Sunday, October 7, 2012
Stray Socks and General Conference
Over the years many families create or develop certain traditions for holidays and special occasions. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, often develop special tradtions and activities surrounding the sessions of the semi annual General Conferences held every April and October where we hear the words of counsel from our prophet and other general authorities of the church. In our house we have had varied traditions over the years, some including baking of treats such as cinnamon rolls, apple crisp, or brownies, playing General Conference Bingo, working on crafts of handiwork such as crocheting or embroidery, or joining with grandparents or other family members to listen to the sessions, visit, and of course eat.
One of the more constant of my traditions has been taking some time during the Saturday sessions to sort through my basket of mismatched or stray socks. For the past decade or so, I have taken to taking rather copious notes on yellow legal pads, rather than trying to do crafts or handiwork, so this fall's sock matching activity took place while listening to the news and programs that are broadcast on TV between the two Saturday sessions of conference. With only two dear daughters of my six children currently living at home, this task went much quicker than usual this year. I did throw out a half dozen or so socks that were worn or extremely old, and managed to match up quite a few socks that had just been sitting in the basket since being lost from their mates somewhere in the laundry process. (there are still a few strays left under the matched pairs . . . hopefully their matches are still in a hamper or under a bed somewhere and have not been eaten by the washer or dryer.)
Yesterday, as usual, I thoroughly enjoyed and was uplifted by news and announcements and wonderful messages that were given. I was excited to hear the announcement of two new temples to be built in Tuscon, Arizona, and Arequipa, Peru, and the younger age requirement for missionary service. I loved listening to our local area youth sing in the afternoon session, and watching for their familiar faces to appear on the TV screen. Every single talk resonated with counsel and advice that is pertinent to me and my life, but the one that resonated most with me was the final talk of the afternoon session where Elder Oaks Pleads for Increased Concern for the Rising Generation. I don't think it a coincidence that much of what I have read lately has delt with many of the issues of suffering and neglect and abuse of so many of the innocent dear children in today's world.
Well, today's morning session is about to begin, so I will publish this post and pull out my pad. If you would like to join with me to view or listen to this weekend's sessions of General Conference, information on times and locations can be found here on the General Conferences website or here on facebook. Currently summaries of the different sessions and talks can be found here at lds.org. Welcome to General Conference!