Conference and Me

Was not conference the best? It has been a while since I was able to sit down and listen to conference as broadcasted with the actual times. It brought back a lot of memories of my mission when we had to go to the stake center and watch, listen and anticipate for answers that we know we will receive with regards to what we have to do, our relationship with our companions, investigators, members and the work as a whole.

This time around, not only were we able to go to the conference center and listen to it live, but I was able to be there to sustain my former mission president's wife, Sister Linda Sheffield Reeves, who was called to be the 2nd counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency.  On top of that, conference brought new meaning as I listen to the counsels of the leaders and looking for ways for it to apply to me and my marriage.

Conference often make me want to be new person. It's like having new hopes with New Year's resolution, only better.

Interesting enough as I was trying to make out what I want to highlight from the copious notes I took, a conversation with a good friend who was going through a bit of a tough time reminded me some of the things that stood out to me during this last conference.

Envy and being worthy of the spirit.

Envy comes in all forms.  I don't know how many times I compare myself to others.  Comparison is something I grew up with. The ever constant reminder that if others can do it, then there is no reason why I can't. It drives me to improve myself, but I also tend to compare in terms of success, specifically material success.  It's a Chinese thing I guess, because we are all about financial wealth and prosperity.
So and so has so many nice things. Designer hand bags.  Gorgeous clothes.  They are moving forward with life so much so that they have so many things to their name (businesses, properties, etc).  I struggle to find where I stand.  I guess I don't realize that sometimes this is considered being envious, even in the nicest nature, is still not as innocent as I thought it to be.

So, I need to "STOP IT." (- Pres. Ucthdorf)

Pres. Monson said, "we are racing not against others, but to endure to the end" in trying to get ahead in life.  Although it is necessary that we live our life in as much self reliant as possible and seek out the best of education as we possibly can, conference reminded me how our race in this world is not of the world but to fulfill spiritual goals.

100% of the time, making decisions with regards to eternal perspective will always bring more peace, only it requires us to take a leap of faith first by putting your life and trust in Heavenly Father.

To ensure that we make those right decisions that are guided towards achieving the eternal perspective of things, we also need to be worthy of the spirit for guidance. And for that to happen requires our lives to be in line with the gospel and striving the best we can to do it.

How is it that we are so imperfect. I feel so little sometimes despite all the things I try and do to be a better person. Will I ever reach that high level of pure love of Christ? Nothing much can be done but to continue chugging along, I guess.

I'll leave this with you to enjoy.  I am currently OBSESSED with this song by Christina Perri, "A Thousand Years."

A  young girl reads her notes before General Conference began. 

P/s: I stalked down a couple so they would pose for me recently.  They obliged and look so cute together! Go see for yourself. :)