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186th Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes


Well, here we go again! I know I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I do enjoy doing my write-ups, so I will continue it.

This morning we went to a local sugar bush for breakfast and a bit of a tour. We’re home now, full with sugar, and ready to watch conference.

I have no predictions for what is going to happen this weekend. This is the first conference since some of the turmoil from last fall, so I assume there will be message about tolerance and patience. My wife said that President Monson did not look very good at the General Women’s Session, so we probably won’t hear from him as much as we have in the past.

Ultimately, I’m looking forward to being uplifted. Let’s get going!

Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries

Last weekend my family went to the sugar bush. We’ve done this every year for a few years now, and it is definitely something we look forward to each spring (even though it isn’t technically spring yet). This year we went to AgapĂ© Valley Sugar Bush which is run by the Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries. There was no cost associated with the tour (donations were accepted) as they were staffed entirely by volunteers. The main purpose of the property are some day camps they run in the summer.

Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries is a non-profit charitable organization whose goal is to ministrer the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to children on the property we like to call Agape Valley. NSCM operates a children’s day camp in July and August called Agape Valley Bible Camp.

We used to have a Church welfare farm in our area and members of our ward put in thousands upon thousands of hours of volunteer work into the farm. As President Monson mentioned in the welfare training DVD, no one ever forgets their welfare service opportunities. I fully agree with this, and think that in a way the members in our region have lost something by no longer having the farm. I kind of have “holy envy” for the people at AgapĂ© Valley. They seemed like genuinely nice people, and are doing a good work.