Baby I'm amazed

Just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who commented on the feminist post. If nothing else it was encouraging for me to see that there are plenty of other faithful women who share (to varying extents) my viewpoint, or at least understand why I feel the way I do. (And I know there are plenty of our brothers who feel the same way, even if none of them commented.)

It was also inspiring to follow the discussion (62 comments!) and to see just how darn nice everyone was! Nobody was there to troll or argue--you were sincere and thoughtful and lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your feelings and experiences and frustrations and perspectives. Way to be awesome.

Some of the discussion in the comments sections led me to a really cool LDS quote book called Words of Wisdom: A Collection of Quotes for LDS Women. The good people of WAVE (Women Advocating for Voice and Equality) compiled a bunch of great quotes about women, by women, etc. and organized them by topic. It's meant to help us follow President Julie Beck's encouragement to seek out the words and histories of faithful women. 

I downloaded the free e-book version last night and started skimming through before bed. It's only 87 pages but includes wonderful thoughts from people like Sister Chieko N. Okazaki, Elder Neal A. Maxwell, and loads of other favorites. It would make fabulous gifts for Mother's Day or to give to visiting teachees, etc. (You can order paper copies for $3.76 each + shipping.) This edition came out about a year ago and I don't know if/when they are planning to do another one. 

Lastly, I really enjoyed General Conference. Did you? Not only did I get my biscuits and sausage gravy, and not only did I not have to drag the monkey to church, but it was great to just rest and listen and think and recharge. What's especially nice is that now it's so easy to go back immediately to re-watch/listen/read the bits I missed or that I want to keep thinking about. Isn't technology keen?

And speaking of technology, after President Uchtdorf's (also known as The Silver Fox with the awesome ties) wonderful talk on mercy and forgiveness we joked about how long it would take before "Stop It" showed up on Pinterest as a free printable. The answer? That day, friends:

from House & Home


Kelly said... [reply]

Also, absolutely everywhere yesterday and today: "Don't judge me because I sin differently than you."

Doug said... [reply]

Thanks for the advice on the book!

Random carryover thought from the feminist post - Sarah Johnson now teaches GD in the Homestead Ward. (Not only a sister but a 30-something single sister.)

Other random tidbit - Desmama also reads a blog from the wife of one of Doug's best friends who now lives in Brooklyn. Small, small Mormon world!

Oh - and this is Anne, not Doug (but you've probably figured that out since Doug isn't one to talk in the third person - or comment on blogs).

Desmama said... [reply]

I'm pretty sure my Brooklyn friend reads this blog too. Lindsay, you there? :)

Janssen said... [reply]

Aren't there a LOT of really amazing speakers in the quorum of the 12/presidency right now?

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Uchtdorf wore a different tie in every session. Not every day. Every session. Like one of those divas at an awards show. ;)

Nemesis said... [reply]

STM, that made my week. Tie Watch is now going to be my new favorite part of General Conference, henceforth and forever, amen and amen.

emandtrev said... [reply]

"The Silver Fox with the awesome ties..."

I heart that so much. He is one of my faves, for sure. After STM's comment, I will officially be on tie watch now too. :)

Thanks for the great info on that book. I love the idea of giving it to my mom(s) and sisters for Mother's Day.

coolmom said... [reply]

Did you steal The Silver Fox phrase from Jenny or is it than universal? She and I were chatting aobut that as well.

Re: "Stop it!"
There's just no place like Utah. Unless it came from someplace else and in that case some people just can't help themselves. Although we were saying it in Kenai, Alaska as well! We refrained from putting it on the internet.

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