What Did the Prophet Say in Conference?

Do you know what the prophet spoke about in conference? This post is NOT to guilt trip you! In fact, quite the opposite, I want to empower you! I want you to KNOW what our Prophet said in General Conference this month. 

So if you don't know... click HERE to go read his full address. 

In his short talk, he announced 5 new temples! (which I will talk about on another day) And after a welcome and the announcement of the temples, he spoke about the power of the Book of Mormon. He said, 

"The importance of having a firm & sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated... I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so."

Our PROPHET, who actually SPEAKS WITH GOD is asking us to read the Book of Mormon each day. Basically begging us to open the book and read. 

As President Monson has aged, his talks have gotten shorter and shorter. I find myself clinging to his words. He barely has energy to get through 5 minute talks, but he does. So when he speaks, I KNOW it must be important. 

I'm working harder to read from the Book of Mormon each day. All you need is a book, or your phone with the Gospel Library downloaded on it. That's literally all you need!

However, if you want some help getting started, here's a few affiliate links to different study helps I love!

Book of Mormon Study Guide by the Red Headed Hostess

My Book of Mormon Study Squares by the Red Headed Hostess

The Book of Mormon Study Guide From Start to Finish

Finding Peace During Infertility

At the very beginning of December 2015, my husband and I decided to start our family. We decided we were ready for kiddos to be running around like crazies in our home. We started trying. 

6 months later, we weren't pregnant. I met with my OB/GYN for my annual exam and she said I had nothing to worry about and that everything looked fine. She gave me tons of paperwork and I read book after book about pregnancy and child birth. (Affiliate link: This is one of my favorite books!)

Another 6 months later... I was still not pregnant. 

It's now been about 17 months since we started trying, and every month as my menstrual cycle has come around, I struggle. I struggle with the question, "Why?" Why are we not pregnant? We've done everything we are "supposed" to do, and nothing is working. 

After about a year of unsuccessful trying, we decided, INSTEAD of focusing on infertility treatments/IVF, to spend our time & energy on becoming licensed for foster care & adoption, something that has been on our hearts since our wedding. We are almost officially licensed foster parents, and simply cannot wait to begin that journey. 

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Finding peace during this trial has been hard. I never understood the people who would complain about pregnancy announcements until I was the one trying to get pregnant. I may not be 100% sure of the purpose of my trial, but I KNOW that it has made me more compassionate. As family/friends are going through the battle themselves, I know first hand some of that pain and sorrow. 

The MAIN way I have found peace, is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. His mortal body might not have been able to bear children (Because hello! Men can't do that LOL) but he has still felt my pain and sorrow. When He knelt in Gethsemane, he spent time thinking about ME, and He knew the anguish I'd feel as I struggled to get pregnant. As I'd have another month of telling my husband, "I'm sorry honey, we aren't pregnant..." 

I have cried. A lot. In the bathtub, as another pregnancy test came back negative, when I wake up in the middle of the night and remember, and even one month when I had a random break down because I felt like I wasn't a good wife because of my inability to bear children.

Christ has held me during these times. Sometimes I'll say, "God, please hold me. I can't do this anymore, not by myself." And they held me. They whispered beautiful promises. I've received countless priesthood blessings that have reminded me of the glorious truths of eternity. 

My trials have purpose. I'm a better disciple of Jesus Christ because of what I have gone through. Some days are harder than others, but I've found peace. We are happy, even in the midst of trails.