I almost didn’t. Well, almost didn’t get to the church to watch. So I would have watched it at home on http://www.lds.org. After waking up at 5:00am and not being able to go back to sleep, I had plenty of time to write about it. You would think I also had plenty of time to prepare to go.
Well, luckily I got there with a few minutes to spare. And to catch a quick bite to eat too.
The meeting was wonderful! The choir was made up of the sister (lady) missionaries from the training center. They looked so wonderful in their colorful blouses and dark skirts. And they weren’t all the young 19-21 year olds. I saw a few older women who are also now serving missions for the church. They sounded beautiful! The music is always a bonus at conferences. And, they were all very nicely dressed, entirely appropriate. You’ll never look at a sister missionary and have to ask if what she’s wearing is appropriate. They are excellent examples of true womanhood and femininity.
The three members of the Relief Society General Presidency, Linda K. Burton, Carole M. Stephens, and Linda S. Reeves spoke. Their messages were inspirational and enlightening! They spoke about the importance of making and keeping covenants. A covenant is a 2-way promise we make with Heavenly Father through the ordinances of the church. We make certain promises, and He promises certain blessings in return.
They pointed out that as we reach out to others in love, or in concern, we are keeping the covenants we have made. And we can teach our children that as they follow the feelings of their hearts and look to help their family or friends, especially during times of need, they are keeping the covenants they make when they are baptized at the age of 8.
Our beloved Prophet and President of the church, Thomas S. Monson, was the final speaker. He has such great love for the sisters of the church throughout the world! He appreciates the good that we do, our devotion, and our strength. He spoke of his wife, who passed away a few months ago. He misses her terribly. “My beloved companion, my dearest friend” he called her. Can you think of more tender feelings a man can have for his wife? 🙂 He also said it is impossible to calculate the good that has come because of the Relief Society organization.
He said we all have struggles, and sometimes fear replaces faith. At these times remember prayer. We were not placed here to walk alone. God has assured us that He will be there to help us if we but ask. Trust Him to know best how, when, where, and why to answer your prayers. Pray and calmly wait. And prayer is not just for times of need. Pray always.
Also study the scriptures. They contain the way to eternal perfection. You will find answers to your questions in them. You will gain a sure testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father loves you. That love never changes, not by your appearance, your possessions, how much money you have in the bank, your talents or abilities. It is always there. We do not ever walk alone. One day you will look over your life and discover that during all the difficult times He was still there. He prays that we will always be blessed with every good gift.
What a wonderful man he is! And how wonderful to have a living prophet of God on the earth today.
It was a wonderful and inspirational meeting! You can see it any time you want by going to http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/archive/general-relief-society-meeting/2013/09?cid=HPTH091213087&lang=eng (or just to http://www.lds.org and search for General Relief Society and find a list of all of them).
And let me know what you think about it! 🙂
And by the way, this next weekend is the semi-annual General Conference of the Church! Four 2-hour sessions over 2 days filled with inspiration and hope! Watch the same ways that the women’s conference was available!
- LDS leaders focus on importance of covenants in women’s meeting (ksl.com)
- Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice (themormonlife.wordpress.com)