Sunday PM Conference Open Thread: Bored in Conference Edition.

This afternoon, my co-host will be Bored in Vernal. BiV is a regular guest here at FPR and she is also a driving force behind Wheat and Tares.

Some ground rules for the open threads:
1. Be Nice.
2. Disagreement with the comments and talks is allowed…mocking is not.
3. This is a faithful..though liberal at times…Mormon blog. The threads will be conducted accordingly.

I look forward to everyone’s comments. Let us end this on a strong note…by again having more comments than the BCC thread.

202 Replies to “Sunday PM Conference Open Thread: Bored in Conference Edition.”

  1. I am going to try desperately hard to not be so cynical this time. The wife and I are going to sit on the grass on campus where the internet is stronger. Hopefully that’ll help.

  2. Holland, Christofferson, Scott, and Hales to come.

    I’m excited b/c Jeffrey R. Holland is my fave speaker. Don’t always agree with him 100%, but I love his energy. And he was pres. of BYU when I was there, so I’ve got lots of great memories. He and his wife Pat used to give their talks together, standing at the podium with a double microphone. They’d chat, and interrupt each other, and it was fabulous. Wish he would do that at GC!

  3. Opening thought: I look at everybody up on the stand (quietly) exchanging hellos and thoughts, sometimes laughing, and i wonder about the desire for absolute silence before and after meetings so many of the leaders of units i’ve lived in have had.

  4. Reading all the tweets going on I am starting to feel like homemaker fail. Lots of delicious special dinners being prepared to be served immediately following conference. We had tacos a half hour ago and I don’t plan on entering the kitchen again today.

  5. The motab is getting younger and younger. When I was little it seemed they were all white-haired wrinkled women.

    Or maybe they just invest more in hair-dye and cosmetics now.

  6. Loyd, #19, it’s b/c they don’t let women with young children at home sing in the choir. These days people don’t have as many kiddos and they are out of the house while mama is still young.

  7. Again, I’m happy I didn’t get married until I was 30. I almost got married when I was 23, but broke it off when I decided I was mostly responding to the cultural/social pressure to get married. I’m very different now than I was then. Looking back I see that my own maturation and change could have placed a pretty difficult burden on a marriage.

  8. Well it seems to be true to an extent David. A marriage well-handled does even out your character and soften some of the more obnoxious edges. Did in my case anyway.

    I’m sure Elder Scott did not mean that it prevents ALL defects. I can also tell you from personal experience that that isn’t true.

  9. I’m not sure I’m a fan of this God who isn’t into “niceness.” I get what Christofferson is trying to say, but … yeah.

  10. I’ve never understood why Hugh B. Brown was supposed to be thankful for being denied a promotion. I mean, it’s not like he’d’ve been ineligible to be an apostle if he’d achieved a higher military rank.

  11. I’m looking into organizing a conference/commemoration next year out here to mark that milestone. Stay tuned.

  12. In all seriousness, one of the great usefulnesses of tithing for me is that i always know how much i’m making, which helps me know what i have available to spend. This ties in to his tithing leading to wisdom and self-reliance point, i htink.

  13. just wondering… does Elder Scott count as a single man?

    Sorry, but my mind is wandering during all this tithing stuff…whoa, just heard tithing is not only fire insurance but divorce insurance as well?

  14. 103 – that won’t make the cut when people re-give this talk in your local ward. Don’t worry, prosperity doctrine will live on.

  15. When i was growing up, my ward sang “Come, Ye Children of the Lord” all the time. It was rather a shock to move elsewhere and find out that lots of people had never sung it in their meetings.

  16. I know we talk a lot about blessings we get from tithing, but I’ve always thought tithing itself was the blessing.

  17. aliquis, that is an interesting and more deontological approach to tithing. Paying because it is good, not for other positive consequences. I will have to think more about that.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  18. I get the selfishness connection, but I believe divorce is usually much more complicated than the selfishness of one or both spouses.

  19. Narrator (#131): According to Wikipedia (so it must be true!), his degrees are in Spanish and Management.

    He was a seminary teacher for a while—does that count?

    (Also, he has 7 kids of his own, so there’s some practical experience, i guess.)

  20. I’m always weary of Church leaders who use their personal experience as mandates for parenting, relationships, etc. Even more so now that I am a father-to-be.

  21. Having fellowship with the saints is a blessing.

    Obviously, having this thread available on FPR is a manifestation of the goodness of divinity.

  22. I’m having trouble pulling anything from this address. I mean, the story was a bit more personal than most of the ones you hear in these sorts of addresses, but the topics and even phrasings are so…familiar.

  23. Nope, no Elder Hales yet.

    If Elders Holland and Hales each have 11 minutes, that’ll leave a couple minutes for President Monson to close us off, even accounting for time for song and prayer.

  24. General conference, especially when seventies speak, is a good reminder that the Church hierarchy is made almost entirely of business leaders and lawyers, and not intellectuals/scholars.

  25. I don’t know that i actually ever hear very much about specific “moral issues of the day”.

    Well, except for pr0n, at least in previous conferences.

  26. “We have been commanded to preach nothing but repentance unto this generation . . . but Elder Scott does this the best, so we leave that for him and we focus on other things . . . “

  27. Did he actually just give us permission to ignore general conference addresses that don’t apply to us? That suddenly makes life a little easier.

  28. 184 – posted on BCC by someone named Katie:

    During the sustaining yesterday, I thought I saw Hales wearing some sort of weird leg brace/thingy, combined with what looked like an oxygen tank. So that’s probably why he’s not speaking.

  29. oh em gee, proof that DH was listening after all! He turns over and says: “just think, if I had lived some hedonistic lifestyle I might now be a counselor in the Bishopric.”

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