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And so it begins... or continues...

We had our stake conference this weekend (Dec 8-9).  In the concluding session on Sunday, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy was speaking.  After referencing President Nelson's comments:  "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you're just seeing the beginning" and "Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It's going to be exciting."  He said, jokingly:  There's a rumor that they are installing seat belts in the Conference Center in preparation for next April's conference.

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

Given the above (and assuming it isn't only happening in my area), I imagine we'll have lots of guessing and rumors about "big announcements" in the lead up to April General Conference.

 

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I'm hearing the hype. No details about what the changes will be, but several have promised lots of changes are to come!!!!!

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26 minutes ago, rockpond said:

And so it begins... or continues...

We had our stake conference this weekend (Dec 8-9).  In the concluding session on Sunday, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy was speaking.  After referencing President Nelson's comments:  "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you're just seeing the beginning" and "Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It's going to be exciting."  He said, jokingly:  There's a rumor that they are installing seat belts in the Conference Center in preparation for next April's conference.

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

Given the above (and assuming it isn't only happening in my area), I imagine we'll have lots of guessing and rumors about "big announcements" in the lead up to April General Conference.

 

I would call this click bait if it were a news website. Get more watching.

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28 minutes ago, rockpond said:

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

Nope. Nothing.

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I'd be surprised if April conference had any big new things in it.  Guess we'll see.

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3 minutes ago, bluebell said:

I'd be surprised if April conference had any big new things in it.  Guess we'll see.

I probably would have agreed until this Sunday... Elder Bennett seems to think something big is coming.

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39 minutes ago, Hamba Tuhan said:

Nope. Nothing.

Haven't heard anything.  I live in Provo.

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13 minutes ago, rockpond said:

I probably would have agreed until this Sunday... Elder Bennett seems to think something big is coming.

I do think that more big things probably are coming, I just don't see having big things happening every 6 months like clockwork, but I guess we'll see! :) 

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If nothing else, leaders are doing a good job ginning up interest in conference. I don't know if interest had waned that significantly, but they sure seem to enjoy the hype and so far the enthusiasm has definitely ramped up. I'll be curious to see how long that level of increased excitement can be maintained.

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1 hour ago, rockpond said:

And so it begins... or continues...

We had our stake conference this weekend (Dec 8-9).  In the concluding session on Sunday, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy was speaking.  After referencing President Nelson's comments:  "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you're just seeing the beginning" and "Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It's going to be exciting."  He said, jokingly:  There's a rumor that they are installing seat belts in the Conference Center in preparation for next April's conference.

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

Given the above (and assuming it isn't only happening in my area), I imagine we'll have lots of guessing and rumors about "big announcements" in the lead up to April General Conference.

 

Yes, this is a quote from President Nelson and I had an apostle quote him as well.  I don't eat vitamins and I am terrible at wearing a seat-belt but maybe I should do better.  

All kidding aside.  I think changes are the new norm and I think its exciting.  Looking forward to the changes to two hour church in a few weeks and spending more time teaching my family, learning together.  

We have the youth changes in 12 months, and that will take some work as well.  

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Just now, e-eye said:

Yes, this is a quote from President Nelson and I had an apostle quote him as well.  I don't eat vitamins and I am terrible at wearing a seat-belt but maybe I should do better.  

All kidding aside.  I think changes are the new norm and I think its exciting.  Looking forward to the changes to two hour church in a few weeks and spending more time teaching my family, learning together.  

We have the youth changes in 12 months, and that will take some work as well.  

True -- they need to roll out the new youth programs.  They don't have to do it in a general conference session but that would certainly be a nice place to learn about it and hear their thoughts on it.

It would be nice to get the new youth program in April since by mid-2019, we'll have very few YM still working toward Eagle (most will be done or the rank will be out of reach due to time constraints).

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1 hour ago, rockpond said:

And so it begins... or continues...

We had our stake conference this weekend (Dec 8-9).  In the concluding session on Sunday, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy was speaking.  After referencing President Nelson's comments:  "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you're just seeing the beginning" and "Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It's going to be exciting."  He said, jokingly:  There's a rumor that they are installing seat belts in the Conference Center in preparation for next April's conference.

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

Given the above (and assuming it isn't only happening in my area), I imagine we'll have lots of guessing and rumors about "big announcements" in the lead up to April General Conference.

