(An English girl in my Songwriting class comes in early, eating something Oriental)
ME: Hey, that smells pretty good, what is it?
ENGLISH GIRL: It’s something I got for lunch. I’ve never tried it before. It’s rice and chicken, but with some sort of sauce on it.
OTHER GIRL: Is it soy sauce?
ENGLISH GIRL: Not really. The best way to describe it is it’s kind of like soy sauce crossed with treacle.
(Stony silence. Everybody in the room is racking their brains trying to remember/figure out what treacle is or what it tastes like.)
ENGLISH GIRL: They gave it a weird name too: Terr-ee-yack-ee, I think.
EVERYONE ELSE: Ohhh!!!! Teriyaki!
ENGLISH GIRL: What, you’ve tried it too?
Seriously, though, I saw tons of oriental restaurants when I lived in Spain. Are most English unfamiliar with the concept of teriyaki sauce? Really makes you think.
Also, who puts treacle (which, it turns out, is molasses) on rice?
Once again, here are my notes and impressions of the LDS General Conference, this time from Apr. 2009:
- New apostle — Neil Lyndon Andersen
- The prophet may sing “El Rancho Grande” if you put him in a sombrero and sarape.
- The four most caring words: “We can’t afford it.”
- Be reverent!
- Virtue is not just for young women, but men too.
- Be acquainted with the voice of the Spirit, so you can recognize and understand it in the heat of the moment.
- Trials are invitations to grow, and those who accept trials as such can find peace in the turmoil.
- Learn from others, smart guy! Prophets and apostles are in touch, despite being old.
- Learn from the past too, lest you be doomed to repeat it.
- A loving God only makes sense if there is continuing revelation, and hell is not endless.
- Faith is like spiritual photosynthesis.
- Go to the temple and participate in all ordinances!
- Forgive to be forgiven.
- Add audible “amen” as a listener to a prayer.
- Learn how to pray from Christ’s prayers.
- Prayer doesn’t need to be long-winded. Six words can be as effective, or more so, than one thousand.
- Young people speak of the future because they have no past. Old people speak of the past because they have no future.
- Take care of your body.
- Do not immerse yourself so much in the technical that you fail to learn the practical.
- Help others through this time of economic hardship, especially with unemployment issues.
- Involve the whole family in home evening. The four-year-old can still share a Primary lesson.
- Don’t do Church work on your employer’s time.
- Elder Uchtdorf pokes fun at his own propensity to tell aviation stories.
- A malfunctioning light bulb led to the crash of a plane.
- The tendency to focus on the insignificant instead of the profound ends in tragedy.
- Don’t text while driving!
- Our weakness is failing to align our actions with our conscience.
- We’re at spiritual war! Let us be not just spiritual soldiers, but spiritual medics as well.
- Prophetic counsel: take notes!
- Be always ready to give a reason for the hope within you.
- Three not-new suggestions for safety:
- Study diligently
- Pray fervently
- Live righteously
- Prayer is the passport to peace.
- Don’t eat egg salad sandwiches after leaving them out in the sun.
- Answer the call to serve, even if it’s just giving a blessing to a drummer with food poisoning.
- Live worthy every minute.
- Get on with life! Adapt to change!
- Next time you want to groan, laugh instead! Ha ha ha!
- The Spirit had to withdraw from Christ on the cross so He could understand the hopeless despair of those who have committed grievous sins.
- Don’t be an unresponsive onlooker on the road to Golgotha.
- Perseverance with faith in hard times will lead to peace.
- If you ever find a mother with four children journeying in bare feet and tattered clothes across a war-torn country, for pete’s sake help her out, lest she be forced to bury all four of her children with a spoon, and later her bare hands in the snow!
- The future is as bright as your faith.
- Church members’ willingness to sacrifice comes from faith, church leader instruction, and commitment to covenants.
- Selfishness and entitlement (the feeling of getting something for nothing because one “deserves” it) are behind the global economic meltdown.
- Going to church is better if you’re active, not passive, while there.
- Regular temple-going is the way to truly take Christ’s name upon us.
- You’re never lost when you can see the temple.
- Make your home as holy as the temple.
- Our Father will respect our freedom to shoes, er, choose.
- GPS systems are awesome, except when they lose the satellite signal in underground parking garages.
