Welcome back to BCC’s coverage of the 180th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For those concerned, I would like to affirm that this session is being recorded and administered in accordance with appropriate accounting practices, approved budgets, and Church policies and procedures.
Before we get started with the session in 15 minutes or so, I wondered–is anyone from the ‘Nacle around SLC/Temple Square today that would like to get my autograph? Or maybe have me forge Kristine’s for you? Or maybe just hang out for a bit and tell jokes about Brad Kramer?
And we’re off! President Uchtdorf, with his magnificent hair and tie choice, are conducting this session. A choir from Orem will favor us with favorable hymns for this session. They are dressed in pink, periwinkle, and green. Oh my.
Get ready to right click, as the sustaining of the officers of the Church is up now.
New members of the 1st quorum of 70:
1. Kevin R. Duncan
2. Gerrit W. Gong
3. Patrick Kearon
4. Juan A. Uceda
New Members of the 2nd Quorum of 70:
1. Larry R. Lawrence
2. Per G. Malm
3. Jairo Mazzagardi
New Primary General Presidency:
President: Rosemary M. Wixom (USU grad!)
1st Counselor: Jean A. Stevens
2nd Counselor: Cheryl A. Esplin
If you want the list of new Area Seventies, send $8.95 to Steve Evans and we’ll think about it.
Here are your stats, folks:
- Stakes: 2865
- Missions: 344
- Total Church Membership: 13,824,854
- New children of record during 2009: 119,722
- Converts baptized during 2009: 280,106
- Number of full-time missionaries: 51,736
- Temples dedicated during 2009: 2
- Total temples in operation: 130
“Two husbands manned the kitchen. The Two mothers supervised the table arrangements and the serving of the food. Three Young children handled the table setting and the serving of the food under the supervision of their mothers. This was an opportunity for the mothers to have a teaching opportunity with their children.”
“The leaders of the Church spend a great deal of time thinking about how to improve teaching in the Church. Why do we invest this time and effort? It is because we believe in the immense power of teaching to increase the faith of individuals and the strengthening of families.”
Wow. I am beginning to wonder if we’ll have a talk this conference that is not about women being mothers and teaching children…
Elder Christofferson: The Blessing of Scripture
Quiz: What Englishman prayed once famously, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes!” ?
A) Harry Potter
B) Ronan Head
C) William Tyndale
D) Brad Kramer
Percentage of LDS who knew the history of the Bible’s English translation 10 minutes ago: 4%.
Percentage of LDS who now consider themselves experts in the matter: 87%
Money quote from Elder Christofferson:
“In Tyndale’s day, scriptural ignorance abounded because people lacked access to the Bible…Today the Bible and other scripture are readily at hand, yet there is a growing scriptural illiteracy because people will not open the books. Consequently they have forgotten things their grandparents knew.”
Somewhere, John C. is smiling.
Did you hear that, you bunch of BCC heathens? Read it and weep:
“Faith will not come by the study of ancient texts as a purely academic pursuit. It will not come from archeeological digs and discoveries. It will not come from scientific experiments.”
Elder Aoyagi relating his conversion to the Church after being raised Buddhist. After moving away from home, he wandered into inactivity, and was “rescued” by fervent prayer.
New Photos up on the blog from the Conference Center. My wife rocks.
When we choose to disobey a commandment it is usually because:
1. We have convinced ourselves that the commandment does not apply to us,
2. We do not believe the commandment is important, or,
3. We are certain that the commandment is to difficult to obey.
Elder Bednar: Watching with All Perseverance
“I describe a spiritual early warning system…this early warning system applies to children of all ages and contains three basic components: (1) reading and talking about the Book of Mormon with your children, (2) bearing testimony of gospel truths spontaneously with your children, and (3) inviting children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon.”
Okay, one talk left today. You know him. You love him. You want to hear him. It’s Elder Holland.
And he’s talking about pr0n.
Perhaps it was the father in me or maybe the grandfather, but the tears in those young women’s eyes brought tears to mine and the questions they asked left me asking—why is there so much moral decay around us and why are so many individuals and families falling victim to it, being tragically scarred by it?
“Blast a crater in their brains forever” FTW
“And you shouldn’t be serving tea anyway”
Funeral music at exit (Nearer, My God to Thee), and we’ll see you back here in a couple hours for the Priesthood session! Please remember to set your clocks back an hour and to be courteous in driving.
Oh–also, anyone around and care to meet up for a bit? It would be fun to meet some other bloggers/lurkers/commenters.