A Grand AM to you!
Welcome to By Common Consent’s live coverage of General Conference on this absolutely miserable and rainy Sunday Morning in Salt Lake City! Music and the Spoken Word is being played and…er…spoken right now, with the Sunday Morning session ready to get going in about 15 minutes. Don’t forget to follow our minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter. We also encourage you to (if you’re not already doing so) watch Conference live, streaming from LDS.org.
A separate (but equal) thread containing photos from around the Conference Center will be set up soon.
We’ve got a few minutes before conference starts, so let’s hand out a few mini-Niblets, no? Best Talk? Best Tie? Best Hair? Or do we need a category which President Uchtdorf doesn’t win?
(For those asking for the batting order, I am afraid I will be disappointing you. Sorry!)
Just announced: President Eyring first, then Bishop Burton
From President Eyring:
“First, I give counsel to husbands and wives. Pray for the love which allows you to see the good in your companion. Pray for the love that makes weaknesses and mistakes seem small. Pray for the love to make your companion’s joy your own. Pray for the love to want to lessen the load and soften the sorrows of your companion.”
It’s difficult to type while President Eyring is speaking.
Elder Perry mentioned the ward-level missionary work plans. My own ward has been quite successful in implementing this–what has been your experience?
Bishop Burton: The “ITY” Virtues–civility, fidelity, charity, generosity, morality, spirituality, humility, integrity…
Fun Fact #5: The photographer for the BYU-Idaho paper had his camera equipment stolen last night.
Fun Fact #6: He has commandeered my wife’s camera. Hence, pictures are slow coming.
Sister Dibb is speaking now–as I’m sure you all know, she is the daughter of President Monson. It is interesting to hear her personal experiences with him, such as that which she shared today. I wish she would give us a little bit more, though–just one small anecdote. Elder Nelson up to bat now…
“Personal revelation can be honed to become spiritual discernment. To discern means to sift, to separate, or to distinguish. The gift of spiritual discernment is a supernal gift. It allows members of the Church to see things not visible, and to feel things not tangible. Bishops are entitled to that gift as they face the task of seeking out the poor and caring for the needy…members can discern between schemes that are flashy and fleeting and those refinements that are uplifting and enduring.”
MoTab Choir Singing.
Lavendar Robes, Dark Suits.
Here Comes Pres Monson.
That is all for the morning session–but one thing of note: If you’re trying to follow us on Twitter, apparently the @ByCommonConsent feed is not being picked up in the #ldsconf Twub. If you have ideas why, please send an email to us or tweet to me. We’ll be back in an hour or two, and pictures will be forthcoming are now up on a separate thread here at BCC.
And please, remember to be courteous in driving.