Wow! I can't believe this was two years ago. Then, emotionally and spiritually, I was stretched thin. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! But, putting on this conference, I had to find the strength I didn't even know I had.
I would love to tell you that everything went perfectly, but it didn't! But how it turned out was exactly how Heavenly Father wanted it. If everything went perfectly, then I wouldn't have learned all that I did.
I remember one day I was in the parking garage of the Salt Palace. Shane and I both went there to pay a portion of the rental fee. Shane forgot something in the car, so I went down to get it by myself. I was so stressed, so overwhelmed, so defeated that I wanted to disappear, I wanted to crumble to the ground and not get up! I could not go forward anymore. The conference was only 5 weeks away, and we had only sold around 100 tickets; our goal was 1500! Why was I put in this situation? Why was I so impressed by the Spirit to take upon such an undertaking? I felt so alone. I felt so many people were counting on me. I felt like a failure. Sometimes we get so down that we forget who is in charge, Heavenly Father!
It was at that moment that I realized my thoughts were not mine. These feelings did not stem from the feelings I was experiencing from the person I had grown to become. Little by little, the adversary works his way in our life, and a little by little, he takes us down to a point where we are no longer who we are!
When we are in a position where we can influence others for good, bless others to become better, the number one goal for the advisory is to take down the messenger.
Whenever we try to become better, improve who we are, learn new concepts to make us better, the adversary will try to be our companion and take us down. The most important thing to remember is that the adversary is real and wants you to live a life in misery! He can not be happy, so he wants to take you down.
Right then and there, in the middle of the parking garage at the Salt Palace, I raised my hand to the square and castes out his negative influence that was consuming my life. I saw it for what it was, and it was his influence that was taking me down.
I could do 2 things
1- Continue down the path I was going, and who knows how I would turn out
2- Or do something different and hand it over to Heavenly Father
From that day forward, I gave Heavenly Father the driver's seat. I saw how I let the adversary creep in, and I ended it quickly. He no longer had his chains on me because I let someone else lead me.
At this time I would love to tell you we had 1500 people there but we didn't. We ended up only having 400. Big disappointment! But what we did have is people coming up to us and telling us how grateful they were for us putting this on. Vendors came to us and said they had never experienced such a fantastic show. Every vendor begged us not to stop! Speakers said they had never felt the energy from the audience as they had before. Everyone in our life who loved and cared about us came out to help and support us. The love of our Heavenly Father surrounded us throughout the whole conference.
Conferences this past year have not gone well! The conference last April was canceled five weeks before the dates. We rescheduled it for August, and it was canceled again, but we didn't want it to go to waste, so I put on my first Virtual Conference! We rescheduled it for April, and guess what? Canceled again! So we played it safe and rescheduled for next April 22nd and April 23rd, 2022. Please, please, please come! I don't want the adversary to win. I want to show him that with the help of Heavenly Father, anything is possible! I want to pack the Mountain America Expo Center with so many people. Visit our website at BeHealthyUtah.com because I want to show we can rise above defeat!
We are all called by Heavenly Father to do big and great things to bless others. So I have two questions to ask you
1- Are you going to rise to the occasion?
2- Who is going to be in your driver's seat?