 

We are getting nothing here. 

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1 hour ago, bluebell said:

I'd be surprised if April conference had any big new things in it.  Guess we'll see.

I think it's a ploy for people to eat Vitamins😌

 

We had a High Councilor yestarday show up to our ward, he's actually in our ward but never comes to church, anyways, he prayed about "those of us who are resistant to change" like whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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1 hour ago, rockpond said:

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

I've not heard anything directly from a GA, but I have been hearing rumors that there are a lot of changes coming. Some were rumored for fall 2018 and might come after people are used to the transition to 2 hour meetings.

The rumors I've heard is that temples will open Sundays to let people do endowments in the afternoon and evening. That's the primary reason for the 2 hour meeting to open up further temple worship. People find it hard to go during the week - especially if you have younger kids. So this is to fix that.

Second rumor is that there's new doctrines coming. While I've heard there's a big rumor of a doctrine explaining gender, I'm not sure there's any formal basis on that. (Although heaven knows we need one to explain a lot of things) I'm not sure what other doctrines might be coming beyond questions on gender, spirits and perhaps marriage. 

The new youth programs should be announced, although I suspect that'll come in the fall not spring.

Changes to the duties of young women have been rumored too. As I've said I think there's a lot they could do there even under current policy. Throw in historic practice and a lot more could be done as well.

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1 minute ago, clarkgoble said:

I've not heard anything directly from a GA, but I have been hearing rumors that there are a lot of changes coming. Some were rumored for fall 2018 and might come after people are used to the transition to 2 hour meetings.

The rumors I've heard is that temples will open Sundays to let people do endowments in the afternoon and evening. That's the primary reason for the 2 hour meeting to open up further temple worship. People find it hard to go during the week - especially if you have younger kids. So this is to fix that.

Second rumor is that there's new doctrines coming. While I've heard there's a big rumor of a doctrine explaining gender, I'm not sure there's any formal basis on that. (Although heaven knows we need one to explain a lot of things) I'm not sure what other doctrines might be coming beyond questions on gender, spirits and perhaps marriage. 

The new youth programs should be announced, although I suspect that'll come in the fall not spring.

I would be surprised if they open temples on Sundays.  While I realize it might make it easier for some to attend, it would create a conflict with the home-centered church we've been encouraged to create.  And, if not balanced by closing the temple on a weekday, it would create a heavy burden on temple presidencies.

We could certainly use more clarity on our teachings regarding gender.  That would be nice.

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1 minute ago, rockpond said:

I would be surprised if they open temples on Sundays.  While I realize it might make it easier for some to attend, it would create a conflict with the home-centered church we've been encouraged to create.  And, if not balanced by closing the temple on a weekday, it would create a heavy burden on temple presidencies.

We could certainly use more clarity on our teachings regarding gender.  That would be nice.

I too would be surprised if they opened them on Sunday and more clarity would be nice. Mind you free snacks at church wouldn't hurt either🥨

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Just now, Duncan said:

I too would be surprised if they opened them on Sunday and more clarity would be nice. Mind you free snacks at church wouldn't hurt either🥨

You don't already have free snacks at church up there in Canada?  #behindthetimes

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Just now, rockpond said:

You don't already have free snacks at church up there in Canada?  #behindthetimes

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! somehow that email was deleted😵

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10 minutes ago, rockpond said:

I would be surprised if they open temples on Sundays.  While I realize it might make it easier for some to attend, it would create a conflict with the home-centered church we've been encouraged to create.  And, if not balanced by closing the temple on a weekday, it would create a heavy burden on temple presidencies.

That's what I thought too. But the people who claimed to have heard something were pretty confident.

For the other parts story goes (and I've not heard this first hand, so I'm more than a bit skeptical), that Sis Nelson gets asked to leave sometimes when Pres. Nelson is praying. (This is from Southern Albertan family - where Sis Nelson is from) The idea being that there are visitors and big news coming. Even if you don't buy this, and I'm skeptical given it's third hand, it is something I'm hearing people talk about a lot in preparation for new doctrine relative to that continuing restoration comment of Nelson.

