Tweeting the Meeting: Day 6, the Real, Literal Edition

Tweets are flying at the Alamodome in San Antonio as delegates, attendees, and media share insights about the proceedings. Here is our Twitter roundup from Day 6:

Day six picked up where yesterday left off, with edits to the Fundamental Beliefs. One noticeable change from yesterday’s proceedings was the presence of Ella Simmons as chair of the meeting. Her presence was well-received by the Twitterverse.

Madame Chair you are on fire! #credittotheholyspirit #GCSA15

— Anthony Kern (@afkern47) July 7, 2015

Ella Simmons is a superstar #GC15NW #GCSA15 #bestchairever

— seth pierce (@sethjpierce) July 7, 2015

Simmons had a knack for adding some sass into what could be viewed as a tedious session. She also took the time to explain some of the technicalities of how the General Conference’s version of Robert’s Rule of Order operates.

Chair reminds Goldstein "That the microphones are working very well" in response to his shouting *cough* preaching. #GCSA15

— Rachel Logan (@ItsRachelLogan) July 7, 2015

A large majority of the morning discussion revolved around the technicalities surrounding Fundamental Belief 6 (Creation).

Adrian Platts SID: A week has elapsed when the sun has risen and set 7 times. The Gen 1 week only had only 3 or 4 literal days. #GCSA15

— David Hamstra ن (@djhamstra) July 7, 2015

Stele is explaining attempt to harmonize FB6 with statement on Creation given to the committee. #GCSA15

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 7, 2015

Ted Wilson spoke a few words and explained his understanding of creation, which he believes took place over six literal days in the last six thousand years.

"Recent is supposed to mean not old." Elder Wilson on definitions. #GCSA15

— Rachel Logan (@ItsRachelLogan) July 7, 2015

"Creation took place not that long ago." Well, I know mine didn't. #Millennial #GCSA15

— Rachel Logan (@ItsRachelLogan) July 7, 2015

The amendment passed after Wilson expressed strong support for it.

Motion to accept amended FB 6 with "recent," "literal" language inserted. Amendment carries. #GCSA15

— SPECTRUM (@spectrummag) July 7, 2015

Twitter provided real-time analysis for those outside…and inside the Dome.

How many delegates on floor following Twitter feed for instant commentary and punditry? #GCSA15

— Pam Harris, PhD APR (@PamMHarris) July 7, 2015

Some noted the increasingly cold temperatures in the Alamodome.

@ItsRachelLogan @Alamodome we have renamed it "the Fridge"

— Anne-May Müller (@AnneMayMuller) July 7, 2015

@sethjpierce @Alamodome I second this if it is instead a motion. Not sure though.

— Thomas Kyser (@tomkyser) July 7, 2015

@sethjpierce Cold there? Maybe to help delegates stay awake today? :P

— Torleif Berger (@svish) July 7, 2015

At the lunch break, one tweeter rejoiced at the General Conference Session lunch option.

BREAKING: The @gcsession food decided to combine the rice and beans together today. #SwitchingItUp #GCFoodBeat #GCSA15 #GC15NW

— Anthony White (@antwonw) July 7, 2015

In the afternoon, the big topic of conversation was the lack of delegates attending the business session. The meeting was set to cover revisions to the Church Manual.

@AWWritesStories @MegenJM not sure what's worse.... them leaving or the delegates who are sleeping

— Elena (@ohgoodnessno) July 7, 2015

I propose a motion that millennials get to be seat fillers for missing delegates who are too busy to attend the sessions #GCSA15

— Alisa Williams (@AWWritesStories) July 7, 2015

I second the motion. So many are itching to replace the aging boomers... (No offense intended, but...) https://t.co/1vD6rbvud0

— Dariel (@newrican1) July 7, 2015

Frustrated that the church pays so much to bring delegates to @gcsession yet so many skip meetings. #GCSA15 #GC15NW https://t.co/PddVnD0LwM

— Tye Davis (@pastortyedavis) July 7, 2015

Newsflash: Your church is run by those that show up. #GCSA15 #GC15NW https://t.co/Mclul6QNo4

— Andre M. Wang (@Andre_Wang) July 7, 2015

In the evening, the youth gathered for the IMPACT meetings that have been happening each night in the Marriot Ballroom. There were some distinct differences noted between the IMPACT meetings and the General Conference session happening at the Alamodome.

Young adults @ #impactsa2015 encouraged to go out into the community today. Delegates @ #GCS15 were encouraged to make a motion.

— Rachel Logan (@ItsRachelLogan) July 8, 2015

"You're the largest generation in the world and your church needs you now." Srsly can we live stream #impactsa2015 sermon into Dome? #GCSA15

— Alisa Williams (@AWWritesStories) July 8, 2015

@ItsRachelLogan I haven't been jealous of anything you all have reported until now. #wishiwerethere

— Timothy Floyd (@KCNewHavenYouth) July 8, 2015

On Wednesday, July 8, the discussion turns to Women’s Ordination. Stay tuned for our next Twitter roundup covering the vote!

Rachel Logan is a SpectrumMagazine.org Intern, and a member of the General Conference reporting team in San Antonio, Texas.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6949

In the 21st century, with internet available to village markets in the middle of Malawi and North Dakota, having the whole floor sit through this tedious revision of the manual was just plain dumb.

Don’t blame the delegates for not wanting to be bored for hours on wordsmithing in a language that is not even their own.

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