Friday, March 30, 2012

Weekend Plans

I am so excited for this weekend, I can hardly contain myself! Seriously, this has been one of the longest Fridays in recent history; it's dragging just to torture me.

Not only are we having our first ever giveaway here on Happiness is Homemade {If you haven't entered yet, DO IT! Only one day left to score some sweet products!} BUT it is also
General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

I {HEART} General Conference!

Hubster and I at attending Conference in SLC last October.

General Conference is a world-wide meeting, held bi-annually, by the LDS Church with the purpose of instructing, uplifting, and edifying its members {and everyone else}.
For two days {Saturday & Sunday} I get to cuddle in my pajamas with my family and friends and listen to the words of true, living prophets.
“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38)
Conference is such a powerful gift, given by a loving Heavenly Father, that allows us to reflect on His teachings and the life of our Savior Jesus Christ. Conference also provides us with principles, teachings, and suggestions for our dispensation. I often find answers to question or simple inspiration for improving my life while listening to Conference.

Since I was a teenager, I have kept special journals specifically for writing down inspiration or thoughts I receive during Conference, and love to reflect on what I learn. Here is a small sampling of my most favorite quotes:

"The Lord will shape the back to fit the burden"
Neil A. Anderson (April 2009)

"Pure hearts in a pure home are within whispering distance of heaven"
David O. McKay

Pray for love to see good in your companion; the love to make weaknesses seem small.
Henry B. Eyring (October 2009)

Happiness and joy are not products of circumstance but of faith and hope.
Wilford W. Anderson (April 2010)

We can struggle with our trials but we shouldn't resent them; they are preparing us for something great.

Often those who are lost don't need anything more than our determination to find them.

Isn't Conference inspiring?

The very BEST thing about General Conference is that it is for EVERYONE. Whether you are Mormon or not, I want to personally invite you to watch or listen to Conference. I promise that if you do, you will be inspired to be a better person and receive counsel on how to create a happier more hopeful life. {Especially a happier life at home; because we Mormons L-O-V-E families}

So, here are the de-tails about when and where to watch conference.

Sessisons {sub-meetings} of Conference are held:
Saturday March 31st 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. & 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. MST
Sunday April 1st 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. & 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. MST
{Yes, it is still entirely appropriate to use April fools jokes on Conference Sunday}

To participate in conference:
Locate your nearest meeting house here.
Find what cable/radio/satellite channel airs Conference in your area here.
Or watch conference online here.

Or. . if you're in the upper 435 of Utah, leave a message or comment and come watch it at my house! We have TONS of treats and quite likely some coloring books!

There are so many options for participating and no reason to miss out feeling the peace, hope and inspiration or General Conference!

For those of you with little ones, or big ones who act like little ones, here are some fun ideas, via Pinterest, for keeping them busy and listening:

15 Fabulous General Conference Ideas @ A year of FHE
10 Ideas @ A Little Tipsy
Conference Bingo @ Bits of Everything
Conference Center Board & Binders @ Our Family Blog
{I love these binders!}

Erin Kay

And. . just in case you need another reason to watch Conference, watch this:

Or sample the beautiful music of Conference here:

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