General Conference Open Thread

October 5, 2008 | 25 comments
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It appears as though we’ve neglected an old institution here at Times & Seasons, the General Conference Open Thread. All apologies.

25 Responses to General Conference Open Thread

  1. Marc Bohn on October 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    My friends are parsing President Monson’s talk. One’s convinced that all that “change” talk is a surefire give away that Monson’s an Obama supporter. The other says that his Vietnam P.O.W. story was blatant stumping for McCain.

  2. Adam on October 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    #ldsconf is the most popular topic on Twitter yesterday and today: http://search.twitter.com

    Follow along: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23ldsconf

    You can watch conference and see the feed side by side on a couple mashups:

    http://zelph.com/sandbox/conftwitter/
    http://www.ldsconf.com

    Random fact: 50,000 peak online video connections during Saturday morning session: http://twitter.com/joeldehlin/statuses/946466182 (LDS CIO)

  3. mlu on October 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I listened in a room full of somewhat less than reverent grandchildren. It was sweet. Love, I believe, was the theme.

  4. Benjamin on October 5, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    While it seemed highly unlikely, I had been wondering if perhaps T&S had been contacted by church headquarters with a request not to do an open thread this time around so that members would not be tempted to spend conference sessions idling around on the Internet (as I am quite clearly doing here).

    Glad to hear I was wrong!

  5. Marc Bohn on October 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Watching conference without a little chaos in the background just doesn’t seem natural. It’s like sacrament meeting without the noisy kids (I always thought the silence of singles wards was a little unnerving).

  6. Marc Bohn on October 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Benjamin – Who know. Maybe I just didn’t get the memo.

  7. WillF on October 5, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I think most readers just migrated over to BCC when they didn’t see the open threads here.

  8. Marc Bohn on October 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    So it would seem. Too little, too late.

  9. Jon W on October 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Good try though Marc I was a bit surprised not to see one here.

  10. Alison Moore Smith on October 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Really loved it. Especially the Saturday sessions.

  11. Steve Evans on October 5, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Better late than never?

  12. Jonathan Green on October 5, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Steve, this is actually the General Conference Open Thread Open Thread, where people can discuss General Conference open threads. Personally, I thought you guys were a little off your personal best this year, not quite up to the fine performance we saw in April 2004, although definitely improved from October 2006. I’m glad to see that tie and hair commentary is receding, although we could use some more work on international aspects of General Conference open threads, for example with real-time analysis of English and translated versions of the talks.

  13. Steve Evans on October 5, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    It sure beats the Open thread open thread open thread, in which our physical forms completely evaporate and we become meta-representations of dead signifiers, plug ourselves into an LDS version of the Matrix and read Baudrillard all day.

    Actually I guess that would not be a particularly high bar.

  14. Lupita on October 6, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Loved it, loved it, loved it. Can’t wait to listen to it again. Felt truly uplifted and inspired.

  15. mike on October 6, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Our ward house satellite malfunctioned and they cancelled general conference for our ward. We’re back to the good old days when you had to push a handcart to Utah, if you wanted to hear General Conference. With gas prices as they are, it might not be a bad option. (Or I guess we could have gone to another chapel in the area, but they don’t particularly like our rowdy and diverse youth.) I am looking forward to reading it on line or in the Ensign.

  16. Marc Bohn on October 6, 2008 at 11:19 am

    The interweb’s always an option too. (The new player the Church is using actually worked pretty well).

  17. mike on October 6, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    One of the young people who live at my house did manage to get GC up on the laptop in her room next to her bed and I got home from work early and heard part of President Monson’s talk Sunday morning session (2:00 pm here). But when his image on the screen frequently went blurry and the “big pup” (age 15) started cracking up and pestering other people and that turned into a family wrassling match and us male types got kicked out so that the more spiritually attuned could fully partake of the Spirit….

  18. Sean on October 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    President Monson’s Sunday morning talk was extremely interesting. He began talking about change, then moved on to gratitude, and finally the Savior helping us in time of need. Are we not on the edge of a worldwide financial despression where we will be forced to change our lifestyles? Should we not be grateful for the blessings we have? Finally, should we not rely on the Savior to help us through the difficult times which are upon us? President Monson was not the only speaker dealing with topics of upcoming adversity.
    Elder Christofferson spoke on principles of consecration. President Uchtdorf (in the priesthood session) spoke of coming together and solving our problems, using priesthood principles, as a group. Elder Wirthlin spoke on suffering to be immediately followed by Elder Holland speaking about the ministering of angels. Other talks (Packer, Perry) also spoke on upcoming, short term afflictions too. I have never experienced a general conference like this one. It was wonderful.

  19. Aaron Brown on October 8, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    What this thread lacked were trenchant observations about how good-looking Elder Uchtdorf is, as well as snippy commentary about Sister Dalton’s clothes. Better luck next time, guys.

    AB

  20. Aaron Brown on October 8, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    What this thread lacked were trenchant observations about how good-looking Elder Uchtdorf is, as well as snippy commentary about Sister Dalton’s clothes. Better luck next time, guys.

    AB

  21. Nathan on October 8, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    No seriously–Uchtdorf was looking unreal!

    \”I was born-in-the-covenant, lived in Utah my whole life, four years of seminary, returned missionary to England, Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Brigham Young University where I was Young Women President twice, married in the Provo temple, multiple Relief Society, Primary, and Young Women Presidencies amongst a myriad of other callings.\”

    Why did Dianne fall prey to the deception of Satan and leave the one true church? Read her resignation letter that you may be able to protect yourself (and others) by preparing responses for these weak, preventable, answerable issues.

  22. Steve Evans on October 8, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    good to see Anti-Nathan is making the rounds here as well. Bunghole.

  23. Velikiye Kniaz on October 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Nathan,

    I am fairly convinced that the times of the ‘sifting’ of the Saints has begun. Another surprising occurance there seems to be more early deaths, not only among the children but also among younger people in general. Could this be the onset of the fulfillment of the prophesy, “…and in that day, young men’s hearts shall fail them…”? One must be ever vigilant to the sophistries of the adversary and keep one’s testimony well honed and the lines of communication constantly open with Deity. Any loss of a brother or a sister is a tragedy, not only for all who know and love them in the Church, but most especially for themselves. If they linger too long in the ‘world’ the spark of their once strong testimony will grow cold and their understanding of the Gospel will be taken from them. It would be better for them if they had never been in the Kingdom than it would to have turned their back on it and the Saviour.

    By the by, the link does not appear to work.

  24. SL on October 9, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Is T&S dead? Or just less actiive?

  25. WillF on October 9, 2008 at 12:09 am

    As long as their is a post at least once a quarter, I think you can still consider it active.

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