Wahoo! I love General Conference! This time was so wonderful! Just a few of my thoughts from the conference:
I think a constant theme between the talks was the everlasting power of the Atonement. In Uchtdorf's talk on Saturday Morning, he emphasized how important simplifying our discipleship is. We over complicate things, when really the gospel is very simple. Love God. Serve God. as we do so, God will bless us. Act in faith. The Holy Ghost will lead you in the direction of eternal life. Speaking of direction, it was shared that God is not as concerned with the speed in which we are moving as He is with the direction we are headed. Don't get caught up in moving at the same pace as another person, focus on staying on the path of righteousness and the Lord will be with you.
I loved the talk by Elder Foster about leading your children. It is essential that we do all we can to help the little ones of this world learn all they can about the Savior and how they can follow in His footsteps. It's never too late, and it's never too early.
One of my favorites is the talk about how a mother's love for her children is the only thing comparable to the love Jesus Christ and God have for us. No matter what we do, our mother's will still love and accept us. Even when we blatantly disobey the things we've been taught, our mothers welcome us back with open arms. Similarly, we are always welcomed back to the fold of the Lord. Just like the prodigal son was able to return to his father's loving arms. God loves us, so even when we go completely opposite of him, if we choose to turn around, he's right there with his arms stretched wide to engulf us in his love and protection. How amazing is that?! The Atonement is real and it is available to each of us as we strive to rely on the Savior and us it! Agency is real too. We must do our part to accomplish all the things we've been sent to do. But we can!
This week was good, but the best part was on Sunday morning before conference. We had until noon because of the time difference. We planned to study extra and have a leisurely lunch, but when we woke up that morning, we felt the impression to go out to see people before the broadcast. It was hard to tell what we should do because we had no set plans. We decided to visit a woman we met last week at her home. When we knocked, her husband answered (he was very large in stature!). I was a little skeptical as he opened the door, whether he would be interested in our message. He shared how he was dealing with a lot of emotions with the recent death of his father. Immediately, the Spirit began teaching Eric about the Plan of Salvation and eternal families. As he continued to hear this message, I could sense his interest growing and the gears in his mind turning. When we asked if we could come back to teach him more about eternal families, he agreed and made an appointment. I gained a strong testimony of not only diligence, but of the Plan of Salvation. Knowing I can be with my family for ever is the greatest comfort I have received in my mission. No matter what happens in this life, I will see my brothers and parents and all other family again. I also gained a greater understanding for how important Family History work is, so we can be with our extended families again, and so others can be with theirs.
I love this gospel. I am gaining a little more perspective each day as I learn from the Holy Ghost about the Father's plan for us. I'm grateful for all He has given us and will give us in the future. I know He loves us and we can return to live with him again.
I encourage everyone to go back and read the general conference talks again, but pray before you read them. I can promise you will receive more knowledge and comfort and answers as you rely on the spirit to teach you. I love you all and I'm grateful for your support! Have a great week!
Love, Sister Mondragon <3