a cold canyon somewhere in an indifferent universe, each of us searching for a toehold, each of us seeking for something to grip—with nothing but the feeling of sand sliding under our fingers, nothing to save us, nothing to hold on to, much less anything to hold on to us? Is our only purpose in life an empty existential exercise—simply to leap as high as we can, hang on for our prescribed three score years and ten, then fail and fall, and keep falling forever?
      The answer to those questions is an unequivocal and eternal no! With prophets ancient and modern, I testify that “all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.”"
    3. And he said about Easter....

    4. I realize they are all from the same session. 
    5. I really did watch all the sessions but, this session really spoke to ME. 
    6. What was your favorite talk or passage from #ldsconf?

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Hmmm, nest building looks fun- we'll have to suggest that to out kids for next time!

Sandy said...

thanks for posting so many wonderful pictures of my grandchildren. Mom