Sunday, April 6

Mormon General Conference

If you have any Mormon friends, you may have noticed an increase in scattered inspirational messages here and there, all over Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and everywhere else.

You may find it strange or neat or a little annoying (hopefully not), but it's with good reason. Us Mormons love spreading our happiness to others, you see. If you haven't experienced the happiness the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring you, then let this be an opportunity for you. You may not even think you want to experience it. Or maybe you have been curious about what Latter-day Saints believe. If that is the case, this is a perfect chance for you to find out.

A brief background:
Twice a year, in October and April, Latter-day Saints (or "Mormons" as most people know us by) sit down on a consecutive Saturday and Sunday in front of a TV at their church or home, or (if they're fortunate enough to be near Salt Lake City where it takes place) gather at the LDS Conference Center to listen to a live broadcast of our modern-day prophet, the president of our church, President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, Presidents Henry B. Eyring, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and Boyd K. Packer, and Elders L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook, D. Todd Christofferson, and Neil L. Anderson. In addition, we often hear from female leaders of the church and other men from different quorums. The messages are uplifting, inspirational, and feel very personal to me. I always feel like any concerns I have or struggles in my life are addressed perfectly every time I listen to conference.

If you choose to take me up on my offer, you will most certainly see why Latter-day Saints look forward to Conference weekend and why we are eager to share the messages we have gladly received.

Please realize that when a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asks you to watch conference with them, we are not expecting you to convert. We are hoping that you will feel peace, hope, and joy in the message. There are so many good things in these talks for everyone, that we do not want anyone to miss out. We are not going to be offended if you do not start going to church with us each Sunday. We won't make you talk to the missionaries. We won't even stop being your friend. We just want you to feel that spirit of happiness that we feel when we listen to a prophet of God speak words of comfort to us.

If you are feeling lost, alone, sad, hurt, broken, angry, bitter, or confused, this message is for you. 
If you think you have your whole life together and love everything about your life right now, this message is still for you. 
If you have been feeling as though something is missing in your life, this message is for you.
Truly, the messages in conference are for everyone.

If you are nothing but curious about what Mormons are talking about, then conference is for you. We won't force you to convert or to keep listening. Turn it off if you don't like what you hear. But if you have a true desire to know, then you will enjoy these messages.

I challenge you to watch a talk or two. They're all so good, but pick a title that piques your interest to start. Elder Holland, Elder Ballard, and Elder Uchtdorf are always favorites.

Here is a link to watch general conference.

Watch one, or even part of one, and then tell me what you think. Ask me questions, share your opinions. Just do it. You might even like it. ;)

And if you are not Mormon and take my challenge, please let me know if you watched any of it! You can even stay anonymous and just say "I did." Make my day and let me know.

Be fed spiritually. You may be starving and not even know it.

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