Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"LDS General Conference Summaries & Videos"

Larry Richman, over at LDS Media Talk, has posted a thorough list of links to summaries and videos of all the General Conference talks that we listened to over this past weekend.

Even better, the full text, with video and audio, of every talk given is now available (in English, at least) online.

"Experts worry Ebola may spread more easily than assumed"

It should not be judged by its size

Being a trained, if not currently practicing, scientist, far be it from me from denigrating science as a method for discovering truth and means for improving nearly every aspect of our lives.

However, there is an inherent danger to settling on today's science since science is never settled!

A case in point: While some scientists are confident they know everything there is to know about how Ebola is spread, there are others who are not so confident.

When it comes to Ebola—a disease that if it were an athlete would be getting a record-breaking contract for the stats it posts—wouldn't you want to listen to the scientists who would like to learn more about its transmission rather than those who want to sit on their assumptions?

I understand that both time and resources are precious, but let's not let overconfidence keep us from doing or learning things that could make a difference in stopping Ebola's spread.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Re: General Conference

Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm always amazed at how quickly The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes its annual and semi-annual general conferences available online after the fact.

Video and audio files for today's sessions are already up. English transcripts will be posted within two days of the conference and translations into over 50 languages will be available within 1 to 8 weeks.

In case you're not familiar with general conference, let me sum it up: twice each year on the first weekend of April and October the leaders of our faith meet at the church's headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they speak to us on any variety of topics ranging from Jesus Christ to caring for the poor and needy to the responsibilities of parents to teach their children.

Today's sessions were notable for being the first in which church leaders had the option to speak in their native language rather than English, as was customary. Two men took the opportunity, with one speaking in Cantonese and another in Spanish. It was an important recognition that the church is truly an international faith. Since the early 2000s, more members have resided outside the United States than in, and there are more non-English speakers than English speakers.

When I was a kid it seemed that conference weekend lasted for an eternity. Now it's as if I blink and it's gone already. I've enjoyed the sessions immensely so far and am looking forward to tomorrow's.

"Come Listen to a Prophet's Voice"

The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir always performs at general conference

If you didn't know, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is having its semi-annual general conference today and tomorrow, October 4th and 5th.

If you feel so inclined, you can tune in at gc.lds.org, where live streaming in many languages is available.

The first two two-hour sessions today have been very inspiring.

There will be one more session today and two tomorrow. Last week Saturday, a session for women and girls ages 8 years and older opened the general conference.