Date: August 12, 2018 10:56PM
Yes, wow! I'm so glad I took off work to witness Sam the Lionheart make LDS Culture history and to hear the gut-wrenching stories harm done and then to hear the gut-felt apologies by LDS bishops and leaders for causing such harm.
Please watch the podcast if you have not yet done so. It's on their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRyUUr9F8Jw
If you are triggered by the hymns/prayers and sometimes the Mormon cadence of the gathering, just fast forward through that as most of the speakers really hit the target with power. Sam, closing remarks are full of authenticity and personal power. The current set of General Conference speakers seem and feel so shallow after seeing Sam in action.
One TBM father who lost his teenage son to suicide due to being shamed by a bishop actually called out The Brethren, "If one more child dies because of your interview policy that child's blood will be upon you!" He got a rousing applause and many Amen's for that bold statement.
Hey, the recent bishop of Russell Nelson's home ward was there, spoke and called Nelson out to do the right thing. I do hope the TV stations will use that for a soundbite!
The place was packed and the overflow areas seemed nearly full as well. My rough estimate - 350 to 400 folks plus most of the local media outlets.