Sunday, April 06, 2014

There is one thing I hate about Conference.
It ends.
The words start to fade, and the feelings become distant. I want so badly to hold on tight to the moments that touched me most this weekend.
Its not always easy to keep the children busy & happy while we attempt to soak in the words that have been prepared for our day.  We miss much of what is being said, but sometimes it gets quiet & the roars dull & I hear that thing that I needed to hear, that will compel me to improve, to move. I like to think that angels quiet the crowd so I can be filled up with the ways I need to help guide these little ones back to our Heavenly Father, that we might all be together for eternity. 

“You are an eternal being,” said the Church’s Presiding Bishop. “Before you were born, you existed as a spirit. In the presence of a loving Heavenly Father, you trained and prepared to come to earth for a brief moment, and, well, perform. This life is your four minutes. While you are here, your actions will determine whether you win the prize of eternal life. In a sense, your four minutes have already begun,” he said. 
“The clock in ticking."
Of course I thought of my own  "4 minutes" but my heart also went to the children. It is very much my responsibility to help them with their time here, their time with me, which seems to be passing me by faster & faster. 

Elder Teh gave four “treasures in heaven that we can lay up for ourselves.” I thought this was fitting & went so well with the analogy of our "4 minutes" here. These treasures are the things i hope to gift to my children that they might have these things for themselves & to share. 
The first treasure to acquire includes the Christlike attributes of faith, hope, humility and charity. We have been counseled repeatedly to put off the natural man and … become as a child’" (Mosiah 3:19).
“Second, we need to put more quality time and effort in strengthening family relationships. …”
The third treasure involves serving others as a hallmark of a true follower of Christ. “Jesus said, ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’" (Matthew 25:40).
“Fourth, understanding the doctrine of Christ and strengthening our testimony is a labor that will bring real joy and satisfaction.”
Elder Teh  finished with this...“I bear testimony that our priorities, tendencies, inclination, desires, appetites and passions will have a direct hearing on our next estate. Let us always remember the words of the Savior: ‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.’” 
I pray that Our 5 & in fact, everyone around us sees where my "treasures" lie, where my heart is. 

1 comment:

Kim-the-girl said...

Well said. I couldn't agree more about conference ending... I just hate to see it pass!

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