General Conference Meme and Blog-Share

Does anyone else feel like the last amen at conference is like saying goodbye to a dear friend?  Sigh.  So to help us through our withdrawal, let’s reflect on what conference meant to us.

I’m sorry it took me a while to get this up today, but here are eleven questions that you can answer on your own blog.  Then come back here and post the link for us.  (Please share the link that goes directly to the meme post, not just your blog.) I’m trying out that fancy linky thing at the bottom of this post, but if it doesn’t work, then linking up in the comments works just fine too.  I will come and visit every single one.  I’m excited to hear what you learned.  Thanks to Lesa for helping me both write and host the meme.

The questions below have my own answers, so if you want a cleaner version to cut-and-paste on your blog, you can get it here.

General Conference Highlights, October 2011

1.  Who were your three favorite speakers?

I think I had 4 (or more):  Sister Dalton, Elder Ardern, Elder Andersen, and Elder Carl Cook

2.  Which talk spoke to you the most?

Even though it was for fathers, I loved Sister Dalton’s talk.  It made me grateful for my father and my husband, and taught me a lot about being a better mother too.

3.  What was your favorite Hymn and why did it move you?

When the choir sang “Consider the lilies” I really felt the message.  It seemed a perfect fit with Pres. Uctdorf’s conference and RS talks.

4.  Which speaker was the best dressed?  (Come on, we can have a little fun.)

President Uctdorf had a kickin’ purple striped tie on Saturday morning.

5.  Were there any topics that you felt like were repeated often?  Any conference “themes”?

Were there like 10 talks about reading scriptures?  Because it sure felt like it to me.  Such a great reminder I needed.

6.  Share a few of your favorite quotes from any of the talks (paraphrasing is fine).

Loved Elder Andersen’s reaffirmation of the importance of the family.

Loved Pres. Monson’s declaration that we are unapologetically different from the morals of the world.

Also really liked when Pres. Eyring quoted Marion G. Romney (I think) about true conversion means that your desire to do anything contrary to the gospel is dead.

7.  Name something(s) that made you smile or laugh during conference.

President Monson’s cute faces and humor.  The 29-cent chicken story.  Pres. Eyring remembering what happened to Abinadi when he testified of Christ against his audience’s will.

8.  Was there any evidence that your children paid attention?

Oh gosh, they did so great.  Really.  Tonight my 4-year-old Natalie said to me in the kitchen while we were setting the table, “I’m going to miss General Conference.”  Me too, Natalie, me too.

9.  What doctrine did you learn as you listened to the choir(s) sing?

I felt the simple truth and reminder of my divinity as I heard “I am a child of God,” plus what I already said about “Consider the lilies.”

10.  Did the music enhance your General Conference experience? How?

Yes, of course.  I love the parts where me and the kids get to sing along.

11.  What are some of your post-conference goals?

Oh heavens, so many.  Foremost, I will adapt a no-excuses policy when it comes to reading scriptures.  I want to pray more fervently and sincerely.  I want to teach my children about family history.  I want to be more careful and more purposeful in all my online time.  So many things I want to work on, not out of guilt, but out of true desire to serve the Lord and receive his blessings.

Also, week 1 of General Conference Book Club is up and running too, so don’t miss it.

Okay, let’s try this.  Link up:

Click here to enter your link and/or view all the participants.

[Update: This fancy linky thing seems to be having some technical difficulties, so if it’s not working for you, just leave your link in the comments below.  We’ll find it. 🙂 ]

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General Conference Book Club Week 1: Repetition and Favorites

genconfbutton1Welcome to another round of General Conference Book Club (a.k.a. GCBC).  Wow, what a feast and what a blessing to experience another two days of counsel from the Lord.

To anyone who is checking out GCBC for the first time, the goal is to read one General Conference talk a week and discuss it together as an on-line “book club.”  If you want more information about how it works, go here.  And then join us.

A new talk will be posted each Sunday, but this week we’ll just share some general impressions from this weekend’s General Conference.  Once all the talks are posted online in their entirety (some time later this week), then we’ll be able to dive into the talks and study them one by one.

Two things to discuss this week:

1.  President Eyring taught that “When the words of prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention.” What topics did you notice were repeated often, either throughout the various sessions or as a carry-over from the previous general conference?

2.  What was your favorite talk?  What principles from that talk stood out to you?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.  Thanks for being a part of this GCBC discussion.