Saturday September 24th was the global 2011 Relief Society Annual General Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah and broadcast by radio, satellite transmission and online streaming to the world. I was priveldged to be able to watch it by satellite. Each talk was inspiring and made me feel better about myself and glad to be alive. The most “unforgettable” talk was, as usual, by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the LDS First Presidency who delighted us with a modern parable centered on the tiny blue forget-me-not flower. Each of the 5 petals of the flower represent a guiding principle that he hopes women everywhere never forget. This talk is sure to rank right up there with the late President Gordon B. Hinckley’s beloved, and equally unforgettable, “6 Be’s” Talk from Jan. 2000.
“You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine!”
President Uchtdorf’s talk could not have come at a more appropriate time for me personally. Our family has been experiencing some difficult trials over the past month, and I have definitely struggled with discouragement. One of the overriding themes of this women’s conference was that ALL of us are struggling with something, as a line from one of my favorite hymn’s beautifully states: ”in the quiet heart is hidden sorrow that the eye can’t see“. Whoever you are and wherever you live, I know that you have quiet burdens that you are carrying, and I know that you can use the positive encouragement of Pres. Uchtdorf’s recent message.
Never Forget. . .
1. . . . to be Patient and Compassionate with yourself.
2. . . .some sacrifices are better than others. (learn to prioritize and not over-do)
3. . . . you don’t have to wait for a “Golden Ticket” to be happy.
4. . . . the “Why” of the Gospel will inspire and uplift you. (don’t get bogged down by the “How”)
5. . . . your Heavenly Father knows, loves and cherishes you!
For those of you who would like to watch (or re-watch) Pres. Uchtdorf’s message, here is the talk shared in two parts. Have a blessed day! ~ MoSop
You can also watch the entire 2011 General Relief Society Conference here.