Wowzers, I seem to have a lot of resolutions popping up all over the place lately. Well, if it makes me a better person, bring it on! So I decided that I want to study a Conference talk once a week. It seems Conference comes and we get super excited to hear the words of the Lord spoken through our leaders... we love their words as we hear them, and for about a month afterwards... and then we get caught up in our lives and tend to forget all the great counsel and guidance we learned from the Conference. I want to always carry the words of encouragement in my heart. I want to always know what the Lord wants me to do. I can learn that through the Conference talks. So, I decided that I am going to study a talk, and each Friday I will post about it.
This week I chose the talk by President Uchtdorf as he spoke to the women of the Church in the General Relief Society meeting. I know that it is probably the most commonly referenced talk from this past conference, but it really helped me a lot.
I have always lamented the fact that the creative bone skipped me in my family. All of my sibblings are incredibly artistic and creative, and I tend to beg borrow and steal all my ideas. I don't think I have a creative thing in my house that I came up with on my own. So... hearing about creating things was a great comfort. We don't have to have the super crafty house, or the super cute blog or the perfect meal. If our home is clean and harmonious, we can be happy. We can have nagels visit us in our homes and the spaces we have created for solitude and peace. I don't have to have the fancy table spreads or the cute wall hangings, but I do have to have an honest and giving heart.
Also, I re-learned President Hinckley's great life philosophy... work. work is the cure for all that ails you. If you are sad, find someone who is in more need and work for them. Lose yourself and you will find yourself.
Some of my favorite quotes from this talk were:
“There is a great work for the Saints to do. Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations. In the mean time continually seek to adorn your minds with all the graces of the Spirit of Christ.”
President Spencer W. Kimball taught, “The more we serve our fellowmen in appropriate ways, the more substance there is to our souls.”
I want to encourage you all to read this talk, or even find one from a past conference and study it. study a new one each week. I promise you all that as you do this you will find more harmony in your lives and peace in your hearts. It's all true. I know it is. I know that Heavenly Father still speaks to us, and we only have to listen and open our hearts, and act upon what we learn. If we do that we will be much happier and be able to accomplish so much more in our lives.
To read President Uchtdorf's talk, go here