I love General Conference. Church in pjs and delicious breakfast feasts doesn't get much better. However, even more than that, I love hearing from modern-day prophets and apostles about what the Lord would have me focus on in the next 6 months. I love that almost immediately following the conference, the talks are available on the Mormon Chanel app. It has become a morning ritual to listen to at least one talk every morning as I do my hair and makeup.
This conference, I felt that one big focus was on family. (I'm not ready for a kid just yet, so remove that knowing little grin from you face.) For me, there were simple yet powerful messages of how I can make and retain a strong marriage. I, of course, want to be a wonderful wife to Andrew, and so I'm constantly looking for ways I can better myself and be more loving to him. In fact, just this morning I listened to President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk about how to save our marriages, families, and relationships. See it here.
Yes, General Conference is always a spiritual boost for me. I can hardly wait to get the new Ensign and start studying the talks, highlighting favorite quotes, studying the words, and more fully applying the teachings.
#Gold2Macey Temple Wedding!
Speaking of spiritual boosts and marriage, Jeremy and Stacey got married on Tuesday, April 5! Yay!!!! It was a beautiful day. They were sealed in the Bountiful temple.
As I listened to their sealer teach them, I thought back to what President Greene (our sealer) counseled us on our wedding day. I really don't remember a lot, but there are a few key pieces of advice that I do recall.
He talked a lot about the sacredness of the temple. Obviously our marriage and sealing are only validated through the priesthood power and sealing ordinances available solely in temples. This alone makes them a very important place for Andrew and I. But he challenged us to look a step further and go to the temple often as a couple to receive heavenly guidance and peace in our lives. I'll admit, we haven't been great at fulfilling this piece of advice. But after listening to an inspiring conference talk that mentioned temple attendance, we are going to plan it first in our monthly plans so that we can get in the habit of serving in the temple and reaping the blessing that come there.
The second piece of advice both Andrew and I really remember was that of service. I remember he said "Serve God, serve in your callings, serve your children, but most importantly serve each other." Service is a key way to retain and increase in love for each other. We have both seen that this is true as we have settled into our daily routine, and it is a beautiful thing.
Yes, going to Jeremy and Stacey's wedding was especially wonderful because it let me relive the day Andrew and I chose each other for forever. What a beautiful memory.
Andrew and Maichael
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