Lets take a look what Elder Uchtdorf really said w/out the convenient omissions
made by the author: "With so many social media resources and a multitude of
more or less useful gadgets at our disposal, sharing the good news of the gospel
is easier and the effects more far-reaching than ever before. In fact, I am
almost afraid that some listening have already sent text messages like Hes been
speaking for 10 minutes and still no aviation analogy! My dear young friends,
perhaps the Lords encouragement to open [your] mouths9 might today include use
your hands to blog and text message the gospel to all the world! But please
remember, all at the right time and at the right place." I took that as a
gentle reproof and that tweeting should no be taking place while conference, or
any meeting, for that matter, is in progress.
The era of "company line" talks and zero speculation by leaders is
officially here. In reality it has been here for a while but there is no more
ability to edit talks before sending them out in the Ensign. If a leader says it
now it will forever be recorded in the online world.I recall a
couple of years ago when Elder Packer speculated a bit (ok a lot) during a local
ward talk. It was on u-tube the next day.It certainly creates a
uniform, consistent message that is needed to bolster the PR needs of today. Any
real excitement and controversy is now left to members commenting online rather
than in the actual talks by leaders.
I've watched some of those things on tv. It would take tweeting, games or email
to keep me awake, too, were I there.
Ten Years ago the local cable company put General Conference on BET, and the
Military Block it out. We lived in rented property on what was then Navel
Housing. A smart sister in our thne Ward met with them and got them
to move it to one of 4 public affairs stations. Things where better.Then Dish cam with the BYU Channel and things where great. The the up to date
Computer nd the Church Web Site. Then the Tape On CD. I have Tapes of Conference
on VHS Taped to send to my Step Daughter in KY and herb 5 kids whos Truck Driver
former Navy E-1 Husband will not let her attend Church (not that she wants to)
or allow the mags to come in the house. Sister in Law aet the Friend last year
and they call called and cancelled the subscription. Althoughb he did go through
the Waters of Baptism in order to get the Wife. He called to say he could not
come to Church because he was in the Brig, The same night mind you. Severe
Reaction to Religious Conversation. Where the Convert self destructs. Wedding
took place anyhow.
This will be theb 1st time in 24 years that I will Not Tape General Conference.
I have all the tapes. Reason I Stopped watching TV and Returned my
Dish. I can see conference on the Computer and buy the CD's. Everyone at home
has at least a Lap Top to include the Foster Kid, they also have a least 1 XBox
360 for getting net Flicks. My next TV will have a hole where I can
plug my computer in and use it as a monitor. The only thing i don't
have is the 3d which might at some point cause me to go back to my local cable
company but not any time soon.I am getting a Dig Box so I can get one grainy
channel. I live at the end of the Island and the reception is very bad without
cable. They may have put a booster in at the New Disney Resort if so that will
mean free local TV which is way more then I need.Your Computer will
of course allow you toget any station that is streamed in their real time. So I
can watch Conference either on KSL.
Hey, maybe the Elders in the back of the room are just tweeting the awesome
points of my lessons. Here I thought they were checking email or playing angry
birds.I am all for the tweets, emails, and FB posts. You never know
what spark will start the fire of the gospel burning in a friends heart. I
would suggest sharing the url for conference in the tweet.
WHY in the world, would anyone want to be "Tweeting about general
conference" in the first place, the one on the other end of the Tweet can't
hear your voice nor what's in your heart about how you felt. Talking to one
"face to face" or on the phone is much better. Or even, save
"The Post Office" and buy stamps, then write a letter and mail it.
This part made me smile: "designated tweeting area of the Stake
center".Bet mine isn't the only stake that has some catching up to