What I Thought Through Conference
My thoughts from General Conference-
Conference is always hard to listen to. Just sitting for that long. Then add kids. Then add 4 or 6 hours of it, per day. But yet, it's wonderful!
"Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying" - I loved that quote "Twas I; but "˜tis not I." Its part of a play in which someone asked a main character something like "weren't you the guy that wanted to kill your brother?" And that was his response after he had a great change of heart. I hope that everyday and every year, I can be better than the last. I hope that I'm better than the last. We are meant to become new creatures through Christ. So what am I doing to allow God to change me?
Along with that is what Elder Renlund said at the end of his talk: "If we don't try, we're just latter-day sinners; if we don't persevere, we're latter-day quitters." Yes we sin. Yes we quit. But what do I do after that? Who do I turn to? How quickly do I turn to Him? Definitely not fast enough. President Hinckley said something like, you know how well you're doing by how quickly you repent.
Now "Waiting for the Prodigal." This was just a touching interpretation of the prodigal son. We always seem to focus on the prodigal son. Or a little bit on the son that stayed home with his father. We never think about how the father must have been devastated that his son wanted his inheritance so he could leave his family. Think about it. I am raising my children. How would I feel if one of my kids at age 18 said, "I want the money you're going to give me when you die, right now, and by the way, I'm leaving and you'll never see me again." Ouch.
But the father probably prayed night and day for the son that left. And probably praised God and prayed for the son that stayed.
I just wonder which son am I most of the time? We are the prodigal son. We are the faithful son. But how much time do we spend being one son or other? And sometimes we are the father, too. Praying for those we love.
I love God for His Prophet and Apostles. I know He loves us!
In Jesus Christ name amen.
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