This weekend was our church's(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) 178th semi-annual General Conference. For those of you that aren't members, this conference is a series of meetings(talks given on various gospel topics by leaders of the church)held in Salt Lake City and is broadcast worldwide on BYU TV. And hallelujah, we now have satellite! It was awesome to be able to watch conference in the comfort of our home. Dragging 3 kids up to the church to watch the broadcast there would have been no picnic! The talks were all awesome(I was able to hear most of them:) and I feel like I have been spirtually recharged in so many ways. The kids were great about watching conference. I printed out these "conference packets" for each of them. My friend Melissa emailed it to me. It was a great resource to have(Thanks Melissa!). It was full of fun stuff for the kids to do to help them to listen and to be entertained during it. Every time a new speaker went up to the pulpit, they'd search for that person in their packet and ask what their name was. They even got to color their tie(which was their favorite part- trying to color the ties of the apostles the same colors as what they were wearing on the television). I think the kids really got a lot out of conference this year. I once heard Ella say, "I love President Monson!" That was one of those moments. . . .
We had the privilege of being able to sustain our new prophet yesterday morning, President Thomas S. Monson. It was neat to be able to stand as a family and show our sustaining vote. I don't remember ever having done that before, so it was really special and something I will never forget. I know he is a true prophet of God. I have no doubt about that. We miss President Hinckley though and will never forget the impact he has had on our lives.
I have to say that my favorite talk given in conference was given by Elder Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. All you women out there know what I'm talking bout:) He gave the sweetest talk on the importance of the roles of women in the world as nurturers, whether you are single, a mother, a widow, whatever the case. We all nurture. We nurture each other, our children, our spouses, nieces, nephews, friends, etc. He talked about how special we are as women-it was something I needed to hear today! I also loved President Monson and President Uchtdorf's talks. President Monson is an amazing man. We are so blessed to have him as the leader of the church. He is so sweet and I love the myriad of stories he has to tell. I know he is called of God to preside over our church at this time. And President Uchtdorf is just an awesome apostle and speaker who carries the spirit with him strongly. He is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I love them all though:) I know, I shouldn't pick favorites!
Conference is also a time for continuing traditions. I love to make a big breakfast on the day of the Sunday morning session before it begins. I tried a new recipe this morning, Baked French Toast(I got this recipe from Jan and then posted it on the This Mama Loves To Cook recipe blog). It was deeeelicious! I also made yummy bacon and eggs. Then between the morning and afternoon sessions, we ate lunch and made homemade icecream(a Smith Family tradition). We always did this growing up and I loved it. Now I get to do it with my kids! I love having conference traditions and I love hearing about other families too. It seems everyone has certain things they do on conference weekends to make it even more special. So, does your family have any conference traditions? If so, what are they?
I hope all of you had a wonderful and uplifting Conference Weekend, those of you who were able to attend or to tune in. I love being able to hear the counsel from the apostles and prophets of God. I know if we follow their teachings, we will be blessed. I'm so grateful to be a member of the only true and living church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.