Mormon General Conference

Ever had one of those days where you are just walking around feeling like life couldn’t get any better? I did, today.  I love days like that.  Think of the Carpenter’s song “Top of the World” and you’ve got the idea.

There are lots of factors why I was feeling so great this morning: I just whittled my to-do list in half (why do we have to-do lists and not to-be lists?), I’ve started exercising again, I’ve got an AWESOME wife, and as I’m about to graduate I’m just feeling generally grateful. However, I think the real reason I feel so amazing is the way I spent this past weekend watching 10 hours of talks in our church’s general conference (mentioned by our friends at Mormon Perspectives).

One thing I absolutely love about being Mormon is the opportunity it gives me for renewal.  This weekend was a perfect example.  As I listened to the prophets and apostles speak, I felt great.  There were so many talks that genuinely left me feeling uplifted and inspired.  I not only feel like I want to be a better person (kinder, more compassionate, more full of faith, and more hard-working, etc.), but I feel like I have actually become a better person. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it, but I feel changed by the experience.  It’s like I’ve moved a little from knowing I should do something, to actually desiring to do it. The best analogy I can think of is exercising.

Most of the time, I just think of exercising as something I should do and when I don’t follow through I feel bad about it.  However, every once in a while when I am consistent enough about my workout routine, I really look forward to hitting the gym.  I start to relish it.  That’s the kind of change I feel after this weekend, but with deeper things like spirituality, love, compassion, faith, hope, and true commitment.

The great thing is that general conference isn’t the only time I feel this.  It’s not uncommon for me to have a similar experience after attending church on Sunday.  Some days it happens when I’m reading my scriptures.   Sometimes it’s when I go to a church service project or activity. My point is that as a Mormon my life is full of these types of experiences that leave me feeling renewed, revitalized, and recommitted.  I’m grateful for that.  It makes me happy!

What types of things leave you feeling renewed?  I’d love to hear.

4 thoughts on “Mormon General Conference

  1. Natalie

    Jacob, I couldn’t have said it better myself, so thanks for doing it! 🙂 This last weekend *was* a great one; I was sad to see it end!

    Generally, I feel renewed when I find the time from my list of hectic obligations and find time to share a moment with God. This might be by reading scriptures, performing service to friends or family, praying, or simply thinking about ways to find my center again. I’m always amazed that when I take the time to slow down and remember God, things just work better.

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  2. Holly

    I’m glad you brought up the analogy of exercise. I’ve been trying to be more healthy by exercising more regular and eating better. I’ve been super determined and hopeful that day by day I’ll get a little stronger and more in shape. And I feel a difference. The more regularly I run and eat healthy the more I WANT to do these things out of desire rather than obligation.

    After listening to the conference talks this weekend I felt the same sort of determination to be more regular with my spiritual nourishment and exercise. I really feel like the more regularly I take time for God by reading scripture and praying to Him the more I will change and become stronger and more “in shape” spiritually. And, soon I’ll have a greater DESIRE for these things.

    It’s such a great analogy, thank you for your thoughts!

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  4. Ashley

    It’s interesting how general conference, three hours of church on Sunday, time spent studying scriptures, etc. can be viewed as either a renewing and revitalizing experience, or an interruption to our already busy lives. I do typically feel more committed after church on Sunday — so it’s reassuring to know that my desires are in the right place when I first walk into the building. I can’t say I have great scripture reading habits, but like your exercise experience, when I am in a regular pattern of doing it, I desire it more and have a better overall experience. I guess the lesson learned is to just do it! And good things will follow.

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