Here are my obligatory-for-a-Mormon-weblog comments on Conference. To avoid getting carried away (I don't want to end up sounding like a whining liberal Mormon) I'll keep my comments brief and give everyone something they can be happy with by using a "best of" and "worst of" format.
Best Moment. I liked Elder Holland's remarks about missionaries and about his experiences in Chile. It was nice he gave a nod of thanks to past missionaries young and old, and the tales he related of those serving in Chile were quite sincere and touching. I suspect that for the average South American Mormon to serve a mission requires a good bit more sacrifice, even a leap of faith, compared to the average suburban North American kid, whose biggest concern is arranging a two-year deferment from their university ("You're going where to do what for how long?"). He only played the guilt card once toward the end as he related how some Chileans fork out big bucks (pesos?) to take a very, very long bus ride to the Santiago temple. We'll be hearing about that 110-hour bus ride in every "get off your lazy behind and go to the temple this month" talk for the next five years.
Worst Moment. I'm sorry, I do not worship the God of Earthquakes. That kind of stuff played well for illiterate peasants of the ancient world, but not for modern Christians. I think Elijah kind of made that point 2500 years ago: God is not in the storm but in the still small voice. I suppose there are a few zealots out there who will think my preference for naturalistic explanations of earthquakes is a sign of apostasy. Yes, I have apostatized from faith in the thunderbolts of Zeus and Thor. Sure, I believe in earthquakes and thunderbolts, I just don't see God as the explanation. Perhaps this talk should be entitled "Why We Need Scientists in Higher Councils." It certainly drove that point home to me.