I love the feeling of General Conference–anticipation for who will speak, which subjects will be mentioned the most, which talks will pierce my heart. Then Conference weekend comes in all its glory. A glorious firehose of the Spirit, beautiful music, family traditions, hastily jotted inspiration. Sunday night always comes sooner than I expect.
I enjoyed the experience of this conference, immensely. But with all that joy and warmth, a prickly question has been lingering at the back of my mind: “And now what?”
Conference inspiration can be overwhelming. There are so many speakers. So many ideas. So many ways to be better. And because there is so much, it’s easy to let it wash over you like a giant wave, then shake off the water, blink your eyes, and keep walking, the same direction you’d been headed before the wave hit.
But I want it to be different this time. After conference, I compiled my impressions to get a better sense of where the Spirit was leading me. And now, I’m going to start reading back through the talks, one at a time, focusing on what they are calling me to do. Because isn’t that what this is all about? Doing something, so that we can be a better person–the kind of person that God wants us to become.
What have the messages of General Conference called you to do?
And don’t forget these words from Elder Holland from the April 2016 Conference:
“If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow—and every other day—is ultimately going to be magnificent, even if we don’t always recognize it as such. Why? Because our Heavenly Father wants it to be! He wants to bless us. A rewarding, abundant, and eternal life is the very object of His merciful plan for His children! It is a plan predicated on the truth “that all things work together for good to them that love God.” So keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”