By Megan/Photo Credit: littlerandomsparks
Twice yearly, my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holds a General Conference or meeting of all its leaders and members. For me, it is one of the best times of the year. We get to hear from the prophet, apostles and other general authorities. They always have so much to teach us. Through the Holy Ghost, they teach us lessons we have been yearning to learn.
Our last conference as held in April 2016. It was impossible to pick a favorite talk. They were all so beautiful. Elder Duncan taught us forgiveness, Elder Rasband told us to stand with church leaders. Sister Oscarson spoke on believing and President Uchtdorf spoke on being rebuilt. Our beloved prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spoke on our choices. There were too many talks to pick from.
Isn’t it wonderful, though? Isn’t it wonderful that twice a year we get to listen to these Church leaders speak to us. Isn’t it wonderful to hear their messages given to us? I was touched by this conference in more ways than one. For once, I felt like I really understood conference and the importance of it. I didn’t complain once about it being too long or too boring. Instead, I was listening intently, jotting down notes as words were being said.
I learned too many things to share in one blog post this conference. However, these were some of the main points I took from it. I created my own little process to become a better disciple of Christ.
1. First we must know we are children of God, then we must make choices.
2. Once we have made a bad choice, we then must understand that God will still accept us and He will help rebuild us.
3. After we understand that, we can turn to Him and our Savior for peace. In three steps, we can find peace for our souls.
4. Our final step is to keep trying and keep pushing. We are capable of doing anything if we put our minds to it.
I based this process on a few talks that stood out to me including President Uchtdorf’s, Elder Holland’s, Elder Hallstrom’s, Elder Waddell’s, and President Monson’s. They all spoke on different topics, and yet I related them all to each other. Elder Hallstrom spoke to us about knowing we are children of God. The first and one of the most important things to me in the Church is to know you are a child of God and you are loved. Elder Hallstrom taught, “In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God.”
The second important thing is to know that you have agency. President Monson taught us that we all have a choice in this life. We don’t have things chosen for us. We must choose for ourselves. President Monson said, “May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” We are given choices, and those choices can lead us to good and bad.
The next thing to understand is that no matter how broken you are or how many mistakes you’ve made, you can be rebuilt through the Savior. President Uchtdorf spoke to us on the matter that God accepts all of His children. He doesn’t turn any away, He doesn’t groan when they ask for help, He doesn’t even give up on us. He waits until we are ready. He then asks us to repent of our sins through the Atonement, and He begins to rebuild us into more than we can imagine.
The fourth thing to understand is that we can find peace in our Savior. Elder Waddell taught us three steps to find peace. The steps were to learn of Christ, listen to Christ, and walk with Christ. In a world full of danger and distraction, we can find ourselves easily turning away from the Savior. We can find that our hearts may be sad and lost. We may feel angry with ourselves and with the world. Sometimes it may feel like we are alone, and that we won’t feel peace. It is hard in such a chaotic world to recognize and feel peace. If we follow these three steps, however, we can find the much needed peace through our Savior.
The final step in the process I have developed is to keep trying. Elder Holland spoke to us about not fearing tomorrow. He told us to remain strong and to keep pushing forward. Elder Holland said, “Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.” Remember that no man goes his way alone. Whether we recognize it or not, the Savior is with us every step of the way. God watches over us and Jesus walks with us. We aren’t alone. We can’t give up. The Savior suffered so that we could live with Him and Heavenly Father again. He loved us enough to sacrifice Himself to pay a debt we all should have paid. The Savior gave us more than we can imagine. We must keep trying, keep pushing and keep working to return to Him. We can’t give up on ourselves, our beliefs or our Savior.
General Conference is an amazing experience to learn knew things and to be taught by the Spirit. This has been one of my favorite conferences so far, because I listened and learned how to be a better disciple. I created this process for myself, and I’m working on it every day.
I know that God loves us, and that He won’t abandon us. I know that if we keep trying and make good choices, God will make us into something beyond imaginable. I know that we can find peace through our Savior because of His atoning sacrifice. I know God speaks to His prophets and apostles and helps them create the perfect talks to touch lives. This conference sure has touched mine. I can’t help but think: Isn’t it wonderful?