Saturday, September 23, 2017

LDS Women's Conference

On Saturday Kieran, her mom Nora and daughter Avery traveled downtown to attend Women's conference. We decided to ride TRAX. It was more interesting than usual.

In addition to the Women's session of General Conference, SL Comicon was also going on downtown. Many people dress up as their favorite fictional characters to attend the conference, so we saw a lot of interesting looking people on the train and around town.

We chose an Italian restaurant for dinner a few blocks away. The food was good but took a long time to arrive, so we ate it in a hurry.  By the time we were ready to go it had started raining. None of us were really prepared for the downpour that we experience.

After missing the train, we walked in the rain towards a closer stop. We could have made it all the way to the conference on foot but decided to wait for the next train due to the rain.

Traffic was thick and once we arrived to the conference center, we had to wait in a really long line to go through security. An usher told us that there was an express line for those who did not have purses so we left Kieran with our purses and cell phones and moved over to the other line.

Once we reached our seats, we realized we had no way of telling Kieran where we were seated so I stood on the balcony area and waited for her to join us. We made it back to our seats halfway through the first speaker.

As always, I really enjoy hearing from every speaker. It is like drinking from a hose. There is so much in each talk, let alone each session.

I loved Sis. Eubank's encouragement to be righteous, articulate, and distinct.
Sister Marriott's quote also stuck with me:"Some things matter; some things don’t.
A few things last, but most things won’t."

I had recently read the obituary of Trevor Jones, shared by a friend who was really close to his family. It wasn't until after conference that I made the connection that Trevor was sister Joy D Jones' son. I can imagine how tender her feelings towards our Lord and Savior must have been as she shared with the women of the church about our spiritual worth. 

I appreciate her differentiation between worth and worthiness. 
'Let me point out the need to differentiate between two critical words: worth and worthiness. They are not the same. Spiritual worth means to value ourselves the way Heavenly Father values us, not as the world values us. Our worth was determined before we ever came to this earth. “God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever.”3
On the other hand, worthiness is achieved through obedience. If we sin, we are less worthy, but we are never worth less! We continue to repent and strive to be like Jesus with our worth intact.'
When I left the conference center my bucket was full. Not even drenching rain and awful traffic could dampen my spirit. It was what I needed to prepare for the highly stressful and emotional week ahead.