Conference was quite uplifting today. The talks I really enjoyed were the ones targeted toward new members. There was also one all about how Latter-day Saints actually do believe in the Holy Bible (something I've had to try to explain to people that have asked me questions), and another that talked about how we believe we are Christians. Both of those things have been huge sticking points for people, especially here in the south, in getting people to actually listen to my answers to their questions, so these were especially important to me, as I will be able to look back on these talks for reference when someone asks me "How, exactly, do you think you're a Christian, because I sure don't think you are." There will probably be an argument until the end of time between Latter-day Saints and evangelical Christians on this topic, so I guess it might be a good idea to verse myself in the topic.
The music was awesome as usual; the Tabernacle Choir sang in all sessions (two today). If I were them, I think my voice would get tired after singing as much as they did and do every conference (we have two general [worldwide] conferences a year).
I came back here at 5 and relaxed for a while and then went to dinner (unsatisfying for sure).
I talked to one of my relatives, a second cousin named Andy, who is also a Latter-day Saint living in Uah, and it was really neat to talk to him for the first time. We talked a lot about our experiences and conversion stories, and then we talked some about genaeology. We're going to trade data, so that should be neat, and more importantly, we'll be able to keep in touch hopefully. He was a really nice guy, and if it had not been for a hall senate meeting, I'd talk to him longer, but anyway ... maybe sometime soon. He told me that if I needed a place to stay in Utah that I could stay with him, which was cool, especially since he'd just met me via phone for a short time.
On a different subject, I'm planning on trying to go on a date sometime this week. I'm not sure exactly when it will be (I'm hoping for Wednesday), but I'm really and honestly trying to get more courageous about calling girls that I really don't know too well. I think I've lowered the time I have their contact pulled up on my phone awaiting the dreaded press of the "send" button down to about five minutes. It used to be ten or fifteen. I'm still having problems making the first contact and asking them out, but I haven't done that too much. It's a truly painful process but one I just having to tell myself I need to keep doing, because once one crosses the point of no return in calling the girl, that is, when you've pressed that perilous send button, it's all over. At this point, one must finish the call, because by the time you've pressed send, they could call you back, and then what will you say? Ah yes, dating. I hope this one, unlike the last two girls I've asked, will actually eventuate. At least the person that I've asked has said (on Friday) that she still indeed wants to go out. We'll see if she returns my very stiltedly and nervously left voice mail.
And that's about all from here. Best post this, and then post my conference notes to the private entry, and then go to bed. More soon (I'm actually going to Bell for sure tomorrow and I'm actually going to do work. Yay!!!)