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THEREFORE GO from the OTHER SIDE

(The picture is of the backside of the screen – sometimes Joe’s view as a marshal)   I have cried and I have prayed. I have hugged friends in heart-broken agony. I have sighed with relief and then worried about … Continue reading

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Mirror….Mirror….

The lighting for the mirror in the bathroom of our hotel (which has been “home” for the last 12 days) is not good. Well, let me take that back. It depends on what you want to see whether or not … Continue reading

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Staying Healthy

I wrote some of this on Friday and some on Saturday. Both days we have spent most of our time in legislative committees. You can see my spread as we work. I am assigned to General Administration in the sub-committee … Continue reading

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The View of General Conference from a Marshal’s Perspective

I like to think of my role as the official greeter of the General Conference! Imagine a Walmart greeter. And since I enjoy talking to people, it is a perfect fit! Most folks I encounter are pleasant, courteous, and appreciative of our help. Marshals help people find where they are going, problem solve, and contact help if it is serious (i.e. – yesterday someone passed out in a meeting and the paramedics had to be called). Continue reading

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RULE 44 is NOT FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

It isn’t that today was a surprise. It’s just that it was a disappointment. I knew all along that we were fighting an uphill battle. Although our blog policy (if families can also make policy) is that we don’t dwell … Continue reading

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“…but the Lord’s purpose will succeed” (Proverbs 19:21)

And Conference begins. I have lived General Conference for four years. So many hours in meetings, emails, phone calls, and conversations. So much prayer. So much joy and pain. So many decisions, big and small. And now it has begun. … Continue reading

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A Final Word

It was my intention to write an “end of conference” reaction on the day after conference ended. And then I thought well, perhaps a 48-hours later reflection. But, unfortunately, I hit the ground running and haven’t really stopped since leaving … Continue reading

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Friends, Finances and Frustrations

By this point (Thursday evening) we have been at General Conference for so long, it’s hard to believe that we just have one more day of this routine. I ran in to a woman this evening who I met last … Continue reading

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Elevators, Walls, and other structures

Still reeling from a conversation that I had in the hotel elevator this afternoon. A woman asked me why I was here and when I told her, she said, “Why are all these foreigners here with you?” I explained that … Continue reading

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Sabbath

I realize you haven’t heard much from any of us. We have had four solid days of legislative committee meetings. They begin at 8 am and go until evening worship begins at 8:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday. This year we … Continue reading

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