176½ General Conference (svithe)(tacular)


Great thing about General Conference is a) it's actually happening thousands of miles away and b) it starts with all kinds of songs and prayer. Ergo, we were not late late, but merely (and harmlessly) late.

President Gordon B. Hinckley
    President Hinckley loves numbers and using them as symbols of the Restoration.
    You know, I have no first-hand experience with vigorous 96-year-olds.
    Even money, in the Ensign, this will be called "Welcome."

The Choir sings
and I take this opportunity to introduce this svithe. I did a running commentary last conference and, to my surprise, many people actually read it. And so I'm doing it again. We'll call it a tradition.
Besides, that svithe brought (and is still bringing) all kinds of Googlers to my blog. Especially fans on Ronald Rasband. Who will be this conference's Ronald?
Viva la svithing!
Viva la conference!
Viva la Google!

Elder Dallin H. Oaks
    I thought he said "some have loved one to death." Time to listen better.

    Talk to the heavy laden. Listen up, folks!

    Isaiah: prophesied Christ's ministries to the poor and the bruised.

    Be of good cheer because the Savior has overcome the world. He went forth suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind that he may succor us. As promised.

    "Healing blessings" ___ come suited to our needs.

    Alma's people's burdens were made light so they could not feel them. But the burdens were still there. Think about it.

    "'Come unto Christ,' the prophet says, 'and be strengthened (?) in him.'"

    Fear not but be believing.

    The healing power of Christ is available to all, regardless of the affliction.

    Relationship with the Savior---->healing, quality of.

    Learn of Christ; he is your best fgriend; he knows your pain because he has already felt it for you.

    "I knew it would be difficult, but I did not realize what I would have to go through."

    Where do the challenges come from? Who cares? They exist. That's where we start. From there we move... forward?

    "and I will give you rest...unto your souls"

Richard H. Winkel, Elder
    Lady Steed and I didn't attend the Sac Temple open house. Looks cool.

    As we listen to Elder Winkel speak of family and eternity, we watch the Big O play with a doll, a baby. He's pretending to change its diaper. It has its poignance.

    5am?!?! 2am?!?! 3am?!?! 4am. Wow. Bowling. Huh.

    "...never taught a more comforting doctrine..." --who is he quoting here? I can't place it....

    O just put the baby in the microwave.

    Think clearly!

    In the temple the dust of distraction settles, the haze of obscurity lifts. (molaq)

    saviors on mount zion---

    The opportunity to be proxy and to simulate Christ.


Elder Paul B. Pieper
    Big Branch
    What a lovely way to think of the Church.
    He could have run with that.
    Pity he'd probably already written his talk___

    ! First generation members over half the membership.

    In many ways I am jealous of first-generation members. It's like being a frontiersman. Felling timber. Sculpting the landscape. Changing the world.

    Wait. In 40 years he's spawned 5 generations? Is that possible?

    Good advice to all: Never underestimate who you are and your own power.

    "fellow members of the first generation...a chosen generation"
    Holy blessed pioneer.

Choir & Congregation

Elder David S. Baxter!
    A Scot! Now we're talking!

    1. Faith (O2) in Jesus Christ
    breathe life into our very souls

    Wow. He has big ears. Is he older than he looks?

    Ah, but would I give away all my sins to know Him. THat's certainly a question.

    2. Selfless service
    the antidote to worldwide self-indulgence

    Sorry. I've been distracted. Did I miss any?

    Don't do it! Don't abandon faith just when you need it!

    "Cast down but not destroyed." Been there.

    Faith, Service, Constant & True Comewhatmay

    People are always looking for themes. Is this one for 176½?

Elder Robert C, Oaks, soldier
    -suffereth long
    -is not easily provoked
    -beareth all things
    -endureth all things.


    Therefore Charity requires patience

    Job griped but Job did not sin. I find that fascinating. Is grumbling not a sin? I'm saved!

    Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.

    ->What manner of man ought ye to be?
    verily I say unto you
    even as I am.

    Whoops. Titles guys are falling down.

    "Patience is heavenly." -----JS

    Oh, I hate that stuff.
    How dare you preach patience.
    Ah, what a world.
    Not me. I am innocent. Blame others.

    If you've forgiven, you'll never be able to count to 70x7.


    Appropriate objective....

Elder M. Russell Ballard
    w/40 minutes to go.

    Go, Ballard, Go!

