I am actually currently in Israel and so was not around to watch the AM session of conference. I am currently watching the PM session live and so I thought that I might try to live blog. I doubt that anyone will be reading this blog but this also will help me concentrate on the talks I am listening to. I will be blogging with the times here in Israel just because I don’t feel like converting all of it into Mountain Time. Please feel free to offer any comments thoughts or feedback. I’d love to get to know more of you blogosphere readers.
11:15 Pm- Elder Uchtdorf is calling for the sustaining votes of the general authorities. Even though I know this is pro forma I still feel the spirit powerfully as I raise my hand to sustain our Prophet and Apostles.
11:20 Pm- I am loving the variety of names being called. It really shows that the church is quite diverse and multinational today!
11:24 Pm-It seems rather pointless to read a report merely stating that auditing practices are up to date. I wish they could give us a bit more information.
11:25 Nearly 14 Million members! 280,106 members baptized! That’s pretty incredible.
Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
11:28–That photograph was kind of cute.
As a convert I always feel rather ambiguous when I hear about ‘goodly parents.’ Neither of my parents were members of the church and yet I was given a strong moral education. Certainly, there are things that are very different. I was encouraged to engage in pre-martial sex and given alcohol from a young age, for instance, but overall I think that the values that were instilled within me are quite similar to those of the church. I always feel on the defensive when this phrase is used because it seems to imply that my parents are less ‘goodly’ because they are not members.
11:32 pm :This reminds me that my mother used to bring books with her in the car and stop to read to me at red lights. She cultivated in me a love of reading that has continued till this day. I contrast this with my nephew that I have been spending much of the past week with. He has no interest in books whatsoever. I never got the feeling that reading was especially encouraged in his household which is quite disappointing. I am so glad that my parents taught me to focus on learning and a desire for knowledge.
11:35- “The most important kind of learning happens at home.” Reminds me of a post that I wrote a . few months ago
11:36 pm- Elder Perry is talking about how it’s vital that we teach children so that they can understand the importance of baptism. I just had a discussion today with my father and his girlfriend today about how the age of eight was too young to truly understand the important of baptism. They argued that children at that age merely want to follow along with their parents. Does teaching the gospel in the home encourage introspection or blind obedience?
11:39- Elder Perry is Reading from the proclamation of the family. I think we focus too much on the parts that deal with sexuality and do not spend enough time on the beautiful words for parents. It’s nice to have Elder Perry read from it.
11:40- I am sure that the bloggers at FMH are going to have a field day with the comments about femininity. What about households where the mother has to primarily work?
11:40- Interesting wording about deep roots needed to overcome the storms of the modern world. I really like the metaphor
11:42: I love the use of the story of Tyndale. As a history major these kinds of stories always excite me. I also like that Tyndale is a protestant hero and that we feel confident enough as a church to quote reformers so lovingly from the pulpit.
11:45 I always love when lists include Mormon and Joseph Smith along with the prophets in the old testament. I sometimes place the LDS scriptures in a separate mental category and its nice to be reminded that all of them were prophets and spiritual leaders.
11:46: This is a very protestantesque talk thus far….
11:47: Scriptures “penetrate the heart”. I love that visual image. I have a scripture application on my iphone and love to use that, but I’ve actually noticed a difference when I actually hold the word of God in my hand and read. There’s something powerful about the physical presence of the scriptures.
11:49: Korihor is certainly a timely figure given the philosophies of today. I love the use of scriptures as a bastion of truth and a way to rebut falsehood. How do we deal with parts of the bible that are questionable in their morality though? If morality is absolute then how is it possible that God could order the binding of isaac or the slaughter of enemy people? Does that not force us to question the moral authority of the text?
11:51: An attack on a social justice view of God. It seems to me that there’s room for both in the LDS tradition. God guides us, but human agency and action is also central to our church. I recently read this post on Faith Promoting Rumor which was thought provoking. “Mormon Times: Social Justice in the Book of Mormon”
11:55: This is a much more LDS view of scripture as a tool to guide us towards our own personal revelation. I am much more comfortable with talking about scripture in this way as a tool to guide us towards Gods will for us.
11:56: This seems a bit radical…EVERY word uttered in conference is scripture? Wow!
11:57 “We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet”
12:01 am: I didn’t catch the name of the current speaker or his position.
12:02 am: More talk about the humanitarian work. There really seems to have been a big focus on this thus far.
