I so appreciate the direction and upwardness of this session of Conference. Yet I find myself holding back my full enthusiasm - and this topic is directly up my personal alley. I spent the past two days trying to understand my reluctance, the best analogy I could come to was abuse. I fear throwing my heart behind this only to find that it's a mirage or a mere moment. In six months from now will we return to rhetoric meetings, will we have gone too far from "temple worship, and daily scripture study" and need to be called to repentance.
With all my heart I want to shout loud Hosannas from this conference. In my dreams it will be the perfect leak in the dike to create the flood of Charity that I think this church is lacking. I would love the ideas of this conference to have a decade full of talks, conversations, articles, videos and more to move us into "loving our fellow man" as "Jesus would have us do". It will take more than one session of conference and one action item to change us. We are creatures of the habits we have been raised with. Temple first, FHE, early morning seminary, fulfilling ward callings, Sabbath Day Seclusion, HT and VT - then when there is time - then we serve beyond ourselves. And often there just isn't time or ease to do so.
My final hold out is - Women only? I was so glad that we were admonished as women to not burn ourselves out or do more than we could. I loved that we were invited to seek out our personal missions/callings and follow that. I have been bitter to the lack of the suggestion for 20+ years. Ever since women were moved back into the home by ETB, we stopped being our best selves (IMO). But - This invitation should be open to families, to men, to youth etc. I hope it will be. I hope during conference and onward it will be trumpeted as a God like pursuit that all should do.
For me, I tuck my fondest hopes in the back of my soul. I will still do what I feel is best, I will invite others to do so - to live up to the better angels of our nature, and I will pray with might that this is the beginning of abundant healing waters for so many. For all the refugee's of life.
"I stayed because it was God and Jesus Christ that I wanted to follow and be like, not individual human beings." Chieko Okazaki Dialogue interview
"I am coming to envision a new persona for the Church as humble followers of Jesus Christ....Joseph and his early followers came forth with lots of triumphalist rhetoric, but I think we need a new voice, one of humility, friendship and service. We should teach people to believe in God because it will soften their hearts and make them more willing to serve." - Richard Bushman