Finally … A “Cool” General Conference Thread

Hordes of our devoted readers have complained that they’ve been reduced to opining about General Conference at certain lesser stars in the Bloggernacle.  We appreciate how troubling this is, and we’ve decided to make room over here for your profound insights and reactions.  Most of us BCC folks have been so wrapped up in the talks, that we’ve been unable to find the time to start a thread.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re as spiritual as we are.  :)

In any event, here’s a thread.  Conference isn’t over yet.  Penny for your thoughts.

Aaron B


  1. Steve Evans says:

    Thanks AB — I was just wondering when we could have a thread that could get to the substance of GC.

    Substance such as, who was that opera dude they brought in for “The Seer”?

  2. I want to see Prudence’s thoughts on GC. I need help seeing things from a righteous point of view.

  3. It’s about time!

  4. A lot has been said about Joseph. The conference seems to be dedicated to his memory, as one might expect given his upcoming bicentennial birthday. President Monson’s unapologetic pronouncements on Joseph’s virtues should reassure anyone who worries lest we trend toward the more RLDS/CoC point of view (and thank goodness we are not trending in that direction).

  5. Anyway, I’m dying to know: Who wins this conference’s Kristine Haglund Harris Mormon Hair Award?

  6. Agreed on the RLDS Church change of emphasis from their historic roots to just another protestant look alike congregation.

  7. Elder Hales is talking about Tyndale—the second speaker to do so. It makes me wonder what the apostles have been reading and discussing together in their book group :)

  8. Seriously, they’ve got Tyndale on the brain! Good thing I still have that “I heart Tyndale” t-shirt.

  9. I heart Elder Uchtdorf. He’s quickly becoming my new favorite conference speaker.

  10. Elder Uchtdorf ist der Mann. Yeah for a European apostle.

  11. BTW, any of you who visit me in England: I’ll take you to the Tyndale Monument.

  12. Does anyone know if Elder Uchtdorf is a fan of David Hasselhoff?

  13. Bob: He probably digs Hasselhoff. Hasselhoff’s income has been strictly off of Euros for the past few years.

    I could have sworn I saw Elder Packer checking the score of the Broncos game on his PDA during Sunday’s session.

    My wife and I noticed that they are also pulling a lot from the Sermon on the Mt. — maybe they’re not just reading Tyndale, but also reading the Bible! Ha!

  14. I found Elder Hales’ talk fascinating. I even stopped playing Yahtzee on my phone to listen more carefully. ;o)

    Coming from a Catholic background, I’ve held on to some of my former biases unintentionally, including the “oh, those evil Reformers!” line of thinking.

  15. Ronan: “Yeah for a European apostle.”

    Amen, brother. They seriously need some diversity in there. When I was on a mission, in the 3rd discussion, I’d whip out the polity chart (organizational chart) and show the people the names/faces of the GAs. A few times I got the ol’ “hey, they’re all Americans!” comment, and that was uncomfortable, especially in a foregin country.

    Another thing — I’d love for them to call an uneducated former farmer that is cock-eyed and stutters when he speaks and is missing a few fingers and has serious burn scars on his face or something. That would be great. Some guy that knows nothing but the spirit, and just oozes “love me.” You know the type. There are a lot of medical doctors and lawyers up there (I know, there are exceptions, but the majority are doctors/lawyers, or so it seems to me). Not that those “crafts” are inherently evil, it would just be nice to see something from the other end of the spectrum. And ethnically, I’d love to see a Hispanic or Asian in the 12 with the next available appointment. That would also be great. Someone for whom a translation is needed for English-speakers to understand. That way, we’d get to know what it’s like to sit through a talk that’s partially lost in translation like the rest of the world.

    Or perhaps a mixture of all of the above.

  16. He certainly did not spare the Catholic Church a shade of shame for their treatment of those he believes were Joseph’s precursors. If I remember correctly, he mentioned strangling, burning, then digging up the bones and burning again. I thought we’d had a kind of rapprochement over the years. Maybe not.

