This weekend we watched more television in two days then we usually watch in one week. While I don’t believe conference qualifies as “watching television”; to Megan, who doesn’t know any different, it must have been strange to have mom and dad spend much of the day in front of the TV.
Megan has no real interest in television programs. There is one show that she really enjoys (Pocoyo) but we watch that through netflix and each episode is only seven minutes long. I was certain that we would have a hard time keeping Megan “entertained” during conference and that it would also hinder our ability and desire to sit and listen.
I am happy to say that Megan’s behavior pleasantly surprised us. We planned several activities to keep her occupied, but she also seemed to tune in occasionally. She would often repeat sentences she heard, and she would always refer to President Monson as the prophet (and then ask if we could sing “Follow the Prophet.”) Each time a song began, and the organ was shown, she would run to our piano and play along.
During the Saturday sessions, Megan read books, colored, played with blocks and her dolls:
On Sunday she spent the entire first session doing puzzles (for the ENTIRE two hours!) And spent most of the second session playing with play-doh and blocks:
How wonderful that Megan wasn’t a distraction and that both Adam and I were able to listen the entire time. She is such a sweetheart. We are so blessed to have her in our life.
Between conference sessions on Saturday, we took Megan to the local indoor swimming pool. She had such a good time! Toward the end of the first session, she kept saying, “alright, let’s go!” and we would tell her “ten more minutes” then “five more minutes”… When it was time so go she was so happy!
We had a great time and enjoyed having the pool to ourselves for most of the time. Megan must have been freezing, but she refused to let it hinder her fun. When I thought that she couldn’t get any colder, I asked if she was all done. Shivering and all, she responded “No, thank you.”
When we were all done, Megan enjoyed a nice hot shower in the locker room. We grabbed some lunch on the way home and got back just in time for session two.
After each talk ended, Megan would say “alright, let’s go swimming!” We had to explain that we weren’t going swimming again. At one point, she went into our room and grabbed our swimming bag and dragged it to the door. Even after she seemed to accept that we wouldn’t be going again, she wouldn’t let go of the bag. I am glad that she had such a good time swimming. It was a really fun family activity and added to our wonderful conference weekend.
This weekend is General Conference. All persons across the globe have the opportunity to hear directly from the living prophet, and also from members of the quorom of the twelve apostles.
I have never been more excited about General Conference in all my life. I am so badly looking forward to things that might be said, “just for me.” I know I will be uplifted and strengthened. I know the Lord is mindful of me at this difficult time and I know I will feel His holy spirit touch my heart and my mind.
I know without a shadow of a doubt that there is a living prophet on the Earth today and that he communes with God. That man’s name is Thomas S. Monson. I am anxious to hear from him this weekend.
If you too would like to listen to President Monson you can listen online:here or check your local television listings (where available.) Meetings are broadcast 10:00am-12:00am and 2:00pm-4:00pm (MST).
Whatever your religious beliefs, I encourage you to tune in for: “Messages of inspiration and guidance by the First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the Church.”
I, for one, can’t wait.