Moving the couch, fall edition

300px-LDS_Conference_Center-up It’s LDS General Conference time again, and you know what that means (or at least one of the things it means). The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is creating its melodious wall of sound, accompanying Ninja’s attempts to toss and catch kernels of popcorn in his mouth (el Guapo’s “classic cumin mix”), with beach towels spread to catch the drops. And yes, we moved the couch. It’s in a new position, but as far as I can tell, what’s important to Ninja is not where we move the couch, but that we move the couch. (If that makes no sense, click the link above.)

Traditionally, leaders of the church have given their conference talks in English, but this weekend we welcomed a historic change: several leaders spoke in their native languages, including Cantonese, Portuguese, and Spanish.


view of the teleprompter during Elder Wong’s talk

For the 21,000 on hand at the conference center, subtitles were projected on huge screens, so they got the experience of trying to read in one language while being bathed in the sounds of another (I’m jealous!).

For those of us listening at home (some of us on the shifted couch, our beach towels strewn with bits of popcorn), we got to hear the sound of another language overlaid by English, making it somewhat difficult to understand the second and impossible to understand the first. It’s about time that we native English speakers got a taste of how the majority of the church has been experiencing General Conference for years.

If you have yet to watch/listen to all or any of the conference, there was plenty of interesting stuff. If it has never occurred to you to watch/listen to any of conference because you’re not LDS, if you’ve got 70 seconds, I invite you to watch this.

I know, it’s no longer October 5th, but the archive is already available. Here’s a link for browsing.

If you’ve always wondered why your Mormon friends (and I hope you consider me one of your Mormon friends) seem interested in inviting you to learn more, as luck would have it, the last talk of the conference was given to answer that very question. David Bednar will explain it to you, and will also share a great story involving a couple of kids, some dish soap, a lot of bandages and quantities of first aid cream. (The video will probably be posted later today, but here’s a link to the audio.)

But wait, you say–what about the recipe for el Guapo’s Classic Cumin Mix Popcorn? He doesn’t always make it the same way, despite the “classic” label, but here’s what he’s been doing lately.

El Guapo’s Classic Cumin Mix Popcorn

We pop 3/4 cup popcorn (1/4 cup at a time), and pull out unpopped kernels. Here are approximate quantities to season that amount:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2+ t salt
  • 1/2+ t sugar
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/4 t curry powder
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 1/8 t cinnamon

Mix the spices in the olive oil; using a spoon, drizzle it over the popped popcorn while stirring. Beach towels optional.


One thought on “Moving the couch, fall edition

  1. I will have to give that popcorn a try. We were up at camp off grid this weekend so will be listening to conference tonight via Internet . Moving the couch is interesting , I always find a long lost item

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