2.09.2008

Words from Salt Lake

Did you attend the World Wide Training broadcast by the church today? I did and it was a morning well spent. I loved hearing the family's importance being discussed by our church leaders. I loved hearing their thoughts on ways to strengthen our families and I especially loved hearing Pres. Monson's first 'official' comments as our prophet.

As I watched and listened to the panel discussion, I had the Holy Ghost re-confirm to me the knowledge I already had -- that these leaders are divinely called and inspired. I felt it most strongly when Sis. Lant, the General Primary President spoke and when Pres. Monson spoke. But it was clear to me that all our leaders are the right people in the right places at the right time -- and they are the ones that our Heavenly Father has called to lead us right now.

On the drive home, I offered a silent prayer of gratitude for the opportunity I had had, to spend my Saturday morning listening to things I truly needed to hear. And as I did, this quote surfaced in my memory: “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” [Soren Kierkegaard]

I know I don't change God when I pray, but He is slowly but surely changing me. And that's a good thing. This morning helped in that process.

13 comments:

Hayley said...

my parents went and called me to see if i'd gone. i didn't. i really wish i had. it sounds like it was really amazing. oh well, i guess.

100 Percent Cottam said...

i wish i'd gone, too! it sounds fabulous.

Rebecca said...

Great thoughts Jan! I just love it when you give me something to think about.

feltc said...

Thank you for these thoughts! I missed this morning for a myriad of reasons, but looked to check and it seems that the archives will be online later this week- I can't wait to watch!

Diane said...

We went too and I also loved it. I agree totally that Sis. Lant was especially guided in her comments. We are SO blessed to have such direct counsel and guidance. I am also grateful for technology, that we can renew and sustain each other through the internet~people who have so much in common yet have never met!

Sarah said...

I'm so glad you can get the broadcasts on the church website. This is the first one I've missed because I was released from my calling a month ago and I forgot! They are always SO good!

hoLLy said...

i've never heard that quote before-thanks for sharing it. it made me think.

also, i didn't know there was anything yesterday morning-oopsie.

Emily J. said...

I wanted to go and...this is so like me, but I totally forgot. It sounds like I missed a lot!

Jori said...

Wonderful as always, thanks Jan!

Natalie Scott said...

I'm also sad I missed it. Thank you for your notes, though. There were clearly some wonderful things spoken. I'm going to check it out later on online.

Tiburon said...

Adam went and said it was GREAT. He said the focus that was placed on the family was wonderful!

Darleen said...

My little Lucas was really sick! I'm glad it will come out in the Ensign. I was sad I couldn't make it, but heard it was wonderful.

Holly O. said...

I thought it was for special people only (me not being special). But I am so glad it was so good, I keep hearing such fabulous things about it!