How Will I Change?

While listening to general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I wrote copious notes and jotted spiritual impressions in the margins. I sang with joy during congregational singing. I even shed tears when the last speaker finished and the Prophet closed the session for another 6 months. But even though the messages resonated profoundly in my soul, the intensity of that experience fades as I jump back on my treadmill of busyness. Elder Russell M. Nelson posed a solution—to ask and answer this question: Because of what I have heard and felt [during the conference], how will I change? It’s not enough to hear, feel and rejoice for two uplifting days. I need to act upon what I hear and feel. I want to be a better person for this spiritual infusion. I want to change in some way. So, after reviewing my notes and pondering, I wrote a page in my journal of ways I will change as a result of this experience. I will review this page often to remember. I feel the change already beginning. “In conferences we can receive the word of the Lord meant just for us…What is said is not as important as what we hear and what we feel…We gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them” (Robert D. Hales).

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