    O! be wise! What can I say more!

    -How to be wise:
    watchover / serve / love one another
    be anxiously engaged
    provide meaningful service
    focus on the people served
    strive to keep a proper balance
    see that all things done in wisdom and order
    do not run faster than able
    focus on people & principles -- not programs
    use meeting to lift and focus on people
    remember the worth of souls is great
    remember! remember! the needs of the people
    innovate as serving (innovate≠complicate----often means 'simplify')
    think! create!
    allow others to perform their own stewardship--even when they suck
    motivate through love and positive reinforcement (not guilt)

    "As mortals we can't do all things as once."
    (Speak for yourself.)
    (j/k, of course)

    I just had a brainstorm for a better tapenade. Using Lady Steed's VitaMix on 1, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, kallamatis..... Hmmmm.

    Just do the best we can? Okay. Done. Good. Can do. Will do? Not sure. Must do. Yes.

    _____Just took O to the bathroom. Missed the end of Elder Ballard's words. Shame. It'd been a good talk so far. I like Elder Ballard.

Return of President Monson, sogaes Elder Faust.
    Ironic beginning. But my thoughts lack propriety.

    I just said the word "cement" 10 times. Ask the Big O.
    Now I have a train between me & the tv. Fiddlesticks.

    Acts really is a good read.

    How have I never heard this Zapatista story before?
    If you missed it, look it up.

    I wonder what kind of scars tarring and feathering leaves?



-----------end saturday morning session-----------

On time, this time. With more than a minute to spare. We are conferencing in the Nursery. Big O toys. We watch. Parfait. Lady Steed sits in a Heywood & Wakefield. I sit in classic metal folding.

MTC folk will be singing. Looks like they don't have to wear nightgowns.
(Lady Steed doesn't usually feel that sobriquet is usually accurate, but this morning, oh!)

Speaking of young people, we watched Murderball last night and I was floored by how yound those damaged veterans were. They don't look like they could possibly be 18, let alone legless and decorated. What a world.

I don't think we know anyone in the MTC right now.


Was there ever a time before the singing started?


Elder Robert D. Hales

    The Scriptures!

    It is true that as we proceed through the scriptures, we find story after story about the scriptures. Stories of their creation, preservation and rediscovery. OT, NT, BofM, D&C, PofGP--all have these stories. It's all very meta. And telling.

    And it is also true that it is quite simple, in scriptural record, to tell which peoples have the scriptures anbd which don't Very easy.

    And it that is so with the benefit of the perspective offered by time, mightn't it be true without. Look closely. Can we tell?

    (And if we can't, hadn't we better? So what's wrong?)

    Listening? Try reading.

    Old things are done away and all things are become new.

    Withstanding the fiery darts of the adversary....

    May we be among them I so pray....

    (note: he doesn't mean the fiery darts--I obciously left something out here)

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
    An optical illusion just made Elder Wirthlin look two feet tall.

    But he's not that short.

    Did he say his mother's name was Bednar?


    Hey! An English major joke!

    Is all fear based on the potential for loss? Is it?

    As a principle principle of the gospel is restoration, faith therein should therefore cast out fear. Is it not so?

    No matter that (terrible things here) happen, Sunday will come.
    (ie, the day of the Resurrection)
    (therefore: looking forward to the Resurrection/Restoration)

    Bold, Boldly, Boldness

Sister Elaine S. Dalton
    Oh, babies.

    Get it?

    I just remembered I'm 30. (!)

    She's switching cameras like Elders SCott and Nelson, but they're not following her. Of course, she's moving about a lot, but I wonder prior arrangements are also a factor.

    Shun evil!

    The Spirit cannot dwell in unholy temples.

    A sense of identity really is vital. That is what determines direction and therefore destination.

    I don't think those photos are 1968.

    Live to be worthy for when you need immediate blessings. Hoosh.

    One thing I am never comfortable with is elevating someone's remarks to being the Words of the Prophet just because he became the prophet some years later. I dislike the logic. Time exists for a reason. Things are and aren't when they are and aren't that is all.

    Anyway. Worthiness. And now more singing.

We're singing along.

The Big O: Stop that! Stop that! Stop that! Stop that! Stop that!

Elder Shayne M. Bowen
    Airport...park...(I'm guessing we'll end at the temple)...Idaho Falls Temple....


    The airport and park are both built on dumps.

