These are just a few quick observations from today’s sessions, not every talk, though, nor every observation. I also want to direct attention to the excellent notes by Mme. Curie.
- The porn warning, usually reserved for Priesthood session, goes mainstream. Sisters, this is what equality feels like!
- The analogy of trying to taste a grape (revelation) while eating a jalapeno (experiencing strong emotions like anger or passion) was interesting. He was advocating stoicism, and it reminded me of that Greek philosophy.
- He suggested teachers should sometimes close the manual and teach through the spirit. Were the correlation committee’s ears burning?
- It was nice to hear some real life examples of a high ranking leader’s failed FHE attempts. I particularly liked “he’s breathing my air.” What parent hasn’t heard that sibling complaint?
- Lovely talk about how to become a disciple of Christ and the importance of love.
- Referred to “heavenly parents,” which reminded me of what my 11-year old son said the other morning when I mentioned the idea that we have a Heavenly Mother. He said, “Well, I never heard of her!”
- This talk might be best understood when compared to E. Oaks’ much-criticized interview on homosexuality. He tempered several of the things that were uncomfortable to people about those statements, including:
- rather than “mandating” what parents should do about wayward children, he said parents were entitled to their own revelation.
- he said it might be extreme to shun wayward kids (and also extreme to ignore their behaviors)
- he used cohabitation as an example, not homosexuality, indicating that chastity was the issue, not the specific way in which the law of chastity is broken (IOW, placing homosexual and heterosexual violations of the law of chastity on equal ground, where they theologically if not politically belong).
- This was an anti-atheism talk about Korihor. E. Hales was confident that those who pray to know if God exists will believe that he does.
- I just saw the movie The Invention of Lying last night, which was somewhat atheist, but also totally awesome.
- Contrast of JS’s flaws with those of Peter in the NT was a nice idea, although none of JS’s actual flaws were discussed.
E. Kent Watson
- Temperance in all things. He obviously stole my “Moderation in All Things” Post. Seriously, dude. Just ask next time.
- Did this talk while seated – is his health failing?
I also noticed a LOT of uses of the word “believe” in place of “know.” This could be becoming a new trend, and if so, I applaud it!
What did you think? Any thing you particularly liked or didn’t? Discuss!