July 02, 2012

General Conference... Ooops!

So... Remember that one time I said I was going to blog about one General Conference talk every week and thereby complete my studies of EVERY talk from the April session before the next session in October?

Yeah... That sorta didn't happen. Ooops...

By now, I should have blogged about 12 Conference talks, which means I'm 9 talks short. In an effort to keep learning spiritually from each of these talks, I've compiled my thoughts on a few of them. Here's the first one. It's technically from the YW session, so it doesn't even count towards my goal, but I liked it. It's called "Seek Learning: You Have a Work to Do." Here are a few highlights:

  • President's Hinckley's advice to the youth of the church:
"You must get all of the education that you possibly can... Sacrifice anything that is needed to be sacrificed to qualify yourselves to do the work of [this] world... Train your minds and hands to become an influence for good as you go forward with your lives."

  • President Monson's counsel to women:
"I urge you to pursue your education and learn marketable skills so that, should a situation arise, you are prepared to provide."

  • BRILLIANT advice!:
"You are constantly bombarded by sound, video, and networking. Be selective and don't allow this surge of information to distract you or slow your progress. Arise, young women! You determine your goals. You decide what enters your mind and heart."

Powerfull stuff! That means I don't have to be distracted by Facebook, Pinterest, etc. in order to 

  • Here is some more advice for young women about how gaining knowledge now will bless us someday when we become mothers.
"Gaining knowledge now will pay huge dividends when you become a mother... We learn in 'The Family: A Proclamation to the World' that 'mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.' Providing an education for your children is part of that nurturing and is your sacred responsibility. Like the stripling warriors, who 'had been taught by their mothers,' you will be the most important teacher your children will ever have, so choose your learning carefully. Bless your children and your future home by learning as much as you can now."

"Seek learning by faith. We learn by faith as we diligently gain spiritual knowledge through prayer, scripture study, and obedience... If you do your part to gain knowledge, the Holy Ghost can enlighten your mind... Learning by faith will give you confidence and will help you navigate your way through times of uncertainty. 

I think it's put so beautifully when we are reminded about how the things we do NOW will bless our families in the FUTURE. And it's important to promote spiritual AND temporal growth. We definitely need both in our lives. I hate the fact that I'm behind on this self-imposed goal, but I'm grateful for wise counsel from our leaders to help us have happier, more productive lives.

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