The main themes I picked out from this Conference were these:
- We need to cling tighter to our values and standards in a world that considers good morals to be old-fashioned and outdated.
- We need to gain a testimony but having knowledge of truth is not enough. We must have a mighty change of heart and be truly converted, becoming doers of the word rather than just proclaimers of the word. Faith without works is dead.
- We can be happy now. No matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in and no matter what trials we may be going through, we can be happy and have hope through the Atonement of Christ.
- Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are involved in the details of our lives. It is usually through other people that the Lord meets the needs of his children. We need to be open to the Spirit so that we can be instruments in His hands to help and lift those around us.
- We need to be true followers and disciples of Christ. Once we have taken upon ourselves covenants to serve, we cannot go back. We cannot justify "petty" sins. If we are to be true Christians, we must strive with all our might, mind, and strength to become more like Christ for that is true discipleship.
When I was a freshman at BYU (April 2008), I had the opportunity to sing at General Conference with other members of the BYU choirs. It was probably one of the most profound spiritual experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to bear my testimony of Jesus Christ through music before the entire world (well, at least all the people who were watching Conference that day). I'll never forget how I felt as I sang the hymn, Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me (Hymn #104). The lyrics seemed especially applicable to Peter's story.