Monthly Archives: October 2010

Do they even know what genealogy is?

So, I saw this “Jean-e-ology” sign a couple of months ago in a popular clothing store. I immediately asked my wife if any of the regular customers even understood what this play on words was even about.

I’ve since looked it up on the Internet, and it seems to be a fairly common term for “variety of jeans”. However, I still think it’s goofy. If they just wanted a term to talk about studying jeans, why not call it jean-ology? Some marketer somewhere thought jean-e-ology was clever, even though most people probably don’t know what it is referring to. Maybe that marketer was Mormon :-)

Elder David A. Bednar Talks about the Ministry of an Apostle

Did you see this? Apparently someone sat down with Elder Bednar and did an interview with him. He talked about his life as an apostle, what he has learned, and more. I watched the 11-minute video last night. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a real “interview”. I cause that’s why the title says that Elder Bednar “talks” about things. I think it would have been nicer to have him actually interacting with someone.

Anyway, the point of this posting isn’t to talk about what was said, it was to talk about what was in his office :-)  I wished we would have gotten some sort of tour of his office. He has a laptop, a larger screen above it, a snazzy desk phone, a clock radio (with what appeared to be an MP3 player sitting on top), and candy jars (I think). Did you notice anything else in his office, or did I see something that wasn’t there?

180th Semiannual General Conference – Post-conference notes

I’ve said this before, and I’ll probably say it every conference… I have a hard enough time getting through 10 hours, how do the apostles and First Presidency make it through?!

So, after 10 hours of General Conference have gone by, and I’ve had a few thoughts:

  • I was surprised with the number of talks about choice, agency, and accountability. I wonder if that means anything.
  • I commented in the beginning that I preferred the old Move Networks player, and I still think that. The Flash version wasn’t as smooth.
  • My favourite talks of the conference were probably Elder Kearon and President Uchtdorf from the Priesthood Session, Elder Oaks from the Sunday Morning General Session, and Elder Holland, Brother McConkie, and President Uchtdorf from the Saturday Morning General Session

Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

180th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Afternoon General Session

We watched this last session in the comfort of our own home. Our oldest son (8 years old) watched some of it with us.


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Come, Rejoice

Elder Lawrence E Corbridge offered the invocation

The choir sang Lead, Kindly Light

Elder L Tom Perry

  • talked about how he had brought his grandson to the pulpit years ago
  • YM have priesthood responsibilities
  • children need to learn of the blessings of holding the priesthood
  • bishops have the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood
  • be certain the YM are worthy, and that they understand the obligations and blessings
  • give them important assignments

Elder David A Bednar

  • actually receive the Holy Ghost
  • revelations are conveyed through the Holy Ghost
  • the simplicity of the ordinance may make us not realize the importance of it
  • all gospel activities are based on helping us feel the Holy Ghost in our lives

Elder Larry R Lawrence

  • parents who love their children cannot afford to be intimidated by them
  • young people understand more than we realize

The choir and congregation sang I Am a Child of God

Elder Per G Malm

  • told a story about a hollow tree; it looks solid, but up close you could see it was hollow; it took years to get that way
  • we need to be solid and filled from the inside out
  • we need to handle the small things in a proper way
  • beware of things that would destroy from the inside out

Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

  • sins are intentional disobedience
  • forms of sin are everywhere
  • pornography destroys character
  • if we sin, we must look for help quickly

Elder Mervyn B Arnold

  • what have you done with my name?
  • as we partake of the sacrament, we take upon us the name of Christ
  • his parents gave them something more precious than gold. They left their testimony and taught them to be honest
  • before you act, picture the Savior standing by your side, would you think it, would you say it or do it knowing he was there, for surely he is there

Elder M Russell Ballard

  • talked about fly fishing
  • the use of artificial lures to catch fish is like Lucifer trying to capture us
  • he captures us with counterfeit lures
  • Lucifer does NOT catch and release
  • Lucifer is a clever and cunning intelligence
  • addictions can control us

President Thomas S Monson

  • he appreciates the truths that have been taught
  • we should carefully study the messages when we get the magazine issues

The choir sang Sing We Now at Parting

Bishop H David Burton offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

180th Semiannual General Conference – Sunday Morning General Session

I went to Church a little early today. I had to do an interview before the main broadcast. I went with my sons who sat and watched the Music and the Spoken Word broadcast while I was in the interview. By the time I was done my wife was there with my daughter, and we all got to sit together (one of those few times in the year).


