Monday, April 7, 2008

Conference April 2008

I love General Conference weekend. This time around, I was waiting for the "one talk" that was just for me--there were so many wonderful ones, and I felt that so many hit home, particularly the talk by Elder Ballard. I loved that he quoted Anna Quindlen:

"Author Anna Quindlen reminds us not to rush past the fleeting moments. She said, "The biggest mistake I made as a parent is one that most of us make. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs... I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing--dinner, bath, book, bed--I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less."

I also loved the questions he posed:

"What can a husband do to support his wife and the mother of his children?
First, show appreciation and give more validation for what your wife does... notice things and say thank you more often.... schedule some evenings together...
Second, have a regular time to talk with your wife about each child's needs.
Third, give your wife a day away now and then--just take over the household and give your wife a break from your daily responsibilities.
Fourth, come home from work and take and active role with your families...

"What can a child do?" (I loved how he invited the children to listen carefully)
Pick up your toys... make your bed... help with dishes, and do other chores without being asked. Say thank you more often.... most of all you can put your arms around your mother often and tell her you love her."

I love that although we have to wait a very long time until the Ensign comes out, we can listen to talks from General Conference already, and by tomorrow, they will be available online in text form!

**How do you make sure to treasure the doing rather than the getting it done?
**Were any other talks particularly inspiring to you?

Coleman's Quips (04/06/2008):

I don't want you to donate me. (After a discussion on people's bodies being donated to science for research purposes)

Mom, you should become a chef, because then you would be a good cook!


HarperHappenings said...

Lisa..I too loved this talk! What a perfect way to end a Sunday conference. I thought the same...this was for me. Elder Ballard came to our Stake Conference last year and shared the story about having to sit with his children in church while his wife looked on. Made me laugh then and made me laugh again yesterday :) Good reminder that we are planting the seeds today in our children. I've heard once that our church is all about the youth, and I so believe that. They are our future and what a awesome responsibility we have to raise them! And too, wasn't President Monson amazing! I totally felt his testimony and that he is our Prophet. I also have to say that when I was listening to your Grandfather, he shared a story about when he was younger and he stood up for a boy that was being picked on. And while he was sharing this, I felt grateful that I know you and that you're my sil :) What an awesome example you have and you represent him well. Such a great example to me.

Ashley & Matt Cole said...

This quote has been going through my mind since he said it. Enjoying the journey is what it is all about. I would say stop in the middle of "task" and take a moment to giggle with the baby, don't let the schedule take more importance than those you love. If something doesn't go as planned, or get done, don't dwell on it.

Booklogged said...

I loved that talk, too. And that quote. I always like hearing Brother Holland.

Jill said...

Thanks for the great quotes! I am really looking forward to going back and reading Elder Ballards talk.
When the girls were younger, I was all about looking forward to when they would get to the next phase. But the past couple of years, I have changed and I just want to freeze time. Gregg and I are always telling them to stay exactly like they are right now! I feel that this is a good place to be.

Janene said...

sometimes I just get on the floor with my kids. I'm so task-oriented that I don't do it nearly enough. Maybe I'll have to post that Anna Quindlen quote as a reminder!