A year ago, I wrote my first “three things I learned” piece, offering my take on some of the messages from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during general conference.
When we first started, I expected these pieces to have mixed reviews. But to my surprise, I’ve received mostly positive feedback both from non-Latter-day Saints and current members. For that, I am grateful. In these articles, I'm just trying to show that despite our differences in faith, or non-faith, we can find commonality in our desire to live better lives for the improvement of all.
When I hear a religious leader like President Russell M. Nelson, Pope Francis or the Dalai Lama speak, I'm not looking to convert or expecting some spiritual awakening. For me and likely most others who are not Latter-day Saints, we just want to hear something we can relate to, be inspired by and appreciate.
With that being said, here are three things I got out of this past weekend’s general conference.
“When we open up about our emotional challenges, admitting we are not perfect, we give others permission to share their struggles. Together we realize there is hope and we do not have to suffer alone.” — Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency