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183rd Annual General Conference – Pre-conference notes

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Here we are at another April, and General Conference is here. I’m not sure how this happened again, but I’m working today, so I’ll have to watch the first session while at work. I think I’ve worked 5 out of the last 6 conferences (or something like that). Otherwise, the plan is the same as last time. We’ll watch the other general sessions at home, and I’ll go with my father to the Priesthood session broadcast at Church. Since I’m now the YM President, I’m also in charge of our “sub-sational” that we have beforehand. Even though we are eating, I’m sure my father and I will find some excuse to still go out together afterward.

I have no predictions about anything. The stats will be interesting. This is the first General Conference since the big “Mormon Moment” (Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House, the Book of Mormon musical, etc). That moment seems to be passing, so it will be interesting to see if it led to increased baptisms. It will also be interesting to hear how many missionaries are currently serving.

Enjoy the conference!


Read the recaps and other notes from the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

For Mormons, a Cautious Step Toward Mainstream Acceptance

The New York Times has a good article about how the election has helped Mormons become more mainstream:

On Tuesday, Dr. Peterson, 59, did something that seemed wondrous and nearly unthinkable: he entered a voting booth and cast his ballot for a Mormon, Mitt Romney, for president.

“I have to say that when he first announced, I thought, ‘Not a chance, never going to happen,’ ” said Dr. Peterson of Mr. Romney’s nomination, still marveling that he was wrong. “I don’t want to sound too triumphalist about it, but Mormons have had a feeling of insecurity about their status in America; we were driven from state to state. I think a lot of us see this as maybe a kind of arrival on the American scene.”

October 2012 World Report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

One of my favourite things about General Conference weekend is seeing The World Report. This is a “news” program that the Church puts together highlighting what has happened in the last 6 months. Normally I watch the broadcast between sessions of conference, but didn’t have a chance to. I just watched it earlier this week. As usual, it had the “standard” items, as well as some items that you sometimes don’t hear about.

The broadcast included segments on:

  • President Monson’s 85th birthday celebration
  • Elder Holland’s visit to Harvard
  • Elder Bednar’s trip to Mexico
  • Elder Oaks’ trip to India to create the first stake
  • Elder Christofferson’s trip to Eastern Europe and the Middle East
  • An update on the construction of the Rome temple including information about the visitors centre that will house the Christus and the apostle statues
  • Information on the dedication of the Kansas City Temple and the associated cultural celebration
  • Information on the Brigham City Temple dedication
  • Elder Holland doing the groundbreaking for the Provo City Center Temple
  • Information on the dedication of the Manaus Brazil Temple and the associated cultural celebration
  • Information on the Pioneer Day concert with Katherine Jenkins
  • Information about a new Family History Centre in Nauvoo
  • Elder Oaks’ visit to Notre Dame
  • Information about the candidacy of Mitt Romney for US President
  • Gail McGovern’s trip (President of the American Red Cross) to Salt Lake City
  • Pocatello Idaho brush fire and Mormon Helping Hands
  • London Olympics and Hyde Park Chapel and Visitors Centre
  • More information on the Christus and the apostle statues that will be in the Rome Temple Visitors Centre. The marble comes from Carrara Italy

The Mormon Newsroom has links to the full video, as well as individual segments. There are also links to other stories that the Newsroom has released about the segments.

Blast from the past… Mitt Romney in 1958

Wow, time flies! 4 years ago when Mitt Romney was making his first run at being President of the United States, I posted parts of an article I found in an old magazine. Here we are 4 years later and he’s at it again, but this time has made it further in the race.

Anyway, we have a wonderful elderly sister in the ward who has been receiving Church magazines for, well… forever! At one point when I was visiting her I borrowed a few of the old magazines. It just so happens that one of the magazines had an article about George Romney and his family. It includes a picture of Mitt Romney when he was just 11 years old.

Visit The Busy George Romneys – Juvenile Instructor May 1958 to see the rest of the pictures

Scripture, Song and Six Grandchildren: Romneys Open Church Doors to Press

It’s always kind of funny to read descriptions of our services. This past Sunday Mitt Romney allowed reports to come with him to Church. There is a good description of it in the New York Times.

 

“The Mormon way of business”

I generally try to keep up with news items in the “big” mainstream media when the Church is mentioned. The May 5, 2012 print edition of The Economist had a pretty decent one-page article about the Church and how we may have an disproportionately large number of successful business people. The article talks off by talking about the “I’m a Mormon” campaign, and then says:

The snag is, not everyone will buy the idea that Mormons are just like the rest of us. They don’t get drunk. They have large families, stable marriages and a three-month supply of food in the larder in case of Armageddon. They are usually clean-cut and neatly dressed (the facial hair in the “I’m a Mormon” ads is thankfully atypical). And they have a passion for business.

Less than 2% of Americans are Mormons, yet their commercial prominence belies their numbers. Mitt Romney founded Bain Capital, a private-equity powerhouse. Jon Huntsman senior (the father of Mr Romney’s rival for the Republican crown) founded Huntsman Corporation, an $11 billion chemicals giant. David Neeleman has founded two cut-price airlines: JetBlue in America and Azul in Brazil. Ralph Atkin started a third: SkyWest Airlines. Eric Varvel is the boss of Credit Suisse’s investment bank, Harris Simmons heads Zions Bancorporation, a more local bank, and Allan O’Bryant runs the Japanese arm of Reinsurance Group of America. J.W. Marriott runs the hotel chain his father created. Had Max Weber lived a century later, he might have made sweeping generalisations about the “Mormon work ethic”.

There obviously isn’t really a spiritual slant to the article, but I always find it interesting to read what others think about us and how we are perceived.

The Busy George Romneys – Juvenile Instructor May 1958


Note: Clicking any of the pictures in this post will bring up a larger version

The first in my series of postings is from the May 1958 issue of the Juvenile Instructor. As I was flipping through the magazine, I came across an article called “The Busy George Romneys” by Melba M. Ferguson. Given the recent presidential run of Mitt Romney, the article certainly caught my attention.

The article stated how busy George Romney was (he was president of American Motors Corporation at the time as well as president of the Detroit Stake). Even with how busy he was, his family still made time for family night. Looking over the article, there were several pictures that showed young Mitt, who was around 11 years old at the time.

In the picture above, Mitt is second from the left beside his mother. The picture below (it has a caption) shows Mitt with his shells. I didn’t know he had a shell collection. Why didn’t that come up in the debates?! 🙂

The last picture (below) is a nice family photo. I can’t believe how much the current Mitt looks like George!

My favourite part of the article was as follows:

Things had already begun when Mrs. Romney came home that night from a Relief Society union meeting. President Romney and the boys were in the process of taking down the Christmas tree; and Jane was doing her packing in the living room so she could be near her father and brothers.

As Mrs. Romney took off her hat and coat, she could see Mitt’s dark eyes shine when he requested that the family sing, “In the Good Old Summertime.” President Romney and Scott paused in the act of taking down the decorations, and laughed.

“… Good Old Summertime” in January? With snow on the ground outside, and all the carols there on the piano!

But Mitt had a reason.

He wanted his father to show slides during the past summer, because it made him “warm and happy” just to remember all the family fun at Lake Huron.

…the article continued later on…

President Romney showed beach pictures when Mitt and Scott had selected. They were gay – of the boys and Jane on water skis. Then there some of Lynn in her cap and gown. And some of all the family at various stages of a summer trip west – at Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite.

Refreshments had been previously requested. NO fruitcake! NO cider! NO Christmas candy! But, please, some fresh-popped corn!