I love conference!! I love watching at home, surrounded by family and hearing messages that brighten my day and increase my testimony.
Although, there was once I wasn't too excited about the message I heard. It happened a few years ago. I had struggled during the week with some angry and hurt feelings towards someone. I felt totally justified in my anger, convinced the person had injured me intentionally and all week I had nursed the pain.
On Saturday morning, the first day of general conference, I woke up with a sense of excitement. My heart felt light and I was filled with joy and eager anticipation. That confused me since I had been carrying a heavy heart all week. Then the thought came to my mind, "This morning you are going to hear a message that will bring you comfort and great peace."
Excited to learn what this wonderful message would be, I attentively sat in front of the TV, note pad and pen in hand. Then the first speaker stood to the pulpit. It was President Faust. And his topic? Forgiveness.
Yep, that was it. That was the message the Lord had for me. I needed to forgive.
Personally, I was hoping more for something like "the Lord will avenge your enemies", so hearing I needed to forgive was just a little disappointing. :-)
But I forgave and peace and joy were restored to my life.
And I have never forgotten that.
Thankfully I have no hurt feelings, and no need to forgive this time. But I am sure I will still hear a message that will bring me great comfort and peace. After all this Sunday is also Easter, and what better message of joy and peace can there be than that of the atonement?
And I can't wait to hear it!