from the collective memory. Eventually it was forgotten altogether.Something similar occurred with Elder Poelman's conferencetalk. Someone, or someone in the church correlation committee -westill don't really know who- consigned the original record to outerdarkness and replaced it with some type of evil twin. Video Cassette Recorders in the early 1980's could costanywhere from $600.00 to $1300.00 dollars, and by 1984 fewer thanten percent of American households owned one. The number of Mormon households with VCRs at that time would have beenminuscule. So unless you were one of those privileged few and youhappened to use your machine to record general conference, you were not likely to ever see that conference talk again.
So What Was The Big Deal?
There was nothing radical about the talk itself, althoughPoelman did touch on some concepts that had not been openly discussed in the church for a while. The address contained pearls of pure Mormonism; treasures of truth that could just as well have comefrom the lips of the prophet Joseph Smith during a conference atNauvoo. Church members old enough to remember how things werein the 1950's said that listening to Poelman's talk took them wistfully back to the days of President David O. McKay.Now let's dive into the actual, original, talk itself. When youread it for yourself be sensitive to the witness of the spirit, and see if these truths are carried into your heart. We have been given the giftof the Holy Ghost, and a way by which we can judge. Let ustherefore test these words and find out for ourselves if they are true. As Alma taught "
Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now,if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if itbe a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your