  17. Eyring is still my favourite, but I enjoyed Elder Kwon today. Elder Eyring will likely be displaced when the first black African apostle ever comes aboard.

  18. Has JS always been a blonde?

  19. He was “dirty” blond. They’re trying to clean up his image.

  20. By JS, do you guys mean Joseph Smith?

    I missed almost all of conference. The only thing I caught was that opera singer. I don’t know why, but it seemed like President Hinckley wanted to say something funny about that. There was just something in his tone as he said, “thank you,” then sort of caught his breath.

  21. The tenor was Stanford Olsen who is currently a professor at Florida State. His undergrad degree was from the University of Utah. He is a fine singer with plenty of Met performances under his belt. We are lucky to have heard him. He made and old chestnut like ‘Joseph the Seer’ shine like it was Haydn’s ‘Creation.’

  22. “And ethnically, I’d love to see a Hispanic or Asian in the 12 with the next available appointment”

    I’m tellin’ ya all now. Elder Kikuchi is our next Apostle. Hugh B. Brown said there’d be a Japanese Apostle some day and that President Hinckley would live to see it.

  23. john fowles says:

    I think the opera singer’s voice cracked when he sang Danny Boy at Prez Hinckley’s b-day party. He rehabilitated his reputation nicely with this one.

  24. john fowles says:

    John Taylor wrote the words to “The Seer,” if I am not mistaken.

  25. The Seer was hymn 296 in the old hymnbook (in the choir section). John Taylor did write the words. The composer is listed as Neukomm (arr. by Ebenezer Beesley).

  26. John Fowles, it’s perfectly acceptable to have your voice crack when singing Danny Boy. It’s supposed to be emotional.

  27. john fowles says:

    so true. . . .

  28. In fact, I’m bawling right now.

  29. So long as someone brought up “Mormon hair,” can I point out that Elder Bateman has hair reminiscent of Paulie Walnuts?

  30. gst wrote: “So long as someone brought up “Mormon hair,””

    Man, every time I looked up during priesthood session and saw Elder Didier’s come-over I ’bout died laughing. I couldn’t concentrate on what he said in the least bit. I even told the guy next to me, and he turned beat red and the both of us had to look down the whole time. He needs to cut that thing off and just go bald. I’d like to see what it looks like after one of those stiff Utah canyon winds… King-Pin anyone?

  31. David J, I agree. Elder Didier’s combover was absolutely breathtaking. He wins, hands down.

    During Elder Kwon’s talk, all I could thik of was how cool it would be if his first name were Rex. . .

  32. Bow to your sensei. BOW to your sensei!

  33. I knew sooner or later this thread would go the way of Napoleon Dynamite.

    Just break the wrist, and walk away.

  34. While you guys amuse yourself with senseless banter about hair, I’ll try to bring this thread back to a more serious tone:

    Though Tyndale got mentioned twice, he never completed his translation. Tyndale’s disciple, Myles Coverdale did, and he succeeded in publishing the first complete translation of the Bible (The Coverdale Bible, it is called) on this day, 470 years ago, on Monday, October 4, 1535 in Zurich Switzerland.

    I propose: (a) that this milestone (i.e., the 470th anniversary of the completion of Tyndale’s project)–no pun intended–had something to do with the fact that the apostles’ attention seemed to be drawn to Tyndale’s project.

    (b) that they should have mentioned Myles Coverdale for good measure, since he was the one who actually completed Tyndale’s project.

    And (c), that Myles Coverdale did not get mentioned (and generally continues to be the unsung hero of early Modern English Bible translation) because he did not get strangled and burned. (Though this seemed to be a good short term career move for Myles Coverdale, it has proved disasterous over the long haul.)

    The lesson: if you are going to translate the Bible, it is better to be strangled and be burned than to finish it. After all, who here has heard of Bruce Metzger?

  35. Correction: My last parenthetical should read:

    (Though this seemed to have been a good short term career move for Myles Coverdale, it proved disasterous over the long haul.)

  36. “After all, who here has heard of Bruce Metzger?”

    I have ;)

  37. LOL. Well of course you know who he is, Melissa.