As many of you know, I am LDS…or Mormon as many people call it.

This weekend we had our General Conference. It’s where the leaders in our church come together and speak on television for 8 hours over the course of four sessions in two days.

Yes, I do ‘church’ for eight hours in two days.
At least I can be in my jammies and under a blanket on a brisk autumn day. :)

I generally try not to get to church-ee on my blog, but religion is such a big part of my life–as I’m sure it is in many of yours, that when I do hear something that I know will speak to everyone, I do like to share it.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf is the Second Counselor in the Presidency of our church and he spoke on Saturday. He’s always one of my favorites to listen to. His talk was about spending meaningful time together and regrets from people, who did not spend meaningful time, as their life is coming to an end.

I promise, it is very uplifting and not too church-ee.
It’s definitely worth listening to.

Additionally, a historic announcement was made regarding the age when missionaries can serve. Up until this weekend, a boy had to be 19 and a girl had to be 21 to serve an LDS mission.

Not anymore.

Now a boy can go at 18 and a girl can go at 19.


My youngest daughter, who is in her senior year and will be 19 next fall, was very excited and touched by this new announcement. I can imagine that the Missionary Training Centers around the world are going to be inundated with young girls who no longer have to wait about three years after graduation anymore. It gives them a new choice after school.

It’s very exciting.

Anyway, just wanted to share that with you all.
I hope that you will find it as inspiring as I did.

And I leave you with these  quotes from him.

“The more we devote ourselves to the pursuit of holiness and happiness,
the less likely we will be on the path to regrets.”

“We are in charge of our happiness.”

“Sometimes in life we are so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.”

[Do] not wait until we are ready to die before we truly learn to live.”

And I think this one is my most favorite of all. It’s what I do to find happiness every day.
It’s what I do to keep such a positive attitude. I’ve had my share of hard times, and
I can tell you without a doubt, that this is essential in keeping a positive happy life.
Find joy in the simplest of things.

“There’s something in each day to be embraced and cherished. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it. …Look less with your eyes and more with your hearts.”

“Let us resolve to be happy regardless of our circumstances.”

 I appreciate ya letting me be a little church-ee today. :)