People of Conference: Jeremy Williams’ story

For years, Jeremy Williams had been talking about taking his son, Raylen, to general conference.

“I’d been talkin’ it for a few years now, and I just didn’t take action to make it come to fruition,” he said.


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The Williams family live in North Carolina, and Jeremy Williams said it would have been a big trip to make.

“Finally I just said, ‘Ya know what? If I don’t do it, I’m not gonna do it,’ so I called and booked tickets,” he said.

Wednesday, April 30, Jeremy and Raylen Williams began their first trip to attend general conference.

“I wanted my son to see what it’s like to feel the Spirit and to be around the brethren, so that maybe the Spirit will touch his soul and solidify his testimony of the things that we teach him,” he said. “Hopefully this’ll be something that he’ll never forget.”

Jeremy Williams said that he and Rylen were able to attend the Priesthood Session and both of the Sunday sessions of general conference.

“It’s a spiritual high,” Jeremy Williams said. “It’s not the same as entering in the Temple, but (it almost is), ya know? The Spirit’s just so strong you don’t want it to leave, you wanna soak it up and stay here.”

He said that while he knows this could be a once in a lifetime experience for him and his son, he

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hopes they can make it back to conference someday.

“Overall, it’s been a spectacular — I can’t even explain the experience that I’ve had,” he said.

'People of Conference: Jeremy Williams’ story' have 7 comments

  1. April 4, 2016 @ 10:23 am Jared

    Great story. He is an awesome guy. It’s amazing to see the sacrifices people make to get their families to General Conference.


  2. April 4, 2016 @ 12:00 pm Jeremy Williams

    Thank you for the wonderful write up Julie Leavitt and for you and the photographers dedication to report good wholesome stuff in a world that is “uninterested” in good wholesome and uplifting news. Great read!!! Thanks again


  3. April 4, 2016 @ 4:22 pm Bruce Horne

    The Williams I have met in Southern Pines are pretty great people.


    • April 5, 2016 @ 7:33 pm Jeremy Williams

      Thanks President Horne, however you are the man and your story is awesome, thanks for your example!!!


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