Today is the first day of our semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and oh my gosh, it's been so good so far! There have been a ton of good stories, and even the music impressed me this time. I admit, I'm not always a fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir...and actually my favorite performance wasn't by them; it was by a choir of missionaries training at the Missionary Training Center, but oh my goodness, they were so good! And the first song they sang in today's afternoon session was amazing! It hooked my attention immediately, and had me in tears by the end. I wanted to share it on Facebook immediately, but of course I had to wait until the session was over two hours later, and then it wasn't even available for sharing yet! It still isn't, but if you're really curious, you can watch the beginning of that session...when they post the video for it later. (I'll edit with a link as soon as I check and it's there.)
Speaking of music, though, Page is so funny. Halfway through each session, they have a congregational hymn, and we always sing along, even though we watch the sessions from home so it's only the two of us. And every time we'd start singing, Page would come hang out with us♥ It's such a major contrast from the first time we watched General Conference with her. The weather was cool enough that lap sitting was a thing, and she was sitting on somebody's lap (probably Athena's, but we don't remember exactly), and as soon as we started singing, she jumped up in alarm and ran away! We decided not to take it as an insult to our singing abilities.
A couple of the most interesting things include: there was a speaker from Japan who mentioned William S. Clark, who is famous for telling his students in Hokkaido, "Boys, be ambitious!" There's even a statue of him with that phrase engraved in English on it. But the speaker, when telling the story, explained that Clark was Christian, and when he quoted Clark, he finished it, "Boys, be ambitious in Christ." He proceeded to speak about what that means, and it was a really good talk, but the reason I bring it up is that "boys be ambitious" is something that comes up from time to time in our work and studies, so it was neat to learn that.
Another thing I really liked was when D. Todd Christofferson told about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. We'd heard the story many times before (it even features prominently in the classic shoujo manga Glass Mask...of which we watched the anime illegally around 2004-ish, eh heh), but this time, he spent a little more time talking about Anne Sullivan and her background and the love she showed for Helen. It was really touching, and he made the comparison to the love the Savior has for us as He tries to teach us.
So yeah. Really good stuff. If you want to check it out, the women's session from last week and today's morning session are available here
. I'd definitely recommend Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk from this morning; toward the end it talks about what our grandfather called "the terrible questions": Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going (when we die)?
Today I'm thankful for two more great sessions of General Conference, that amazing performance of "Oh How Lovely Was the Morning," Page coming running whenever we started singing, the delicious maple cruller I had at the donut shop when we went out to go grocery shopping, and Milano cookies being on sale.ETA: The video is up!
This is for the whole afternoon session, but the song's at the beginning. (You can skip ahead to 2:25 if you don't want to wait through the introduction.)