This was a draft I never published. Better late than never!
Stake Conference this morning and last night was phenomenal! It was such a spiritual experience. I was fighting back tears of the Spirit almost the whole time. Here is a bit of what touched me and what I would like to remember:
1. The Youth of the Church amaze me. Last night (it is normally an adult only season, but the youth were invited to attend) a senior in high school spoke about his upcoming mission. He entire talk was really well done, but one thing especially struck me. He decided to not play sports his senior year of high school in order to be able to work so he could save enough money for his mission. That just blows me away. The sacrifices that today’s youth make for the Lord are– really there are no words for them. It is humbling to me to think that in a few short years I will have a “youth” living in my own home! I hope I am up to the challenge of teaching everything my kids need to know to navigate the choppy waters of today’s world. Both of the youth that spoke last night gave me the insight that homeschooling for life might not be such a bad thing.
2. The music. Oh goodness, the MUSIC! More than one of the speakers this morning mentioned how great the stake choir was. After we sang the closing song (How Firm a Foundation) the whole stake center was nearly silent. The sister who gave the closing prayer was even moved to spend more than a few moments giving thanks for music and musical talents. I was seriously fighting back tears on most of the musical numbers. It was beyond words amazing.
3. My children were the Lord’s children before they were mine and it is his full time job to nurture and strengthen them, so why not mine too? I am utterly and completely humbled. May the Lord grant that I might strive to be a better mother each day, that I might understand more fully this divine role appointed me and not shrink from the work I have.