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The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Conference

Again, what lack of imagination are we experiencing here Mme Blogger? But, Yes, the word I'm liking today is conference. Maybe you'd like to pronounce it confer-ence. With the emphasis on the con FER' ence.

We do like to speak about being informed, and we've all been grateful to have had the chance to receive Words of Counsel in plenty of time to think about them, discuss, consider questions and ramifications. It's very useful and productive to read all those words in all those resolutions, slowly and with intention, pondering and meditating and praying over them in private moments (even hours, days and months).

But you just can't beat coming together in a great big bunch of people to confer together. This morning we were bidden good bye by Apostle Len Young. In his farewell address he confessed to "just loving World Conference, and considering parliamentary procedure one of the highest forms of worship!" I suspect he was joking about that second part, but I truly believe his assessment of World Conference. It makes all the difference having the opportunity to listen, to share, to offer a tentative opinion to a sympathetic ear, then trying it out on a decidedly UNsympathetic one.

You won't have trouble finding either. And yet here we are, conferring in the conference chamber, on the sidewalk, over lunch, standing in line, formally in quorum or assembly or mass meeting or caucus. Conferring with good will and civility, with love and caring, with clarity and with confusion.

This blogspot is really not large enough to discuss this phenomenon at length, but it is worth considering and exploring further. Meantime I offer the good word for today: conference!

Posted by Marion

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