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Monday, September 29, 2014



Yes I went to the Women's Meeting (and was pleased that Pres. Uchtdorf referred to it as the first session of Conference). I too was concerned that having 8-11yos there would dilute the talks and result in some cheery woman talking cutesy from the pulpit, but that did not happen. I imagine there were lots of bored 8yos there, because it seemed to me that all the speakers spoke only to the adults in the audience. I am glad I went. I especially liked Neill Marriott's talk (and not the sound bites that have been showing up on Pinterest).

Sometimes I think you'd be a much happier person if you didn't live in Orem, Utah. I know that I couldn't live there (my husband's family is all there so I am there fairly often). Wonderful, loving people, but I feel like I am in the Mormon bubble, and that there is only one acceptable way to be a faithful saint there. A gross simplification, I know, but still. Out here in the hinterland, I don't feel that way. It seems much easier to ask hard questions, to be different without feeling judged (who would judge me?), and to figure out what really matters to me. People do not go to church here because their neighbors will talk if they don't. I just don't feel that social pressure to conform here in Colorado that I do when I go to church in Orem. It seems like you do a lot of chafing against that perceived social pressure. I think it is largely a Wasatch Front phenomenon.


You and me both.


The writer Jeff Goins spends loads of time advocating for finding your tribe to support you in your writing. I'll be a part of your tribe and you can be a part of my tribe (warning - my tribe is really, really small). I can't be a part of your Mormon tribe, but I really would love to be part of your writing tribe.

Kim G

I am so grateful for you to write what I feel. I look forward to conference so I don't have to prepare a primary lesson. I am a 6th grade teacher and I have been in primary for the last 7 years. "She a teacher, she loves kids" but not 7 days a week. And then I feel completely torn because I don't want to be in RS because of the same feeling you have.....I need a tribe, and in this little part of Texas I don't have that. I'm sending my daughter to the state fair on conference sunday, while my son is required to watch all sessions of conference for early morning seminary. I don't think it is where you live at all, I think it is just you and that is great. No, amazing. I didn't go to women's conference and take my daughter that just turned 10, and my other daughter that will be a teen on Wednesday. I went to Kohl's and bought some new Fall boots. Thank you for this post. Thank you.

dawn h.

Oh Amy! You have a tribe, but perhaps you don't know it or feel it! All of the people who read and love your blog are your tribe! This member of your tribe is a lapsed (or as I like to think of it, "recovered" Mormon) who is also an English major, a librarian, a mom, a sister, a daughter, who also has a daughter who attends USU who also has a deep love for running, quilting, and 80s music. She also dreams of being a writer "someday".... Even though you have never met me, I love you and feel like we are in the same tribe!

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