"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." Gordon B. Hinckley, 2006

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Isabel's Conference Insight

Today while listening to Elder Quentin L. Cook (newly called to be a member of the 12), we heard him say this:
"...Many wonderful members are in camoflauge to their neighbors and coworkers. They do not let people know who they are and what they believe..."
I don't think that we would have taken special notice to that comment, except Isabel yelled out, "That's you, Dad!" She is listening! When she heard the word camoflauge, she assumed they had to be talking about their dad the hunter!


KASI said...

I used to get upset when I would strike up conversations with random people in places like airports, etc. The talk would inevitably turn to "where are you from/going?" and when I would say, "Utah," it was automatic: "Oh, are you a Mormon?" I would be so irritated. So being from Utah makes me LDS autmatically? Going to BYU autmatically makes me a Mormon? Etc.

It wasn't so much the assumption; it's a logical one. The thing that got under my skin was that so many people felt that they had the right to ask. That would be like my asking, "Oh, you are from Alabama. Are you Baptist?" or "You went to Notre Dame. Are you Catholic?" "You are from New York? Are you Jewish?" (Good odds, right?)

It's just in bad taste. And it's not their business.

But I started thinking of it in a different way. How many opportunities to share my beliefs have I missed because I was so put off by their, well, ignorance?

So now instead of a sort of put-off, "Yes," the reply is a more cheerful "Yes, and there are 13 beliefs that sum up what we believe really nicely. I have this card..." :-)

(Thanks for putting up with my long comment.)

KASI said...

Oh and Wendi, just in case you didn't know, THANK YOU!!!!!!

HotMama said...

It is amazing how much they catch. I even left the t.v. on really low in my room while my baby was napping in there during conference so that she could hear it too!

Chrissy said...

That's awesome! I'm so sorry I missed out on sat. I wish I could have come!

Zoe said...

That is so cute!! Your little Joey looks JUST LIKE your husband! That is so cute!! :)