Saturday Afternoon General Conference Open Thread

March 31, 2007 | 112 comments
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As we’ve done in the past, here’s a space to share any thoughts, inspirations, insights, and/or revelations that come to you through general conference. Enjoy!

112 Responses to Saturday Afternoon General Conference Open Thread

  1. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Why can’t it be “copyright The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” instead of “copyright Intellectual Reserve?”

    “Intellectual Reserve” rubs me the wrong way.

  2. MBD on March 31, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    It’s just awesome to see a session of Conference coming from the Tabernacle again!

  3. m&m on March 31, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    So amazing to see them in the Tabernacle!!

  4. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I clicked on the ksl.com link on the Church’s website and it started playing video for this morning’s session.

  5. Seth R. on March 31, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Come, Come Ye Saints:

    Sounds like a Wilberg arrangement.

  6. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Will we every have another Apostle in his thirties?

  7. It's Not Me on March 31, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    I would be quite surprised if we did.

  8. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Two talks about music so far. Are the youth of the Church listening to too much indie rock?

  9. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    More praise for music. “akin to revelation” now and from this morning that it was the best way of getting close to God apart from prayer.

  10. It's Not Me on March 31, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I missed the first part of this session. Is President Hinckley in the conf center, or is he over in the old Tabernacle?

  11. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    I heard some sirens in the background during Elder Packer’s talk. They sounded like they were just outside the Tabernacle.

  12. It's Not Me on March 31, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Sirens seem a little odd. You’d think they’d be quite insulated from outside noise.

  13. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Well I heard them. They were a little muffled.

  14. It's Not Me on March 31, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    I heard them, too.

    I think I really did miss something, because the pulpit does not look like the one in the conf center. They’re doing the entire session in the old Tabernacle?

  15. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    I also heard the sirens. Hmm…..

  16. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Yes, the youth are listening to their i-Pods too much.

  17. It's Not Me on March 31, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Nevermind.

  18. Ben on March 31, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    Does anyone else think E. Packer sounds out of breath?

  19. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    @It’s Not Me:

    Yes, I think they’re doing the session in the Tabernacle to re-dedicate it because it has just been renovated.

  20. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    How come we are discouraged from calling ourselves “Mormons” but the Tabernacle Choir can call itself “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir?” I would rather call myself a Mormon rather than a Latter-day Saint. But I feel slightly guilt when I use the term “Mormon.”

  21. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Did Elder Packer just say “a hit hymn?” Or did he just stutter a bit?

  22. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Technically, Brigham Young bought a school that eventually became BYU.

  23. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Has anyone noticed that the LDS Temple boom seemed to coincide with the dot-com stock market boom?

  24. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    This speaker sounds seriously out of breath. I hope he’s ok (I can’t see him, which probably makes it sound worse than it really is).

  25. Wilfried on March 31, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    John (20), about Mormon or LDS, you may want to read this post.

  26. Melissa on March 31, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say that President Hinckley “sees the future” before. Of course our leaders are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators so this might be considered part of the basic Mormon belief system, but this comment really struck me. Do most Mormons think of the current President of the Church as having seen the future? I don’t think this is the only way to understand either “prophet” or “seer.” And it’s quite a different claim than believing that the President of the Church is in frequent conversation with God, for example.

  27. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    I don’t know if it’s because I don’t have any memories associated with the tabernacle or because I don’t live nearby, but this talk is leaving me cold.

  28. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks, Wilfried. I’ll check it out later.

  29. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    Elder McConkie’s final talk is probably the most famous General Conference talk ever given.

  30. Seth R. on March 31, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    It’s not leaving me cold madera.

    More like warm and drowsy…… sleepy…..

  31. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Why did Bishop Burton skip the 1978 announcement on the Priesthood? I imagine there was some sort of announcement made in the Tabernacle. Perhaps the church does not want to draw attention to this.

  32. Kevin Barney on March 31, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    For those unfamiliar with the Tabernacle, there is a retrospective article about it in the latest Ensign.

  33. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    I got more into it at the end, when he started talking about McConkies talk.

  34. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Why is he reading from a paper, don’t they have a teleprompter?

  35. Aaron Brown on March 31, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Melissa,

    “Do most Mormons think of the current President of the Church as having seen the future?”

    In my experience, yes. Look at what Nephi and Lehi get to see in the BoM. That’s the model I suspect most cling to.

    “I don’t think this is the only way to understand either “prophet” or “seer.”’

    Me neither.

    “And it’s quite a different claim than believing that the President of the Church is in frequent conversation with God, for example.”

    Yep.

