Tuesday, February 24, 2009


This entry is part of my general conference application series.

I rode home from work unplugged today. In the solitude of reflection afforded, I found glimpses of conference talks coming back to my mind. Similarly to how a subtle scent can cause a distant memory to rush to mind, various landmarks along my commute caused me to re-live portions of conference talks, and the accompanied feelings they caused, in the same places I was when first experienced—and I didn't even know where I was when I heard those parts of the talks, but I realized that I did know somewhere deep inside me.

It was an interesting experience.

Have you ever had those people in your Sunday School class who seem to continuously refer to general conference talks from the last conference, including the seemingly obscure ones? It turns out that I've become one of those people. I always wondered how they could retain so much from so many talks so close together. While I've read and re-read conference talks for years, I guess I've failed to really apply the talks to my life (how embarrassing to admit!). I've really missed out.

It's been one week since I finished reporting on the general conference talks in my general conference application series (GCAS). I'm happy to report that I am frequently reminded of the principles I learned in the series, and I've identified personal themes. While reading the talks, I noticed that the topics of unity and Zion continued to resonate with me. In the past week, these same themes are frequently making their way to the forefront of my mind. I wonder if it is because with the application of conference's principles came a heightened awareness of marvelous blessings in my life. This awareness helped/helps me be reminded that they are largely due to the Lord's hand in my life, as manifest through the kindness of so many others. Recognizing the charity and compassion of others helps me strive to fulfill my personal goals at finding unity and realizing Zion and its principles.

1 thought:

Rockin Rowe's said...

I enjoyed your post. It blows me away when a memory comes rushing back based on a sight, sound or smell that seems familiar. I especially love the memories that rush back from my mission.

As far as the Conference talks go, I still don't know how some people can recite the details and volumes of wonderful messages. I wish in this case I had a photographic memory.