General Conference Book Club Week 15: Sister Dibb

Sister Dibb is married to my dad’s cousin, so that makes us practically like sisters, and therefore, I think it’s totally fine that my siblings and I call President Monson “Uncle Tom,” don’t you think? (If I knew how to make really tiny font, it would say here: “Not that we’ve ever met him or anything.”)

Anyway, Sister Ann M. Dibb gave a great talk in the Sunday morning session of General Conference called “Hold On.”  It’s a fun and meaningful talk, plus Elder Holland referred to it in the talk we just studied last week.

You can read the talk here.  You can also  watch it here or listen to it here.

“Heavenly Father has not left us alone during our mortal probation. He has already given us all the “safety equipment” we will need to successfully return to Him.”

“In the scriptures there are very few stories of individuals who lived in blissful happiness and experienced no opposition. We learn and grow by overcoming challenges with faith, persistence, and personal righteousness.”

As you read this talk, what are your thoughts and impressions about “holding on”?


We are already at week 15 (out of 25, I think)!  Can you believe we’re only about 10 weeks out from Spring Conference?  If this is your first visit to our weekly book club, welcome!  (You’ll find details about GCBC here.)


7 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 15: Sister Dibb

  1. I’m jumping in the “club” as part of my 2010 resolutions . . .

    I like this “safety equipment analogy”—if any of the workers actually wore their safety equipment, they might have felt foolish those 50 weeks where the others were working without the hassle and extra attention. But suddenly it was obvious why they were wearing it.

    Reading the scriptures is so often like that—many days I do it because I’m supposed to do it and often I fail to see the benefits (obviously I’m not doing it right); but if I’m diligent, then when a crisis comes I’m more prepared. On the flip side, if I’m not working really hard on staying in tune with the Spirit, when I am desperate for an answer, I’m not as confident that I can suddenly “turn on the switch” and let heaven’s voice guide my life. It doesn’t work that way. Being in tune requires some practice, just as being safe when the scary stuff comes requires being prepared.

    This talk is a good reminder to hold on to the scriptures, even when we cannot see the dangers around us.

  2. My life the last few years has been a long lesson in holding on. The things she talks about here are really the key to weathering the storms of life. Consistent scripture study, personal prayer–these really are the Lord’s safety equipment. I liked Heather’s comments above about how we just can’t “turn on the switch” with the Lord only when we think we need it. Doing these simple things consistently provides oil in our lamps. Just like the 10 virgins, we don’t know when we will need it and there may not be time to get more. When tough times have come, I’ve been so grateful for the good gospel habits I started to learn (and kept working on) in my youth.

  3. I love the analogy of the safety equipment. Although I must say if I was suspended 125 feet in the air I would have been strapped in as tight as possible. However, I take for granted the “safety equipment” that the Lord has provided. I don’t properly use them, and this is part of my New Year’s Resolution. I used to be extremely diligent about reading my scriptures, prayers and other things, but then I had children and life got crazy! So this year I am getting back to the basics, and making these things a priority again. What a great talk, thanks again!

  4. I’m definitely going to have to read this talk this week. It’s definitely a “Hold On” kind of week for us right now. LOTS going on. (Hopefully, I’ll update about all that on Friday on my blog.)

  5. What stood out to me was her statement that the proper use of our “safety equipment” requires “diligence, obedience, and persistence.” I get lazy sometimes and cannot afford to be so. Elder Bednar also taught about the importance of consistency. This concept is what I really want to work toward.

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