What "the church teaches" comes up a lot here. The question in my mind every time the phrase is used is "How do we know what the church teaches? According to who?" I think the website is often referenced as a source for what the church teaches, but in my experience in working with the general membership in my own ward/stake almost nobody actually looks at the website. For example, I am tasked with doing training stuff on ministering somewhat frequently but hardly anybody has actually looked at the stuff on the website. I know I'm probably deluding myself, but I think people do pay more attention to General Conference and there is emphasis on teaching from General Conference. Hence in my mind General Conference is a better barometer of what "the church teaches" than other sources.SilentDawning wrote: ↑15 May 2019, 18:21I'm the remedial student regarding emphasis at GC -- can you tell me what the topic is? All I can think of is preparing for the second coming.DarkJedi wrote: ↑15 May 2019, 15:13When was the last time you heard it (or similar things like planting a garden) mentioned in GC?SilentDawning wrote: ↑14 May 2019, 18:48In another thread, it was mentioned that food storage might be de-emphasized now.
I would like to explore this further. Is this true? How do we know this, and what would be the rationale for it, if true, given the recent statements that the second coming is night? (it's always nigh)...
Interested in what people have to say.
I'm going to leave it at that for the moment, partly because I'm short on time, but if you're looking for that you might as well look for what has been talked about in GC. (Hint: since 2014 there has been a clear emphasis on one topic above all others and it has increased with every conference)
In situations like this BYU has a great asset. https://www.lds-general-conference.org/ Popping food storage in there gets you a hit from Linda K. Burton in 2014 referencing a story. Previous to that it was GBH in 2006, the only mention in the 2000s. Turns out it was never talked about a ton, but most frequently in the 70s and early 80s. I said this in another thread - the changes being made today seem to be to distance the church from the church of those days. The church was missing the mark then, and I think they recognize that and what leads me to that conclusion is that now the church is much closer to hitting the mark - the clear main topic in each GC, especially since 2014, is the Church of Jesus Christ talking about Jesus Christ. Curt mentioned the topic (and I appreciate that) and I've shared this before, but I like to share it so here it is again: http://www.ldsliving.com/The-Most-Commo ... er/s/86462
Here's another fun one to try on the BYU corpus: plug grace in there.