Imagine a teeny tiny basement. Imagine four hours of General Conference on a bright and beautiful Sunday. Now imagine nine children, ranging in ages from 11 down to 2 all listening to all four hours of that General Conference in that teeny tiny basement. Now are you thinking to yourself that I must be imagining things? I'M NOT!! IT HAPPENED!! Maybe there were some moments when some of those smaller children were more enamored with the toys in that teeny tiny basement than in what the speakers were saying, but for the most part this was the best conference Sunday ever. My amazingly wonderful beautiful friend and her equally wonderful husband brought their FIVE children to our home for conference yesterday. We decided that it probably wouldn't work. We decided that they would probably go home after the first session. We decided that the kids would probably fight and complain and whine. THEY DIDN'T!! The whole day went so well that I'm almost nervous to write about it here, for fear of jinxing anything. I wish I could rewind and take a picture of those nine children watching conference all together - it was truly a beautiful thing to behold.
Each talk, we gave the children a different something or other to listen for. When they heard the word, or a quote from the scriptures, we asked them to raise their hands. Best. Game. Ever. Those kids listened and had such a great time being the first to have their hands pop up. There may or may not have been a treat in between each talk to reward such amazing listening...what am I saying. Of course there was. I'm not above bribery.
During the two hour break between sessions we had the most delicious crepes with strawberries and a to-die-for filling. I'll post the recipe one of these days. Everyone should have it. It will make the people around you like you even more than they already do.
I did miss the talks on Saturday due to a lacrosse game, but we DVR'd them and I started watching the Saturday morning session today during laundry. That's when you know that a DVR and laundry are truly inspired things.
My favorites so far? Sister Wixom's talk and the way she really made me want to be better to my boys. Elder Clayton and the way he made me want to work harder on my marriage (not that it isn't perfect already. Right Seth?) And Bishop Davies and the way he talked about strengthening your foundation through prayer. I can't wait to listen to the Priesthood session; Seth took a few notes for me and I know there are a couple that I can't wait to hear. (You can click on any of these and the rest of the talks that were given here.)
I love conference. I love how I feel after it's all over. I LOVED that we were able to enjoy it with friends. I especially love crepes with strawberries. And most of all I love the fact that nine of the most important reasons for watching these wonderful men and women speak about the gospel, listened, absorbed, and truly rose above our expectations yesterday. I can't wait to see them do it again in six months.