"We meet each six months to strengthen one another, to extend encouragement, to provide comfort, to build faith. We are here to learn. Some of you may be seeking answers to questions and challenges you are experiencing in your life. Some are struggling with disappointments or losses. Each can be enlightened and uplifted and comforted as the Spirit of the Lord is felt.
"Should there be changes which need to be made in your life, may you find the incentive and the courage to do so as you listen to the inspired words which will be spoken. May each of us resolve anew to live so that we are worthy sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father."
President Thomas S. Monson,
"As We Gather Once Again"
Ensign, May 2012
Those words apply to every general conference and with that said, this weekend we had the 182nd General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It has come and gone. Two days of watching, listening, discussing, and pondering what we learned from the many speakers. Hopefully my enthusiasm will not wane. I need to continue to bask in the light I have been given. I have understanding I need to incorporate into my life.
We also had a luncheon Sunday at our house with new friends and the missionaries during the break between the morning and afternoon sessions of conference. The weather was so nice and it was great to be with everyone. Our meal only added to a wonderful day.
This is one of my favorite talks from general conference this weekend. Elder Russell M. Nelson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at the first session on Saturday.
Young men can serve a mission sooner, 18 instead of 19; and young women 19 instead of 21. With this announcement my nephew, Scott, will have his missionary application in ASAP. He was ready and waiting for this early opportunity. With this announcement their will be an anticipated upsurge in the number of missionaries serving. Need some help? Like Elder Nelson stated:
"Ask the missionaries!"