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General Conference Open Thread

By Sandra Clark

imageFeel free to share your thoughts, ideas, and inspiration from the meetings.

And especially about the fantastic women’s meeting and new refugee initiative.

Or at least tell us where you watched or what you ate while you watched.

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.

14 thoughts on “General Conference Open Thread”

  1. I love Elder Kearon's talk about serving refugees. I also loved last week's women's session so it was nice to hear more about the ways we can help. I really liked this quote, "We have found refuge. Let us come out from our safe places and share with them, from our abundance, hope for a brighter future, faith in God and in our fellow man, and love that sees beyond cultural and ideological differences to the glorious truth that we are all children of our Father in heaven.”

  2. That was the one that stood out to me most as well. And then president utchdorf's response. It was stirring and inspired me to move and help where I can.

  3. I don't consider "yelling out" to show opposition as being cordial. The method is by raising your hand, either for or against to maintain reverence and decorum.
    I have been in stake conferences with the show of "no" votes – and it hasn't been by yelling.
    The person(s) who raised their hands in opposition then are to follow through with THEIR responsibility to take their concerns to their stake president.
    There it is privately discussed and the stake president decides if the reasons for the "no" votes merit the person called not being able to serve.
    We sometimes forget we are not voting yes or no as society understands it. We are voting yes or no as to whether we will sustain that person in that position. It has nothing to do with whether we like them or want them serving there or opposition to the church as a whole.
    It's not up to the general authorities to track or deal with opposition votes – the priesthood line of authority for that has been set in place. "My house is a house of order, saith the Lord". That is with their stake president as President Uchdorf instructed them.

  4. One of my favorite lines came from Sister Linda K Burton as she gave the opening prayer to the Saturday morning session. She said, "We've come to deepen our discipleship."

  5. "Did I miss something? Did someone get ostracized?" Even if someone has been ostracized, that was then. I am saying that ostracizing others is much more difficult, noted in full form. The reason is that we will take account for it, and not simply via the video record. By its own merits, then perhaps someone yelling in the crowd at General Conference might have need for ointment and bandaids that no amount of provident living or repentance provides for alone.

    Or perhaps, there is an issue that is due consideration. Yelling it in the crowd makes stomachs tighten; some hearts drop, others stood at attention, and other still were indifferent. In that pause, even the person that by all appearances took great courage or folly to yell, "Opposed!," found a moment to reflect on it. The result of the shout is much less clear than the action, despite it being unappreciated.

    That uncertainty leaves out accountability. There then is an answer to the question, "Wherewith did the Opposed swear to their grievances?" As the question is just as valid as introspecting the consequences of failing to note, in full form, the uncommonly uplifted hand. Being able to answer it gives appreciation to the result. We recognize that even the slightest action can have profound consequences.

    Full form simply means that we respect them insomuch as to provide a means for having their grievances on the record. Their grievances may not simply be their own. The aggrieved can go to THEIR local leadership. Nevertheless, they were witnessed at Conference.

    At a lesser seen point of consideration, yet just as important, this applies all the way down to the smallest fraction of our social constructs. I could witness to the effects of failing to consider the least of these, and they are severe. Not only are they severe, they are at times unspeakable.

    So while it may seem like much to say over nothing, it speaks very much to how we will answer the question, "Where do you want to go?"

  6. It's not uncommon for people to consider me a bit aloof. Still yet, there is a necessary component missing to consideration in this manner–full form notation. In the citation provided, it states, "The voice from the gallery belonged to Byron Marchant. He objected over the Church’s stance at the time of not sustaining those of African descent to the priesthood." I don't expect that https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/4/the-sustaining-of-church-officers will state more than what the October 1977 sustaining vote record states. I do expect that if the Son were to ask for full form notes that they could be provided, and not simply a verbal record from a General Authority. Even if it were simply a pen and paper provided, written like an affidavit, that would be acceptable.

    When we record things, they take on many dimensions more than simply a verbal record. Writing about life, we tend to take much more careful account of matters when stored in text. Perhaps in the moment they're written, they may seem okay. Then, after some consideration, we may end up recognizing some cause for regret or a need for modification. The same goes for as it should be, here, in this context.


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