Sunday, April 6, 2008

General Conference

As always, General Conference was wonderful this weekend. It filled our home with the Spirit, with beautiful music, and with uplifting, God-inspired messages from our new prophet and other church leaders. I'm so glad Conference is held twice a year instead of just once. It's a re-charging of my spiritual batteries that I feel like I need every time it comes around.

I came to love General Conference in October of my freshman year at college. Before that, I wasn't all that into it. But in college, as a Mormon girl I was such a minority at worldly Ivy League Penn, and I clung to General Conference as a lifeline to help reinforce what I already knew among the sea of very different and sometimes totally opposite beliefs of so many of my friends and peers around me. I walked the couple of blocks back and forth to the church building on 39th & Chestnut Street for all four sessions every time, no matter how busy I was, never missing a session during my four years in school. It was a joy to attend. One of the reasons I'm thankful I chose to go to Penn over BYU is because it helped me come to love General Conference and appreciate our church leaders in a way that I never had before. I needed that guidance and light so much while I was at school, and it helped me to see that I needed it for life in general, no matter where I was or what I was doing.

I was on tonight and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Conference was one of the main stories. Cool!


Alyson said...

I love general conference too. Always have. It's such a lift. I think life on the east coast, in general, makes us appreiciate the church more and not take it for granted. It's one of the reasons I'd rather raise my kids here rather than in Utah.

Katie said...

General Conference was so awesome this year! I found answers to all of the questions that I had. Yay for Conference!