I love General Conference! This morning/afternoon, I watched it from my home in Wisconsin. Modern technology is wonderous to me. I recall President Kimball talking about the Lord’s hand in developing technology that would spread the Gospel to the whole earth. We have seen that development in a most dramatic way over the past few decades. The following are some thoughts generated by the Saturday morning session:
Is it bad to have a favorite Apostle? I don’t think so. Mine is Henry Eyring. And Jeffrey Holland. And Dallin Oaks.
David B. Haight has a great sense of humor. Of course, we give old people the benefit of the doubt and laugh at anything that looks like an attempt at humor. I met him 20+ years ago as a missionary in Austria. He sat down next to me before one of our meetings and said, “So, Elder, where are you from?” I responded, “Osseo, Wisconsin.” His face was the embodiment of the phrase, “stupor of thought.” He made absolutely no verbal response. He just turned the other direction and said, “So, Sister, where are you from?” When she named someplace in California, he proceeded to talk about all of the Church people he knew in that area. (By the way, did he mention Ruby today?)
Dallin Oaks spoke about the Second Coming and asked, “What if the Second Coming was tomorrow?” This was the first major talk of the first session. I could stop listening right now and be a changed person. It isn’t so much what he said, but that he “felt prompted” to say it.
We are attentive during the talks. During the hymns we talk about the talks, take restroom breaks, or grab something to eat. Does Kristine turn the volume up for the songs?
Henry Eyring could not run for political office, but I like to see him cry.
Thomas Monson is 76 years old. He has been an Apostle since 1963. This is his 81st General Conference as an apostle! And most amazing: he still has faith-promoting stories from his time as a bishop!
And, most importantly, the question that hangs over all of these proceedings: will anyone talk about The Passion? No way! That topic is radioactive.