It’s coming….I can feel it!  What is “it”?  General Conference.  I love that conference is in the spring and can help our spirits “rise again”….just love the “fresh feeling” of conference weekend and spring.  Looking back, as a child I really loved conference but ONLY because we wouldn’t have church.  I never wanted to sit and listen to them speak….I dreaded that part.  I would see my mom cry, being moved by their talks, and I would tease her.  Oh, I was so, so awful!  However, I have vowed to do better…starting with my own family.  For the last few weeks we have been studying the life of each of the apostles.  We have read stories about their youth and interesting facts about each of them.  All of us, even Emalee, can name each apostle by their full names.  We played a matching game last weekend with all of their names and pictures.  Tonight I played a trivia game with them for about an hour.  For each correct answer they got two jelly beans.  Andy was the keeper of the jelly beans.  The kids were quick to point out when he sneaked some without answering any questions.  I would hear one of the kids say, “That’s not fair dad!” and I would know what happened.  All in all, conference around here is like Christmas….we all love it.

Here is one of my favorite quotes about conference (by Elder Paul V. Johnson):

“Decide now to make general conference a priority in your life. Decide to listen carefully and follow the teachings that are given. Listen to or read the talks more than once to better understand and follow the counsel. By doing these things, the gates of hell will not prevail against you, the powers of darkness will be dispersed from before you, and the heavens will shake for your good.”