Inspiration Received during October 2012 General Conference

By: Graceforgrace
October 14, 2012

As a follow up to the article I wrote on preparing for receiving revelation during General Conference, I thought it would be great to hear stories from peoples’ experience with spiritual guidance they received during General Conference.  I understand that some promptings are too personal to share, so I’ll highlight some of the guidance and insights I received without getting too personal.  Feel free to share your experiences as well.

Uniting of our Family

Prior to General Conference, my wife and I had a special Family Home Evening (Family Night), teaching our young 3 year old daughter about General Conference, apostles, prophets, etc.  The Church has a great website with games and activities to teach kids to prepare for Conference.  We chose to make a set of paper rings that we made into a chain, which she tore off each day that had activities such as coloring a picture of Jesus, reading a story of Thomas S Monson, scripture activities, etc.  This helped her (and us) get our minds focused on Conference throughout the week.

Next, during General Conference, my wife found a great activity where she arranged 5-6 bowls with goodies in them such as pretzels, M&Ms, carrot sticks, etc.  On each bowl she taped a picture of something that would likely be discussed in Conference such as a picture of Jesus, scriptures, families, etc.  Our little girl then sat and listened for the speaker to say “Jesus” or “family”, etc. and when the speaker said that, she could take a treat and eat it.  The funny thing was that the carrot bowl was “Jesus” so at one point our girl had 7 half eaten carrot sticks and she said: “Mommy, my tummy hurts from eating so many carrots!”

Pretty soon, she decided to start sharing carrots with me.  The good thing for me was that she started sharing everything with me so I got quite a few M&Ms too.

It was fun to be with our little family (our 1 year old boy was a bit young for the activities so he slept during conference) and see our daughter learning from the men and women who had prepared messages for us.  Although I didn’t have any bid spiritual manifestation, I did see how we came closer as a family and united in the gospel, which is awesome!

Excellent Quotes

Last April, I noticed that many speakers come up with awesome quotes.  This Conference was no exception.  I’ve written about all the quotes and also have a poll for people to vote on their favorite quote.  Feel free to stop by and vote.

So far, the one that is winning is by David Bednar during the last session of conference:

Knowing the gospel is true is a testimony.  Staying true to the gospel is conversion.

Personal Peace

Going into conference, I was somewhat unsettled.  I had a lot of stress going on as far as business situations are concerned.  I was praying for guidance on certain issues.

As I watched conference and listened actively, I gradually started feeling less anxious and more peaceful.  I didn’t realize that I was calming down until after conference was finished.  I noticed I hadn’t thought about the issues all day and when they came to mind, I felt everything would be fine, as it usually is when we re-focus our vision on God rather than the things of the world.

I’m sure you have some great stories to share as well.  If you are comfortable, feel free to share any guidance you received during last week’s General Conference.

13 Responses to Inspiration Received during October 2012 General Conference

  1. Brian on October 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    From E. Oaks in conference, “Most of the children born to unmarried mothers—58 percent—were born to couples who were cohabitating. Whatever we may say about these couples’ forgoing marriage, studies show that their children suffer significant comparative disadvantages. For children, the relative stability of marriage matters. We should assume the same disadvantages for children raised by couples of the same gender.”

    When I heard this, I thought of Neal Patrick Harris and his partner of seven years, David Burtka, and their two children, Gideon and Harper. I wondered about the tremendous disadvantages these too poor children will endure. Why church members, especially those who have others believe they speak for the Creator of the universe, continue to think of gays as something distinctly less than themselves is beyond me.

    Not a great story from conference, but it was a terrible, condescending comment.

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  2. Geoff - A on October 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I have a page of thoughts on conference and the thoughts it prompted in our household. Is there an email address I can send them so you can see if they warrant a blog?

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  3. Jared on October 14, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    #1 Brian-

    I’m not interested enough to read the studies cited in Elder Oaks footnotes about children raised in gay households. However, it appears you may be. If so, please let the rest of of know. Maybe Elder Oaks comment isn’t condescending but based on reliable study.

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  4. Brian on October 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Jared–He cites no studies on same sex parents. As he says, “we should assume the same disadvantages” and says, citing a journalist, same sex parenting is a social experiment. His conclusion is based on nothing other than conjecture.

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  5. graceforgrace on October 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    #2 Geoff. I’d love to see what thoughts you had on conference. You can write me at: aaron_m_anderson4677@yahoo.com

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  6. graceforgrace on October 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    #1 Brian,

    I will agree with you on a certain level. Whenever we try and back up doctrine or beliefs (i.e. the Word of Wisdom, morality, etc) with “proof” of why we should or shouldn’t do something, it can lead to controversy.

    I think that would have been enough for Oaks to refer to the Proclamation on the Family, or other scripture that states the family is ordained of God and is one man and one woman…period. Don’t go on an elaborate why…just state what the doctrine is and leave it at that.

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  7. Geoff - A on October 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Is the Proclamation on the family doctrine? If you had to choose whether it was Gospel(eternal), or church, or culture, I would think church and culture certainly not eternal so not Gospel.

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  8. hawkgrrrl on October 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    PoF is not doctrine nor is it scripture. It is being popularized in this way, but if it were, BKP’s talk would not have been altered. It was written by committee, not revelation.

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  9. hawkgrrrl on October 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    “We should assume the same disadvantages for children raised by couples of the same gender.” The comparison is not apt. The studies I’ve read indicate that most of the disadvantages to children in single parent homes are directly related to financial stress, lack of time, inability to focus on the children, lack of parent education, lack of resources to put children in extracurricular activities or support them in their pursuits. Gay parents are generally more like dual income parent households, which are also highly successful, in many cases higher than households where the wife stays home and has no education or fall back in case of divorce or need (because both parents tend to be achievers with education).

    I don’t see that a comparison to single parent homes is on track unless it can be demonstrated that gay marriages are more prone to divorce. If that is proven, fine. I’ll go so far as to agree that gay marriage is a social experiment. So is having one parent stay at home. So is everything. Some social experiments will pay off, and some won’t.

    I don’t agree that gay marriage is doomed from the start, but I am curious to see how it plays out. How is it worse than singles being allowed to adopt children? Because they are. To me, the octomom is the real problem. Being a voluntary single parent is usually signing up for parenting disadvantages – that’s my opinion. But gay marriage isn’t doing that.

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  10. graceforgrace on October 15, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    For those of you who want “evidence” that traditional marriage is better than gay marriage, you can read more about it in a recent study (June 2012) here:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/10/study-children-fare-better-traditional-mom-dad-fam/?page=all

    and here:

    http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/gay-parents-and-the-marriage-debate/

    However, as the article states, there is also research out there supporting the case for gay marriages being just as good as heterosexual marriages (although the data isn’t as accurate, according to the articles).

    The LDS church has it’s stance on the issue and Elder Oaks didn’t really even need to cite any “evidence”. He should have just stated where the church stands and then we have a choice to follow or not.

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  11. FireTag on October 17, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Brian:

    I definitely believe that same gender couples should not cohabit. They should get married for the stability of their relationship and for the stability of any children who come into their homes to live (and there are NOT currently enough heterosexual couples to provide such environments for all of the children who need them). :D

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  12. Brian on October 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    FireTag:

    And won’t it be amazing 100 years from now when there is social pressure for same gender couples to stay together for the sake of the kids. Sorry I won’t be around to see it.

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  13. Joe S on October 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    #10 GraceForGrace

    I read your first article… and my BS meter started going off. So I Googled the study. The study is crap. It was funded by a group on the right. The study methodology was completely flawed. And to hide this fact, the study publisher (who was in cahoots on the article) rushed to publish the article before it was vetted using proper peer review.

    Since being published, the study has been destroyed by the entire academic community. The publishing editor’s reputation has been severely damaged. And even UT is being criticized for allowing such poor scholarship.

    Disappointing.

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