    Aaron B

  36. laura on March 31, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    we heard the sirens too. my dad thought that it was coming from outside our house….. it was that noticeable.

  37. danithew on March 31, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Has anyone noticed that John Williams asks a lot of inane questions?

    Why can’t it be “copyright The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” instead of “copyright Intellectual Reserve?”

    Will we every have another Apostle in his thirties?

    Two talks about music so far. Are the youth of the Church listening to too much indie rock?

    How come we are discouraged from calling ourselves “Mormons” but the Tabernacle Choir can call itself “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir?” I would rather call myself a Mormon rather than a Latter-day Saint. But I feel slightly guilt when I use the term “Mormon.”

    Did Elder Packer just say “a hit hymn?” Or did he just stutter a bit?

    Has anyone noticed that the LDS Temple boom seemed to coincide with the dot-com stock market boom?

    Why did Bishop Burton skip the 1978 announcement on the Priesthood? I imagine there was some sort of announcement made in the Tabernacle. Perhaps the church does not want to draw attention to this.

  38. Seth R. on March 31, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Why is President Monson speaking again?

    Is Pres. Hinckley in bad health?

    Uh oh. Female speaker (I’ve only got an audio feed) claiming that LDS women have more freedom and status than any other women. Safety goggles on.

  39. laura on March 31, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    there’s a teleprompter there I can see it right now. i don’t know why he was reading from a paper.

  40. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    It is true, there is much of questioning by our friend and cyber neighbor, even John Williams.

  41. Seth R. on March 31, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Danithew. Be nice. Traffic is relatively low on this Conference thread. If you want to raise the dialogue, be my guest.

  42. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    @Danithew:

    I’m sorry. Let’s be friends.

  43. laura on March 31, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    so here’s a rumor that’s been circulating down here at BYU… now that the conference center is fixed up and earthquake-savvy… the earthquake that’s been predicted in the utah area is now ‘welcome’ to come… what do you guys think?

  44. laura on March 31, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    i meant tabernacle

  45. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    What a sweet lady.

  46. Jacob J on March 31, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    John Williams,

    Don’t worry about danithew’s ad hominem, and by the way, great job on the score for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Loved it.

  47. Ben on March 31, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    “Relax… We haven’t lost anyone at that pulpit in years” :)

  48. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    @Jacob J.

    Thanks for the love.

  49. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Does it seem that the seventies always cite President Hinckley?

  50. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Most speakers tend to cite the current president, who now happens to be GBH, frequently.

  51. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Not just cite his words but his life/example. For example he talks about GBH being discouraged as a missionary etc.
    That is not surprising for the reasons you state but it seems the seventies always do it and the apostles don’t.
    It’s as if they feel they don’t have authority to speak so they need to lean on his authority in their talk.

  52. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    So the Internet was invented for LDS Conference?

  53. Seth R. on March 31, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Yes John. It was.

  54. Canada on March 31, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    TSM again??

  55. Aaron Brown on March 31, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    So General Conference was invented to give LDS bloggers more material?

  56. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Another Apostle in his 30s.

  57. Eric E. on March 31, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Hey new to the blogs…..this is great, I wish i would have known about this 5 years ago during my first GC.

  58. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    madera verde, you may be on to something. It would be interesting to look at past conferences and see how often the 70s cite/refer to, etc., the current president and compare that to the Q of 12.

  59. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Welcome Eric.

  60. Eric E. on March 31, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Great vignette of the tabernacle eh?

  61. Eric E. on March 31, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I still can’t believe how lucid he is being almost 97 years old…I can only wish.

  62. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    He is doing well for a 97-year old.

  63. jose on March 31, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    John & Seth,

    Just as Gutenberg was inspired to invent the printing press so God’s word could be disseminated via the Bible, Al Gore was inspired to invent the internet so God’s word could be disseminated via General Conference.

  64. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    The seats are equally hard huh?

  65. madera verde on March 31, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Weren’t we just told that the tabernacle was now more comfortable?

  66. John Williams on March 31, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    And now Al Gore is being inspired to save our planet…

  67. gst on March 31, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Shout out to M*.

  68. jose on March 31, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I find it fun when GBH cites one of the 12 (50% of the time Maxwell) and especially one of the 70. Oh, I’ve got to get ready for the prayer.

  69. m&m on March 31, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    it seems the seventies always do it and the apostles don’t.

    I don’t know that I would agree with this from a gut standpoint, but it would be interesting to do a comparison since guts aren’t worth much with such a claim. :)

  70. m&m on March 31, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    My husband thought the convert baptisms were up…just checked and for three years they hovered around 240K and now we are at 270K plus. Thought that was noteworthy. Preach My Gospel, maybe?

