How I look forward to the gems and jewels of General Conference each 6 months! I’m trying to take a few moments each day and read again from these wonderful talks.
Here are a few things that have helped me from Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk:
- to endure the varied seasons of life while remaining positive, even optimistic – it seems there are always challenges and stresses, sometimes are greater in intensity than others. In this brief breather of a time I want to dwell on the positive and optimistic, try to fill my soul with so many delights, that when the challenges get harder, I will have plenty of good in reserve.
- Henry David Thoreau’s simple life at Waldon Pond – i felt so much strength when Elder Perry described Thoreau’s experience. Recently asking the designer to move into this small cabin, I could sure relate. (i actually asked him again last week…it was a tough week. When things are hard I like to clean or detox, or simplify…this was another of those moments). Was Henry growing those 2 1/2 acres of beans all by himself? He must have been. We live on just under 3 acres…that’s a lot of beans! I think I would need some variety to my large garden adventures.
- Thoreau & Perry’s four essentials: food, clothing, shelter, fuel – I enjoyed reading all of these. As simple as our lives currently are, I think they can be simplified even more and I am trying to find ways to do this. I know the designeris…he helped me organize again tonite…what a blessing he is everyday!
- finally – These simple focuses will help us reach our ultimate goal: the return to our Father