Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday sketchbook: Notes from General Conference

Once again I'm including sketches from my General Conference notes. I thought it was great conference, with many good talks and great messages. These are a few of my favorites.

Saturday Morning
Pres. Monson announced three new temples: Ft. Collins, Colorado; Meridian, Idaho; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also said that more than 70 tons of supplies have been sent to Japan, and some of the youth there are delivering aid on scooters provided by the Church.

Saturday Afternoon
I may be a geek, but one of my favorite things is the statistical report. The missionary count was as of Dec. 31, so our Elder Z was amongst them!

In Priesthood session, the atmosphere is usually more casual than the other sessions. The tone of this one seemed more serious, trying to get us to be a little bit more diligent. There was more than one message that we need to read about our responsibilities. Pres. Uchtdorf recommended D&C sections 20, 84, 107 and 121.

Sunday Morning
It made me homesick to see the snow outside Temple Square! So many good talks! My favorite sketch from this conference is the Damascus one, but "bedlamites" cries for more attention. That seems appropriate! I also like the one of the kid and the posters in his bedroom: Steve Young, Jimmer Fredette and the Salt Lake Temple (but not necessarily in that order!).

Sunday Afternoon
I always get something a little extra out of Elder Scott's talks. In fact, it was one of his conference addresses that got me to do this blog. Hugh B. Brown's story of the currant bush, which was retold by Elder Christofferson, was one of my mom's favorites (she being a Canadian and all). Elder Holland was great as always, and Pres. Monson's closing remarks were touching.

I was watching a Twitter feed from time to time, and it was interesting to see what was trending. The hashtag #ldsconf was up there almost all day! One of my favorite messages was one that said, "don't tweet during the prayer!"

Conference talks are available on the Church website (but you probably already know that). And fellow cartoonist (and all around good guy) Arie Van de Graaff will soon have Conference-based activity pages available. I think they're usually at Sugardoodle.

P.S. My wife talked me into including this one. She liked the story about the Richfield National Guard, and it's about Korea.


  1. Awesome sketches. It took me a second to get the Capital One credit card/Elder Cook gag.

    I liked how you included Elder Scott's fridge and clock in you sketch depicting his talk. (I, too, loved his talk. Although, my children were confused as to why mom and dad were crying throughout it.)