Each month, the Church News publishes a message to complement the Relief Society visiting teaching message found in the Ensign magazine. The article on this page is based on the November 2010 issue, which includes the printed talks from general conference. The issue will not contain a specific First Presidency Message or Visiting Teaching Message. Home and visiting teachers are encouraged to prayerfully select their message from the contents of the conference issue.
As Joyce Foo walked along the sidewalk outside the Conference Center for the first time during the last general conference, she marveled at the sight of so many Church members gathered together.
"I look around and there are so many members here," she said. "There are so many strong, active Church members. Being able to listen to the prophet and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve and Seventy and feel the Spirit is so grand. I like to see how strong and righteous the people are, and that there are so many of us to help continue to build this Church."
Joyce, 17, of the Manila 11th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Manila Stake, along with her parents, Ronnie and Annie Foo, and two sisters, Jade, 9, and Jaylyn, 11, moved from Singapore about a year ago to American Fork, Utah. For their family, conference was different this year because of the chance they had to attend in person.
"We wanted to walk about Temple Square and see how things go," Sister Foo said. "We are excited to see the prophet face-to-face. We can carry something back into our homes — the messages and the music. We hope to be uplifted."
Brother Foo said conference was wonderful for them this time because of the change in venue.
"We want to feel the Spirit," Brother Foo said. "In Singapore, we don't see it live. We meet at the church and see it two weeks later. So we can see it as it is happening and feel the Spirit."
Although the Foo family was very excited about seeing general conference in person, it is the actual words of the prophets that they said they looked forward to the most. For them, conference isn't an event that lasts for only a weekend. Studying the teachings of the prophets has become a huge part of their everyday lives.
"We subscribe to the Ensign magazine and we study the leaders' faces and their names and who they are and what kind of callings they have," Brother Foo said. "During conference, we have homework for our children. They have to take notes and then we share what they learned and how they apply the principles in their lives and in the family."
Sister Foo said studying the words of the prophets during family home evening and as they spend time together as a family is one way they build and strengthen each other.
"Right now the world is full of chaotic messages like teenage problems and everything, so they need to be listening to what the prophet tells them," Sister Foo said. "They can learn to live the doctrine and be happy."
Just as Sister Foo teaches her own family from the words of the prophet and other Church leaders, all women in the Church have the opportunity to teach and strengthen each other — no matter what phase of life they may be in.
Sister Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, taught in the General Relief Society Meeting during the October 2010 general conference:
"I am aware that some of our sisters have not yet received the blessings of marriage or children. I assure you that in due time you will receive all the blessings promised to the faithful. You must 'press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, ... and endure to the end' to have eternal life. In the eternal perspective, the missing blessings 'shall be but a small moment.'
"In addition, you don't have to be married to keep the commandments and to nurture families, friends and neighbors. Your gifts, talents, skills and spiritual strengths are greatly needed in building up the kingdom. The Lord relies on your willingness to perform these essential duties."