Two days dedicated to pouring inspiration into world-weary souls. A sea of skirts and white collared shirts flooding the sidewalks of Temple Square. More than 21,000 cushy red theater seats, sans soda slime and crushed-popcorn-kernel-covered floors. Black patent-leather pumps. Firm handshakes and sincere side hugs.
A few of my favorite (conference) things
These are a few of my favorite things, especially when they all come together twice a year for general conference.
Aside from the spiritual feast this weekend provided, nothing made me smile more than the time I got to spend with familiar faces. Conference weekends usually afford me an opportunity to laugh, pray and ponder with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents from both sides of my family. And this weekend was no exception.
Check out some of the stellar people I got to spend time with.
And, of course, a girls’ night out meant this weekend also included some simply scrumptious food.
There were so many memorable moments. Can you say whole-wheat dog food, love poems, Tommy Hilfiger and prom dresses? These were all discussed at one point or another.
There was also a fascinating chat about the long-term damage being denied bubble gum ice cream can do. Who knew? (If you’d like detailed notes and minding-blowing insights from each conversation, I’d be happy to share.)
Of course, what mattered far more than talk of salmonella and refrigerator magnets were the wonderful words shared during the sessions of conference.
I loved all of the messages, but I was especially inspired by Elder Oak’s address (and not just because he gave the guys a much-needed quit-hanging-out reminder).
I’ll sign off today with this quote from Elder Oaks.
“Let us remember that desires dictate our priorities. Priorities shape our choices. And choices determine our actions. In addition, it is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something.”
What conference messages struck a chord with you?