General Conference is only a few weeks away and I'm so not prepared. But in effort to catch up here is a Sunday thought from President Utchdorf, in his talk Living the Gospel Joyfully, during the General Women's Session.
"...those who see attendance at Church meetings as a personal way to increase their love of God, find peace, uplift others, seek the Spirit, and renew their commitment to follow Jesus Christ will find a far richer experience than those who simply put in their time sitting in a pew."
"Walking in the path of discipleship does not need to be a bitter experience. It “is sweet above all that is sweet.” It is not a burden that weighs us down. Discipleship lifts our spirits and lightens our hearts. It inspires us with faith, hope, and charity. It fills our spirits with light in times of darkness, and serenity during times of sorrow.
It gives us divine power and lasting joy."
"He [God] loves you today with a full understanding of your struggles. He is aware that you reach up to Him in heartfelt and hopeful prayer. He knows of the times you have held onto the fading light and believed—even in the midst of growing darkness. He knows of your sufferings. He knows of your remorse for the times you have fallen short or failed. And still He loves you."
Let me assure you I know this last quote to be true in my life. After months of postpartum depression that put my brain in the depths of hell, I know President Utchdorf is speaking truth.