Meanwhile — rather than capitalizing on it with another shocker-conference — the CoJCoL-dS decided to go with their previous conference strategy of boring the pants off everyone — that way nobody but the true believers will pay attention to what they say (well, almost). The big surprise was that they neglected to harp on pornography this time. The highlights included the tasty cinnamon rolls. Well, there was always the Kirtland Temple anniversary and some April fools jokes.
Outside the conference center, however, there were quite a lot of fascinating discussions about Mormonism and race (note: the Mormons aren’t the only ones who have race problems). See also gender and sexuality. Then, after addressing the standard issues, there were some interesting points of Mormon theology, metaphysics, history, doctrine, and philosophy (such as decisions and dichotomies). There’s magic and evidence, how to keep your testimony, what to do if that doesn’t work, how to explain away the people who leave, belief and dissonance, and giving God’s goodness the benefit of the doubt.
I hope you and your families have had a nice weekend. We had lovely weather here in Zurich, so we went to the Botanical Gardens (as did a sizeable portion of Zurich, it turns out, but it was fun), and then we watched “Totoro” while I sewed patches on all of the pairs of pants that my kids have worn the knees out of this past school year. A pleasant Sunday overall — I hope yours was too! 😀