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang Truth Eternal

President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The choir sang Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth

Elder Gerald Caussé offered the invocation

President Henry B Eyring

  • the Lord grants unto all nations to teach His words
  • trust comes from knowing God
  • be still and know that I am God
  • he has revealed himself that we may trust him
  • Latter-day Saints can be a light to the people

The choir sang Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd

President Boyd K Packer

  • the Family Proclamation is 15 years old
  • it is revelation and members would do well to follow it
  • the devil can deceive or fool, but can’t force us to do anything
  • the dreadful sin of pornography is like a plague
  • the effects can be spiritually fatal
  • the priesthood has authority to stamp out evil influences
  • don’t look back, ahead of you is peace and happiness

Elder Jay E Jensen

  • the gift of the Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts
  • quote from President Gordon B Hinckley‘s 4 cornerstones
    • First Vision
    • Restoration of Priesthood
    • Testimony of Jesus Christ
    • Book of Mormon

Sister Mary N Cook

  • we must be examples of the believers
  • be an example in faith
  • strengthen your own faith
  • we need to show youth how to strengthen their own faith
  • be an example in purity
  • For the Strength of Youth is a beautiful tool

Elder Dallin H Oaks

  • we have 2 lines of communication with God, personal and priesthood
  • the personal channel is based on worthiness
  • priesthood line is usually for governing the kingdom
  • people should get their own communication in the personal line, not the priesthood line
  • the two lines are connected
  • you cannot have communication in the personal line if you are disobedient to the priesthood line
  • some members fail to understand the importance of the priesthood line
  • the voice of the Lord’s servants is the voice of the Lord
  • the priesthood line doesn’t mean we do not need the personal line

The choir sang Love One Another

President Thomas S Monson

  • do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive?
  • we need to focus on what we have instead of what we lack
  • while there are many things wrong in the world, there are many things which are good and right
  • not showing gratitude is like wrapping a present and not giving it

The choir sang Now Let Us Rejoice

Elder Carlos A Godoy offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

180th Semiannual General Conference – Priesthood Session

As indicated in the write-up for the Saturday afternoon session, I watched that one at home. I had to be at the Church by 6:15 pm (Eastern time), so I left about halfway through Elder Scott’s address and picked up my father. We both had to be at the YM sub-sational which started at 7:00 PM (I had a meeting before then).

The sub-sational was great, with around 15 YM attending with their fathers. Include the YM leaders, the missionaries and the bishopric, and we probably had 30 people there. Good times for sure!

My father has always taken me out after the Priesthood Session of conference, and that tradition continues. Even after eating a couple of subs, we went out afterward to Boston Pizza and had some chicken wings and cactus cut potatoes. As to me as I dropped him off at home, “Good conversation, good company.” Thanks Dad!


President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted

The Priesthood Choir sang Hark, All Ye Nations!

Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis offered the invocation

The choir sang Go, Ye Messengers of Heaven

Elder Russell M Nelson

  • we need to remember why we have missionaries
  • “go ye into all the world”
  • 52,000 missionaries in 340 missions
  • missionaries serve to make life better for all of God’s children

Elder Patrick Kearon

  • he told a story about growing up on the “Arabian peninsula” and got stung by a scorpion
  • he knew he was supposed to wear shoes, but didn’t
  • disregarding what we know to be right brings

