Saturday, October 15, 2011


I have been going over my notes from General Conference and listening to some of the talks a second and even a third time.  I've decide I REALLY need to give this talk by Elder Ardern some serious contemplation.  There were a couple of things that hit me BIG TIME.

President Brigham Young said, “We are all indebted to God for the ability to use time to advantage, and he will require of us a strict account of [its] disposition” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 286).  I had to wonder, HOW STRICT???

Elder Ardern also said:   "I urge each of us to take those things which rob us of precious time and determine to be their master, rather than allowing them through their addictive nature to be the master of us."

So, the question is:  HOW DO I DO THAT??? 

I'm not sure how I will do it, but I know I need to AND I WILL.  I do not have good reasons for not getting more done except to say I WASTE A LOT OF TIME.   

I know that I am going to take Elder Scott's counsel to memorize scriptures.  When I taught Seminary I had memorized a number of the 100 Seminary scripture mastery scriptures but have to make sure I know them all.  I also loved when Elder Scott  said:   "(Memorizing scriptures) is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change."  With that in mind, I know another one I work on memorizing is D&C 88:124:  "Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated".   There are a few things in there I really need to have on hand as a "source of motivation for needed change".  

I  I also loved how Elder Ardern said, "With the demands made of us, we must learn to prioritize our choices to match our goals or risk being exposed to the winds of procrastination and being blown from one time-wasting activity to another."  I say I loved it, but it actually hit a little too close to home.  I can stay busy all day, but the question is BUSY DOING WHAT!!!!

So I will resolve:  To have a plan each day.  Not that I want to account for every minute of every day, but there is no doubt in my mind THIS TALK WAS MEANT FOR ME!!! 

SIDENOTE:  We have the youth coming to our house tomorrow night for a Fireside.  I decided to try out a new dessert--Caramel Apple Trifle.  
We have Stake Conference next week and I will have dinner here on Sunday and usually make Death by Chocolate for dessert, but decided maybe not everyone likes chocolate so I think I will serve both.  Of course, that's all dependent on what the youth think after they try it.


Garden of Egan said...

There were so many talks that were so fabulous and thought they were meant specifically for me.
I too want to be memorizing more scriptures.

The carmel dessert looks fabulous.

Sounds like a busy weekend for you.

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness, that talk was for me too. I am so busy all the time, but am I doing the"better" thing? Now that you have reminded me again of this great talk, I will need to get a move on it.

Going to bed early is a hard one for me. That's when it's quiet and I have some time to myself. I will really need to get better at that.

Your dessert looks yummy. You will have to share the recipe.

kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Holy moly, that trifle looks AMAZING.

I really need to read through so many talks again--with little ones around I miss much more than I even realize.

Cherie said...

I loved this talk and I need to listen to it again! There were soooo many good talks!!

Sheri said...

You always say something I need to hear! I love your blog - so make sure you don't stop blogging!! That is a great talk - I think there were way to many for me... I have a lot to work on - this one especially, as I am tired of feeling like the hamster on the wheel - always running but getting nowhere fast!
The dessert looks YUMMY! Share the recipe!

Nancy Face said...

I'm with you on this - I'm almost always busy, but sometimes I seem to accomplish so little!

What a GORGEOUS dessert!

ShEiLa said...

YOUR treat sure looks yummy!

I loved that talk too.


Heffalump said...

That talk hit close to home for me too!