UN meeting produces sense that a 'new epoch' is arriving
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The war in Ukraine and its global fallout transfixed the meeting of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly this year. When it wasn’t out front, it lurked in the background of virtually every speech. There were near-unanimous calls for an end to the seven-month war, with rich and poor countries decrying the fallout from the conflict — widespread shortages and rising prices not only for food but for energy, inflation hitting the cost of living everywhere, and growing global inequality.
Soon, Latter-day Saints will huddle around their televisions or radios and hear the familiar voice announcing the start to general conference. This semiannual event is like a spiritual Super Bowl for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — a marathon of a weekend that brings church members closer to God and Jesus Christ.
Here are some of the funniest moments from general conferences in the past.
How Parks And Recreation Predicted The Winner Of The 2016 World Series
The beloved "Parks and Recreation" series may surprise its longtime and loyal fanbase as the show made a hilarious and historical sports prediction.In its final season, the series took a sharp creative left turn, by jumping ahead to the year 2017 -- about two years ahead of when they would actually be filming the show. This made the world of Pawnee even more unbelievable than it had been previously, except for at least one detail. Indeed, the show ended up correctly predicting a long-laughed-about impossibility in the world of baseball.
Elder Uchtdorf: What does this have to do with airplanes?
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf is known for making jokes about airplanes. In his October 2010 talk “Of Things That Matter Most,” he tells a story and then, according to LDS Living, asks the audience an essential question.
Elder Holland: Dinosaur Memes
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, in his talk “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders Among You” from April 2016, shared a meme (at 3:58 in the video) of a dinosaur with two little kids. Was this the first meme ever shown in general conference? It may have been.
President Eyring: Joke about his parents
President Henry B. Eyring gave a general conference talk in October 2013 called “To My Grandchildren.” In this talk, he shared a funny story about his mother and father. This moment was referenced in a Deseret News article.
Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson formally welcomed to a Supreme Court she will help to shape
A former federal trial court judge and public defender, Justice Jackson may bring a unique insight to criminal cases at the Supreme Court, experts sayAfter enduring an at-times bitter Senate confirmation this year, the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court will take her seat behind the court's mahogany bench Friday at a formal investiture ceremony. Three days later, she will take part in her first oral argument – delving into an environmental case that has vexed the court for years.
According to the Ensign, he said, “My father and my mother were very different from each other. My mother was a singer and an artist. My father loved chemistry. Once at a symphony concert, my mother was surprised when my father stood up and began to leave before the applause began.
“My mother asked him where he was going. His response was, in all innocence: ‘Well, it’s over, isn’t it?’ Only the gentle influence of the Holy Ghost got him there with her in the first place and brought him back to concerts time and time again.”
Elder Holland: ‘Half to do’ conference note
In the April 2022 general conference, Elder Holland gave a talk called “Fear Not: Believe Only!” During the talk, he showed a note from a young child about why we “half to do” conference that also calls conference boring, as the audience laughs.
LDS elder — a former college president — may have plagiarized General Conference talk .
(RNS) — Elder David Bednar, a former BYU-Idaho president, failed to tell listeners he was using material from an obscure religious teacher and other sources in his address.During the church’s recent General Conference, held Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 1-2), Elder David Bednar, a former university president and a member of the body known as the Quorum of 12 since 2004, preached to church members about a well-known New Testament parable about a king who throws a wedding for his son, only to have none of the invited guests show up.