Sunday, October 14, 2012

Conference lessons learned

I loved watching conference last weekend and caught some of the re broadcast today. Some of the things we do at conference. We eat conference stew... everyone comes over to watch together on Sunday and i make stew which we eat at noon between the conference sessions. This year i got some candy treats (our tradition is red licorice and M&M's) and put them in bags labeled with each of the kids names and a few words the kids were to listen for. Whenever they hear a word on their list they get to eat a piece of candy. Somehow, all the candy is gone at the end of the session. LOL

Some things I personally learned... I'm sure i needed to hear.
1. Keeping families strong is absolutely critical in today's world. The devil is working hard to destroy families... especially strong ones like ours.
2. Everything we own comes from the Lord. Nothing goes into the next world with you.
3. Take care of problems you have with any individual family member.

To that end I am writing here. Please don't be offended by anything you "think" I am saying, here. If I have written something that offends you please pick up the phone so we can take care of it. I do love all of you and have decided that the air needs to be cleared... here goes.
In recent weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the ranch and the letter that was sent asking for funds. Some of that discussion has been precipitated by me. I do have strong emotions about the ranch and I feel that everyone is entitled to their own feelings. Where I have had problems is being prideful about what I should do about those feelings. I realize that the letter was written with the best of intentions, namely that we should all put our resources together and make improvements to the ranch property so that it could be used by everyone. Our brothers have been given the stewardship of managing the ranch. They have also been very wiling to have anyone go there and enjoy it at anytime. The ranch situation is not an easy one, as far as ownership goes. Problems have been in existence practically since the property was homesteaded. It is what it is.
My conference take away is that -  I should NEVER let any THING come between me and other family members. No property or possession is worth having the family be divided. Please don't be one of the ones who is divided... take care of the issues that separate you from other family members.
I had a nice visit with Jared and Val the other night and though we may not agree on everything, we do agree that we love and appreciate each other. We each decided that we need to do all in our power to unite this family by putting petty differences behind us. We all need to make a great effort to come to the reunion next summer so we can work on those uniting bonds. Don't let the devil win.
I have written this humbly with the hope that my writing can be clear and easy to understand. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about what i have written here.
Much love to all of you,

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully shared, Ginny! Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth!
    I received answers from General Conference too. I also learned a lot from Pres. Uchdorf's message in the Oct. Ensign about forgiveness and what makes a family happy.
    I forgive you for anything you have done. I am sorry too.
    Love you!


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