General Conference talks

So one of the things I’ve been doing since last General Conference is reading the talks, one at a time. Someone in EQ suggested that if you read one per week you get through them in time to start over for the next conference (in 6 months time). Turns out that there are actually 33 talks but I’ll figure it out.

So with my new handy Franklin planner I have been scheduling in one per week.

As I was reading the talk for this week, I thought it might be interesting / worthwhile to blog about some of my thoughts while reading it. So…. here I am.

Pray Always, by David E Bednar (that would be,at least for now, “Took Ricks to the Y“)

So sometimes I find that my prayers are pretty lame. Recently I’ve been praying for some friends of mine that are having a hard time. And even though I really do WANT to help them I have trouble figuring out how to pray for them.

One thing I thought was interesting was the idea that in our prayers we could:

* Reflect on those occasions when we have spoken harshly or inappropriately to those we love the most.
* Recognize that we know better than this, but we do not always act in accordance with what we know.
* Express remorse for our weaknesses and for not putting off the natural man more earnestly.
* Determine to pattern our life after the Savior more completely.
* Plead for greater strength to do and to become better.

Also found it interesting a story Elder Bednar gave about how when they lived up in Idaho having a General Authority come stay at their house shortly after a friend of theirs died. When they got together for a family prayer, the GA asked Sister Bednar to “express only appreciation for blessings received and ask for nothing.”

After sharing that, Elder Bednar said “The most meaningful and spiritual prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few, if any, requests. As I am blessed now to pray with apostles and prophets, I find among these modern-day leaders of the Savior’s Church the same characteristic that describes Captain Moroni in the Book of Mormon: these are men whose hearts swell with thanksgiving to God for the many privileges and blessings which He bestows upon His people (see Alma 48:12). Also, they do not multiply many words, for it is given unto them what they should pray, and they are filled with desire (see 3 Nephi 19:24). The prayers of prophets are childlike in their simplicity and powerful because of their sincerity.”

I thought that was interesting and I will try to incorporate that as I pray this week.

Till next week!

I demand a new apostle song…STAT!

Okay, so with the passing of Joseph B. Wirthlin, we need a new apostles song. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you are either not Mormon or have been living under a cave for the past year or so.

See below YouTube video, among others

It looks like we’re going to have to pair up M. Russell Ballard with Richard G. Scott. I’m sure Elder Ballard would be happy to drop “sold used cars” for something a little less shady-sounding :-) . But then we now have to change the pairings for Robert D. Hales and Jeffrey R. Holland. And then Bednar and Cook and we’ll just have to wait to pair up D. Todd Christofferson and the “new guy”.

Now, I love Elder Ballard same as the rest (mo’ even), but it has not escaped my attention that if he died, we wouldn’t have to mess up the song!!!!

Okay that was a joke, and one that is in poor taste (as if this whole post wasn’t a little macabre anyways). SO let me just say that I hope that Elder Wirthlin’s family is comforted in their time of grief.

But…. we do need a new apostle song… STAT!

I found out that the original song was written by 2 seminary teachers who call themselves the “Sons of Ammon” and that they also have songs to help you memorize all the seminary scripture mastery scriptures, which were pretty cool too.

In closing, I would just like to say that I was disappointed in Dan’s First law of the Internet in this case. I can’t be the only one thinking about this, can I?!?!? Half of my posting this is so that all those other people out there can know that they’re not alone.