Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pure Love and Desires

I mentioned a couple times in my last post that we were able to enjoy General Conference...I look forward to the months of April and October every year to be able to hear words of wisdom and hope from the wise men and women who lead our church.

Two of the talks that really touched my heart were by Elder Richard G. Scott and Elder Dallin H. Oaks.

Elder Scott's message was filled with emotion and love.
He spoke of his beloved late wife Jaenene who he misses with all of his being. Yet he has hope, and finds happiness, because he knows that he will be with her again, and they will never part because of the sacred covenants and promises they made in the temple on their wedding day. Elder Scott shared some sweet stories of how they wrote notes and messages of love for each other all through out their marriage...and how after the death of his sweet wife, he found all of the notes he had written her, kept safe in plastic coverings. He knew that she treasured his love for her.

"Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good."

It was an absolutely beautiful message. And I'm grateful I get to walk hand in hand with my Adam...growing in love, forever, a united power for good.
{ one of my favorite photos from our groomals, April 2008 }

Elder Oaks spoke about desire.
It was a beautiful message, encouraging us to
"...search our hearts for what we really desire, and how we rank our most important desires. Desires dictate our priorities. Priorities shape our choices. And choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and ourbecoming."

What a statement!

After listening to his inspiring talk, Adam said that he wanted both of us to write down our desires...then we'd talk about them and discuss how we'll help each other to achieve them. We've talked about what we want in life numerous times...it's always such a comfort knowing that I have my Adam who is with me every step of the way to reach my/our goals. But when Elder Oaks put it in the context of desires, it was put in a different light for both of us. We're going to reach deep down, and express even more our hearts' desires...personally, and as a united couple. We worked on them last night, and tonight we're going to discuss them. I cannot wait :)

You can watch Elder Oaks' talk here, and Elder Scott's talk here.
And if you want access to all of the general conference talks (video and audio), click here.

I'm so grateful for technology that makes it all so accessible! :)

5 comments:

Diana Smith said...

I just loved conference!! It was amazing and it felt so great to hear their words!

Are you in Utah? If so, come to my Utah blog party in Orem April 16th! There are details on my blog! Would love to meet you!

Ashley said...

What wonderful words...desires truly do shape our lives!! I love that beautiful picture, Haley! Looks like a real movie moment....too good to be true. :)

The Cat Hag said...

That is such a beautiful photo of you and your hubby. ♥


xoxo,
Addie
The Cat Hag

Shalyn said...

Gorgeous photo and beautiful talks- Elder Scotts was my favorite! I love those men!

jordan said...

I love the thought of writing down your desires and sharing them...I think its so wonderful, I have to try it!

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