Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday Favorites: My Favorite April 2016 General Conference Talks

I am still listening to the talks from the April 2016 General Conference. So far, these are my favorite talks.

What Shall We Do? by Neill F. Marriott
I loved what Sister Marriott said about being a mother. This talk made me ponder on how I could improve the way I nurture others.
"Mothers literally make room in their bodies to nurture an unborn baby—and hopefully a place in their hearts as they raise them—but nurturing is not limited to bearing children. Eve was called a “mother” before she had children.4 I believe that “to mother” means “to give life.” Think of the many ways you give life. It could mean giving emotional life to the hopeless or spiritual life to the doubter. With the help of the Holy Ghost, we can create an emotionally healing place for the discriminated against, the rejected, and the stranger. In these tender yet powerful ways, we build the kingdom of God. Sisters, all of us came to earth with these life-giving, nurturing, maternal gifts because that is God’s plan."
Refuge from the Storm by Elder Patrick Kearon
I have been so concerned about the massive refugee crisis that afflicts 60 million people around the world. Elder Kearon's remarks about the refugees and our responsibilities toward them really touched my heart. I'm working on ways to become more actively involved in my community.

"Being a refugee may be a defining moment in the lives of those who are refugees, but being a refugee does not define them. Like countless thousands before them, this will be a period—we hope a short period—in their lives. Some of them will go on to be Nobel laureates, public servants, physicians, scientists, musicians, artists, religious leaders, and contributors in other fields. Indeed, many of them were these things before they lost everything. This moment does not define them, but our response will help define us."
The Price of Priesthood Power by Elder Russell M. Nelson
Elder Nelson's stunning story about the girls he operated on who died and how he reached out to their family is one that will stay with me forever. I was really touched by his humility and desire to help this family who had lost so much.

"To bear means to support the weight of that which is held. It is a sacred trust to bear the priesthood, which is the mighty power and authority of God. Think of this: the priesthood conferred upon us isthe very same power and authority through which God created this and numberless worlds, governs the heavens and the earth, and exalts His obedient children."

What were your favorite talks from General Conference?



No comments: