Last night I had the opportunity to go and hear some amazing speakers. The keynote speaker was Elder Russel M. Nelson. In addition to Elder Nelson, I also had the opportunity to hear from Sister Lansing (who was actually my seminary teacher senior year), Elder Lansing (her husband), and Elder Jay E. Jensen.
It was a great experience and I'm glad that I had this opportunity, and that I didn't pass up the opportunity. It's not often that a member of the Quorum of the Twelve comes to Richmond and even less often that they want to have a fireside with the Young Single Adults in the area.
Sister Lansing spoke first. She talked about choices and what we choose to do with our free time (I feel like this has been talked about quite a bit lately in my church meetings and classes - but it could just be me...) She shared with us something she heard during a trip out west, how choices are like a funnel and at this age we are encouraged to try many different things. Depending on what we choose though, our choices slowly slim down like a funnel (if we make bad or limiting decisions)
Then she said that if we limit ourselves to good decisions now, then things will be opened up to us later. It's that eternal perspective, right now we think we can (and we really can) do whatever we want, but it's not the consequences of our actions we are thinking of, or the limitations we are putting on the possibilities for our future. If we focus now on not limiting our future, then the funnel turns upside down.
Next was her husband, Elder Christopher Lansing.
There was another thing he said that I liked, and I don't know if it's just because he said the word "chill" or not, but...anyway. He talked about some scriptures in Doctrine and Covenants, about when Joseph Smith was asking how long the Lord would let his people suffer, and Elder Lansing read the Lord's response and then put it into a modern phrase, "Chill and endure it well"
Then he told us that Heavenly Father wants to bless us. We just need to put ourselves in the right place to be blessed. I got the message/question (again...surprise), "what do you fill your time with?" I think there's something trying to get through to me...
This is becoming a long post - I will summarize (I may even go back and summarize things)
Elder Jay Jensen.
Then he broke down the word "reconcile" - it basically means to "sit with again". So when you reconcile with God, you sit with God again. I liked that.
Elder Russell M. Nelson
So - here are my scattered thoughts in an almost bullet point fashion:
"Parenting is one big problem" (he has ten kids and was talking about the opportunities for growth)
"With each challenge there is an opportunity to become stronger than you would have been."
I really liked this because I feel I am not the only one who needs to hear this. I have one friend who I immediately thought of when I heard this, but I'm certain all my friends could benefit from hearing those words and keeping that thought in mind when challenges arise. Sometimes it's easy to forget that struggles in life are an opportunity to improve ourselves.
"Begin your decision with the end in mind." Figure out first where you want to be, and work backwards from there. I feel I really need to do this. I'm very much an "in the moment" girl. It's brought good and bad results - but I'm aiming for more good results.
Lastly, always keep preparing. Keep worthy. Keep growing spiritually. Make yourself more useful in the work of the Lord.
Ok - sorry for the long post, but I hope you got something out of it - but since they were the condensed things that I got out of it, things may be lost. If you made it through this whole post...congratulations - I probably wouldn't have!