This weekend was General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We watched nearly all 10 hours of it from home. All 10 hours is pretty much impossible with a 2-year-old. I didn’t take super studious notes (you can view it all on churchofjesuschrist.org) but here’s a few highlights I managed to jot down.
At funerals, mourners rarely commemorate the deceased’s possessions, career accomplishments, or skills. Usually they focus on relationships, lessons learned, and help given.
Studies have shown that people literally walk in circles if they have no landmarks. Similarly, we go in circles in life with no landmarks to evaluate our progress.
Division exposes us as non-disciples of Jesus Christ. Unity isn’t achieved by saying “Yes we’ll be united once you agree with me” but instead by asking “what can I do to increase understanding between us, and come closer to Christ together?” Assume those with whom you disagree are acting according to their best intentions given their knowledge snd life experiences.
Church policies frequently change, but church doctrines don’t change—unless the Lord directs them.
Elder Anderson re-emphasized using the proper name of the church (“the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints”) rather than settling on being called “Mormons”.