Monday, May 2, 2011

More BYU Women's Conference

Even more notes from Women's Conference:

The next talk was really good, and made for me a new mantra. You Can Do Hard Things. This might come in really handy for a missionary. This sister had four kids, newly converted husband, moved to new house, new job, different state, then he left her. She paged God a lot, was on his speed dial, She wondered if his caller ID response was, "Didn't I just talk to her?"

She had heavenly quotes pasted all over her house. One on her sun visor, "You can do hard things." Jeremiah 32:27, Gen 18:14.

Met someone new and wonderful, married seven years, he went to the Chico Sky Dive, yup, out of a plane dead, but she had her tool box ready, filled with her Savior and a better sense of how to get through hard times and a sense that she had done hard things so she could do it again.

When her daughter was sent to Quanka Mexico, she writes, "I don't even like other people's kids." The speaker wrote back, "You can do hard things." Through service, when she picked her up, the daughter had learned to love the people.

She is a teacher at the prison and tells about NaTasha is a longest felon at the prison, 60 yrs old, at age 11, mafia father told her to pick up this gun and use it. She did. She had "anger issues," even the guards were afraid of her. She was diagnosed with MS, worried that she couldn't fight to be safe in prison, asked her bunkmate if she really believed in God, went to church, changed all personal pronouns to whom God spoke, in her B of M to her own name. Might get paroled this year.

The speaker was asked to teach seventh graders, harder than felons? She drove around the corner, hit by sunshine, put down her sunvisor and read, "You can do hard things."

We can only do this if we believe what we are capable of and who we are. It's easy to say we're stupid and useless rather than you are fabulous and capable because then you expect more of yourself. A Jewish Kaballah says to degrade yourself is to degrade God as you are made in his image.

Do not lie or demean yourself. Your subconscious is literal minded and in a pinch your own words come back.

In a book titled Jesus as CEO She quotes that unlike most notes to the president of the board, "Look what I've done to accomplish my task, health benefits decreased, etc." Christ's note would say, "Look, I present my people as my glory, John 17.

She closed with a book, "So Few Of Me" The last phrase was "what If I did Less, But It was My Best?"

The second half of the time was a good speaker too.
She was Shaunna Thompson, professional actress, and self proclaimed, "Waste of skin." Alma 32, thos compelled to be humbled will still be blessed, those noncompelled much more so than ye.

She says she sees those not compelled have a greater level of peace due to the blessings for living their sacramental promise.

She feared Man more than God and on Touched by an Angel set, was asked to curse God and did it. Noone said anything to her, except the Janitor at the school where she volunteered, and he asked her why. She learned and vowed to do better and said no to matters of impropriety, immodesty, Sabbath filming--which was often and challenging, but without a second thought, put it behind her and went on.

Then when asked to work on Sunday for a Motorola commercial, she sent an email apologizing, "sorry, Mormon and all that... yada, yada." She got a response, "I used to be a Mormon, Man UP, Believe what you believe and don't apologize for your standards."

Then she got asked again, "They really want you and will not shoot on SUnday." She said Yes. Then again a call, Can't get an open office except on Sunday, they will pay $400 more, will you do it.

She went to her actor buddies on her current film (an LDS one) for justification, The Dad said, "I work as breadwinner, so I work every day." The young girl, "Go to sacrament early, then work." The young boy, "I am a priesthood holder, Never!" "Unless they are offering you a bundle, then in a heartbeat!"

Finally she calls her husband, Her conscience, and he says, "What changed from your first decision?Nothing? then you know what to do."

So she refused, the next week, Motorola called again, gave her the part paying more month, not filmed on Sunday, and she thought it was the Lord saying, "This poor, sorry girl who always struggles with the easy decisions. Throw her a Bone!"

She has a wayward son and quotes Orson F Whitney, "that the eternal sealings of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity."

This is where Shelly and I again wonder about the righteous posterity who lived righteously so we could live again here on earth.

So, this is my last letter to you before hong Kong, it is two minutes to noon. I hope you get it to feast on on the plane.

