In General Conference we get to be a people, instead of just wards; we get spiritual refreshment in prayer, song, and preaching; and sometimes some personal answers.
One of my answers came in Priesthood session from Elder Perry and Elder Hallstrom’s talks. The background is that there’s an ongoing duty I have that I don’t like and that leaves me feeling spiritually drained and unhappy. I’ve wondered if its really something I need to be doing.
Elder Perry gave a talk on how tough it is to be a missionary. He made it sound like a mission would repeatedly stretch you to the breaking point physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and that you would only survive by the hardest. That was mostly how my mission was.
Elder Hallstrom condemned indolence, ease, procrastination, and the pursuit of pleasure in a broad sense. He was pretty light-hearted about it (he showed a photo of a Hawaiian road sign saying “Easy Street” and then panned out to the “Dead End” sign below it) but he was also pretty unmistakable.
And so, like so many times in the past, God has told me to cowboy up and carry my cross. But if comforts me to know that he has answers for my concerns. And it comforts me to have remembered, during Elder Perry’s talk, that carrying the cross on my mission was the hardest but also the sweetest thing I’ve ever done.
What did you learn from Conference? How were you benefited?
P.S. In my opinion the Conference open threads had too much reviling and reviling of revilers. Please keep your comments positive.