Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Conference Catchup

Saturday Conference Afternooon:  at the park afterwards

An old Jewish legend tells of two brothers, Abram and Zimri, who owned a field and worked it together. They agreed to divide both the labor and the harvest equally. One night as the harvest came to a close, Zimri could not sleep, for it didn’t seem right that Abram, who had a wife and seven sons to feed, should receive only half of the harvest, while he, with only himself to support, had so much.

So Zimri dressed and quietly went into the field, where he took a third of his harvest and put it in his brother’s pile. He then returned to his bed, satisfied that he had done the right thing.

Meanwhile, Abram could not sleep either. He thought of his poor brother, Zimri, who was all alone and had no sons to help him with the work. It did not seem right that Zimri, who worked so hard by himself, should get only half of the harvest. Surely this was not pleasing to God. And so Abram quietly went to the fields, where he took a third of his harvest and placed it in the pile of his beloved brother.

The next morning, the brothers went to the field and were both astonished that the piles still looked to be the same size. That night both brothers slipped out of their houses to repeat their efforts of the previous night. But this time they discovered each other, and when they did, they wept and embraced. Neither could speak, for their hearts were overcome with love and gratitude.

This story made me reflect on a few things.

Love, Kindness and the whole Grass is greener on the other side. No matter who you are, where you are - You can always have a different perspective. It's time to step back and look at things as they really are. Should I think I deserve the things I do? Should I think of my fellow other as these two brothers did. Nothing is ever what it seems. Look deeply.
This story came from the awesome talk at conference by You are my Hands  By Dieter F Uchtdorf - I think he might be my favourite apostle :) That's if - you know, we had favourites :)

Mothers and Daughters  by  M. Russell Ballard was of course most fitting for me. A talk that will be looked at time and time again.

and though sad of topic, a timely reminder to Turn to the Lord by Donald L Hallstrom - If tragedy does befall us - where will we turn?

Even though I pretty much heard nil of conference (thanks to lovely squirmy girls) I am glad I can read online and read the ensign when it arrives.


Sars life said...

I do love that story as well. Wouldn't the world be a better place if people started thinking less selfishly. A kind word, a smile, helping hand, taking the time to listen. Everyone is in such a hurry that they forget simple things such as patience, humility, compassion, peace.

Felicity said...

I think Elder Uchtdorf would be many peoples favourite Apostle....if like you said we had favourites :) I also love Elder Bednar! Often his messages are so pertinant to young families like ours!

Our little family said...

I love that story as well. Did you know you can listen to conference online as well? I loved Donald Hallstrom's talk as well. I think it was him (but might have been someone else), who said, "Don't let a mortal experience handicap you spiritually." So, so, so true. His talk was beautiful. And I feel the same way about Elder Uchtdorf. :)

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