Sunday, November 6, 2011

Conference Applied-Bednar's "The Hearts of Children Shall Turn"

Our copy of the November Ensign just showed up in our mailbox a couple days ago.  Every time the general conference edition comes I vow to read it and study it diligently.  I do ok, but I'd like to do better.  So, in an effort to hold myself a little more accountable, I am going to start a "Conference Applied" series, in which I blog about the different conference talks and what I learned from them.  I also have super envy for those people who, on the spot, can recall "well, so and so said, such and such in April 2010 conference in their talk."  I am hoping this might help with my recall.  Not just so I can show off in Sunday school, but so I can have answers when I need them.  I am thinking having a record of a bunch of mini-testimonies will be pretty neat too.

To start, we have Elder Bednar's "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn" from the Saturday Afternoon session. 

Best quote (you know, to me):
It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation.
When I was in middle school, I was in a so-called "gifted" program.  The "gifted" kids were separated from the "regular" kids (I know, it's horrible, but that's what we called them) in all of our classes.  One semester the "gifted" kids were taking art, and the "regular" kids were taking computer class.  A scheduling mix-up landed me in the computer class.  Although devastated at first, I have long since realized my place in that class was a huge blessing.  I loved the computer class and I took it all of the rest of my years in middle school...gifted or regular.  I know it's no coincidence that I have taken such an interest in technology at a time when there is so much good to use it for.

Sidenote: Ever wonder where my Dad's screenname "gopherdad" came from?  That's what happens when your ten-year old sets up AOL for you =)

This talk has a great video to go along with it too, for your viewing pleasure:



Final thought from the talk:
[Parents and leaders] You also will count your many blessings as young people devote more time to family history work and temple service and less time to video games, surfing the Internet, and Facebooking.
 Amen.

Also, check out: lds.org/familyhistoryyouth

2 comments:

Party of Four said...

I love this! Can't wait to see what else you pick out.

yukonskeeper said...

I used that quote in my sacrament talk. I love it!