General Conference is coming up this weekend. If you've EVER wanted to learn anything about the LDS (Mormon) church, then this is the weekend to listen to a session. There's multiple, so don't feel like you need to listen to them all - it can be a bit much - but every one of them is it's own experience.
I can say there hasn't been a General Conference that hasn't touched me personally, addressed something in life I needed help with or gave me invaluable advice that later I needed.
You can watch online or on TV. I hope you'll join me!
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We got to hear from some seriously inspirational speakers, like Barbara Thompson, who is absolutely hysterical and so practical. Brad Wilcox spoke to us via skype on Friday evening (boy did the presenters run into travel issues)... but even still, through our digital connection you could just feel his wonderful testimony.
We heard from D.Kelly Ogden who gave such a wonderful perspective on suffering in life. Emily Watts is so witty and fun! Emily Freeman was not only beautiful but so well spoken.
We were given a little video gift of Sherry Dew and I absolutely love her. Maybe it's her sarcasm or humor that just hits me but I loved her talk. Hands down, my favorite this year was Mariama Kallon, her talk on gratefulness is still resounding in me. For a woman to come from so little and to be grateful for so much is so admirable. It makes me want to change, to be more grateful everyday.
Of course sprinkled throughout these talks we had music from the Emmy nominated violinist Jenny Oaks (not to mention her father is a member of the quorum of the twelve) and then an awesome vocal group Jericho Road, their song "For the Love of a Woman" reminds me so much of my husband that I had to buy a CD to have with me - which then I proceeded to listen to over and over on my way home Saturday night.
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(I'm on the far right in white, black & pink)
This was such a fun event to be with my friends and family at. My mom went with me and we met up with the other Sisters from our ward. I kind of stole my mom away from her ward this weekend - but that's okay, she's going to have to get used to my ward family soon anyway with her moving up and all. But I digress
I couldn't have had a better weekend. It was fun, it was uplifting and it was a great time to spend with the ones you care about.
I highly suggest anyone, even if you're not LDS, to hit one of these up, it's an amazing time.
This post is so completely off the cuff. I was going to put together a "High Five For Friday" post but I think this is more important.
So, I'm preparing to give a lesson this Sunday to the Young Women's group about "How do the things I say affect me and those around me?" and I all of a sudden a flood of memories and thoughts hit me.
All during my teen years and even into my 20's, the thing that got me in the most trouble was my mouth. I distinctly remember saying some things to a math teacher that I'm so ashamed of that even today, after apologizing for it, I still feel so remorseful. I remember arguments and friendships ruined over something as simple as things that were said. Rumors in school that absolutely devastated people, but were just that... words that someone had spoken (most weren't even true).
But words that can hurt don't always just come out of our mouths. They come out on the internet.
Almost 10 years ago I posted something on an online journal of mine that was mean and hurtful towards someone out of anger. I never mentioned them by name (that I remember) but that person found it and it hurt them tremendously. I remember feeling horrible afterwards and realizing that if I couldn't say it to their face, I wasn't going to post about it. Even if I thought it was a private post with only a limited audience.
I'm still trying to figure out a way to apologize for this to them.
I'm still learning.
So I just wanted to share Proverbs 31:26, "She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness"
This, is how I'm trying to live.
Ya'll, I've got some bad habits. I'm not a crack addict or smoke or anything but I have some habits that really are stupid. So I've spent the last two weeks working on breaking them.
What? Yeah that's right, they say it takes 21 days to form a habit but I can say this much, it takes a lot longer to break them. I'm only 18 days in and I'm still struggling! So here's what I've been working on breaking.
Reading Gossip RSS Feeds
Perez, RadarOnline, PopEater, TMZ, I'm all over them! I subscribe to their RSS feeds and usually spend my entire lunch break diving into the lives of celebrities.. the good, the bad and the ugly. Mostly ugly. But seriously, who cares? Not this girl! Not anymore at least. This has been one of my easiest to break. Now, I check the news really fast and spend my lunch hour doing more productive things like reading my latest Nook book or my daily scripture reads. Much more good for my mind and soul.
Eating Junk Food/Late Night Eating
Ok, not doing so great on this but I'm getting better little by little. I love junk. Cookies. Candy. Chocolate. Cake. Whatever. If it's processed food and not healthy, I'm usually a huge fan. So I've all but totally cut these out. If I can go a little longer on this I think I'm going to try a sugar fast. We'll see.
One that's coming a little easier is late night eating. I still like some popcorn here or there while watching our TV shows or a movie but I refuse to snack after 8pm. Granted, most nights we aren't even getting home and grabbing dinner until 8 (see below about over scheduling) but hey, it's dinner.. not a snack!
I've taken on some bigger roles lately and added to that my son's karate and football schedule and there's not a lot of wiggling room. So instead of just booking everything that comes my way, I've learned to say "No, I'm sorry I've got something else booked". And honestly, a lot of the times I don't feel too bad about it. My life is still way booked and way stressful but hey, I'm working on it!
I do this a lot. I find the negative in things (and people) way more quickly than I do the positive. I'm not just going around looking for negative but it does seem to just creep in. So out with the negative and in with the positive! I'm making an effort to recognize when I'm turning negative thoughts around in my head and instead I spin the positive.
No Texting & Driving
Ok. This one is for real. I caught myself answering quick texts while driving. I know it's bad. So I'm putting my money where my mouth is (because I tell everyone not to do it) and I'm not doing it. I'm not answering your texts when I'm driving anymore so don't get mad thinking I'm ignoring you, I'm just cruising!
Watching Reality TV
SIKE! I'm not giving up my reality TV, we all gotta have a vice!
Ok.. so that's my vices that are getting the boot. How bout ya'll?