10.02.2011

Grace and Gratitude


Oh my goodness.

This weekend has been such an amazing weekend.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a semiannual gathering called General Conference where members gather to hear inspired teachings from church leaders. It is a two day event. As a members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this was a very special weekend for Kyle and I.

We look forward to this weekend for months, so when our computer was having difficulty streaming the event live on from the Internet, we got in our car and went to our church building as fast as we could. We didn't want to miss any of the divinely inspired principles that were being taught. Even though we decided to watch Conference at the church building out of necessity, the time that we were able to spend there with fellow members was so sweet.

We were able to feel of the Holy Spirit as we learned important things about Jesus Christ, His ministry, our Heavenly Father, the Scriptures, becoming a righteous mother and father, and about Christ-like living. We heard talks about the power of prayer, about the Holy Spirit, about the promises of our Heavenly Father, and the importance of making virtuous choices about the things going on in our lives.

On Saturday, one of our friends was baptized. It was so amazing to be there. I am so happy for him. It was only about 2 years ago that I was baptized. Being a part of his baptism was such a special time for me for that reason.

I always dread the time when President Thomas S. Monson gives the last talk to the congregation. It always is sad to me when this special time is over. I think it is because I feel the Holy Spirit so strongly over the few days of Conference. There's just something about the way General Conference makes me feel. I can't describe it.

Here is a picture of a waterfall at the Conference Center where General Conference was held today.
This picture was taken during Christmastime last year.
Find out more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and General Conference.

Tomorrow I start a substitute teacher position for a lady that is going on maternity leave. I am a little nervous. I hope that it is everything that I hope it will be. It is at a school that is about an hour away, quite the drive. I have to leave here very early in the morning in order to make it in time. Transitioning from full-time working woman, to full-time wife was a little challenging, but I think that transitioning from full-time wife to part-time substitute teacher has already proven to be a larger challenge. I hope all the best for this little stint I will have in public school again. Here we go.

Kyle cut his work schedule back from 30 hours to 20 hours per week. Juggling 16 hours worth of college credits, plus being an Honors Student, plus working 30 hours a week was causing him to become exhausted. I told him that he needed to cut his hours at work in order to feel like he had some time to breathe. His boss agreed that he needed to cut back some, and this past week was his first week on the 20 hour schedule. I think that this reduction in working hours will be a great thing for Kyle's well being.

I am so grateful for the wonderful weekend that we have had, being able to attend General Conference. I am grateful for the opportunity of this substitute teacher position, allowing me to be able to contribute a small amount of income for our family for a short period of time. I am grateful for the Holy Spirit and the way it speaks to me, letting me know that Jesus Christ loves me, and that He is our living Savior and Redeemer.

Heavenly Father is so good to us when we do His will.

Thanks for reading such a personal post for this week's Grace and Gratitude. I am glad you are here.

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