Ok, you got me. This isn’t really about Christmas, although Christmas is in 77 days!
I am talking about the holiday of “General Conference” among members (and non-members) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Growing up, my mom would always turn Conference weekend into a mini Christmas; the house would be spotless, a big breakfast would be cooked, and excitement would hang in the air.
Like Christmas, General Conference would usually require some prep. However, I usually would leave it up to my mom to prep everything for the family.
This year, I had my own family to prep for and ultimately, I decided to prep myself.
I found this great workbook from Work + Wonder (find it here) and followed the prep leading up to conference.
This prep included:
- dedicating myself to daily scripture study and prayer,
- preparing our hearts and homes (basically cleaning our home and preparing it for the Spirit to be in it),
- study to power of Conference and the blessings that come from it,
- writing down my questions that I want to take to Conference,
- explain to others about Conference and modern-day prophets/apostles,
- invite others to watch General Conference,
- and plan when you’re watching Conference, and how.
Then I made sure I prepped the other part: making sure everything else was taken care of so I could enjoy what the Lord wants me to hear over conference.
I made sure that Watson had lots of new activities so he stayed busy and happy. He did so well and had a lot of fun!
Because of my prep, I was able to focus on what the prophet and the apostles were saying. I received so much revelation and the Spirit was so strong!
I am so grateful for modern-day revelation! I am grateful for a living prophet, even President Russell M. Nelson. I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ & the restoration of HIS Church on the Earth. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ! I testify that we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother, who love us beyond anything we can even fathom.
& if you feel alone, pray to God and ask Him to show His love for you. I promise you will feel it.
Until next time,