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Thus the announcer hath spoken: 182nd Semiannual General Conference is now underway.
And remember, in the comment thread: Everybody. Be. Cool. Let’s not embarrass Mitt. UPDATE: Just kidding. Go ahead and embarrass Mitt.
How Firm a Foundation Nice and uptempo! And they’re doing the extra verses, which are the best ones. Excellent.
Thomas S. Monson: Two new temples! Tuscon, AZ and Arequipa, Peru. Mission age change! All worthy and able young men who have finished high school can serve at 18. Audience faces have a lot of shocked looks! Bigger news!! All young women may serve starting at age 19.
Lord, I Would Follow Thee
Quentin L. Cook: Talk is all about Alma’s questions about our spiritual readiness. Interesting mention of internet resources about shortcomings of early church leaders harming spirituality. When we get baptized we leave neutral ground and can never go back. Two huge issues harming spirituality: abuse, disrespect in the home, sexual immorality.
Ann M. Dibb: Addressed to the Young Women. Praising a young woman she ran into at the grocery store who was wearing a “I’m a Mormon, Are You?” shirt. “What phrase would I figuratively wear on my TShirt? … I’m a Mormon. I know it, I live it, I love it.” (Cue manufacture of shirts actually saying this in 3, 2, 1, ….)
Craig Christiansen: Teaching children about the Holy Ghost. Very sad story about Grandpa collapsing while playing with the grandchildren.
We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
Shayne M. Bowen: Oh no! A dead children and babies talk. I’m glad they give these to minister to those who experience this tragedy, but my goodness, they’re so hard to listen to. I like the frank honesty of this–denial, sense of a dream not waking up, sleeplessness, guilt, “felt dirty,” anger. This isn’t a talk about cheap and instant comfort. Long periods of torment merely punctuated by occasions of comfort from the words of wise, caring leaders.
Russell M. Nelson: Missionary work talk. A nod to people in the audience perhaps being just curious outsiders. This sounds like “Mormons 101: who we and our missionaries are in 15 minutes.” Interesting. We don’t often get these outside-facing talks in General Conference.
I Will Follow God’s Plan for Me (the requisite Primary song of the meeting)
Dieter F. Uchtdorf: He thanks President Monson for the important announcements about temples and missionary service. Facing our own mortality–reflecting on our lives and regrets. Men in particular regret spending life on “daily treadmill of work” and not spending more time with people they love. “We often wear our busyness as a badge of honor. … Is it?” He has tried to imagine Jesus bustling from meeting to meeting and “multitasking,” but cannot imagine it. Instead He had slow moments of compassion. “He gave them the precious gift of His time.” “Posting humorous pictures, forwarding trivial things” is not true connecting with other people. Don’t just announce that you’re going to make time for family prayer and family scripture study–better is “steadily doing it.”