LDS Living Blog
In spite of how carefully planned general conference is, there are always unexpected moments that make us laugh or gasp. Here are nine of those moments in conference history that caught everybody off guard.
1. When President Hunter Fell Over Backwards in the Middle of His Talk (April 1989)
Conference goers were stunned when President Howard W. Hunter lost his balance in the middle of his talk and fell backwards into the choir conductor’s podium. Surprisingly, after being helped up by members of the Quorum of the Twelve, he proceeded to give the rest of his message as if the event hadn’t happened, even in spite of already being weak from recent surgeries.
Sometimes it's easy for us to be overwhelmed by our doubts, especially in the world we live in today. Read about how that doubt can in fact strengthen us if we use it properly.
It happens unexpectedly.
You might be catching up with friends via social media, looking for church history related content online, or sitting in the middle of a Sunday school class when you read or hear something that prompts prodding and uncomfortable questions.
"How do I know if this is right or if it isn't? What if the things I believe aren't true?"
It can be difficult to spiritually navigate in the world today without running into tough questions like these that challenge our faith and cause us to doubt. Often, that doubt is trying and hard to address, something we’d rather hide than admit to having.
According to scholars Terryl and Fiona Givens, however, doubt is an important piece of our mortal probation on earth. Rather than something to be ungrateful for and frightened of, they say, doubt can be a valuable and ennobling gift from the Lord.
Doubt Prompts Us to Ask Honest Questions
Terryl Givens says, “Doubt, for us, leads to the capacity to ask genuine questions, and a genuine question is a question born out of sincerity and a yearning to know.”
One of the most powerful examples of the ennobling doubt the Givenses refer to is found in the boy prophet, Joseph Smith. After months of searching for the truth in a religious environment that he called contentious and confusing, Joseph’s doubt pushed him to ask difficult questions.
See Gladys Knight's stunning CTR ring, watch a viral new Mormon message, and more in this week's top LDS stories!
Gladys was first introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by her children--and she loved the simplicity of Gospel concepts, in particular, the slogan CTR.
As an adult convert, Gladys Knight was first introduced to the concept of the CTR reminder ring through her grandchildren. She recalls, "One of the kids was wearing a little CTR ring, and it was a little one because they were in Primary then. And I thought wow, what a concept."
Though still new to the Church, immediately she said, “'I want one of those.' And then I found out that you could have one of those, it wasn’t just for the kids!"
But just how did her gold and diamond CTR ring come to be? "My daughter had a friend that she went to high school with who turned out to be a jeweler. So I took the basic ring to him, I said, 'I want a diamond CTR ring.' And he said, 'Well, I don’t know. The shape of it kind of limits you.' And I said, 'I’m not talking about a diamond ring like a diamond ring, I just want it.' So he made this for me. And I came back to get it and I’ve worn it ever since."
Find out what happened to the cast of Johnny Lingo, read about Noelle Pikus-Pace's stand for modesty at a photo shoot, and more in this week's top stories.
When presented with an immodest dress to wear in a photo shoot promoting heart health, Noelle Pikus-Pace had a decision to make: wear the dress for a good cause, or stick to her standards.
Before my first Olympic appearance, I was invited to attend an incredibly comprehensive social event known as the Media Summit. This national event attracts every newspaper, magazine, television broadcast, charity foundation, and webcast with any interest in sports, health, or fitness. Athletes expected to do well in the Olympics received invitations to attend, and we were asked to bring a variety of clothes to wear throughout the event. They wanted workout clothes, “Sunday best,” formal wear, competition gear and equipment, “going out” outfits, winter gear, and then basically anything else left in your closet after packing all of these items.
Snoop Dogg and Katherine Heigl made appearances in Mormon news this week--find out why in this week's top LDS stories.
In 2008, an article published on April 1st by CNN purported that popular rapper Snoop Dogg converted to Mormonism. While the story turned out to be an April Fool's hoax, this week, a photo submitted to the LDS Missionaries Facebook showed that a Book of Mormon was given to the rap legend.
Sister 'Otukolo got special permission from their mission president to attend on football game at the Bishop Gorman high school in Las Vegas, where her brother plays. And when her brother told her that Snoop's son also played on the team, the Sisters went looking for him and apparently found him!