179th General Conference
The church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, just held their 179th General Conference this past weekend. What is it? A bi-annual world conference of the Church, held in April and October, where members gather for five two-hour sessions to listen to instruction from Church leaders. General conference is broadcast via satellite from the Conference Center at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can watch it all around the world.
President Henry B. Eyring is in the presidency of the church and an apostle of Christ. He gave a wonderful talk during the Sunday morning session.
Every time he speaks, I feel like he is speaking directly to me. I can tell through his smile and eyes that he loves us all so much, and when his voice breaks and he gets a bit teary eyed–I am a goner! I cry through the rest of his talk. He has taught me so much. He has reminded me of the Savior’s love, and his talk was just what I needed.
He shared this beautiful song:
I’m trying to be like Jesus;
I’m following in his ways.
I’m trying to love as he did,
In all that I do and say.
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,
But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,
Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught.
Here are a couple more quotes from his talk that I needed to hear:
“Love is the motivating principle by which the Lord leads us along the way towards becoming like him, our perfect example. Our way of life hour by hour must be filled with the love of God and love for others…He has offered us the family as an example of an ideal setting in which we can learn how to love as he loves. That is because the greatest joys and greatest sorrows we experience are in family relationships. The joys come from putting other’s welfare before our own. That is what love is and the sorrow primarily comes from selfishness, which is the absence of love.”
You can listen to his whole talk by clicking on this link, then finding his name under the Sunday Morning Session.