General Conference = Better than Christmas.
Prophets of God, sharing the word of God to US, the people of THIS day and age. Personal revelation. Just that feeling that comes when the prophet walks in and 21,000 people isntantly hush out of respect. Watching all the general authorities' wives greet each other with love and excitement. And the music, of course. Ahhhh, the music.
Of course, there are the talks with the soothing voices that inevitably make me fall asleep. There's the purse full of Sour Skittles and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that get me through Sunday afternoon. There are the box lunches between sessions on Sunday (if you're lucky, sometimes you get an extra cookie or candy bar), and the aprons over the MoTab dresses.
Errr... forgot my apron on that day. Yes, I'm wearing a pink dress. No need to comment. Really though.
Maybe this sometimes happens during breaks. These Mormons like to LAUGH!
I love it all!
One of the things I've done to prepare for general conference the past couple years is take some time each day to study the talks from the last conference. As conference is approaching, I put together a reading schedule so I can focus on one talk per day, leading up to the day of the next conference.
Some days I listen to the talk. Other days I study it for a long time, or there are the crazy days where I just skim through. And sometimes, I just get way behind and don't quite finish. Mostly, I just try to do the best I can. This has become one of my favorite traditions because it helps me refocus spiritually (something I need to do OFTEN) and simply invites the spirit so I can have guidance from the Lord, even though half the time it has nothing to do with any of the talks. That's the best kind of guidance!
I invite anyone who feels like doing this Conference Prep Challenge to join me. You can click on this link for the reading schedule. And please, let me know about your experience along the way. What are you learning? What are you feeling? I want to hear it all. Comment on this post, send me a quick text message, whatever.
If you're in, let me know!