Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Conference time!

Way back in early Book of Mormon times, King Benjamin called his people together to give them his final admonitions. In order to speak to such a large crowd, King Benjamin had a tower erected at the temple, and the people gathered with their “tent door towards the temple, that thereby they might…hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them.”

This weekend, millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world will turn their tents (or TVs or laptops or radios or what have you) toward the temple as we meet for the 178th Semiannual Conference to hear the word.

As a kid, I looked forward to conference as a time to get together with family. Grandma Erickson would cook up a great meal, and after eating we’d mess around with the Walker and Erickson cousins between sessions. Sometimes we’d take a drive in the canyon and look at the glowing leaves while we listened to the talks as they were broadcast on KSL radio. Those were good times and great memories.

Nowadays, I still look forward to conference, but for different reasons: information, inspiration, rejuvenation…and like our friends the Bybees say, not only can you have “church on TV,” you can go to church in your pajamas!

With all that in mind, these next few days on the blog I’ll have (somewhat) helpful tips to help enhance the conference experience. They should be fun.

Note: For my non-LDS friends, it can still be fun to get a glimpse of our quirks. I’ll have links to help explain stuff…and I know these really nice young men who would be happy to explain things in more detail! And we’ll be back to our regular programming next Monday.

This is what the Church Web site has to say about General Conference

Oh, yeah. This is another one of our "Follow the Prophet" bookmarks, King Benjamin.

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