Ok, I am back with the afternoon session and more penetrating insights …
Sustaining the leadership: we do this in our living room, and it feels just as important as doing it in the Conference Center.
Auditing opinion: they have been doing this in Conference as long as I can remember, but it kind of a strange practice. Auditors almost never issue a negative opinion in the business world. I wonder when this started? It became a big deal for corporations after 1929.
Membership … almost 12 million. The convert numbers seem to be down this year. Time to open the Austria Vienna Mission again!
I wish they didn’t do this: “Prominent members who have passed away since last April.” After all, God is no respecter of persons.
Russell M. Nelson: Roots and fruits. Genetic and spiritual. “Fruit detached from roots cannot long survive.”
Jeffrey R. Holland: Reporting on his “mission” in Chile. He made a pitch for couple missionaries. The sacrifices made by some members in Latin America make me feel like a real piker. They give so much to be part of this: 110 hours on a bus to get to the temple!? That’s it, I am going to Chicago next week!
He told a great story about President Hinckley’s determination to retain members. President Hinckley made that the first point in his welcoming address this morning. Elder Holland sounded like an MTC missionary when he spoke Spanish, but he had a point: “Stay … stay forever. Come … come permanently.” I’m a sap. He made me cry. Elder Holland often does that to me.
Joseph B. Wirthlin: The Debt Talk. We have heard this before, and it’s good advice every time.
I know, some Seventies were mixed in there, too, but I was distracted by dinner preparations.