A General Conference Thought

Conferences is over, and I have to say that I very much enjoyed it this year. Rather than blogging about this, however, I would like to simply post something that I wrote in my journal two years ago:

    April 7, 2002

    General conference is one of the moments in my life when I feel most as though Mormons are still a peculiar – yet powerful — people. This assembly is our great ritual as a people. The music, prayers, the callings and releases, and even the report of the Church Audit Committee all seem to testify to the solidity of the Church and Kingdom. The testimony and counsel from Prophets and Elders are solemn and powerful. It is undeniably real. Living as a Mormon among the Gentiles — an (almost) 27 year-old husband and father at Harvard Law School — among my peers I often feel like a bit of a freak. I know that they find my lifestyle puzzling. They think Jacob is undeniably cute, but for them the idea that one would start a family before one’s career is solidified and the last ounce of youth is dissipated seems like an unseemly haste. At worst, I suspect that they see something tragic or even sinister in my life, although I admit that on this point I am probably letting my paranoia have free rein. Yet at conference, seeing the assembled Saints, listening to the Prophets, and knowing that I am the heir to Joseph, Brigham, Wilford, Orson, B.H. Roberts, and the rest of my pantheon of heroic Mormons, the Kingdom seems so much more substantial than the World. The careerism of law school and the academic pomp and glitter of Harvard seem hollow compared to the fullness of the Restoration. My faith is celebrated, my heart is settled, and my life is sane and joyous in the light of the Gospel. The birthright glitters and the mess of pottage is less alluring.

2 comments for “A General Conference Thought

  1. Nate – I’m with you on the being considered a freak by your peers.

    Here I am, studying for a PhD and *gasp* I have two children before I have a solid career (which means I’m destroying the enviorment by contributing to overpopulation and that I must be an idiot who has never heard of birth control) – and the fact my wife stays at home (which means I am a horrid and evil patriarchal man who must be opressing her somehow: it could never actually be her choice because apparently no women with a collge degree – like my wife has – would ever choose to stay at home).

    Those last three sentences in your journal entry are truth – yea and verily and amen.

    And I am far too tired to be writing. Off to bed for me.

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