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Conference weekend 
4th-Oct-2015 06:15 pm
This weekend we disappeared into General Conference! I know I talk about this every six months, but I'm gonna do it again! Every April and October, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has General Conference, which is when we have...I guess six (total) two hours sessions of addresses where the leaders of the worldwide church give us messages about the Atonement and other gospel topics. (The reason I had to stop and think about the total number is that I wanted to say it's four sessions, because that's how many we watch in one weekend, but there's also a Priesthood session for the men, and the weekend before the main group of sessions there's a general women's session.)

I'm not sure I have a whole lot to say about it other than that, though. There was one talk where the speaker invited us to "ponderize" a scripture every week, which apparently had some grammar enthusiasts cringing throughout the address. We were a little taken aback by it, but after he explained it, we were like, "Yeah, okay." Basically he just means pick a scripture and ponder on it and memorize the main points of it. It seems like a pretty good idea, too, so we're going to try it out. I may or may not talk more about that in the future.

Anyway, if anyone's interested in hearing what kinds of things we talk about in the LDS church, go ahead and check it out. There were some great talks about the importance of women (by Jeffrey R. Holland and Russell M. Nelson), and talks about trials and adversity (by Koichi Aoyagi, Vern P. Stanfill, and Dallin H. Oaks), and etc.

Also! Click on "show music" to get videos from the Saturday afternoon session of the children's choir who were super adorable. (I think it's the last song where the cameraman caught the cutest shot of a couple of brothers holding hands.) And for those who are interested in choral music, the other main sessions had music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The women's session has a family choir which is also adorable.

Today I'm thankful for another great General Conference weekend, cookie puzzles (there's a bagger at our grocery store who tends to bag things upside-down, which is usually fine, but not so much when buying Pepperidge Farm cookies; our Chessmen were all smashed up, but we were able to find where the whole cookies were by putting the pieces together), having two new old Disney animal movies to watch (A Tiger Walks and The Littlest Outlaw (I think that one focuses on a horse, but if not I guess it's not an animal movie; still we saw a commercial for it and it looks adorable either way)), having Mickey Mouse band-aids, and the super cute story about boys digging holes in one of the conference talks (by Allen D. Haynie).
4th-Oct-2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning the music at the link!! I checked out a few videos :) Hymns are the best!
5th-Oct-2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Especially when sung by adorable children! We're glad you liked them!
5th-Oct-2015 12:31 am (UTC)
I will have to go and listen to more of the music when I have time. The children's choir is lovely. :) I was looking for familiar hymns, and I suspect I know some of them, but maybe with different names. I know "Beautiful Savior" as "Fairest Lord Jesus".

Thanks for sharing! I'm glad you had an interesting weekend. :)

I'm pretty sure I have seen "A Tiger Walks". It sounds so familiar, but the synopsis I read doesn't ring any bells. However, since it was released in 1964, it's a good bet that I saw it either in the theater or on Sunday night Walt Disney. :) I have no recollection of "The Littlest Outlaw" at all.

You would not be out of line to politely ask the bagger to be careful with your cookies. Just sayin'. ;)
5th-Oct-2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
We hope you enjoy them! Unfortunately, we're not sure which hymns would be familiar outside of the LDS church. We do know about different titles, but we never remember what they are. I can tell you which ones are definitely NOT going to be familiar ("Come, Come Ye Saints," "The Spirit of God," "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet," etc. "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" and "I know That My Savior Loves Me" were both written recently(ish) by members of our church for the children to sing, so they won't be familiar, but they're fairly non-denominational and very pretty. Of course, MoTab had to go and take them so the Primary choir couldn't sing them...)

"A Tiger Walks" first hit our radar when an animator's blog mentioned that the head animator on Shere Khan used it for reference. Tigers were my favorite animal as a kid, so we made a mental note of it. "The Littlest Outlaw" is one that we'd see when browsing for old live action Disney movies at the Disney Movie Club, but it didn't catch our interest until there was a commercial for it at the end of one of the Disneyland episodes they showed at Wednesdays With Walt. I think the commercial said it was about a little boy who steals a horse to keep them from putting it down. Now I want to watch it so we can see if our nephews would like it.

Hee hee, thanks. We're planning to do that next time. It never occurred to us that it might be a problem until we tried eating those cookies. And in all fairness, they were on sale big time, so it's possible they were smashed before they were turned upside-down (though of course being turned upside-down wouldn't have helped...).
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