Monday, October 3, 2011

Our favorite October past time.

Not only is October fabulous because it feels like the official beginning of fall, but because General Conference is the first weekend of every October. Every six months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a conference for all members of the church or anyone interested. The prophet and apostles as well as other leaders give talks to encourage, enlighten and uplift all members all over the world.
The prophet, Thomas S. Monson with his two counselors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This past weekend we were blessed to hear many wonderful and inspiring messages about family, standing up for what's right, studying the words of God and being better citizens and people. I feel so blessed to be able to hear from the prophet of the world. Like Amos testifies in the Old Testament, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets." In fact one of the speakers at Conference said, "If God spoke for most of the first 4,000 years of earth's history, why would he have stopped?"

One of my favorite talks was about being an effective teacher and parent. Bro. Richardson (fun fact: also was one of my professors at BYU) explains that a parent teaches by the spirit of the Lord. It was such an inspiring talk for me as a mommy-to-be. Check it out here.

Another talk that inspired me was by our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson. He spoke boldly about the ten commandments and how we are blessed when we follow them.

Lastly, a comment that touched me the most was by Elder Anderson in which he was quoting a Christian mom's blog post (See it here). She states, "Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for."

Sometimes I feel like others think I'm crazy for having a child when I'm 23 years old, or for not spending more time with just my husband before we start our family or because I'm not quite sure that I'm done with my education and because my husband most assuredly is not. However, our decision wasn't based on any of that. It was because we felt that now was our time to start our family. We know that having children isn't easy, but the Lord doesn't always ask us to do easy things. This is not to say that all women every where should be having children right this moment, not in the least. But, the Lord has asked us to make a few small sacrifices to gain some of the greatest little peanut that will be joining us soon :) And how he has blessed us...

1 comment:

  1. beautifully written emily. i love reading positive and true things and this one takes the cake.


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