    I like where this analogy is leading.

    That Alma sure likes long verses.

    Don't dig up trash, people. Not even your own. Capiche?

Elder Daniel L. Johnson
    On tithing. (This all probably works for svithing too.)

    (Ignore at your own peril.)

    A standing law forever.

    "The Lord is our father and as our father he loves us."

    "Ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of blesings...."

    I suppose every commandment is simple and easy once it is simply something we do. Doing creates simplicity.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    (bathroom trip #2)

    What is a testimony?

    Something tender and sweet

    Filet mignon?!?!

    No, an accumlation of feelings.


    Not a collection of cold facts.

    Well, at least it's not cold.

    What part of the cow is filet mignon anyway?

    It is easier to talk about a testimony than to acquire one.

    (Still sounds like filet mignon.)

    I like Elder Uchtdorf's use of volume modulation. Iy's rather a neglected technique, I fear.

    1. Desire to believe. Experiment! (Alma's word, not mine.)

    I'm not [illegible].
    Consider it!

    2. Search the scriptures. Have Qs. Study them out.

    (Lady Steed's asleep. Go reprimend her here.)

    Shoot. I missed 3. Learning and then doing God's will, I believe?

    Christ did his Father's will. As should we. As he invited.

    4. Ponder, fast pray.

    (Not pirate-way. Plunder, ravish, prey. No! Not that! Wicked sinner pirates....)

    Alma seems to be Saturday's prophet.

    But, as Eld Ucht says, we can have the same sacred experience as Alma's today.

    It's like that 70s song: Baby if you want me to be closer to you, get closer to me.


Brother Monson--sounded like he said Alma Daylight Time. This proves my point.

Elder Richard G. Scott
    I always like my Scott stern. Let us have it!

    On Peace & Happiness

    is not rockclimbing
    (stupid rockclimbers)
    (don't they know exercise is bad for you?)
    (also long falls?)

    Even with carabiners, it's still a crazy pasttime.
    Haven't you people ever heard of books?!?!?!

    Mmmm. Companionship.

    Down with danger!

    The metaphor: the Savior will be our lead.

    ---Your life can and should be wondrously rewarding.---

    The divine bookkeeper....

    ....prevent an eternity under the dominion of Satan.

    The Big O has discovered xylophony. (...)

    With unimaginable suffering and agony....

    And why?

    You know why.

    ------------> the Celestial Kingdom


Finally a hymn with a beat!


Oh yeah. Dig it. If all hymns were like this, I could conduct.

---------------end Saturday Afternoon--------------


President Monson is conducting again. I sense he is the only one up to the frequent standing.

Elder Henry B Eyring

    Re: quorums.

    Strength of a quorum comes largely from the members' unity. Which unity should be uncomprarble to worldly parallels.

    Unity recipe: Preach nothing but repentance and faith in the Lord

    The COVENANTS, teach according to


    Covenants are solemn promises.
    We are promised eternal life
    if we make and keep said cov'ts

    All cov'ts require faith in Jesus Christ
    Thus we inherit eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God

    Seek the council of the quorum's president if you want to teach properly

    Ah, but lessons are only the beginning of learning.


    We can perform more service than just one of us.
    Or more than even our total numbers would suggest.

    Wouldn't you like to be the one who invited?

    Unity--not just with each other, but with the Savior

    (If ye are not one, ye are not mine.)

    Don't say no for someone else. Let them say it for themselves.

    Good talk.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson
    ironing machine for mother/lunches/crying

    What a great photograph....

    On being a Man:

    "young men stuck in neutral"
    hot needles in the flesh

    Hey! I haven't been arrested either! Awesome!

    Provide: necessities of life, protection

    "Thw girl you marry will take a terrible chance on you." --GBH, 1998
    Oh, it's true, it's true.


    "Behold, The Man!"

    Be even as I am.

    'Jesus went about doing good.'

    ...not to be ministered unto, but to minister....

    opposing evil & error

    Let us be Men, even as He Is.

Elder Marcus B Nash
    trout fishing
    (trout no good on land)
    (stupid fish)

    Fish don't have joy flopping about on the ground.

    If Fish: Me
    Then Water: Gospel

    Misery outside those gospel waters

    (There is only ONE great plan of happiness.)

    Devil is miserable
    And he is ready to set the hook

    ----->exquisite joy

    and as many times as they repented, they were forgiven

Elder Stanley G. Ellis
    Power of Attorney

    Great scott. Priesthood as power of attorney. Holy smoke.
    Big stuff.

