#LDSConf General Conference – 2 Apr ’17 – Sunday morning Session

President Eyring will be conducting this meeting. President Monson presides.

Music is provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

President Eyring: Welcome to the Sunday morning session.

Choir:

Opening Prayer :

Choir: “Love is Spoken Here”

(My internet went out at the beginning of Conference. I will update the choir song and who said the opening prayer later).

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#LDSConf General Conference – 1 Apr ’17 – Priesthood Session

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf will be conducting this Session. President Thomas S. Monson presides.

Music is provided by a Priesthood Choir of YSA from Holliday and Murray Utah

President Uchtdorf : Welcome to Priesthood Session

Choir: Rise Up O Man of God

Opening Prayer: Vern P. Stanfill of the Seventy:

“We pray that our hearts may be changed, that we may use this moment to minister unto others.”

Choir: Jesus Once of Humble Birth

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#LDSConf General Conference – 1 Apr ’17 – Sat PM Session

President Henry B. Eyring [First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church] will be conducting this meeting.

President Henry B. Eyring: Welcome to all, participating in person or via TV, satellite broadcast, or the Internet. The Choir is composed of families from three Utah stakes.

Choir: Home Can Be A Heaven on Earth

Opening Prayer: Elder Von G. Keetch

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#LDSConf General Conference – 1 Apr ’17 – Sat AM Session

Live coverage of the Saturday AM session of General Conference. Post will be updated after each speaker.

President Dinter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church will be conducting this meeting. President Thomas S. Monson presides.

Music is provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Choir: The Morning Breaks

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: It is a beautiful day today in Salt Lake City and we extend a warm welcome. Our dear prophet has asked that I conduct this session.

Choir: Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise

Opening Prayer: Elder Kim B. Clark (I think)

Choir: Do What is Right

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The American Dream – Utah Mormon Style

Megan McArdle went to Utah seeking answers. How is it that Utah has upward mobility approaching the most progressive nations in the world? She attempted to answer in an article published yesterday in Bloomberg:

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-03-28/how-utah-keeps-the-american-dream-alive

What is Upward Mobility?

If you are born in the bottom 25% of the population, how likely is it that you’ll pull yourself up into the top 25% of the population?

Denmark leads the world with a documented upward mobility a bit over 11%.

In Salt Lake City, upward mobility is just under 11%, the highest in the United States. By comparison, Charlotte, North Carolina, has upward mobility of only 4%.

Factors

Money Can’t Buy Dreams: Utah doesn’t spend to achieve this mobility. It’s spending on education per pupil is dead last in the nation.

Welfare, Mormon-style: But Utah government is able to lean on the many Mormons in the community. The Mormon welfare system comes in for astonished praise: Help them out, but get them to a point where they can help themselves.

Mercy: Regardling the dire poor, McArdle talks about how Utah prioritizes getting people in housing, “Housing First.” This can rankle with people who believe the poor deserve their plight, but in Mormon-dominated Utah, mercy tends to take precedent over justice.

Regarding others as Equals: In Utah the poor and the rich are in the same communities. The geographically-based Mormon congregations come in for a good part of this egalitarianism. In Utah people tend to see each other as equals. Children get to know those in the upper 25% of the economic pecking order, having a chance to have these folks as mentors and role models. McArdle suggests Utah’s racial sameness contributes to the lack of distrust and animosity seen on other communities.

Marriage: Finally, McArdle points out that marriage matters. Children raised by married parents fare better, putting them in a position to aspire to the upper middle class in their later lives. Even when there are single parents, children in a community where the majority of children have married parents do better, despite the unmarried state of their own parent(s).

Summary

McArdle worries that these factors that make Utah such a dreamy place aren’t easily replicated without Mormonism. But she hopes that some aspects of what makes Utah a place where every child can dream of aspire economic prosperity could be an example for other communities, if only to see that upward mobility is possible.