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4 ways to combat ‘general conference overwhelm’

Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

General conference has a lot of great messages, so it can sometimes feel overwhelming. How do you know where to start in applying what you’ve learned?

Continuing revelation is one of my favorite parts of the gospel. The fact that God wants to talk to us now just as much as He did back in scriptural times is a testament that He really loves us and is interested in our lives. And general conference is one of the main ways we receive that inspiration—it’s an awesome opportunity for us to hear from living prophets and apostles.

But if you’re like me, you might walk away from conference feeling what former Primary General President Joy D. Jones called “general conference overwhelm.” The sheer amount of instruction and inspiration, as wonderful as it is, can sometimes feel difficult to digest and implement in the six months we have before the next conference.

So what can we do to focus on the inspiration we’ve received without getting discouraged or overwhelmed? Well, here are a few suggestions.

1. Ask the Lord to tell you one thing you’re doing right.

As you reread talks and review your notes, pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him to let you know where you’ve been succeeding. It might be easy to see Heavenly Father as a judge, but remember His preferred title—Father! He is our parent, and while parents do correct and discipline their children, they also teach, encourage, and celebrate their successes. Feeling assurance that you’re doing some things right can help you feel hopeful about changing other things in your life.

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, former Relief Society General President, testified that “we need to know that [the Lord] sees the good in us. Feeling His love encourages us to press forward, reassures us that we are His, and confirms to us that He cherishes us even when we stumble and experience temporary setbacks.” Let the Lord show you the good that He sees in you.

Find the other three suggestions in the Church magazines digital-only article here.

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