Today was a special day. Every six months we get to listen to the leaders of our church speak. They give us guidance and direction, as revealed to them by God, to help us during the next six months. It's pretty amazing really.
We call it General Conference. I love it and really look forward to it. And I try to prepare for it. I believe I mentioned this before, but I like to have a question in mind before sitting down to listen to Conference (it's four 2-hour sessions, spread over two days!). I typically spend the week or two leading up to Conference mentioning this question in my prayers and asking that it be answered.
So much of the time lately has been very very dark. And so, I knew that the question should have something to do with how to rise above this and let light back into my life. But, I struggled to put it into words. Fortunately, I know that God knows my heart and He knows what I need. So, this time, my query was really more along the lines of this, "Please, just help me to hear what I need to help me see a way and a reason out of this."
Typically, I print out special "Bingo" cards for the kids, with pictures of things frequently discussed during Conference. They get to put candy on the pictures mentioned. And they get to eat even more candy. And that at least keeps them there listening with us. Sort of. It frequently means that none of us really get to hear very much of what is said.
But yesterday was sort of atypical. Instead of having the whole day cleared, HH had some yard work that absolutely had to get done and he had a deadline since it involved the use of a borrowed truck. So, he tried to listen on his smartphone while he did the work and I let the kids go out and help him. He wasn't able to listen, unfortunately, but I still feel that it was meant to be.
Because I got to listen quite a bit better than normal. And then President Eyring began speaking and I knew this was the talk that was meant for me. It was about trials and so much of what he said went straight to my heart. If you'd like to hear it, you can go here. A text version will be available in a few days, if you prefer reading. Even if you don't listen, you should click on the link, just to see his super cute smile at the beginning.
Anyway, the talk brought me to tears and I was grateful that none of the kids were there to see my meltdown and get worried about me. It didn't help that I was also utterly exhausted. But, even still, this was my Joyful Moment. In knowing that my Father in Heaven loves me, heard my prayers, and answered them through one of his inspired servants.
Pretty awesome, really.
Wishing you all Joyful Moments that are equally awesome and inspiring!