My favorite conference talk so far

It’s early on the morning before Sunday conference, but I wanted to share with you a wonderful experience during Elder Yoon Hwan Choi’s talk during the priesthood session last night.Elder Choi told of a group of young men in Korea who were “rowdy” non-members who liked to hang around the chapel and cause trouble.  Elder Choi decided to invite them to his house, despite some reservations from his wife, who worried about their influence on the couples’ younger boys.  Elder Choi prayed how to help the young men, and was told he needed to help them by preparing them to become missionaries.  He kept on interacting with them and over time the rowdy young men became Church members.

“They changed from rowdy boys to stripling warriors,” Elder Choi said.  They went on missions, returned, formed a choral group, married in the temple and had children, all of whom are active in the growing church in South Korea.  Elder Choi’s decision to help these young men has led to 45 active church members, if you include the men, their wives and their children.  And now the “rowdy boys” are teaching their sons and the other young men how to behave correctly, especially to attend Church meetings.

Elder Choi’s talk caused me to weep, which usually does not happen during conference talks.  I had the strong impression that the talk was especially for me.  I serve in the young men’s organization in my ward, and we spend a fair amount of time trying to keep “rowdy boys” under control.  We also reach out to non-member kids in our town, although of course we could probably do a better job.

I got the strong impression that the Lord is pleased with the work we do trying to help these young men.  That made me feel pretty darned good.

I also was impressed that the problems and challenges we have are exactly the same types of problems and challenges faced by leaders in South Korea and elsewhere.  And the solution is usually the same:  be loving and kind, and reach out to people and offer them the Gospel.

Anyway, the Spirit was overwhelming in our chapel last night as I watched this talk.  So far, it is my favorite talk of general conference.

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Geoff B graduated from Stanford University (class of 1985) and worked in journalism for several years until about 1992, when he took up his second career in telecommunications sales. He has held many callings in the Church, but his favorite calling is father and husband. Geoff is active in martial arts and loves hiking and skiing. Geoff has five children and lives in Colorado.

5 thoughts on “My favorite conference talk so far

  1. I too am in the young mens organization, and I too loved that talk, despite the fact that I had to struggle to understand a few words here and there.

    I’ll probably be reading over his talk as soon as I can to glean as much good advice as I can get.

  2. I also had a strong reaction to this talk. I’ve made a goal to open up our future home to our children’s friends, as I know the positive influence that can be.
    I don’t often get wet-eyed, but I did during that talk.

  3. I also liked this talk. BTW, his last name is probably Yoon, as the last name goes first in Korean. So, rather than Elder Choi, it is probably Elder Yoon.

  4. This was a very good talk. I thought it was very generous of him to open his home to these boys…many of whom weren’t even members (if I remember right). It was a very good example of the love we should show to others that Uchtdorf (my favorite conference talk so far) talked about in Saturday morning.

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