- Our personal GPS (conscience) will lose its connection with the divine if buried under the concrete parking garage of sin.
- When you lose sight of the camp, let the old experienced horse lead the way.
- Analogy: full-time missionaries = search and rescue team. Members = shepherds. Who has a better chance of bringing in the sheep?
- Share your musical talents with others! That means go to choir, kid!
- Word of caution: careful on the Internet! There’s a whole lotta crap on there! Avoid it at all costs, especially the porn!
- Remember President Monson and all general authorities in your prayers!
And perhaps most importantly:
- If you’re staying at your parents’ house from Saturday night to Sunday morning, make sure you’ve set your clock for Daylight Savings Time back in your childhood bedroom, lest you believe it’s 9:30 when you go upstairs, only to find out that conference has been going for a full half hour. I heard Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk had to do with Palm Sunday, but that’s about all I got.
This was the first April conference since I moved down to Provo where I haven’t been in the choir at one session. While that means I got to hear the whole thing instead of being stuck on a bus for most of a session, it was still kind of sad. I guess I can’t be there all the time, though, not unless I join the Tab choir. Maybe I’ll do that someday. I’ll be right up there with Mark Pearce and Brad Omer! On a related choir note, the Saturday Afternoon choir was a combined Institute choir from Salt Lake County, and it was conducted by a guy in my home stake, who was in charge of the tenors when we put on From Cumorah’s Hill when I was in seventh grade (and was a tenor). Kind of random.
In any case, enjoy the conference proceedings, and remember to consider the lilies in the field. How they grow? How they grow.
I’ve got a lot of projects in the air right now, but I can never seem to remember them all when I get some free time. So I’ve decided to list a bunch of things I’ve been meaning to get to; trivial or life-changing, old or new, easy or difficult — here they are:
- Finish college (this current semester, plus the music history core, form & analysis, an English class, and an internship, is all I have left)
- Finish my Super Metroid Limit commentary
- Finish up all the disks on my Atarieviewer site, plus video reviews
- Somehow save up enough money to be able to buy a new Mac, so I can:
- Buy Logic and a couple of good sound libraries to be able to compete professionally in the music business, particulary in the arena of film/tv scoring and/or minus track writing, and
- Finish editing all those home videos Mom wanted me to work on like four years ago. (If that goes well I may end up scoring them. If those end up going well, I may use that as a source of income! “Hire me to score your home movies!” Rich bishops who live in Mapleton would love it!)
- Write a choir piece for Tuesday’s choir arranging class.
- Write a ten page research paper on something in the field of Media Music for my songwriting class before next Friday.
- Write two entirely original songs, plus two hymn parodies, for the Called to Murder murder mystery show that Annelise is organizing, preferably sometime in the next week or two.
- Help Annelise with that script, along with the casting and other responsibilities I will no doubt assume upon the whole opening of the murder mystery show here in Orem.
- Watch the entire series of: 24, The Office, Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, and whatever other shows society and my friends and family deem I need in my consciousness.
- Finish my Rescue Ranger Adventure game.
- Work with Crystie Cook on her pioneer script (for which I’ve done less than nothing, sorry!)
- Get the Easter program to run smoothly for Easter Sunday (luckily I’ve delegated well on that count).
- Talk to Ron Simpson and get an internship going, preferably local so I can still help Annelise out.
- Finish my Facebook Diplomacy games (there’s only one left now!)
- Film and put together my birthday present for Josh Reese: an action movie trailer where Billy and Dan Omer take over the future with a clone army.
That’s all I can think of right now; I’m sure there are more. I’ve also omitted items from a few categories, from the ones that are so far off and vague that I can’t make real specific plans at this time (getting married), to the ones that are both personal and inconsequential (playing through Final Fantasy VII like my roommate Shaun wants me to do, watching last night’s Colbert Report), to the ones that are obvious (go to work every day, eat, read scriptures).
The murder mystery show, oddly enough, is the same one I was doing waaay back when I started this blog years ago. It’s needed a major rewrite, since we’re not affiliated with the Hunts any more and the format has changed. Also, the songs are all going to be originals. It’ll be performed in May and June at the Wise Guys comedy club in Orem, near UVU. I’m a bit pressed for time right now (we’re hanging up posters around town advertising auditions), but maybe later I can relate the whole story of how this opportunity came to be. Needless to say, ’tis very exciting!