Tuesday, May 4, 2010

women's conference in review

i arrived at women's conference on empty.  i left with a full tank.  with a renewed determination to choose the right and do the right.  to give my attention to the essential and necessary things.  i want to value and seek for things that are better.  to focus on the things that matter most.  julie beck, general relief society president, gave us some commanding counsel.  she said, "nothing powerful happens in our home if we aren't a lioness".  i love my crafts, and my hobbies, and my time with friends.  but sister beck reminded us that those things won't save us.  they will bring light and fun into our lives, but that other things need to be in line first.  she reminded us to take care of one thing at a time.  that little things lead to big things.  and every other presenter there had just as much wisdom to share.  here are some gems that stand out.
1.  run your own race.  we don't have to "catch up".
2.  imperfections make us interesting to others.
3.  best effort doesn't always equal best outcome.
4.  frailities can enrich our journey.
5.  problems come.  even if we build on the high ground.
6.  "perfect people only" is not written on the heart of the savior.
7.  creation means bringing to life something that didn't exist before.  what would i like to create with my life?
8.  the measure of what i am worth is what i give to others.
9.  my heart is the only thing i can truly give to the lord because everything else he has given to me.
10.  slow down when distractions come.  gain ground before moving on.  if i keep moving when i am distracted i will surely collide with something.
11.  sacrifice is almost always inconvenient.
12.  life is like a garden.  our harvest is the choices we make.
13.  don't get caught in the thick of very thin things.

but the greatest counsel i received came from a review of the story of rebekah.
know who you are.  know your mission in life. 
listen, heed, and obey.
and then, like rebekah, feel joy.


Jen said...

I can't wait to hear all about it. I love all your notes and observations. It is such a special weekend. We all need to go next year.

Debbie Barber said...

Awesome experience! Thanks for taking such good notes.... loved your recap! Love you more!!