    Seems like entrepreneurs are disproportionately called to be mission presidents....

    a "greet"?

    Oath & Cov't
    -faithful in obtaining 2 p'hoods and magnifying calling
    -Spirit and all my Father hath

    (I should check that. Need the precise wordage. 84.)

    Sec. 121 --- p'hood only can be exercised in righteousness
    ->restudy regularly

    Maintain Worthiness

    We must be ready at any time

    This Minuteman theme has been recurrent today--------

    Thou wicked and slothful servant! (parable of the talents)

    The Lord expects a difference.
    More than we were given
    Increase? Improvement?

    He that abideth in me & me in him, the same shall bring forth much fruit

    I am so out of practice in note-taking....

    Let's use this power according to His will in His way.


Pr. Faust (ii)
    Grazing cattle--an idyllic opening

    Slowpoke the horse

    Grandpa sang all day. And he turned out okay.

    Rock salt, moving [illegible]

    Broken Hearts
    Contrite Spirits

    3 things (pending)

    h.s. senior reading NT after telling naughtiness
    those idle words, ah!, an accounting cometh


    solution: live what is learned
    else what is the point?

    Spiritual nutrients....
    Whatr are they?!?!

    service project: food for the needy
    Jim's cartful given away to a woman who had nothing to give save one can of peaches
    Well done, Jim.
    "Don't ever forget they way you feel tonight; that's what it's all about."

    Service---spiritual nutrient

    (so I guess the scriptures were #1)

    a leg swollen to ≥2ce its normal size
    won't miss a meeting
    ill: "I believe it."
    And so he was healed.
    Point made.
    And a joy & a happiness that cannot be described

    (The piritual nutrient of Faith)

    The Salt of the Earth

    So...vitamin water?

    It is constantly shocking to me how not long Conference feels. It is ever over before it begins. Yet it is 10hrs long. In 2hr blocks. Astonishing.

President Thomas S. Monson
    little boy bears his testimony:(smiles only)

    He cracks me up.

    Fear God and Keep His Commandments for this is the whole duty of man
    (saith the Preacher)


    Let every man learn his duty and act in all diligence.

    By no means am I so prepared....

    Rupert watching the crowds.
    The lost emerald!
    Grandmother's needs.
    Darn sheep.
    Moping at the stream.
    Could it be?!?!
    It is!
    The king's emerald!
    Darn sheep.
    Do your duty, that is best
    Leave unto the Lord the rest

    Never retreat! Never surrender!

    Darn trick-or-treaters
    Visiting Max at the hospital
    Dual blessings

    Reach out!
    We are on the Lord's errand
    We are entitled to his help

    I should start researching how many times he has quoted Shanandoah (& Music Man & cetera)

    What is the source of his oft-quoted Alexander story?

    1. Learn what the Lord wants.
    Then magnify
    that they people will be glad to follow.

    Also: save souls.

    Do, not hear merely, do.

    Those who want to return but do not know how to begin.
    On discouragement....

    Clean hands
    Willing heart
    to deliver what the Lord would have delivered.

    Lesson: Don't answer unanswerable questions. Just smile. (Bookends!)

    "catasrophic conflicts come and go"

    Wherefore now let every man learn his duty and act therein in all diligence and thereby follow in the footsteps of the Master.


President Gordon B. Hinckley
    The time has come to go to work.

    Hymn: 323/4 (1911)

    --as brothers of the Son of Man, Rise up! o men of God!

    "rise up out of obscurity"

    yes, it's true. I could improve my life.

    What a fascinating tie he has on.

    I'm dressed a little slouchy myself. (blush)

    No! Profanity!

    Pr. Kimball's swearing nurse story.

    In revelation we are instructed to educate ourselves.

    73% F grad h.s.
    65% M grad h.s.

    Both numbers shockingly low.

    In 2010, expected only 40% of enrolling college students will be male.

    Rise up and discipline yourself.

    Hope not, b/c she won't have you. Not likely. She knows better.

    What's shocking to me is the understood and expected ubiquity of pornography today. Deing pornfree is assumed a lie of the hypocritical prude. God willing this be not so.

    It's true, those adjs, porn and perv, are commonplace--the new normal. Practically unavoidable. How do you teach children? What a question to have to ask.