4 minutes ago, rockpond said:

You don't already have free snacks at church up there in Canada?  #behindthetimes

I think that's the sacrament, not snacks. <bg>

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23 minutes ago, clarkgoble said:

I've not heard anything directly from a GA, but I have been hearing rumors that there are a lot of changes coming. Some were rumored for fall 2018 and might come after people are used to the transition to 2 hour meetings.

The rumors I've heard is that temples will open Sundays to let people do endowments in the afternoon and evening. That's the primary reason for the 2 hour meeting to open up further temple worship. People find it hard to go during the week - especially if you have younger kids. So this is to fix that.

Second rumor is that there's new doctrines coming. While I've heard there's a big rumor of a doctrine explaining gender, I'm not sure there's any formal basis on that. (Although heaven knows we need one to explain a lot of things) I'm not sure what other doctrines might be coming beyond questions on gender, spirits and perhaps marriage. 

The new youth programs should be announced, although I suspect that'll come in the fall not spring.

Changes to the duties of young women have been rumored too. As I've said I think there's a lot they could do there even under current policy. Throw in historic practice and a lot more could be done as well.

I would love for the temples to be open on Sundays!

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12 minutes ago, clarkgoble said:

That's what I thought too. But the people who claimed to have heard something were pretty confident.

Fascinating.  When the 2-hour change was announced, they also asked that church scheduled be kept in the AM as much as possible, right?  In my stake, they have done this... having the first ward start at 8:30am and overlapping the last 30 minutes such that even if we have four ward sin a building, the last ward is done by 3:00.  So, I guess, Sunday afternoon temple openings could be a reason for that.  I'd be sad to leave my four kids at home alone on Sunday but I certainly know some empty-nesters who would really enjoy attending church in the morning, grabbing a quick simple lunch, and then heading to the temple for a session or two on their sabbath.

I'd be interested to know how they would adjust temple presidency shifts in response to that change.  The schedule that temple presidency couples currently maintain can be fairly grueling for these generally older folks.  Adding another shift to cover could be tough.

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1 hour ago, bluebell said:

I would love for the temples to be open on Sundays!

Iirc, they have opened the Hong Kong temple and maybe some others on Sunday so those domestic workers who only have Sundays free can attend, but I may be confusing that with how they do Sabbaths.   I will see if I remember to ask my brother who has lived in Singapore off and on for a number of years and who on occasion goes to Hong Kong. 

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24 minutes ago, clarkgoble said:

That's what I thought too. But the people who claimed to have heard something were pretty confident.

For the other parts story goes (and I've not heard this first hand, so I'm more than a bit skeptical), that Sis Nelson gets asked to leave sometimes when Pres. Nelson is praying. (This is from Southern Albertan family - where Sis Nelson is from) The idea being that there are visitors and big news coming. Even if you don't buy this, and I'm skeptical given it's third hand, it is something I'm hearing people talk about a lot in preparation for new doctrine relative to that continuing restoration comment of Nelson.

I think that's the sacrament, not snacks. <bg>

I think this has gotten jumbled in the retelling etc.  Sis. Nelson has said that there have been times when the spirit has impressed her that she should go in another room so that Pres. Nelson can be alone--he does not ask her to leave.  I'm assuming this is what has spawned a rumour that she's been asked to leave when Pres. Nelson is praying.

 

I'm skeptical of  your friends' claims over the temple being opened for Sunday afternoons.  This would take people away from their families on Sunday afternoon, when we were specifically told the 2 hour block is to allow us time for home centered learning.  There's little time for home centered learning if the parents are away from home, serving as volunteers or patrons, in the temple. 

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2 hours ago, rockpond said:

And so it begins... or continues...

We had our stake conference this weekend (Dec 8-9).  In the concluding session on Sunday, Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Seventy was speaking.  After referencing President Nelson's comments:  "If you think the Church has been fully restored, you're just seeing the beginning" and "Eat your vitamin pills. Get some rest. It's going to be exciting."  He said, jokingly:  There's a rumor that they are installing seat belts in the Conference Center in preparation for next April's conference.

I'm curious if others are hearing similar comments from general authorities in your areas.

Given the above (and assuming it isn't only happening in my area), I imagine we'll have lots of guessing and rumors about "big announcements" in the lead up to April General Conference.

 

 Considering the last two conferences have more than lived up to the hype it will be interesting to see this next one

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1 hour ago, smac97 said:

Haven't heard anything.  I live in Provo.

Uhhh, so?

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