I really wanted to start this post of with, "Who else is loving General Conference?" And then I realized most of you have probably already finished watching it. I however, was on bridesmaid duty Easter weekend, and did not get the chance to tune in and watch with everyone else.
So, now I am slowly working my way through each talk from conference, and, if I'm being honest, I have to admit I kind of like doing it this way. It's not quite as exciting as watching it live. But my notes have never been more accurate.
Also, I have this really awesome Conference journal from Work +Wonder.
It's beautiful, and totally worth $24.
I hope they stay in business so I can order one for each conference, and have a beautiful (and organized!!!) collection of my conference notes.
It's been cool hearing all the changes that are happening in the church. It is SO exciting to me. We are finally making the gospel more livable!! Well, in my opinion anyway...
It's been funny to hear people trying to reason the changes, and make sense of them in their mind. I haven't questioned any of it once. It's fantastic. And I have no doubt President Nelson is on the right track.
A right track, and, maybe kind of a new one.
Like Elder Ballard said, "We have now begun a new chapter in our church history."
Doesn't that make your heart race? Or am I the only one it has that affect on?
I just feel like big things are on the horizon, and we get to be part of that.
And that kind of brings me to the title of this post.
On Sunday someone shared how General Conference, and a few interactions that weekend had got them thinking. They realized they needed to recommit to living Christ's teachings. And, in an almost related thought, I had a brain blast. Is Conference not the most perfect excuse to hit the restart button on the year?! Especially this year! With a new prophet, and some pretty stellar changes, I feel like it definetly is.
Hopefully we leave Conference with questions answered, and promptings and ideas of what we need to do, or change, or be. We've been spiritually recharged, and, if you're anything like me, end the weekend with a stronger conviction to try a little bit harder.
It's a total new beginning!
Who cares if you've fallen through on your New Year's resolutions. Or your goal to read your scriptures every day. You can start again!
(And again, and again)
And with that new start, I have a suggestion for a direction we can all take. "Cus I think this is where the church, and, more importantly, Heavenly Father wants and needs us to head.
Let me know if you find this quote as inspiring as I do. It's the extended version of what usually gets shared.
"We need women who will applaud decency and quality in everything from the fashion of clothing to crucial social issues. We need women who are organized and women who can organize. We need women with executive ability who can plan and direct and administer; women who can teach, women who can speak out...We need women with the gift of discernment who can view the trends in the world and detect those that, however popular, are shallow or dangerous. We need women who can discern those positions that may not be popular at all, but are right."
Isn't Boyd K. Packer the best! He's the one who said that.
Anyone else find themselves thinking how they can be that woman?
There's always part of me that wonders how I can get other women to be those women too.
We need women who can lead, and teach, and speak out.
We really need women who can see through all the garbage we're presented today as truth, and fact.
We need each of you.
You are important.
And you have an important role to play in the world.
It might be big, or it might be small. But it is still important.
We need you.
So, if you're feeling a little hopeless. Or you've given up on your goals. Maybe you're not sure if the year can get any worse. And maybe you don't know which direction to take.
Or, maybe, I have absolutely no idea what you're thinking.
But, if you need permission to hit the restart button, I'm giving it to you. A new beginning in April!
Right now. Today.
'Cus we need you.
Whether you believe it or not.
And you deserve as many chances as it takes to start over, and get things (mostly) right.
We can start over together.
As many times as we need to.
P.S. President Packer said that in the 70's. Forty years ago!!!
Women's important role in Christ's church is no new thing.