Spring has finally sprung in my neck of the woods, and I’m so excited! Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I look forward to moderate temperature, beautiful colors and the sweet sounds of nature.

There are additional reasons I look forward to spring. First, it’s my birthday season. I don’t look forward to it as much as I did in my youth, but I’m grateful to see another year. It’s the only day besides Mother’s Day when it’s OK with my family if I slack off.

Spring is also the time my husband and I start planning our family garden, which can get pretty intense sometimes when we are both vying for the prized spot for our favorite vegetation. We are in a new home this spring, so we are starting from scratch. We have to find the right spot with the greatest amount of sun. We have see if the soil will do well for the plants we’d like to plant. It’s exciting and intimidating at the same time.

When I was growing up, my mom went into redecorating mode every spring. We would clear out cluttered closets, hang up new curtains, paint a stale-looking room and clean like there was no tomorrow. Thankfully, I haven’t followed those footsteps completely. However, I do take this time to clear out clutter.

Moving gave us get a head start in that area, but it has also given us a new venue of concern: yard work. We didn’t have that before, so we have many Saturdays ahead clearing leaves, brushes and weeds.

On a spiritual note, spring means another general conference. I look forward to hearing our prophet and other general authorities of the church speak to us.

I’ve previously written about how I came to appreciate the value in general conference. We have the great blessing of having a prophet to guide us in these latter days. I listen intently to hear the words and counsel that our Heavenly Father wants us to hear. I need that extra boost that general conference provides to keep me on the right path.

And finally, it is during spring that we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ — the most wonderful and powerful gift Heavenly Father gave to us all. At times the world may seem dark and grim, but through Christ there is hope. What joy it brings to my heart to know that the Savior lives and will come again.