Today was a fantastic Southeastern Area Conference broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah. What made it especially great for me was 1) even though we were not in our Montgomery Alabama Stake Center and were here in the Cocoa Florida Stake Center, we got to see the very same broadcast live!, and 2) I got to enjoy it with my sister and her son, one of my nephews, who came to visit for the day.
It was truly heartwarming to see my many wonderful friends and their families at that same conference. It is always such a joy to see so many, firm in the faith, dedicated to serving the Lord in His Church.
Speakers for the day included
- Elder Ulisses Soares
- Sister Neill F. Marriott
- Bishop Dean M. Davies
- Elder David A. Bednar
After the worship service my extended family came home where we enjoyed a family meal together, like so many conferences over the last ten years. During our lunch we rehearsed the things we learned and felt, taking to heart the spirit we felt during the mighty and powerful sermons.
The call to action was plain and simple, yet cutting like a two edged sword. The chaining of scriptures, the pattern of teaching and learning was clearly articulated and demonstrated and testified to so there was no misunderstanding about that which we must do to know Jesus Christ, to apply His Atoning Sacrifice in our lives, and to remain faithful and true to His Gospel as wickedness abounds, or will increase.
The messages of faith and hope in Jesus Christ were uplifting and edifying. There was much to rejoice in and about.
God Lives. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us all.
Alleluia, Halaluyah, Hallelujah.
Every conference is the best conference and all of the talks are inspiring and yet there is always something that speaks to my heart the most. What I really love is how quickly things can be posted so quickly following a conference session.
First the notes of the talks are posted almost immediately after a speaker has completed his or her sermon.
Then shortly thereafter so are the entire video’s for individual speakers.
I have mentioned in social media before, and through the years as things so rapidly have changed, my amazement because 30 years ago, while living in Germany, I had to ask family or friends in Utah to VHS conference (VHS had taken over Beta by then) and snail mail it to me because it would be months and months before getting the talks compiled in magazine form let alone being able to order one on VHS.
Then a few years later DVDs became available but we still had to wait months to get a copy, even once we were stateside but by then cable access became an option as more carriers began to add BYUtv to viewer packages.
Moving forward, the timespan started to narrow until internet viewing became an option but the replay was not available for several weeks. (Funny how impatience in waiting to retrieve information also shortened through the years.)
But now. Now we have almost instant access post conference. It is truly amazing to me.
Okay, enough retro yammering and onto reveal my first watch favorites. Once conference concludes tomorrow and I go back over all of the talks online and then read them, something else will probably speak to me. But for today here is what has touched my soul:
Sharon Eubank – Turn On Your Light
Joy D. Jones – Value Beyond Measure
Neill F. Marriott – Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach
Dieter F. Uchtdorf – Three Sisters
Dallin H. Oaks – Saturday Morning Session
Jeffrey R.Holland – Saturday Morning Session
Russell M. Nelson – Saturday Afternoon Session