We were SO ready for conference. It felt like much more than six months since the last time we gathered to listen to our leaders. Last General Conference was at the beginning of the pandemic– the first weekend in April– and it felt so strange to watch the speakers (usually in front of 20,000 people) speak to an empty room. But this time around, we are all accustomed to empty rooms and empty stadiums; we are simply yearning for the word of God.
And we heard the word of God.
I cannot recall a conference with so much power, so much guidance and assurance and specific counsel for our time.
I have SO many favorite talks. But I always try to limit my recommendations to five. And anyone in my household would give you a different list. The conference was just so powerful.
By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power with God by Sharon Eubank (I think I’ve listened to this eight times already)
Hearts Knit in Righteousness and Unity by Elder Quentin L. Cook (this talk is my whole heart)
Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God Elder Dale G. Renlund
God Will Do Something Unimaginable Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Let God Prevail President Russell M. Nelson (my Jewish friends will love listening to this talk and Elder Renlund’s for all the references to Jewish scholars and their wisdom)
Fritzie’s first conference. He made it amazing for everyone.
We forgot our TV was broken so we watched on our computers. Love modern technology.
We are all amazed at Hansie’s ability to sleep through Ben’s very LOUD (and very fabulou) singing and playing.
When Fritzie’s around everyone wants to be in the photo.
Pulled out Halloween. Nowhere near getting it up yet.
It’s not General Conference, without crêpes and a little home improvement.
Xander always tries to crowd in on baby time…
but we all got cuddles this weekend. Not enough. Never enough.
Every conference has a theme, and to me, this one felt clear. We need to join together in unity and love. Our leaders denounced racism, they spoke up for immigrants and refugees, they pleaded over and over to love our neighber.
Our world, and especially the United States are so divided right now. As followers of Christ, we need to find common ground, to reach past those differences and work to create a better world for all of God’s children.