Last week I received an e-mail from my Bishopric, inviting me to watch a “historic General Conference”. I wondered why this coming General Conference was going to be historic. [1] Was last October’s General Conference historic? What about last April’s?

Definition of historic

a: famous or important in history
historic battlefields

b: having great and lasting importance
historic occasion

c: known or established in the past
historic interest rates

d: dating from or preserved from a past time or culture
historic buildings
historic artifacts

I think ” having great and lasting importance” is the meaning the church leaders like to give when they say “this was truly a historic General Conference” But looking back at the last several Conferences, I don’t remember anything of great or lasting importance. I think the last “historic” general conference was when they announced church would be only two hours. Now that had some lasting importance!

This post from Bishop Bill could be historic in that it is the first time I’ve posted on a Sunday, which was also Easter Sunday, which is also a historic General Conference, which is also being held virtually for the 3rd time in a row! I hope you all make note of this in your personal journals this evening (are journals still a thing in the church?)

When you overuse the word “historic”, it will lose its meaning, and when everything thing is historic, nothing is historic. It is just not the church that likes to to overplay the use of this word. Here in the USA, we just went through a historic election. We had a historic inauguration. But again, isn’t every presidential election historic?

Contrast this overuse of the word historic to something truly historic, New Zealand electing the the youngest female leader in the world in 2017, Jacinda Arden at 37 years old. She is also the only ex-Mormon head of state, truly historic!

So is “historic” just another new buzz word from church leaders, or am I missing something truly historic going on at church?

[1] according to Google, it is correct to use “a historic” vice “an historic”, because the H is not silent.