Date: October 04, 2010 06:37PM
In all my life, I have never found it to be exciting. It has a dark and oppressive atmosphere, and the people who speak act as if they were at a funeral instructing the pall-bearers. Even as a TBM, I would maybe go out to the church and sit through one session. That was all I could stand. One time we were all challenged to go to the church to watch the whole thing for both days and I thought I was going to die. Honestly, I felt terrible. And I was really into church at the time.
It isn't that I didn't weant to hear or watch them, it was just that they were so depressing, and even though I often left there feeling a little more committed, I did not feel more happy or uplifted.
By contrast, I watched the Community of Christ World Conference this April (not pushing any religion, mind you) and the difference was like night and day. They had multicultural presentations, people in brightly colored clothes singing in their native form, people bore testimonies in their native tongue, the Americans wore colored shirts and sometimes ties. And there was arguing and voting on several resolutions instead of mechanically voting to sustain the already made decisions.
The whole atmosphere was a complete opposite of the stifling LDS conference.
And that is how I guess I would describe LDS GC- Stifling.