General Conference Open Thread

By: Mormon Heretic
October 1, 2011

For those of you who don’t Twitter, but want to comment on Conference, here is your opportunity.  Let us know what you think of speakers at General Conference!  (Remember to keep it civil.)

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22 Responses to General Conference Open Thread

  1. Mormon Heretic on October 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    I was mowing the lawn this morning and joined a bit late. Was Elder Scott really the first speaker?

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  2. Mormon Heretic on October 1, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    New temples in Baranquila, Columbia; South Africa; Star Valley Wyo; Congo, and Paris, France.

    I was surprised to see they’re rebuilding/converting the Provo Tabernacle after the fire into a 2nd Provo Temple! Any other cities with 2 temples?

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  3. Andrew S on October 1, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    re 1

    yep

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  4. Mormon Heretic on October 1, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Will Elder Packer ever stand to speak again?

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  5. Jeff Spector on October 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Pres. Uchdorf rocking the house as usual.

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  6. Jeff Spector on October 1, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Pres. Packer’s talk likely to upset the usual crowd……

    Can’t wait to find out Where Pres. Monson was…

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  7. Chris on October 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Re 2: South Jordan has two temples.

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  8. Jeff Spector on October 1, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Releases but no new GAs this time.

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  9. mh on October 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    angry birds made it into a conference talk. who really believes that ga’s don’t know about the latest trends on thjhe internet?

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  10. Jeff Spector on October 1, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Elder Anderson quoted from a blog post!

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  11. mh on October 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    this younger elder cook gave a very interesting talk. it is better to look up.

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  12. Stephen Marsh on October 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    “understand the Church as it really is”

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  13. Jeff Spector on October 1, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    ““understand the Church as it really is”

    Definitely the most intriguing statement thus far.

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  14. Jeff Spector on October 1, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    BTW, Why does everyone laugh when they mention Star Valley?

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  15. mh on October 1, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    all the first hour talks in priesthood session are about missions. I wonder what the 2nd hour will bring.

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  16. hawkgrrrl on October 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    What was the blog post quote? What was the context of “the church as it is”? I’m going to be in a blackout here until it posts on the internet. Yet we live in the future here. Doesn’t seem fair.

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  17. hawkgrrrl on October 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    OK, just checked on the tweets and I guess it was Joanna Brooks being quoted. Love that I can get spoilers thru the tweets. However, they are a bit cryptic. Yet if I get the gist of the talk this way, what are the odds I will actually listen to that talk when it’s available?

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  18. Jeff Spector on October 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    No, he said it was a non-LDS Christain blog that his daugther showed him.

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  19. MH on October 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    The Deseret News is reporting that President Monson was late for the first session–that’s why Elder Scott was the first speaker.

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  20. Jeff Spector on October 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    We knew that, we still didn’t know why.

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  21. GBSmith on October 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Did anyone else notice Pres. Monson’s speech problem during the priesthood session? It seemed that the pace of his speech was much more rapid as well. Just curious.

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  22. Douglas on October 5, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    My temple prediction (see another thread) was a big “O-fer”…in case you haven’t guessed, it’s reason to NOT confuse me with the Prophet.
    Provo Tabernacle converted to a 2nd temple in Provo…shoulda seen that coming! In a way, it was a “no-brainer”. Probably all the Church had to do before announcing it was line up sufficient adjacent properties to construct appropriate support facility (parking, laundry if needed, offices, parking garage, HVAC and other mechanical support). Since otherwise the building is a total write-off it makes perfect sense, rather than either rebuild the Tabernacle that no longer has a relevant purpose (sentiment and historicity goes only so far with the Lord’s funds), attempt to build a meetinghouse that looks like the old Tabernacle (was one even needed there?), or, make it into a temple like what was done with Vernal. That and of course it relieves the workload on the Provo-BYU temple. Unlike Odgen, the Provo Temple can’t realistically be shut down for any great length of time due to the need to accommodate the MTC and BYU patrons.
    For much the same reason, won’t surprise me to see Orem also get a medium to large temple soon. Gotta keep ‘Happy Valley’ happy…
    BTW, I’m actually a bit disappointed that the Ogden Temple is being entirely changed. Both it and Provo had a style which might at first have seemed a bit “Buck Rogers”, but it grows on you. Every time I saw those buildings, I would think, “we have lift off…”. Hey, I grew up 37 miles from the Kennedy Space Center! I’m hoping that Provo only gets whatever internal renovation necessary to keep it up to code and functional; or even perhaps go to the “2-room” method of the endowment, else, please let it be!
    An interesting thought: supposedly the original reason for the style of the Ogden/Provo design was to remind of the “Glory of the Lord” that the children of Israel were following in the Sinai. Proponents of the “Ancient Astronaut” idea claim that the Israelites were being led about by “Gawd” in a spacecraft spewing smoke and flames. And, well, my impression of the Provo/Ogden design is not unlike the several Apollo launches (Saturn 1B and Saturn 5) that I saw from my back yard as a kid (the Dec ’72 Apollo 17 night time shot was AWESOME!). Not saying I necessarily buy the “Ancient Astronaut” stuff but it is food for thought….

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