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Step 3 General Conference

April 04th, 2017 by G.

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I was looking for Step 3 insights at General Conference. Boy did I find them.


Elder Cordon‘s talk was nothing but Step 3. He used the analogy of immigrants trying to avoid language loss among their children, which I thought was very apt. Among many excellent insights, his biggest point was that Step 3 is mostly just about consciously trying. Elder Cristofferson also said, in effect, “open your mouth.” He directed us to “warn our closest neighbors–our children.” He told us to stop acting as if we were neutrals and to preach what we practice.

Several speakers urged us to find ways for the youth to lead and excel. Yes! If we want them to lead when they are older, they need to practice now. And they need to see now that the gospel is rewarding and offers opportunities for excellence and status. They need now to have a reason to recur to the Lord for aid. See Elder Causse and Elder Brough.

Sister Joy‘s talk on sin-resistant children focused on integrity and having your children make and keep promises, which was very insightful.

The Brethren also repeated several times that getting your children involved in genealogy work is a great Step 3 measure. Elder Eyring, for instance, taught that we should gather Israel by teaching our children and by doing family history. The point, I suppose, apart from the spiritual blessings, is that children are more likely to be a strong link in the chain if they realize that there is a chain. See also Elder Yoo Han Choi‘s talk about being in the midpoint of an eternal family.

P.S. Elder Costa‘s talk needs to be watched for full effect.

P.P.S. Perhaps Bruce C. could help us identify Elder Palmer‘s accent.

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April 04th, 2017 07:30:24

April 4, 2017

He was born in, and went to college in New Zealand.

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Bruce Charlton
April 4, 2017

Still working through the conference presentations, circa two per day…

I can see why G was confused by Elder Palmer’s accent – it isn’t typically New Zealand, more vaguely Antipodean…

wrt Nomenclature – when is it correct to call Henry B Eyring by ‘Elder’ and when ‘President’?

April 4, 2017

Pres Eyring is now a member of the First Presidency, ie, counselor to Pres Monson, so any references made now in present tense would be “President Eyring.” When he was a member of the quorum of the 12, or a 70, he would have been referred to as Elder.

When speaking/writing in the present, but refering to a time in the past, I think I’ve seen the previous title used. If using the current title, then the previous calling/position is made clear.

The president of the Q12 is referred to as President, not Elder, eg, President Russell M Nelson.

There are 7 presidents of the Seventies, and each of them is referred to as President.

The Deacons Quorum, Teachers Quorum, Elders Quorum, ward level Relief Society, Stake level Relief Society, ward and stake level Primary, ward and stake level Sunday School, ward and stake level Young Men, ward and stake level Young Women all have their presidents. They all are rightfully referred to as President So-and-so. Though their counselors are not referred to as president.

There are also church-wide “General Presidents” of Young Men, Young Women, Relief Society, Sunday School, and Primary.

The Stake President is the president of the stake High Priests Quorum, and the ward level guy in charge of the High Priests is called a “group leader”. At the ward level, the High Priests are referred to as a “group”, not a quorum.

The stake president’s two counselors are also referred to as “President so-and-so”. AFAIK, no counselors of any president below the stake president are refered to as “President”.

The Bishop is the president of the ward’s (Aaronic) Priests quorum. But the bishop is always referred to as bishop.

70’s are called Elder whether they are full-time/life-time general authorities (1st and 2nd quorums), or full-time-but-temporary members of 3rd+ quorums, or part-time-and-temporary (ie, keeping their day job) “area authority 70’s”. Except… When full-time 70’s are called to be “Area Presidents” or one of the 7 presidents of the 70, then they are “Presidents”.

You could call it “Church of the Latter-day Presidents.” 🙂

April 4, 2017

By life-time for 1st and 2nd Quorums of 70, above, I meant until they retire/get released, usually at age 70.

3rd+ quorums of 70 are called for a certain number of years, and are released prior to retirement.

April 4, 2017

We’re a little sloppy about nomenclature. It wouldn’t at all be unusual to hear someone refer to “Elder” or “Brother” Eyring.

April 4, 2017

And a unique historical exception: Everyone seems to refer to him as Brother Brigham.

Wm Jas
April 4, 2017

Not quite unique. There’s also the “Brother Joseph” whom millions are supposed to know again.

Also, I know President Monson always used to refer to himself as “Brother” (“President Gordon B. Hinckley, who presides at this conference, has asked that I, Brother Monson, conduct this session.”) I’m not sure if he still does this, since I haven’t watched a full session of General Conference (as opposed to individual talks) since the Hinckley days.

I’ve never cared for the current practice of using “Brother/Sister” + a surname (rather than “Brother Joseph,” “Brother Brigham,” etc.). The whole point of calling someone your brother or sister is to express an intimate family-like relationship, or at least a relationship between social equals, and surely your own siblings are the last people you would ever call by their surnames! In modern Mormon usage, “Brother/Sister” has morphed into the equivalent of “Mr./Mrs.”; adults call their peers “Bill” and “Anne,” while children have to call their parents’ friends “Brother and Sister Jones” — “Brother” and “Sister” therefore conveying precisely that they are not social equals with a sibling-like relationship. (In a somewhat parallel way, “thou” has changed from a singular to a sign of familiarity to a token of respect.)

I guess it just goes to show how rarely people succeed in attempts to change attitudes via language. As soon as people start using “retarded” as a politer alternative to “idiot,” “retarded” begins the process of becoming an insult. As soon as an absolute ruler insists, “No titles; just call me by my cognomen,” “Caesar” begins to turn into a royal title.

Bruce Charlton
April 4, 2017

@Books – Thank you. Across this, there is probably a distinction relating to the presiding function, and something like status.

Ben L
April 12, 2017

Bruce has it. It is american mixed with new zealand (aust. here).

I knew it the moment I hear Hum instead of Him. Agunst vs against.

April 13, 2017

So a “Mid-Pacific” accent then. It does have a kind of cowboy/surfer charm to it.

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