On Sundays, we like to reflect on what we learned throughout the week.
Some of you may already know this, but the Mormon church’s prophet passed away a few months ago. A new one was “called” (assigned) in his place, named Russel M. Nelson.
Throughout the first weekends in April and October, the prophet, apostles, and other church leaders spend two days conducting live broadcasts show worldwide (called General Conference).
Each time these come around, we spend a week or two in advance praying that they will speak about things that we as individuals and families need in our lives. This time, we specifically asked for guidance and direction on how to help child #1 be more happy and confident (she is such a perfectionist – we don’t know where she gets it from).
Also, in preparation, we decided to get to know our new prophet by reading talks (speeches) from previous conferences. We read one each day over the last several days (if you are interested, they can be found here).
We were blown away by the strong Spirit of God that we felt while he spoke live on Sunday morning. It makes us want to go back to his previous talks and listen to them spoken instead of just reading them.
One thing he challenged us to do was to increase our spiritual capacity to receive revelation from God on a daily basis. We felt like that was one answer to our prayers – looking for opportunities to learn and grow.
One main theme throughout this entire conference is that we are children of God. He loves us, unconditionally. As we listened to each talk, one thing we felt was that we need to help our children understand that worth. If they have a firm belief in God’s love for them, then everything else will fall into place: happiness, esteem, making right decisions.
One of the speakers brought up the amazing beauty of butterfiles. Each is unique and planned down to the most minute detail. If God loves a butterfly that much, then how much does He love one of His children? To quote an Elder’s talk, “The first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all His heart, might, mind, and strength.”
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I just want to jump in right here and talk about a couple of things that stood out to me personally from different speakers. Because the kids were a bit wild (it is Easter, after all!), I missed out on all of these talks (as well as who spoke them). I look forward to reading them again over the coming months until the next conference in October!
One Elder spoke of how he had a professor in college who taught him to consider failure as a tutor, not a tragedy.'Consider failure as a tutor, not a tragedy. Do not fear it, but learn from it.' #ldsconfClick To Tweet
This professor allowed any student who did not like a score on their exam to retake the test for a higher grade! He allowed unlimited attempts because, “I wanted to be on the same side as the students.”
The Savior gives us similar second chances. No one is more on our side as the Savior. He allows us to keep retaking His tests. To err is human nature – how long will it take us to change our nature? Most likely a million tries. It is a lifetime curriculum. We get weekly pardon as we progress from failure to failure.
When I was at the height of my illness, my uncle (a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine) gave me this advice: You will know you are doing better when the bad days start coming further apart, and they are less intense in nature.'You will know you are doing better when the bad days spread out, and they are less intense in nature.'Click To Tweet
That is how you will know you are progressing on a certain principle! For example, if you are working on not being impatient with your kids (errr, not that I need to work on that), then you will know you are doing better when your bursts of impatience aren’t as frequent and aren’t as severe. That is success!
So don’t beat yourself up when you mess up. Just pick yourself up, and try to have your next mistake be spread out a little further and not as intense!