So after a really long week (which was only 4 days, b/c Labor Day was Monday) I am happy to say that I made it through. I spent all day Friday shopping, until Mikey conked out, and all day Saturday doing nearly the same. I sent my hubby and kid to St. George to spend quality time with grandma, fixing computers, playing with duplos, wrestling with cousins and I stayed in town to just catch up and spend time alone! Alone time is good. I like to be free from distractions, free from my growing teething whiney boy, free from my overworked husband, free from my family I guess. Well after a trip to WalMart (2 hours just walking through the whole store- oh it was nice to take my time) I headed to the temple and barely made the 2:30 session. Got through and didn’t even stop to sit in the Celestial Room. I almost feel now that sitting in the peace and quiet of the temple contemplating my life was the whole reason why I should have gone, and now I’ve breezed right over it. So on to another event. Had to leave that one earlier than I wanted to get to Stake Conference.
Who ever said that the gospel and good wisdom “nuggets” are found tucked inside the overlooked Saturday evening session of Stake Conference is totally right! Oh man what a spiritually powerful mtg to end an enormously powerpacked week! As I walked in, only 5 minutes late, the amazing sounds of the Stake Choir singing Gosh Groban (sp check) resonated throughout the bldg. and the song was perfect.
The speakers were incredible, 2 bishops and their wives, and of course the Stake Presidency members. I’ve recently been struggling as to how to get family time in when work schedules/ school/ mtgs take over our lives and my answers as to how to make it work came immediately. 1 speaker summed it up with 3 simple “rules” given especially to the husbands:
1- Sweetheart prayer- pray with your sweetheart every morning and evening.
2- Attend the temple with your sweetheart- your children will be safe when you’re in attendance at the temple. To me that means= do what you have to do to get there. Hire a sitter, ask a neighbor, who cares- just go to the temple!!
3- Have FHE- and the husband is to preside and lead weekly lessons. He may ask “who’s leading the music and making the treat?” but when it comes to FHE, it’s his responsibility to make sure it happens and to gather all in to participate.
The 2 bishops and their wives talked about simple ways to spend time with one another when time is sparce. The most important thing is that when you spend date time with your spouse your children will know that their parents love them because those parents love eachother and want to be with eachother. It was just what I needed to hear.
It was an incredible session of Conference and I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s session. Our stake president is doing 3 sessions of conference tomorrow. 4 wards in each session. And in an attempt to get more people to attend, the Primary Presidency has created coloring books to hand out to every kid so parents will feel more comfortable attending.
It was the little spiritual boost I needed at this time and it makes me feel as though I can walk on mtns or water for that matter.