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4 hours ago, smac97 said:

Since the speakers at General Conference are selected from the General Authorities and the General Officers of the Church (as opposed to the general membership of the Church), an objective assessment shows that the women in these ranks are over-represented in General Conference.  As I said in April:

I think it is unreasonable to propose that 52% of the talks at General Conference ("representing" the percentage of women in the Church) should be given by the 9 women leaders who are "general officers."  Had this happened during the October 2020 General Conference session, these nine women would have needed to give 18 of the 34 talks (17.68, to be precise, but studious "representation" would presumably require us to round up).  That's two talks per female leader, leaving only 16 slots available for the three members of the First Presidency, the twelve members of the Q12, the three members of the presiding bishopric, and the members of the Seventy and the male general officers (YM presidency, etc.).  

Thanks.

-Smac

Easy cure!  Give women the priesthood and then call more of them to the GA positions of the Church.😁

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3 hours ago, Vanguard said:

It's amazing that most of us on this thread whether currently a practicing member or not, would find considerable common ground if we were to meet. Turth be told I would love to meet so many of the posters here. That makes it all the more surprising when I read your commentary. You seem so comfortable moving in and out of 'taking another to the woodshed' without giving notice to how insulting and arrogant this appears (and now here I am doing the same thing!). I agree with smac's statistic on this matter but I guess we'll just have to leave it to the 'experts' to let us know when we have gone off the rails. Oh thank heavens (for 7/11!) and for 'bigger picture' sheriffs! What would we do without you?!

For the record, I thought smac's thread over the weekend was also doomed but not entirely because of how he set it up. The thread also devolved due to a few poster's running afoul of what smac requested. And we wonder why we can't talk about politics!  

One - my message was specifically to Smac, who has hands-on experience with experts in litigation matters.

Two - I have no idea what your overall point is and can't say I'm all that interested in finding out at this stage of the discussion.

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7 hours ago, Amulek said:

With access so prevalent now, I think the Saturday evening session was slowly evolving into a de facto fifth general session anyway.

I know plenty of couples who would watch it at home together regardless of which session it happened to be.

And since the contents are going to be distributed world/church wide anyway, I don't really see the need for the church to maintain what essentially amounts to gender based early access privileges to 20% of General Conference.

So while I so lament the passing of the traditions associated with those additional conference sessions - especially since my son is not yet a Deacon and will miss out on them completely - I think the change is probably for the best.

 

After the Church leadership was pressured by third-wave feminists into broadcasting the priesthood session generally, it pretty much lost its character as a meeting directed to Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood holders. The die was cast then. We are seeing the inevitable outcome. 

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1 hour ago, Teancum said:

Easy cure!  Give women the priesthood and then call more of them to the GA positions of the Church.😁

I think you hit the nail on the head for the folks complaining the most about the Women's session and the FP speakers.  I suspect they are really wanting to have women's priesthood ordination but don't want to fight that battle head on.

Just like most of those complaining about gay rights on this forum seem to be really aiming for gay temple marriage but won't say it out loud. 

If those are your real goals,  be honest about it and quit quibbling about these minor issues. 

Jb

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7 hours ago, Duncan said:

Is that the same as Women's Conference? here it's an all day do, speakers, workshops, lunch, dinner-depending on how long it is

Yeah, in the past such stake-based events have been fairly pervasive. I just think they are less common than they used to be, and I don’t know that they have ever been standard Churchwide. They are rather like youth handcart treks in that respect. 

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23 minutes ago, Scott Lloyd said:

After the Church leadership was pressured by third-wave feminists into broadcasting the priesthood session generally, it pretty much lost its character as a meeting directed to Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood holders. The die was cast then. We are seeing the inevitable outcome. 

The leadership shouldn't have caved so fast. I bet once they made it possible to view online each session, it served no purpose to even separate them really or have a special meeting for each. 

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2 hours ago, Teancum said:

Easy cure!  Give women the priesthood and then call more of them to the GA positions of the Church.😁

If they could give the priesthood to women they would.

But they literally can't, so they don't pretend.

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50 minutes ago, jbarm said:

I think you hit the nail on the head for the folks complaining the most about the Women's session and the FP speakers.  I suspect they are really wanting to have women's priesthood ordination but don't want to fight that battle head on.

 

Yeah, cause we would have to have the priesthood to have a woman's meeting with women speakers. That has never happened before anywhere at any time in the history of the church. 

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5 hours ago, ttribe said:

In the annals of the history of sexism wrapped in a cloak of piety through religious reference, this quip ought to at least receive an honorable mention.

Turn out the light bro, you're too bright for me. 

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2 hours ago, Teancum said:

Easy cure!  Give women the priesthood and then call more of them to the GA positions of the Church.😁

I still expect this but I expect if it happens at the apostle level it will be more that a couple will together be called as apostles.

Then again I have been wrong before. Once. A long time ago. About something unimportant.

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3 hours ago, bluebell said:

They are also often used to make fun of someone while trying to hide behind the "i was just joking" excuse.  There usually isn't a place for those kinds of memes when someone is trying to discuss real concerns.  They come across as flippant and dismissive.

Yup. And it sounds as off key as this one does, 

May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'MY DREAM That one day boys will become anything they want to be: male mayors, men rugby players, male policewomen and even male prime ministers! @manwhohasitall'

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11 minutes ago, The Nehor said:

I still expect this but I expect if it happens at the apostle level it will be more that a couple will together be called as apostles.

Then again I have been wrong before. Once. A long time ago. About something unimportant.

Why? What would the husband do?

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5 hours ago, AtlanticMike said:

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I grew up in a trailer house. It’s not a bad way to live. It was a roof over our heads:)

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5 hours ago, juliann said:

I think it is obvious that it was for the male leadership to address the women or they wouldn't be taking over half the time. It has been a gradual change from the time when the RS planned and ran their own conference. But I think women would really appreciate the opportunity to plan their own conference with one male leader presiding, if necessary. It should be no different in structure or intent than the priesthood sessions, other than a woman doesn't speak in men's sessions.

I hope this means we will have more female leaders and more female speakers, say 50/50 for both:)

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5 hours ago, pogi said:

I am having a hard time understanding the rationale the church has given for discontinuing the session.  The Church stated "The Saturday evening sessions will be discontinued because all sessions are now available for anyone who wants to watch or listen."  That seems a little confusing to me.  Why is that a problem?  If it is not a problem, then what is the harm in continuing with the session? If there is no harm, then what is the real reason they decided to discontinue the session?  Haven't all sessions been available in print for pretty much ever?  What am I missing here?

The First Presidency needing a break from speaking so much is a perfectly legit reason, if that is what they are getting at :)

Maybe this has been addressed already - I skimmed through the thread but didn't notice it mentioned.

 

No need to separate by gender. Sessions available to all. I think it is great, now we just need more women in leadership:)

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4 hours ago, AtlanticMike said:

They're waiting until September then they'll announce something new, if not I'm going to be upset, I want to add to the gospel, it seems lately we keep subtracting, I don't know why.

I hope you are right!

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6 minutes ago, juliann said:

Why? What would the husband do?

They would both be apostles. They would both do what apostles do.

It is also a way of spreading the workload a bit. It is a bit much for 15 people. You can bump it up to 30 without disturbing the numbering system.

Again, a weird theory of mine. I haven’t hammered out the details and won’t until I am called to the apostleship which should be some time in the next.....never.

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