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1. Then_elder Nelson, visiting us for a stake Pres re-org suggested "staged participation" for brothers who were in medical school, law school, etc. I agree with him. The only trick is the non-grad school brothers making up for the slack. Me doing this - making up for others slack has led to my dissatisfaction in my current ward, stake, prior wards, etc. It seems masochistic to reward oneself with dopamine when others dont do what they covenanted to do and specifically accepted callings to do. (The duty-bound yet directionless self-mini-martyrdom of others has truly helped me see how unhealthy such beahvior is - if you have bad lungs, God might not want to help you run a marathon even if you feel that's your lifes's purpose.). I'm trying to say no much more often and the seed is beginning to swell and possibly become a new guilty pleasure. I woudl appreciate any advice from those of you who have gone thru similar cycles.
2. Gave God an ultimatum in prayer a few days ago - with a date and all; this is a new approach for me as I usually thank Him for blessings He hasnt' yet given me but those blessings in which I have faith He will bless me with. Sounds kind of like guilt-tripping God. That was the tactic that I used after I prayed and asked God to keep doing everything Thou wants to happen," effective results but...ya know. This is starting to seem a bit uncomfortable - picture yourself in a marriage where God is also a spiritual partner; everything bad that happens is ok cuz its His Will; everything good that happens is due to Him and the many layers of preisthood between He and me and between He and my wife.
3. In April 2019 Priesthood Session, President Nelson promised miracles if we as brethren repented, especially in our marriages. I've tried to do that and I have thanked God for the blessings I am confident He will send in time, but in the meanwhile, if any of you could share miracles you have experienced by following the Prophet's counsel I would appreciate hearing about those.
I'm surprised to admit this but I can honestly say that may favorite talk of this entire General Conference came from one of the sisters. It was Bonnie Oscarson's talk on service. Hands down. She touched on what it really means to be a member of the church and a disciple of Christ.
Anybody else have a favorite talk.?
Did you notice that also? When we stood to sing the half-time hymn in priesthood session there were no lyrics showing up on the screen like they normally do.
According to United Latter-day Saints:
"Many members of the church noticed a change in the broadcast this past general conference weekend: there were no hymn lyrics written on screen during the congregational hymns.
According to lds.org, the change was deliberate:
We are no longer broadcasting the lyrics to the congregational hymn.
Why, you ask?
All the world receives the same video feed. We then add over 90 live languages to that video. In a global church, it no longer makes sense to have everyone view the English lyrics on their screen."
Interesting article in the Religion News Service about the shift in topics over the years in General Conference
'With LDS General Conference coming up, there’s always lots of speculation about what topics the prophets, apostles, and auxiliary leaders will cover. Two sociologists take a long view – a really long view, as in all of LDS church history – and point to what we can learn about how Mormonism changes over time by crunching the numbers of what gets talked about at General Conference."
More Jesus, Less Joseph: Changes in Mormon General Conference
Church critics also like to complain about how many times the prophet or apostles actually testify of Jesus Christ or the Book of Mormon being the word of God.