Like most Mormon mommies everywhere my hands down favorite talk was from Russell Ballard. He spoke of motherhood and gave useful advice to the whole family, “Dad, help with the housework. Give your wife a day off once in a while.” “Kids, pick up your toys! Make your bed. Tell your mom that you love her every day.”
And while I love any message that encourages other people to vacuum the carpets I especially enjoyed Elder Ballard’s advice to ME– to slow down, to enjoy my children, to worry less about perfection and spend more time just laughing. I desperately wish I could send this message back to myself 10 years ago and say “LISTEN UP!”
A close second was Dieter Uchtdorf’s talk on “The Faith of Our Fathers.” Erik teases me that I could watch Uchtdorf on mute and still enjoy the message because he is so darn good-looking. This is true, but I would miss hearing his lovely German accent.
OK, seriously now. I loved his message that we all have a spiritual heritage even if it isn’t a Mormon heritage. Living in this area where we are truly the only family without pioneer ancestry I have just a wee bit of an inferiority complex about my lack of connections. Elder Uchtdorf spoke of his appreciation for faithful people everywhere.
General Conference rarely, if ever, teaches anything new. Rather, the speakers take old truths and invigorate them with stories and personal experience. Together, the old truths and new insights renew and encourage me.
It’s snowing again today– YUCK! Maybe Spring will come next week….