Isn't technology fantastic!
We were able to watch all of the General Conference broadcasts from Salt Lake City, minus the last hour ofafternoon session (due to the time being 6 hours ahead and it was getting close to our bedtime!) This was the first time Ghanaians have had the opportunity to watch more than one session so it was a great blessing and was well supported with packed, standing-room only stake centers. Barring a few hicups the connection came in loud and clear. Favorite talks? Elder Lambert said Jeffrey R Holland's talk on home teaching impressed him the most. I found words of wisdom and counsel for me personally in many of the messages.
The other reason I say technology is fantastic is because in the last few weeks we have been using social media (WhatsApp) to keep various self reliance groups "in the loop" with what is going on, sharing ideas, posting committee meeting times, and giving small training reminders. We challenged each of our WhatsApp groups to find something related to self reliance in the General Conference talks, including any encouragement to take charge of our own temporal and spiritual lives and post it on their platforms. Here is our contribution:
"Essential to the plan is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without His atoning sacrifice, all would be lost. It is not enough, however, merely to believe in Him and His mission. We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve. We need to know God’s laws and live them. … Only by doing so will we obtain true happiness." Pres. Monson
And another one...
“The great beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the reality of eternal progression-we are not only allowed to change for the better but also encouraged, and even commanded, to continue in the pursuit of improvement and, ultimately, perfection.” ( Jean B. Bingham 1st Counselor in the Primary General Presidency).
As we move through life we can remain as we are or each day choose to refine and perfect our nature. Only we can direct our lives to be more like the perfect example of the Son of God.
Good things are happening here in Ghana! There is not time to share all the wonderful experiences we are having, but please know we are well. Together we testify of the reality of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through the prophet, Joseph Smith and that God speaks to us through living prophets today.
Elder and Sister Lambert