|A photo, taken last year, of the back of yellow-lab Drexel's head, as he watches a session of General Conference on TV|
1. Ulisses Soares' advice concerning those who do not think/act/live like we do:
"It is hard to understand all the reasons why some people take another path. The best we can do in these circumstances is just to love and embrace them, pray for their well-being, and seek for the Lord's help to know what to do and say. Sincerely rejoice with them in their successes; be their friends and look for the good in them. We should never give up on them but preserve our relationships. Never reject or misjudge them. Just love them!"2. Becky Craven's counsel:
"We can rationalize all we want, but the fact is, there is not a right way to do the wrong thing!"3. Brook P. Hales comforting reminder:
"We have the assurance that in His own way and in His own time, Heavenly Father will bless us and resolve all of our concerns, injustices, and disappointments."4. Dieter F. Uchtdorf's summary of our responsibility:
"Yours is to love God and love your neighbors, His children.
"Believe, love, do."5. W. Christopher Waddell's assurance that even our little efforts can make a difference:
"There may be other times when we recognize a need but feel inadequate to respond, assuming that what we have to offer is insufficient. To do just as He did, however, is to minister by giving what we are capable of giving and to trust that the Lord will magnify our efforts to bless 'our fellow travelers on this mortal journey.'"6. Henry B. Eyring's teachings on the power of prayer:
"Even when family members are not living in the home, prayer can build bonds of love. Prayer in the family can reach across the world."7. M. Russell Ballard's words of hope even in a troubled world:
"But even though we cannot control those external forces that impact our lives here on earth, as we strive to become faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we can find peace, joy, and happiness despite the worldly troubles that swirl around us."8. Takashi Wada's testimony that the value of scriptures:
". . .when we struggle with our own identity and lack of self-esteem, the 'pleasing word of God' in the scriptures will help us know who we really are and give us strength beyond our own."9. Jeffrey R. Holland's advice (the topic was punctuality for church services, but could apply to many other things):
". . .an occasional tardiness is understandable, but if the ox is in the mire every Sunday, then we strongly recommend you sell the ox or fill the mire."10. Russell M. Nelson's reminder of the everlasting love of Jesus Christ:
"Ever since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Jesus the Christ has offered His mighty arm to help all who choose to follow Him. Repeatedly, scriptures record that despite all kinds of sins from all kinds of people, His arms are outstretched still."
I've reached 10, but have barely made a dent in the conference talks of the weekend. If you'd like to read, watch, or listen to any of the talks from General Conference, they can be found at this link.
In addition, I just have to add a couple more things: I'm thankful for the bravery and strength of my youngest daughter. She asked me to write and post her story for her. If you haven't had a chance to read it, please take a minute to do so. She's helping break down the stigma of mental illness.
And, as always, I'm thankful for John. He's just an all-around good guy.
What are you thankful for this week? Do you have a saying or scripture that you turn to when you need a boost?
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