It’s 10:08 in Utah and I’m not watching General Conference but am instead getting ready to take some kiddos skiing.  Our conference posts tend to be popular and I know people need a place to decompress and discuss … so feel free to post thoughts in the comments.

I will, however, give you a prompt.  It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately since I first heard the idea (from someone else) who said this: 

“Jesus in Mormonism is little more than a branding tool. It’s just there to validate the prophet more or less. I’ve never really heard a good lesson on Jesus in church. Never once.”

That stopped me in my tracks and I’ve thought about it ever since. So I would love to hear, from any of you watching conference (or who aren’t, but just generally have thoughts on this question):

To what extent are those speaking at Conference using Jesus as a tool to legitimate their own priesthood authority? Are there any talks that just teach Jesus on his own terms without tethering it to a reason why you should listen to them or follow the rules they’re asking you to follow?

Discuss, and take care of yourself this weekend. And, if anyone starts talking about serving two senior missions, LMK!