LDS Church urges attendance at priesthood conference

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  • IQ92 hi, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    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.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    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.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    @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.

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    Sept. 29, 2013 9:12 p.m.

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

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Sept. 29, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    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?

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Sept. 29, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    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
    Sept. 29, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    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
    Sept. 29, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    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.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Sept. 29, 2013 5:57 a.m.

    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.

    Sept. 28, 2013 12:13 p.m.

    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?

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    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. :)

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    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.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:12 p.m.

    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?

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 1:33 p.m.

    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.

  • ultragrampa Farmington, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:40 a.m.

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

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    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.

    Sept. 27, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    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?

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    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.

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    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.

  • Josephbunzol chicago, IL
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    Traditions are nice, but eventually they need to end. Too much Tradition has become Pseudo Doctrine in the Church (dress codes,etc). This is 2013, not 1913. The Church no longer has a "Patriarch" in the sense that Hyrum was one. Perhaps in time the Presiding Bishopric will also cease to exist. It's real purpose this day is more for Construction and building maintenance--the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve handle the matters of salvation.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    What we've learned so far on this board:

    Men were commanded to earn their living by the sweat of their brow and women were commanded to bear children in pain.
    Men were given the priesthood and women, well ... get to bear children in pain.

    The moderators are men. Evidence of this: There is no problem calling women spinsters who knit dollies and gossip, but if you mention that you're more happier and comfortable when some women are around (rather than only men), it gets censored.

  • DavidJ Branson, MO
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    What I would like to see is the women's session being held on the same weekend as general conference.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    For us, General Conference is a family tradition. We watch the general sessions at home, and always have fresh cinnamon rolls, deviled eggs and juice (odd menu, but it's a tradition). And we DO watch each and ever session. When it comes to the priesthood session, I put on my suit and head to the stake center, and will this time too - even though it's nearly twenty miles; this too is tradition.

    Following the October Priesthood session, a few families congregate at our home for home made chilly, scones and pies. This too is tradition. Conference for us is not a vacation from church, it is a time to listen to the prophets and gain renewed strength to face another six months in this corrupt world.

    If the messages keep sounding the same, perhaps we haven't quite gotten the point yet and still need to get it right before church leaders can move on.

    Once in a great while, we make the 700 mile drive to Utah and if possible, we love to be in the Conference Center even though it is much easier to stay at home. We love to be with the Brethren.

  • Firefly123 Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    It's still amazing to me the number of Utah-centric people there are here. As has been pointed out once or twice, we do not ALL live in a bubble within driving distance of the Conference Center. Those who ARE close enough to walk, however, may want to do so this year. Who knows if something of substance, say, instruction on preparation for the Second Coming, or an explanation for those stadium-sized, dark, triangular-shaped spacecraft so many of us have seen hovering silently in the skies from South Salt Lake to Payson? Are they really reverse-engineered extraterrestrial aircraft being manufactured as part of a 2.3 trillion dollar USAP at a hidden facility so far under Flat-Top Mountain roads aren't even used to access it? Might be good to go this year. Just sayin'. Maybe Senator Hatch will be there, and we can ask him if none of the speakers are forthcoming about where our tax dollars are being spent, or why. Surely the Prophet knows.

  • Jace the Ace Stratford, CA
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    Since we do not have a meeting house in my town nor has it ever been a tradition in my family with a non member father and no sons of Priesthood age I will welcome not driving in and sitting with a bunch of other men I have little in common with and who I only talk with on Sunday and the occasional service project. For me it has never built any unity and eating stale store bought pie afterwards or half melted ice cream has never been enough of an incentive to make me want to make that long drive. I welcome this change wholeheartedly!

  • windsor City, Ut
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    Mike Johnson: "My wife does not have that choice. She will be going to the Relief Society Meeting at the Stake Center because it isn't broadcast at home.'

    Sure it is--have watched it on-line for 2 years.

