General Conference Meme and Blog-Share

Does anyone else feel like the last amen at conference is like saying goodbye to a dear friend?  Sigh.  So to help us through our withdrawal, let’s reflect on what conference meant to us.

I’m sorry it took me a while to get this up today, but here are eleven questions that you can answer on your own blog.  Then come back here and post the link for us.  (Please share the link that goes directly to the meme post, not just your blog.) I’m trying out that fancy linky thing at the bottom of this post, but if it doesn’t work, then linking up in the comments works just fine too.  I will come and visit every single one.  I’m excited to hear what you learned.  Thanks to Lesa for helping me both write and host the meme.

The questions below have my own answers, so if you want a cleaner version to cut-and-paste on your blog, you can get it here.

General Conference Highlights, October 2011

1.  Who were your three favorite speakers?

I think I had 4 (or more):  Sister Dalton, Elder Ardern, Elder Andersen, and Elder Carl Cook

2.  Which talk spoke to you the most?

Even though it was for fathers, I loved Sister Dalton’s talk.  It made me grateful for my father and my husband, and taught me a lot about being a better mother too.

3.  What was your favorite Hymn and why did it move you?

When the choir sang “Consider the lilies” I really felt the message.  It seemed a perfect fit with Pres. Uctdorf’s conference and RS talks.

4.  Which speaker was the best dressed?  (Come on, we can have a little fun.)

President Uctdorf had a kickin’ purple striped tie on Saturday morning.

5.  Were there any topics that you felt like were repeated often?  Any conference “themes”?

Were there like 10 talks about reading scriptures?  Because it sure felt like it to me.  Such a great reminder I needed.

6.  Share a few of your favorite quotes from any of the talks (paraphrasing is fine).

Loved Elder Andersen’s reaffirmation of the importance of the family.

Loved Pres. Monson’s declaration that we are unapologetically different from the morals of the world.

Also really liked when Pres. Eyring quoted Marion G. Romney (I think) about true conversion means that your desire to do anything contrary to the gospel is dead.

7.  Name something(s) that made you smile or laugh during conference.

President Monson’s cute faces and humor.  The 29-cent chicken story.  Pres. Eyring remembering what happened to Abinadi when he testified of Christ against his audience’s will.

8.  Was there any evidence that your children paid attention?

Oh gosh, they did so great.  Really.  Tonight my 4-year-old Natalie said to me in the kitchen while we were setting the table, “I’m going to miss General Conference.”  Me too, Natalie, me too.

9.  What doctrine did you learn as you listened to the choir(s) sing?

I felt the simple truth and reminder of my divinity as I heard “I am a child of God,” plus what I already said about “Consider the lilies.”

10.  Did the music enhance your General Conference experience? How?

Yes, of course.  I love the parts where me and the kids get to sing along.

11.  What are some of your post-conference goals?

Oh heavens, so many.  Foremost, I will adapt a no-excuses policy when it comes to reading scriptures.  I want to pray more fervently and sincerely.  I want to teach my children about family history.  I want to be more careful and more purposeful in all my online time.  So many things I want to work on, not out of guilt, but out of true desire to serve the Lord and receive his blessings.

Also, week 1 of General Conference Book Club is up and running too, so don’t miss it.

Okay, let’s try this.  Link up:

Click here to enter your link and/or view all the participants.

[Update: This fancy linky thing seems to be having some technical difficulties, so if it’s not working for you, just leave your link in the comments below.  We’ll find it. 🙂 ]

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General Conference Meme

This is a fun idea to let us all share our personal highlights from General Conference.  A meme is a questionnaire of sorts that is a little bit “viral”– it gets passed around among several people online.  I teamed up with Lesa from Notes about Music to create eleven questions that might help you pay more attention and learn more from both the music and the spoken words at conference.

UPDATE:  The meme is now up and running, go here to participate.

Okay, so… Instructions.  Look for answers during conference (obviously, there are no “right” answers– this is all about your personal experience and thoughts.).  When conference is over, post all your questions and answers on your own blog, at your leisure.  Anytime after Sunday afternoon/evening, either go to Lesa’s blogor come right here at Diapers and Divinity (there will be a new post up just for this purpose), and you will find some fancy-linky-collector-thing where you can share the link to your blog post.  Then we can all read what you had to say and just have a big post-conference testimony-and-goals fest.  I really hope that made sense.  Without further ado, here is the meme:

General Conference Highlights, October 2011

1.  Who were your three favorite speakers?

2.  Which talk spoke to you the most?

3.  What was your favorite Hymn and why did it move you? Continue reading

It’s (like) an Awards Show!

It’s time to announce the winner of the trivia contest, and the 5,000th commenter.  Watch this exciting show for the dramatic reveal (and a special challenge for any of you who participated in the meme):    Sorry the video is in two pieces;  I had a little technical difficulty.

Here are the links if you can’t see the videos on my blog:  part 1 and part 2

Congratulations to the winners!! Send me an email with your address and I will mail your prizes later this week.  🙂

Here are the answers to the trivia questions: (If you think I got something wrong, please just be forgiving.  The questions were based on my copious notes, and there were about 10 other people who got all the same answers, so I feel like it’s pretty accurate.)

1.  Name two of the new temples that were announced.  Hartford, Connecticut; Indianapolis, Indiana; Tijuana, Mexico; Urdaneta, Philippines; and Lisbon, Portugal

2.  What did President Monson ask young couples to begin preparing for now?  missions as senior couples

3.  Two different speakers based their talk on the same previous talk about Following the Prophet.  Who gave it originally?  Ezra Taft Benson

4. Elder McConkie said that “what matters most in learning is the attitude of  ..(whom). “? the teacher

5.  According to President Uctdorf, in family relationships, love is spelled ……T-I-M-E ?

6.  What happened to Elder Hales as a young boy when his dad asked him to varnish the floor?  he painted himself into a corner

7.   President Brigham Young once said that moving to (where?) was “out of the frying pan into the fire, and out of the fire onto the floor.”  Utah , Salt Lake Valley

8.  One young missionary offered to marry Elder Gong’s wife after she did what?  baked him bread

9.  President Packer told parents to “Wake up and understand what’s going on!”  What plague was he referring to?  pornography

10.  What did the children in one elementary school decide to vote on during show and tell?  (from President Packer’s talk)  the gender of the kitty

11.  President Monson told the story of a family who lost all their crops due to rain, but were still grateful.  What did they eat for their Thanksgiving dinner? jackrabbit and turnips (marked it right if you got at least one of these)

12.  Elder Bednar told a story about Joseph Smith speaking to the President of the United States.  When he inquired about the difference between our religion and others, what was one of the points Joseph answered him?  mode of baptism, or gift of the Holy Ghost

13.  Elder Malm spoke about a hollow tree he saw lining a street in Sweden.  What did he see when he looked inside the hole?  waste/trash

14.  Elder Allred told his wife’s story about working on a farm.  What happened that caused her to exclaim, “You stupid cow!!”?  the cow ate the wheat outside of the fence so it bloated (and then died)

15.  Elder Ballard compared Satan’s tricks and counterfeits to what outdoor sport?  fly fishing

Matching— topic to speaker:
16.  The consecrated life   D.  Elder D. Todd Christofferson
17.  Choose faith      C.  Bishop Richard C. Edgely
18.  Character and integrity  A. Elder Richard G. Scott
19.  Courageous parenting   B. Elder Larry Lawrence
20.  Trust in God  E.  President Henry B. Eyring

TIEBREAKER:  Which speaker lost his voice in the middle of his talk?  President Uchtdorf (did anyone notice that they edited that part out on the video archive?)