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Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 1:35 p.m. MDT

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Falconer, NY

From some of the comments I read it sound like this is a great opportunity for those that have never been to a PH meeting to finally learn what is really discussed. Or maybe some will still be too lazy to turn the channel. It's all about desire and where one's heart is whether one goes to a building or watches it on TV.


Do LDS men gather with their wives and children to watch Relief Society Conference? No? I should think not, and what would be the point? You can read about it afterwards if you want, but Relief Society is designed for LDS women and Priesthood Conference for LDS men.

It is the GENERAL sessions that are for a general audience.


If the priesthood session of General Conference is to be attended in person at the stake centers and Conference Center, why broadcast it in the first place? I'm perfectly happy to wait for the November Ensign to come out so I can read the talks. I have no desire to attend the priesthood session. It's kind of like the Catholic Church changing their rules to appease their parishioners. It's really not necessary. When we start to change the rules to appease the people, are we still pleasing God??? As a woman, I am happy to let my husband attend this meeting. Why are these activist women being catered to?? We have different but equal roles in the church. We should proudly execute our duties and quit trying to be like the men. We're not men. If this is a patriarchal church, so be it. Heavenly Father set it up and who are we to question Him?

Provo, UT

The ever-evolving church is just changing with the times as it has since the end of polygamy by Wilford Woodruff. Putting Priesthood Session on regular TV and the Internet was a fait accompli and the woman group wanting the priesthood just served as a nudging of the church leadership to take the perceived mystery topics of Priesthood Session out into the light.

Talk topics will probably not change much from the usual of the past decade or more which will likely include: stay away from porn, work harder being a husband, repent of your sins and get ready to serve a mission, either as a young adult or as a retiree. Oh and go to the temple no matter your age as a priesthood holder.

Farmington, UT

My wife wants to come with me to watch it at the Stake Center. What should I tell her?

Salt Lake City, UT

They're just encouraging one of the options, not saying anyone has to do anything. It doesn't matter if some guys go to the chapel while other guys watch from home. In the end the church leaders care much more about whether people are listening than how they go about it, that's why they expanded the options in the first place, to make it easier for some people.

bountiful, ut

Looks to me like this is to help many sides of the equation... To the men debating what to do now, it confirms that nothing has changed... To those who are seeking 'change' can further understand if they are listening that the answer is still no and forever will be. Will it sink in this time?

Springville, UT

Our latest tradition has been to pick up Cafe Rio and take it to the Primary Room and listen to this session.

Now we'll pick up Cafe Rio and watch it in the family room...together.

South Jordan, UT

My husband has missed it for years due to back problems - can't sit on a pew that long. He won't have to miss it this year. :)


I have to add to my previous comment. I know that there are many out there who are housebound and can't attend physically, so for them this is a good thing. They will be able to watch from their homes or care facility. I'm sure the prophet and his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve prayed over this decision. I'm just a little concerned about the activist women who want to hold the priesthood and are making their voices heard. Why can't we just leave things as God intended?

Provo, UT

Remember, the statement by General Authorities is a General statement not specific.
I am an older single guy who's kids are grown. All of situations aren't the same.
Why not stay at home and watch it? It is what I will do I am certain.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

In my stake we have now for over two years done some sort of broadcast of priesthood meeting to chapels without satellite dishes. Of course, while those two chapels are not that far from the stake center, there are people who can get to them in 15 minutes or less who would have to travel well over half an hour to go to the stake center. This is a far cry from the distances involved in many stakes in Utah.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

That said, my stake is still highly encouraging people to attend at chapels. This is what has been done with General RS and General YW meetings since those have been available for broadcast, although the broadcast of those seems to not be as highly publicized.

The point here, is that there are some people who cannot reasonably make it to a chapel, but for those who can, they will get much more out of the meeting attending with their fellow holders of the priesthood.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Realitically this is just a better situation. The messages are aimed specifically at men and boys. If someone was to try to watch it at home with children under 12 either they would have to make 10-year-olds sit through even more meetings, or be ripe for distraction.

On the other hand, one of my fellow primary teachers will be deployed with the National Guard, so he really has no choice but to watch it on-line.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I am wondering if in other locations they have gone to making priesthood meeting available at all chapels like they have here in Michigan. Does anyone know?

Stay the Course
Salt Lake City, utah

I thought I was the only one that got censored for comments
I see others have that problem as well.

Salt Lake City, UT

@John Pack Lambert of Michigan

I know when I was at Penn State years ago they broadcasted it to the local wardhouse (the stake center was... I want to say around half an hour away if not closer to an hour, I'd never gone there) and presumably the other ones as well.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Ahhh I remember when I attended the priesthood session, those were the days. The protesters, the sleeping and the Prime Rib at the Lion House afterword's. Good times.

I'll be at home watching football but for those fellas who are interested in this kind of thing I say do you Mother Earth a favor and stay at home. Staying home might also be a little easier on the old pocket book if you know what I mean.

Lets face it guys the benefits to staying home far outweigh the benefits of physically attending. They are as follows:

1. You don't have to wear a suit at home
2. You can switch between Conference and other programs
3. Your Wife can attend with you
4. You can drink Diet Cola and eat chips while you watch
5. There is a restroom near by
6. You can fall asleep with out any fear of pranks or repercussion

and finally #7. Split Screen People! Halo 5 one side Priesthood session the other!

No seriously stay at home.

hi, UT

I always wait fior the audio to be posted. Then--with a simple tap of the 2x speed setting on my iPhone--even the slowest speakers sound more interesting.

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