Elder Juan A Uceda

  • story of a man and his daughter, the man yelled at his daughter because she didn’t want to read the scriptures with his family
  • after a short time both the daughter and father said they were sorry
  • our home has to be a place where the Spirit can dwell
  • the home is next to the temple in sacredness

The choir and congregation sang High on the Mountain Top

President Dieter F Uchtdorf

  • remembers President Ezra Taft Benson’s talk on Pride from 1989
  • there is a difference between being proud of something and being prideful
  • pride is self-elevation
  • pride is a gateway sin
  • there is a lot of pride in sports
  • in life, we all wear the same jersey
  • we are to encourage all people
  • we can be grateful, but when we obsess or focus on those things, that is when the trouble begins
  • pride is a switch that turns off priesthood power
  • humility is a switch that turns on priesthood power
  • there are so many people in need we could be thinking about other than ourselves

President Henry B Eyring

  • the power of a holder of the priesthood is magnified by the Holy Ghost
  • we should pray for the Holy Ghost in our service
  • pondering is the thinking and praying after reading and studying

President Thomas S Monson

  • the 3 R’s of choice
    • right of choice
    • responsibility of choice
    • results of choice
  • we cannot be neutral, there is no middle ground
  • we are bombarded by the messages of the adversary
  • the lies are endless
  • we cannot afford the luxury of a detour from which we may never return
  • it’s easier to keep the commandments 100% of the time than 98% of the time

The choir sang Called to Serve

Elder James J Hamula offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

180th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

So I’m home now and my 3 kids are sitting down with my wife and I to try to watch some of the afternoon session together. I don’t imagine the kids will last very long.

My wife commented that it would be pretty cool to be part of the “family choir” that is singing for this session

Good news… the audio worked right from the start.


President Henry B Eyring conducted

The choir sang Come Ye Children of the Lord

Elder Claudio D Zivic offered the invocation

The choir sang Beautiful Zion, Built Above (very nicely done!)

Sustainings by President Eyring

  • released a few long-time members of the Seventy, with minimal other changes

Elder Robert D Hales

  • we have a unique way of defining agency
  • we are free to choose to act, not to be acted upon
  • you can lose your agency when you use it wrong
  • when we don’t follow promptings, our opportunities are reduced
  • don’t be selectively obedient
  • hearken with exactness

Elder Quentin L Cook

  • mentioned receiving a CD of songs by Vera Lynn
  • by the light of Christ all mankind can know good from evil
  • pornography is a weapon of mass moral destruction
  • there is a common moral foundation shared by many faiths
  • an honest man is the noblest work of God
  • preserve light, hope, and morality in our communities

Bishop Richard C Edgley

  • conflicting message are bombarding us
  • the reality of the Saviour is challenged as a myth
  • we can choose how to react to it
  • choose faith
  • faith is not a free gift, it does not come as the dew falls from heaven
  • knock, and it shall be given you
  • choose faith over doubt, fear, unknown, pessimism
  • our faith takes us to a perfect knowledge
  • never seen the removal of an actual mountain, but have seen a mountain of doubt, sin, pain moved or replaced

The choir and congregation sang Lord, I Would Follow Thee

Elder Kevin R Duncan

  • told story about harsh winter/summer of 1847/8
  • we need to trust in and obey the counsel of a prophet of God
  • there are so many experts who advice and counsel on any and all subjects
  • it is easy to get caught relying on the arm of flesh
  • we have access to the source of pure truth, God himself
  • what has God revealed to His prophets?

Elder Gerrit W Gong

  • we love our missionaries
  • mirrors of eternity in the temple

Elder Neil L Andersen

  • the road of discipleship is not for the spiritually faint of heart
  • we need to submit to God
  • this is the mighty change of heart
  • two signal danger ahead: offended, ashamed

Elder Richard G Scott

  • the exercise of faith is central to the Plan of Salvation
  • faith and character are closely related
  • God will not always reward you immediately
  • the bedrock of character is integrity

The choir sang Home

Elder Jorge F Zeballos offered the benediction


Read the recaps and other notes from the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: