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187th Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

Well, here we go again! I’m still not blogging regularly, but I do enjoy doing my General Conference notes.

I’m working today, so I’ll have to do the first session at work, then the afternoon session at home. I think the boys are staying home tonight to have pizza and wings in our family room while we watch the Priesthood session.

It’ll be interesting to see if/how the brethren address a lot of the political unrest in the world, including in the United States. I’m sure there will be messages about charity, compassion and unity.

I’m sure we’ll hear from President Monson even less than we have in the past

And of course, I expect the music to be beautiful.

I’m looking forward to the sessions… bring them on!

Read the recaps and other notes from the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

186th Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes


Well, here we go again! I know I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I do enjoy doing my write-ups, so I will continue it.

This morning we went to a local sugar bush for breakfast and a bit of a tour. We’re home now, full with sugar, and ready to watch conference.

I have no predictions for what is going to happen this weekend. This is the first conference since some of the turmoil from last fall, so I assume there will be message about tolerance and patience. My wife said that President Monson did not look very good at the General Women’s Session, so we probably won’t hear from him as much as we have in the past.

Ultimately, I’m looking forward to being uplifted. Let’s get going!

Read the recaps and other notes from the 186th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Slow posting this week

Sorry for the slow posting this week. The time that I would normally spend on the blog has been spent listening to the Terryl Givens podcast from Mormon Stories. I don’t listen to many of the Mormon Stories podcasts, but this one is definitely worth your time. There are 5 sections, so it takes about 5 hours to get through, but they are fantastic!

Encouraging children to read

I’m sure many of you have heard that last week Sister Julie B Beck answered questions that had been submitted by members on the Mormon Channel. A lot of the “buzz” has been about her comments about blogging. She says that women have always needed a way to communicate, and as long as there is balance and a purpose (my interpretation).

The part that I was particularly interested in was what she said about reading. The blog A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman has a partial transcript, and this is what was reported (italicized text is a quote, non italicized is a summary):

I remember a conference where President Hinckley stood up and prefaced his remarks by saying, “In preparation for this talk I read…” and then he gave this list that was probably two thousand pages long, if not more. Other times he quoted from Shakespeare or other writers or poets. He loved Tennyson. That taught me something about President Hinckley. I remember sitting in conference once listening and thinking “My goodness, Pres. Hinckley loves to read”.  Another time he said, “I love the heft and feel of a good book”.  So reading isn’t evil.  Reading is a blessing and the Lord has created records for us to read and to study. A lot of good things have been written to elevate us, so I don’t think reading is a waste of time, and I don’t think we can only read church sponsored books. There is a lot of good out there. It’s on us though, to learn to make the choices that will create the climate in us that enables the Spirit to grow and flourish.”

Sister Beck then shared this sweet tidbit about how she raised her own children to love reading:

As a young mother when needing to get up in the middle of the night, she thought ‘oh good‘ I can read for 20 minutes! She always had something that she wanted to read that she saved for those quiet, in the middle of the night hours, when no one would bother her.

I love that! And this…

She never told a child to turn out the light if they were reading a book before bed. She let them read as late as they wanted — even if they were young children.  She wanted to foster a love of reading.

I quote her here: “A reading child is a child that will stay out of trouble. That’s a belief that I have. There’s something wholesome in a child wanting to feed their mind. You have to imagine things when you are reading, that only you can see. And visualize things that only you can see. That’s why it’s important to select good things. I don’t know that there’s enough great literature for younger children. I wish there was more of that.  But I encouraged my children to read and put a lamp by the side of their bed. They always had a little bookcase by the side of their bed. Yes we read the scriptures. Yes we read The Liahona, and The Friend, and The New Era…” 

I spoke to my wife about this earlier today. Right now our two sons share a room, but we’re moving in a couple of months and they will have their own room. We think we’re going to try the reading thing once we move. If they go to bed and are reading, we’ll let them keep reading.

Christmas Subway Art

My wife is really into “subway” art right now. To me, that sounds like graffiti, but to her it means signs where there are a bunch of words that take up an entire page. It’s hard to describe, but if you don’t know what it looks like, do a Google Image Search for subway art and you’ll see what I mean.

My kids love Star Wars (original trilogy, prequel trilogy, Clone Wars, etc), and I recently came across a blog that happened to be Mormon where the creator has made all sorts of crafts that are Star Wars related. I looked around the site, and she had also posted a beautiful subway art print that is of Isaiah 9: 6. You know… the scripture that goes:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Anyway, you can see the subway art of that scripture here.

13 Former Ad Men Who Found Fame in Other Fields

mental_floss magazine has a blog posting on their website about 13 Former Ad Men Who Found Fame in Other Field. President Monson makes the list at #13:

13. Thomas S. Monson
Monson, the current President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, got his start as an advertising executive for newspapers in the 1940s.


Mormonopia added to NothingWavering.org!

I’ve had this domain for quite some time, and I had anticipated that I’d be able to blog about quite a bit. However, since I run several other sites, I just haven’t made time for Mormonopia. This year I resolved to change that. To start with, I’m trying to post something every Monday through Friday. This has been challenging, but fun.

One of the main things I’m working on is my list of Official web sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I come across new sites or sub-domains, I post about them and add them to the list. If you are aware of some, please let me know.

Many months ago I applied to be part of NothingWavering.org. This is a web site that aggregates many LDS blogs (or non-Church related blogs by members) into one place. I used to subscribe to lots of different LDS-related blogs, but I’ve since been able to remove half of them and just subscribe to one of the feeds at NothingWavering.org. It’s quite nice.

If you have never visited NothingWavering.org, check it out:

Nothing Wavering

Anyway, I got an email on Thursday telling me that my site was been accepted. That’s great news, but now the pressure’s on to post regularly, and to post good content. I’ll do my best!