    Great boon for Moms who can't leave little kids or babies.

    As the Priesthood Session will now be a great option for those who, for whatever reason may not be able to leave home.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    I'm sorry but I'm going to stay home and watch it along with my wife and daughters. Just like I watch the General Relief SOciety broadcast with them.

    The idea of "sacrifice" is so overblown by some in the church and creating sacrifice scenarios when it's so unnecessary. There's enough sacrifice involved on a day to day basis with modern life and demands, and $4 a gallon Obama gas to run back and forth to the church all of the time.

    Leave the choice to each brother to make without laying such a big guilt trip on them that, somehow, they'll be less blessed if they happen to stay home, with their family, and watch it.

    I welcome this change. It's about time in my opinion.

  • bassiley Provo, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    I wonder how many of the women who are hoping to attend the priesthood session will plan on attending the General Relief Society meeting as well.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    The Genie is officially out of the bottle, my friends. I'm watching Priesthood in my PJs!!!

  • Netun Yahoo Burley, ID
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    It's kind of nice to hear from the wheat and the tares as well as everywhere in between. More fascinating is how each have their own definition of where the lines draw between the two. I listened to last conference in my undies in the recliner. I fell asleep through Elder Holland's talk making me a "tare". However, I've listened to it over and over and over again through my headphones since. Does that make me "wheat" enough now? I'll watch General Priesthood Meeting with all my family and at home now and enjoy every minute of it. And my wife doesn't even have a hankering for ordination! I wish revelation would come to give them the Priesthood. It's hard to get enough non-complacent, non-lazy, non-opinionated grumpy old men to do any more than listen to the clacking few for a minute, then fall asleep the rest of time. But certainly don't give me the option to go to Relief Society. I don't want to make doilies and gossip during the week.

  • DCHew Bounti, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    I believe if groups or mobs of angry people can generate conflict against even the Messiah Himself and hang Him on a cross, then the self righteous spinsters of today can easily gather in modern mobs and find fault with today's mortal leaders. As for me...I will do as my priesthood requests because they have not failed me, my family, the church and the world. Stay close to the prophet brethren.

  • Netun Yahoo Burley, ID
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    A carefully crafted and maybe even spiritually confirmed appeasing of the zealots as well as the progressive women's movement.

  • windsor City, Ut
    Sept. 27, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    You silly naysayers and complainers.

    Can't you see this new option is great and needful for people who are in the middle of nowhere? (like the American man I know working on oil well sites in interior China.)

    Or the very older man I know who lives two doors down from his Stake Center--but can't get out of bed?

    And for 'non believer' and those snickering and wondering if it is so there are no seats open for the ladies who are coming to try to crash the party at the Conference Center and try to get the Prophet to loosen up and see sense....if there were 20,000 seats open, the ladies would still be politely refused.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Sept. 27, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    I'm excited that now a lot of disabled or financially challenged men who travel great distance can enjoy Priesthood Meeting. The same is true for single parent fathers who have to tend children. I'm equally grateful that the men in my family can choose to attend. What a great choice! Thanks Brethren.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Sept. 27, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    I now have a choice--drive 40 minutes to the Stake Center or stay home and watch the Priesthood Session online. My wife does not have that choice. She will be going to the Relief Society Meeting at the Stake Center because it isn't broadcast at home.

    A priesthood quorum is about three things. It is a service organization, an instructional class, and a brotherhood. A relief society is a service organization, an instructional class, and a sisterhood. While the general sessions of conference have long been available real time on radio, TV, and online live, the Church has held off on the priesthood sessions and the Relief Society (October)/ Young Women's (April) sessions of conference to help foster that brotherhood or sisterhood.

    Of course, not long after conference is over all 6 sessions of conference will be available for download in their entirety and as I usually do, I will download all six and listen to them on my 1 to 1.5 hour commute each way to work each day. 12 hours will be listened to completely again within a week.

