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  1. #691
    Quote Originally Posted by LA Ute View Post
    One member of our ward, named Leo, is an older man with vision and speech issues, and perhaps some dementia or other disability (he has a heavy accent and makes comments in Sunday School that are hard to decipher). Leo joined the church about 3 years ago. Lately he has been blessing the sacrament, which has been kind of an adventure for everyone in attendance at sacrament meeting because he struggles to get through the prayer and takes quite a long time to do that.

    Yesterday Leo had an especially difficult time and ended up giving the prayer 4 times before he got it right. (Our bishop will let small errors go -- slurred words, for example -- but Leo's mistakes yesterday were just too big to ignore.) It was hard for everyone present because we wanted Leo to do well and not be embarrassed. But the episode passed and we just moved on with the meeting.

    It was testimony meeting, and one of the last persons who spoke, a woman who fairly recently reactivated herself, very emotionally brought up Leo's struggle. She looked down from the pulpit at him, seated in the pews, and in a breaking voice thanked him, saying that the sacrament prayer had become routine to her and she'd fallen into the bad habit of not listening to it carefully. Thanks to him, she said, she had been forced to listen to the prayer carefully and as a result had a new appreciation for the meaning of many of the words. She also was deeply touched, she said, by Leo's determination and persistence in getting the words right. There were few dry eyes in the chapel by the time she sat down. It was a touching and unexpected moment. I like to think the Lord was happy with it. I also learned something important about patience and charity.
    Thank you. A nice reminder.


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    Elder Eyrings talk tonight was phenomenal, very powerful.


  3. #693
    The Just Serve piece following this morning's session was phenomenal. The best "talk" of the day for me.


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  4. #694
    I guess this goes here. I saw this on Twitter yesterday. I have not been able to stop thinking about the story at the end of this. I don't have words. Just incredible.

    https://www.lds.org/church/news/elde...dents?lang=eng

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    That is a nice story.


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  6. #696
    My wife and daughters and about 7,000 other women paid $75 to attend conference last night and today at the Southtown Expo Center called Timeout for Women. It was sponsored by Deseret Book and has multiple speakers, including Sherri Dew. The session last night started and ended with a prayer. Sherri Dew spoke as well as a musician who sounds like Josh Groban and a former FBI agent who now operates a non-profit that rescues abducted children who are sold on the sex slave market. His organization has done tremendous things. Although none of them ended their speeches with the typical LDS salutation, their speeches were somewhat gospel related and at times had the tone of someone giving a testimony. While my wife was impressed with their messages, in one sense she was bothered because it seemed like this was a Jesus centered commercial venture. She doesn't think the money generated goes to any non-profit. So, do things like this bother anyone? I always cringe at things like Angel Moroni tie clips.

  7. #697
    Quote Originally Posted by UTEopia View Post
    My wife and daughters and about 7,000 other women paid $75 to attend conference last night and today at the Southtown Expo Center called Timeout for Women. It was sponsored by Deseret Book and has multiple speakers, including Sherri Dew. The session last night started and ended with a prayer. Sherri Dew spoke as well as a musician who sounds like Josh Groban and a former FBI agent who now operates a non-profit that rescues abducted children who are sold on the sex slave market. His organization has done tremendous things. Although none of them ended their speeches with the typical LDS salutation, their speeches were somewhat gospel related and at times had the tone of someone giving a testimony. While my wife was impressed with their messages, in one sense she was bothered because it seemed like this was a Jesus centered commercial venture. She doesn't think the money generated goes to any non-profit. So, do things like this bother anyone? I always cringe at things like Angel Moroni tie clips.
    A quick internet check finds it’s not sponsored by Deseret Book....it’s a subsidiary of Deseret Book, they own the thing.

    Reading their “things we love” list it’s obviously geared towards LDS women.

    And, to your point, there is no mention regarding where the money goes. But there is a request to bring donations for refugees as a “service project”.


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