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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

Conference Summary for the 187th Semiannual General Conference


Highlights from the 186th Semiannual General Conference

Turn On Your Light
Sharon Eubank

Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach
Neill F. Marriott

Value beyond Measure
Joy D. Jones

Three Sisters
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
A Yearning for Home
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Needs before Us
Bonnie L. Oscarson

The Plan and the Proclamation
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

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

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

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

Spiritual Eclipse
Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Repentance Is Always Positive
Stephen W. Owen

The Eternal Everyday
Elder Quentin L. Cook

By Divine Design
Elder Ronald A. Rasband

The Heart of the Widow
Elder O. Vincent Haleck

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

The Truth of All Things
Elder David F. Evans

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

Bearers of Heavenly Light
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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

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

Exceeding Great & Precious Promises
Elder David A. Bednar

Turn to the Lord
Bishop W. Christopher Waddell

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

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

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

Apart, but Still One
Elder Joni L. Koch

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

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

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

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

The Voice of the Lord
Elder Neil L. Andersen

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

Conference Story Index

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.)

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

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.