Every six months we get to re-charge our batteries at General Conference. How exciting it is when the whole world of our church stops our individual activities and we get connected, not only at Temple Square in Salt Lake City where the conference is based, but also with millions of people all over the world through the power of the Internet. Last weekend our prophet, apostles and so many other church leaders inspired us to do better and be better! We were lucky enough to get tickets on both the Saturday and Sunday morning sessions.
What a blessing it is to be able to just walk across the street from our condo to Temple Square along with 21,000 other people and soak in the wonder of twenty one thousand faithful saints from all over the world getting in and out of that grand Conference Center five times in two days. It has has got to be some kind of record! They clear the building after every one of the five session and start over again for the next session.Over a hundred thousand people are moved in and out of that building in two days.
On Saturday morning I got to hear my wonderful friend Elaine Dalton give her last speech from the pulpit of that grand building before she was released after five years of stellar service as the Young Women’s General President. Before that she served on the general board for many years. We will be glad to welcome her back to our little book club as she begins her new life.
On Sunday morning we had the added pleasure of hearing the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word with the Tabernacle Choir half an hour before the morning session began. Mac Wilberg and Ryan Murphy are geniuses who know how to move us with music!
Before the session began we were able to meet a man who was a terrific young 15 year old member of our church when we were on our mission in England from 1976-79 who is now a member of Parliament. How fun it was to talk for a few minutes! We were also delighted to be seated directly behind Clay and Christine Christensen and were able to catch up with them. He is Charity’s boss and a phenomenally gifted professor at the Harvard Business School, a cutting edge innovator in the field of education and a terrific writer. Presently he has the #1 best selling book at Deseret Book called The Power of Everyday Missionaries. They are a dynamic duo!
The grounds were as inspiring as the words we heard spoken! Hanging on to all that inspiration and putting it to good use is our challenge!
Everyone was impressed, including this darling two year old taking in one of the magnificent statues on Temple Square:
And here is our Priesthood Man amongst the blossoms! How blessed we are to have him as the Patriarch of our Family! And my perpetually purposeful partner!