I don’t think many people get married while thinking, “If it doesn’t work out, I can get a divorce,” but divorce does happen for many reasons. Similarly, not many people are baptized while thinking, “If it doesn’t work out, I can always leave the Church.” Yet, most of us know people who have walked away from sacred covenants. Both marriage and discipleship require us to be “all in.” Being “all in” is the highest commitment possible.
When I was a little girl, I used to admire hand blown glass figurines in a department store display case. The intricate designs of glass merry-go-rounds, animals, fish, butterflies, and flowers fascinated me. As I grew a bit older and learned how they were made, my curiosity and wonder increased. Through my adult years, I’ve remained a great admirer of glass blowers and their precision work.
At the conclusion of April 2017 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I did what I always do at the end of General Conference—I sat down to think about the general theme that seemed to run through the whole conference. It was clear to me that the common thread in this conference was discipleship.
My generation was all about privacy. With the advent of social media, things have drastically changed. Many people, particularly those who have grown up with social media, are putting their lives totally on public display.
I recently attended a stake conference (meeting of several local congregations in a geographical district) which kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire meeting. This article is the product of that enlightening, delightful, and joyful conference.
I come from a long line of strong (and opinionated) women. We are not marshmallows. On the contrary, we might be described as prickly cacti. While the prickly pear cactus has warts of deadly thorns, it also produces gorgeous blossoms and contains luscious liquid that can save a life in a hot desert. It can be eaten as a vegetable.