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General Conference General Discussion Thread

By Sandra Clark








Have you been listening in to conference too?

Were you delighted to hear from Sister Carole Stephens again?
Did President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk make you love him and his loving understanding even more?
Did Elder Jeffery R. Holland’s compassionate words and spirit make you feel heard and buoyed up?

And isn’t the greenery arrangement behind the pulpit lovely this session?

Share what has surprised, delighted and spoken to you. There have been beautiful things said so far this conference- but we want to let you talk too.

Oh yes, and are you or the men in your life watching the Priesthood Session at home?
I’m typing this while it is playing in the background right now.

About Sandra Clark

Sandra Clark Jergensen's writing (most often about food) has been published in Gastronomica, Apartment Therapy, The Exponent, and at Segullah, where she was once the Editor-in-Chief, and now as Features Editor. Sandra geeked out on food and writing as a master's student food studies at University of Texas, Arlington. She makes her home in California where she runs without shoes, foster parents, teaches cooking, develops recipes, and struggles to take pictures with her eyes open, and sometimes all at the same time. She is the owner and creator of thekitchennatural.com.

10 thoughts on “General Conference General Discussion Thread”

  1. Of all the talks mentioning women, I think I appreciated Elder Andersen's the most. One part that particularly stood out to me: "Some may sincerely ask the question, 'If the power and blessings of the Priesthood are available to all, why are the ordinances of the Priesthood administered by men?' When an angel asked Nephi, 'Knowest though the condescension of God?' Nephi answered honestly, 'I know that he loveth His children. Nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.' When we speak of the Priesthood, there are many things we do know. "

    I wish he had been a little more overt, but I liked that he implied what Nephi expressly said, "I do not know the meaning of all things." We don't know why men administer the priesthood, but that's the way the Lord has established it. It's not all of the explanation and answers I wish I had right now, but it's comforting to me that the brethren (and other General Authorities) are attempting to address the concern of female ordination.

  2. There were many that resonated. Even when I think that conference will be "nice" but maybe doubt that there will be one to speak to me, I am most always proved wrong.

    Elder Holland's delivery is always commanding and loving. His message was extremely powerful. It was a good reminder to look at people with struggles – and some so vastly different than our own- with more humility and compassion. He always makes me remember the holistic nature of our church and doctrine.

  3. Loved so many of the talks. I look forward to sitting down with my November Ensign and reviewing the inspiring talks.

    This year I didn't take notes, but listened to every one. Was proud of my teenagers for being awake and alert for all sessions as well.

  4. i keep checking this thread for more comments because i really enjoyed conference and want to hear how others felt, yet i have been surprised to see how few comments there are.

    but at the same time, i have had a hard time putting into words how i felt about so many of the talks. i feel a little bit like mary – pondering these things in my heart. i have been mulling over my thoughts about conference for the last few days and can't wait to go back and read the conference talks. so many of the them were tender and felt like messages of a loving heavenly father conveyed by his loving servants.

  5. I'm totally right there with you, Debra! They put the readable talks up last night, so now that I've had a chance to read a few of my favorites, I can say more.

    My favorite talk from Conference was Pres. Uchtdorf's. (No surprise; his usually are. :o) I have a husband who attends but doesn't believe, and this talk was just so good for that. And I loved how he put the reasons we believe so perfectly.

    I also loved Elder Christofferson's talk about women's moral strength for society.

    I also loved Linda Reeves' talk at the RS Broadcast last weekend. I want to know more about her life. I loved how she talked about the blessings of covenants, especially for those who are in marriages where those covenants were not upheld by the husband.

    See? My comments still didn't really add anything to this conversation. This is why I read Segullah — because there are so many people here who can put into words — lovely words — exactly what I'm thinking and experiencing.

  6. Elder Scott's talk got me too. I've never thought of the fathers of the stripling warriors. I've been thinking a lot about not even opening the door to Satan. They had made a covenant and must keep it, lest they open a door to let Satan in. I cried through his whole talk.
    Also loved Bednar. It's made me look at my life and realize the blessings I have received. I always thought "where are my monetary blessings? I pay my tithing." I've now realized how protected and blessed I have been. Even if the windows of heaven have never poured down enormous financial security, we have always had enough. It's made me take a hard look at my life and all I do have.
    I love conference.

  7. I had some thoughts for my own life during Elder Bednar's talk. He was talking about tithing, but for some reason I kept thinking of the fast offering our family pays. I feel that our fast offering is generous, but we're also adding onto our house and taking some vacations this year. Perhaps if we can afford to do that, we should also increase our fast offering. I plan to do it. Funny how the Spirit whispers things during a talk that have nothing to do with the content.

  8. No one else has mentioned it yet- but I was blown away by Elder McConkie's talk. He packed in so much. The message to teachers was so condensed and rich that I nodded in agreement and audibly said "yes" on more than one occasion. I can't wait to go back to it- I hope this one gets used in more leadership and teacher training, it was fantastic.

  9. I have to admit that I viewed GC this time through the lens of 15 year olds. I have been teaching this class since May, where I soon did conference reviews with them because the Come Follow Me theme for the month was Prophets. I found that as a group, the teens struggled to read full talks or watch full talks. I tried asking them to read excerpts. Finally, I printed memes from the April conference, and they showed interest, energy and attention. So this time, I watched looking for memes I could download or memes I might create. I wonder if the GAs know this and purposefully put language in that would work for memes? Maybe not. I've been watching for 40 plus years, and salient images as well as well-formed phrases have always been factors.


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