Recent Mormon News HeadlinesBy: Jeff Spector
Church Leaders announced that for the first time, the Priesthood session of General Conference will be broadcast over BYU-TV, the Internet and even on public TV in some areas (this means you, Utah!). For many, this came as a complete surprise. While they have been publishing the talks in the Ensign and even posting the video on LDS.ORG, the time-honored tradition of inside jokes and a slightly (I mean, ever so slightly) looser format probably goes by the wayside. Now before you men and bioys think you can sit around home and watch in your skivvies, Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune writes about a letter to be read in Church this coming Sunday, encouraging the men and boys to attend Priesthood Session at the Church. Which means we’ll get ice cream at my Ward afterwards. Someone just has to remember to wake the men up. Women, now’s your chance to see firsthand the instruction the men get to rule the Church with such an iron fist.
2. Church to Radical Mormon Feminists: Sorry, No Room in the inn, I mean Conference Center
As you may know, a small but radicalized group of women belonging to the group Ordain Women plan to storm the Conference Center standby line to demand entrance to the Priesthood Session as “Prospective Elders” along with the wimpy males who support them. They are hoping that the Lord will once again crack under public pressure as He did for Blacks (and gays, to some extent) and grant them their wish to be seated on the stand in an official capacity during Sacrament Meeting where they can watch all the texting, sleeping, massaging and kissing that goes on during Sacrament meeting. And they can spend even less time at home with their family after working 50 or 60 hours on the job.
Meanwhile, the Church issued a statement uninviting the radicals to stand in line hoping for a revelation granting them direct access to the Priesthood Session. Instead, Spokesperson Ruth Todd said,
“It is the hope of the church that the priesthood session will strengthen the men and young men including fathers and sons, and give them the opportunity to gather and receive instruction related to priesthood duties and responsibilities,” church spokeswoman Ruth Todd said Tuesday in a letter to the group, “much the same way parallel meetings are held for sisters, such as the general Relief Society meeting.
“It’s for these reasons that tickets for the priesthood session are reserved for men and young men and we are unable to honor your request for tickets or admission.”(Deseret News) However, feel free to watch it on TV.
According to their website, they plan to meet back at City Creek Park to talk to the public and especially the media about their experience or lack thereof. Alternate location, the Salt Lake City jail.
3. BYU Football Star Spencer Hadley – I messed up!
A rather interesting article appeared in Sport Illustrated, SI.com this week chronicling the suspension of BYU Linebacker, Spencer Hadley for an honor code violation. Unfortunately for him, what happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas as an apparently Utah fan ratted him out after a night of partying with a BYU football booster. What was interesting about the article was not the honor code violation or the suspension but what happened earlier in the week. According to the article, the BYU team, including Hadley, went over to a prison (I assume it is the Utah State Penitentiary at the Point of the Mountain or as some might call it BYU-North).
Hadley addressed the prisoners and here is what he said:
“I’ve done some things that have embarrassed my family, my teammates, my school and even my church,” he said. “But I believe in redemption.”
“I know who I am,” Hadley continued. “I know who you are. We’re all children of a Heavenly Father. All of us in this room have made mistakes. Not one of us qualifies as being the vilest of sinners. Yet having made mistakes I know that we can change and we can come back and right the wrongs that we’ve done.” http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130925/spencer-hadley-byu/#ixzz2g29nWr3u
Not sure you’d see that coming from any other star athlete at another school.
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