    Be thou humble and the Lord thy God will lead thee by the hand.

-------------end p'hood session---------------

We're quote late. We're doing Sunday morning with our friends Couscous and The Chemist.

President Monson is speaking on studying the scriptures.

    It's the Service that Counts!
    (the Lord's service

    First time I've ever watched conference on a laptop.

    cancer in the leg
    no more Timp Cave?

    The Chemist made a snide remark re: Timp cave and the feed froze.
    Way to go.
    We're switching to audio-only.
    It's already another talk.

L. Tom Perry (?)
    (Monson's butting in.)

    (we award the win to Perry)
    (no more video)

    working out our own salvation with God's help

    life in mortality: purposes thereof
    1. gain experience
    2. gain a mortal tabernacle

    (if die while going up the straight & narrow, we'll keep going)

    Elder Perry's speaking of Resurrection, but I'm looking at the kids. Besides the Big O, we have CC&TheC's S-Boogie and Hlad. So much under-3 enthusiasm!

    We're up to the First Vision now. The Book of Mormon and its new witness that Father's love has no bounds.

    Amulek said the words of Christ bring us salvation
    So, Repent!

    S-Boogie has a plumber toy. A six-inch plastic figure with a plunger. Interesting.

    Wait--there is still some sort of video fee--

    O remember! remember! that these things are true!

    Oh. Vid's on, but its sound's off.

Mystery Seventy
    Driving a 14-(40?)-yearold Hudson at Jackson Lake, Wyoming.

    water in the oil
    car to mechanic
    water to gar makes better mpg?


    Return the towels by mail! suggests The Chemist.
    It's a good suggestion.

    Dishonesty. Rampant. Impacting others (eg, the Enron employees)
    Cheating in schools
    Medical school cheats--operating on you!!!

    Anti-Nephi-Lehites distinct from everyone else because they were honest.

    Don't steal newspapers.

    We'll never have honesty in the world till we have honesty in our hearts.

    25¢ really is a fantastic deal. Where else can you get that much reading material for a quarter? (Outside a library sale.)

    We have a sacred obligation to live honestly.

    Guess: talk title is "Three towels and a twenty-five-cent newspaper"

"A Woman's Voice"
The Chemist says it's the Primary President
(she is talking about children and being like a child)
    Yes. I do not like violence and exploitation.

    Lady Steed says she's first counselor in the PPcy.

    2N 25:10 (yes?)

    Who we are in our hearts is something quickly discerned by children.

    Raise children in love and righteousness.

    Learn the kids' names. Be a useful (loving) adult.

    Lilith? Gilberth? Lillillillian? (I didn't really get a good look at it.)

    Manatees on the ark? Don't be ridiculous! Who makes these coloring books?

    The angel hotline.

    The Savior is the great protector, and source of love and health and healing.

    Loving children can be rough.
    Cheeky little....

    A miracle: seeing our own hearts change.

    Song time.

    (Lifferth, Margaret S. 1st counselor)

Elder Anthony D. Perkins (The Psycho guy? cool!)
    Evil devil guy
    deceiving even the very elect

    Media: You're stupid ugly worthless
    Sounds like ... the devil!!!

    Missionary dragged down?
    Depressive, hope-lost woman?

    Then: become as a little child & feel the love of HF&JC.
    Faith in the love.

    For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

    5 changes for the hearts and minds to better feel the divine love

    1. see yourself as precious child of loving Father in heaven
    (focus on talents not weaknesses)

    2. place your burdens on Jesus Christ
    (doubt/fear/worry indicate we're trying to go it alone)
    (actually, it is only through Christ that we can do all things)
    (so cast it!)

    3. Forgive yourself of sins and imperfections
    (we're not expected to be perfect in this life)
    (John 3:14)
    (of us it is required to forgive all men (starting with myself))
    (Understand! (command form))

    4. Sustain hope in Eternal Life

    5. Find joy each day
    (one source: service)

Edler Nelson?
The Chemist agrees
    the Gathering of scattered Israel

    The Chemist's mom was his surgical assistant once.

    The Bog O's arguing that lobsters are frogs. (He's wrong.)

    Prophesies of the Gathering as sure to be fulfilled as were those of the Scattering.

    The Primitive Church degenerated and was lost.
    The Falling Away prior to the Final Dispensation

    The BofM is a sign to the entire world that the covenants are being fulfilled.
    The Abrahamic cov't

    My eyes feel all...ocularly...hypertense.

