Monday, September 26, 2011

Forget me not

Many of you may know that this coming weekend is an extra special weekend for Latter-Day Saints.  It is one of two weekends every year that we can all tune in or travel to Salt Lake City to hear the prophet of our church speak.  They guide us, they comfort us, and they tell us what our Heavenly Father would tell us if he were here.  I cannot wait!  To go along with General Conference, there is a special conference for the women where we recieve guidance especially for us.  Last Saturday night was this special women's conference and there was a talk that can be applied to each and every one of us.  I wanted to share it with you all!

President Dieter F. Utchdorf, second counselor to our beloved prophet spoke of the Forget Me Not flower.  It has 5 petals and he gave us 5 things that we should never forget in our lives.

First, forget not to be patient with ourselves.  Don't compare ourselves to others, celebrate our good efforts.  Stop punishing ourselves over the small mistakes.  Be thankful for our smallest successes, these are the successes that are most beautiful to our Heavenly Father.

Second, forget not to remember the difference between a good sacrifice and less than good sacrifice.  Don't give up more than we will get back from these sacrifices.  Sacrifice good things for something much greater in the long run.

Third, forget not to be happy, today.  He likened this to the story of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, after he announced the golden tickets, everyone forgot the delicious chocolate bars, and focused only on finding the tickets.  Don't forget to enjoy the simple things in life.  Never stop striving for the best that is within us, but enjoy the ride.

Fourth, forget not the "why?" of the gospel.  Why do we do the things we do in our lives?  Because we are compelled?  Or because we want to?  He explained that the what and where are essential for our testimonies, but the why of the gospel brings the beauty to our lives.  Seek the majesty and beauty of "why?"

Fifth, forget not that the Lord ALWAYS loves us.  I think that each one of us forgets this at times.  We are not insignificant!  Though we may feel like the little flower, we are not forgotten.  He loves us because we are his children.  We need to allow his love to enter our lives so he can heal our wounds.  He is closer to us than we think.

If we can remember these 5 things, I know that our lives will be enriched.  We will be happier and have a new strength in our lives.  I am so thankful that we can hear these words and become better as women!

So, we can remember these 5 things right?
Have a wonderful day!


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