I loved Sister Beck's talk and put a little star by her quote from Eliza R. Snow. So I had to quote it here: "We want to be ladies in very deed, not according to the term of the word as the world judges, but companions of the gods and holy ones. In an organized capacity we can assist each other in not only doing good but in refining ourselves and whether few or many come forward and help prosecute this great work, they will be those that fill honorable positions in the kingdom of God. Women should be women and not babies that need petting and correction all the time. I know we like to be appreciated, but if we do not get all the appreciation that we think if our due, what matters. We know the Lord has laid high responsibility on us and there is not a wish or desire that the Lord hasn't planted in our hearts in rightesousness but will be realized, and the greatest good we can do to ourselves and each other is to refine and cultivate ourselves in everything that is good and enobling and qualify for those responsibilities."
Elder Ballard's talk was wonderful. I loved when he told the daughters not to look to contemporary culture for their role models and mentors but to look to their faithful mothers. He added they should "learn from her strengths, her courage and her faithfulness, listen to her--she may not be a wiz at texting or she may not even have a facebook page." (I loved that Kyle turned to Heidi and said, "Mom's got that covered.")
Didn't you love when Elder Carlson quoted the Prophet Joseph, "I made this my rule, when the Lord commands, do it."
And I can't wait to listen to Elder Holland's talk again--WOW.
I loved Elder Uchtdorf's comment about the woman who learnedd that she is like a crumpled $20 bill, even though it is crumpled it is still worth the full $20. And I LOVED the Jewish legend about the two brothers who had the spirit of compassion.
The story President Monson told was so incredible.
I need to go back and count how many of the talks mentioned hope. We were told several times to hang on and have hope. I loved when Elder Hallstrom said: "No matter the size of the issue, how we respond can re-set the course of our life." And then he said, "Never let an earthly circumstance disable you spiritually." WOW.
I thoroughly enjoyed Elder Hales talk. "We lead by understanding their hearts and walking alongside them on the Gospel path. To truly understand their hearts we must do more than just be in the same room or attending the same family and Church activities. We must plan and take advantage of teaching moments that make a deep and lasting impression upon their minds and hearts." "It is impossible to overestimate the influence of parents who understand the hearts of their children." "It is not the food but family interaction that nourishes the soul." "Be willing to listen and listen some more." The "Grandpa, are you there" part was so sweet.
Sidenote #1: NCAA Championship Monday Party tonight. Poor Allan missed his flight home this morning, so he will not be getting in until this afternoon. Small group tonight, but it will still be fun. (I will not stay up and watch 24 after the game, but I do have to admit a Monday without Jack will seem odd. Very disappointed to hear that Fox has cancelled 24.)
Sidenote #2: Started a new challenge with a new group today. Already blew the one treat--but then again, figured with the party tonight, I wasn't going to earn that point today.
Sidenote #3: Easter dinner last night was Taquitos. I think that was a first. Can I add, it was very lonely. Realizing now that we are flying Kyle home from Utah, rather than me flying down and driving back with him, I wish I had gone with Allan. It would have been so fun to spend Easter with the kids. Had to laugh when Allan called yesterday to ask the birth weight of all the kids--Kyle was thrilled to know he was my biggest at 9 pounds 2 ounces.