  71. It's Not Me on March 31, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    The change in the priesthood policy was announced at a press conference, which occurred at the church office building. At least, that’s my understanding.

  72. Larry Ogan on March 31, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Sorry to butt in but this post makes some of you sound like Mormons From Another Planet.

  73. jose on March 31, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    m&m,

    Total missionary force has gradually increased for the last two years. This coupled with an increase in missionary effectiveness (5.1 converts/miss–this is the first time effectiveness has been above the 5.0 level since 1999) lead to the larger conversion number number. However, the 270k figure is still below the high of 320k from 1996 when the church had 25% fewer members than today but the same number of missionaries.

    I’d like to think that Raising the Bar and Preach My Gospel will produce better missionaries and better, well integrated converts. I think we are moving in the right direction.

  74. gst on March 31, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    Okay, everybody charge up your Blackberries and I will see you at Priesthood Session.

  75. Bryan on March 31, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    Here’s the 1975 talk that President Monson mentioned.

    So, in this conference he told a story about a little girl’s prayer that he was privileged to be the answer to by singling her out and telling her a story in general conference about a little girl’s prayer that he was privileged to be the answer to. That’s just so recursive, and miraculous. Recursively miraculous? Miraculously recursive? Amazing either way.

  76. gst on March 31, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Where’s our Priesthood Session thread?

  77. Russell Arben Fox on March 31, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    You know, I’ve never thought of doing a priesthood session thread, because I figured everybody went to the church to watch that session. But I guess that only reveals the degree to which I am a prisoner of the personal computer model. I have no Blackberry, or Ipod, and my wife has our only cell phone. But I guess if the demand exists, to satisfy those of you who are interested in e-mailing and posting while sitting in the pews, we could supply one. Or you could use this one. But isn’t it nearly halfway over by now?

  78. gst on March 31, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Sisters, please avert your eyes as you are apparently not authorized to access real-time Priesthood Session information.

    Elder Wirthlin looks like he got dresed in the dark. Great talk, though.

    I think Elder Hales used to be a fighter pilot. Good message to the Jung men: when it’s time to do your duty, be there.

    Elder McMullin could narrate movie previews–a fine voice, well-modulated. Seems to think we ought to avoid debt and store food.

  79. gst on March 31, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Pres Faust is addressing us seated. Looks comfy, but a lot of things look comfy to me now, sitting on a metal folding chair on a basketball court.

  80. gst on March 31, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    President Faust just slapped down those who would attempt to scrub Mormonism from their resumes.

  81. gst on March 31, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    President Monson recalled being cold-called into a stake presidency during the stake conference. He immediately thought of the Word of Wisdom song that Young Men just sang: “Have Courage, My Boy, To Say No.”

  82. gst on March 31, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    President Hinckley: 40 percent of the missionaries that have served in this dispensation served in the last 12 yrs (his tenure as President).

  83. gst on March 31, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Pres Hinckley is recounting Joseph F. Smith’s Hawaii vision of Joseph Smith. “Joseph, you are late.” “Yes, but I am clean.”

    “There is something in this prophetic dream for each man and boy here tonight…. Be clean.”

  84. gst on March 31, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    “Do not permit yourself to be tattooed. If you do, you will someday regret it’”

  85. Naismith on March 31, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    I thought it was wonderful that they did the re-dedication of the tabernacle during a conference session, rather than holding a special broadcast.

    One less meeting, and much more respectful of the members’ time.

  86. gst on March 31, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    gst OUT. Observe all applicable traffic laws, do not advance clocks.

  87. Costanza on March 31, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    “Elder Wirthlin looks like he got dresed in the dark.” He had a sort of mad scientist vibe going on. I loved it–and I think his talk was one of the best he has given in a long time.

  88. Andres on March 31, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    I\’m wondering how many of the (american) football references get lost in translation – thus affecting the message of the talk… Though the messages were were wonderful, especially Wirthlin\’s, during the first half of the P-session two of the talks were practically based on the game. What does \”left wing\” or \”linebacker\” mean to our brothers in Brazil or Ghana?

  89. gst on March 31, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    “Left wing” in Brazil is Lula de Silva.

  90. Bill on March 31, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    The performance of “Be Still, My Soul,” by the men of the BYU choruses was the best I can ever remember from a session of conference. I know we heard earlier in the day that “performances” are bad because they draw attention to themselves. When a big group sings so perfectly in unison, it can’t help but draw attention to the talent and hard work of the individuals involved.

  91. Jon in Austin on March 31, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Re 89,

    Left wing is the communist section of Lula’s workers party. Compared to them he’s a centrist.

