General Conference: Shayne M. Bowen
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10/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
This is a starter blog for comments about Elder Bowen's conference talk. What were your thoughts and feelings as he spoke? Let's compile them here.


Idaho Falls Temple a special place for me also    
"My wife and I were sealed in the Idaho Falls temple, and I have always felt a special affinity for this place. We were just back there about a month ago when my wife and I were able to go through the temple for the first time since recovering from my addiction. We had an experience there that would be difficult for me to describe in words, regardless of the fact that it is too sacred for me to even try. We spent some time walking around the temple grounds and on the greenbelt along the snake river. It is truly a beautiful place. I have often said it is my favorite place on earth. I loved his analogy of "going back to the garbage." It does seem silly that someone would go digging up a beautiful place like this, or like freeman park, looking for old garbage. It's worthless! Let it go! Enjoy the beauty that is now there! Yet that is what we so often do - like a "dog turning to his vomit" the natural man in us wants to dig up that old garbage. I hope I never become blind to the beauty that now surrounds me in my recovery. The Lord has turned my landfill into a beautiful park - how absurd it would be dig it up to find the old garbage, or even litter it with new garbage. Truly my body (including my mind) is a temple, and I hope and pray the Lord can help me continually view and respect it as such. I really look forward to reviewing this talk again."
posted at 22:42:01 on October 1, 2006 by josh
The garbage is gone    
"This was my favorite talk from this Conference. I too love Idaho Falls. I grew up in southern Idaho and Idaho Falls was 'our temple' all of that time. How silly it would be for any of us to go to the landfill and try to find our own gargabe. The Atonement covers EVERYTHING, all at once, and it would be impossible to take our own out. I have heard people say that they do not want the Lord to have to suffer for their sins, but guess what, He already has. All of our stuff has been turned to a thing of beauty by the awesome power of the Atonement. I am so totally grateful for daily repentence. Some days are pretty good, but other days I need to repent big time! I am so grateful that I can, as often as I need to. "
posted at 09:27:03 on October 12, 2006 by Kris

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"By emulating the Master, who endured temptations but “gave no heed unto them,” we, too, can live in a world filled with temptations “such as [are] common to man”. Of course Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us! Turning these unwanted lodgers away at the doorstep of the mind is one way of giving “no heed.” Besides, these would-be lodgers are actually barbarians who, if admitted, can be evicted only with great trauma."

— Neal A. Maxwell

General Conference May 1987