I haven’t had a chance to watch the General Women’s Session of General Conference. We were driving home from Florida on that day and so we missed it. I’m sure my wife and daughter will watch it soon.
Since I don’t have any of my own notes, I wanted to share a few links in case you haven’t been able to find these yourself:
Read the recaps and other notes from the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
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Our local newspaper prints the Top Ten from the Late Show with David Letterman in the paper. I don’t often read them, but did the other day. The list from Tuesday, April 22, 2014 was the “Top 10 things overheard at Jesus’ wedding“. Apparently they had been talking about this with an audience member earlier before the show had started recording. #6 on the list was:
Should’ve used the Temple in Salt Lake City
It probably got the biggest laugh/cheer in the place, and they put the camera on a man in the audience. I have no idea if that was his joke, or if he’s a Mormon, but I think it was kind of neat that the temple was mentioned.
You can see the video here:
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I have to be honest, when I first heard that Big Love was going to show parts of the temple endowment ceremony, I didn’t get very upset. It was going to happen sooner or later in some main stream movie or TV show. As others have commented, the information is all out there anyway. Out of all of the people close to me who found out about it, my mother-in-law was particularly upset about it. I received a couple of email forwards from various church leaders who wanted to ensure that the show wasn’t mentioned in sacrament meeting, and suggesting that if people have questions, they could watch the MormonMessages clip on YouTube.
Anyway, I did see the relevant parts today, and it just seemed so bizarre to hear those words spoken so freely when we as members never speak them other than in the temple. Generally, what they showed seemed pretty accurate. However, of course the problem is that only showing a few minutes doesn’t really help anyone understand the purpose of the temple. I know that the physical actions have a place in the ceremony, but I’ve always been fond of the presentation as a whole as you progress from the creation to the eternities.
There are a few people at work who watch the show. I have to say, that in trying to watch the show for entertainment, it was just too much of a soap opera for me. It definitely isn’t my type of show. It will be interesting to see if my co-workers approach me with any questions.
On a related (but side) note, the MormonMessages clip is from the longer movie Between Heaven and Earth. I saw it a few years ago, and at the time I thought it was excellent and very well done. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
Apparently there has been a Vatican YouTube account since November 2005, but I guess they’ve just started to post about it. I found out about it on the Official Google Blog:
Today we’re delighted to announce that the Vatican has launched a dedicated YouTube channel.
To find out more about why the Pope has taken the decision to interact with YouTube on a regular basis, here is a short introduction from Father Federico Lombardi, S.I., Director of Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre and the Holy See Press Office.
So, for regular updates on the Pope and the Catholic Church’s take on the major problems facing the world today, subscribe to the Vatican on YouTube.
The Globe and Mail had some more information:
“It certainly shows that the church recognizes the value of YouTube and making itself as accessible as widely as possible using whatever means possible,” said Rev. John Pungente, an ordained Catholic priest and executive director of the Jesuit Communication Project in Toronto.
“It shows we’re not stuck back in the Middle Ages, chanting somewhere. Just as we have used radio and television to spread the word about the church, now we should certainly be using something like YouTube on the Internet.”
Of course, this raises the question, of what is the Church doing with YouTube. Well, there is an LDSPublicAffairs channel. Unfortunately, nothing has been posted for over 3 months. The one thing I was impressed with about the Vatican channel, is that Father Lombardi did a personal introduction. This seems like it would be the equivalent of a Seventy doing the same thing. Good idea… go for it! I think the Church’s YouTube channel would be much more useful if there were news items and things done specifically for YouTube. The new temple in Utah has been in the news, but YouTube doesn’t have anything official from the Church about it. President Monson just spoke a couple of weeks ago at a CES fireside, but YouTube doesn’t have anything official from the Church about it. Some members of the Church heirarchy met recently with both Republican and Democratic leaders in Utah, but YouTube doesn’t have anything official from the Church about it. I could go on, but you get the point. I certainly wouldn’t say the Church is “stuck back in the Middle Ages”. They have been very effective at using some newer technology, but I also think that they could do more. Hopefully with some “competition”, the Church will use this resource more effectively.