BYU Women's Conference Notes

I just sent this note to the missionary and I thought it good enough to keep forever in my blog.

More letters about the BYU Women's Conference. Sister Susan Tingey spoke about D&C 101. I have to tell you a little about her. Prior to the class, the lady next to her hugged her and I got to see her close up, and I thought, "Wow, high maintenance." You know, the outfit and hair and face, tanned, gorgeous. So now you know where I'm coming from.

She began, "When everything is not okay, it's not the end--just so you know." Somewhere in Alaska, a disturbance in the ground caused a wave to begin and when it hit the northern California beach and swept her five year old granddaughter out to sea, who could predict or prevent that?

While playing the piano at her funeral, she kept wiping a weird bump under her nose. Ended up in the doc's dental chair to carve that cancer bump out. Nine hours and a hundred shots later she emerged without a nose, and most of the flesh around it. Calmed by III Nephi, 17, faith heals, #7, believe in healing, #13, endure all, she was six weeks waiting to begin nine months of reconstruction. Son leaving on a mission in 6 weeks, second lump discovered on chin, had to eat a radiation tablet $12 Thou pill, totally irradiated had to survive the mental combat of a retreat out on Bear Lake, alone and radioactive, John 14, I will comfort you, D&C 66, be patient, D&C 122.

Asked by a friend, "Do you ever wonder why God hates you?" She prayed often for her non-member surgeon, one day during reconstruction he had just finished drawing a detailed blueprint on her face, she was prepped and ready for surgery-iv in, and he didn't like the little red bump on her forehead. Wouldn't proceed. It was MRSA and she would have had the flesh-eating bacteria all over her face.

She introduced the words to a song, something like He was First Born, to be the first bourne of our pain. Good lyrics. Her quote was, "God may calm the storm, but other times he calms the child and lets the storm rage."

She continued by saying that if there were 100 billion born on earth, (she estimated and averaged) and 226,000 are now YW, they have .000226 percent to be born in the church--essentially a zero chance. Does that increase our infinite worth and make us more responsible for it? We must develop self-worth alone--all by ourselves. No one can give it to us, She sends her kids to hard countries to see how blessed they are. She went to Kenya and did one day of hard work, then knew that the woman she shadowed got up and did it daily. She went home and rested.

Good talk. For me, again with the "Got to work to gain self-worth."

Oh, Sis Easton Black spoke on Joseph Smith in the Smith Field house. I didn't make it there, but I thought of you, Dia. You loved your class with her.

Sis Leavitt spoke on time traps of technology and virtual or virtuous woman? Mom's spend 1.5 mins online, 35 min engaged one-on-one with child. Less with each succeeding child. 50 min with spouse. Most underestimate their virtual time by 50%. Wow! Bednar's apostolic warning in his CES talk about cyber sites. He plead with us to be more aware. The adversary beguiles us to disconnect with reality. He wants us to become accustomed to a disembodied state--it's his ultimate goal all along.
Technology was not created beyond the Lord's purview. It is His tool in the latter days--it is up to us to prevent Satan from beguiling us to misuse it.

Sister Leigh Wilkes same topic, Internet
D&C 60:13, Do not idle away thy time or talent, again with Bednar, technology is one more thing in mortality we must control.
It's a doorway to learn - but we overwhelm ourselves with info, as much good as bad.

It's great communication with families, but we must let others govern themselves, not take over their lives.

Lift and Brighten lives, but blog life, don't live to blog.

Build the church - 10 years ago 80% negative when one googled the church--now, 80% positive, but the eyes of the world are upon you, perceptions of the world are influenced in communication, Elder Bednar assures us no need to argue or be beligerant. OUR POSITION IS SOLID--THE CHURCH IS TRUE.

Traps: Easy to judge as we read, easy to feel inadequate. Instead think: What can I learn, how can they inspire my life. Time Trap: There is more to life than increasing it's speed.

Disconnect one day--a technology fast once a week. You can either invite or impeded the Holy Ghost in your life, and no one can do two things at once competently. Enlarge or restrict, love and serve.