twice a year as members of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, we gather together for a general conference. our prophet and apostles and other leaders speak to us over the course of four, two hour sessions. when i was little we went to the chapel to watch these conferences via satellite. often we’d be perched in our sunday clothes on the front pew. my mom encouraged our attentiveness by making sure we took notes. often, she’d create a note sheet for us. i always loved taking notes. however, i don’t think i always loved sitting through eight hours of conference. my brother opted to draw each speaker rather than what they said.
over the years, technology has changed. the internet opened up the possibility to listen to conference online. some can hear it on their radios. and an increasingly bigger amount are able to watch the conference sessions on cable. i eagerly welcomed conference into my own home. now i could sit on my couch, in my pajamas and watch it. it seemed like a silly indulgence, but there are only two sundays a year i don’t have to put on a skirt!
there are two additional sessions of conference which can only be viewed by going to the church building. last week i attended the women’s broadcast where speakers address the women of our church directly. alternately, last night was the men’s priesthood session. before christian left i reminded him to take notes for me! i always expect some ground breaking announcement during that meeting, and waiting for the conference edition of the ensign just seems like too long of a wait. he said he would take notes, and i met up with two friends to watch a movie none of our husbands approved of.