Filling Our Hearts and Minds With Their Words

general-conference-april-2011-826795-mobileWe are all anxiously awaiting what the Brethren will tell us this weekend, but I have the great fortune of filling my heart and mind already with their words. We should always be most concerned with the latest messages our leaders give us, but we cannot forget the great messages we have heard over the years. They are still of great value and most definitely filled with the spirit of edification, warning, and love. I have taken on the challenge to read and write about General Conferences of the past. As a writer for the General Conference Odyssey, I am overwhelmed with what the Brethren have been telling us–for years.

 

The General Conference Odyssey is a group of writers who write, each week, on a past session of conference, starting with April 1971. At this point, we have reached the Friday morning session of April 1974. And I repeat, I am overwhelmed with the doctrine, advice, warnings, love, and spirit of those early talks.

 

Jesus Christ loves each and every one of us. I knew this already, but I feel this knowledge more and more as I read His words every week through their words– His prophet and apostles.

 

This past week, I read some wonderful things about the Everlasting Covenant. The belief we have that God has given us eternal covenants of not only salvation but of eternal life. That we were always meant to be saved with our families; to accept anything short of this glorious promise is actually undermining the work of the Lord.

 

 

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This is what Mormon Women Stand is all about: defending our families so we can receive those glorious promises. By reading past and present conference addresses we can be reminded, in loving ways, what is in store for us when we obey the commandments, receive and participate in the covenants of salvation, and engage in the love our Heavenly Father has for each one of us.

 

If we love our Heavenly Father, our Savior, this gospel, and the Spirit that we feel when we recognize truth then first enjoy these words of a past conference, “Wake Up! and Smell the True Sweetness of the Everlasting Covenant,” and then prepare to soak in the words of our latest conference. We are loved. We are watched over. And we are blessed beyond measure. Let us ready our hearts and minds to accept all of their loving and guiding words.

 

Anyone is welcome to follow our journey on Facebook at General Conference Odyssey.

Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.
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About Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.