Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2 MUSINGS FROM GENERAL CONFERENCE At General Conference, it is not unusal to see a lot of heads bowed. They are not praying ....they are looking at their smart phones. One person commented that as they left the legislative committee, people in the hallways already knew how the legislative committee voted. Also, after leaving the chaotic General Administration legislative commmittee last Saturday, I logged on to my facebook and found a post of NAV-EMT member, Krystle Wheeler who had been following the sessions in a live stream from someone's smart phone. Four years ago, there was a bit of a clamour, because it was alleged that certain delegations had been given smart phones or cell phones and were instructed how to vote during the sessions. This year General Conference delegates are seated at tables with 5-6 delegates at a table to increase interaction with the intent to increase interaction across delegations. However, the texting, facebooking and twittering probably made it impossible to ascertain if the round table experiment was successful. The round table formation increased the distance for the presiding bishop to see the individuals in the back. The rather small 8 1/2 by 11 inch colored paper could not be seen, hence delegates in the back (where Cal-Pac delegation is seated) is not recognized very often. Midway during the second week, creative ways to get recognized with large poster size colored panels and larger towels are being used to create attention. Norma Lay Delegate

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