  92. Bryan on March 31, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    I just logged on to see if anyone agreed with me that the closing choir number was phenomenal. I don’t know if they attracted attention to themselves, I had the thought that this was Heavenly Father showing off what He can do with a bunch of righteous young men in a choir. I saw many mouths moving during those unison parts, but only heard one voice. Incredible.

  93. WillF on March 31, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Bill, Amen to your comments on the closing hymn by the choir. It was worth coming to the whole session at the stake center just for that.

    To be technical, I don’t know if you would still call it “Be Still My Soul” though because it sounded like they used a different text. The tune and much of the part writing is still from Sibelius’s Finlandia.

  94. Clair on March 31, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    The young men’s closing number was spellbinding. A bit of Gregorian Chant sound, and such unity in their faces. Worth a tear in the eye. Wow!

    This conference session was very gratifying. Our youngest son, 21, woke me from a nap to go and his older brother text messaged us from work to say he was just leaving and we should save him a seat. It wasn’t that long ago, I was bribing them with ice cream to at least sit through the first hour.

  95. anothernonymous on March 31, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    I love the Lord. In Him my soul delights.
    Upon His word, I ponder day and night.
    He’s heard my cry, brought visions to my sleep,
    And kept me safe o’er deserts and the deep.
    He’s filled my heart with his consuming love,
    And borne me high on wings of His great dove.
    Yet oft I groan, “O wretched man am I!”
    My flesh is weak, and I’m encompassed by
    A world of sin, which holds me in its thrall,
    If I give in and to temptations fall.
    Then strength grows slack, I waste in sorrow’s vale.
    My peace destroyed, my enemies prevail.
    Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin.
    Rejoice, my heart!
    And let me praise again
    The Lord my God, who is my rock and stay
    To keep me strict upon His straight, plain way.
    O let me shake at the first sight of sin
    And thus escape my foes without and in.
    —Poetic paraphrase of II Nephi 4 by John S. Tanner
    Jean Sibelius
    (1865–1957)
    Arr. Ronald Staheli

  96. anothernonymous on March 31, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    The closing “hymn” also coincided nicely with Pres. Hinckley’s reference to Pres. Joseph F. Smith’s vision as a young missionary in Hawaii seeing the prophet Joseph and stating that after that dream from that point forward he was a man.

  97. Josh K. on March 31, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    I just wanted to mention that I was very disappointed with the afternoon session and the way it was handled.

    My father-in-law came from out of town, and he was able to get tickets for the afternoon. So the three of us (incl. my wife) went, and had an ordeal with our seating. My wife and I are Deaf, so we get seats in the deaf section with captions and an ASL interpreter – except for the fact that they\’d already filled the overflow section that is normally set aside for us. We had gotten there with time to spare, but the oh-so-helpful assistants wouldn\’t let us through the normal door, telling us instead we had to take the escalator upstairs to the terrace and then walk down a long flight of stairs to the section which by that time had filled. We ended up standing around while the ushers gently asked some other people to sit elsewhere so we could benefit from the Deaf accomodations.

    And then, after all that.. we realize.. hey, wait. The seats up front are dark; nobody had informed us that the afternoon session was at the Tabernacle. We could have just stayed at home for a much more comfortable television viewing experience. I felt awful, my father-in-law having flown all the way out here to see conference… ah well. And then every talk had to mention the tabernacle (apropos, given the situation, of course..) but further reinforced the fact we were here, and they were there.

    We would have gotten tickets for a different session had that information been forthcoming. We did feel somewhat cheated, but oh well. Made up for it by taking him to the Genealogical Library afterwards so he could do some family history research.

  98. Jessawhy on April 1, 2007 at 12:30 am

    Just another comment on the closing song at the Priesthood session. I almost wish I hadn’t heard that was the song performed. My husband sang with BYU Singers a few years ago and they performed that song, I believe at the 2nd session of conference in the new conference center (along with many other times). I have such strong feelings for that song. The power of Nephi’s lament and the music of Be Still My Soul, and Dr. Staheli’s amazing choir combine for an amazing musical experience. I wish I could have been there.
    But, I’m a woman.
    So, I’ll listen to a recording, and try to stop crying.