    I spent much of this talk assisting in a Tigger puzzle.

    Elder Nelson will be up here in a couple weeks.

President Hinckley--conducting and now speaking (closing)
    Personal matter: President of the Church belongs to the entire church; his life is not his own.
    health is certainly astonishing (ie miraculous)
    I like President Hinckley. I always have. I'm glad he's still alive.

    "in the face of terrible opposition"

    2006 - 150th anniversary of Willie & Martin Handcard Companies
    I don't think I knew that already, actually.)

    The Grape Juice Follies. Starring the Big O & S-Boogie

    "a lightweight conveyance"

    This Brigham Young story is an in-action example of James's take on true religion, pure and undefiled
    Let's go rescue the weak and dying. Let's send our best. Let's go now.
    I'll bet that was a thrilling talk.
    "otherwise your faith will be in vain ... and you will sink to hell"
    200 died, but 1000 were saved

    Faith is not demonstrated only in big, heroic events
    Also: small, "insignificant" events
    eg: George & his hernia (he dies)
    ----Martha loses his ring (all he left behind)
    ----there it was
    ----here it is--representative of the faith of a widow

    such faith is the wellspring of activity.

----------------end sunday morning---------------------------
80% finished

It's starting!

Return of President Monson as The Conductor

5th and Final Session

Let's settle in for a whole lotta music

Now both vid and aud are ablitzin.
How to choose?
Vid picks up where it left off.
Aud stops less, but skips back ahead.

Elder Packer? I thought he said Elder Bednar was first? Huh.

    Faithfulness in marriage
    Work in Church
    Renew Cov'ts
    Honor the Priesthood

    Establishing stakes of Zion in all the nations of earth

    Do you fear what awaits us?

    Avoid narcotics!

    We do not criticize or attack or misrepresent others as they do us.

    So we do have horns!

    high standards are a magnet

    We are not to be afraid--even in a war of hostilities that will never end.

    High on a mountaintop
    a bandana is unfurled

    Safety in the Church, Gospel

    the power of God unto salvation

    2N 25:10 (?) again


this must be Elder Bednar? I assume? Sounds like him. But I don't know his voice as well....
    (Play-Doh diversion)

    We choose to be offended____________________________

    Saying others can offend us removes our agency and, instad of being agents unto ourselves, we become agents to be acted upon.

    Choosing to be offended is often a symptom of more serious spiritual illness

    "'The Church is not a well-provisioned nursing home for the already perfected.'"
    --Elder Neal A. Maxwell

    We will all have multiple opportunites to choose to be offended. We can't control other's behaviors or intentions.
    We can control ourselves.

    eg: Pahoran could very easily have been offended by Moroni

    One of the greatest symbols of spiritual (im)maturity is how we react to others' potentially offensive behaviors.

    Bless your enemies
    them that curse you
    pray for them who despitefully use you
    for if you only wave at friends,
    so what?
    Don't scum do as much?
    That's right;
    they do.

    Get over yourself.


    Yeah, you self-righteous, supereomatic pridemongers!

    Great talk

Merrill, S. S. Pres. (Sunday School, that is) A. Roger
    Alma's wish

    But behold, I am a man and do sin in my wish....

    Receiving by the Spirit

    the Holy Ghost! (a formal act)

    "scriptures replete with the act of receiving"

    ask and ye shall receive----the great theme of scripture

    what does is profit a man to be given a gift if he does not receive?

    1 Seek
    "here I am, now inspire me" doesn't cut it
    2 those who receive feel
    3.those who receive by the Spirit intend to act

    When we are all there, we will be different.

    something about moving mountains

    by the way, we're listening to the audio, but the video is still up. It's running about 5 minutes behind.

    It's hard to remember that it will not take as long to read this as it does to write it.

    his name is Craig A. Cardon actually, sorry

    Q. What waxes your confidence strong?

    Let virtue garnish your thoughts unceasingly.


Choir & Congregation
---Sing ye sumthing of the Lord

Elder Don. R. Clark
(cardon's still talking on video)
    I'm glad I'm removed from reliance on the land.

    Wireless! That heaven is really cutting edge!

    How did Jim Drinkwater become one the Lord could trust?

    There arent' so many requirements to become an instrument in the Lord's hands. The only real question is: are you willing?

    Take Ammon et al.....

