Tuesday, October 9, 2007

International House of Conference

So, were you as pleased as I was that it seemed that every other talk and prayer was given by a speaker with an accent?

I thought it was fabulous and in the right direction!

Since we do have more members outside North America now, I think that General Conference, et al, will begin to reflect this. I hope that within the next 5 years, this becomes the norm. And I hope soon we will see either an African General Authority speak or an African-American G. A. speak.

Oh, and more women. There should be at least one female speaker every session, minimum. (But I’ll talk about this later).

Conference always gives me food for thought. And this weekend was no different. So many talks either struck a cord with me or made me think “What? I never thought of it that way.” Lots of doctrinal insights and lots of self-introspection (which is redundant, right? Yes, so it should just be introspection.).

And to summarize it all here would take too long and probably be boring. So, I’m going to slowly post on certain talks. You know, cause you don’t have me pontificating enough as it is. (wink, wink)

I think the first one will be on Sister Beck’s talk which has caused quite a lot of hoopla in the Mormon blog world. Some women felt hurt and well, crappy. And some felt like it was a call to arms, a rising of the bar, so to speak.

I have mixed emotions about it. So, you’ll have to stay tuned…


Rachel said...

As soon as she finished I said to my parents, "I like that she's not softening the blow. She's just telling it like it is. We should be the best." I thought the same thing after her RS Gen. Meeting talk. Bold. But I also thought that a few, or possibly a lot, would take it personally. I can't wait to read the talk and also to get your perspective.

Ms. Liz said...

I LOVED IT!!! I love the fact that she's not a sugar coated president! Sheri Dew called us the Lord's secret weapon but I totally think that we are so secret we're gathering dust and Sis. Beck is being honest about that. I find it refreshing and inspiring. I LOVE HER!! I really do. I made the whole room shut up and sat a foot from the TV when she came on because I didn't want to miss a word.

wendy said...

I loved it, too, and also liked the multi-national representation. That was fantastic!

Andrea said...

I loved every minute of it all, especially Sister Beck's talk. It made me feel so important as a woman. You go girls!

Heather said...

I also loved every minute of it. I loved the multi-cultural speakers. I loved the topics. I loved having an empty social calender for the weekend, and being able to lock myself up in my house and not have get dressed up or put make-up on. I loved watching all 4 sessions without feeling like I had to rush from place to place (like I do when I'm in UT). And I loved how universal the speakers were. The church is truly is going forth to all the world, and if the talks weren't directly about missionary work, they were about preparing ourselves to share the gospel, and live gospel oriented lives. Thank you leaders!