at the end of the conference there is generally one of the general authorities that comes to speak to all of us in the marriott center. one of my favorite sessions. i've told you before how all of those women together singing affects me. anyhoo...this year l. tom perry spoke to us. he talked to us about how the outside world thinks of us as mormons. of course there was the whole polygamy thing...WE ARE NOT!...then the whole we aren't christians thing...hello, my name is marci and i belong to the church of JESUS CHRIST of latter-day saints. nuff said there. we were told that for every 1 person who thinks of mormons favorably there are 4 who don't. huh? there was the one lady who said that we can't eat chocolate...you ought to hear the laughter ringing through the marriott center on that one...that's the only thing that get many many mormon women through life. then there were like 4 people on this video he showed us that described us as amish. it was eye opening. what i took out of it was this: truly live my religion. to me that means this: try to live like christ by being as loving, kind and respectful of others as i can. be a good example of the things that our church stands for. don't be afraid to answer others questions about mormons...that's one that is hard for me because i'm not as educated as i would like to be but i can try. so i have a lot to work on and hopefully when i go back next year i will be able to see the progress that i've made this year!
thank you ginny and gretchen for going with me!