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#1 LiterateParakeet

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:22 AM

Who is your favorite general conference speaker (past or present)? and why?

I know, I know, it's hard to narrow it down to one, feel free to give more than one, but be sure and tell me WHY. I am asking for a specific personal reason--I am looking for leaders that speak in a gentle and "validating of pain" sort of way. Elder Holland has become a new favorite for mine for this reason.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:05 AM

Mine was Joseph B. Wirthlin. He gave so many talks over the years and many of them about adversity and how attitude can help you rise above them. I seemed to be able to relate to many of his words and still like using him for quotes on attitude and strength and adversity.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:30 AM

Elder Holland has become a new favorite for mine for this reason.


Heh, I like Elder Holland because of his straight forward boldness concerning the doctrines of the Kingdom.

For example:
Print: My Words... Never CeaseĀ - general-conference
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Also Elder Oaks for the same.

For example:
Print: Love and Law - general-conference
Video: Love and Law - general-conference

This is not to say other apostles, or President Monson, beat around the bush or shy away from declaring the doctrines, but there is a candor in the way they speak that I appreciate. I also like listening to Elder Uchtdorf but that is mainly for the aviation related analogies, anecdotes and his accent.
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

Bruce R. Mcconkie I know, I know, but he is my fav, I never heard him in person because He passed before I joined the church, but I have many of his books and I like to read and listen to his talk on the internet. also the way he talks you can not forget the way he talks, I............Belive..............In...........Christ. slow, but every word is spoken precisely.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

I love President Uchtdorf's talks. He makes me think and emphasizes points that I need to chew on. He gives very practical talks like finding happiness, the things that matter most, regrets and resolutions, etc.
I look forward to what he has to say.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

Elder Scott. He loves his wife so much and speaks often about her. He always has such a kind gentle loving voice and words. I could listen to him for hours. He calms my soul and brings me peace.
I feel like we have an unusual number of extremely spiritual leaders in the church right now. No way am I knocking the past ones but these are extraordinary. General Conference has become an spiritual feast like never before and I loved it before.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

I also love Elder L. Tom Perry. Not always because of his words but because every time I see him he reminds me of this huggable grandfather type that you just want to get a big hug from.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

Elder Uchtdorf is becoming more and more of a favorite to me each time I hear him open his mouth. I've always loved Elder Holland. Elder Bednar and Elder Eyring are often moving and powerful in a standout way to me as well.

Edited by Wingnut, 23 February 2013 - 06:17 PM.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

I have a lot of favorites. When I was younger I loved Elders LeGrand Richards and Paul H. Dunn.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:07 PM

Elder Uchtdorf is becoming more and more of a favorite to me each time I hear him open my mouth.


He opens your mouth?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:17 PM

He opens your mouth?


I don't know what you're talking about.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

Elder Holland, for his "Safety for the Soul" talk in 2009. In 2010 I joined the church, because that talk helped me develop my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I'm partial to President Uchtdorf, President Monson, and Elder Bednar as well. I agree that we are blessed with a lot of very spiritual leaders.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Elder Uchtdorf is becoming more and more of a favorite to me each time I hear him open his mouth. I've always loved Elder Holland. Elder Bednar and Elder Eyring are often moving and powerful in a standout way to me as well.


Me too! President Uctdorf, Elder Holland, and Elder Bednar are three stand-out speakers for me! ^_^

I was absolutely riveted and profoundly moved by the October 2012 General Conference.

The biggest stand-out for me was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk, The First Great Commandment. I almost forgot to breathe as I listened to him give that talk. No doubt about it, for me, the October 2012 General Conference was amazing.

Edited by Tough Grits, 23 February 2013 - 09:28 PM.
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

The biggest stand-out for me was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk, The First Great Commandment. I almost forgot to breathe as I listened to him give that talk. No doubt about it, for me, the October 2012 General Conference was amazing.

That was such a fabulous talk! We have a PVR so we rewound it and watched it again right away.
Now I'm really starting to look forward to April. :)

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

That was such a fabulous talk! We have a PVR so we rewound it and watched it again right away.
Now I'm really starting to look forward to April. :)


I did the same thing! :lol:

My kids kept groaning, but my husband knew better than to say anything. ;)

I was writing stuff down in my spiritual journal, and I wanted to get the words exactly right, so I kept rewinding the DVR...over and over and over, until I got the whole quote that I wanted to get. Waiting an entire month until the magazine came out was not an option!!!!

See, technology (and watching conference at home) can be a good thing!
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

I love them all. But I always looks forward to what the Prophet has to say, and then Pres. Packer.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:30 AM

I did the same thing! :lol:

My kids kept groaning, but my husband knew better than to say anything. ;)

I was writing stuff down in my spiritual journal, and I wanted to get the words exactly right, so I kept rewinding the DVR...over and over and over, until I got the whole quote that I wanted to get. Waiting an entire month until the magazine came out was not an option!!!!

See, technology (and watching conference at home) can be a good thing!


It's also available on lds.org within 24-48 hours.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

Somehow, it seemed appropriate to add this link to the thread:
http://www.lds.net/f...ses-pb-cup.html

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BTW, I've always liked L. Tom Perry. He just talks like the grandfather I never had. Also President Uchtdorf. They both talk about the gospel, but don't make you feel bad if you've strayed. It's a welcoming tone towards the gospel of repentance that I like and find reassuring. I know others do too, but they stand out in my mind.

Of course, there's always J. Golden Kimball!

J. Golden Kimball - On Experiences With Members - YouTube

Edited by skippy740, 24 February 2013 - 11:28 AM.

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"But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters; in the months and years ahead, events will require of each member that he or she decide whether or not he or she will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kings 18:21).  President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had "never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional, or political life" (CR, April 1941, p. 123). This is a hard doctrine, but it is a particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ." - Neal A. Maxwell, October 10th, 1978.

 

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:58 PM

There is no way to forget the prophet as first favorite but dont really classify him with the rest. Same with his councilors. Ever time they speak it makes a huge impression.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

It's really difficult to narrow it down to one, so I'm going to have to bring it down to just two. By far, my favorite is Elder Holland. I love his BYU Devotionals. Especially this talk by him. I don't know why, but he speaks in such a way that just about everyone can relate and understand. But at the same time, he's very blunt and to the point. He doesn't mix words and he tells you what's wrong and what you need to be doing.

Either him, or President Uchtdorf. I can't get enough of those airplane analogies.
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