12:03 am: As a convert I love hearing stories about the conversion of others.
12:04 am: There really is something powerful about missionaries. It’s hard to imagine 19 year olds being so successful without the power of the lord.
12:05 am: This is a pretty powerful story. It encourages me to be more open to promptings of the spirit to write and speak to others. As a home teacher I have several inactive teachees that I need to work to connect with if I can.
12:06 am: I love that this speaker talks about how he experienced a second and more powerful conversion well after he had already been baptized. We can always receive that confirmation and reconfirmation of the Holy Ghost.
12:10 am: I fail at catching names. I see people reading this…If you can give me the names of the past two speakers that would be appreciated…
Edit– Elder Bruce Carlson of the Seventy
12:11 am: That was a pretty cute story to get to the idea that there ‘are no shortcuts’ in our path towards salvation.
12:13 am: Oh boy this talk is going to be blog fodder for a while it seems. There are three reasons we do not keep commandments including a lack of faith, lack of understanding why the commandment is important. and belief that the commandment is too difficult.
12:14 am: An elaborate old testament story…You don’t hear these all too often. I like it quite a bit. I love the focus on how a small change in the spiritual practices of a nation leads to devastation.
12:15 am: This story of Naman on the other hand is one I’ve heard in several sacrament talks. It is a very useful story about how pride blocks us from spiritual growth and the lords promises.
12:17 am: This speaker is really good at using stories to illustrate examples…I think he’s gone through six or seven different stories already.
12:18 am: “When the lord commands…Do It.” Joseph Smith…Anyone know where this quote might come from…? I’m not sure i’ve heard it before.
12:19 am: Elder Bednar of the Quroum of the Twelve. I tend to really like his talks and speaking style. I hope he gets a better topic than last time!
12:21 am: When I was a child I had an experience with prophetic warning that saved the live of my parents and myself. I can really relate to the power of the lord.
12:22 am: Another talk about education of children? As a young single adult it’s hard for me to get too much from these talks right now.
12:23 am: Three early warning signs. 1) Readng and discussing the scriptures. The scriptures are useful because of the plain truths they offer us.
12:25 am: What would an infant responding to the Book of Mormon look like?
12:25 am: I wish that my nephew or niece had more of a spiritual background in their childhood. They do not seem to have any concept of God in their lives.
12:26 am: 2) Bear testimony spontaneously. Spontenaity really does seem to be important. I’ve noticed that when spiritual things come up naturally that its much more meaningful than when god is forced into a conversation.
12:29 am: I like that he encourages parents to be willing to listen as well as to share. That’s pretty vital
12:30 am 3) Inviting children to act.
“A child is never to young to participate in gospel learning.” I like that…I was worried this talk would focus only on what parents must do rather than what they must encourage. I’m glad he went on this direction.
12:32 am: Best FHE are not the results of preprogramed packets of information. Now, this I like!
12:33 am: Being anxiously engaged in asking seeking and knocking! Yes please!
12:36 am : Yay Elder Holland! He is my favorite apostle. Is it bad to have favorites? Probably…
12:37 am: Did they really give him the pornography talk? I guess we can see what he can make of it.
12:38 am: We are assaulted by negative content all around. That’s pretty true. I’ve been thinking about how much garbage we take in on a day to day basis.
12:39 am:Adversary is extending his coverage to cell phones and video games. I don’t really like that figure of speech because it implies that those making such products are agents of the devil
12:40 am: Talking about lust is more like it. Most deadly of seven sins.
12:41 am: True love must include permanence but lust is temporary. I like that except that lust can also endure for quite a while.
12:42 am : I like that Elder Holland talks about how love is about giving while lust is about taking.
12:43 am : Faith in those we love is second to faith in God! That’s beautiful!
12:44 am: Pull of temptation can be deadly. This is quite true.
12:46 am: Picture those who love you and would be disappointed if you let them down! That’s a pretty powerful tool to stop us from sinning.
12:48 am: Every time we transgress we hurt the savior. Wow that thought really strikes me as powerful and rather painful
12:49 am: I am glad he is now talking about the atonement and salvation.
12:50 am: You can feel the tender love in his voice. I really don’t think anyone could give a better talk on this topic than the one we just heard!
Thanks to everyone that read this blog! I will be spending Easter Sunday in Jerusalem so will not be live blogging but look forward to hearing the sessions of conference tomorrow.