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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The reason I have postponed publishing the results of my General Conference predictions

Long-time followers of my blog know that in addition to posting my General Conference predictions every six months, I usually post after General Conference to share the results of those predictions and to give myself a percentage of accuracy on them. Generally that percentage falls between 60-80%. I still plan on doing that for this last conference. But between the sheer volume of Church and temple news that has needed to be shared more urgently, and because my wife and I have spent the last few days not feeling well, I have spent considerably more of my time over the last couple of days resting and regrouping. We are sure we will be fine. We have just needed a few days to focus on our recuperation. I will hopefully be able to get that up on this blog before too much longer. Thank you for understanding, and especially for your interest and support. Thanks as well, as always, for the privilege of your time, and may the Lord bless you all in all that you do.

Possible Table of Contents for the November 2017 Ensign

Hello again, everyone! As I usually do every six months, with the transcripts of the talks now available, I have taken the liberty of reading some of them, and, based on some information in the footnotes of those talks, I have put together a table showing my prediction for what the November 2017 Ensign Table of Contents might look like. According to earlier information shared by the Church at the time they announced the curriculum for 2018, the November Ensign will have 144 pages. General the May edition of the General  Conference Ensign has included 144 pages, and its November counterpart has generally only been 128 pages. But after putting this potential table of contents together, I can see why the Church has extended the November 2017 Ensign to 144 pages. Enjoy, and let me know your thoughts.

Possible Table of Contents for the November 2017 Ensign
Session
Page
Title
Speaker

2
Conference Summary for the 187th Semiannual General Conference


3
Indexes


4
Highlights from the 186th Semiannual General Conference

GW
8
Turn On Your Light
Sharon Eubank

11
Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach
Neill F. Marriott

14
Value beyond Measure
Joy D. Jones

17
Three Sisters
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
SAM
21
A Yearning for Home
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

25
The Needs before Us
Bonnie L. Oscarson

28
The Plan and the Proclamation
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

32
“I Have a Work for Thee”
Elder John C. Pingree Jr.

34
The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven
Elder D. Todd Christofferson

38
Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
SAA
42
The Sustaining of Church Officers
President Henry B. Eyring

44
Spiritual Eclipse
Elder Gary E. Stevenson

48
Repentance Is Always Positive
Stephen W. Owen

51
The Eternal Everyday
Elder Quentin L. Cook

54
By Divine Design
Elder Ronald A. Rasband

58
The Heart of the Widow
Elder O. Vincent Haleck

61
The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life be Like Without It?
President Russell M. Nelson
SPH
65
The Priesthood and the Savior’s Atoning Power
Elder Dale G. Renlund

68
The Truth of All Things
Elder David F. Evans

75
Earning the Trust of the Lord and Your Family
Elder Richard J. Maynes

78
Bearers of Heavenly Light
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

81
The Lord Leads His Church
President Henry B. Eyring
SUM
85
That Your Joy Might Be Full
Jean B. Bingham

88
Has the Day of Miracles Ceased?
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

91
Exceeding Great & Precious Promises
Elder David A. Bednar

95
Turn to the Lord
Bishop W. Christopher Waddell

98
Lord, Wilt Thou Cause That My Eyes May Be Opened
Elder W. Craig Zwick

101
Fear Not To Do Good
President Henry B. Eyring
SUA
105
The Trek Continues!
Elder M. Russell Ballard

108
God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon
Tad R. Callister

111
Apart, but Still One
Elder Joni L. Koch

113
Do We Trust Him? Hard Is Good
Elder Stanley G. Ellis

116
Essential Truths—Our Need to Act
Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella

118
Seek Ye Out of the Best Books
Elder Ian S. Ardern

121
Love One Another as He Has Loved Us
Elder Jose L. Alonso

125
The Voice of the Lord
Elder Neil L. Andersen





72
General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


129
Conference Story Index


130
News of the Church
130: Elder Robert D. Hales Passes Away
132: Report of General Conference
133: Juan A. Uceda/Patrick Kearon
134: Other Church News (Temple Update, etc.)


137
Come Follow Me—For Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society (Introduction to and Instructions for New Curriculum)


144
Last page of General Conference Ensign
                                        

Transcripts of Talks from the October General Conference Now Available

Hello, everyone! With my continued thanks to you all for your ongoing readership and support, I wanted to let you know that the Church has now posted the transcripts of the talks from the October General Conference. You can find any talks you might like to review here. Any comments are welcome and appreciated. As always, thank you for the privilege of your time, and may the Lord continue to bless you all in all that you do.

Houston Texas Temple Closed for Restoration

Hello, everyone! Just wanted to post a minor update to let you know that the Houston Texas Temple, which as previously noted, was damaged by flooding, is currently closed for restoration. It is not anticipated to take too long. And since this is a restoration (wherein furniture will be replaced, along with anything else that might have been damaged), a rededication will not be necessary. How grateful I am that the Church has experience with dealing with temples damaged by natural disasters. You can depend on my reporting any updates in temple news. Any comments are welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray the Lord's blessings upon each of you until then.

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Elder Robert D. Hales

Hello, everyone! This may be old news to some of you (as I am coming to it a little late) but funeral arrangements were announced earlier today for Elder Robert D. Hales. Those services will be held on Friday @ 11:00 AM, For more details, click here. Any comments are, as always, welcome. For now, thank you for the privilege of your time, and may the Lord bless you all in all that you do.