Monday, October 26, 2009

Conference Weekend

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General Conference October 2009
(click to read or listen to the inspiring messages)

Aaron Jr and I went for a drive in the car so we could listen to General Conference for the Saturday afternoon session. Ever since the HD/digital switchover with television, we have not been able to watch TV at our house. :) So, we went for a drive so we could listen to it in the car. We drove to the Salt Lake City Cemetery where Aaron is buried. It is a BEAUTIFUL cemetery, so I took a few photos there.

We drove to the headstones of President and Sister Hinckley first. There was a cane at the base of the big memorial there. I don't know whose it was, but it was fun to think that it may have been President Hinckley's cane. Who knows?

After the Hinckley memorial, we headed over to Aaron's site and on the way, I wanted to take a photo of this. So neat.

I had the radio on to listen while I sat by Aaron's stone. It was so peaceful and a great way to spend the time listening to Conference. It was very special.

Aaron Jr was asleep in the car... just like 9 times out of 10 when we go to the cemetery. I wanted to leave something that day, so I got this out of the car. Aaron's mom had these made in memory of Aaron last year. One side says: Aaron... a great man. And the other side says: Built Ford Tough.

There were so many great talks, but here are a few excerpts from a few that I loved...

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in speaking of the divinity of The Book of Mormon said:

For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died—from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”

I testify that one cannot come to full faith in this latter-day work—and thereby find the fullest measure of peace and comfort in these, our times—until he or she embraces the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom it testifies.

I ask that my testimony of the Book of Mormon and all that it implies, given today under my own oath and office, be recorded by men on earth and angels in heaven. I hope I have a few years left in my “last days,” but whether I do or do not, I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson when speaking of moral discipline said:

Jesus’s own moral discipline was rooted in His discipleship to the Father. To His disciples He explained, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). By this same pattern, our moral discipline is rooted in loyalty and devotion to the Father and the Son. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that provides the moral certainty upon which moral discipline rests.

The societies in which many of us live have for more than a generation failed to foster moral discipline. They have taught that truth is relative and that everyone decides for himself or herself what is right. Concepts such as sin and wrong have been condemned as “value judgments.” As the Lord describes it, “Every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god” (D&C 1:16).

All of us experience temptations. So did the Savior, but He “gave no heed unto them” (D&C 20:22). Similarly, we do not have to yield simply because a temptation surfaces. We may want to, but we don’t have to. An incredulous female friend asked a young adult woman, committed to living the law of chastity, how it was possible that she had never “slept with anybody.” “Don’t you want to?” the friend asked. The young woman thought: “The question intrigued me, because it was so utterly beside the point. . . . Mere wanting is hardly a proper guide for moral conduct.

President Thomas S. Monson when speaking of service said:

My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.
That service to which all of us have been called is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As He enlists us to His cause, He invites us to draw close to Him. He speaks to you and to me:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
If we truly listen, we may hear that voice from far away say to us, as it spoke to another, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant." That each may qualify for this blessing from our Lord is my prayer...

All the talks that I heard were amazing, but these two stuck out to me a lot. That night during Priesthood Session, any of us girls who could got together at my parents house to hang out while the guys were at their meeting. That is a tradition that I love.

It was a good day.

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Lisa said...

the pics from the cemetary are very neat. conference was so great. thanks for the reminder.

Kristi said...

What a great place to go during conference. We STILL have not been back to see Aaron's grave stone. I have been thinking about you a lot. I hope everything is going well. It is so nice when we get to hear such inspiring and teaching words from our church leaders.