    I have occasionally seen women in stake centers watching the priesthood session throughout my life.

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 5:24 a.m.

    I've discussed it with my 30, 27, and 16 year old sons and we are gathering at my house to watch together instead of going to the stake center 2 blocks away. I was actually a bit surprised that my older sons wanted to continue to watch together, so that tradition lives on, just at a different location.

    This situation highlights how at times we create traditions for tradition's sake and while there is some benefit to tradition there is also the downside that we can't accept change--even beneficial change--due to our traditions. I'm guessing the GAs figure that if left to exercise their agency without any "encouragement" or "urging" from Church Headquarters that some of the priesthood will stop watching entirely without the structure of a suit, white shirt, tie and local meetinghouse to act as training wheels on their spiritual journey. As such I am glad that the option of watching at the meetinghouse is still going to be available for those that need said assistance, and for those whose worshiping is enhanced by being surrounded by a priesthood throng.

    But for me and my house...we're ordering pizza and creating our newest tradition.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    Traditionally the priesthood session has always been my favorite...It always seems the talks are especially interesting. I like taking my sons ... It is a good bonding time. I think we will continue to go to the stake center for the priesthood session.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:49 p.m.

    #rd try (the DN censorship is ridiculous)

    Maybe some men aren't excited by the idea of hanging out with a bunch of other men.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Perhaps some of you have not lived outside UT in an area where some have to drive an hour to get to the Stake Center. Think about those who may be home-bound or sick or have a disability This now makes it possible for some to participate and relieves a burden for others so they can participate. For those of us who live close to a Chapel as most Utahns do is it too much to ask to continue to go to the Stake Center.

    Brahmabull said "And if anybody misses it they can just think back to last conference... Odds are it will be the same things that they say every priesthood session." When I recognize the repetitive themes I pay all the more attention and get the idea that they are trying to tell me something. Henry B Eyring said in conference in 1997 "When the words of the prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention . . ."

  • sg newhall, CA
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    Why? I would prefer to watch it at home.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 26, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    Love the fact it's on TV now.
    There's a reason.
    And it's not just convenient.
    Wives want to hear what there's husband need to be doing better.
    Works for me.
    I need it.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    I love going to the conference center for any of the sessions. There is a tremendous spirit of unity, and a tremendous spirit of strength. The priesthood session is always a favorite as I get to go with my sons. Though it is now going to be broadcast directly into homes, I will still choose to take my sons with me and go to either the conference center or to our stake center. It provides me an opportunity to continue a righteous tradition, to be more focuses, and to go out for icecream afterwards:).

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    >What is the point of priesthood meeting on TV if a man cannot gather his wife, sons, and daughters about him to watch it at home on TV and then discuss it?

    Oh, I don't know, maybe more immediate availability to the multitude of members of the Church who live in areas of the world that don't have Comcast or Dish, etc., and don't have the luxury of a satellite feed at a local meetinghouse, but do have Internet access?

    Remember: Worldwide Church

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    The Priesthood session is always my most favorite session of every general conference. I'm not sure if opening it up to the general audience is a good thing or not. I feel like the Church has capitulated to that small minority of women who insist on being ordained to the priesthood too. And now that the decision is made, I think Church leaders are now worried that a large number of men would just opt to stay home and watch it with their families. Not necessarily a bad thing but it sure takes away from the specialness of that meeting. Hope most fathers and their sons will continue to go to the Conference Center and their local chapels. I know I will with my own son.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 5:18 p.m.

    My natural thought is that I would rather watch at home. However, I know that I will pay more attention at the stake center vs another two hours on the couch. It is a good experience for the young men to gather with their dads, brothers, leaders and friends.

    Of course the frozen custard afterwards makes it all worth while. My wife picks it up during priesthood so that we can avoid the crowds after the meeting. Leads to good family discussions about what was said in the meeting.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept. 26, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    I was thinking about going out of brotherhood, instead of watching from home. Now I'll go.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 26, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    I feel really sorry for the people (all 8 of them) who fail to catch the vision of what this meeting represents. I have always gotten a lot out of these meetings, and have appreciated the chance to take my sons or go with my dad. Priesthood in our church is all about service and building up other people. When I don't have that mindset, yes, it is just another meeting and a boring one at that, sitting in a dimly lit chapel. When I have my heart in it, I am warmed by the Spirit and feeling of brotherhood.

    I feel the love of the leaders, appreciate their wisdom and am inspired by their reaching out to all of us to lift us up. If all the world had fathers and sons who had the vision of the priesthood, with love in their heart, we would have no broken families, no one would be neglected, young men would have the mentorship to help them succeed and all would feel the love of God.

    I invite you to get more involved. There is someone out there who needs you.

  • Wally Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    I am sorry about the attitude problems of so many on this topic. We have two stake centers within a half-mile and they each have greater than 400 in attendance each General Priesthood meeting. I don't see that changing

  • rogerdpack2 Orem, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    Is this to try and counter act priesthood session turning into a spending holiday by the ladies? :)

  • BumperDogg Madison, WI
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    Tough choice...nod off on my couch at home, or nod off on a metal chair in a dark gym. I wonder if my wife will still let me go out for ice cream after the session if I stay home.

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    Watching conference sessions at home is a convenience that has gained some great traditions in LDS homes. On the other hand, the General RS Meeting is this Saturday -- including the annual accompanying dinner for the sisters served by the brethren in supporting them in this opportunity to be together, united in fellowship. They could watch at home. For some this is the only option. For many, like myself, this is the first session of General Conference (as is a similar event with similar support in April for YW) listened to/viewed repeatedly/read online and in the conference report. Likewise the General Priesthood meetings can be watched or listened to online (before now, after the fact), as well as studied at home in the same manner. But also, there is the chance to unite in fellowship together, eat ice cream and go out to dinner with my son (and very soon, my grandson). It would be a shame to stay at home.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    The General Relief Society broadcast has been available online and later on BYU-TV for years. Yet still many women gather at the stake center to watch it together. (It helps when they bribe us with dinner before, too.) There's a marvelous sense of unity in watching it together.

    There's also the wonderful compromise of being able to watch it at home, too, which I did one year shortly after I gave birth and wasn't about to drag a newborn to the stake center.

    Priesthood sessions can be the same way. With such a large population, with so many divergent needs, it's helpful for men to view the session in whichever way works best for them that year.

    It's all good.

  • Levin Reno, NV
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    nonbeliever, your imagination fails you here. No one is going to stay home and watch if they were planning to go to the Conference Center. Most priesthood holders who were going to attend in their stake centers will now do so as well. So, as I see it, this is an effort to keep Priesthood Meeting much the same for those who hold the Priesthood, and to open up a new venue for viewing (live) by those who do not.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    And if anybody misses it they can just think back to last conference... Odds are it will be the same things that they say every priesthood session.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    It's a tradition that I have no problem with if someone wants to follow it, but to me there really isn't all that special. It's just a tradition. I'll watch at home.

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    It's to build a sense of unity among the Priesthood. It is also more of a sacrifice which makes everything more worthwhile. I am glad for this clarification.

  • Globetrecker Arlington, va
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    It's a great tradition for the men to come together and watch the Priesthood Session. I can understand the Church leaders encouraging the men to physically go to their buildings to watch the Priesthood Session. Here is my next question: With satellite, Internet, Roku, etc. how many people actually go to their local Stake Center to watch all the General Conference sessions? Has this ever been an expectation in your ward or stake? If so, why?

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Trying to have it both ways, I suspect. What is the point of priesthood meeting on TV if a man cannot gather his wife, sons, and daughters about him to watch it at home on TV and then discuss it?

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    I imagine this is so that there are no tickets remaining for the woman's group that wants to attend?