  99. walter warlimont on April 1, 2007 at 2:18 am

    I too agree Bro. Wirthlin gave one of his best talks this evening. I think he gives the best sports related talks given in General Conference right up there with Paul Dunn and Dale Murphy. I too was taught by McKinley Oswald at East High School in Salt Lake. Mac was near the end of his career at East in the early 1960\’s in a health class I had with him. His sage advise was, \” Remember–it doesn\’t matter if you are first but just don\’t be last.\” Perhaps there is a gospel message here? I heard Bro. Holland\’s talk and agree it was superb gospel message directed equally at sexes. I missed Bro. Monson\’s talk this morning but my wife said she cried all the way through it. I heard Bro. Monson\’s talk this evening and listened with rapt attention to his stories. What a gift he has for story telling par extemporaneous. I feel I was touched by the spirit.

  100. Mike Parker on April 1, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Walter Warlimont #99: “I think [Elder Wirthlin] gives the best sports related talks given in General Conference right up there with Paul Dunn….”

    WW, are you trying to tell us that Elder Wirthlin really DIDN’T play football?

  101. Norbert on April 1, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Whenever I hear one of Elder Wirthlin’s football talks, and remember that he played college ball before WW2, I have this image of him running around the hallways of the church office building wearing a leather helmet, and the others calling him ‘Champ.’

  102. Adam Greenwood on April 1, 2007 at 8:07 am

    We heard sirens too but we didn’t think it was from the broadcast. We don’t live in the best area.

  103. Adam Greenwood on April 1, 2007 at 8:14 am

    The choir sounded great in the Tabernacle. The lovely one and I both commented on it.

    I couldn’t believe how good the closing number in Priesthood session sounded. Our stake is more than a little bit country in its tastes but we were all spellbound.

  104. Adam Greenwood on April 1, 2007 at 9:09 am

    I liked all the history and the particularism. Its nice to have an excuse.

    Sister Parkin (?) quoted the scripture on thanking the Lord in all things and said that meant all things good and bad. Been chewing on that since.

    Brother Jesson (?) talks about President Hinckley’s discouragement on his mission. “Forget yourself and go to work” is good advice. Have to ponder how to apply that.

    In Priesthood session, Brother Wirthlin has this advice: “set goals that fire your imagination and then keep your eye on those goals.” Seems I could stand to do that, or else to get my imagination fired up about the goals I already have.

  105. walter warlimont on April 1, 2007 at 9:30 am

    MP, are you trying to tell us that Elder Dunn really DIDN’T play baseball? I can state with certitude Elder Withlin played football. Look at the 1932 East High yearbook.

  106. danithew on April 1, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Adam, I felt the same way about the closing number in the Priesthood session. It was wonderful. About half way through I pulled out a hymn book because I wanted to follow along. Then I couldn’t figure out what they were singing. I believe I read somewhere (in this thread?) that the words varied from what we have in the hymn books. If someone has that alternate reading, I’d love to see it.

  107. CS Eric on April 1, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I know I am late, but I was in awe of the closing song for Priesthood. I’ve had that melody going through my head ever since it ended. As we stood around the gym eating our ice cream, every one I talked to had more to say about that number than anything else. Too bad the church doesn’t let you download the PH session–I would download that so I could listen to it again and again.

    Loved Elder Wirthlin’s talk. Want to bet they have him dress again and retape it? Because of the subject of his talk, I thought he gave the impression of a dumb jock trying to dress up in something other than sweats and a t-shirt. From what I understand, he was The Man in his day.

  108. greenfrog on April 1, 2007 at 10:30 am

    My son happened to be in the choir for the priesthood session, prompting my wife to join me in attending. We got a few sidelong glances, but no direct objections, perhaps because some in our congregation knew of the situation.

    The closing song was incredible. One of the greatest benefits my membership in the Church has afforded me was the opportunity to sing for several years under Ron Staheli’s direction. I’m joyed that my son has now had the same opportunity, particularly to sing such a piece, and that my wife was able to see it happen.

  109. WillF on April 1, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Greenfrog, you didn’t, by chance sneak a digital recorder in for that? ;-)

  110. Carol F. on April 4, 2007 at 12:01 pm

    My husband said that this is the arrangement of the closing song but possibly not the same performers. Sounds like a live recording. It is gorgeous. I wish I could have heard the Priesthood session version.

    http://www.ourhickenfamily.org/ilovethelord.mp3

  111. Benjamin Russell on April 17, 2007 at 4:40 am

    Here\’s a link to the recording of \”I Love The Lord\” as sung by the BYU Men\’s Combined Choirs to close Priesthood Session (April \’07).

    http://www.mediafire.com/?9ediw2mwnzx

  112. will shulca on September 29, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Conference time is the best time of the year. make sure that your testimony is in the right place and don\’t let little things with no importance get on the way of your personal progression. The church has the right to administer its bussines in the way the prophet considers appropiate. I think that letting a small thing like the way the church\’s copyright is set annoy you is dumb.