The next couple of days, I will be posting my favorite highlights from the worldwide General Conference of the LDS Church where I already feel like a new person. You can watch the conference LIVE today here as day two continues. I am….it is amazing and the experience will change your life no matter what your current thought process is.
These principles apply to people everywhere, they strengthen home and family, they strengthen individuals.
Here are my notes- from Saturday Morning. There were 18 talks yesterday, so man alive, it was hard to not want to blog on everyone but my all-time favorite from the day was President Uchtdorf on “Regrets and Resolutions.”
On Connecting with People
President Uchtdorf spoke how people, with the click of a mouse can “connect” with thousands of “friends” without facing a single one of them. “Technology can be a wonderful thing, and it is particularly useful when we cannot be near our loved ones…. However, I believe that we are not headed in the right direction, individually and as a society, when the most frequent way we connect with family or friends is by re-posting humorous pictures, forwarding trivial things, or linking them to sites on the Internet…. If we fail to give our best personal self and undivided time to those who are truly important to us, one day we will regret it.
”Let us resolve to cherish those we love by spending meaningful time with them, doing things together, and cultivating treasured memories.“
Living up to our Potential
”Our Heavenly Father sees our real potential. He knows things about us that we do not know ourselves. He prompts us during our lifetime to fulfill the measure of our creation, to live a good life and to return to His presence.
“Why then, do we devote so much of our time and energy to things that are so fleeting, so inconsequential and so superficial? Do we refuse to see the folly in the pursuit of the trivial and transient?”
President Uchtdorf said, “Discipleship is the pursuit of holiness and happiness. It is the path to our best and happiest self.”
“So often we get caught up in the illusion that there is something just beyond our reach that would bring us happiness, a better family situation, a better financial situation, or the end of a challenging trial,” he said. “The older we get, the more we look back and realize that external circumstances don’t really matter or determine our happiness. We do matter. We determine our happiness. You and I are ultimately in charge of our own happiness.”
President Uchtdorf said that sometimes in life individuals become so focused on the finish line that they fail to find joy in the journey.
“No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it. Perhaps we should be looking less with our eyes and more with our hearts.”