Monday, October 8, 2012

What Was Not Said at Conference

Every time I come home from the priesthood session of LDS conference, I always joke with my wife that they told us not to beat on our wives and not to look at naughty pictures.

It’s said in jest but with a serious bent – I’ve yet to attend a priesthood session in which these two items are not brought up. This October brought no surprises, as once again we were cautioned against pornography and advised to treat our wives and children as they ought to be treated.

What was not said at conference – by anyone – was this:

Vote for Mitt Romney.

Or even vote for that matter. The upcoming elections were not mentioned once.

To me, that’s significant. In practically every other denomination, if there were one of “their boys” running for a big stakes election – or even a small one – you’d never hear the end of the politics from the pulpit.

Not this past weekend, when the pulpits could have been as bully as all get-out.

Not even a mention of the LDS Church’s policy on political neutrality.


What we got was a lot of this:
May we ever watch over one another, assisting in times of need. Let us not be critical and judgmental, but let us be tolerant, ever emulating the Savior's example of loving kindness. In that vein, may we willingly serve one another. May we pray for the inspiration to know of the needs of those around us, and then may we go forward and provide assistance.
And this:
The Lord admonished, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.' What great happiness this knowledge should bring to us. He lived for us and He died for us. He paid the price for our sins. May we emulate His example. May we show our great gratitude to Him by accepting His sacrifice and living lives that will qualify us to return and one day live with Him.
I like that.

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