This weekend we had our Stake Conference and we were fortunate enough to have Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles come and speak to us. I am not able to put into words the profound impact this weekend has had in my life. Friday night was a fireside for young adults 18-30 years old both single and married. Elder Bednar stood at the pulpit and after a brief introduction, he opened the floor up to questions. When does this ever happen? Of course you never know what you are going to get with YSA's (think testimony meetings), and some of the questions were a little, well, off. However the majority of the questions were relevant to anyone's life and every answer he gave offered guidance to most everyone who was there. Especially me. Chad's favorite questions were those asked about Elder Bednar's life and offered insight into how an Apostle is shaped. His parenting advice was fascinating and he cited Christ as his inspiration. He pointed out that Christ is paradoxically both demanding and loving and that is the way we should be as parents.
Chad was fortunate enough to attend all 5 of Elder Bednar's meetings over this weekend, but Della and I were able to actually meet him. My Grandma is the Stake Relief Society President and had prepared a dinner for Elder Bednar and the Stake Presidency between sessions. I went into the kitchen to feed Della and was visiting with my Grandma when Elder Bednar walked in to thank the women for all of their work. He went right over to us and asked me what the Della's name was. He then told me that he had 3 sons and no daughters however now that his sons were grown they all had daughters. He went on to say that his favorite thing to do is to feed his granddaughters ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I heard Elder Neal A. Maxwell speak at Women's Conference at BYU and President Gordon B. Hinckley speak at the Newport Beach Temple Celebration, but I have never been in such an intimate setting with an Apostle offering council inspired to the people in my area. We have been so blessed to have had this experience.
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