This past weekend was not only Easter, which is a big deal in and of itself, but it was also the 180th General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. It was a double wammy of a weekend! And I loved every minute of it.
Gio and I have been married for 20 years, that is 160 sessions of conference, not including the priesthood sessions. (Those are an additional 40 sessions).
This is the first time that I can remember of watching all 4 sessions of conference. Saturday's are usually hard because there is so much going on during the week and we try to get it all done on Saturday so that we can enjoy Sunday.
This year it was different. I think that part of the reason is/was because Robert is in the MTC and we knew that he would be watching all 5 sessions and we wanted to be apart of what he was doing and hear and feel the same things.
I was able to trade hours for work as to be able to watch all the sessions, and I can just say that it was an amazing experience! I felt like I was spiritually fed and nourished. I feel stronger and have more resolve than I did two days ago. Giovanni went to the priesthood session with my father and came home so full of the spirit.
Tonight for FHE we watched two of the talks from the priesthood session...Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Rasband....one on patience and the other on how missionaries are called to serve. Thank goodness for the Internet that we have these talks so readily available to us for reading and watching!
Some of my favorites were:
Boyd K. Packer
M. Russell Ballard
Jeffery R. Holland
and every other person who spoke.
It seems like the theme this conference was our responsibility as parents. And to be steadfast and immovable was mentioned during several talks.
I loved the talk that was for mothers and daughters. I don't have daughters, so I looked at it for mothers and sons...there was so much to learn just the same...even our sons learn and take from their mothers.
Speaking of sons...I felt so close to Robert during the weekend. I only hope that it was as amazing for him as it was for us.
My testimony grew so much this weekend. I am so thankful to be a member of the church. I know with all my being that it is true. I am thankful for the leaders we have who know the things that we need to hear to help us be better and stronger.
I am thankful that I am a mother and a wife. I am not the best at either one...but I try. I love my husband and children and would do anything for them. They are at the center of my life.
I am now an addict of conference. I can't wait to get the Ensign and start reading and marking it up.
And I especially can't wait for October!! 6 months is so long to wait for another chance to feel what I felt this weekend!