Well, it was another day filled with wonderfully inspiring and thought-provoking talks and messages from General Conference. I have truly been spiritually fed over these last two days and I wish the feeling could stay with me always.
I feel inspired to be more involved in service, genealogy work and overall, wiser use of my time. I feel encouraged to live my life happily--knowing that God is aware of me and my desires. The things that matter to me matter to the Lord because He loves me.
Elder Quentin L. Cook, from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave a wonderful talk about overcoming trials, tragedies and tribulation (click here to watch the video). He spoke right to my soul when he said these words:
"There are many kinds of challenges; some give us necessary experiences. Adverse results in this mortal life are not evidence of lack of faith, or of imperfection in our Father in Heaven's overall plan. The Refiner's Fire is real and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God."
I felt the spirit many times today whisper to my spirit that the messages I heard today were true. I know God lives and that He loves me. I know that doing things the Lord's way will make me happier than doing things my way. I know that I can receive guidance and comfort as I turn to the Lord in prayer. He knows who I am and even more, knows who I can become, if I will be but trust Him.
Clinton reminded me of something that he loves to laugh about from the beginning years of our marriage. We had just bought cell phones for the first time and were enjoying the convenience they introduced into our lives. One afternoon I left the house, got into the driver's seat and buckled before realizing I had forgotten something inside. I guess I was feeling especially lazy and had the brilliant idea to use my cell phone as my legs. I called Clinton and asked if he could bring me what I had forgotten.
He: Can't you just come back in and get it?
Me: I can't.
He: Why not?
Me: ...I'm kinda in a hurry and don't want to deal with the seat belt.
He: (laughing) The seat belt's automatic! You just don't want to get out of the car and get it.
Me: (not laughing) No. Forget it.
I went inside and he was laughing at my terrible excuse but I refused to admit to it...
Today was the first time he brought it up and I laughed with him. I guess after 8 years I can finally admit I was just being lazy...although, that seat belt was annoying! :)
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