Sorry that I’m posting later than usual today — I’ve made some lifestyle changes, and I’m having to readjust my schedule of things. For instance, I left the house at 5 a.m. this morning to do a 9-mile jog/walk. I was back in time to get to the first temple session today, but just barely. It doesn’t help that I’m not fully adjusted to that kind of exertion, so I’m a little more tired than I’m used to being on the weekend.
In two weeks (October 6-7), Latter Day Saints from around the world will pretty much put their lives on hold and spend about 10 hours on Saturday and Sunday in church meetings. We call it General Conference, and it baffles many of our non-LDS friends. They seem to have a hard time understanding why anyone would put that much time into listening to sermons.
In all honesty, by then end of conference weekend, I’m tired, and I’m relieved that it’s over for another six months. I suppose I could skip a session or two, but I don’t. I do my best to attend every meeting.
- I am spiritually fed. A lot of the fatigue I feel is actually from spiritual overload. There is so much to process so quickly that it tires me out.
- I grow stronger. In the words that are spoken and the songs that are sung, I often find the courage to keep doing what I know to be right and to trust God to make it all work out in the end.
- The people I am listening to have been called of God to preach the gospel to the world. We call them prophets, and like the prophets of old, they are watchmen set on the tower to warn all who will listen. While the idea of living prophets seems strange to a lot of people, I know that they exist. In fact, I wrote about the idea last week.
- I grow closer to Heavenly Father.
You are more than welcome to join us!