Evidently, there was an agenda created for the stake conference that had to be changed after the general conference announcements. originally there had been a meeting created for the priesthood which had been changed to all auxiliary leaders. Roland was required to attend that one, but I was not. I said I had wished to go to the adult meeting as I generally get more from it than from the Sunday morning meeting. We both did. My favorite talk was the first one given after the introduction and new agenda - all on the same topic - which was ministry.
The first speaker was given permission to show a visual similar to this:
Though displayed on the overhead screen, I did not notice the fish that she tried to point out. I can barely see it in the above photo. She gave a brief history of their discovery and why they exist. It is the nest of a puffer fish. The male works long in creating what may attract the female to come lay eggs. She has a view of his creation, but he does not see the beauty because he does not have the same perception. He doesn't see what he is building.
Many of us who minister may spend so much time serving or "building" that we do not always see the results of that which we are doing. She had done some in-depth research and learned that the root word of "ministry" "minis" in Midevil Latin means "minus" or less; to lose oneself in ministry making our problems less or "minus" from ourselves to add to another. It was a really great talk. I wish that I had taken better notes or that I could have posted while fresh in my mind.
Roland is still not feeling well. It is no longer physical, but emotional as well. It didn't feel right to abandon him after our return home, but to stay with him and keep him company; I didn't take great notes all during conference and I no longer seem to retain things as well as I use to. Perhaps I will be able to make more sense of my notes and add more posts on the subject. But this will have to do for now.