The Sermon, The Mormon, and General Conference

In sermons, perhaps in every single one of them, there is a tension at work between inspiration and artifice. Delivery versus what is delivered is not precisely what I’m getting at here. That tension is important, even if the sermon-giver is partially or wholly unconscious of their own artifice. I give you Neal A. Maxwell. Is artifice inspired? Some might say yes, or yes with qualification. I’ve become a more avid listener of late. And I’m looking forward to the conference to come. See you there. If only in “spirit.”

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