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October 2015 General Conference Open Thread

By Sandra Clark

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Three new apostles.

Hours and hours of carefully prepared and present talks.

What do you think?
What feelings are you bringing to conference?
What are you taking away?

Let’s discuss.

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 “October 2015 General Conference Open Thread”

  1. One of my favorite parts was watching the old guard apostles wait to leave after the second session, so they could hug, pat, and love on the new ones. There was so much emotion and tenderness in their interactions with one another. Really beautiful to me.

    Overall, today I had a sense that as a whole we are loved, and as an individual I am loved. It was good.

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  2. I enjoyed feeling the great spirit from each of the speakers. I have been very ill prior to this conference, and kept a notepad close so I could record what the spirit told me. I love that President Uchtdorf invited us to seek for answers to our questions, and Elder Ballard again spoke of staying the Church (The Good ship Zion). The potter's wheel example was perfect for us to remember to keep Jesus as our center spot. And dear Sister Marriott's theme "It will all work out" inspired me to print out that quote, frame it, and give it to a sister in my branch who needs to remember that. When Elder Lawrence expressed his question "What is keeping me from progressing?" I knew I needed to pray for that answer myself. My goodness, morning session was loaded with good for me.

    I'm sorry to say, by the afternoon session I was very ill, so must listen to it early tomorrow morning when I am feeling better. I actually had to go lie down and once the pain let up the session was over. sigh. I thank God that He has blessed us to have recordings to listen to.

    We live in a very special time in history. I may be old, but I am still learning and growing. I too loved that the other apostles loved and greeted the new apostles with hugs and pats. They are all so tender. Such an honor to know them for who they really are.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's sessions.

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  3. That touched me as well. Elder Oaks seems very firm and unemotional at times and yet there was such tenderness in his hugs. I was deeply touched to see them all share the "fellowship of apostleship"…

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  4. Midge, though I don't know you, I ache for your illness and pain! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the first session and it was indeed powerful. Your highlights were the very ones that were powerful for me. I love that we have almost instant access to the sessions and the printed word and can watch and rewatch.

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  5. This past week I learned of a beautiful young woman and mother whose husband is filing for divorce. I listened with her in mind and found comfort and promises…

    I am one of those people who can come up with 100 faults and weaknesses to work on. I so appreciated that particular talk. Elder Lawrence's talk was powerful for me!

    And having a video of the potter was wonderful! That resonated beautifully.

    Is there a theme everyone is seeing yet? I hear so much about keeping it simple and not doubting our faith.

    It's a true spiritual boost! Loving it.

    And Saturday afternoon – didn't you love Elder Oaks talk about the succoring power of the Savior gained through the Atonement as well as Elder Holland's tribute to Mothers.

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  6. Best conference ever! I'm not sure what's different, because GC is not usually a highlight for me, but I didn't want it to end today. I loved Holland's talk on mothers and Nelson's on women. I usually don't like those talks where men tell women how great they are, but these 2 talks really touched me. I felt like they get it. The main theme I picked up was "live by (in, with, through — pick your preposition) the Spirit." Can't go wrong with that!

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  7. That was the theme I saw, too. I have difficulty knowing if answers are from the Spirit or me. But I left this conference wanting to practice listening more til I get better.

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  8. "Simplify." (Pres. Uchtdorf) I'm applying it already. In fact, I planned to make two dishes for a potluck last night, and I caught myself just in time (or the Holy Ghost reminded me). I ended up taking just the one (cream cheese-frosted pumpkin bars) though, I still put on some sprinkles. 🙂

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  9. I appreciated Elder Nelson's remarks and agreed completely. I'll be honest though, I couldn't help feel a little disappointed that after hearing "we NEED your voice!" that there were no female speakers in that session of conference.

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  10. Conference found me this year a little on guard and withdrawn. I felt especially hurt every time I heard stories of women in supportive roles only. Those roles are vital but only part of what we are capable of. When I heard Elder Nelson speak it resonated deeply with me. "So I plead today with my sisters… to step forward. Take your rightful and needful place in your home, your community, and in the kingdom of God". I felt spoken to equally, not patronized or put on a pedestal. That the new president of the quorum-the next in line to be prophet chose to speak on and to women in that way made me really hopeful for good things to come.

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  11. We just finished watching conference in my part of the globe and I loved it. SO many things to ponder and feast upon. I came away feeling comforted and reassured of Heavenly Father's love for me. Also, I must mention that I was super excited to welcome and sustain our three new apostles.

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