General Conference Is Over; Now What?

The Seeds of General Conference

Post-General Conference Blues

The first installment of General Conference in 2017 has ended. A friend of mine likened General Conference weekend to a holiday for Mormons, which sounds about right. With no other church obligations other than sitting on your couch and watching TV, it is a relaxing experience that we don’t really get any other time of the year.

Beginning with the women’s session last weekend, and concluding with the MoTab’s glorious rendition of “How Firm a Foundation” as the closing hymn, my spirit was stirred many times over the hours-long broadcast.

Many people on social media are discussing their favorite talks, and resharing captioned photos of notable sound bites from the various talks. We all (hopefully) got our spiritual “high” in one way or another.

Now What?

After conference, as our lives fall back into their usual pattern and schedule, it’s easy to forget how awesome conference was. Not just the sitting-around-in-your-jammies-watching-church-on-TV part, but the part where you felt spiritually fed and nourished.

Next Sunday your normal Church routine will resume. You’ll prepare the lesson you’re teaching, bring snacks for nursery, crayons and quiet toys for the children to occupy themselves with during sacrament meeting – whatever you usually do on Sundays will start all over again. What will your conference experience look and feel like then? Will it get swept away as the normalcy of your church life starts all over?

If you seek to carry the spirit with you regularly that you felt during conference, you can do so. Not only can you, but should do so. It is a frequent expression from the pulpit for the prophet to encourage you to retain the feeling of conference with you even after it ends. “Conference is now over. As we return to our homes, may we do so safely. May the Spirit we have felt here be and abide with us as we go about those things which occupy us each day. May we show increased kindness toward one another, and may we ever be found doing the work of the Lord.” (Thomas S. Monson, “Till We Meet Again,” October 2013.)

This is more than an idle suggestion, or meant to leave you with a final “fluffy” feeling. This is an admonition to take what you felt and learned, and apply it to yourself in actual practice. Don’t just study the talks for the next six months, but actively ask yourself how to apply them.

Perhaps you made a list of questions before conference, questions you wanted to actively receive answers for. What are you doing with those answers you received? Or with the promptings you felt during a particular talk? Frequently people will share what their favorite talk was, but the real question is: What are you going to do about it now?

 

Plant and Nourish the Seeds

One of the most famous “general conference” addresses was given by King Benjamin. At the end of it, he asked the congregation how they felt. Were they ready to renew their covenants and recommit their lives to living a spirit-filled life as he had taught them? YES! was the resounding answer.

“And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually. And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us…” (Mosiah 5:2, 5.)

I love the enthusiasm of those people. Even though they were taught collectively, the Spirit testified to each one individually what their respective action items were for them. “No more disposition to do evil” simply means a desire to take what has been taught and make steps to continually improve.

Did you receive answers and promptings? You don’t have to wait until the first weekend in October to regain the feeling of conference. You can feel it always, if you are willing to put into action the promptings you received.

 

 

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Laura will be the first to tell you she’s not perfect. That’s why she loves the restored gospel, and loves the atonement.
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Laura will be the first to tell you she’s not perfect. That’s why she loves the restored gospel, and loves the atonement.