This is a guest entry submitted by Carissa M:
“We have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to go to Conference twice now. Once in October of ’09, and again just this past April. My husband is the bishop of our little ward in Durant, OK, and I am the Seminary teacher. We have lots of stalwart youth and some who struggle internally with things of the world (don’t we all?). My husband came up with the idea of taking them to see the prophet speak live in Conference to give them the opportunity not only to hear and see him, but also to allow them another opportunity to strengthen their testimonies (and who doesn’t need that?).
Once the 25-hour journey by car was successfully accomplished, despite a freak snow storm, we started by going to Temple Square and taking in the peaceful feeling of the Spirit that resides there.
Then, we took a tour from the lovely Sister Missionaries through the old Tabernacle and the Visitor’s Centers. They did such a good job keeping all 7 boys’ attention!
After lunch, we decided to tour the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and while there watched the Joseph Smith movie. It was moving, and our eyes were wet to say the least. I think I can say on behalf of all the youth, we walked away with a more unshakeable knowledge that Joseph Smith was TRULY a prophet of God.
Conference was, as it always is, amazing! It always feels as though those inspired men and women are speaking straight to my soul. The pen I was holding could barely keep up with my fingers pushing it along, trying to record as many memories/notes as possible.
Then, we headed over to Deseret Bookstore where they were having Liz Lemon Swindel painting LIVE in person! I could hardly contain myself. Watching her paint was like watching a ballet dancer. She was so thoughtful and her every move was so graceful. It was all I could do to muster the courage to ask her if I could photograph her. Both she, and her talent, are amazing! Plus, we had to get some of those yummy goodies from the Lion House Pantry while we were there! Those amazing little treats were at least half our diet intake for the 3 days we were in Salt Lake!
All in all, I think I can say we walked away from this place stronger, better, and with a desire to become more perfected in Christ. I hope it’s an experience we won’t soon forget!”