As a lover of all things gossip, I adore speculation about what might be announced in General Conference, what the big themes will be, etc. — especially when it comes to a new apostle, a new initiative or program, or a name change.
This session, however, I’m looking for something more simple: a time of refreshing. I want to feel the Spirit strongly and be reaffirmed in my testimony of this work, and leave Conference with a little more spring in my step.
What are you hoping for this time? And how can we at BCC cover Conference more effectively and meaningfully for you? Remember that we’ll have an open thread, as well as live coverage on twitter (@bycommonconsent).
You will be following our masterful coverage of all sessions of this weekend’s 179th Semi-Annual General Conference, of course!
Like last April, By Common Consent will be providing top-notch Live Blogging, Photography, Twitter feeds, Protest Interviews, and free babysitting (courtesy of Times & Seasons). We hope the experience is even better this time around, and welcome your suggestions and especially your participation!
What you need to know:
We now go from the sublime (Russell’s “My Gifts” reflections upon Pentecost below) to the ridiculous. To wit: the growing practice of assigning ward members to speak on General Conference talks. [Read more…]
Due to flu worries, and on the advice of the United States government, LDS church services were cancelled in Mexico today.
On a historical note, how many times has the LDS General Conference been cancelled due to flu outbreaks? [Read more…]
When Elder Neil L. Andersen rose to the pulpit last Sunday morning for the first time as a newly sustained member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, these were his first words:
My dear brothers and sisters across the world, my knees are weak and my emotions close to the surface. I express my love for you and profoundly thank you for your sustaining vote. In so many dimensions, I feel inadequate and humbled. I take solace that in one qualification for the holy apostleship where there can be no latitude extended, the Lord has deeply blessed me. I do know with perfect and certain clarity through the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, the Beloved Son of God … To those who know me, if ever I have been less than I should have been in your presence, I ask for your forgiveness and patience. I so very much need your faith and prayers in my behalf. I know that I am not what I must become. I pray that I might be willing and moldable to the Lord’s tutoring and correction.
In short, Elder Andersen briefly acknowledged how nervous he was, and then immediately fulfilled the key responsibility of being a Special Witness–he bore a plain, but powerful, testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He concluded his introduction with a genuine prayer for forgiveness and patience from those he may have wronged.
Mohammed Ali, in one of the last of the radio series “In This I Believe” spoke to how even now, though beset with Parkinson’s disease and needing his wife to read his essay for him, he is still the “greatest of all time”. A paradigm of self-confidence, Ali’s American swagger and confidence contrasts greatly with Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ similarly paradigmatic reading of C.S. Lewis such that a self itself sets a man up for a fall. [Read more…]
I’ve been refreshing the link all day, and now find that the full text of all the talks of the April 2009 General Conference is now available on lds.org. Pull up a chair and feast at the table, everyone.
…[O]ur Father’s plan is big enough for all His children…
Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk from the recently concluded General Conference presents a useful and compelling presentation of what might be called a contemporary Mormon account of Christian universalism, a doctrine of how salvation can be extended to all. One of the virtues of the talk is that it is clear enough in its presentation to make its own paradoxical limitations spring vividly to life: what Elder Cook discusses is a universalism with boundaries, a plan big enough to save all God’s children except the ones who are left out. [Read more…]
We’re pleased to liveblog and report on the final session of this remarkable conference. Predictions: more tears and more talks of persevering amidst adversity. [Read more…]
A brief photo montage of some of the faces on the sidewalks during today’s conference. With each is a brief audio interview. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Here’s something I don’t say all that often: I love President Packer’s talk! [Read more…]
We continue our coverage; this post will be updated with photographs and commentary as we go. I’m starting this off but Kristine will take over once she realizes what I’ve been writing. [Read more…]
Family PSA, Wirthlin memorial, new Spanish language Bible, and other news.
I know you all were chomping at the bit to know what BCC will be doing for General Conference this year. Answer: liveblogging, reporting, photoblogging from the Conference Center, plus twitter updates and sidebar updates as we go. We are also now accepting suggestions for a good name for our coverage. So far we’re going with SPRING CONFERENCE 2009: CONFERENCE HARDER. [Read more…]
It’s been, to be perfectly candid, quite some time since I really, really enjoyed a General Conference. [Read more…]
This is the end, beautiful friends.
Featuring the Power of the Wasatch, the Cougar Marching Band!! Or not.
Please post your comments below. Also, if you are a priesthood bearer, please put on a white shirt first if possible. ;)
Please post your comments below. Also, keep it clean, people!
I generally expect one talk that will knock my socks off, two or three that will become important to me once the Ensign comes out, one or two that I will find silly for some reason or another (pickle analogy, I’m looking at you), several that don’t interest me terribly much but that will seem relatable when I read them later in the year in the Ensign.
1. We’re nine hours ahead of SLC, so the morning sessions start at 7 pm here, and the afternoon sessions at 11 pm. Many people listen to or watch the morning sessions at home and go to a church building for Priesthood and Saturday afternoon session, which are shown delayed over the satellite on Sunday afternoon. Of course, Sunday afternoon session never gets shown at all, so if something really important happened in that session, we’d be the last to hear about it. (Although the zealots who stay up until 1 am listening to conference would smugly email us, I guess.) [Read more…]
Last chance for them to shrink Sunday meetings to two hours! Come on, guys!!
Ahhhh… nothing like sitting down on the couch on a Sunday. Relaxing, isn’t it? Say, anything good on TV?
I guess not that many surprises after all from this morning. Well, there’s still the afternoon! Congrats to you clairvoyeurs who foresaw correctly the new apostle.
Solemn Assembly time! This should prove momentous.
It’s true, I did. Multiple times, in fact. And although modesty restrains me from elaborating on the difference in righteousness between those of us who are invited to speak in conference and the rest of you sinners, backsliders, and reprobates who are not, it would nonetheless behoove you to keep that difference in mind, should you ever want to disagree with or take exception to something I say. I hope none of you tries to steady the ark by over-analyzing, nit-picking, critiquing, or wresting my words by looking beyond the mark. We must keep the doctrine pure.