Things To Act
Sunday, October 03, 2004
The 174th Semiannual General Conference
Thoughts, mostly from the priesthood session, since I wasn't taking care of small children then:
- I like the musical numbers better since Mack Wilberg became one of the Tabernacle Choir directors. The arrangements sound like they'd be a lot of fun to sing, and tempos don't drag. The first two hymns Saturday night ("Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah", and "I Need Thee Every Hour") both had the first tenors up on a B above middle C, and the arrangement of "The Spirit of God" went up to the A just below that. There are quite a few hymns in the book with alto lines that don't go that high.
- President Faust got a lot of laughs by describing young men who, due to a dearth of Melchizedek Priesthood holders in their area, got to "home teach, not just be a yawning appendage to an elder making a social call."
- When President Monson announces a musical number, the second line of the song often becomes part of the announced title. I like that. It's like referring to "the BYU," or speaking of one's fellow quorum members as "Brother [firstname]" instead of using last names.
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