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Thoughts on General Conference

Postby KSSunflower » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:49 pm

I haven't had a chance to listen to any conference talks yet. I am wondering if anybody heard anything they liked (disliked), especially that might relate to sexuality.
"It is not sex that gives the pleasure, but the lover." ― Marge Piercy, “Sensuality is not a sexual invitation, it’s a depth invitation.” ― Lebo Grand http://mormonsexualdialogue.boards.net/, http://www.chatzy.com/24691190515294
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby EverBetter » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:59 pm

I noticed the older apostles spoke repeatedly about the responsibilities of fathers and mothers without speaking about husbands wives. Seems like a blind spot.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby LatterDay Marriage » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:03 am

Marriage hasn't been a topic so far, unless I slept through something. :)

There are probably hundreds of pet subjects that various members would like to have brought up and discussed in GC but they will talk about the things that the Lord in his wisdom has prompted them to talk on. If they wind up talking about the husband-wife relationship, great. If they don't, then the Lord had some bigger priories to cover. Lets just look at what they said and ask how it applies to us.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby be64 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:07 am

I heard almost the whole conference, and I didn't notice anything specifically about sexuality, except for warnings about pornography and admonishments to keep yourselves pure etc. I haven't heard Elder Scott speak yet. After President Packer, who did not speak on moral cleanliness, Elder Scott is the one who seems most often to bring up the subject. I did however enjoy the proceedings and felt the topics very pertinent to me and my family.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby be64 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:53 pm

My wife shares her first and last name with one of the women's auxilery leaders, who is married to a third cousin of mine. It is an interesting experience to hear my wife's name spoken in general conference.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby MrShorty » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:41 pm

The only thing I noticed from this conference that might be an interesting topic of discussion was something Elder Cook said in the Priesthood session. He talked about some "men" become comfortable staying single, but they should become more uncomfortable. I have seen quite a bit of discussion talking about trends in terms of "age at first marriage" and how that correlates with divorce and many other things. A certain amount of debate over whether it is better to marry young or marry older, or all kinds of other topics and discussion around our diligence at getting married.

Personally, I'm not sure about Elder Cook's statement. Certainly our theology of marriage lends itself to emphasize how important marriage is. Sets marriage (especially temple marriage) up to be one of our highest aspirations. In some ways, it is probably like so many other topics. We need to be careful not to make being single past 25/30/35 (or whatever age we may decide is "too old" to still be single) some kind of pass/fail test and perhaps talk about the challenges in dating and courtship in the 21st century and how it works out for each individual.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby be64 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:37 pm

Having two unmarried daughters in their twenties who would like to be married, I'll say I wish there were more worthy young men interested in marriage.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby LatterDay Marriage » Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:12 pm

MrShorty wrote:The only thing I noticed from this conference that might be an interesting topic of discussion was something Elder Cook said in the Priesthood session. He talked about some "men" become comfortable staying single, but they should become more uncomfortable. I have seen quite a bit of discussion talking about trends in terms of "age at first marriage" and how that correlates with divorce and many other things. A certain amount of debate over whether it is better to marry young or marry older, or all kinds of other topics and discussion around our diligence at getting married.

Personally, I'm not sure about Elder Cook's statement. Certainly our theology of marriage lends itself to emphasize how important marriage is. Sets marriage (especially temple marriage) up to be one of our highest aspirations. In some ways, it is probably like so many other topics. We need to be careful not to make being single past 25/30/35 (or whatever age we may decide is "too old" to still be single) some kind of pass/fail test and perhaps talk about the challenges in dating and courtship in the 21st century and how it works out for each individual.


The impression I got wasn't so much about age of marriage, but guys deliberately avoiding trying to find a partner. In my book, once back from your mission (or at that age) you start looking and when you find the right person, and know it's the right person, you don't delay unless you have some really good reason. All other things being equal, I would say getting married at a younger age is better than at an older age. You can grow and develop together and neither one is as set in their ways over things. But it is better to marry the right person later than the wrong person sooner. Plus some people are just immature and really should grow up more before getting married, but the dating process can help accelerate that.
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Re: Thoughts on General Conference

Postby be64 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:29 am

There was a talk in the Saturday afternoon session where the speaker said, I don't remember off hand who it was, that there are some sins or weakness or something like that that we will carry with us until we die, and that we just need to keep repenting of them. I'll try to find the exact quote. At any rate while we need to work toward perfection, we need to realize there may be some things we will always be tempted with and never fully overcome. We just need to keep working on it and repenting.
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