Monday, April 25, 2011

Enos 1:18

I decided to read the book of Enos this morning, but I only got to verse 12, where I lingered a while:

"And it came to pass that after I had prayed and labored with all diligence, the Lord said unto me: I will grant unto thee according to thy desires, because of thy faith."

This reminded of the address Elder Oaks gave at the most recent General Conference, as well as the thesis statement of the Book of Mormon. But there are several key components to this verse. The combination of prayer and work strikes me as being crucial. Likewise, the blending of desire and faith marks an important synergy. We have to want something, have faith in God's promises, and then act on that desire.

Monday, April 4, 2011

General Conference Notes

I probably say this every six months, but I really enjoyed and benefited from this General Conference. We're doing a lot of praying for very specific blessings these days, and it seemed that many of the messages applied very directly to our family and what we need to do as we seek for these things.

It was also a good conference in terms of our engagement. We went to a nearby chapel for one session each day, and we listened to the other general sessions online. And I found myself taking notes, something I haven't done with General Conference in a long time. It was very helpful in terms of focusing on specific things to do and study.

And in that spirit I wanted to share the typed version of my notes. In transferring my handwriting to the computer I left out some things that seemed unnecessary or redundant, and I added a few things that seemed to stand out after the fact. But most of these notes reflect what I was thinking and writing throughout the different sessions of conference.