Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Afternoon Session of 183rd General Conference 2013

I have not yet watched the Priesthood Session of Conference on Sunday Evening, but I plan to do so, to hear the messages as well to see if there were any answers to my five questions.

I found this General Conference to be a good experience, it was a good listen. I enjoyed it. It was good. There was one speaker in the final session whose talk didn't really ring true in my mind, but I think he was good intentioned and meant no harm, but basically as I heard his message I thought there was something a little wrong with it, it didn't seem quite right to me. Perhaps I shouldn't be so critical, but I will be truthful that at the time I heard it, I thought he meant well, but it didn't ring true.

 

So, now I'll just review my five questions and the answers they received:

#1: Since church members are retarded, why should anyone have to be baptized?
Answer: To find true and lasting personal peace, the atonement will heal and forgive.

#2: Is it true that mormons really are truly retarded?

Answer: Mormons never knowingly or wilfully build their houses on the sands of foolishness.

#3: Why should a very poor man with lots of debt have to pay tithing to a very wealthy church?

Answer: To be obedient, and to receive blessings. Not fully answered, but answered nonetheless.

#4: Who was the pre-mortal God Jehovah's wife, and what happened to her when Jesus was born? Does the Holy Ghost have a wife?

Answer: Not really answered, but if I have understood, the spirit God does not have a spouse - thus opening the question of how do you really need a spouse to be God?? I think one of the speakers mentioned how the Melchizedek priesthood is a requirement of exaltation, which might mean Joseph Smith had some original error. I take this as the answer because the husband-wife-relationship only seems to begin in mortality for the creation of children, and as such a pre-mortal God would not be married. It might be that priesthood power is more essential to Godhood than marriage, but in the end, this question is still a grey area that was not entirely answered.

#5: Romans 7:3 says a widow can remarry without committing adultery. Considering how marrying a divorced woman is adultery, how is it that marrying a widow would not be adultery considering how the widow was already eternally sealed to a spouse who is only dead?

Answer: Not really answered, but I would understand that this is one of those scriptures that was falsely translated. Of course, that's not necessarily the answer either, but in this Conference, they talked about complete fidelity in marriage which would indicate that widows should not remarry, but they also said that all choices in a couple should be agreed upon unanimously between the couple, so if the husband is OK with the wife remarrying after he's dead, then perhaps she would be allowed to.

 

So, three questions answered, two questions barely touched on and not really answered very much. Perhaps the apostles just didn't have enough time to deal with all the issues they were meant to deal with.

 

All in all, this was a good conference, and I enjoyed it. I'll try to watch Priesthood Session later.

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