This last general conference, where the living prophet and apostles share messages with the world on the gospel of Jesus Christ, was incredible. Granted, I do say that after every conference, but that doesn't make it any less true. It was incredible, and many of the talks given spoke directly to my heart and gave me the guidance, comfort, and even hope that I need at this exact time in my life. As I said, incredible.
However, watching these particular conference sessions was a completely different experience for me than ever before and this is due to the blessing that I got to watch them all with my wonderful, handsome, sweet, and spiritual man (yes, I love taking every opportunity I have to brag about him). The Family: A Proclamation to the World, a message from the first presidency of Christ's church given 20 years ago, states the ideal family relationship we should all be striving to achieve and maintain. That family relationship is a man and a woman, sealed together in the Lord's temple by proper priesthood authority, raising and teaching their children in righteousness and in His gospel. I've never had this before. But as I was sitting with Alex, watching the living prophet and servants of our Savior speaking to us during conference, it felt so right. It felt like this is exactly how a family is supposed to feel, and I loved every moment of it. In fact, the spirit was stronger than before and the messages pierced my heart straight to my very soul so powerfully. It was like having Alex there increased my own spiritual sensitivity and all things fell into place as they are supposed to. I know that by striving for this ideal, we will find true happiness in this life and in the life to come.
I want to share some of my favorite quotes from this general conference and I hope that they can provide you with the guidance, comfort, and strength you need to overcome any challenges, trials, or fears in your own life and even grant you with the true peace and serenity that accompanies feeling God's love for you specifically. I encourage you, if you feel so inclined, to prayerfully and intently listen to or read the full messages here for I know that they will bless you in all aspect of your life. This is modern day scripture meant for us this very day as we face today's unique challenges.