For those interested, I did conduct a few street interviews during the break with a handful of street preachers. Unfortunately, most of them were less than animated, so it will take some time to get the video up. I will do so as soon as possible, but it may come after conference is over.
This should be a great session–we have yet to hear from Elders Cook, Holland, or Christofferson from the 12, so hopefully all of those will speak to us at some point. President Monson just arrived in the Conference Center, so we are set to start in about 5 minutes.
President Uchtdorf will be conducting this session: His suit is dark. His tie is striped. His hair is fantastic. Up first will be Elder Holland, followed by Elder Cook–looks like they’re coming out swinging for the last session!
From Elder Holland:
“But there is one kind of latter-day destruction that has always sounded to me more personal than public, more individual than collective, a warning, perhaps more applicable inside the Church than outside it. The Savior warned that in the last days even those of ‘the covenant,’ the very elect, could be deceived by the enemy of truth.”
I didn’t really see that lead-in going into a defense of the Book of Mormon, but that was an amazingly powerful address. Elder Holland never disappoints.
In addition to a message about morality and parental responsibilities in taking care of ourselves and families, Elder Cook is emphasizing the responsibility of members of the Church to take care of the poor and needy–which “includes virtually all of us at one time or another.” This topic has received some attention this conference, but it still hasn’t seemed to be a major theme of the conference, has it?
Woot! for Finnish Missionaries!! Bio information for Elder Nielson here.
Also, new pictures are up!
This is personally a very touching talk for me–having served in Finland. The stories of the missionaries being sent from Finland to Russia, and the miracles in opening up Finland are inspiring. The story of Viipuri, and how it was taken by Russia after WW2 is tragic–the city has fallen into complete ruins.
Who among us is eager to see Elder Sitati stand to the pulpit and speak?
Elder Renlund and Elder Ringwood both talk about hard hearts…I certainly hope all you hard-hearted folks are repenting!
What an amazing choice of topic for Elder Sitati.
There are a few new pics up on the photography thread. One more address now from President Monson, and that will be all. I’m sorry I haven’t given much of anything on the last talks–I’m just exhausted!
We will be adding captions to the photos as time permits over the next day or two, as well as in-depth analysis of talks given during the past two days, starting tomorrow.