This morning was Stake Conference.
Not to be confused with Steak Conference. That would be an entirely different situation.
Stake Conference is when all of the wards (congregational units) in an area meet together for two hours of instruction from the Stake Presidency (leaders over the area).
Sorry, sometimes it's like we speak a whole different language in our church.
Anyway, this morning's was a unique meeting. Our Stake Presidency has been in place for over 10 years. That is a very long time because these men are busy with weekly meetings and innumerable responsibilities that come with having stewardship over so many people. It's kind of exhausting. When there is a change up in the leadership, some of our leaders from Salt Lake City (called General Authorities) come to prayerfully determine who should take over.
It's a pretty amazing process from what I understand.
So, this morning we had the opportunity to hear from the two General Authorities who came out for this. And they were so inspirational. What they taught was nothing new, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. It was a reminder to rededicate ourselves to personal prayer, family prayer (morning and night), personal scripture study, and family scripture study, and regular Family Home Evenings. I felt the Spirit of the Lord so strongly as they spoke.
A few months ago, I realized I needed to rededicate myself to my daily scripture study and I prayed for help. Since then, I have read many inspirational quotes and talks about why scripture study is important and I've heard many things as well. It's made my desire to make that extra effort to wake up early and truly study and ponder so much stronger.
There was also a meeting last night that I was unable to attend, but fortunately, HH went and came home to share with me. He said one of the men said (paraphrasing HH paraphrasing him here), "It's not so much about learning all of the information and knowledge there is in the scriptures. We'll be able to have that knowledge in the eternities. It's about the sanctification that comes from reading them daily."
I add my testimony to that. I always feel blessed and better when I read my scriptures, particularly when I'm reading them consistently every day. But--when I read them first thing in the morning, I have those blessings and sanctification with me all day long and I am a better mother, wife, and person for it. I have more patience and love for my family and am better equipped to deal with whatever stress or challenges the day brings. And it's happened enough that I see a direct correlation with the dedication to my scripture study.
Maybe that should be my theme for next year...
Anyway, this morning's meeting, so full of the Spirit, was today's Joyful Moment.
Wishing you all Joyful Moments that inspire you in the way you need!