As I offload momma Peta with her wheelchair. Mele and Mo wheeled her in. Papi and I drove in search of parking space. We went around and found the first available parking outside the church ground and parked. Papi was being her finicky self. Wasn't satisfied with her clothes, her hair, her sweater and there was no time for that. I urged her to leave the van and we hurried inside the chapel. We sat separately as I had to sit with Momma Peta. The chapel was already packed and the smaller chapel had to be opened up. That's where the children sat with their older brother Petueli. Leli looked so handsome with his white shirt and I thank God for Camilla. I haven't seen him in a white shirt for a long time.
Half way into the conference, I decided to come out and check on the kids just in case they're roaming the hallway and I'm sitting inside the church clueless. As I came out, the Stake Assistant Secretary or Assistant Clerk came and called me by name telling me that I need to move my car. I thought to myself that I made sure I checked for "NO parking" sign and saw none. But that wasn't the case. I came out and the Policeman said that I parked in the neighbor's driveway and they can't leave the house. Oh my Gosh but I was so embarrassed. How in the name of all that is holy did I miss that driveway. I mean. How do you just drive up and drive in someone else's driveway. The snow was thick and it looks like I was out in a street parking only. Well I ran to my car and wanted to apologize to the neighbor but there was no one outside and the snow made it impossible for me to go up to their door and apologize. So I waved at the car that was in the driveway apologetically and went and parked my car and went back to the Conference. I don't think I can shock myself anymore with the things I do or intent to do. It's always with good intentions thought by somehow it sometimes end up disastrous. My children shook their heads in disbelief but Mele just laughed and said to me, "I am not surprised mom". LOL
It was such an uplifting Conference as it always is. So many things said that was pure inspiration and I was so glad I took my children and attended. From the very first speaker Sis. Fie'eiki to the very last speaker Eld. Christensen.
Sis. Fie'eiki: "Find the angels in our lives and thank them for who they are". She talked about life before, during and after her mission. How her Seminary teacher Sis. Savage had marked her as someone with "lesser testimony" and it offended her because she was always late to seminary and absent. Sis. Savage assigned her to study about the Atonement and that is how she gained a personal testimony of Christ and the Atonement.
Bro. J. Warren from Jamaica talked about how his mom was converted to the church. She went to a friend's baptism to stop him from being baptized and ended up being interested in the church and eventually got baptized.
Maile Tavake: Gave an amazing talk about life and how we should be ready and prepare all the time. She divested the word BUSY: B- Buried U-Under S-Satan's Y-Yoke. Too busy to pray, ponder, read attend church meetings and the temple. She asked: "Where do we go to connect with God?" The world as the world is getting Louder, Brighter and Busier.
Sis. Christensen: "We simply can not stay spiritually the same. It is not good enough. If we remain the same, we are doomed to fail. What worked before will not work now. We need to strengthen our spirituality. We are being attack on every side. Satan and his followers are out in full force holding nothing back.
I'm so glad I made the decision to take my family to Stake Conference. My kids really thought we were just going to chill at home. They already know me better. My Papi didn't have a good day to-day and I pray for her every day. I'm so worried about her but she has to know that if she wants to succeed in this life, it is in the palm of her hands to do that. I love her so much and miss her tremendously. When we came back from Conference, she just wanted to run away by going back to her house in Orem. She wants to shut herself off from reality and that's not a good thing. I pray for her so much and I have faith that Papi will eventually come out of this but it will be a long process.
My son Mo as we conversed in the car today, said to me: "Sometimes we need to be lost in order to be found again." This is regarding a statement that I made to him saying: "Mo, I think you're starting to lose your ways." I do the best that I can for my children but I can be better. There's so many things I can do to be a better mother and I need to do those things so I can help my children. I love them all and even though I pray for an easier life, I know that is depriving them of building their characters through trial and hardships. There isn't one person in this world that's exempt from trials and hardships. Not one.