Monday, October 3, 2011
the freakin' weekend
We also got to enjoy General Conference from the comfort of our new couch (I really need to post about our new couch!) and from the car while enjoying the Alpine Loop. It seems like every year we miss the window of changing leaves in the Alpine Loop so it was nice to catch it this year.
What was your favorite part of Conference? I didn't have a stand out moment like I usually do, but it felt good to just listen. I am very excited about the new Provo temple. Talk about turning a negative into a positive. And I'm jealous that when Nate looks out the window every day at work it will be directly at the temple.
There was one conference quote in particular that I loved. I can't remember who said it so I'm looking forward to Thursday when the talks are published online. Anyway, I'm sure whoever said it won't mind not getting credit. He said (obviously I'm paraphrasing here), "Compared to God we are nothing, but to God we are everything." [Emphasis added to the quote that I pretty much made up.]
I thought that was such a insightful way to phrase that sentiment. I think it's a delicate balance between "I'm less than the dust of the earth" and "the worth of a soul is great in the sight of God." In fact, sometimes I think the exact opposite of myself. I think to myself, God has so much going on that I'm pretty far down on the list. Yet, I still remain completely consumed by thoughts about my own life and seem to forget there is an entire universe out there.
Somehow I'm OK knowing I don't quite measure up when compared with God. And even though I'm not all knowing, all powerful, or all perfect, He is still fully invested in me (and everyone else) as an individual. I think that's a good reminder we all need from time to time.
Those are some wise men. I feel very lucky to have their inspiration so abundantly twice a year. How do people survive without it? Unfortunately, I never seem to study the talks quite as well as I intend to. Hopefully the next six months will be different.