General Conference Book Club Week 7: Sister Lifferth

01_03_liffeWe must . . . cultivate in our homes and classrooms respect for each other and reverence for God.

This week’s General Conference Book Club selection is a talk from the Saturday morning session, and our first female speaker for the the GCBC.  Sister Margaret Lifferth is the first counselor in the General Primary Presidency, and she talked about important things that our children must know and be, so it’s a great thing for us, as a group of sisters, to study and implement in the way we teach our children.

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>>Click here to read the talk “Respect and Reverence,” by Sister Margaret S. Lifferth<<

Here is a video I saw recently with a story from President Hinckley in a message called “Lessons I learned as a boy.”  I was very moved by this story, and it is a great example of the lesson that Sister Lifferth is encouraging us to teach our children.  I pray that my boys can be as compassionate as the sweet boy in this video.

Have a great week!


9 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 7: Sister Lifferth

  1. I love that video!

    I’m so glad you picked a talk from Saturday morning. I just read this talk this past week.

    There were several things in Sister Lifferth’s talk that struck me. The simple question, “Are we the examples we need to be?” is one of them. Also, “Am I an example of respect in my home by the way I treat those I love the most?”

    The blessings for reverence and respect are wonderful! Spiritual power will increase; the Lord will pour out his Spirit upon us more abundantly; we’ll be less troubled, less confused; we’ll find revealed answers to personal and family problems…

  2. I have to say that I’m sitting here crying after watching that video. I do miss President Hinckley.

    Looking forward to reading this week’s talk!

  3. I love this talk and I love Sister Lifferth! I swear, I highlighted half the talk! I love that she talks about being reverent with each other. Don’t you think sometimes we just get all bumped and bruised because we forget who we’re dealing with and we don’t make a reverent place in our hearts for the other sons and daughters of God we meet everyday? She gave such good examples of how to determine that for ourselves with real everyday applications or possibly irreverent times. I super love her line – Harshness in our training begets resentment, not reverence. So true!!! Remember how Sister Beck quoted Joseph F. Smith (I think) and said that while we cannot force our children to heaven, we may force them to hell while we try and make them better but are not as good as we should be ourselves! Man, I love her. And how excellent for Sister Lifferth to show that the real reason for reverence is at it’s core – self-discipline. I am so going to try and be more reverent. I laugh outloud in church sometimes and have even been known to chuckle in the Temple. I’m pretty good about the cell phone in church but profound respect mingled with love is not always my first thought. And that is respect and love for God and our fellow man. Being reverent helps us follow the first and most important commandment! I love it. Another thought I love — creating a place of reverence in our hearts. Isn’t that a fabulous idea? That is something I can do. And I can go to that place and be reminded of it in times that require reverence and then maybe someday I can just BE that person. That’s my goal.

    OK – I’m a huge general conference nerd. Sorry about the long comment.
    Last thought – (like in testimony meeting – I know the time is short, but…) Isn’t it great that President Packer promises not a miraculous transformation but a quiet one. How appropriate is that??? I certainly could use those blessings – so I will try to live the law connected to those blessings — Reverence. Great talk. Aren’t we blessed??? Ok — maybe I’ll just make this my post on MY blog today. Thanks Steph!

  4. This talk really spoke to me. I used to take my two year old out during Sacrament Meeting because I thought she was too busy–but after hearing this talk I learned that I needed to teach her how to sit still, how to play quietly. It’s helped, but I’m still working on it!

  5. 1. “There is great need in today’s world to nourish the souls of our children.” We are always shocked when we see pictures of malnourished children on TV. I imagine the numbers of spiritually malnourished children in the world would shock and sadden us, and in reality is much more grave and dangerous. Lately I’ve really been feeling the weight of my responsibility to feed my children’s spirits and instruct them in the Gospel.

    2. “Am I an example of respect in my home by the way I treat those I love the most?” Is it just me or is this a huge challenge? One night I got on the phone and talked to a friend who was struggling. When I got off the phone, my husband asked, “how come you’re so nice and sweet to her, and so snippy with me?” Ouch. He was right. I failed. Boy, I need to do better at this.

    3. As someone who has been serving in Primary for the last few years, I loved her ideas about how important it is to love the children. Our examples are great, but those kids only pay attention to our lessons if they feel loved. That’s true at home, too.

    I love those snippets of woman voice in General Conference.

    • On #2, I’ve had my husband say the same thing to me. It definitely hurts when they hit the nail right on the head. I need to work harder on that one, too!!

  6. I found lots of little things in this talk to be really applicable, so I’m going to work harder on:
    1. Taking crying children out quickly, rather than just trying to shush them with toys that really aren’t any quieter.
    2. Teaching my children to call adults “Brother” and “Sister.”
    3. Sitting reverently during the prelude music for sacrament meeting.
    4. Insist on proper handling of the scriptures.
    5. Teach the language of prayer intently and carefully.
    6. Being prepared in my own teaching.

    And finally, I loved her thought about working with the parents of kids with disabilities because “every child deserves a chance to progress.” As a mom of two special needs kids, I truly and sincerely appreciate that. 🙂

  7. Our guest speaker used this talk as the basis for his thoughts at our primary board meeting, and it was so inspiring. We all laughed at this line: “reverent behavior is not a natural tendency for most children.”
    And I love President McKay’s definition of reverence: “Reverence is profound respect mingled with love.”

    Great choice. I’ve been thinking a lot about this one.

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