    We should all carry around books to record revelation.

    The more promptings we obey, the more trusted we become.

Elder ___________________ Edwards
    finger in the hinge


    Why hast thou forsaken me?

    Poor Nephi

    (cleaning up Play-Doh)

    Behold, I have graven thee on the palms of my hands....

    Interesting. Faux stigmata.

    Witness of Chirst

Elder Larry W. Gibbons
    he's a doctor?

    Rabbi Hans Kishner (?)
    doesn't miss pork chops

Elder HBEyring
    keeponmg the commandments makes all the difference

    the only standard that makes sense for any of us is a Celestial standard

    the summer cottage in Babylon (Maxwell)

    serving the lord without offending the devil (Romney)

    Stop drifting!

    80/20 principle no good in gambling, pornography or honesty

    Sell the summer cottage in Babylon!
    (Before property values drop any more!)
    (Because they're only going down!)

    At the end of the day, it is the keeping of the commandments that matters.

    Don't dabble!
    Don't flirt with Evilra!

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
    There's an idea.
    Take someone up into the wilderness and force them to listen to General Conference!
    Take that, nonmember!
    What a funny story.
    Those BYU people....

    Co-ome listen to-o a-a prophet's voice....

    There is again a living prophet upon the Earth speaking for the Lord!

    And why not, really? Who can claim we don't need the help?

    To Accusations of irrelevancy: Not so. They're in touch. They're careful and meticulous. (He's speaking of the First Presidency and Twelve.)

    See, I could never be an apostle because I'm lazy and out of touch and anything but humble.
    (one less thing to worry about)

    700 miles is a long way. In the snow. Even if you do have shoes.

    disappointment and death and more, He suffered, that we might survive them

    Mercy Endureth Forever-----the Messianic Promise

    My hand is stretched out still
    (the nice interpretation thereof)

    His charity never faileth

President Monson marks the end of another conference.
And this certainly has been an excellent session.
Even if I am getting sleepy.

Now President Hinckley's concluding remarks
    What a miracle these conferences are!


    We wish that there were peace in the earth and constantly pray that it may come (amen)

And that's it. Amen. See you in six months at the 177th.

Previous svithe

176th Annual General Conference Svithe
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---on The Weekly Svithe---

The end.


  1. Oh, I'm so glad you did this again! I was sort of... minorly distracted during the morning session on Sunday, so it was good to go through and realize that some of it really did stay in the brain!

  2. Harmlessly late. I love that. :) I might have to use it in future endeavors that are most likely going to be church related.


  3. One thing I am never comfortable with is elevating someone's remarks to being the Words of the Prophet just because he became the prophet some years later. I dislike the logic. Time exists for a reason. Things are and aren't when they are and aren't that is all.

    Interesting point. Even if we do believe in the infallibility of the current prophet, to some extent (or under some circumstances), it's not retroactive.

  4. Now, when I lose my notes - which I will do - I know where to come. Thank you th.

  5. .

    Katria--I certainly hope you weren't making out in the Conference Center!

    Except, Bob, that your notes are probably of much higher quality.

    I really don't think they are, Katya. They may be good words spoken by a good man, but they are not the words of the prophet unless he was the prophet when they were spoken. Was it Joseph Smith who said that what he said was not always the Words of the Prophet even though he was the prophet? I think it was. Look it up. (You're the librarian.)

    Feather--I'm sure you'll find it useful.

  6. I thought about doing this. I opened my notebook and looked at the margins and thought, "Hey! I should do like th. does. That would make a good blog post." Then I looked at the margins some more. And I realized that doing that would cause me to focus more on my blog post than on the talks, and how the speakers were trying to tell my neighbors/fellow ward members stuff, and that wasn't the best use of my time, because how can I keep track of whether or not my neighbors actually listened if I'm not up on what was said?

    But you did the right thing. Very fun.

    Also, no Play-Doh or Tigger Puzzle distractions for me. My distractions were of the mathematical type, i.e., "Mom, how much IS 70 x 7?" "Figure it out." A short time later, "Wow, Mom, I'm going to have to forgive someone 480 times!!!"

    And now that conference is over, we turn our attention to arithmetic skills.

  7. What?! Heck no! But there was this Asian guy next to me who started to snore...

  8. .


    Well, pity it wasn't the other then.

    (But cut the guy some slack--he may have just come in from a very long flight.)