Monday, October 22, 2012

Seeking the Good

Remember when mom and I went to Nashville last year for TOFW? We went again this year to the Atlanta conference and had a blast! It was so uplifting and since some of my readers may not have gone, I'd like to share pictures and some ideas I gained from the conference. 
My mom bought us matching monogrammed necklaces to commemorate our conference experiences! I love this necklace, I must say it looks SO good on us! 
 I loved this year's theme "Seeking the Good". It is exactly what I needed! 
The venue was nice and large, pictures of the presenters and musicians were hard to come by though, so sorry for not representing well! Y'all can see the full program here

First picture of the conference, Friday evening! 
That is one huge orb! Maybe it is a baby coming my way?! Fingers crossed! 

So grateful to have these two amazing women in my life. 
Grabbed Mare for a nice big hug. Feeling the LOVE and seeking the GOOD! 

We created inside jokes, giggling at presenters we weren't big fans of, no names mentioned here.... 

And really enjoyed the more inspiring talks of others. 
We had SO much fun together, I think all three of us can agree we came back feeling more empowered as women, more uplifted in our lives, and more willing to help others seek out the good! 

Here are some insights I gained during the conference, the links will take y'all to the presenter's bios:
  • I need to make a list of the good I have done this year. Have I done any good?
  • This was the 10 year anniversary of TOFW! Can y'all imagine all the lives affected by this great conference? Thousands!!
  • Mark 9:23-24: "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief". Think about those words... help "thou my unbelief".
  • I loved James Ferrell's analogy of judging others, here is my poor attempt to share it with y'all:
    • Imagine with me, we each are in individual boats. In all of our boats there are holes. We are sinking. Who can repair our holes? Jesus Christ, He can transform our imperfections. 
    • The 3 traps of the boat analogy:
      • I don't have holes in my boat!
      • Your holes are bigger than my holes!
      • My holes are bigger than your holes!
    • All 3 traps keep us from the Lord, from being the people we are capable of being.
    • Happiness depends on me feeling better about my boat and realizing we are ALL in the same boat.
  • I loved these lyrics to one of Macy Robinson's songs: "It's the storm not me that's bound to go away."
  • We heard from the author of To the Rescue The Biography of Thomas S. Monson, Heidi Swinton. She was amazing! She shared a story about her son and daughter in law trying for TEN years to have a baby. She asked her friend, President Thomas S. Monson, to speak with them, to encourage them during one of the hardest times of their lives. He gave them a priesthood blessing and told them they had not yet searched in places where they would find their child. Soon after, they adopted a little boy from Taiwan and gained the family they always wanted. 
  • Mary Ellen Edmonds taught us "you are already good, you are a child of God!" 
  • Sandra Turley was my favorite presenters. She was a Broadway star and sang Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera and For Good from Wicked. 
    • Here is her story: She went through years of infertility treatments with her husband. They did all of it. They started the adoption process and after 2 months became birth parents to a 5 lb. little girl. 5 weeks later they received a phone call, the birth mother wanted the daughter back. With heavy hearts, they gave the little girl back. I can't imagine how that felt. Through her experience, she learned the Atonement of Jesus Christ applies to the pains and heartaches of this life, not just to sins. A couple months later she found out she was pregnant, naturally. They now have 3 children and are expecting their 4th in January. 
  • John Hilton III shared scriptures about God's grace. He explained when our hearts are full of sorrow that is the time we are closest to the Lord. 
  • Wendy Ulrich spoke about the act of apologizing and how to do it correctly. 
    • She said to give a true apology we must do 3 things:
      • Show empathy and try to fix the wrong
      • When we see our behaviors and hurt others we are wanting to apologize. We need to be in a place of self compassion, we see their behavior not their intentions. 
      • Live out the apology, act. 
      • REF: Responsbility, Empathisize(Am I getting this right, is this how I hurt you?), Fix it (this is what I will do in the future to make it right). 
  • Mariama Kallon, a survivor or Sierra Leon, ended the conference with being GRATEFUL for everything including tooth paste! 
I truly have felt the Lord's help in healing my broken heart this past month. He has placed so many people and experiences in my life to make things good, to make things HAPPY for me. I am so grateful for that and for those of y'all who made it to the end of this post, CONGRATS, I hope you felt inspired as well! 

They announced at our conference that they will be showing the SLC conference live online! Go to www.tofw.com to register and watch it over the weekend!! 

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